Where in Tagaytay : Sonya’s Secret Garden

sonya's secret garden tagaytay

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay

Some friends and I decided to go do an ocular of Sonya’s Garden in Barangay Buck Estate, Tagaytay City, for a friend’s upcoming wedding. It was in a very secluded place, just perfect if you’re looking for a place for retreat.

sonya's secret garden tagaytay

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

A lot of people also opt to hold their wedding receptions at Sonya’s. I can see why. The place is just so beautiful, just walking around it helps you forget the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s actually called Sonya’s Secret Garden, which has now become an unearthed secret, as many people are flocking over to it for some zen time. A group of tourists we passed by even commented how crowded the place seems.

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast
sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

I think that what attracted me the most to Sonya’s is the little details that they paid attention to. I’m a sucker for details. Everything seemed in place, even when it’s not. Even in disarray, everything was in beautiful order. I don’t even know if it was intentional or coincidence, or simply just letting nature run its course, which proved to be altogether more beautiful. The beauty of the place was so raw, organic, and basic.

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

Everything was homegrown. The salads they serve, the flowers they use to embellish the rooms, and even the chickens. It was total detox from the usual preserved foods and canned goods that I poison myself with back in Manila.

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast
Breakfast, anyone?

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

 

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast

With the food, I think their strategy is to overwhelm the customer. :)) We stayed for breakfast and lunch, and it was truly a feast. They fill your table with everything they can offer. It is definitely worth the price.

sonya's secret garden tagaytay bed and breakfast
Yes, that many. This doesn’t even include dessert yet!

They also have a spa, which is perfect if you’re in for the total package of R&R. Their services are reasonably priced, like their Signature Massage which is priced at around 850 pesos. Beside the spa is a souvenir shop, where you can buy their oils and fragrances for a cheap price. It’s definitely good stuff to take home and give away to friends, or just something you can keep in your drawer or cabinet for personal use.

One of my favorite features of Sonya’s is the Panaderia, where they sell freshly baked goods. The Cheese Hopia, Pork Chicken Asado, as well as the Piyaya are to die for! Those were the stuff we brought home with us for snack. If you’re going to Tagaytay, don’t miss out on buying their pastries. It’s a must-take-home to Manila, or wherever you’re going.

 

 

 

 

I remember thinking that if I get the chance to live here for a week, I don’t think I’d ever want to go back to Manila. Of course it’s natural for me to remember thinking about wifi internet (there’s no wifi here), my unanswered emails, Facebook, and a million other worldly problems that can wait. It can wait forever if it must. I thought of leaving my busy life in Manila, and just attend to simple, basic concerns: what do I eat, when do I take a bath. I want everything to be kept simple. I wanted to live an uncomplicated, yet happy life.

We stayed until sun down because it got so difficult to leave the place. For a moment, which I haven’t known for a good while, I was peaceful. I wasn’t worrying about problems at work, and not concerning myself with the details of other people’s lives. I was able to reflect on things that mattered.

I did felt like I cheated a lot, taking photos of what’s already beautiful. :)) I can’t help it, everything was just so.

Will I come back? YES, hopefully sooner than expected. I love it there. I love how my mind is not as distracted and overstimulated as when I’m here in Manila. I love how I’m so sane and so zen in Sonya’s. Definitely my go-to place when I need to recollect myself and my thoughts.

I recommend Sonya’s to: Anyone who needs some quiet time, some time to be alone. If you need to soul search, make an important decision, and you need to be away from the distractions of the metro, then this is your place. It’s not even far! Just some two hours trip away from Manila. You won’t even be gone long.

In case I got you interested in taking a trip to Sonya’s Secret Garden, you can get there by commute the way we did:

1. From Taft (Lawton-Buendia), ride a Tagaytay-Mendez Bus, tell the bus conductor you’re heading to Barangay Buck Estate, and would like to be dropped off at the terminal at the Tagaytay Rotonda. It costs 90 pesos for the ticket to Tagaytay. The bus takes the Roxas – Cavite – Aguinaldo Highway Route.

2. Get down at the Tagaytay Rotonda Terminal, where there are jeeps heading to Nasugbu, Batangas. Ask the jeep driver to drop you off at Barangay Buck Estate, which is at the right side of the road. The jeepney ride to Barangay Buck Estate costs about 18 pesos. Be on the lookout for the Sonya’s Garden sign at the right side of the road, or the Barangay Buck Estate arch, on the same side of the road, so you’d know as well where to get down.

3. Get down at the Barangay Buck Estate entrance, where there’s a tricycle terminal. Ride a tricycle to Sonya’s Garden. The tricycle fare costs twenty pesos / person.

4. Enjoy :)

I think the alternate commuting route is to take a bus to Nasugbu, Batangas from the Buendia terminal (if there’s any), and get down directly at Buck Estate. There’s also a bus terminal at EDSA, Pasay, just beside the MRT station, which travels that route (could even be faster). The EDSA station was where we were dropped off when we got back from Tagaytay. This bus took the Tagaytay – Cavite – Coastal – Baclaran route.

In any case, you can check out their website for more information : http://www.sonyasgarden.com/

Hope you enjoy Sonya’s as much as I did! – HANA

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