TWIN LAKES Hotel finally opened its doors this month, offering guests stunning views of its own vineyard, as well as Taal Lake and volcano.
The 122-room hotel is located within Global-Estate Resorts, Inc.’s (GERI) 1,200-hectare integrated tourism estate Twin Lakes in Laurel, Batangas. It is managed by Megaworld Hotels, which has experience handling homegrown brands Richmonde, Belmont, and Savoy.
During the opening last Dec. 8, Twin Lakes Hotel General Manager Jun R. Jimenez said the hotel can take advantage of the strong demand for rooms in the Tagaytay area.
Mr. Jimenez noted Twin Lakes Hotel has the distinction of being the only hotel in the Philippines with an actual grape-growing vineyard in its backyard.
Inspired by old European architecture, the hotel also has bigger function rooms that are perfect for weddings, conventions and similar gatherings.
“The ballroom can accommodate 500 to 600… You see the concept why Megaworld came out with a big function room because they want to cater banquets, weddings, celebrations, conventions… we want to concentrate on both rooms and functions,” Mr. Jimenez said.
The hotel offers Superior rooms sized up to 34 square meters (sq.m.), Deluxe and Executive rooms (both up to 38 sq.m.), and two-bedroom Family Suites and Presidential Suites (both up to 86 sq.m.). The suites have their own living areas. Rates range from P7,000 to P20,000.
The hotel also has an all-day dining restaurant, Twin Lakes Cafe facing the vineyard and the Taal Lake, an in-house spa, heated infinity pool, and the grand ballroom.
Twin Lakes Hotel is within walking distance of the Twin Lakes Shopping Village, which boasts of having the “most beautiful Starbucks in the Philippines.”
Mr. Jimenez said the company sees the new hotel as an opportunity to attract potential buyers for the residential condominiums within Twin Lakes.
“People from the condo do not have anything to do with the hotel but they do have some privileges like discounts. I think the concept of Megaworld is this is a good eye-catcher to the prospective buyers of the condo because they are planning to put a lot of units here,” he explained.
GERI, a subsidiary Megaworld Corp., has launched several residential condominiums at Twin Lakes, namely The Vineyard Residences, Swiss chalet-inspired The Manor, and The Belvedere. It is also developing two residential villages, namely Domaine Le Jardin and Lucerne.
“I think it’s a community. What they want for the area is when they go to Twin Lakes, everything is here,” Mr. Jimenez said.
Other development by GERI are Boracay Newcoast in Malay, Aklan, Eastland Heights, Southwoods City in Laguna and Cavite, Alabang West in Las Piñas, and The Hamptons Caliraya in Lumban-Cavinti, Laguna. — Vincent Mariel P. Galang