A couple of years ago, a group of ten of my family members had the unique experience of staying at Sonya’s Garden in Cavite, Philippines to bring in the new year. It is a B&B located on the side of a cool, misty mountain surrounding a lake that formed around a volcano (I know, it sounds like something out of a fantasy novel). The area is a popular summer destination for locals to escape the stifling city heat. A real vacation would be nice but no can do at the moment. Looking at the photographs I took on that trip is the next best thing, I suppose.
The philosophy behind Sonya’s Garden is apparently practicing the “art of doing nothing.” In addition to honoring beautiful Filipino colonial architecture and interiors, all the food served is grown organically *on premises*. There was always aromatic pandan* infused water available to drink (which was delicious!). The grounds are also covered in flowering plants and trees. The result is a beautiful, quiet place to dine, relax and de-stress. Far away from our hectic, gadget-driven lives. Some of the houses to rent are large enough to sleep 12 people. But there are accommodations for parties of two as well… The only thing I would say was missing was a water element. Like a pool or hot tubs, perhaps?
I spent the earlier part of New Year’s Eve getting a massage at their spa. The only sound I heard while being kneaded was the breeze blowing through a bamboo grove directly outside and the hollow clunking of the stalks as they gently collided. This was followed by an incredible meal with my family while a trio serenaded us with traditional folk music. It was the most beautiful, relaxing way to bring in the New Year. It was amazing.
adding this to my travel list. doesn’t it sound lovely?