Fortunate are those who live or have a home close to nature, those who can simply open their windows to breathe fresh air and see rolling hills and lush greeneries around.
You see, many of those who have been stuck in the urban jungle since the pandemic began are now craving nature and all the vast, green spaces it offers.
I know I do. In fact, recent data have confirmed it, too. A February 2021 survey in England revealed more than 40 percent of people consider nature, wildlife, and visiting local green spaces important to their well-being since the COVID-19 restrictions began.
Meanwhile, those who have green spaces on their doorstep or have access to a private garden reported better health during the lockdown, according to a study by the Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.
So imagine my envy when I learned that those who have made Tagaytay Highlands their alternative or primary home enjoy a tranquil getaway every day.
Perched 2,500 feet above sea level, the log cabins, condominium units, and themed residential enclaves sprawled across over 1,200 hectares of rolling terrain offer residents premium abode and amenities on top of stunning views.
Outdoorsy family members are spoiled for choice: swimming, hiking, trekking, fishing, jogging, biking, go-karting, and tennis are just some of the activities in store for them. Indoor games of bowling and basketball, as well as other less strenuous activities may also be enjoyed at the development’s Country Club and Sports Center.
Golfing families can easily head to the property’s high-caliber golf courses that feature championship-level layouts designed in harmony with the natural landscape.
Family members who love to spend their downtime doing yoga, meditation, or simply communing with nature have ample spaces to relish the quiet, relaxing ambiance of the community.
Food-loving families have several options to enjoy a variety of cuisines without the leaving the place. The newly opened Tapas Bar Comida y Vino serves paella and other classic Spanish dishes.
Taking green living a few notches higher by encouraging homeowners to be self-sufficient and cultivate their lots with fruits trees, herbs, and vegetables, The Grove at Plantation Hills in Tagaytay Highlands offers spacious residential lots throughout its 22 hectares of land area.
In the Orchard lots, which range from 750 to 1,300 square meters, at least 65 percent of the space is dedicated to eco-farming and raising recreational livestock. Similarly, the Garden lots ranging from 450 to 600 square meters also encourage homeowners, with the novice gardener in mind, to start with potted vegetables and herbs or a few raised beds.
Meanwhile, the latest residential project in the community, Provence is designed for individuals who long for beauty, exclusivity, and connection. Its lavish floral landscaping, open spaces, and sleek lawn gardens take inspiration from the charming French countryside.
This low-density community only has 14 lots per hectare, comprising a total of 119 lots, each ranging from 240 to 451 square meters. Lot ownership comes with exclusive access to the township’s facilities.
Provence showcases clusters of flowery shrubs and tree-lined pathways that lead to The Parc Central, its main amenity area, where a posh infinity pool seems to flow into the horizon. The Parc Central also showcases one of the best sweeping views of Taal Lake and majestic Mt. Makiling in the mountain resort community.