Why Anya Resort Tagaytay's Poolside Dining Is Worth Your Road and Food Trip | Motourismo
Story and Photos by Arabelle Jimenez
Beating the crowded city heat, my partner Monch Henares and I usually drive up to Tagaytay to take in the fresh air and enjoy the cooler climate. The two-hour road trip to the famous ridge overlooking the beautiful Taal lake and volcano is something we look forward to, specially when we drive a comfortable vehicle.
|The façade of Anya Resort Tagaytay and the 2023 Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid
Our car for the week is the 2023 Suzuki Ertiga GLX AT, a mild-hybrid looker. What is a “mild-hybrid’? The vehicle has an electric motor that provides greater fuel efficiency which is used to assist acceleration. This 7-seater sub-compact crossover is truly perfect for families or adventurers who love to go out on long road trips with fuel efficiency and spacious interiors in mind. To know more about the Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid, click here.
|Open-space lobby at Anya Resort Tagaytay
It was perfect timing when seasoned publicist Pete Dacuycuy invited us for a food-tasting event at Anila Poolside, located inside the sprawling Anya Resort in Buena Vista, Tagaytay City. Together with our colleague Benjie Layug and a handful of select media practitioners, we experienced world-class dining prepared by Executive Chef Chris A. Leaning and Sous-Chef Robee Javier.
Amidst the greenery and inviting ambiance, you will find Anila beside a gorgeous swimming pool that is so tempting for water people like me. We were welcomed by Mr. Mikel Arriet, General Manager of Anya Resort Tagaytay. A former Executive Chef himself, Mikal, who hails from Basque dined with us, and introduced a fusion of Spanish and Filipino cuisines that tickled our taste buds.
|View from Anila Poolside Restaurant
Sous-Chef Robee Javier personally showcased a menu that was just perfect for the season. Practicing the farm-to-table philosophy, and using organic ingredients, all the dishes were flavorful and delicious.
The spread successfully renewed our appreciation with old favorites like the paella, cochinillo, and all-time Tagaytay staple, the famous bulalo.
There are many reasons why the resort has repeat guests, and a major one is because of the delicious food, which is complemented by the excellent service. Here is an example menu of what to expect at Anila Poolside in Anya Resort Tagaytay.
|ANILA GAMBAS AND CHORIZO AL AJILLO
Sautéed shrimps, sliced chorizo, baby onions, garlic chili, virgin olive oil, and parsley.
Tender Baby Squid coated in Anila seasoning mix, served with remoulade.
Pork, prawn and vegetable spring roll cigarillos served with sweet chili dip.
Spanish style whole roast suckling pig, served with its own juices.
Classic Spanish Rice cooked with rich stock, sofrito, seafood, chicken and served with lemon and aloli sauce.
Char-grilled butterfly shrimp with a touch of brandy, served with lemon wedges.
|BEEF SHANK BULALO
Beef shank slow-braised in beef broth with local vegetables, corn and potatoes.
|5-LAYER JACK DANIELS CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE
Multi-layered choco moist cake flavored with bourbon syrup, layers of chocolate ganache served with warm salted caramel sauce.
|CHEF CHRIS MANGO TRES LECHES
Chiffon sponge dripping with Anila sweet marinade, topped with fresh mango and caramelized cashew nuts.
|FRESH FRUITS PLATTER
STAY FOR THE NIGHT AND MORE
It is noted that the resort is also well-known for their spa facilities, and wellness treatments. The Anya Resort Tagaytay advocates a holistic approach for a diverse clientele who look for the best service and a relaxing environment.
So, go ahead and indulge at Anya Resort Tagaytay. Come for the good food, refreshing ambience, great service, and enjoy the resort's facilities. They also offer reasonable packages from day guests, to full overnight accommodations.
|A Junior Suite at Anya Resort Tagaytay
For more information, visit: www.anyaresorts.com
Anila Poolside Restaurant at Anya Resort Tagaytay
Address: Buenavista Hills Road, Barangay, Tolentino West, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
Phone: (02) 8657 1640