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Tagaytay scenic retreat
Source: Manila Bulletin
Author: -
Date: 2005-04-01
In a busy world where silence is a rare commodity, Tagaytay affords the stressed professional a quick getaway into a moment of peace. Via Santa Rosa, the ride progresses into a green landscape and fresh mountain air, until you reach the ridge that opens up into a vast expanse where the world’s smallest active volcano lies within a crater lake.

You may have been to Tagaytay many times before, yet it still elicits a unique kind of awe as the fickle weather lifts the shroud of mist to reveal the majestic lake and this makes Tagaytay a top choice for refuge, for tired bodies and searching minds. So when life has you longing for a quick escape or getaway, come to the newly-opened Discovery Country Suites, a scenic retreat inspired by the outstanding natural beauty of Tagaytay.

The bed and breakfast property is an intimate seven-suite country home perched on the picturesque Tagaytay Ridge. The surrounding view of the Taal Lake, endless pineapple fields, cut flowers dotting the streets and fresh vegetable gardens immediately catch the eye. Warmly furnished with a few modern luxuries, the scents of fresh flowers filling the air, Discovery Country Suites offers the same warmth and friendly atmosphere, superb service and hospitality that Discovery Suites in Ortigas is known for.

Luxurious amenities and thoughtful touches guaranteed to surpass expectations are provided – like plump goose down pillows on beds, a cup of hot chocolate with delectable cookies by the bedside at bedtime, a slow crackling fire from fireplace, a good book or movie at the library, a truly scrumptious breakfast and wine tasting at cocktail time. And Sunshine Rocha, the pleasant resident manager, who will dote on your every need.

Each guest room is spacious, especially the Oxford suite. This Victorian-style master suite includes a large bedroom and bathroom plus a separate sitting area. The seven luxurious themed rooms are nothing less than spectacular. The rooms have a particular character with designs that work to cultivate a warm, cozy atmosphere. There’s Andalucia, the Spanish-themed suite; the Saint-Tropez suite which is French Tuscan inspired; the Siam suite is Thai-Malay enthused; while Nara evokes a Japanese feel. The Sri-Lankan inspired suite is called Ceylon and the airy American suite, Nantucket.

At Discovery Country Suites, great care is taken in keeping all areas clean and tastefully decorated. Guests will enjoy the finest amenities with all the comforts and facilities for discerning leisure and business travelers. Guest rooms have cable TV, air conditioning, telephone and private baths. The whirlpool at the garden has a lakeside view that takes the breath away. Amenities include complimentary country breakfast daily and free wine tasting with cheese and hors d’oeuvres.

The main restaurant, Verbena, which is a lemon herb, serves fresh, contemporary Mediterranean cuisine created by Executive Chef David Pardo de Ayala. The menu is complemented by a prestigious wine list based from renowned international labels. Guests may dine in doors or alfresco on the gardens with a sweeping view of the Taal Lake.


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