September 26, 2017

Qiwellness Living in Tagaytay: Romance done right

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  • The scenic ridge of Tagaytay is a place for you to find your resting place. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a budget or willing to splurge; if there’s a hotel you’re interested in that’s not a beach hotel, chances are there’s one in Tagaytay.

    Hotels, however, are a bit one-dimensional. Yes, there are those that go out of their way, but rarely do you visit a place that provides dedicated services for you and your significant other.

    This is where Qiwellness Living comes in.

    Say hello to Qiwellness Living, a Chinese-inspired “experience” in Tagaytay./IMAGE Qiwellness Living

    Qiwellness (pronounced chi-wellness) Living is a unique property you’ll find along Tagaytay’s scenic ridge. Most people might call it a hotel, but we beg to differ. It is a place that gives you an experience unlike any you’ve had in Tagaytay.

    It’s a Chinese-inspired destination that makes you feel like you’re all alone in the premises, save for the people who will pamper you silly. They rarely take in more than one couple for their overnight packages, so you’ll have the place to yourself most of the time.

    The sound of an actual gong welcomes you into this grand receiving area./IMAGE Qiwellness Living

    Where most hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing spots in Tagaytay are full of people, Qiwellness will make you feel like you have Tagaytay all to yourself and your partner.

    Qiwellness is split into three parts: The Teahouse, the Bathhouse, and The Guesthouse. Each one could stand on its own (restaurant, spa, and hotel in that order), but they’re better together than they are apart.

    YIN-YANG POOLS. Enjoy both a hot and cold dip in these pools…

    … coupled with this view./IMAGES Qiwellness Living

    The Bathhouse is arguably the star of the show. It’s where the pampering at Qiwellness Living starts. They have seven treatments on their menu that are designed to leave you feeling relaxed, with prices ranging from P1,280 per person for their Qireflexology to P6,360 per couple for The Quick Escape. Our pick, however, is The Bathhouse Experience.

    “OPIUM DEN”. It’s not an actual opium den, but it is inspired by the ones from back in the day. Enjoy Qiwellness’ different massage treatments here./IMAGE Qiwellness Living

    The Bathhouse Experience is a 2-hour relaxation experience that includes 45 minutes in their yin-yang soaking pool with a view of Taal Lake, steam room, and shower room. We suggest you savor the time in the dipping pool; the views you’ll get are enough to send waves of relaxation throughout your body. It also includes a 75-minute Silk, Deep Tissue, or Qiharmony massage in a private room.

    Have your meal at The Teahouse, whose menu changes with the season./IMAGE Qiwellness Living

    If, however, you’re looking to get the full Qiwellness experience, we highly suggest you book their Overnight Escape Package (Php 15,800). It’s a literal escape from everything you know about taking a vacation.

    Relaxation starts as soon as you go in. A gong signals your arrival to the staff (it’s an actual gong!). Once you’re in, prepare yourself for unrivaled relaxation with welcome cocktails, use of the Bathhouse’s yin-yang soaking pool, a 30-minute reflexology session, and a 90-minute Silk signature massage in their opium den or drawing room.

    You can always soak up this view of Taal Lake./IMAGE Qiwellness Living

    Enjoy all of this before you tuck into your private air-conditioned room. Once you wake up, prepare your stomach for a full breakfast with Chinese-inspired congee and dim sum.

    Feeling hungry before dinner? Make sure you sample their degustation menu at The Teahouse. Their menu changes with the seasons, so it’s likely that you’ll find a new menu the next time you visit Qiwellness Living.


    Address: Km. 58 Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City
    Contact number: 0917-522-6969
    Check-in: 3:00 pm; Check-out: 12:00 noon
    Facebook: Qiwellness Living

    A shorter version of this appears on Philippine Primer Japanese magazine October 2017.
    All photos courtesy of Qiwellness Living

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