Cristina Villas: A Getaway Not Too Far From the City
I love going out of town. However, travelling can be tiring sometimes. So, instead of planning a getaway, I end up staying in bed at home.
I was never a fan of travelling far (unless there is a beach involved), so going to Antipolo was a new and different experience for me.This is exactly why I loved Cristina Villas. It’s not too far from the city yet still serves to be a relaxing getaway nevertheless. It only took 45 minutes to travel from Mandaluyong to Antipolo and I even did a quick stop at Antipolo Church because it was my first time there.
Cristina Villas is easy to locate, even when you don’t have car. You just have to hail a jeepney to Antipolo Simbahan and from there you can ride a tricycle that will bring you to the resort. The damage? 32 pesos for the jeepney ride from Mandaluyong to Antipolo Simbahan and 100 for the tricycle trip.
From the entrance, it is obvious that Cristina Villas is a very big resort. It consists of a hotel and different kinds of cottages all around the place.
The reception is very spacious and full of vintage decorations like old household accessories and paintings, which make the hotel feel like home.
We checked in the Suite Room of Cristina Villas’ Hotel. The room is very spacious. It has a queen sized bed and a single bed, both with pull-out beds underneath. The Suite Room can accommodate up to 6 guests.
The room also has a terrace overlooking the cityscape of Manila.
After checking in, we had dinner at Cristina Cafe located in the middle of the resort.
The Cafe-Restaurant, like the hotel, is very homey.
They served us their bestsellers: the Pork Binagoongan and T-Bone Steak:
The Pork Binagoongan is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It is not too salty like most Binagoongan versions that I have tasted.
The T-Bone Steak is really good, as well. It is thoroughly cooked and is tender and juicy.
We also ordered their new entry on the menu: Chocolate Milkshake for dessert.