[Taipei] Calla Young Garden Resort
[Update 8 Nov 2015] Unfortunately, we have to stop recommending this particular spa resort. Our latest and third visit was a huge disappointment. The dinner was no longer the sumptuous feast shown in the photos below in our original review.
Instead, we were served simple cabbage and other stir-fry, no sashimi, no dessert. Everything is served at the same time to your table in common plates, no individual portions. The same cabbage was also available during breakfast in the common trays! The food was cold and all self-service. Tables were not cleared at all during breakfast as they did not assign anyone to serve the tables in the morning. There was no welcome fruit platter in the room when we arrived and snacks were no longer provided. Being high up in the mountains with no other restaurants/cafes in the vicinity, how is one to enjoy the hot-spring spa without even a decent accompanying meal? For the same or increased in prices that the resort is charging, we felt that we should take our money elsewhere as it is simply no longer worth the long winding journey up Yang Ming Shan.
— Below is the unedited version of our original review from 2012 & 2014 —
Taiwan is famous for its hot springs and spas in addition to delicious street food and great shopping. This particular Spa resort, Calla Young Garden Resort (陽明山水會館), was recommended by a friend and we found the place to be absolutely beautiful and relaxing. A one-way bus ride from Taipei Main Station area takes about an hour as it is located high up in the Yang Ming Shan area, well away from the city centre. The journey, although winding and giddiness inducing, feels totally worth it when you reach the resort. The resort features in-room spa facilities as well as communal spa areas. You get a splendid view from your room as the resort is located in the mountainous area.
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