It’s beginning to feel a lot like –SUMMER! But before the burning heat comes, I took the favorable luck of experiencing the cool winds of Tagaytay AND, a romantic date with one of its finest beauties: One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites. A chic epicurean hotel looming around Barrio Sungay and looking down on the picturesque Taal Lake.
Explored her charm from top to bottom and what she did to me was swept me off my feet! And, in some ways, even robbed me of the beauty of Tagaytay City itself. Let’s make this easier:
Exhibit A. The serenity, cool winds, the nipping waters and a breathtaking view of the city from the Adult and Kiddie Swimming pool at the edge of the ninth floor. Why would I even bother for a walk around Tagaytay when I can laze around here all day.
Some days are meant to be wasted. Amirite?
Now I’m just an average joe with no special talent except for the passion to be curious. So I grabbed a hotel coordinator, Mr. Marvin Barawid, and demand that he fill up my nosiness by touring me around and see what this hotel boasts.
First, we sneaked into a couple of Penthouse suites, the Allure and the Aura which are styled in elegance and oriental fashion respectively. The trouble with these dens is they’re so snug and cuddled up you’ll never want to step out and leave the pleasure.
Take for instance where I holed up. The comfy 1-Bedroom Suite that’s replete with all the sumptuousness and the frills fit for a king. (Let’s say, the 4-W’s) Widescreen, wi-fi, welcome drink and what-have-you. The perfect elements that will transform a tramp into a lounger.
A state of great comfort and luxury (Read: bed of roses)
Then down we went to the blooming joints..
The oohs and the aahs of the hotel’s health facilitites: O’ Spa and Health and Fitness Center. My model portrayer, Miss Anna O., (below) about to subdue a twenty-pounder (while I was thinking about subduing a pint of beer).
One of OTP’s Conference and Meeting room
Here I am now gatecrashing a prom night at the awe-inspiring Aurora Grand Ballroom.
At the far end corner of the hotel lobby is the Mongolian Lunch and Dinner Buffet.
A spicy trip into the culinary world of the Mongol Empire!
for some real
By the time the tummy acted like a cellphone vibrator, I was on my way to the aristocratic Azalea Restaurant and Bar at the main lobby for an appetizing rendezvous with the place’s Filipino-Spanish comida. Plus, the pleasure of joining with me on the table OTP’s Executive Chef Ron Manalo, Señor Ferdie Pulia, Manager for F & B and Miss Anna O.
The hors d’oeuvre is a double whammy. Crisp-fried Tawilis served on factory glass for some innovation and bedded with pickled red cabbage. Matching the tawilis is a bunch of deep-fried golden brown Chorizo Croquetas baked only with the spiciness of chorizo picante. They’re making cutting-edge appetizers up here don’t you think!
The light straightforward creaminess of a shrimp and corn soup.
Tortilla de Patata or, in the books of OTP, the delectable Tortilla De Española. Goes well with Chef Ron’s self-styled tomato salsa (in lieu of the commercialized good ol’ tomato catsup).
All-time Pinoy favorite and mouthwatering Chicken and Pork Adobo done in the traditional stew of soy sauce and vinegar and served with shanghai rice, sunny-side up and garnished with pickled vegetables.
And finally for the sweet course — a one true knock out– the divine Pineapple Creme Brulee!
I take it One Tagaytay’s fusion of Filipino and Spanish cuisine exhibits the simplicity but no less the distinction and lushness of a home banquet sans the ambiguities of a stereotyped carte du jour. Buen comer!
But of course I did went out for a spin and did some hanging around too.
And this is where the day ends..
..putting one’s feet up at the hunky-dory Tower Lounge Steakbar.
Was aiming for the moon over here in Tagaytay until I hit a star out of this place.
A glutted breakfast with Miss Anna and a morning serenade before heading back to Manila.
One fine day, one great place..