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boutiquehoteltagaytay1.jpgThe Boutique Hotel in Tagaytay is one of Tagaytay’s newest accommodation providers, and arguably one of its most stunning. A lovely little bed and breakfast in the tradition of premium accommodations for traveling couples of distinction, the Boutique Hotel is an absolute must-see (and must-stay-at) if you’re a couple looking for an unforgettable night of romance (and, heck, I might as well say it, passion).

I personally have not stayed at The Boutique Hotel in Tagaytay. However, last night, I continued to search for a lovely out-of-town hotel at which Cathy and I could stay for our 5th year wedding anniversary, because staying in Manila just didn’t seem, well, 5th anniversary-ish.

Enter The Boutique. If you conduct a search on this lovely Tagaytay bed and breakfast, you’ll find almost unanimous approval from couples who’ve stayed there. It’s not a family hotel, it’s not a budget hotel, it’s not meant to be touristy. Everything I read seemed so unique so I sent a text message each to its proprietors Melon Santiago and Allana Montelibano asking about the property, and guest room availability, especially on such short notice.

Within minutes, their guest relations officer Lynlyn (I hope I spelled her name correctly) contacted me. Lynlyn filled me in on all information I could’ve possibly needed regarding the stay, the accommodations, room rates, amenities, and features. In all my years of travel, I have never received this kind of personalized guest service (well, technically, I have, from the Discovery Country Suites – what is it about Tagaytay bed and breakfasts?).

I think, if only for the fact that I, a potential guest, was extended such courtesy, especially by the owners of the property, I feel it is absolutely essential the Ganns Guide has an entry on The Boutique Hotel in Tagaytay. I’ve provided a wealth of information on this page, so those of you thinking of a romantic getaway in Tagaytay need not look much further. Choose either Discovery Country Suites or The Boutique Hotel in Tagaytay. (A third option is Sonia’s Garden, if you don’t mind not having air conditioning.)


boutiquehoteltagaytay3.jpgThe Boutique Hotel in Tagaytay has only seven rooms, each with its own name, reflecting the emotions sought to be brought about by the stay in that particular room. On the first floor are rooms I Lust, I Escape, I Surrender and I Love; on the second floor are I Dare, I Desire, and I Dream.

All guest rooms come with:

  • Wall-mounted LCD televisions
  • iPod-ready docks,
  • Choice of pillows (goose down, hypoallegenic, microfiber, etc)
  • In-room WIFI access
  • King-size beds with 300 thread-count linens
  • Breakfast in bed for two

boutiquehoteltagaytay4.jpgEach room also has its own special touches.For instance, I Lust, this Tagaytay hotel’s presidential suite, is the only room with a bath. I Love comes with a four-post bed and a patio; second floor rooms I Dare, I Desire and I Dream affords guests a magnificent view of Taal Volcano. I Love and I Surrender have patios; I Escape has a little garden outside.The Boutique Hotel in Tagaytay experience begins upon check-in. Guests choose a set of body essentials from the hotel’s personal “Pamper Me” line. Soaps, essential oils, shampoos, and conditioners are all organic and natural, adding to the feeling of luxury; guests can choose from tea tree, choco-mint, lavender and lilac, milk and honey, peppermint and green apple, among other fragrances. One can also select room fragrances, including blackcurrant, orange, strawberry, grapes, ocean breeze, rose, apple and hydrangea. The objective of the hotel is to provide guests with such little niceties and attention to detail that there will be, ideally, no need to leave the room. Other special touches include hot chocolate and marshmallows at bedtime (side note: we got milk and cookies at nearby Discovery Country Suites; more countryside bed and breakfasts should do this!).

It seems to be all about connection (spiritual, emotional, physical) at the Boutique. There are “naughty” pillow cases, makeup sets, even strip poles! (God, how I want to stay here!)

Amenities and Facilities

boutiquehoteltagaytay2.jpgPrivacy is apparently the word at The Boutique Hotel, and the main focus is to ensure you focus on your companion. Since most amenities are already provided en-suite, the only other two facilities of note are a gift shop to remember your stay by, and the Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue, which serves international and grilled cuisines, emphasizing a particularly good baby back ribs. (I dunno; it’s pretty hard to top Racks, as far as I’m concerned.)

Rates and Reservation Rules:
Check-in time at the Boutique Hotel in Tagaytay is 2PM; check-out time is 12:00nn. Payments in cash and major credit card are accepted, with room rates ranging from US$140 to US$220, with rates going higher, naturally, during the peak traveling seasons of December. Expect to pay somewhere near PHP10,000 per weekend night at their presidential suite.

Contact Information

45 Aguinaldo Highway
Silang Crossing East, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Tel Nos: (+63-46) 4131885; (+63-46) 4131798; (+63-46) 860-2716

To get to the Boutique Hotel in Tagaytay, exit at the Sta. Rosa exit from the South Luzon Expressway. Turn right at the public market (your landmark: the Iglesia ni Kristo Church) until you reach the Tagaytay Rotonda. (Your landmarks: the Bank of the Philippine Islands and a 7-11 convenience store.) It’s a few hundred meters past Day’s Hotel. (You’ve gone too far if you pass the famous Josephine’s Restaurant.)

Press Coverage

Guests who stayed at the Boutique Hotel in Tagaytay and have posted blog testimonials about their stay include:

Photo credits: Anton Diaz; Fireflyzephyr


1.jpgAfter spending a positively memorable wedding anniversary at the Discovery Suites in Pasig City, Philippines, I opted to select another Discovery property for the wedding anniversary the year after that, and I selected – as a surprise for my wife – Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay.

For those unfamiliar with Tagaytay, this city is an absolutely lovely place to be. It is famous for its pleasing cold weather (cold, of c2.jpgourse, in Philippine terms, is more than comfortable for international visitors more used to the biting cold of the West), its natural resources and parks, and a spectacular view of the active Taal Volcano.

After reviewing the photographs and room write-ups on their official website, I contacted the property directly and selected the Ceylon Room. One of only seven rooms at this extremely private property (it is more like a comfortable, large lodge than a hotel per se, and with only seven rooms, it is a great place to avoid the riffraff that come with larger properties), the Ceylon Room is located on the hotel’s garden level, and has a private entrance. It is the room closest to an outdoor jacuzzi and dining area.

The3.jpg Ceylon room was comfortable and cozy in its yellow and orange tones. A king-sized bed with smooth beddings, a divan (did I say that right?) beside the bed, a large T&B, and a TV with DVD player added to the many things we could do at the Country Suites. I really can’t describe the Ceylon Room better than cozy; it was a private getaway, after all, and we felt like we were the only two people in the world. It was a lovely room.

There were little culinary niceties that added to our enjoyment. For instance, in the afternoon, we were served ‘afternoon tea,’ which was a selection of cheeses to go with two glasses of wine. In the evening, after a dip in the jacuzzi that positively steamed in the crisp Tagaytay air, we were given warm milk and Christmas-themed cookies for a nightcap. The room came with an American breakfast, if I remember correctly, that was delightful and filling.

The services and perks that we got at the Discovery Country Suites are ver5.jpgy similar to the Discovery Suites in Manila. At the Discovery Suites in Manila, we were upsized for free when they learned it was our anniversary; here, the staff transferred the WIFI box – or whatever you call it – to our room because we wanted the free Internet access they offered but couldn’t tap into because the Ceylon is precisely that – private and separate from the rest of the hotel). Almost all the staff at the Country Suites knew our names, and we had the option of borrowing DVDs, VCDs, books, or board games from their (admittedly sparse) library for use either in our room or a large communal area.

As a reminder of our more-than-pleasant stay, we opted to purchase ceramic wall decor from their wonderfully quaint gift shop right beside the welcoming desk.

What we liked most about the Discovery Suites in Manila, we received in spades at the Discovery Country Suites. If you’re looking for a private getaway in the Philippines in a place with great weather and a host of things to do without leaving the hotel, the Deens wholeheartedly recommend Discovery Country Suites.

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