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Going out of town is among the more popular, practical options that would allow one to spend quality downtime with family and friends.
And, thanks to major road networks, reaching these travel destinations became easier as well. Take the case of South Luzon, particularly the Calabarzon Region, where many of the country’s famous beaches, golf courses and vacation homes can be found—all just two to three hours’ drive from the metro.
The South is indeed a gem tucked in the lush greenery of its vicinity. With every turn, one can find a bit of history, a warm cup of coffee, a delightful meal and a view that is certainly one in a million. Here are just some of the things you might want to consider to experience that classic Southern welcome.
The majestic Taal Volcano and the Lake continue to draw tourists to this day. While Taal is one of the most active volcanoes in the country, its majestic, serene view has a provided a beautiful backdrop for millions of photos that have been taken since. You can just sit back and marvel at the splendor of Taal Volcano while sipping a warm yet strong brew of kapeng barako—a unique blend popularized in Batangas and Cavite.
Nestled in the endless beauty of nature and surrounded by the soothing mountain breeze, Splendido Hotel has raised the bar for luxury living in the South. It has sun terraces where it features an unobstructed view of the mountains and clear skies. Guests can partake in the sumptuous meals in the restaurant and cap it off with a cup of strong kapeng barako.
Hit the greens
A round of golf in well-manicured fairways with stunning views to boot is well worth the two-hour drive to the South, which is home to many of the country’s world-class golf courses. These include Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club, which offers four championship courses designed by Isao Aoki, Andy Dye, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman. Eagle Ridge, which has the largest golfing facility in the country, has long been the go-to course for anyone who wants to marvel at the stunning sights while enjoying a fun but competitive game—it truly has something to offer for everyone with courses presenting different challenges to suit al skill levels and preferences.
Excite your tastebuds with a gastronomic tour in the South. In the provinces of Batangas and Cavite, for instance, one can find a wide array of restaurants offering the best of local cuisine. Bulalo is everywhere literally—from the simple carinderias lining up the busy streets of Tagaytay to the more upscale dining destinations. Make room for some coffee and dessert as Tagaytay is also teeming with homegrown cafes that could satisfy your sweet cravings. Before you go home, make sure to grab some pasalubong such as freshly baked breads and buko pie along the way.
Relish sun-kissed mornings at the beaches of Nasugbu, where you can just relax and take some much needed time off. And if you’re looking for a serene sanctuary here to be your home away home, best to check Nasacosta, which literally means “at the land by the sea.” Here at Nasacosta, it’s just you, your warm sandy toes and the clear blue sky above you.
Sta. Lucia Land’s Nasacosta features condominiums including The Peak, which offer enclaves that allow you to soak in some “Vitamin Sea” while marveling at the breathtaking views of the shoreline and horizon. It also has residential lots at The Ridge, where comfort and tranquility are at the heart of every home. Finally, Nasacosta’s condotel offering provides a plus for its unit owners as they are given a chance to earn passive income from their investment in this sanctuary.
For those who just want to get away from it all and just be at peace with themselves, all three Sta. Lucia developments—Nasacosta, Eagle Ridge and Splendido Hotel—have their own unique offerings that is aimed to give families warm southern memories to bring home.