Finally, a chuva-approved hotel opens in Tagaytay.
And by that, I mean a place I could actually stay in because it has modern bathrooms with clean lines. For me, bathrooms are everything. If I’m not comfortable in my hotel bathroom, I’d rather stay home.
There is seriously a lack of chuva-approved hotels in the Philippines, that’s why I was very excited when I learned about Anya Resort from my friend Alexei Villaraza, who arranged a special tour for us.
Anya Resort opened last July 2017, and is just one of three Philippine hotels included in the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It is managed by Anya Hospitality Corp.—a partnership between Roxaco Land and Fuego Hotels.
We drove to Tagaytay on a Tuesday morning, 11 AM and got there around 1 PM. Not bad.
You drive through this bamboo-lined road
and arrive at this resort
Frankly, I was shocked at the security we had to deal with. The gated community is heavily guarded so if safety and security are your concerns, then you’ll be happy there.
Exclusivity, privacy, and space are at the core of the Anya philosophy, said Joe Escalambre, Sales Director at Anya Resort & Residences who welcomed us upon arrival.
From the main building, which houses the reception area, three restaurants, and two function rooms, you can walk to your room or take a golf cart.
The hotel was busy when we arrived. There was a large group from Max’s, I saw my friend Mark de Joya, and cute couple Audee and Kristel Villaraza, who were just checking out.
“What we loved most were the little surprises. The resort knew I was celebrating my birthday, and they made is feel special was through small, repeated surprises,” he shared.
“Normally, resorts have a standard 2 PM check-in time. Anya does not practice this. You can check-in and check-out anytime through your Lifestyle Assistant. We arrived at 9:30 AM and it was great knowing we still had a fully day to enjoy the amenities.”
“There was a security personnel standing outside of our suite the entire time. At first, we found this odd, but seeing a security detail whenever we would step out gave us a good sense of safety. He didn’t follow us. He just guarded the perimeter area,” said Audee.
Units at Anya Resort have been sold to investors from Php 11 million for a studio to Php 21 million for a one-bedroom. The rooms are enrolled in a lease-back program where they are rented out as hotel rooms. Right now, they have a special rate ranging from Php 5,200-Php 6,900.
Joe gave us a tour of the two room types.
The one bedroom (101 to 127 square meters) has a living room and kitchenette
and a spacious bathroom
The studio is 49 square meters and has either one king-sized or two double beds, plus a daybed for a third guest.
Plus the beautiful bathroom
The rooms also have balconies and terraces.
Next we toured the three dining outlets.
Heading Anya Resort’s food and beverage department is Relais and Chateau-recognized chef Emmanuel Stroobant, who writes books, appears on TV, and owns restaurants in Singapore.
Samira is the all-day dining restaurant while Anila is a cafe and wine bar.
Amra is a deli that serves pizza, pasta and sandwiches that you can enjoy by the poolside.
Anya Resort represents the second phase of the 7.2-hectare Anya Resort & Residences development in Tagaytay City. The first phase comprises residential lots, which the owners can develop in accordance with three different house designs. The third phase will offer 134 residential units in 10 low-rise condominiums.
P.S. If you’re bringing a driver, Anya can help you arrange his accommodation at a nearby lodging for Php1,000 per person/per night, inclusive of two meals.
Finally, a chuva-approved hotel in Tagaytay. If only one would open up in Baguio, that would be perfect.
Universe, make it happen!
Anya Resort is at Buenavista Hills Road, Barangay Mag-asawang Ilat, Tagaytay City
Manila (632) 657.1640
Cavite (046) 419.8040
Hotline (0998) 577.9999
For more information or reservations, go to http://anyaresorts.com.