Wednesday, June 04, 2014

ChaMike's Day Tour in Bali... Philippines!

Bali? Think again...

Cintai by Coritos Garden is a Balinese inspired paradise that can be found in the quiet town of Batangas.

I came across Cintai while browsing through a friend's Instagram photos and I instantly fell in love with the place. Thus before summer ends I convinced Mike to have a day tour on a weekend. So after driving for 2 hours we were finally at our destination.

This large signage greeted us

reception area

After paying P1,650 per person a staff directed us to the area for day tour guests but we didn't swim yet as we wanted to roam around.

Hello there Mr. Gargoyle!

The moment we stepped in the resort we felt as if we were in Bali Indonesia. We were indulge with luscious vegetation and niche. The ambiance, furniture and architechture of the resort is so Balinese like these drop off point area.  

Drop off point

elephants are important animals for Indonesians

And this water fountain with a Krishna/Vishnu. Hinduism played an important role in Balinese architecture.

Hindu Icon

We also saw other interesting facilities and amenities:  

Kid's Playground
For guests with accompanied kids.

playground for kids

We encountered a number of animals inside the vicinity.


Free roaming peacock



Cabanas & Trellises
These open-air areas are for day tour guests



Function Rooms
Cintai has numerous function rooms depending on the guests' needs.

Napas Pavilion is the newest addition to Cintai. It is open air and perfect for garden weddings. This pavilion is surrounded by hand carved walls and accents. They also have occasional yoga and meditation sessions in this wonderful open space.
Napas Pavilion

Pavilion Tresna is the biggest event area offered in the garden. It is an elegant and spacious ballroom with metallic black flooring, authentic sandstone “Gebyok” doors (traditional Javanese-carved teak wood doors), intricate lattice works and an amazing set of authentic “Joglo” ceilings complimented by 2 magnificent chandeliers. The ceiling artistry is unique and timeless because of everything is hand-carved. To top if all off, it is surrounded with hand-carved massive wall designs.

When we went there, a company was having a team building event so this area was occupied.

Pavilion Tresna

Near the Pavilion Tresna is an iconic Javanese door.


This Javanese-inspired door boasts on wooden hand-carvings of intricate Hindu designs. 

Hello There!

We just couldn't get enough of this door.

my #ootd shot: dress from Trunk Show & shades from Georgina Sasha

Mike's #ootd: top from penshoppe, shorts fron Uniqlo, shoes from Sperry

Abadi Restaurant
This hall is surrounded with sliding doors should you wish for your function to be closed. However, you can also have it opened if you want to use the small area with the view of the swimming pool. It also boasts of a creatively crafted wood design ceiling and colorful Indonesian chandelier. This area can house 80 pax if it’s a buffet set-up and 100 pax if it’s a sit-down affair. 

Abadi Restaurant

Day Tour Meals
After roaming around the vicinity it was time for lunch. The lunch and merienda are also included in the day tour fee. Lunch usually takes place at Abadi Restaurant but because of the team building event we were transferred to the bar.

Lunch time

Here's what we had for lunch: Seafood Chowder, Pinakbet, Kaldereta, Baby Back Ribs, Chocolate Creme Brulee & Iced Tea. The serving was more than what we expected and the dishes were superb!

Seafood Chowder
Baby Back Ribs

The dessert was the cherry on top, it was absolutely delicious.

Tsokolate Creme Brulee

At 3pm a merienda was served, a three-piece suman with tsokolate syrup and kapeng barako (Batangas best) filled our stomachs.

Suman & Kapeng Barako

Swimming Pools
After our lunch we then plunged into one of their pools. They say they have four swimming pools but we only saw three.

Kiddie Pool

Pool near the Pavilion Tresna

The third pool was the largest and most picturesque, this is where day tour guests swim.

Largest pool

Shower Area & Changing Room
Before going on a dip, we changed in their very colorful and clean shower room.

Shower Area & Changing Room

Swimming Time!
Of course I couldn't live without these summer essentials: GSunnies, EOS Lipbalm, Naturactor, BB Cream all from @georginasasha (visit, Havaianas & Fuji Instax. 

summer essentials

It was a good thing that we had the pool all to ourselves (a lot of picture taking opportunities!)

Kimono from Ripples by Jenny | swimsuit by The Filipina Doll Clothing

Shades from Georgina Sasha & earrings given by Bianca Gonzales

The pool was clean and inviting. The temperature of the pool was just right-not too cold not too warm. It was an invigorating swim!

If you want to stay here for more than a day, Cintai offers different types of accommodations based on your needs.


Here's a sample of their Garden Villa.

Garden Villa

Garden Villa costs P16,500 per night with the capacity of 6 persons. It has 3 queen sized beds, a day bed with table setting, a refrigerator and own terrace.

Garden Villa

Other Villas available:
Deluxe Villa | P6,000 | good for 2 pax | 1 queen sized bed, bathroom, refrigerator and own terrace
Terrace Villa | 11,550 | good fro 4 pax | 2 queen sized beds, bathroom, refrigerator and own terrace
Executive Villa | P27,500 | good for 6-8 pax | The biggest villa with its own jacuzzi, bar, terrace and pocket garden

Jacuzzi of the Executive Villa

Goodbye Cintai!
I had such a wonderful time in Cintai, the food is excellent, the place is divine and pool is just perfect. Cintai gives a relaxing & blissful experience to their guests not to mention their over the top customer service. Everyone is well-trained and nice!

Address: Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan Balete, Batangas 
Phone Numbers: +63917.833.1508 / +63917.833.1728 

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