Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Philippines: Cintai by Corito's Garden

With my 3 weeks stay in Manila, I just can't help but to look for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the metro.  Luckily, for Manileños', like HT wife,  it was easy to bring ourselves out of town in just 2 hours drive.
We wanted something new...something different...a place we've never been...
The centerpiece  of Cintai by Corito's Garden parking area in Batangas City.

An entrance to one of the gardens. 

their carefully decorated villas (maximum 9 pax)

the beautifully carved walls separating the villas.

the detailed interior and exterior of our villa.  Every space was made with lovely designs and from natural resources. 

the exterior of their biggest villa...your own bar and your personal jacuzzi...perfect for getaway parties.

The place has 4 swimming pools - just enough to accommodate the bakasyonistas (vacationers).  This is their biggest swimming pool with wonderful fountain facade.

A lounge area beside the pool is also available where you can take your afternoon nap or after-swimming snooze.  Love that big buddha head at the background.  The eyes give a mysterious look. :)

I love every details they put in this 5-hectare garden.  It took 5 years to get this look and is still in progress.

one of the smaller pools which was designed similarly from the others

Open and roofed pavillions are also available.  I think this place would be great for weddings!

They have several huge cages spread around the garden.  And with the size of a mansion, only 1 animal lives in every cage.

Dad enjoyed playing with the fauna.

The concept is bali-inspired.  I've never been to Bali so tell me if it is. :)

the landscaping of the area was perfectly done.  You'll see something interesting wherever you go.
and they said if you can't beat them, join them. :)

they provide buffet meals if the guests chose to dine-in.  Guests are ok to go out and get food from outside.  There are a number of restaurants which was not too far from the garden.

no-frills comfort asian food.  They did mix-and-match dishes around Asia such as lumpia, tom yum soup. grilled fish, mapo tofu.  The food tasted good.  But for 450 pesos/pax, i think the quantity and the selection needs some improvement.

I enjoyed this jelly-fied water chesnut dessert.  It was unique and refreshing.

The dishes were prepared and whipped up by some of the owners themselves!

No internet or data signals are available.  So stay away from your laptop, ipad or wifi phones as this place let you experience and enjoy every minute with your loved ones personally.

trivia: this place was built by the love (cintai) within the family.  The garden was named after the mother.  More story in

Cintai by Corito's Garden
Batangas City, Philippines


  1. i like your pics here ah! miss you!

  2. Thank you for this review :) Took note of your comments. Hope to see you all again in the future! - Cintai Management

  3. @Rochie - miss you too girl. Visit this place when you get back to Manila. I'm sure Marco would love it!

    @Pats - We really enjoyed our stay. And hands down to the well-designed and well-landscaped Corito's garden :).