Located in Alfonso, Cavite; just barely on the outskirts of Tagaytay City is another favorite spot in the area of Metro Tagaytay, the amorous Sonya’s Garden.
The garden was originally a private escape for Sonya Garcia where she can entertain friends and families but through time grew to accommodate guests looking to experience country living amongst the lush trees and fragrant flowers.
It’s now become the getaway of choice for couples and families looking for something to soothe their city-weary souls.
Everything at this not-so-secret-garden-anymore speaks of the earth. The food is grown organically and harvested from the grounds itself by its owner, the products are earth-based, and the place can really be described as an Eden; flowers abound everywhere you look, vines hang down trellises in wild abandon, bushes and trees line its brick-laden paths, and greenhouses which are open to visitors are as common as houses on a subdivision.
Pass through it’s bakery and you’ll no doubt be hooked by the aroma wafting from its screened door.
Here they sell freshly baked goodies for visitors; from the humble pandesals, the French baguettes, to their specialties the Hispanis Bread and Cheese Hopia, they have everything to satiate the palettes of all bread lovers.
Their famed (or infamous for meat-lovers) eat-all-you-can set meal (Php610.00) is also something to try out. The fare starts out with a collection of leaves, flowers and everything green, then moves to their freshly baked wheat breads and assortment of spreads, culminating with their Salmon Belly Pasta and ending with desserts.
I loved everything, including the greens even if I’m not really a salad lover, except for the pasta course. The pasta itself was okay but the salmon that goes with it was just too hardy and was almost unpalatable.
Do check their full menu at this link: Sonya’s Garden Menu.
The garden also offers massages and wellness thingies for those wanting to ease off their bones and muscles. Those who can’t afford the somewhat steep prices for such (like me) though need not worry as sitting and relaxing in the many fairytale-like nooks located inside the garden would be enough to rejuvenate anyone’s tired-from-the-city-bustle bodies.
For those wanting an overnight experience of Sonya’s Garden, they do have accommodations for such since this is in fact a bed and breakfast. Prices are expectedly on the high side, and we haven’t really tried their rooms yet (so no photos, they’re off limits to non-guests). But judging from everything I’ve seen about this place, I’m totally betting it won’t disappoint.
Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite
(0917) 532-9097 | (0917) 533-5140
firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.sonyasgarden.com
How to commute to Sonia’s Garden:
Ride a Nasugbu-bound bus and ask the driver to drop you off at Sonya’s Garden’s tricycle station (it’s around 15 to 20 minutes from Leslie’s in Tagaytay, look at your right for Sonya’s signboard in case the driver forgets to drop you).
You may then ride a tricycle straight to the place (get the driver’s number for the ride back in case you are unable to get a tricycle on your way back.)