As I said in my previous post, I was able to buy a voucher for Chateau Royale at CashCash Pinoy. It was a very good deal because for Php1,999, we got 2 days and 1 night stay at the sports and country club. It includes a tour and free breakfast for four (yes 4!) pax. Another plus factor is that there is no limit to the number of kids one can bring as long as they are below twelve years old. I don’t mind paying an extra Php800 because our group is composed of five adults.
We arrived at the place at 1pm, an hour earlier before the check-in time but they already allowed us to enter our log in cabin. I had to leave a valid I.D and pay P1000 deposit but it is refundable upon check out. The rooms are a bit far from the reception area so guest can opt to ride a shuttle to take them to their cabins. We rode the shuttle first because we thought that we are not allowed to park our car near our rooms. We later discovered that there is an ample parking space area near our cabins.
I guess we are all satisfied when we saw our cabin because it is so cute and huge-- good enough for 8 people. There are two queen-sized beds and one extra bed. It was air-conditioned with TV and toilet and bath. There are cabinets and a desk that makes one feel so at home.
Chateau Royale has many facilities such as a mini zoo, a floating restaurant, swimming pool, playground, etc. One can try fishing, go wall climbing, etc. (forgot the others) but all of those are available for a fee. I think only the playground and the pool are free.
My nieces took advantage of the pool and swam to their hearts content. The tour schedule is every 9am and 4pm but we opt not to join since it was a walking tour and we have been walking to and fro our room and the pool area. Those who don’t like to walk can wait for the shuttle but I seldom see it so we always end up walking. Anyway, we decided to explore the place ourselves.
We had lunch at Tagaytay so we ate dinner at their Veranda Café. This café is a bit small so we just ordered food and decided to eat in our cabins. We are all so tired that an hour after dinner, almost everyone was asleep. The next morning is another picture taking and swimming session before we prepared for the check-out.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and I would not be ashamed to recommend it to others. In fact, maybe we can come back. The staff is courteous and friendly. The place is beautiful and relaxing. Chateau Royale gives good service but they also have lots of areas where they should improve on. For one the zoo is pitiful, I am so disappointed with it. The food in their café is expensive and not so delicious. I am also disappointed with the breakfast food that comes with the package. And did I mention that their toilet is actually malfunctioning (embarrassing). I hope Chateau Royale can fix all these so they can offer the best services to their clients.