We loved the Tagaytay cottage! It was a bit of a walk being the farthest one out, but it was a small price to pay when you see the inside. Very clean with a fresh look and color scheme to it. Amenities include instant coffee ingredients, a refrigerator, a free-standing hot and cold water dispenser, cups and saucers, coffee thermos, and teaspoons. They gave us welcome drinks (punch-type beverages) in wine glasses which they originally served at the reception area when we checked in, but I requested them to bring the drinks to the cottage instead, so we got to reuse these glasses too during our stay. No TV here though, and Wifi's only in the restaurant and restaurant veranda area, so be psyched that you're here for old-fashioned bonding and relaxation... without the gadgets.
There are two bedrooms, the bigger with two double beds, and the smaller one (though it wasn't a small bedroom at all) with one double bed. My brother and his wife, and my husband, my 2-year old daughter and myself all slept in the bigger room while my parents took the other. My other brother had the sofa bed in the living room to himself. We were not even able to utilize the loft area where there were several (and I mean almost a dozen) mattresses and pillows for even more occupants. Had we known this we would have invited our cousins to tag along.
There was one full toilet and bathroom inside the cottage. There was another indoor toilet room which also had a full-length mirror. There was even a shower room at the cottage deck, near the hammock where my father thoroughly enjoyed the breeze. All toilet and bathrooms were roomy and well-stocked with bathroom amenities (toilet paper, towels, hand and bath soap, shampoo and conditioner.. though no dental toiletries, as I recall). And as I mentioned, they are roomy and won't make you feel cramped inside.
I cannot stop raving about the cottage; you can literally just pack a bag of clothes and go off to a restful vacation here and you won't feel short-changed for the price. You also wont have to worry about packing up meals as there's a restaurant in the resort.
My brothers and husband went off sea creature-hunting by going down the ladder of the cottage with direct access to the water. They found a variety of starfishes, sea slugs and other gooey creatures which they brought back to the cottage deck to show my toddler daughter. They put them all back in the water, of course.
Ok as for the beach.. Water is shallow, with several patches of seaplants, but clean and generally safe to explore (though we saw an urchin farther out). Great for bringing your toddlers to play in the water near the shore, but don't expect a full swim even when you walk much farther out. Sand is light, and it's rocky near the beach but finer up the shore. The little girl enjoyed exploring the beach and the play areas (swings and seesaw) near it, but we adults enjoyed the pool more.
Food...not cheap, but it's not outrageously expensive either. For us, t'was worth it not having to lug meal supplies into the cottage (though the resort attendants help you with your bags and supplies)... or have to be busy with cooking, which will mean some won't get to laze around. I called beforehand and clarified which food items we can bring without the corkage fee. The way it was explained to me, you can basically bring in snacks; food that won't be classified as "meals". We brought with us the usual outing food suspects: drinking water, coffee sachets, sandwich ingredients like tuna, hard-boiled eggs, cooked hotdogs and cooked luncheon meat, and the usual bags of chips and cookies. I think our bags were offhandedly inspected at reception, but the inspection was not very intrusive.
For dinner, they come to your cottage to get your advanced orders if you're having dinner at the cottage or at the restaurant. We had ours at the restaurant to be able to watch the cultural show. It was entertaining and the dancers/waiters can hold their own when it comes to performing. Breakfast was an unexpected treat, since we were informed that since there were lots of vacationers that weekend (though we didnt notice this at all), breakfast would be served buffet-style. There weren't too many choices (tocino, adobo, fried crispy danggit, champorado, eggs, garlic rice, two kinds of cereal, three kinds of fruits), but everything was yummy. Still beats being constrained to one or two viands in a plated order.
If it wasn't already obvious: Yes, we'd come back again.
- Also Known As:
- Stilts Catalagan Beach Hotel Santa Ana
- Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort Batangas