3-Day-Stay at Splendido Hotel | Tagaytay Family Getaway |The Wedding of our Ate Jell (December 15,16,17, 2019)

3-Day-Stay at Splendido Hotel | Tagaytay Family Getaway |The Wedding of our Ate Jell (December 15,16,17, 2019)

Perhaps it is obvious that I am kind of romantic. Hence, it is not a surprise to know that I love weddings!

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The blog you are about to read is a mixture of things about: My review on Splendido Hotel, Our Tagaytay short family vacay and the Wedding of our eldest cousin, ate Jell.

Our 3 Days 2 nights Tagaytay Holiday

We traveled with my whole family – I am talking about my husband, my kids, parents, sisters, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. It was my husband who drove our Toyota Hi-Ace van. When he drives to the south, he prefers to leave as early as possible. So we left Angeles City at 4 am on December 15, 2019. Thanks to Google maps, no hassle, no traffic, we got to Tagaytay safe and sound before 7 in the morning.

What did we do in Tagaytay?

  1. Relaxed and Stayed at Splendido Hotel

I booked 3 rooms through Agoda. One was for my parents and two younger sisters (two double beds – Their website advertised it for Php5,900.), and two rooms with Queen sized bed each (Advertised on their website for Php5,400). Agoda sold these to us for Php 3,700 per room per night, breakfast included. So I guess we got a good deal.

I chose this because it is only five minutes away from the wedding venue. (Below are some photos in the rooms.)

What we liked about Splendido Hotel:

  • Oh, the view!!! It is breathtaking. Every angle is Instagrammable. Each viewpoint was scenic. Do you know the feeling that a beautiful ambiance can give? It could lessen the stress you are carrying.
  • Beds are soft and comfortable. Bedrooms have okay size. December is our wintertime in the Philippines so during day time, if we are in the room, our windows were open as we adored the cool breeze.

Photos below are taken around the Splendido Hotel.

What could improve in Splendido Hotel:

  • The breakfast buffet was very basic but okay. It was mainly Filipino breakfast and the selection was limited. There were fried eggs and two other variants. There were basic breads and spread and cereals. Nothing too special with the food.
  • Staffs need to notify guests about the information they need to know. Okay, the receptionist was friendly and approachable. She allowed us to have an early check-in (9:00 in the morning) but with a fee. She communicated to us that amenities are free to use such as the swimming pool, golf, kids’ playhouse, bowling and golf carts. But this is what made me so disappointed… My husband and my daughter went for a swim. The hotel building is about 600 meters away from the building where the swimming pool is. As expected, it was cold. But knowing my water babies, they did not mind that. After swimming, they asked the staff at the pool area for some towels. And then they were told that towels are for rent. My husband said no worries just charge it to the room. However, they did not say yes to room charges as they only accept cash! Why would they bring cash to swim? This was not informed to us. No consideration. The two of them had to walk back to the hotel, all wet! Another thing, we were booking an appointment to play bowling. Since we wanted to maximize our stay here. To our disbelief, the staff again said that it is not open because the bowling staff is late and also the facility will be closed due to their set Christmas party. This should not be a problem if they informed us in the beginning.

Anyhow, to encapsulate, we still had a good stay.

2. Tried the Local Food Places. Short Tour at Sky Ranch.

Breakfast at Antonio’s – I found this place as I was searching on the internet for great places to eat in Tagaytay. Upon arrival, the first thing you will notice is the attractive location. Next is the price of the food. It is really expensive here! Oh well, food is okay, tasty and presentable. Staffs were polite and they all executed professional service. Waiting time was loooong.

Some of the food: (Missed to take photos of the others)

The view at Antonio’s:

M&M Bulalohan – We tried this local food place and it did not disappoint us. The food is affordable and very nice. We did not have to spend a lot to be satisfied.

Sky Ranch Tagaytay – there is one Sky Ranch near where we live but we have never been. Since this place is near our hotel and we were looking for something to do in the morning before the wedding, we decided to take the kids here and try. It was a good place for kids and adults to enjoy rides.

JOSE Restaurant – this is located near Sky Ranch. The staff told us that serving here is quick, hence we chose this restaurant. In the end, the serving was 40-50 minutes! So, that was probably the meaning of quick serving for them. The food was okay. Pricey. Nothing special.

at JOSE’s

Bag of Beans Tagaytay – My husband enjoyed his sandwich and cappuccino. I bought brewed coffee and freshly baked pieces of bread to take home. They are all worth the price.

3. Attended a Beautiful Wedding

So here it is. Finally. Our ate (eldest cousin) just had a gorgeous wedding. I cannot describe the event in full detail because we were all just having fun – from the ceremony up to the reception and party. I must say that aside from my wedding, this one is my next favorite. It was sincere, heartfelt, amazing and enjoyable. The ceremony was intimate and solemn. It was held in Hill Creek Gardens. My daughter was a flower girl and of course, it was one of my “proud mum” moments as she walked with a smile and confidence while throwing flower petals. I like how they asserted a wedding rule that “Only the official photographers can take pictures”. It made everyone focused on the ceremony.

During the reception, I loved the part where they explained and demonstrated some Indian Wedding traditions. (My new cousin-in-law is from India). It was an amusing eye-opener as well. So, yeah, it was indeed a beautiful wedding and I cannot be happier for our ate Jell!

Some photos before the wedding: (I have no photo during and I have explained why)

One month after the wedding, the Taal Volcano emitted giant plume ash and thousands have been ordered to evacuate. At the moment, we are not sure what could happen next. However, we pray for the safety of everyone near the area and that hopefully one day it will all go back to normal.

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