Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Visit to the Swiss Inspired Crosswinds Resort Suites

I've read about Crosswinds, this Swiss inspired place in Tagaytay early last year from Deal Grocer and have wanted to visit since then. So when Jordan told me he wanted a weekend getaway, I enticed him to go to Crosswinds Resort Suites with me!



The weather was pretty gloomy. No surprise since it's the month of July, it's officially the rainy season! Luckily, it wasn't raining just yet when we got there so we were able to explore the place.


See that road? Jordan wanted to walk down that road to get to our accommodations. The guard who initially greeted us when we got there thought that was amusing. He told us to wait for a shuttle service to pick us up. Later on, we'd find out why we couldn't just go by foot.

But while we waited, we explored the nearby area...



Check it out! There's a windmill in Crosswinds! That definitely adds to the Swiss-inspired charm of Crosswinds.  



A selfie was in order to document our first ever staycation and overnight out of town trip together.



Here's the shuttle service of Crosswinds to take us inside. While on the road, keep your windows open and inhale in the cool and fresh air around you.




And here we are! Finally at Grand Quartier 2, where we are supposed to check in at 2PM.


This is the front desk. Nothing elegant about it. Crosswinds' Grand Quartier 2 is more like a condotel. Be prepared to present your credit card or have an extra PHP1,000 cash on you for security deposit.

Anyway since we got there 30 minutes early and since our room wasn't ready yet, we left our stuff at the front desk and walked around the nearby vicinity for awhile.





The Yule Shop. This store is filled with a lot of Christmas decors! Couldn't go in though because it was close during our visit. But I took a couple of shots around.



Oh look! It's Santa's sleigh! We took turns climbing up this sleigh to get our picture taken of us in it.


So here's me in the sled, with a dainty pose as always...


And here's Jordan with a stiff neck. LOL! I'm kidding. He's doing one of his fashion blogger inspired poses. Have I ever told you guys he's a big fan of David Guison?

Okay now let me show you our room for the night. We stayed at a studio room by the way. We only had to pay Php3,750 for an overnight stay thanks to Deal Grocer.


Kitchen area where you can cook or heat up your dishes in. There's a fridge where you can stock your food in if you brought anything that needs to be chilled and of course a sink to wash your dishes. Initially Jordan wanted to bring hotdogs to fry but we ended up getting food delivered instead.


A table for two where you can eat right across the kitchen.


Jordan and I shared this queen size bed.


   

There's a small Samsung LCD TV for those who want to just stay in bed and veg out in front of the TV and a comfy couch perfect for reading books. 

Bathroom area:






After dropping off our stuff in the room, we went around to explore the place some more. It's really big - about 100 hectares. So to get around the place, ride the shuttle service that they provide. It's free anyhow. Or if you brought a car, use that. Don't try to explore by foot. Unless you want to hike that is. Nothing wrong with that. It's just that the place is huge and the roads are going uphill so it can be pretty tiring to go exploring by foot.

Jordan and I tried walking around without the shuttle. So that's how I know what a challenge it can be to walk around the place without a vehicle.




These are photos from the Santa's House in Crosswinds. The place also has the Christmas-y feel. Cute noh?


This is the view from our balcony by the way. Crosswinds Resort Suites is surrounded by the crisp scent of 20,000 pine trees. Actually even our room smelled of pine when we first entered.





Crosswinds currently doesn't have any restaurants in it. Just this convenience store that sells coffee, cakes, pastries and sandwiches. You'll have to travel all the way near the entrance though to find this.



The pool and playground area:


Crosswinds has an outdoor pool for adults and kids. Both are circular in shape. The adult pool is just about 5 ft. deep. Lucky me!


Here's an underwater shot of me. Jordan used his GoPro camera for this. I thought it was a pretty cool shot! Though I probably wouldn't receive praises from America's Next Top Model judges for this shot. Not very top fashion model underwater shot! Haha!







Took a photo at the Crosswinds sign on the hills ala Hollywood signage! Quite tricky to get down to this spot. 





Crosswinds is such a beautiful place. It's great for picture taking. My friend, the aspiring fashion blogger, Jordan was definitely delighted by this fact. For instance, these walls make for a pretty background. 

  


So does this tall rectangular bush... This was Jordan's favorite photo spot actually.




You can actually live in Crosswinds Resort Suites. See those houses? Those are residential places. So if you can afford it, you can buy a place here. I personally like the design. 


This house is my favorite out of them all. It kind of stands out doesn't it? 

Well, I had a nice overnight stay at Crosswinds. The place is beautiful. I did feel like I was transported to a different place. And the staff were accommodating. If you're looking for a nearby getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life, Crosswinds is a good place to consider. It is as Deal Grocer's write up said, a refreshing Alpine escape. 

I only wish there was a restaurant in the area and a spa! I think those two would be great additions to the place. But maybe in the near future. Construction is still ongoing anyhow. 

If you want to check out Crosswinds Resort Suites, there are ongoing deals at Deal Grocer. 

2 comments:

Russ R. said...

I remember going there a looong time ago. I went to this place of an acquaintance. The condotel wasn't there yet. Are there places where you can eat inside?

Liz Martin said...

they have a convenience store where you can buy pastries, sandwiches and drinks like coffee and soda. other than that, you'll either have to go out to check out the nearby restos in Tagaytay, have food delivered in Crosswinds or cook if you like. :)