I know I posted an article about Tagaytay before but we just came back from another Tagaytay trip the other day and I knew I had to dedicate another entry to it. We didn’t go to the same places this time. And although we only had a day to enjoy Tagaytay, we were equipped with a guide who knew the area well. My Mom’s friend– Auntie Mila. For the record, it had been colder than usual. Jackets were a must!
Our first stop was the Moon Garden. Tagaytay is a nesting ground of gardens. Because of the wonderfully cool climate, flowers and plants thrive. Their fruits and various herbs are also popular among tourists and locals alike.
Anyway, Moon Garden is a lovely garden filled with lots of moon stuff. They also have an orchard of sorts with large paintings of flowers standing guard. If you’re a real flower lover, you will have great appreciation for all the flowers in Moon Garden. My Auntie Mila is one such person and I can’t even count the number of times she stopped by a tree and pointed out the characteristics of each bloom. I have never been much of a flower person (except when it comes to flowers given on Valentine’s Day) but I was still able to appreciate the beauty of them.
We had lunch at Royale Tagaytay. From my point of view, it’s basically an exclusive golf membership club. But the food is delicious! We stuffed ourselves silly with all kinds of pasta, cake, salad, chicken, beef… You name it! There were a lot of people that day. The kids almost outnumbered the adults! Perhaps that’s why they built a pool and a playground for them to play in.
We also stopped by Sonya’s Garden, one of the most popular spots in Tagaytay. Before this trip, I already had an image of the garden in mind. But what I saw there blew me away. Sonya’s Garden is a big garden! There were a lot of guests coming in and out, too! It had a bakery of its own where you can pick out a lot of wonderfully unique souvenirs like special coco jams and the famous Alamid coffee. There is also another souvenir shop in front where you can marvel at antique items. I think I spotted beautiful white linen somewhere in the back. The people there are all so friendly, too.
Sonya’s Garden has numerous dining areas. All of them have the charm and allure of the old Spanish-era Philippines. There are antique tea cups displayed in cabinets in some dining areas. And flowers as far as the eye can see. Once again, my Auntie Mila was enchanted. She has been there before (being the owner’s friend and all) but the flowers and the absolutely beautiful scenery still holds a power over her. There is also a spa service inside the garden for those who want to just kick off their shoes and relax. For those who want to stay overnight or for a couple of nights, they can avail of the beautiful houses built inside the garden. The rooms are fully furnished with the same Spanish-Filipino flair and provides a very romantic setting.
Valentine’s Day is coming up soon so perhaps a trip to Tagaytay will make the day more memorable.