While it isn’t exactly situated within Dumaguete City, Tierra Alta Residential Resort is located so close by that a trip here is entirely possible. Travel time is only about half an hour by car or van.
Located atop the mountains of the municipality of Valencia, this is a great place to consider if you wish to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a day. Relaxing views and scenic routes are what welcome you at Tierra Alta, with the grandest being a spectacular view of Dumaguete City from above.
The complex itself is a residential resort, with boutique accommodations for visitors who choose to stay overnight. I came here as a day-tour guest, and was thereby required to leave an ID card at the guard house. This gained me access to the subdivision, and clubhouse. I only had to pay a PHP50 entrance fee to enter the clubhouse, but those who wish to make use of the swimming pool have to shell out PHP500, of which PHP200 is consumable for food and drinks.
You will notice right away that the clubhouse is minimalistic in design, with a Santorini vibe to it. This is one of the come-ons of the resort for tourists. Its main landmark is the stunning lighthouse found within the property. I made sure to climb to the top, which allowed me a 360-degree view of the adjacent mountains and river, and on the far eastern side by the shoreline, Dumaguete City itself.
You have a choice between two restaurants at Tierra Alta. I got to try Tierra Café, which serves Mediterranean cuisine with a hint of Asian and American fusion. The other option is Aquatica Pool and Restaurant, for al fresco dining by the lagoon-type infinity pool.
The lovely swimming pool is fitted with reclined beach chairs where you can lounge and soak up the sun while admiring the lush mountainside. They also have two warm, bubbling Jacuzzis right next to the pool, which guests can make use of.
If you prefer a more adventurous activity, you should check out the 600 meter-long Rush Zipline. It is Negros Oriental‘s first and longest zipline adventure ride. It operates from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Tuesdays to Sundays including holidays. A solo ride costs PHP250, while a tandem ride goes for PHP400. The adrenaline rush you get, partnered with the view of the hillside from an all-new perspective is sure to take your breath away.
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