Five years ago, we spent new year in Batangas to get away from the noise and pollution of Metro Manila. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Malarayat on the outskirts of Lipa City is a 47-hectare spa resort amidst lush, verdant greens, serene ponds and manicured lawns. The landscape is simply awesome. Facilities include the reception hall, the restaurant, library, a large swimming pool, orchidarium, spa, gym and villas.
The health resort can accommodate around 55 clients. There are five different kinds of accommodation each according to style,size and price. We stayed at the Sulu Terraces which are designed after rice huts and have open seating areas on the ground floor. All rooms are air-conditioned. They call the restaurant 85/15 Gourmet Restaurant, meaning, the food served is 85% raw and 15% cooked. The food is a bit pricey though and you are not allowed to bring “baon”. Where would you find a cup of coffee worth P350.00? I almost choked when I saw the price but it was all worth it. Such bliss in a place like this, because I love every corner of their vast gardens. It was another family road trip that we all enjoyed.
Their reception area boast of a water fountain in front and a small store that sells souvenirs.
Just love the verdant greens….
Looking at the views from here, can’t wait to explore the place.
Taken in front of their large swimming pool.
It was more than a two-hour trip from Metro Manila. Tired….
They have these in all corners…meditation huts where you could rest your tired feet.
#10 Sulu Terraces
We occupied two huts. Good thing they have small safes installed for valuables.
Can’t wait to see what the place has to offer.
The gate of Sulu Terraces…nice long walk.
The ferns are taller than I am.
A close-up view of the peacock, showing its lovely form.
So peaceful, I could stay here all day just watching the pond or reading but they have a lovely library nearby.
The lagoon, my favorite spot during our stay here, a perfect place to idle the time away.
A century old tree…I forgot its name!
Dreaming of my own garden like this!
Ah! The Secret Pool, we all loved it and had a night swim later. The water is heated and the place is secluded.
Look at the intricate carvings at the door, it was simply beautiful.
Going on road trips is such a joy, discovering new places, just relaxing. It was the first time we spent new year away from home.