|Abby's Garden Resort in Taal, Batangas|
What most people do not know is that the Poblacion (Town) itself in Taal, Batangas is satisfying to experience. It is the South’s answer to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Vigan. Walking through the streets of Taal, Batangas will bring you back to the time of your ancestors with Spanish-inspired houses abound. Talking to its people, appreciating it visually will make one learn more about its rich culture, history and heritage. My grandfather hails from Taal (from my mother’s side), the Ylagans were one of those who had built a “bahay na bato,” in the mid 1800’s. Our ancestral house proved to be a perfect introduction to Taal’s heritage. “Bahay na bato” in the southern region had the upper level of the house made of wood while the lower part is made of stone. And since television was not invented yet at the time, people amused themselves by watching other people pass by, so they had huge windows. Each year, we make it a family tradition go home to our ancestral house during Holy Week.
|Abby's Garden Resort's lobby|
I used to think I know the Taal town quite well enough, having spent a couple of summer vacations there back when my abuela was still alive. Until I came across Abby’s Garden Resort very recently. I’m fond of taking photographs and immediately share them on my social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram. I’m pretty sure any millennial can easily relate well with me (I know I’m no longer called a millennial but even those who are young-at-heart and are tech-savvy too will be able to understand what I’m talking about). If you’re looking for a perfect spot for your prenuptial photo shoot or videos, don’t look far.
|Pool area at Abby's Garden Resort|
Abby’s Garden Resort is an ideal events place waiting to be discovered by tourists and locals alike. They could accommodate Christian weddings and its reception, team building seminars, among many others. Have you guys ever heard about it? Located in Aroma, Butong, Taal, Batangas, it’s only a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The said resort is also a few minutes away from the grand Basilica of Saint Martin de Tours and Our Lady of Caysasay Church. A sweet escape if you ask my opinion and a really awesome place to exchange “I Do’s.” The only thing that’s lacking perhaps on my part is a groom who’s willing to make the same vow…(But that’s a totally different story though.)
Aside from being a wedding events place and a hub for special occasion, it has different theme-based venues that can accommodate the creativity of both the bride and the groom in creating their ‘dream wedding.’ If you want a feel of the past, there’s a Mediterranean-like themed spot for you complete with all those lovely trellises and columns. If you want an intimate yet simple wedding ceremony, there’s Cherry’s Victorian Garden—a lush garden where you can have a setup of chairs and the works. For Kiddie parties, there’s Boat Themed Garden which I’m pretty sure the kids will love. With its huge garden compound, There’s a plethora of options for you to choose from, depending on your style and creativity.
The Function Hall, is also perfect for an elegant setting. The al fresco garden has vast spaces that can accommodate any gathering with a long guest list. So regardless if you want your events to be outdoor or indoor, Abby’s Garden Resort is perfect for you.
Abby’s Garden Resort also caters to team building activities, seminars, conventions and meetings. It has everything for you to enjoy. You could even play billiards which you could rent per your request or have a picnic party simply commune with nature! In fact, while I was at Abby’s, how I wished I had brought with me a hammock so I can take an hour’s nap to dreamland because the wind breeze was so cool that seemed to call me back to sleep. When we went there, it felt like a home away from home as Abby’s is a family-oriented resort and thus makes you feel all the more welcome to come and invigorate your senses with nature in this small paradise.
|A wedding setup at Abby's Garden Resort|
"We had opened this resort in March 6, 2009. We originally got this property for our only daughter, Abby, so that she’ll have a place to roam around and play. We wanted to share our garden to the public. When my late husband acquired this place, it was his idea to turn it into a garden. We planted most of the things you see here. It’s my father who takes care of the plants,” enthuses Mrs. Cherry Brown, proprietor of the said garden resort.
|Mrs. Cherry Brown, Abby's Garden Resort proprietor|
"Seeing how the town of Taal has become quite popular for destination weddings, we started working our plans to eventually open this garden to the public. Aside from the fact that Taal has a perfect weather for growing plants and flowers to bloom beautifully, we also thought that it would be nice to have a place designed by nature itself," recalled Mrs. Brown.
Guests are in for a treat in this paradise that has no fancy architecture--just plants and flowers to decorate the place and give people that elegant romantic feel. Abby’s Garden Resort also has a hotel with 8 rooms all air-conditioned, with a private toilet and bath, TV and refrigerator. They’re perfect to accommodate your guests or wedding entourage prior to your wedding day.
|One of the rooms at Abby's Garden Resort|
The Taal town truly provides an opportunity to establish a deeper connection with one’s heritage. It is more than just ancestral houses, it is history book in itself, with each turn a story that left us enthralled and wanting for more. Capturing those unforgettable picture-perfect moments make every photograph a gem of treasure to keep. It reminds one of the event and people whom you shared that moment with.
|One of the grand weddings held at Abby's Garden Resort, Taal Batangas|
Room and Rates:
Family Suites (Good for 5-12 persons)
1 King size and 1 Queen Size bed; P250 per additional single mattress and P300 per additional Queen size mattress
Family Suites (Good for 5 to 12 persons)
2 Queen Size bed; P300 per additional Queen size matterss; 2 extra mattress allowed
Deluxe Rooms (2nd floor) (Good for 2-6 persons allowed)
1 Queen Size bed; P300 per additional Queen size mattress
Deluxe Rooms (3rd floor) (Good for 2-5 persons allowed)
1 Queen size bed, P300 per additional Queen size mattress
· Breakfast is not included but economic breakfast could be arranged at your requirement and convenience.
· Pool Fee: Adult: P150/head, Kids: P75.00/head
Visit Abby’s Garden Resort at Aroma, Butong, Taal, Batangas. For inquiries, call 0919-417-3603