Sole Sisters on Assignment: Weekend of Filipino Pride at Domicillo TagaytayThursday, May 28, 2015
Celebrating special occasions with a loved one can be made more memorable by taking out-of-town trips. Birthdays or anniversaries are the perfect excuse to splurge and indulge in little luxuries of travel. I’ve spent my last four birthdays in interesting destinations of the Philippines. When I heard of the newly opened domicillo TAGAYTAY Boutique Hotel, I knew it was the perfect place to spend our friend's birthday weekend.
The domicillo TAGAYTAY Boutique Hotel is an 8-room lodging that was conceptualized from a furniture shop by Rene Alcala.
The room is very well-lit and the bed was very cozy. There are wi-fi routers in each room, which made internet connectivity very fast. There is a hidden fridge in a clever cabinet with complimentary sodas and juices.
They also gave us a complimentary bottle of wine from Chile.
We had a mini-garden in our balcony, which was a great place to relax and meditate to the resonating energy radiating from the crater lake. In terms of privacy, the divider of the balconies of the Premier Rooms are pretty low and one can easily peek through the neighboring rooms. This worked in our favor because we had two rooms with friends.
We were very fortunate to be one of the first customers of the Aozura Restaurant, which opened on the day we checked in. After our complimentary 1-hour combination massage, we were all famished and excited to try the unique dishes of the Japanese Restaurant. Climbing to the top floor of the hotel building to get to the Azoura Restaurant surely jump-started our appetites.
We had the Aozura Ramen, which is a fusion of Japanese flavors and the Tagaytay-favorite Filipino soup, Bulalo. It’s an innovative dish by their chef, Seiji Kamura. It's the perfect compliment to the cool weather of Tagaytay.
Their Teriyaki Chicken was just the right sweetness I was craving for. Perhaps my surprising favorite dish we had was the Nasu Miso, which is a miso-glazed eggplant.
We chose to have our breakfast at the hotel’s other restaurant, La Finca, which also just opened. They use their own produce from the La Finca Farm in Batangas, which is a sustainable concept I loved about this dinery. As with our rooms, the restaurant offered us a great view of the lake.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so I ordered their Filipino Breakfast, with spiraled bacon and eggs. It was very filling and their service was excellent.
They have a coffee shop vibe and it’s nice to chill at their veranda if you want to get away from the crowded Tagaytay spots.
We experienced a laid back and relaxed weekend barkada getaway at domicillo TAGAYTAY. We spent a lot of time in the lounge sipping wine and playing cards. There is a hint of party music in the background due to some nearby bars, but thankfully, the noise is minimized in the rooms. When we got a bit chilly at our alfresco hang-out spot, we moved to the cozy promenade garden outside our rooms. We felt at home and we hope the acoustics of the building buffered our laughter from disturbing other relaxing guests.
Audrey is Filipina millenial who has an appetite for adventure and excitement. She is a radio broadcaster, sports analyst, environmental advocate and entrepreneur-wannabe all rolled into one spicy burrito. Hungry for self-improvement? She shares her musings on Audreynaline Rush.
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Editor's Note: Our appreciation goes out to the DOMICILLO team for inviting us and providing the complimentary stay. As always, all opinion are the author's. If you’d like to make arrangements, you can easily book through their Facebook page or call (046) 413 3552 or 0922 884 1532.