I had been on many day trips to Tagaytay over the years, but it had been a long time since I had stayed there overnight. I guess I never really thought it warranted a stay. I had heard about Sonya’s Garden from many people in passing and even browsed through the coffee table book, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to check it out with my girlfriend who was visiting for the weekend from Singapore.
We arrived there after a hearty bulalo lunch at Leslie's, and luckily check-in was smooth, which was good since I could barely stay awake at that point. We were pleasantly surprised with the room - it was charming, simple, and spacious. The bed was very comfortable, the sheets nice and crisp. Naturally, I responded to the environment by promptly taking a well-deserved nap. This ended up becoming the theme of our short stay there - taking it easy and slowing down.
The price for the stay wasn’t exactly cheap, but it turned out to be good value. It was good that both dinner and breakfast were included - no need to worry about where to eat and driving around after we arrived. The dishes on the buffets were simple and hearty - you could tell that they were prepared with fresh ingredients and care. We went back for seconds and thirds, then a bit more. I also got my fill of their famous fresh dalandan juice. The rest of the guests also seemed to be enjoying their meals with gusto, so everyone was happily fed when Sonya herself was doing her rounds.
We capped off the evening with a relaxing massage at the spa, which was quite reasonably priced and staffed with excellent masseuses. I tried out the steam therapy, which used a modified rice cooker to create steam and didn't really do anything for me, so it may be best to stick the the massages. After this indulgence, the cool and fresh air was the perfect ingredient for a good night’s rest - a big change from smoggy and hot Manila.
The next day, we woke up refreshed after a night of unprotected sleep. The bright sunshine outside and chorus of cows greeted us good morning. We stumbled our way to a proper breakfast (meaning eggs and bacon were involved) which ended on the perfect note with old-fashioned Spanish chocolate and hopia. Singaporeans are typically quite demanding when it comes to food, so kudos to them since the girlfriend smiled and gave her thumbs up in approval.
All in all, a great weekend to sink into a state of relaxation and the perfect antidote to manic city life. I would love to come back for another visit, and I am really glad I picked it over some other cheaper but soulless place, of which there are many in Tagaytay. Hopefully, the bakeshop will have some of their famous goodies ready this time around.
- Also Known As:
- Sonya`s Garden Hotel Tagaytay
- Sonya`s Garden Bed And Breakfast