300 Calamba Road, Brgy., San Jose, Tagaytay City, Philippines
If you haven’t noticed already, Verniece and I love reviewing hotels – even when it’s just staycations here in Manila. A few weeks ago, we were invited by the lovely management of The Discovery Leisure Company to spend a weekend in their property in Tagaytay called Discovery Country Suites. It’s one of the handful prestigious hotels they have here around the country and we’ve heard good feedback about their Boracay one so we were very excited. I’ve heard that their service was impeccable so we wanted to experience it for ourselves. At around 10 am, we met up with the General Management in their Ortigas hotel and he told us that he wanted our stay to be quite different from all the hotels we stayed in, here and abroad. That he has a little surprise for us and it starts from the very minute we left Discovery Suites and here it was…
I know very little about cars and neither does Verniece. We don’t mind riding in them though so it was quite a delight to have one of the most luxurious cars in the world to drive us to Tagaytay. It was such a an experience! What I noticed is they really pay attention about the nitty gritty details of their guests because the snacks they served us in the car were our favourite desserts – peanut butter flavoured cookies and brownies and the songs they played were too! The ones we’ve blogged on separate blog posts. With that car ride alone, I knew I was in for a treat my whole stay there.
and it did not disappoint. The hotel has a bed and breakfast concept where only 7 rooms occupy this big house. Just a little trivia, it used to be the vacation home of the Tiu Family here in Tagaytay and because they only go once every two years, they decide to convert it and make it the hotel we know today. Right when you enter, you’ll get a feel that you’re home away from home.
Here’s the view!
We were brought to our room right after being greeted by the whole staff at the door and here’s where we were placed. Suite Andalucia, a Spanish inspired room, that looks just like the joint bedroom Verniece and I never had. James and Rhea told us that the interiors of the whole place used to be loud and used to scream the places that inspired the rooms. For example, this room used to be red but after the recent renovation, it subdued everything and only placed the themes in the little details. For one, the design on the throw pillows, head board and the runner inspired the Flamengco dancers in Spain.
Everything’s so personalised! If you’re a coming back guest at any Discovery Suites property, you’ll find these in your room. Your picture and little details, of course :) Not just because we’re bloggers but you’ll get the experience too :)
What made me love Discovery Country Suites down to the very last space in stomach is their famous, Restaurant Verbena. It’s just in the middle of the rooms and occupies just less than 50 people. I swear, this is something you should never miss when staying here.
The seats in the veranda overlooks the famous Taal Lake and it’s accompanied by the cold breeze Tagaytay is famous for.
The concept of the restaurant is farm to table. Meaning, they source the freshest produce around the city and they bring it straight to their kitchen for them to cook. They even grow some of their herbs on their backyard! Yes, very bed and breakfast!
Here are our appetisers. The Arugula they grow was freshly picked so they suggested that we order the salads that has it. It was fresh but my favourite from all were the scallops. It was cooked perfectly. Yum!
and here are our main courses. (from top left) Pan Roasted Seafood, Chef David’s Chicken Cacciatore, Surf and Turf and Braised Australian Lamb Shank.
I got to taste all dishes except for the chicken but everything was how it should be – the seafood was fresh and cooked just right, the steak melted in your mouth and the lamb was amazing. It was so soft and the flavours were dancing in my mouth. The servings are VERY big so I suggest to make everything for sharing.
Right after lunch, we were toured to the rest of the property.
Here is room Narra, a Japanese inspired room.
The common area that holds a fire place. The hotel has three in total.
Ceylon, a Sri Lankan inspired room. It has a private entrance and your very own balcony just in case you wanna be secretive. haha! What I wish the hotel had were bigger rooms but then the hotel was made for couples because of the romantic feel it has but they do have family rooms – Siam and Narra.
Right after our tour, they made us try their in house massage. I love that they do it in room just like how we do it in our house. I swear, I felt at home!
After the massage, we had wine pairing. This goes with the room by the way and you have the choice of having it in bed or have it set up in the restaurant. If you love wine and cheese like Verniece, you’ll love this because they serve you a wide array of it.
Right after dinner and wine, we went straight back to the room and it was already arranged for sleeping. I was surprised to find these books on my bed and they left Verniece a USB that contains romantic comedies to help us sleep. See????? DOWN TO THE LAST DETAILS! They knew that I was into books and reading while Verniece loves movies. I got goosebumps!
The front desk called us and said that we can request for popcorn to go with the movie if we wanted. Ofcourse, we obliged because who says no to popcorn?
We were asleep by 12 midnight and up by 8 just in time for breakfast. Your booking comes with two meals that you choose from their menu and all dishes come with this buffet of bread, cereal and coffee.
After breakfast, we jumped right into the jacuzzi! Verniece was dying to do this ever since we got there.
For day 2, we were transferred to the biggest room in the house – Oxford. A British inspired room. It used to be masters’ bedroom of the family.
If you book the room, you’ll have your own study…
and your own walk in closet….
and your own fireplace….
and a huge bathroom that comes with a jacuzzi.
An ariel view of the whole place!
We left the morning of Monday and a new Maserati fetched us! Their quatroporte car. Ahhhhhh… If only this was my life on a daily basis! I personally loved this car more but Verniece loves the Ghibli.
The only bad thing I can say about Discovery Country Suites is that it never wants you to leave. Even when you’re back in Manila, your mind and stomach’s left there. Verniece and I were lazy till two days after we came back. I don’t know what was in the food or if there was something in the fabric conditioner they spray on the sheets but it sure did make us fall in love with the place. So in love that it would be quite hard to forget.
Thank you Discovery Country Suites for the weekend! :)