|The view of the Taal Lake and caldera from the balcony of Summit Ridge|
So at the invitation of Summit Ridge, off to Tagaytay we went to binge a bit (what weekend getaway is without some feasting?) but also to have some sort of a healthy tripping. Well, bingeing on fresh air is rewarding enough for me.
It's our second trip to Summit Ridge and after two years, the gardens front and back have grown. The view of Taal volcano from the balcony is something I'll never tire of. Oh, the theme of our getaway is focused on health -- something coming from left-field as far as Tagaytay weekends are concerned. The food angle is there, complemented by physical activity (perchance to create some sort of caloric deficit, perchance to work up one's appetite).
|Summit Ridge facade at dusk|
Limbering up before dinner. I've taken yoga classes before so the class comes as a welcome activity. Open to all comers in all shapes and fitness levels, the session mixes up easy-to-follow yoga and Pilates moves, with meditation to conclude the hour-long activity.
Towels are available for those without mats. However, it may not suffice for some moves (and for taller participants) as the carpet can become slippery. I also wished the session was conducted on wooden flooring as moving about and staying close to the carpeted floor tend to release dust and allergens.
Zumba after breakfast. The first meal of the day is a buffet so you can say this is a much-welcomed activity. For a change of environment, the Zumba sessions are held at the Promenade of the adjacent Robinsons Mall (works for those not averse to public display of dancing maladroitness). The first portions were fairly easy. Halfway through though, the bootyshaking got a bit too much for comfort so off to the gym I went.
The gym is what I remembered it from before -- some treadmills and elliptical trainers, a rack of relatively light dumbbells and a station each for pulldowns, low rows, chest press, leg curls, leg extensions and sit-ups. Nothing fancy but fairly functional for the weekend warrior.
|Rosemary Chicken -- one of the Whole Foods menu items on offer for summer|
And oh, there were also interesting non-health-oriented fare that bears mentioning like the Unlimited Coffee and Cakes from 10am to 8pm at just P199 and the Summer Fiesta Buffets every Saturday from April to May, 10am to 4pm, at P499. For the former, the Carrot Cake lavished with cream cheese is worth a mention and a second, maybe third helping. For the latter, the Filipino foods on offer are worth the visit and the price, even a nice sampling of Pinoy fare for foreign and balikbayan guests.
|Un-sweetened surprise - a flavorful cup of latte|
|Movies after dark|
Room with a (great) view. And what a view of Taal it is -- a hazy blue painting in the morning hours, a glowing expanse at sunset right from the balcony. It's such a joy to throw the drapes and curtains wide open all day (Tip: the best views are from the 7th to 9th floors so if you love the view, book your rooms on the higher floors). The couch by the floor-to-ceiling window is a welcome reading/working nook. The bed, sheets and pillows are comfy-cozy. We came at a time of peak occupancy so wi-fi was spotty even past midnight. (Globe signal is also spotty in these parts so lugging your Smart/Sun SIM may be a good idea).
|Summi, the Summit Ridge bear, gets ready for bed|
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