It has always been my dream to visit Bali, Indonesia. It offers jaw-dropping sceneries, authentic culture, mouth-watering delicacies and welcoming locals. I guess these could be some of the reasons why it is one of the most visited tropical countries in the world. But due to a lot of things to consider even now that I have my own funds to finance my trip, traveling to Bali, Indonesia remains a dream travel destination for me.
Though this dream is still construction in the making, my feet could not be stopped when I knew about the Balinese-inspired sanctuary in Balete, Batangas, Philippines.
A brief of history of Cintai Corito
The Garden started out as an ordinary private family rest house that the family visited every weekend. In 2005, however, their mother Corito was diagnosed with a terminal disease. To help her recuperate from treatment, the family often brought her to the garden because the place made her relax and temporarily forget her sickness. Two years later, Corito finally succumbed to her illness.Her husband together with his 4 children then decided to focus all their efforts on making the garden a paradise since she loved the place so much. They wanted the beautiful memories they shared there to live on thus the creation of Cintai… love for their mother and love for his wife. (Source)
Getting to Cintai Corito’s Garden
Cintai Corito’s Garden is located at Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan Balete, Batangas which can also be easily reached thru public transport.
I arrived in Balete, Batangas as early as 9:00 am and considering that my reservation in Cintai Corito’s Garden was for a lunch buffet, I opted to pay a visit first at Marian Orchard Garden. Thus, this was my point of origin getting to Cintai Corito’s Garden.
- From Marian Orchard Garden, take a jeepney bound for Lipa and alight at Cintai Corito’s Garden.
It is really true that Cintai Corito’s Garden was built with love and passion. As I passed the doors and walk through the pathways, there were moments when I couldn’t do anything but be amazed. While the food/s they served were not really outstanding, the details of their landscape design outside the pavilion were terrific. Indeed, it was a Balinese-inspired experience for me.
Here are some tips that I can share about this trip:
- Book a reservation 2 weeks prior your planned travel date.
- If you are on a DIY trip, be prepared for a 5-10 minute walk from the entrance to the pavilion.
- The guard at the entrance will contact the receptionist to verify if you have a reservation. In other words, no reservation, no entry.
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Going back to Cubao, Quezon City
Cintai Corito’s Garden was my last destination in this Balete, Batangas trip so from here –
- Take a jeepney/tricycle bound for Lipa and alight at Levi Town Market / Jollibee Maraouy / Caltex Maraouy.
- From Levi Town Market / Jollibee Maraouy / Caltex Maraouy, take a jeepney / multi cab bound for SM Lipa and alight at SM Lipa.
- From SM Lipa Grand Terminal, take a bus bound for Cubao.
Jeepney Fare (Marian Orchard to Cintai Corito’s) = Php 8.00
Cintai Corito’s Garden Lunch Buffet = Php 530.00
Tricycle Fare (Cintai Corito’s to Levi Town Market) = Php 20.00
Jeepney Fare (Levi Town Market to SM City Lipa) = Php 8.00
Bus Fare (Lipa Grand Bus Terminal to Cubao) = Php 165.00