We usually escape to the cool weather of Tagaytay for New Year’s Eve. For us, it’s a time to rest and spend time with the family and welcome the coming year.
BALAY INDANG is more beautiful now compared to the time we first blogged about it in 2007 (Read: Balay Indang, The Red Ginger Farm and Garden). In 2013, they put up a sister B&B named after it’s founder– WILSON’S Tagaytay: A Secret Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Place in Tagaytay.
It was the perfect place to relax and reflect on the things that matter most and prepare for 2015.
Here’s a photo essay of the highlights of our Balay Indang New Year, and my first ever family travel video…
Balay Indang is a Bed & Breakfast place in the off-the-beaten-path of Indang, Cavite.
I like its resort garden feel while still keeping its bed & breakfast personality.
It’s a great place to commune with nature…
…and to be a kid again.
It’s a popular place for family and class reunions as well as weddings, with their new Elizabeth Hall expansion.
We love the home-cooked food, which starts with a pampering of farm fresh salad and their signature ranch dressing.
One of our favorite pastas is the tinapa with salted egg. Make sure to request for it during your stay.
We usually fight over each piece of the shrimps with aligue. It’s a good thing you can always request for a replenishment.
LUKE ROOM @ BAHAY MATALINO
We stayed in one of the latest houses at Balay Indang–Bahay Matalino, with a cluster of rooms named after the Gospel writers.
We were in the Luke family room, with a queen bed, a day bed…
…and a mezzanine floor with a double bed. Note: The rooms are airconditioned but there’s no TV, no mini-bar, and no cabinets.)
The restroom is homey and simple, with hot & cold water.
Outside the Luke room is a veranda area where you can read a book or play board games.
(Tip: Make sure to use a bug spray at night. We usually bring a mosquito swatter.)
BALAY INDANG BREAKFAST
A B&B experience is not complete without an awesome breakfast. We love the fried salted fish…
…homemad sausage or longganisa…
…and their gourmet tuyo!
(Note: They make sure to not repeat any dishes during your stay, so it’s best to inquire if you’d like to know what’s on the breakfast menu.)
NEW YEAR’S EVE @ BALAY INDANG
On the 31st, there was a community cocktail at around 5pm, with live music and free flowing non-alcoholic wines.
We had our Media Noche with the family at around 9pm, with Tita Edna as our special guest.
It was Baby Yugi’s first New Year with the family! He’s always happy when he travels to a new destination.
At 11.30pm, we all converged at Hebron Valley for the New Year fireworks.
Hebron Valley is near Elizabeth Hall and is also great venue for glamping or Boy Scout activities.
We welcomed the New Year with community fireworks and the traditional jumping for the kids.
Check out my first ever family travel video! Joshua and Raphael loved it, while Aidan though it was disorganized. 🙂
FIRST DINNER OF 2015
Our Jan. 1 dinner at Balay Indang was the best we’ve ever had during our stay.
Chili Garlic Wings with chunks of garlic. A hit with both kids and adults.
Papaya in Coconut Milk. A special vegetable treat you don’t get to eat in any restaurant.
The eat-all-you-can Sweet Chili Shrimps is an all-time favorite at Balay Indang.
They sometimes come in Shrimp Kebab form with a mango salsa sauce.
The Barbecued Pork was also very good but often ignored because of the yummy seafood and chicken.
Chocolate Fondue dessert to cap the delightful evening.
At the end of the day, what matters most is a loving family that sticks with you through the ups and downs, year after year, and will support you when you need it the most.
To value the
Family is one of the legacies I’d want to pass on to the next generation of Filipinos.
Thank you to Balay Indang for the wonderful New Year family experience! 🙂
For more info about Balay Indang, please visit their official Facebook page:
88 Mahabang Kahoy Cerca, Indang, Cavite BALAY INDANG Telephone: +632 775-6886 Mobile: +63 917 837-4261 / +63 917 866-5825 / +63 917 866-5825 (Wilsons) Email: [email protected] Facebook: Balay Indang
Live an Awesome Life,
Disclosures: Our stay was courtesy of our friend Marge. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
P.S. The St. Gregory the Great Church in the town of Indang, Cavite is just about 4km away (15 minutes drive) from Balay Indang. There’s usually a 5pm Mass.