22 January 2017

Casa Luminaria, Lipa, Batangas

Every since I had kids, I absolutely hate spending New Year's Eve in Manila. The best thing about ringing in the New Year in town in meeting up with friends, dancing till your feet are sore and partying to till sunrise. Since I can barely keep up till midnight now staying in town only means noisy fireworks, horrible pollution and overpriced dinners. Bah humbug! So we try to be out of town as much as possible. It's tricky though finding a place that isn't booked a year in advance, obnoxiously expensive or isn't too crowded.

We lucked out this last new year. Late in the NYE booking game but we found the gorgeous Casa Luminaria in Lipa, Batangas.  It is a lovely rural home in a sprawling three hectare property.  There was lots of green, an incredible pool, the kitchen was great plus a barbecue. It was everything you could dream of but even better.

There are 4 villas with 4 beds and a nice, big bathroom in each one. The villas look like a provincial home and made me feel as though I was visiting relatives in my hometown. Hailing from the concrete jungle that is Metro Manila, I can only day dream. 

The main house and pool are the best features of Casa Luminaria. They are full of loungers, pillows and mats that you just want to sink in and never leave. They had little nooks with day beds on the lanai and fluffy seats in the sala so thoughtfully put together we enjoyed every single one of them. When you rent the place you have to cook your own meals and they had an impressive open kitchen right in the main house so the cook doesn't miss out on anything.

We celebrated the New Year just the way we wanted - chilling in the sun with family, no crazy fireworks, no smog to drive through and in bed thirty minutes past midnight.