After our Tagaytay trip last September 2011, I and hubby had wanted to spend overnight in Tagaytay. But when we checked the hotel rates, I realized that they've priced it so "OA" (over ang mahal!). So, we didn't push through with the plan that soon. But when I saw the Metrodeal's offer of staying overnight in Las Ventanas for a very cheap price; I didn't let the chance passed. The overnight stay in a private casita with inclusions are worth P4,600 but I got it for P1,888 only. I bought one (1) voucher right away and made a booking for Valentines Day (Feb. 14, 2012.)
THE HOTEL RESORT
When I purchased the voucher, I didn't check how far it would be from main attractions in Tagaytay or from the town because we have a car to wander around anyway. But I know for sure that it is not along the main road of Tagaytay where most of the hotels are located.
Las Ventanas is located just right before you reach the Tagaytay Highway Road. When we saw that we are slowly approaching near to the Tagaytay City Market, hubby slows down the car and we saw a small tarpaulin of Las Ventanas on the left-side of the road before the Colette's. We took the narrow road with side-by-side small pineapple plantation and we just drove going down of the hilly area and at the end of that road is the red gate of Las Ventanas.
They didn't open the gate yet but a staff approached us and ask for our voucher. When I handed over to him our voucher and booking confirmation, they let our car in. I learned that they are strict when it comes to entering to their premises which I find okay. Safety first ika nga.
Las Ventanas Tagaytay
#238 Pag-ibig Street, Brgy. Francisco
Tel. No.: (02) 782-9845
Mobile No.: 0932-8558641
How to get there by car:
Take Sta. Rosa exit towards Tagaytay. When you reach Tagaytay City Market (where there are stalls selling flowers), look for Collettes sign at the left side of the road. There is a narrow road beside the sign - Pag-ibig Street. Enter the street, straight downwards and you will end up at the gate of Las Ventanas (red gate).
How to get there by public transportation:
Take express shuttle from Star Mall. Ask them the one that will pass Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road. Get down the Tagaytay City Market and walk across the street towards Collettes. Enter the road beside Collettes (there is also a small Las Ventanas tarp). Walk going down. The road ends at the gate of Las Ventanas (red gate).
In this area is where the accommodations are located.
Las Ventanas has three (3) clusters of casitas. Every cluster has a specific name and it consist of 3 casitas. Based on the picture above, the cluster in the middle is the Bahay na Tisa. The cluster in the left is the Bahay na Nipa and the cluster in the right is the Bahay na Bato where the massage room is also located.
THE HOTEL/ RESORT FACILITIES
It has a bean-designed swimming pool but unfortunately, it is not heated. They have a massage room and their masseurs are quite good. There's a 24-hours security guard stationed right in the gate of Las Ventanas.
They do not have WIFI. If you are looking to bond with the mother nature, this is the perfect place. The quiet place will make you just stay and just relax and take the stress away from work. You will do nothing but to listen from tweets of the birds, watch how the wind blows the leaves and branches of the trees, laze around in the pool, in the garden or in your own private casita of what they called Bahay. It has a garden setting and the pavement walk paths are love. There is a gazebo where guest can take their meals and lounge around while watching a television.
Lounge beds around the pool
Pool (but no heater)
An ample parking space for the guest's cars.
Here are some photos at night:
We forgot to take photo of the gazebo/ restaurant in our camera but I took some from my iPhone using Instagram:
THE CASITA in Bahay na Tisa
Our reserved casita in Bahay na Tisa was at #3 and it is located in the elevated side of the cluster. I love the bahay because it brought a really homey feeling. The voucher includes an overnight stay at Bahay na Tisa, a complimentary welcome drinks upon arrival, breakfast, dinner & a 60-minutes couple's body massage for two (2) persons for Php 1,888 only.
Our casita in Bahay na Tisa
It has a comfortable double size bed with 4 pillows. It also has a cabinet where you can put your personal stuffs and belongings (luggage). It doesn't have a television which I understand since the concept of their accommodation is to have their guests a relaxing and quiet stay. But you can go to the gazebo anytime to watch a television though. It doesn't have an aircon, too, but there's an electric fan. You won't need an aircon since it is cool there even at daytime.
It comes with bath towels and a blanket. They also provide basic toiletries like shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste and bath soap.
Toilet & Bath Area
It has a separate shower area and toilet.
The ensuite toilet & bath is located at the back side of the casita. There is a private backyard and I saw some plants also but the backyard isn't clean. This bathroom area is open going to the backyard. At first, I was worried if there are people that would peek on us while using the bathroom but the girl guaranteed that there'll be none. She even said that the lot next to the fence are theirs, too.
Right after verifying our booking confirmation and the Metrodeal voucher, they gave us the stubs for availing each of the complimentary.
60-minutes couple's massage: It was so good. I rated it as 9 out of 10 because the best massage we had was still the one we had in Boracay last October 2010. The next ones we had (either Boracay or here in Manila) was a total fail and just a waste of money. Anyway, the masseurs in Las Ventanas did a good job. We were quite impressed.
Complimentary Set Dinner: I forgot what we ordered but it was pork. It tastes good but the rice was kind of bitin. They also served us drinks since we haven't availed our welcome drinks when we check-in earlier. We're okay with that though because we weren't that hungry since we took lunch late already. We got a sweet gesture from them when they served a heart-shaped chocolate donut; nga pala Valentines kasi.
Complimentary Breakfast: We waited for quite long but nonetheless, the breakfast was served and with a hot coffee, too. They actually served a hot water with a 3-in-1 Nescafe sachet.
WHAT WE DON'T LIKE
The pool has no heater and I was disappointed because of that. I brought a swimsuit but I really lost interest to soak in the pool even for a bit only. The water was freezing.
We DON'T LIKE the big mosquitoes; who like it anyway? Lols! When the dusk slowly taking place, the mosquitoes also started coming out and they are big, no kidding. We didn't open our windows though it's screened because it has a holes, too. But from morning up to 5:00 pm, we haven't seen or been bitten but I strongly advise you to bring a mosquito repellent with you. I hope they will provide each casitas a plug-in mosquito mats to ensure guest's comfortable stay. Sometimes, the electric fan cannot blow away big mosquitoes.
Everything was just fine. From the very worth price of the voucher that we got from Metrodeal; Php1,888 was such a sweet deal. Though I noticed that the Bahay na Tisa isn't that tidy; I considered it just okay since the setting of the accommodation was like living in a farm. We enjoyed our overnight stay in Las Ventanas. With regards to service, I find all the staffs very accommodating and attentive as well as the masseurs and the gardener.
Small pineapple plantation right outside of Las Ventanas.
The surrounding just totally reminded me of a farm life way back when I was 6-9 years old at my father's farm. I and hubby had a relaxing yet romantic Valentines in this quiet place of Las Ventanas. It was a worth 20-hours stay of celebrating the special day and a quick escape from the busy metropolis. We will surely grab another voucher if there's any chance again.
Until my next post.