I was in a group of over 50 people for an overnight teambuilding activity. We used the main clubhouse for the group activities and were billeted at the Cedar Creek houses, among others.
The food was so-so. I had looked forward to having coffee here after getting up at 5 am to make it in time for the 8:30 am assembly here, but unfortunately despite the fact that this facility is in Batangas, their coffee is one of the blandest I have ever tasted. Service was okay.
The unit we stayed in was clean and well-maintained. It was a two-bedroom unit with a sala, kitchen, dining room. There was a TV in the sala and airconditioning in the bedrooms. However, there was a musty smell that bothered us, specially in the bathrooms. Also, there are no keys to the doors to the bedrooms. The key given to us was only for the front door. Since there was no notice otherwise, we had locked the door to the bedroom when we went out but when we asked at the front desk for the key to the bedroom, we were told there wasn't any at all. Which turned out to be true since the lock on the bedroom door turned out to be like a bathroom door lock which could be easily opened with a coin.
I took a walk after I woke up in the morning and chanced upon a very nice balikbayan (visiting overseas Filipino) couple from Darwin, Australia - Alfa and Cesar. We chatted for about half an hour and they seemed to be very content with the place which they rented (Oakridge, which was around the bend from the houses we had rented.)
The weather was nicely cool, which is what I expected for this time of the year. The overall resort seems to be well-maintained, and has the advantage of having mature pine (araucaria) trees, which I love. At least we felt like we were away from Metro Manila.
However, note that this location is far from most of the Tagaytay restaurants and attractions, so if you stay here you would take at least 20 minutes to get to anything exciting. But maybe that is what makes this an ideal place for rest and focused activities like teambuilding.
There was just some slight complication when we checked out. It seems that in one of the roomswe rented some wine was spilled onto the bed. For this, we were charged P4,000. But they let us take the stained bedsheets (2) and pillowcases home. Quite an expensive spill! They were also very strict about the corkage. Lesson learned - be very careful with the linens.
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