When you want a calm, peaceful environment, a sanctuary, a certain place comes to mind – Bali. But then Bali can be too far and expensive, don’t you think? I’ve never been to Bali so I don’t have any idea what it actually feels like be to there. But I’ve seen photos, mostly from friends who have stayed there for vacation and I must say that I think it should be on my list of must-visit places. With our crazy and busy lifestyle, I guess there’s this much needed quietness in any person’s life and so there’s a longing to find a space that can actually give you that. Bali could be that place for some, but for me, for now, Cintai would be enough.
When Batangas feels like Bali
Most Manileños would visit Batangas for its beaches, but there’s more to Batangas than just their waters. There are hidden gems, like unique cafes, sumptuous dishes in fine restaurants and a garden sanctuary we found in Lipa, Batangas – Cintai Corito’s Garden.
It’s Balinese-inspired architecture will make you want to take so many pictures, in every angle. The architectural details are so intricate; there will be no space left unnoticed. You’ll be surprised that even the private bathrooms and public shower area are adorned with Balinese designed furniture. Hand-carved stone walls and sculptures are all over the place. Huge doors open up to a large garden space. A multi-purpose hall is conveniently located near the villas – perfect for all kinds of events.
We managed to book via DealGrocer, so it was a lot cheaper than their published rate. The offer was an overnight stay for four persons in a Terrace Villa. It also included a set breakfast for four and free use of all their facilities. We got access to three swimming pools with cabanas and an entertainment room. You might want to get that one-hour free bike rental to explore the resort. Also, alpacas, mini horses, peacocks, ducks, spotted deer and donkey roam around the resort. As for me, I’m fine with four-legged animals. The winged ones, not really. So if you’re fond of animals, like most kids are, you’re free to pet them. 🙂
They also have a restaurant and a bar which offer a wide selection of dishes. The popcorn with nuts and spicy honey sauce is a must-try. Now I’m hungry.
Anyway, here’s how you’ll get there (by private vehicle).
- Take the South Luzon Expressway, heading south, take Malvar Exit onto Southern Tagalog Aerial Road
- Go straight ahead and turn right to Balete Road
- Cintai Corito’s Garden would be on your left
Only a few hours away from Manila, Cintai managed to bring the Bali experience a little closer to us. This might be one of the most relaxing getaways you could ever have.
Cintai Website: http://coritosgarden.com