THE ROAD TO ANYA RESORT TAGAYTAY FOR A STAYCATION
Tina and I met up with Abie at Trinoma for our weekend getaway. We were all excited to go for our ultimate staycation at the Anya Resort Tagaytay. Anya Resort and Residences is located at Buenavista Hills Road, Brgy. Mag-asawang Ilat, Tagaytay City.
Since we were coming all the way from the northern part of Metro Manila, it took us two and a half hours to reach Anya Resort Tagaytay. The resort is near the Manila-Tagaytay Rotunda, shopping centers, restaurants, and landmarks like Picnic Grove and People’s Park in the Sky.
Aside from these attractions, Tagaytay is one of the Philippines’ favorite summer getaway destinations because of its cool climate with matching idyllic lush green surroundings.
Anya Resort is only the second phase of the Anya Resort & Residences development in Tagaytay, which will have three phases. The first phase is an open-lot residential community. The third phase is a low-rise condominium complex, which will house 134 residential units.
Anya Resort and Residences is a Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH)-approved hotel. SLH is a global brand awarded to only a few small hotels with first-rate services.
Arrival at Anya Resort Tagatay
Being a luxury hotel, good security is a must. Upon arrival, we were greeted by guards who checked our vehicle as well. This already gave me the feeling that Anya Resort was safe, just like home.
We then drove through a road lined up with bamboo trees, making one feel very relaxed. At night, they lit up those bamboo trees, making the place look and feel even more surreal.
Arrival at the Lobby of Anya Resort and Residences
First, were were greeted by the sound of the gong. The resort staff then greeted us with “Welcome Home!” Their tagline is their direct way of telling guests to feel at home.
The greetings came with refreshments like tea, small snacks, and cold towel.
We sat at the lobby, enjoyed our refreshments, relaxed, until the staff approached to assist us with check-in.
The Anya Resort and Residences has eleven 2-story villas, with a total of 88 suites. The main resort building houses the lobby, the three in-house restaurants, two function rooms, and a chic library.
Overall, the resort features a mix of modern and traditional Filipino design. This includes, among others, woven chairs, Capiz windows, and decorative shells. Its design features high ceilings, large glass windows, and a garden, all of which complement the cool breeze and the rich greenery of Tagaytay.
Younger guests as well as those who are physically fit can definitely walk around from villa to villa. However, if preferred, you may hop onto their golf carts.
Tina and I had a Junior Suite with 2 twin beds. We had a huge bathroom with a bathtub, a shower area, and a toilet area with 2 sets of mirror and sink – His and hers!
(In this case—Hers and Hers) LOVED it!
We had a huge couch or daybed. It was a good place to rest after drying up from the pool, especially if you don’t want the bed to get dirty.
We had a lot of space in the room as its maximum capacity is 3 persons. It had a coffee maker, TV, ironing facilities—amenities that added to our comfort at our home away from home.
I loved it that they had a box with a generous supply of vanities/toiletries.
The toiletries were all organic, leaving you smelling so good and feeling smooth and silky throughout the day.
We also had a balcony furnished with a table and chairs. It was a nice place to hang out, and had a good view of the pool and the green lawn.
My friends next room were in a Junior King Suite which was very similar to our Junior Twin Suite.
On the other hand, the Anya Garden Suites and Anya Veranda Suites have bigger spaces. Aside from basic room facilities, both have a kitchenette with refrigerator, a living room, and a bigger balcony.
We had a flamingo floatie that we needed to inflate. We called up the front desk to see if they could help us out. We were glad that they were very responsive and able to attend to us.
- Amra is a deli bar which offers a wide selection of wines, gourmet sandwiches, and tapas. They are open for lunch and dinner.
- Samira is a fine dining restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. From the outdoor seating, you can get a nice view of the pool and suites. You can also request for a private dining area good for up to 10 guests. The theme of their menu is Mediterranean cuisines.
- Anila is a poolside and an all-day dining restaurant. Their specialties are brick-oven pizzas as well as pasta and sandwiches. Every weekend, they serve buffet lunch and dinner.
Tina and I both enjoyed the fact that we had options on which restaurants we could eat at. We had our breakfasts at Samira, our afternoons having coffee by the café Amra and our sunset sessions doing happy hour at Anila.
You can read more about the food of Anya Resort Tagaytay here.
As the villas that will permanently house the gym and spa are not ready yet, Anya Resort and Residences temporarily converted 2 villas for their guests to be able to enjoy these amenities.
We had the Niyama Signature Spa. OMG!
We were asked to pick between 3 scents. I chose the relaxing one while Tina chose the energizing one.
Before anything else, we were asked to fill up a form. Here, you can write about our health history, spa preferences, what to prioritize and to avoid. I liked this because I had areas with more pain that I wanted to focus on. And, Tina had just sprained her ankle so she did not want that to be touched.
We started off by having our feet washed with salt and water.
I loved the Niyama signature massage. The massage used 3 combinations: heated bamboo, stretching, and deep tissue massage. I just got back from Hong Kong where I did a lot of hiking and walking, so I was super exhausted. The massage helped relieve my fatigue. It was heavenly.
Their massage services, especially the heated bamboo part, for me, was unforgettable. I’ll keep going back even for the massage alone.
The on-site fitness gym is small but with basic equipment like Kinesis Wall Equipment, mat, weight lifting equipment, and floor mat.
Anya Resort has two levels of heated pool—perfect especially so you can still enjoy it during the “ber” months to early Jan and Feb when the weather is cooler.
We enjoyed lounging at the Resort pool, which was near the Anila.
We ordered orange juice while swimming. My friend Sandy highly recommended it; she said she even dreamt of it. I couldn’t agree more—-it was definitely refreshing.
The Library is a cozy place where you can play chess and read books. They have tons of books you can borrow. The books are nicely arranged by color and cover a wide range of subjects. This place is actually cozy and homey that you could spend hours just chilling there. Newspapers are also provided there.
Each guest or group has a designated Lifestyle Assistant who can help arrange on-site or off-site activities throughout your stay. You can do morning yoga, massage, or a day trip to Punta Fuego in Batangas, which is only two hours away.
When we were about to leave the Anya Resort, the GM and the staff lined up in the lobby just to wave goodbye. It was a warm send-off. It was truly one of the best and most unforgettable experiences in the hotel.
The Anya Resort has let us feel special through simple gestures of warm welcome greetings, warm send off, and a designated Lifestyle Assistant to help us get the most of our weekend in Tagaytay. It was a perfect weekend getaway and a very nice temporary home.
Until next time, Anya Resorts. I really want to go back; maybe next time with my family.
P.S. Oh, did I mention? They also have barbecue nights on weekends, so if you want to bring your family, then that’s a good time to do so.