All my friends know me too well. I love visiting places that provide the privacy and much-needed quiet time that we all long for once in a while. When my dear friend and colleague Dr. Tina Lacaba mentioned about QiWellness Living in Tagaytay, she insisted that I go. She briefly described her experience there and despite the problems brought about by Typhoon Glenda, QiWellness Living openly welcomed them. She could not stop raving about it.
One free weekend, I decided to drive to Tagaytay for a massage in QiWellness Living. I was not prepared to fall in love again. As soon as they opened those big red doors, my eyes couldn't stop looking at the view and all the details. I found another favorite place in the south. If you think Tagaytay could not get any better, think again.
QiWellness has given me another alternative when it comes to wellness, relaxation and dining (I usually frequent the favorites Antonio's and Sonya's Garden). Designed by Budji Layug and Royal Pineda Design Architects, QiWellness goes beyond its simple industrial (concrete) design. The moment you arrive, you are welcomed by the sound of a chau gong. That announces your arrival or any guest that would enter that commanding red door with brass lionhead knockers.
With all the design elements combined, it doesn't seem like you are in Tagaytay any more. QiWellness has been inspired by China's centuries-old architecture, cuisine and healing practices. However, it does not stop there. What they wanted was to bring something new to anyone visiting Tagaytay. They have integrated the newest in design and culinary techniques to give you a spectacular experience in this beautiful setting.
Communal Dining. I am in love with beautiful chairs. It's like I am waiting for the Mad Hatter's party to start.
As you go down, you'll find the the Tea house + Opium Den. The first thing you'll notice is that authentic Chinese Pagoda that was brought in from China.
I wanted to have tea here but Ken, one of the owners, recommended some cocktails. Who would say no to cocktails with this view anyway? The Taal volcano and the take had never seem that close. (I actually met Ken after my massage. What a privilege it was to hear everything from one of the people directly behind this project. This place was one year in the making and they made sure that every detail contributed to the whole atmosphere of the QiWellness.)
This is a place where you can actually meditate and find yourself. With the feeling or privacy this place offers, I would not mind booking this whole place for a retreat.
As for their dishes, they were all drawn from the principles of the "yin" and "yang". Like Shanghai, this place has successfully merged eastern and western ingredients. They have an exciting degustation menu for those who want to taste the best in QiWellness.
I sampled some of their dim sum - The stuffed taro puff with apple, walnut and hoisin maiyonnaise + the chicken dumpling with mango salsa! I must say I was impressed! I had never tasted anything it. I like the fact that they have infused some fruity flavors in the dim sum. (Picture later. )
My first cocktail was quite refreshing - a good mix of vodka, lime, green tea and cucumber. I also got to try the Japanese plum wine. (Notice that the menu is a Chinese Scroll)
One more floor down from the teahouse, another sanctuary awaits -- The Bathhouse. The bathhouse culture has been part of China and other eastern countries for hundreds of years. QiWellness has brought that here. It was perfectly described on their site -- a sanctuary for relaxation, rejuvenation, and renewal.
With a spectacular view of the volcano, it's impossible for you not to be relaxed here.
You can have your massage and hydrotherapy in these pools. What a life.
If you decide to stay in QiWellness overnight, that can also be arranged. Make sure you plan it early.
The private massage room we got was by the Koi pond. For the massage bed, they have used the color red -- an auspicious color for the Chinese. We had the Silk Massage, which seemed to be the best one for me. I generally do not like too much pressure on my body. This signature massage uses cream instead of oil for the flowing strokes and motions. That means you wont feel greasy after your therapy! Thank You!
The Opium Den. The therapists do the Qireflexology here. They focus on applying pressure on areas on the nerve endings found of the ears, hand and feet. Of course, you can also opt for a simple head, back or neck massage.
An authentic Opium Day Bed.
More views of Taal Lake the the Volcano.
This is one of the few places in the Philippines I never get tired of seeing.
At night, the QiWellness Living becomes more magical. I suggest you get a massage around 4 pm so you could see this.
The red hues and subdued lighting give the place a captivating glow. You could even imagine yourself somewhere in HongKong or Shanghai. You easily forget that you are in Tagaytay. With the chill house music, this setting is ready for more intimate parties.
The illuminated pools at night.
Thanks to my friend Tina, I have found another beautiful getaway in Tagaytay. I could not wait to share this with family and close friends. After my massage and whole experience here, I felt a different surge of energy. I was ready to take on another crazy week in the big city. I was honestly rejuvenated.
Thanks again Ken. I loved hearing your stories and trivia about QiWellness. You'll be seeing me again very soon!
For bookings, check www.qiwellnessliving.ph or call 09175226969.
Rates starts from P1,280 ++
Dimsum P380 for two sets
Degustation Menu 1K plus