Review: The Serviced Residences at Kasa Luntian, Tagaytay

Tagaytay has been a go-to destination for quick getaways for decades. Hence, the bevy of lodging options that pop up year after year.

Run-of-the-mill hotels and inns are aplenty while boutique hotels that boast exclusivity and tranquility are either super expensive, far from where the action is, or both.

But just a few minutes from Tagaytay City Market, one will reach Kasa Luntian.

Alveo Land, a subsidiary of Ayala Land, developed Kasa Luntian as its first foray into leisure developments. In collaboration with Hospitality Innovators Inc. (HII)–the same property management that manages Azumi Boutique Hotel, Parque España, Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences et al–the units of The Serviced Residences at Kasa Luntian promise cool stays with warm service.

The Kasa Luntian community as seen from The Lanai

The community doesn’t look much from the Tagaytay-Calamba road level, but you’ll be surprised how expansive its premises are. I’m amazed that the location is very accessible yet it feels pretty secluded once you’re inside.

Front Desk is located at The Lanai – a strip of restaurants and commercial establishments.

Cascading pools as seen from the Viewing Pavilion

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Everything You Need To Know About El Nido

El Nido has long been known to be a haven for beach-bound tourists. For many, it’s a top-class destination that’s better suited to celebrities and businessmen. But that’s not true! Despite being tucked away in a little corner of Palawan, El Nido can be — and should be — enjoyed by everyone. This little guide will tell you all you need to know about this bliss-filled place. 

el nido palawan

How to Get There

Palawan can be easily reached from Manila via any of the local airlines. The nearest airport to El Nido is at Puerto Princesa, a travel time of around an hour and 15 minutes from the nation’s capital.

Once in Puerto Princesa airport, you can ride a tricycle or a multicab to Robinson’s Mall. Here, there are shuttle vans you can charter for the trip to El Nido. These vans depart every hour from 5AM to 6PM. Bring a lot of patience, as the ride takes up to 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take the vans that wait from the airport’s arrival area, which will ferry you directly to your destination. The fares cost around Php 550-600.

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48 Hours in France

Two days is certainly not enough to discover a new country, let alone even put a dent on its shiny surface. Having said that, attempting to see France from top to bottom in 48 hours will always be an unequal struggle for the first-time visitor.

Instead, with its reputed cultural heritage, great cuisine, good weather and numerous attractions, I would strongly suggest these villas in the south of France, like Toulouse in South West France, as an ideal getaway for that perfect weekend French holiday.

The Toulouse – Blagnac international airport is well connected with several airlines from different parts of Europe. The airport is conveniently situated a mere 10 km from Toulouse city center, making access quick and easy.

Day 1 – Morning

Place du Capitole (Photo credit: Ignis)

Toulouse lures the visitor to France like no other city primarily because of its rich culture.

As you step out of your hotel into Place du Capitole, the main square of this laid-back city, the splendor of the Capitole square itself will leave you mesmerized. Hidden behind the 18th century facade is the exquisite terracotta colored architecture, courtyards, and galleries packed to the hilt with ancient art.

Day 1 – Afternoon

Head to the main shopping street on Rue d’Alsace Lorraine, and discover a 14th century monastery full of murals and religious scripts. The principal museum of fine arts, Musee des Augustins, is situated nearby and is marveled for the fine Gothic exterior, while the interiors and the chapels house a large number of sculptures and paintings dating back to the 14th century.

Photo from augustins.org

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