Located in the sleepy town of Alitagtag and can be reached by driving through a one-lane alley past sugarcane fields and farms, the resort is way off the usual tourist path. Had we not known the owners, I doubt if we will consider it as a weekend destination. But so glad we did!
The resort is in a 4-hectare rolling hill on the Batangas edge of Taal Lake. The main building's architecture was designed after the local "nipa" hut. A short bridge over a small pond separates the driveway from the main entrance where the sound of flowing water adds to the soothing feeling upon arrival. Known as the Alitagtag Mansion, the main building houses the reception, dining area and bedrooms. Separate villas, or serviced apartments, are located a few meters from the main mansion.
While the furniture (including beds and cabinets) were made of bamboo and local materials, the rooms have the amenities of modern living. Each room is equipped with personal ref, 42" HD TV, cable and aircon. Further, the bathroom has bath tub, rain shower, and bidet knobs. An adult and a kiddie pool are available in the lower portion of the property. This area also serves as party/reception venue.
Definitely, the 1.5 hours drive from our place was worth it.
The view from the resort was really breath-taking --- Mt. Maculot on one side, Tagaytay ridge across, and Taal Lake/Volcano in the foreground.
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