Anya Resort Tagaytay is a wellness haven rooted in sustainability

Library at The Anya Resort Tagaytay. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

More than just a getaway, Anya Resort Tagaytay is a haven where wellness and sustainability meet luxury. With its peaceful environment, dedication to health and well-being, and ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, Anya offers an exceptional retreat for those seeking to escape, unwind, and rejuvenate.

Spread over 7.2 hectares of lush greenery, Anya continues to grow and innovate over the years, remaining a shining example of how hospitality can harmonize with nature and wellness.

Amra at Anya Resort Tagaytay. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

Anya offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Just an hour and a half drive from Manila, this resort is close enough for a spontaneous getaway yet exclusive enough to provide a serene and private retreat. The tropical landscape and cool Tagaytay weather set the stage for relaxation and rejuvenation.

“At Anya, we create a sanctuary where guests can slow down and reconnect with themselves,” said Mikel Arriet, General Manager of Anya Resort Tagaytay. His words perfectly encapsulate the resort’s philosophy of creating a peaceful environment where guests can unwind.

The Niyama Soul Menu. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

Soul Menu

Anya places a significant emphasis on wellness, offering a range of programs designed to nurture the mind, body, and spirit. Guests can participate in meditation, yoga, tai chi, art, and cooking classes, all curated to foster a holistic approach to health and well-being. 

One of the standout features of Anya’s wellness offering is its “Soul Menu,” a vegetarian delight that promises to tantalize taste buds while promoting health. The Soul Menu is not just for vegetarians, as it’s creative and sumptuous enough that even non-vegetarians find it irresistible.

Executive Chef Chris Leaning and General Manager Mikel Arriet. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario

Executive Chef Chris Leaning, who oversees the menu, takes pride in crafting dishes that are both nutritious and delicious. 

“Fifteen years ago, sustainability was a trend, now it’s a necessity,” he said. “Our Soul Menu offers meals that are as good for the planet as for our guests.”

The resort’s commitment to wellness extends to its food philosophy, where the focus is on detoxification and nutrition. The goal is to create a resort where people can detox for a week while engaging in activities like meditation and workouts for a holistic wellness experience. This dedication to well-being is evident in every aspect of the guest experience at Anya.

Resort Manager Melody Amacio (center) together with some of Anya Resort Tagaytay’s dedicated crew members. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.

Sustainability efforts

Sustainability is a core value at Anya. The resort is already 95% free of single-use plastics, utilizing eco-friendly chemicals and natural toiletries with biodegradable packaging. There’s a composting section at the back of the garden, further highlighting their commitment to reducing waste and promoting environmental health.

“We believe that luxury and sustainability can coexist,” Arriet emphasized. “Our practices reflect our dedication to preserving the environment while offering top-notch services to our guests.”

Anya’s sustainability initiatives extend beyond waste reduction. The resort uses locally sourced and organic produce, reduces food waste, and partners with suppliers who share their commitment to sustainable practices.

Welcome home. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.

Future developments

Anya is not resting on its laurels. The resort is set to embark on the third phase of its development, which includes the construction of new villas and a state-of-the-art Wellness Center. This new phase will also feature a paddleball court, expanding the range of activities available to guests.

“We are excited about the future,” Arriet shared. “The new developments will enhance our guests’ experience, offering more amenities and wellness options.”

Arriet. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.

One of the defining features of Anya is its personalized service. From the moment guests book their stay, the resort takes note of their preferences and needs. Whether it’s dietary restrictions, preferred activities, or special occasions, Anya’s staff goes above and beyond to ensure a tailor-made experience. 

Arriet said: “Our goal is to make every guest feel valued and cared for. “Genuine hospitality and customer service are essential for success, and we strive to create a comfortable working culture where our team members feel supported.”

Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario.


Kenneth M. del Rosario
Kenneth has been writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for more than 17 years, covering travel, food, motoring, technology, real estate, and business, among others.