Azalea Residences Baguio: Another Great Holiday Haven for Romantic Retreats, Family Getaways and Group Outings

 Azalea Residences Baguio: Another Great Holiday Haven for Romantic Retreats, Family Getaways and Group Outings

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (51 of 93)

The whole of Baguio City from Mt. Cabuyao viewing deck

 

It just really feels great to be in Baguio City during the coldest season of the year! Imagine 9 degrees at night??? When Frank and I heard about the extra cool weather in one of our most favorite cities, we just had to do another impromptu trip!

For this special stay, we opted to visit places which common tourists don’t really know of. Instead of the usual destinations and landmarks, we decided to try out new things and visit new places. And besides, travel is all about adventure and discovering new things right?

Baguio City is indeed blessed and abundant not only with natural resources but also great hotels! And for this weekend, we were fortunate enough to discover and experience one of Baguio City‘s relatively new yet very popular hotels… The Azalea Residences.

 

 Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (2 of 93)

 

We arrived  in Baguio around 10pm that night…. We were tired from the 8-hour bus ride (traffic) and the cold temperature that time (12 degrees) but thanks to their very accommodating staff, they immediately made us feel so at home and made sure we were all warm and comfortable. Seeing our lovely room for the weekend immediately helped us forget our stressful long trip.

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (5 of 93)

our home for the weekend

 

We love everything about our room! All rooms at The Azalea Residences are fully furnished with your own kitchenette, microwave oven and dining area, making it possible for you and your loved ones to cook meals and dine inside your room.  They can also provide you with cookwares, plates and silverware at no additional charge!

 

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (7 of 21)

our cute dining area for two! Ideal for couples!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (6 of 21)

have intimate dinners right inside your room

 

Since it was already late, we didn’t want the restaurant staff to work overtime just to wait for us finish our meal so we requested to have  dinner in our room. Curious on what we had?? Here’s a closer look………….

 

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (3 of 38)

Shrimp and Cream Cheese Mushroom Caps
– Mushrooms filled with rich creamy shrimp cream cheese with a tower of perfectly fried sweet onion rings! Highly recommended for cheese and mushroom fanatics like us!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (4 of 38)

Azalea Fish & Chips
– British beer battered dory fillets with chips, tartar sauce, malt vinegar then squeezed with lemon…… good to the last bite!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (2 of 38)

Classic!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (9 of 93)

Mongolian Pork Chop
– Char-grilled cured pork loin served with buttered fried potato wedges plus Baguio pechay veggie rolls on sweet, spicy, gingery Mongolian glaze

 

 The next morning, we woke up to a perfectly cool sunny day and we’re both excited for the day’s activities with fellow blogger friends!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (11 of 38)

 

But before everything else of course, we had to start our day with a power breakfast!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (10 of 38)

TRADISYON: the hotel’s main dining venue

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (12 of 93)

the place was packed with guests that morning

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (73 of 93)

They offer a nice selection of traditional Filipino favorites in their daily breakfast buffet

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (15 of 93)

Since I wanted something to warm me up that time, I made my own congee from their congee station.

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (7 of 38)

Frank on the other hand, had these…. I really envy his ability to metabolize so fast!  Hmmp!!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (6 of 38)

Sotanghon soup

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (8 of 38)

Crispy dried fish

I promised myself not to indulge too much, but I just couldn’t resist!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (18 of 93)

our food-filled table

After that filling power breakfast, we decided to tour around the hotel….. Let us give you a quick tour shall we?

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (20 of 93)

Main lobby and front office

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (21 of 93)

They also have a bar-lounge at the ground floor

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (22 of 93)

beside the lounge would be their souvenir shop

Another great thing we love about The Azalea Residences is that their staff is so warm and accommodating…. always ready to attend to your needs! They even gave us a quick tour of their various rooms…..

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (29 of 93)

Thank you Dharren and Ms Chris for being our guide =)

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (26 of 93)

The Living Room of their Presidential Suite

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (25 of 93)

super homey!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (27 of 93)

their Presidential Suite comes with a 2nd floor and has 3 spacious elegantly designed rooms!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (28 of 93)

the Master’s bedroom of their Presidential Suite

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (63 of 93)

The playground

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (12 of 21)

<3

 

Lunch time came so we both marched back to Tradisyon and savored the following…..

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (38 of 93)

Shittake mushroom soup

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (13 of 38)

Korean Half Chicken with Kimchi Rice topped with sunny-side up egg

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (41 of 93)

Szechuan Pacific Basa
Steamed pacific basa fillets with chunky Szechuan meat sauce with Chinese greens, egg fried rice and julienne veggies

After lunch, we met up with fellow bloggers  Sir Vincent Tabor and videographer Aldreen Dumasig of LakbayBaguio.com for the 1st time and offered to show us around places which tourists don’t usually go to.

For our first stop, we went up to Mt. Cabuyao, the 2nd highest peak near Baguio City to witness the 360 view of the whole city of pines. For this trip, we had to rent a taxi (350/hr) to take us there since trips via public transport were seldom. From the hotel, it took us only less than 30mins to reach Mt. Cabuyao…..

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (2 of 21)

 

When we started walking towards the viewing deck, I noticed I was feeling dizzy due to the high altitude. Good thing my body was able to adjust after a few minutes! phew!

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (50 of 93)

you only have to walk for 2 minutes to reach the deck…

this is what we saw upon arriving at the deck…..

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (54 of 93)

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (51 of 93)

the whole of Baguio City

Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (56 of 93)

Vincent Tabor of LakbayBaguio.com

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Azalea Residences Baguio When in Manila Mae Ilagan Frank Ruaya (55 of 93)

 

 

 

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