Villa Ibarra in Tagaytay City, Philippines is a love letter to romance itself. From the spiraling staircases, chandeliers, and solitary piano, to its lyrical landscape set on the ridge of the Taal Lake, the boutique hotel exudes passion and intimacy in the best possible ways. Classy and elegant, it seduces travelers with rooms and suites that boast a country rustic design, matched with a tranquil and engaging ambiance. Each guestroom has a plush bed with touches of silk and features wooden floors and furniture. Also, a visit to the Bistro to experience traditional Filipino-Spanish cuisine should not be missed. But even more so is the chance to walk with a loved one through the veranda at a time of day when shadows are long and the light is golden. In every way, Villa Ibarra is the kind of space where you just know everything has been thoughtfully put together. Only a short distance from Metro Manila, it is a place that can easily transport guests. For one second, they may think they are in a cottage in Devon or an inn in Bordeaux, only to be taken back gladly with a full view of the luminous cyan-blue water of the lake and the beautiful Taal Volcano, visible outside the hotel in Tagaytay.