Not far-away in the South of the restless Manila is a haven, an oasis even, hidden from the rest of the world for years. Until just a few years ago, when the owners had decided to put an effort in making it known but still not that many know of this. Quite an adventure we found having to discover something of this worth exists.
Cintai. The word itself beguiles you, but the story behind the whole idea will sure to captivate your heart.
Open courtyards with gazebos, stone-pavements leading to two pavilions and plush gardens.
Whether a wedding be in a garden or inside a majestic pavilion that would fit up to 200 people, the options are endless and the prices are easy on the pocket. To date, 13 weddings have been hosted in the garden.
|Pavillion Tresna, a view from the garden|
|Inside the Pavillion Tresn|
One of its kind. Balinese lifestyle had drawn the owners into designing the place. Who would not? The tranquil and rustic feel fuses in with the tropical surrounding, all in harmony. I have never experience such lifestyle yet in the course of our travel (nor have I gone to Indonesia). Let me say this though, this piece of haven is a glimpse of Indonesia with the total experience of the luxurious Bali lifestyle.
|The Executive Villa|
Bring the book you have been meaning to finish, or have a Bible, gather up your friends or family members and share some thoughts on certain verses, then going back to Manila would be another challenge but armed enough to fight the tough battles.
More fun activities in the summer. After the tour we had, the president and one of Corito's kids was so nice to accommodate us with an interview. "More things have been planned out for Cintai," boasts Patricia Palma Gil-Poniente. Being a chef trained in the US for Thai cooking, and now the President of Cintai, she plans to hold workshops to guests, such as basic Thai cooking. For the more valiant quests, they have tied up with people down the Taal lakeshore, pushing their project known as "Pusod Center," for a guided trek to the crater of Taal volcano.
For now, massage services are done upon request, but the owners are planning of having a spa inside the garden to complete the Bali lifestyle package. "Cintai was developed at a very slow pace," as Miss Patricia uttered more. Till now it is a work in progress, only 5 hectares of the seven-hectare land are only developed.
Our day-tour ended with the best Lomi I ever had, which can be found here as well. Balete, the town where this garden is situated, if you haven't known is the place for good :Lomis. Every corner has a "Lomihan" showcasing their heirloom recipe of the humbled Lomi. A good cold glass of coconut drink was a perfect match for a comfort-filled bowl.
Call them at:
63917 833 1508
63922 828 6789
63922 877 8665
Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan Balete, Batangas
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