Christmas this year and families would want to get out. This year of quarantines and multiple close calls has been a rough one, and with the daily rate of infection petering down, a staycation could be decided on to celebrate the birth of Christ. Staycation at Crosswinds Tagaytay is an excellent choice, especially with it now classified under General Community Quarantine, and much more attainable distance-wise compared to the likes of Baguio. Among all the staycation destinations in the picturesque Tagaytay, one that can be chosen is Crosswinds Tagaytay.
The Swiss-inspired architecture definitely fits the mountain climate and backdrop. A house in the area big enough to fit a nuclear family plus an uncle, an aunt and several cousins can be rented for however long one wishes to stay.
The exterior of the house is charmingly traditional save for the bigger windows, but the interior is perfectly modern – a spacious living area that the windows allowed a gracious amount of sunlight in, an open floor plan kitchen whose countertop space was generous and non-claustrophobic, bedrooms that feel personal and comfy and wraparound balconies perfect for hot drinks with a loved one in the morning, and a huge entertainment space with just the right amount of cozy vibes combined with the intimacy shared by family over a movie night or a round of games at your staycation at Crosswinds Tagaytay.
The house has an ambience so relaxing that the occupants might not want to go out and explore at first, even more if one has managed to get a room for oneself!
Every part of the house is perfectly air-conditioned, clean and snug, and it would be a joy to watch young children run around laughing and happy with staying somewhere new. The kitchen space and complete set of provided utensils and necessities could be utilized to cook meals during the stay, with ingredients that can be bought along the highway outside Crosswinds Tagaytay. All in all, the house is perfect, secure and a delight to live in. Perhaps it can even bring the family that had chosen it closer together.
But enough babbling about the house!
Though one can be reluctant to leave the comfort of the borrowed abode at first, the environment and sights outside will surely win them over.
A house in Crosswinds Tagaytay can be situated in a more wooded part, so the green and the refreshing, calming scent of the towering pine trees can really hit one square in the face like a cool, welcomed breeze in summer. The roads slope with the mountainside, adding to the sheer naturality of it all. One could hear the songbirds overhead, merrily trilling and flitting away, hopping from branch to branch. All of this speaks to the deep, reptilian instinct within oneself, and they will never have been so at peace as that moment under the evergreen giants that populate and dominate this place.
Move to the more urbanized areas of Crosswinds Tagaytay, where more houses hug either side of the sloping road, some of them occupied with people out and about to see what the place has to offer. Crosswinds Tagaytay boasts the theme of ‘365 days of Christmas’ and one is able to see that on the night of the first day of their stay, with various, colorful Christmas lights and decor sprinkled on the houses and among chosen trees. Had it not been for the lack of snow, the area can been mistaken for Switzerland itself. It is a winter wonderland without the winter, and it can make eyes sparkle each time one has a look around. Seeing this beauty with family makes it all the sweeter.
The next couple of days after that can be spent on extended exploration. There are more residentials to venture through, and one can choose to interact with other people, asking conversational things and wishing each other happy holidays. The pool area is but a short drive away so have swimming gear in hand and wear excited grins. The water is cold and there can be a handful of other strangers by the poolside, but nothing beats dunking and splashing at loved ones while the elders of the family watch on and relax. One could be shivering like a leaf in a storm on the way back to the house, but it can be easily remedied by a moment under the hot spray of the bathroom shower and a comfy bathrobe wrapped around oneself.
Of course, no staycation at Crosswinds Tagaytay is complete without eating out. There are a few cafes and restaurants within Crosswinds Tagaytay, and breakfast can be arranged in the former and dinner in the latter. Local coffee in the morning is perfect and blissful with the breathtaking Tagaytay highland scenery. At night, Filipino comfort food is definitely a go-to, and the iconic bulalo is a must-have to try. The tender beef, juicy marrow and hot broth are enough to warm up against the nighttime mountain air. One can come home content and with a full stomach, the night’s rest satisfying and afflicted with good dreams.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. Four days and three nights is more than enough to some by the time checking out is decided. It would be hard to pack things up, to take care of what trash remains to make it easier for the cleaning crew and to say goodbyes to a pleasant little home away from home. The memories and security one had in that house, the fresh, crisp air, the animals just lurking in the undergrowth, the sunlight filtering through the pine needles – Crosswinds Tagaytay is surely unforgettable to most who have decided to spend their time there.
One could hope to come back there some time in the future. It truly is a wonderful choice for a Christmas staycation, a little piece of temperate Europe within reach and distance from the urbanized National Capital Region. It is pleasant to know that there are lots for sale within Crosswinds Tagaytay, giving more people a chance to own a part of the Switzerland of the Philippines, a chance one, their family and others can consider as well. The views, the climate, the environment, the feel and vibe of the place are all worth it. It is the mountainside paradise one never knew they needed until they got to actually experience it.
And who knows? It could be your mountainside paradise too!