The heat, the traffic, and a few days of weekend free time are good enough reasons to head for the south of Manila.
Here, with one to two hours travel time, one can find vacation gems that offer refreshingly cool comfort, with a bit of summer fun and frolic for city folk bent on escaping Manila’s cramped and stiflingly hot and humid spaces.
Sol y Viento Hotels and Resorts, the company that introduced you to the beauty of mountain spring resort getaways offers two vacation destinations—Costa Tropical in Pansol, Laguna and Alta D’ Tagaytay Hotel in Tagaytay City, Cavite province.
NEW WATERPARK ATTRACTION
Part of the sprawling Sol y Viento Pansol Hotel, Costa Tropical is the latest and newest waterpark attraction in this 12-hectare mountain spring resort that overlooks the iconic scenic spots of Laguna de Bay, Mount Makiling, and the Makati City skyline.
Located in Km. 55, Makiling Heights in Barangay Pansol, Calamba City, Laguna province, Costa Tropical is a one and half ride away from Manila via the Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
This waterpark can accommodate as much as 500 people and features swimming pools, water slides, and water playgrounds.
Aside from the slides and water features, Costa Tropical also offers a henna booth and walking magicians.
“With Costa Tropical, we envision that Sol y Viento Hotel Pansol will be one of the best leisure destinations not just in the Southern Tagalog region but in the whole CALABARZON (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) area,” said Ruzielle Sto. Tomas, director for sales and marketing of Sol y Viento Hotel and Alta D’ Tagaytay.
Sto. Tomas added that Sol y Viento Pansol Hotel is envisioned to be a full estate—a hotel, a resort, and a day trip area, with recreational facilities like areas for bowling, billiards, darts, basketball, tennis courts.
“Soon, we will also have camping, trekking, cycling, rock climbing, and cliff hanging,” she said, adding that visitors, when they come to Laguna, “just want to go to a place where they can really relax, swim, order food, eat their convenience, and have a good time. And that is why people prefer this kind of a set up.”
Denizens of Manila can opt for Cavite province as their destination and find themselves in Alta D’ Tagaytay Hotel, overlooking the awe- inspiring Taal Volcano and placid and picture-pretty Taal Lake.
Opened in 2016, Alta D’ Tagaytay is the only hotel in Tagaytay City located right at Tagaytay Ridge. “Hotels in Taal may have a view of Taal Volcano, but their locations are far from the Ridge,” said Sto. Tomas.
The famous Tagaytay Ridge was once the caldera of an old volcano which rose some 5,000 to 6,000 meters high. It stretches about 32 kilometers from Mount Batulao to Mount Sungay, the highest point in Cavite province.
Being right at the ridge, one can look down into Taal Volcano with its tiny crater rising from the lake. One can also have a glimpse of Taal’s lakeshore fishing villages.
Alta D’ Tagaytay Hotel is one of the primary properties of Sol Y’ Viento Hotels and Resorts. It is approximately one and a half hours drive from Manila.
Suffused in the cool climate of Tagaytay, the hotel boasts of Tudor-style architecture. The wood furnishings evoke a very Spanish ambiance, with a touch of Filipino.
“All our Superior Deluxe rooms come with a jacuzzi tub. New rooms are priced at P9,500 a night while old rooms are at P10,500 because they are bigger,” said Sto. Tomas.
Alta D’ Tagaytay offers a delightful choice of culinary experiences, in its restaurant, La Terazza. Guests can satisfy their cravings with the hotel restaurant’s local and international cuisines.
The hotel has an international restaurant building which houses a Pancake House, a Japanese restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, and a deck bar at the very top, very much like the Skybar of Singapore.
According to Sto. Tomas, Alta D’ Tagaytay has a mixed clientele, with 20% foreigners and 80% Filipino.
Both Costa Tropical and Alta D’ Tagaytay are operated by Sol Y Viento Hotels and Resorts, which is in turn owned by the University of Perpetual Help Daisy Antonio Laperal Tamayo (DALTA) Group of Companies.
In the resort-hotel business, the group started with Sol y Viento-Pansol Hotel, touted as the “first and only professionally managed resort in the province of Laguna.”
With Dr. Antonio L. Tamayo as chairman of the board and chief executive officer (CEO) of the DALTA group of Companies has created a reputable niche in various fields of education, healthcare, real estate and land development, food and agriculture, insurance and manpower services. (Charmaine Arquibel)