Villa de Mercedes: A romantic getaway-A A +A
Sunday, February 17, 2013
DATING within the premise of a busy metropolitan area is nothing compared to having a date in a silent, auspicious place in the outskirt of Davao City. That's the latest trend among the couples today.
Going farther from the city, many restaurants offer the same quality and tasty foods, given the rising number of people who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big cities.
If you think the best dating places abound only in the busiest part of the city, then it's time to think again! There's much Davao can offer for couples, or even families, who want to escape the fast-paced city life.
For instance in Catigan, Toril, a suburb about an hour ride from downtown Davao, lies Villa de Mercedes, an 82-hectare resort subdivision. Perfectly situated on a verdant land uphill, it not only offers a refreshing nature experience but also an astounding postcard perfect view of the Davao Gulf.
But there's more to this developing estate aside from being a resort subdivision, it lends itself as a perfect retreat for those who want a nature-at-the-doorstep fun without really having to go out of town.
At the middle of the community, there's Clubhouse, a coffeeshop with a sprawling Al Fresco, and an infinity pool, which measures about 900 square meters. Both make Villa de Mercedes an awe-inspiring, worth a visit place.
The infinity pool is electronically charged, which utilizes an ionic water. This can prevent water-borne diseases from thriving in the pool.
Wayne Gudmalin, project engineer of Uraya Land Development Inc., said they check the "hardness" of the water, and that includes the carbon dioxide, ph content, copper content, chloride, on a daily basis.
"With this new technology, we don't change the water regularly," he said, adding that the pool is specially cleaner compared to other pools.
Nothing can really equal the dining experience in the Clubhouse, given the breezy feel especially when seated at the Al Fresco. From there, look down and prepare to be entranced with the serenity of the infinity pool while in harmony with nature.
With lush trees around, no one can ever hold on to the desire of staying submerged in the infinity pool, especially not with the sight of the panoramic mountainous terrain and the no less than great skyline during sunset.
At night, the dancing city lights will effortlessly amaze the guests.
It also has a fitness gym, sporting brand new and top-of-the-line equipment, though exclusive only for the residents. More sports facilities are now underway.
Villa de Mercedes was only fresh from hosting romantic Valentine celebration last February 10 to 13, February 15 and February 16.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 18, 2013.