A Staycation Choice in Tagaytay

Discover another great boutique hotel for personal time or family bonding

Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

A staycation is a short break spent at a place found in or around the city. A weekend stay at a hotel close to your own home can be the best thing to look forward to at the end of a long, tiring, and stressful time.

If you feel like escaping from the metro, drive to Tagaytay and check out Domicillo Design Hotel. While there are already a good number of boutique hotels in the area, Domicillo stands out as the first design hotel in the cool city.

Owner Rene Alcala sought the help of his friend, renowned interior designer Budji Layug, to come up with a place that’s both impressive and relaxing. “This is what Budji calls organic architecture, because it’s not very [intrusive] to the environment. The only colors that you see are the paintings, all the rest are either grey, black, cement, wood, that’s it. And the greens. It’s very organic, and a lot of people like it,” Rene describes. 

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Designers Tes Pasola and Milo Naval also made their mark in Domicillo. Three of the well-appointed eight rooms boast Tes’s signature use of recycled paper, as seen in the headboards of the beds. Two other rooms facing Taal Lake were designed by Milo, with clean lines of wood accents set against bare cement walls. Meanwhile, the rooms designed by Budji features a Zen-tropical style, all of which also face the picturesque lake.

It’s not just elegant design and great service that Domicillo is proud of. The place is also home to two restaurants, so you need not step out of the hotel come breakfast, lunch, or dinner time. There’s La Finca, which serves farm-to-table dishes; and Aozora Japanese Café + Bistro, in case you find yourself craving for some sushi or ramen. Both restaurants also have a commanding view of the Taal Lake.

“When guests tell you they want to come back, [that’s rewarding],” says Rene with pride. 


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