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5 Reasons to Visit Domicillo Design Hotel

Tagaytay’s first design hotel lets you commune with nature and relish the view of the majestic Taal Lake

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba

It’s not surprising why many who wish to destress and unwind choose the quick trip to Tagaytay. What’s not to love about this popular travel destination? The air is cool, there are tons of favorite stops to see (Picnic Grove, anyone?), and over the years, tons of food places have decided to set up shop in the city. While we can spend a weekend going from one landmark to another, it’s still the breathtaking sight of Taal Volcano that takes the cake. If you plan to reward yourself soon, brave the traffic, visit Tagaytay, and make sure you book a stay at Domicillo Design Hotel.

The first design hotel in Tagaytay, Domicillo takes pride in the eight rooms that are far from the ordinary. Each space boasts of exceptional design and interiors as the hotel partnered with Filipino designers and style experts. Curious already? Here are five reasons why you need to add a visit to your travel plans for the year:

1. It brings you closer to nature.

What better way to relax and take a breather than being one with nature? The hotel features a tropical style that blends with the environment. Materials like stone and wood dominate the space, plus plants were added to serve as décor in the different corners of the hotel.

2. You'll be given an unparalleled view of Taal Lake and the famous dormant volcano.

Imagine yourself sitting in a pretty and comfy chair, a cup of coffee in hand, and a view of Taal Lake—who wouldn’t enjoy such a daydream? A paradise on its own, the hotel has a view deck where friends and family can take in the view.

3. You can treat your taste buds to a variety of flavors.

It’s one thing to have a view that warms the heart and another to enjoy a meal that fills the stomach. Good thing you can enjoy both at Domicillo. The hotel has two restaurants you can check out: La Finca, a farm-to-table restaurant/café that offers healthy meals; and Aozora Japanese Café + Bistro where you can enjoy delicious signature dishes and other Japanese meals.

4. It has a Zen appeal that you would love to recreate at home.

Make your stay even more memorable by basking in the overall ambiance of the hotel. You won’t have a hard time looking for a spot where you can enjoy a good book or an area where you can spend some quiet time.

Notice the pieces used in completing the hotel? If you happen to like one, feel free to inquire about it! Domicillo also customizes furniture pieces like the mosaic mirrored cabinet seen in one of the rooms.

5. The rooms are designed by notable designers and experts.

Fancy staying in a room designed by Budji Layug? Domicillo has eight bedrooms—all exceptionally designed as seen in the theme, materials, pieces, and overall ambiance. Whether you’re travelling alone or with friends, you can choose a room depending on the size, too! Here are options you can choose from:

The Deluxe Rooms

It's easy to tell the Deluxe Rooms from the rest—these spaces measure around 27sqm, with a tropical garden outside the doors. Created by designer Tes Pasola, each room also features the designer's signature recycled paper turned into headboards, wooden pieces, and shell encrusted cabinets and decor.

The Superior Rooms

Minimalist meets industrial in the rooms designed by Milo Naval. Works of art liven up the walls, while wooden furnishings add warmth.

Loved the bed in this room? It's also designed by Milo. The clean lines of the bed frame add to the streamlined aesthetic of the place, while crisp sheets soften up the look.

The Premier Rooms

Akin to a tropical escape, these rooms designed by renowned designer Budji Layug combine modern and earthy elements as seen in the palette and pieces used. Adding to the luxe feel of the room is the raised bed, a veranda, and a mini garden that will surely make your stay even more memorable.

Can't wait to book a staycation? Domicillo Design Hotel is located at Km 58 General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika East, Tagaytay City. For inquiries, you may call (046) 413-3552 or 0922-884-1532. Visit the Domicillo website for more details. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Discover more beautiful and stylish hotels in the July 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. You can download a digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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