Exploring lifestyle choices at Mt. Malarayat Club
() - May 23, 2008 - 12:00am

A cool breeze gently blows from the east, the faint scent of freshly cut grass and pine lingering in the dawn air. Light mist drifts in from nearby mountain peaks, settling serenely over verdant slopes and calm silver lakes. A bird croons in the golden haze of a new morning.

This magnificent vista unfolds dramatically like a well-rehearsed stage production. Over and over, it performs before the balconies of the scenic homes within the Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club and Residential Estates.

This charming community is a sprawling 200-hectare highland, located at an elevation of 1,200 feet and nestled in the bosom of a striking majestic mountain range. Only an hour and a half drive away from Manila, it is a convenient destination for a variety of lifestyles seeking a second home, an intimate escape, a weekend getaway or an inspiring environment. From individuals to couples to families and friends, to large celebrations and corporate gatherings, Mount Malarayat fulfills a wide range of needs with its world-class facilities.

Finishing a hearty breakfast at the Club Hotel’s Café Liberica, the aroma of freshly brewed Batangas barako coffee wafts through the dining room as sunlight floods in from the tall doors and windows that look out to lush rolling hills. Fresh arrangements of palm fronds and rich tropical flowers brighten the interiors of tasteful wood-paneled walls. Ceiling fans spin lazily overhead.

One can start the morning by strolling through rows of contemporary Spanish casas, Mediterranean inspired villas and American Georgian style homes, photogenic houses draped in vibrant bougainvilleas and luxuriant vegetation offered by the estates—an idyllic neighborhood designed to foster a casual and congenial community.

The amazing thing about Mount Malarayat is that whether one is in the mood to burn calories, or one simply wishes to let the day pass one by, every minute is well spent and accommodated.

Energetic individuals and fitness buffs have several activities to engage in as the Country Club offers an array of leisure options covering darts, billiards, bowling and a well-equipped gym. Other indoor sports facilities include basketball, tennis, badminton, squash, and table tennis. Also available are an open-air heated swimming pool complex (which includes a children’s pool, an adult lap pool, outdoor Jacuzzis, man-made waterfall and perimeter fountain jets). The Golf Club, on the other hand, boasts of a 27-hole all-weather championship golf course, which hosted the 89th Philippine Open. Its Par 5 Hole 7 voted by the editors of Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 500 Best Holes in the World”. Complementing the dream golf course is a driving range, and putting greens.

After an intense workout or friendly game, one can then choose to relax and unwind in the club’s pampering areas with showers, invigorating Jacuzzis, refreshing steam baths, and hot saunas. A good, firm massage to loosen those tight muscles can also be a perfect way to spend the afternoon.

Beginning to sound good? Well, it’s not only the adults who have all the fun.

There is a Children’s Pavilion, with outdoor and indoor facilities. Perhaps the biggest attraction for the little ones will be the outdoor sandbox playground with winding slides, mini towers, gated forts and even a putting green that will keep them entertained. And once they’ve exhausted themselves, an air-conditioned multipurpose area includes soft beds for short naps.

Full accommodations are readily available and not lacking. Mount Malarayat has a number of cozy home-style rooms at The Inns with a view of the golf course and the mountain range. The Club Hotel also offers members and guests de luxe hotel rooms. Plush beds, softly lit lamps, cable TV, and sliding doors that open to balconies with a panoramic view of the island helipad and fishing lake are more than enough enticements to make one want to remain indoors or curl up in bed and read a book.

Aside from the leisurely pace the environment promotes, the atmosphere of Mount Malarayat is highly conducive for creative engagement, which is why companies and organizations find it the ideal venue to hold workshops and seminars in any of the fully-equipped function rooms, audio-visual centers and even the Club Hotel’s grand ballroom. Spacious and elegant, the grand ballroom is also popular for wedding receptions and banquets. An option to hold celebrations out on the tee houses by the greens, at the water garden patio surrounded by the fishing lake, by the poolside or its surrounding manicured lawns allows guests to be reacquainted with nature.

A haven that’s within reach. A life of comfort and variety. Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club and Residential Estates makes these more possible through its Mount Malarayat Privilege Circle vacation ownership program. To those who desire this rare opportunity of blending nature, luxury, fun and convenience, members hold the exclusive right to occupy, for seven days and seven nights for 25 years, first-class accommodations at the fully-furnished condominium units at The Suites, together with the use of all the amenities this exceptional community has to offer. And since the Mount Malarayat Privilege Circle is affiliated with the prestigious Interval International—the leading vacation exchange company in the world—members can exchange their vacation week for other destinations in Interval International’s available inventory.

From the South Luzon Expressway in Santo Tomas, Batangas, the Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club and Residential Estates is accessible through the STAR toll gate via the Bulihan exit (Malvar) and Tambo exit (Lipa).

Or you can visit the websites at www.activegroup.com.ph or www.malarayat.com.

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