The idea of indulging on an overnight stay at Balay Indang was so welcoming to me and E. I guess this was because we both observed that most of us get so wrapped up in the whole digital age. Spending more than 8 hrs online, always checking our Facebook or IG feeds, or anxiously checking out work emails.
I knew that we both needed to spend some time away from the digital world to reconnect with nature and to spend time with our precious bunny.
Before finally deciding on purchasing the coupon on Deal Grocer, I checked first reviews on Trip Advisor as well as other mommy bloggers. I wanted to know first if it was worth it because of the P5k price point (around 100 to 120 USD vs the original price of around 180 USD or 7k pesos). After checking reviews and asking around, E and I finally decided that we will take the deal and spend a weekend away from the home.
The Road To Balay Indang
We don’t own a car yet, so we had to commute to Balay Indang. Will post a detailed commute blog about it, but basically it took as around 1.5 hrs from home to get there.
We came from Cavite so we just had to take a bus to Tagaytay and a jeep to get there. E and I both haven’t been to that area of Indang yet so we just asked the jeepney driver to drop us off at Balay Indang.
The big brown gate, signage of Balay Indang, and 88 welcomed us to a place of absolute tranquility.
Back To Basics
This is the view that will welcome you even before you check in Balay Indang, the main house.
Upon going in the main balay (house) you will see the collection of unique finds. From antique furniture to a collection of letters from people who have stayed in Balay or had their wedding at Balay.
Checking in was a breeze, I just has to hand over my coupon and we were given our keys to Benjamin (rooms were named after Biblical characters even the houses).
We were escorted to our room that can easily house up to 7 individuals. We only needed one bed, but our room had a queen sized bed and 3 single beds. We ended up using one for our stuff (but they do have a cabinet) and one as our play area with bunny. We were super lucky to have been given such a spacious room! The room kind of reminds me of our stay at Ilocos because it has antique touches, like an old gas lamp, windows, and cabinet.
When we got there I immediately noticed that there were no forms of entertainment, just a few magazines and a Bible. We had AC in our room, but I heard that some rooms have fans only (but you won’t really need an AC because of the cool weather). We were stripped down to basic amenities and this was such a welcome break from the usual hotels. If like me, you are particular with the toilet and bath, Balay Indang’s were very clean and had that touch of nature as well.
This meant that we really can focus on playing with bunny, telling her stories, basically spending more time with her.
One With Nature
The area of Balay Indang was so vast. I even told E that they can build more houses for more rooms (safe estimate around 4 to 5 houses). This we discovered after walking around the property.
What is so special about it is that there are little cottages tucked in corners where you can spend time to just kick your feet up and stare at the sky. We had one near our house, and even at the common area of our house.
The best one probably is the Villa near the pool. We stayed there the afternoon before our snack and the morning before lunch time. It’s a common area which can fit 5 to 6 groups. It had a lot of comfy chairs, rocking chairs, board games, and view of the pool. This was my favorite spot, especially because of this memorable picture of me breastfeeding bunny.
Aside from the Villa, there were many other places that you can discover at Balay. Bunny’s favorite was Isaac’s room, the mini playground and the mini library at Bahay Matalino. E’s was the activity area near our house (with the pool table) and the mini cottage near the pool area as well.
One of the best things to enjoy in Balay Indang, which makes it a must destination for any foodie, is the amazing food that they serve! For an overnight stay you get 2 snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Each dish is served just once. So yes, you kind of get excited heading down the main hall to discover which dish they will serve you. For main meals they serve around 5 to 7 dishes, 2 for snacks. A lot? Yes it certainly is a lot more so because you can ask for a refill for free. No need to stand up because they will serve it to you. The servers are even quick to ask if you want a refill once they see any dish served empty!
My favorite was the baby back ribs AND the cereal prawns! Bunny’s was the mushroom soup while E’s was the cereal prawns.
Another thing we noticed about Balay Indang is the service they give each guest. From helping us make our way down to our room, to having that special touch in dining and playing with Bunny, they made us feel like we are staying with family. Like when you have family reunions minus the awkward questions. This is something that not all hotels or b&b’s lack. Something that most people will defintely love about Balay Indang.
I definitely recommend staying at Balay Indang at least once a year. It gives you that much needed escape to meditate and realize the important things in life plus good food.
For reservations you can contact them via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sms (+639178374261).