I have been intrigued by La Bella Tagaytay, particularly of their Bodhi Cafe, ever since it appeared on my feed a year ago. So when I finally had time and funds, I did not waste my chance to have our staycation there.
Of course, a private car is much better than commuting. But if that is not an option and if you’re coming from Rizal, you may ride a Quiapo bus going to Robinsons Galleria. From Robinsons Galleria, POEA side, ride a bus going to Pasay and tell the driver to drop you off at Pasay Rotonda. You have to walk to the other side, near RCBC and Sogo Hotel. Turn to a narrow street where the buses going to Tagaytay are waiting.
Ride a Nasugbu bus and tell the driver to drop you off at Radar Taas. It’s kind of hard to locate, but just to be sure, use your Google Maps. There are tricycles that can bring you to La Bella for Php 30.
I forgot to take pictures of our accommodation, but you may find listings on Airbnb. Ours was a small unit, best for two people but okay for three. La Bella has strict rules, so better be prepared with government IDs when looking for listings.
Make sure you’re prepared with your essentials, as you need to take a tricycle going to the nearest convenience stores, which will cost you Php 100 to and fro.
Their spacious lobby could accommodate around thirty people. Interesting artworks decorated its walls, complemented by red elegant sofas.
La Bella Residences is separated from La Bella Hotel. Other places include Le Petit Paradis, a souvenir shop; Edible Garden (though I only saw a suha tree, I’m not sure); and a small field where animal figures stood.
I wasn’t expecting too much from their pool though, and good thing I didn’t. It was small, enough for twenty people. A transparent part of the pool is available for picture-taking, but it gets too crowded as early as 9:00 a.m, hence the cropping. The pool is open from eight in the morning to eight in the evening.
There were four places to eat inside La Bella: Hirasei Japanese Restaurant, Organico Gourmet, El Cocinero, and Bodhi Cafe. But we had to control our funds, so we were only able to eat inside El Cocinero and Bodhi.
At dinnertime, we ordered beef salpicao for Php 395 at El Cocinero, good for two to three people. It came with six slices of complementary circle-cut garlic bread and four sauces. Since I was on a diet, I was only able to eat the mushrooms. It was a 9/10 for me, minus one for their one-cup rice that costs Php 52 (I mean, it was really expensive for a cup of rice).
Also, please ensure that you’ll use Booky if you’ll eat here. Laking tipid.
At lunch the next day, we ate at Bodhi Cafe, just above Bodhi Shop. Even the path toward the cafe felt secluded and peaceful, making me feel giddy and excited about staying inside.
Most of my pictures are taken in Bodhi Cafe because of its aesthetically pleasing interior. It has its own library, and most of the books were about philosophy and self-discovery. Some were even donated by prominent people.
Also, you should try their pancakes topped with caramel sauce (Php 65 + Php 30). Their hot chocolate (Php 60) also felt good for the soul. Best pancake-chocolate pair I’ve tried so far, 10/10.
La Bella Boutique Hotel
Brgy. Neogan, Tagaytay City, Cavite