I’ve lived in the South for my whole life and while I revel in the slow-paced life here compared to the Metro, there are still days when I long for a change of scenery but without having to go far or take the expressway. Tagaytay is always a viable option, but the weekend crowd these days just makes me dread going there. Thanks to a recent media invite, I discovered Anya Resort – a hidden gem in Tagaytay. Anya Resort Tagaytay is owned by Roxaco Land Corp., the same group behind Fuego Hotels & Properties. Located far from the main highways of Tagaytay, Anya is highly secluded thereby giving utmost privacy and peacefulness. Here’s my experience at Anya Resort Tagaytay during their first anniversary… Anya Resort Tagaytay Buenavista Ave., Tolentino West, Tagaytay, Cavite Telephone: +63 2 657 1640 Email: email@example.com Facebook: Anya Resort & Residences Twitter: @AnyaResorts Instagram: @anyaresorttagaytay Website: https://anyaresorts.com Check out low Anya Resort Tagaytay and availability from Booking.com/OurAwesomePlanet. FIRST THINGS FIRST https://flic.kr/p/LWTQXt Prior to my visit at Anya, I received an e-mail for their Experience Menu. I got to indicate my arrival time, my scent of choice (Scent #1), whether I wanted to avail of their packing and unpacking services, and also my dining choices. Filling out the form made me even more excited for my overnight stay. https://flic.kr/p/NqeMsd Upon arrival, a Lifestyle Assistant greeted me with a welcome drink and snack in hand. After filling out a short form, I was escorted to my room.
THE ROOM https://flic.kr/p/LMQf4a The rooms at Anya are separated into villas – each villa with more or less ten (10) rooms each. https://flic.kr/p/LMR58B Room 506 is on the second floor of Villa 5. The room maximizes all nooks and crannies without feeling too cramped. https://flic.kr/p/27MWEnG They laid out an anniversary (their 1st, not mine) greeting on the bed, which made me not want to snuggle in it for a really long while. It was too nice to just clean it up right away. https://flic.kr/p/29sn76f Which is why I just stayed on the couch to catch up on some messages before getting settled. https://flic.kr/p/LMRNiD Other room amenities were neatly tucked away in the closet drawers. There’s also an iron and ironing board inside the other compartment. https://flic.kr/p/29snXtU There was even a framed photo of me on my bedside table! I’m not sure if this is a regular thing that they do, or if it’s a special anniversary gesture. https://flic.kr/p/27MTpyE On the other bedside table is a clock that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker which I utilized to its full extent – by blasting out movie OSTs at almost 2 in the morning. https://flic.kr/p/29sn5y7 The balcony offers a view of the other villas. https://flic.kr/p/2ato5nY While the view from the door are the vast plantations in the surrounding area. https://flic.kr/p/2axF9pg Standard coffee and tea making facilities are hidden underneath the TV console. https://flic.kr/p/LMLYyZ But my absolute favorite part of the room has to be the spacious washroom. There are a separate toilet and bath, and a well-lit vanity area. https://flic.kr/p/LMSeEa The toiletry kit is enclosed in a leather box with a glass window, and each item is individually packed in their signature white and gold boxes. https://flic.kr/p/LMR8iz There’s also enough space for my personal care set. https://flic.kr/p/2axFAPa While the little jars for the bath amenities are noteworthy, I found them to be a little impractical. The conditioner was difficult to dispense. Switching to a pump would be more ideal. https://flic.kr/p/NqiCZ3 I loved the space so much that I spent an ample amount of time in the washroom getting ready for the anniversary dinner. ANNIVERSARY DINNER https://flic.kr/p/27WYLqq The dinner that night was a partnership between Anya’s in-house kitchen headed by Chef Jonathan and the Rambla Group. https://flic.kr/p/2axE9XH They prepared an extensive, festive menu worthy for such a momentous celebration. https://flic.kr/p/2axEcqD We started out with the Tartar de Atun con Mayonesa de Wasabi. This was such a delight! Imagine my excitement when my research led me to find out that it’s available at BCN by Rambla. https://flic.kr/p/2atphTs I don’t like cold soups but I finished this Beetroot Salmorejo with fuet and quail eggs up to the last drop. https://flic.kr/p/2axDQvc I’ve never had blood sausage before, so having it with the Apple Tatin was a good introduction and led to a good first time experience. https://flic.kr/p/29skxZd Normally, I stay away from black-colored food during fine dining events, with the fear of staining my teeth and looking like a complete fool during conversations, but I couldn’t help but keep getting spoonfuls of this Paella Negra with mussels, clams, and saffron aioli. https://flic.kr/p/2atoVru We wrapped up dinner with a refreshing Sandia con Sangria with lime sorbet. https://flic.kr/p/27WYHw9 Guests were asked to dress up in a Spanish-inspired attire, but I didn’t have anything like it in my closet, but I did have a dress with rose prints which seemed appropriate. https://flic.kr/p/27MTxuj I retreated to my room right after dinner and found this token waiting on my bed. https://flic.kr/p/29sjt4d But that wasn’t the only surprise of the night – they even filled my tub with water and rose petals (without my request) which made for the perfect ending to my day.
BREAKFAST https://flic.kr/p/LMQAFx I woke up to a gloomy morning the next day, so I wanted to sleep in but decided to check out breakfast first. https://flic.kr/p/2atpWm3 Breakfast is served at Anila, their all-day dining restaurant. https://flic.kr/p/29sk9tf I must say, Anya has a very impressive breakfast buffet in terms of distinct items. From mini ham and cheese sandwiches… https://flic.kr/p/2axDe9k to ham sliders… https://flic.kr/p/LMPauT and their extensive bread selection… https://flic.kr/p/2atmST7 which are the perfect vessels for their homemade jams. The pineapple pear jam has to be my favorite! https://flic.kr/p/29sk1kG Even their cold cuts and cheese selection is remarkable. https://flic.kr/p/LMND8R But as always, I end up with my usuals – a bowl of cereal, scrambled eggs, tapsilog and some bacon, some yogurt, and a fruit juice. https://flic.kr/p/LMNAL6 And also a cup of hot chocolate to battle the chilly weather. https://flic.kr/p/29sjcX1 After breakfast, they cleared the tables and live-streamed the Pacquiao match. https://flic.kr/p/29sizwq However, I wanted to explore more of Anya so I just walked around for a bit. I ended up in the library, and spent a good 30 minutes just browsing through their color-coded selection. https://flic.kr/p/LMNg1V I even found this mini bridge near my villa, which is a useful shortcut from Anila. https://flic.kr/p/29aBJen I initially wanted to go for a quick dip, but the weather was too gloomy so I decided against it. https://flic.kr/p/29sig1C Check-out time was looming upon me so I retreated back to the room to pack up and get ready to leave.
FINAL THOUGHTS https://flic.kr/p/LMMutZ I had a wonderful stay at Anya, although an overnight stay felt painfully short. The lifestyle assistant is a nice personal touch, and all the turndown gestures were very much appreciated. The food is excellent too. I’ll be back when the weather is warmer and fitting for a summer escape. Anya Resort Tagaytay Buenavista Ave, Tolentino West, Tagaytay, Cavite Telephone: +63 2 657 1640 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Anya Resort & Residences Twitter: @AnyaResorts Instagram: @anyaresorttagaytay Website: https://anyaresorts.com Check out low Anya Resort Tagaytay and availability from Booking.com/OurAwesomePlanet. (Pro Tip: We don’t put hotel rates in the post because it changes a lot depends on schedule, bed and occupancy. You can check the price at Booking.com and then book a no-downpayment reservation with free cancelation. I would cross-check the price and check out promotions on the hotel’s website if there are more benefits in booking direct.) Live an Awesome Life, Monique of Team Our Awesome Planet Disclosure: Our stay was courtesy of Anya Resort Tagaytay. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Congratulations on your first anniversary, Anya! https://flic.kr/p/LMMsDB P.S. Anya is included in the list of the world’s best Small Luxury Hotels. What an incredible feat considering they’ve only been around for a little over a year!