The first time I got to go inside Canyon Woods, it was for business reason, and I stayed there for only 3 hours. Afterwards, my officemates and I had to go back to Manila immediately. It was just another working day albeit at a different venue.
Unresolved, I promised myself to come back when personal time would be in my hands.
While there are other accommodation types within this residential resorts such as casitas by the lagoon, houses and lots, my family and I chose the condotel type because for one, it is located next to the Clubhouse. There are many things you can do at the Clubhouse apart from dining. For instance, sports facilities like billiards and gym are located here. There’s also the lobby to loiter around, a piano, and a telescope for my son to have a view of the Taal lake.
Otherwise, the other facilities and amenities of this resort are quite far from each other that riding a car each time was a must, unless you are a triathlete who would be willing to brave the curves and long pathways.
In-room, there was no Wifi, as if to force residents to ‘unhook’ from the wired life and enjoy the view that the hotel room had to offer. In this room, you would prefer to keep the curtains up all the time, as you have the mountains and trees for your view, and you’d also want to enjoy the cool breeze of the signature Tagaytay air. Here, who needs paintings?
Wifi was available only in the lobby and restaurants such as in the Clubhouse.
In spite of the bountiful ways to avail the sports (gym, tennis, golf, bicycle, etc), boating, fishing and other facilities (e.g., the piano, bench, jogging path), the place was quiet that I found it a good option for those who enjoy solitude — away from the hustle and buzzle of city living.
Our breakfast on the following day was to be taken from 7:00-10:00AM only at the Clubhouse. I forgot that our coupons were good for plated breakfast, especially upon seeing a bountiful sight of drinks, viands and soups. For a few hundreds more, we upgraded to the buffet meal without complaint. It was difficult to get cranky when positive vibes of the resort and smiling faces would be all around you. What’s more, we also got to have a selfie with legendary Filipino singer Rico J. Puno who was right across our table, so we could have something to bring to my father in-law who’s Rico’s big fan.
Upon check-out, the hotel also gave us a free pass to its sister-resort, the Canyon Cove Residential Resort for a day trip.
From my prior knowledge of this place, Canyon Woods used to be very popular in the 90s. With the sprouting of many other hotels and the bed n’ breakfast accommodation types, the fixtures of the place suddenly feels outdated. Nevertheless, I think I’ll always find it captivating and worth the trip overall.
Canyon Woods Map: How to Get There
Diokno Highway, Barangay San Gregorio, Laurel Batangas
Official Website here