MY FAVORITE HOMESTAY IN SABTANG, BATANES

Your trip to Batanes will not be complete without visiting Sabtang. Sabtang is an island municipality located in the southern part of Batanes. From Basco, I had to ride a boat at the San Vicente Port and brave the open seas of the Luzon Strait to get to Sabtang Island.

Click here to see where I stayed in Basco, Batanes.

Iconic Batanes Tricycle
Thanks to Safetravel Philippines for arranging my trip to Sabtang. I visited the amazing places of interest on the island on board this iconic Batanes tricycle.

Places of interest that I was able to visit on Sabtang Island in Batanes while on board the iconic Batanes Tricycle Tour included:

  • Savidug Barrio
  • Chavayan Barrio
  • Ahaw (Natural Stone Arch) / Morong Beach
  • Chamantad Tinan Viewpoint

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Catching my breath while climbing this Idjang (a triangular-shaped hilltop fortress made from limestone and wood) in Sabtang. There are a total of 4 Idjangs found throughout Batanes. The Ivatan's ancestors used to live in Idjangs some 4000 years ago. Watch the featured video about how I lost my drone in Batanes. Link available in my bio. Follow my page. Don't be a stranger. You might learn something new. #Batanes #Sabtang #travelbloggers #travelblogger #travelblog #travelph #travelphotography #travelphotos #pinoywanderer #wanderer #wanderlust #globetrotter #asianwanderlust #Philippines #digitalnomads #diginomads #pinasmuna #online #content #creator #island #itsmorefuninthephilippines

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Some visitors opt for just a day tour of Sabtang. According to locals, however, it is best to stay overnight so I could maximize my visit. That boat trip to the island, after all, was no joke. Hence, I booked an overnight stay at Neyala’s Homestay located at 071 P. Abarquez Street, Sinakan, Sabtang, Batanes.

From the Sabtang Port, I rode a tricycle arranged by Safetravel Philippines to bring me to Neyala’s Homestay.

Upon check-in, I met Tita Neyala, the matriarch of the Neyala Family. She then escorted me to the room on the second floor.

Neyala's Homestay, Sabtang, Batanes
Traditional Ivatan Clothing on display at the reception of Neyala’s Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes: the vakul is a traditional headdress worn by women farmers in the fields for protection against the sun and rain while Kanayi and talugong (vest and wide-brimmed farmer’s hat) are worn by men.

My room has a double deck and a queen size bed, good for a group of two or three. It has its own toilet and bath and air-conditioning.

Room rates are as follows:

  • Php 1500 per night for three
  • Php 1200 per night for two
  • Php 800 per night for one

For bookings, contact Safetravel Philippines here.

Neyala's Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes
Queen Size Bed. Neyala’s Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes.
Neyala's Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes
Toilet and Bath. Neyala’s Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes

There is a common area where I met fellow backpackers staying in Neyala’s Homestay who flew all the way from Visayas and Mindanao just to visit breathtaking Batanes.

Photo-op with Tita Neyala and fellow backpackers at the dining area of Neyala's Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes
Photo-op with Tita Neyala and fellow backpackers at the dining area of Neyala’s Homestay in Sabtang, Batanes.

Tita also served us Tubho Tea, a traditional tea of the Ivatans popularized in Sabtang. Tubho Tea is made of dried leaves of a fern that grows in moist rocky areas of Batanes forests and mountainsides.

To prepare, add 3 to 5 stalks of the dried tubho to a liter of water and bring to a boil. Continue boiling for about five minutes or until the water turns dark. Best served with lemon or calamansi.

A pack of Tubho Tea is Php 50. For orders, call or text +63-949-1372813 and look for Tita Neyala or her son Francis Neyala.

With Councilor JB Neyala on top of an Idjang in Sabtang, Batanes.
With Councilor JB Neyala (son of Tita Neyala of Neyala’s Homestay) on top of an Idjang in Sabtang, Batanes.

I enjoyed my stay in Sabtang. Thanks to the warm hospitality of the Neyala Family! I will be back and hope to see you again. Dios Mamajes. Signing out for now. Peace!

GARV’S BOUTIQUE HOTEL | AFFORDABLE DECENT NO-FRILLS ACCOMMODATION

Are you looking for a hotel for your short stay in Metro Manila? Are you looking for a decent, clean and affordable hotel that is near Makati or Ortigas Business District? You might want to check out GARV’S Boutique Hotel along Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City.

GARV'S Boutique Hotel is located along Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City
GARV’S Boutique Hotel is located along Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City

GARV’S Boutique Hotel is located in front of the Mandaluyong Medical Center.

GARV'S Boutique Hotel is located in front of the Mandaluyong Medical Center.
GARV’S Boutique Hotel is located in front of the Mandaluyong Medical Center.

GARV’S Boutique Hotel offers no-frills accommodation that is perfect for your short business trips to Metro Manila. It is also great for backpackers who are looking for halfway stay during their stopover in Metro Manila before heading to their final destinations.

GARV’S Boutique Hotel has a modern industrial minimalist design. The combination of white and gray with a touch of green gives a tranquil and simple yet sophisticated atmosphere.

 

Garv's Boutique Hotel offers no frills accommodation at reasonable prices.
Garv’s Boutique Hotel offers no-frills accommodation at reasonable prices.

GARV’S Boutique Hotel has twelve (12) rooms. Below are their room rates:

GARV'S Boutique Hotel Room Rates
GARV’S Boutique Hotel Room Rates

A promo rate of Php 1,199 nett per night for a Deluxe Standard Room is ongoing until April 30, 2018. For bookings, call +632-637-8839 or email garvsboutiquehotel@gmail.com. They also have a Facebook Page and an Instagram account.

I stayed in a Deluxe Standard Room with a queen size bed. The room smelled clean. Air conditioning was great. The sheets and towels were fresh. The toilet was spotless and a Guest Kit was provided compliments of the hotel.

GARV'S Boutique Hotel Guest Kit
GARV’S Boutique Hotel Guest Kit contains a small bar of soap, a sachet of shampoo and conditioner, a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush.

In case you need extra, you can purchase one for Php 50.00 or you can visit Watsons Health and Beauty Store which is right next to Chowking.

Me blogging while watching a Filipino movie airing on ABS CBN TV Plus
Me blogging while watching a Filipino movie airing on ABS CBN TV Plus

The room has free wifi, a landline and a flat TV with ABS CBN TV Plus. Also, I got to fly my drone on the roof deck which to me is perfect for small gatherings.

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Me flying my drone on GARV’S Boutique Hotel’s roof deck

Below is a short video clip that I prepared and posted on my Facebook Page featuring GARV’S Boutique Hotel.

To watch in high definition, view the Youtube post below:

The hotel does not have room service and a cafe. However, there are nearby restaurants to choose from.

  • Chowking- Chinese/ Filipino Fast Food, open 24 hours
  • Jollibee- Fast Food with Filipino Flavors, open from 6 AM to 11 PM
  • Greenwich- Pizza Restaurant, open from 7 AM to 10 PM
  • R&J Bulalohan- Filipino Restaurant, open 24 hours
  • Nerry’s Grill- Restaurant, open from 12 AM to 11:30 PM
  • Cusina Negrense- Filipino Restaurant, open from 11AM to 11PM
  • Jelly Belly’s Restaurant- open from 8 AM to 12 AM
Chowking, open 24 hours, is located across GARV's Boutique Hotel
Chowking, open 24 hours, is located across GARV’s Boutique Hotel

Or, you can ride a public utility jeepney to Forum Robinsons Mall located at No. 30 EDSA corner Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City, open daily from 10 AM to 9 PM. Fare is Php 8.00.

GARV'S Boutique Hotel has accommodating and attentive staff
GARV’S Boutique Hotel has accommodating and attentive staff

Moreover, GARV’S Boutique Hotel also offers dorm accommodation for long-staying guests at Php 2,500 per person per month.

 

By the way, there is a spa on the ground floor. I did not get to try it but will do on my next staycation at GARV’S Boutique Hotel.

Banahaw Heals Spa
Banahaw Heals Spa is located on the ground floor, next to the Reception Area, of the GARV’S Boutique Hotel (Photo taken from Banahaw Heals Spa- Boni Avenue Facebook Page)

So the next time you visit Metro Manila, try GARV’S Boutique Hotel. Signing out for now. Peace!

 

OLIVIA’S THE COFFEE ESTATE

Are you looking for a place for that much awaited family outing, couple getaway or team building? Well, Olivia’s The Coffee Estate might be a good choice for you.

The Coffee Estate is a family-owned-and-operated townhouse located in Amadeo, Cavite, Philippines.
The Coffee Estate is a family-owned-and-operated townhouse located in Amadeo, Cavite, Philippines.

The Coffee Estate is located in the Coffee Capital of the Philippines, Amadeo, Cavite. Five minutes away from Tagaytay.

Amadeo, Cavite is the Coffee Capital of the Philippines.
Amadeo, Cavite is the Coffee Capital of the Philippines.

Here is what I like about The Coffee Estate:

  • Free freshly ground coffee
  • Five minutes away from Tagaytay
  • Family-owned-and-operated
  • Hospitable room accommodations
  • Cottages
  • Sumptuous affordable gourmet food
  • Relaxing wellness spa
  • Outdoor jacuzzi and swimming pool
  • Spacious activity area (2nd and 3rd floors)
  • Basketball court
  • Pasalubong center
  • Videoke (until 10 PM per city ordinance)
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Me enjoying the aroma of freshly ground coffee of Olivia’s Coffee

Below is a short video showcasing why I love Olivia’s The Coffee Estate and why I can not wait to be back with my family.

RESORT PACKAGES

The Coffee Estate offers the following packages:

Family Room- P 12,500.00

  • Check-in is at 2 PM and check-out is 12 noon the next day
  • Already includes entrance fees for twenty (20) persons
  • Includes two (2) Family Rooms. Each room has two (2) Queen Size beds and two (2) extra mattresses
  • Includes complimentary use of the terrace
Me enjoying the cool Tagaytay breeze at the Terrace of The Coffee Estate
Me enjoying the cool Tagaytay breeze at the Terrace of The Coffee Estate

Day Swimming- P 2,000.00

  • From 8 AM to 8 PM
  • Already includes entrance fees for ten (10) persons
Outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi of The Coffee Estate
Outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi of The Coffee Estate

Garden Room- P 2,500.00

  • Already includes entrance fees for two (2) persons

Should you wish to extend, extension fee is P 300 per hour. There is also an additional fee of P 150 per extra person.

If you prefer to bring your own food, you may do so. They offer complimentary use of gas stove, griller and refrigerator.

Olivia's Coffee Shop in Bucal, Amadeo, Cavite
Olivia’s Coffee Shop in Bucal, Amadeo, Cavite

However, I would recommend that you try their affordable gourmet food prepared by the Celebrity Chef himself, AJ Senido, no less.

Celebrity Chef AJ Senido
Celebrity Chef AJ Senido

Visiting Olivia’s Coffee Shop in Bucal, a stone’s throw away from The Coffee Estate, completed my coffee experience. I learned so much about coffee, its origin and its varieties. Thanks to Nathaniel Tolentino for generously sharing his expertise.

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Nathaniel Tolentino here discussing the varieties of coffee.

WELLNESS SPA (Available only on weekdays)

What I enjoyed the most during my stay in this cozy nook was their Wellness Spa. I got to relax in the pampering aroma and goodness of a full-body coffee scrub.

They have the following spa services:

  • Shiatsu Massage for one (1) hour- P 350.00
  • Swedish Massage for one (1) hour- P 300.00
  • Combination Massage for one (1) hour- P 500.00

Add-on’s: Ventosa- P 50.00; Stone- P 100.00

  • Body Scrub- P 600.00
  • Face Mask- P350.00

Or, you may get the Special Package for only P 1,350.00 which includes Combination Massage, Face Mask and Body Scrub.

PASALUBONG CENTER

Within the compound of The Coffee Estate is a Pasalubong Center where you can buy Olivia’s Coffee and other Filipino delicacies and snacks.

VENUE FOR EVENTS

The Coffee Estate is also a perfect venue for events like weddings, debuts and birthday parties. They have the following available packages so you can create lasting and beautiful memories with your loved ones:

Event Venue- P 25,000

  • Includes the garden and pool side as venues
  • Complimentary use of parking
  • Overnight stay  for the bride and groom
  • Complimentary use of the swimming pool for ten (10) persons

Venue with Aisle On Pool- P 50,000.00

  • Includes a wedding aisle in the middle of the pool
  • Includes the garden and pool side as venues
  • Complimentary use of parking
  • Overnight stay  for the bride and groom
  • Complimentary use of the swimming pool for ten (10) persons

Venue with Buffet- P 1,000 per head

  • Minimum of 100 guests
  • Buffet menu selection
  • Includes the garden and pool side as venues
  • Complimentary use of parking
  • Overnight stay for the bride and groom
  • Complimentary use of the swimming pool for ten (10) persons

Special Package- P 1,300 per head

  • Minimum of 100 guests
  • Includes a wedding aisle in the middle of the pool
  • Buffet menu selection
  • Includes the garden and pool side as venues
  • Complimentary use of parking
  • Wedding gifts for the Bride and Groom
  • A bottle of sparkling wine
  • Three-tier wedding cake
  • Wedding venue set-up including decorative cage and a pair of doves

HOW TO GET THERE:

I stayed at The Coffee Estate last February 24, 2018. I went with my fellow Travel Bloggers Karla and Rona. We met up in SM Light Mall in EDSA-Boni.

Along EDSA-Boni, we took the bus going to Dasmarinas. Bus fare was P58.00. You may opt to take the bus heading towards Trece Martirez or Indang.

After two hours of bus ride, we got off at McDonald’s Pala-Pala and rode a jeepney to take us to Manggahan. The jeepney fare was P10.00 per head.  We met up with the rest, Jerny, Franco and Thea, at KFC Manggahan, General Trias, Cavite  and rode The Coffee Estate’s van going to The Coffee Estate.

In case no van is picking you up, just look for a jeepney heading to Amadeo and tell the driver to drop you off at Olivia’s Coffee Shop in Bucal, Amadeo, Cavite. Enter the coffee shop and tell the restaurant staff that you are checking in. A ride will come pick you up. The ride to the resort will take no more than five minutes.

For bookings, call +63-925-6866363 or email olivias_coffee@yahoo.com. They also have a Facebook Page.

Me, Rona and Jerny enjoying our cups of freshly ground Olivia's Coffee at The Coffee Estate one fine morning
Me, Rona and Jerny enjoying our cups of freshly ground Olivia’s Coffee at The Coffee Estate one fine morning

Special shout out to Jomar Lansang for taking amazing photos during our stay. Here’s one:

Photography by Jomar Lansang of The Coffee Estate
Photography by Jomar Lansang of The Coffee Estate

Signing out for now. Peace!

 

 

 

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