Because I love spas, I was so excited when T and I received an invite to a new dining and wellness destination in Tagaytay called Qi Wellness Living.
As soon as we entered, we heard a loud gong which made our hearts jump. But T and I were even more unprepared with what we saw behind the red door.. Lighted candles in huge glass cylinders, birds in big cages, antique cabinets and stairs. We felt like we were transported to another era!
The decor was impressive but these 2-meter Ming Dynasty chairs caught my attention the most.
Just to show you how big they are, here's a photo of me sitting on one. It's like a throne, isn't it?
OOTD Time! My maxi dress is from Habibi and my skull with gem necklace is from Glory (which are both the friends of my friend Ria Alazas). My sandals are from Holster Philippines (thank you!) while my bag (shown in other photos) is from Kate Spade.
The Dining Hall
There are even more of these Ming Dynasty chairs arranged around a long dining table at The Dining Hall. Reserve this for family banquets or corporate events and feel like an emperor.
The Chinese Tea House
T and I were then led to a place called The Chinese Tea House. The roof is also from the Ming Dynasty. Amazing!
By the bar are these roses in glass cylinders. Don't they remind you of Beauty & the Beast?
Even this enchanting tree looks like something out of a fairytale.
Our dinner dates for the night were the ABC group and a few others (hi girls!!).
While waiting for our food, Jane and Mish recommended that I try the Lychee Martini.
Our server came and explained that we will each be having the 8-Course 'Yin Yang' Menu - Summer (P2,380 + 10% SC) that night. 8 courses.. Wow!
We were all given bread and butter before beginning our culinary journey. Ready?
Money Bag of Foie Gras and Green Apple with Chestnut Puree
Tuna Tartare with Pineapple and Pickled Shallots
Lettuce Soup with Poached Egg and Shiitake Mushroom Dumpling
Endive, Roquefort, Walnut, Roasted Pear Salad, Pomengranate Vinaigrette
Pan-Seared Sake-Marinated Scallops, Avocado Puree, Radish, Ebiko
Pacific Black Cod on Buckwheat Noodles, Orange Teriyaki Glaze
Striploin of Wagyu, Sichuan Pepper, Spatzle, Snow Peas, Truffle-Beef Jus
Cardamon Custard, Strawberry Sorbet, Crumble and Soil
Aside from this set, Qi Wellness Living also serves ala carte dishes. To see the rest of their menu, click HERE.
The Chinese Bathhouse
Since Qi Wellness Living wants its guests to have a holistic experience, they also have a spa section called The Chinese Bathhouse. In Chinese culture, bath houses are common places where people congregate.
Their philosophy is simple...
"We listen to what you want, we feel what your body needs, then we compose a treatment that will allow your body's own ability to heal itself, just as nature intended it to be. Our holistic approach combines modern therapies with centuries-old oriental healing techniques to promote true therapy and lasting wellness."
Our guide first brought me and T inside a place which looked like somewhere the Chinese Mafia would hang out. Apparently, the couches and chairs in this room are from real opium dens in China!
Next, our guide showed us the yin yang pools which provide cold and hot plunges. During the day, the pools have a beautiful view overlooking Taal lake and volcano (read my blog post about my post birthday trip to Taal Volcano).
Just beside the pools is the massage room.
Our guide demonstrated how each piece of the massage beds can be moved and removed from the main body while performing a particular massage. Interesting! I'll write more about Qi Wellness Living's spa services when T and I go back to get our massages.
Thank you for arranging this Patty! It's always fun with the ABC girls :)
And thank you so much for having us Ken and Rita!
My other blog posts about Qi Wellness Living:
Qi Wellness Living
Visit Date: 30 August 2014
Barangay Maharlika East
Mobile No.: (0917) 522-6969
The Chinese Tea House
Monday to Tuesday
(but can be opened for group bookings or functions)
Wednesday to Sunday
11:30am to 2:30pm
6:30pm to 10:00pm
The Chinese Bath House
Tuesday to Sunday
1:00pm to 10:00pm