Earlier this year, I bought a voucher through CashCash Pinoy for an overnight stay at Crosswinds Resort Suites in Tagaytay. The deal included accommodation in a studio room and breakfast for two. At 50% discount, I thought it was a good deal.
Besides, a no-kids getaway has long been overdue – six years, to be exact. So I got little protestations from the husband who willingly gave up one day of work.
Hub and I left Manila before lunch, and took the Eton City exit on South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) instead of the usual Sta. Rosa exit towards Tagaytay. The Eton City exit seems to be a less congested route. If you want to see the booming real estate industry (Eton City, Nuvali, Britanny, et. al.) in that part of the South, it’s the route to take.
We stopped by Paseo de Sta. Rosa, where the Eton City exit actually leads to. We checked out the outlet shops of Adidas, Nike, Speedo, Crocs, and Havaianas. I got myself a new swimsuit at 60% off at Speedo!
It wasn’t difficult to find Crosswinds. After entering Tagaytay from Sta. Rosa/Silang, we turned left towards Tagaytay Highlands and People’s Park (where the Tagytay Zipline is). We were at the main gate of Crosswinds in less than 15 minutes. Crosswinds Resort Suites
The whole place was full of pine trees! I felt like I was in Baguio – minus the traffic and smog and ukay-ukay. Crosswinds is a beautiful place.
Breakfast the next day was served at a nice little chalet designated as the Sales Office. I understand that the restaurant, which will be across the Grand Quartier buildings, is still being built. It will be finished within the year.
Breakfast was so-so; service was a bit slow. We were made to choose one meal per person from a breakfast menu that covered the package’s inclusions. Coffee/tea, milk, juice and toast were unlimited though. It was mostly self-service – we had to get our own beverages from the bar and toast our own bread – which I didn’t really mind.
But, but but… Check out the photos above. The window views and cozy ambience made up for the so-so food many times over.
Over-all, it was a relaxing, romantic experience for me and hub.
What we loved:
- The trees and nature, the peace and quiet, the great outdoor spaces (ideal for a family getaway after all the facilities are finished);
- Clean, spacious room and its beautiful interiors;
- The complete kitchen with amenities (perfect for families if they decide to cook simple meals);
- The pretty Swiss chalets (which are residences for sale, BTW.) During Christmas, they light up all the houses and the whole community turns into one big Christmas Village!
- The staff (service staff and security) was friendly and courteous. I think the breakfast crew did its best. 😀
What we didn’t like:
- There were some repairs being done a few floors down, and I was awakened at 8 AM by hammering sounds. The receptionist did explain that one room at the ground floor was still being finished and apologized for the noise;
- Breakfast. Not so much the food, but the service. It was slow, and I noticed that Mr. Receptionist doubles as Mr. Waiter during breakfast time, hehe. But, like I said, I think the breakfast crew did it s best.
- No full-service restaurant (yet).
For those who’d like to try Crosswinds Resort Suites in Tagaytay, I recommend these:
-Bring your own vehicle or arrange for transport service as the resort facilities are far apart, and the hotel is not within walking distance from the main gate. Crosswinds is also quite a distance from the main attractions of Tagaytay City (such as the Ridge resto strip). I am not sure if the hotel has shuttle service.
-Buy food/drinks just in case you get hungry in the middle of the night and you’re too lazy to go to town. There is no restaurant yet within the resort premises (not sure about room service). But there is a minibar in the room and the prices aren’t bad at all.
-Bring your internet connectivity if you’re someone who can’t live without the web.
If you want a quiet getaway, far from the noisy and bustling part of Tagaytay,Crosswinds Resort Suites is a good option. For myself, I’d love to come back during the Christmas holidays and see the Christmas Village!
Crosswinds Resort Suites is located inside Crosswinds, Brgy. Iruhin, Central Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, Philippines. Please go to the website for reservations and inquiries.