Saturday, May 12, 2018

Taiwan Travels – The Silence Manor @ Hualien


A Charming Hot Spring Homestay



After a day’s rendezvous in Hualien, we arrived at The Silence Manor in the late afternoon as the sun is almost down. Nevertheless, The Silence Manor looked peacefully beautiful. Set against a backdrop of scenic East Rift Valley and mountains in the distance, the hot spring bed & breakfast is located in the serene Ruisui township of Hualien.


Owned and managed by an architect, The Silence Manor is a gorgeous retreat that allow guests to connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of what Taiwan countryside has to offer. Named after a metaphor for pines, the modern homestay’s main highlight is the ‘Golden Hot Spring’ with chloride-containing carbonate hot spring water that is available in all the rooms in the homestay.



Set on acres of surrounding land, undisturbed by other buildings except for Mother Nature, The Silence Manor offers an unforgettable travel experience in Taiwan. From the terrace deck, rattan lounge chairs along with umbrellas are set nearby the swimming pool. In a short distance, another deck is built for leisure with beautiful surrounding greens and shrubs as well as flowers.



The evening scene is mesmerizing even though we didn’t manage to catch the sun set due to the cloudy sky that day.




We checked-in and was given a quick tour of the place. The Silence Manor is a certified hot spring as listed at the entrance. We were also told that all the rooms were named after family members of the owner and their design concept focus on ‘reunion’.



While every room has its own hot spring, guests can also enjoy bigger hot spring facility on the top level of the building. Designed with minimalist concept but plenty of space, the gorgeous rooms use natural elements of stone and wood which can also be seen throughout the entire homestay.





One can also enjoy the scenic view in the evening as the weather cools down and the sky turns dark.



The hallway has gorgeous modern art pieces such as this one that is made by the young owner himself.


The Silence Manor offers different rooms cater towards your traveling requirements. All rooms have their own bathhouse with hot springs and some even have their own patios. On a general note, the rooms here are very spacious and design with much simplicity and comfort in mind. They all do have the same theme of clean and natural concept.




The Family Room with double beds and outdoor patio.



I stayed at ‘Ling’ which is named after the owner’s family members. The Pine Room comes with king bed and an indoor bathhouse on level 2. My room is very spacious. Extra brownie points are well-deserved here as there aren’t many accommodations that is design with such space, allowing guests to feel at ease and relaxing with this luxurious element.


There were also these pretty artistic 3D artworks that was seen not only in my room but also at other places throughout the homestay.


There is a lounging corner, basic open hanging rack, work desk with flat-screen tv, mini fridge, mini safe-box and area for luggage.




Cotton printed robes with bedroom slippers, mini bar of snacks and instant noodles with coffee & tea facility as well as mineral water are included as well.




The indoor bathhouse is cleverly designed, offering privacy as well as a sense of nature’s pampering space. There is the hot spring bath as well as rain shower corner, all designed with sheer simplicity and Zen appeal.


The Silence Manor provides Bvlgari shampoo, conditioner and lotion… how’s that for another touch of luxury?


There are other bathroom amenities that added to the comforts of staying at this homestay.

We headed down to ‘Lan’ Restaurant in the evening for our dinner. A special menu crafted by private French chef, our dinner was priced at NTD2000 per person for a 5-course meal. Lunch and afternoon tea menu are also available for reservations too.


Dining in the evening at ‘Lan’ was lovely and serene. Spaciously designed, diners enjoy the beautiful evening view from the glass enclosed restaurant. Modern and contemporary, the restaurant was also elegant and warm from the soft lighting.



Dinner commenced with Black Truffle with Tomato & Cheese. Ravishingly gorgeous at sight with a halo of sundried tomato perched on cheese cubes, fresh and soft tomato flesh, truffle sauce and finished with drizzled of balsamic vinegar and rocket leave as well as edible flowers, the dish is sublime. Such fine and finesse of incredible ingredients that truly harmonizes in flavours…


Pour tableside, the Crab, Celery & Mushroom Soup is delicious as a second course. The soup is relatively light, with bold earthy mushroom notes. Poured over sweet crab meat and tiny brunoised of celery for textures, this course really warmed up the appetite for more to come.



A simple and warm Wild Mushroom & Vegetable Salad features the fresh ingredients at its best. It’s not a wow dish but sufficiently light with a tangy dressing to go with the earthy sweetness of mushrooms and crispy greens.


A palate cleanser of Roselle & Plum Tea perked up our palate with its vibrant tangy flavour…


For mains, we had two options of either beef or prawn. I had the Rossini Foie Gras with Fillet Mignon, an excellent pairing of scrumptious tenderloin with seared goose liver. The fillet was cooked medium with a lush juicy pink center, perfect for my taste. A rich and lightly peppery sauce tied all the elements together well. The seared foie gras was divine and goes exceptionally well with the fillet and all the side condiments.



The King Pawn with Caviar in Butter Cream Sauce was a second option that looked equally enticing. Two large crustaceans, grilled to smoky and tender yumminess, are sauced up with a luscious creamed sauce stuffed with briny black caviar. A dish that rejoices the element of the sea at its best!


Dinner ended with a pretty Banana Chocolate Parfait. A composition of ripen sweet banana enveloped in light chocolate mousse parfait and meringue, the dessert also has marshmallow, French macaron and a tiny wedge of citrus fruit with berry coulis. A very sweet and attractive ending to our dinner…


The evening ended as we all couldn’t wait to retire to our room and enjoy a good soak in the hot spring. After the hot spring, I could feel the silky smoothness of my skin from the water. The hot spring also calms and soothes the body and mind, making me sleepy and relax as I dozed off to wonderland…


The next morning, it was another day of early rise and shine. With the enticing cool and beautiful morning weather, I woke up fresh and excited. I couldn’t resist tucking into their local instant noodle while enjoying the lovely view from my room through my balcony.





Breathtaking morning view and the air smells amazingly fresh…



After a quick shower, I headed outside to check out the area with one of the available bicycles.




From stretches of wild greens and flowers to uneven side roads, the morning stroll was amazingly satisfying.


Breakfast at Lan Restaurant was more than my expectation. Besides a main order of Western or Oriental breakfast, there was also a buffet counter laden with fresh baked bread and pastries, fruit, cold cuts, cereals, yogurt and even desserts.



Opting for the local breakfast of Sweet Potato Congee with house-cured salted egg kimchi, fried fish, three color steamed egg and seasoned greens, breakfast was perfection in my book. The salted egg kimchi is superb.


The Western breakfast option…



We left The Silence Manor, waving with heavy heart to leave such a beautiful place. The homestay has truly etched a wonderful fondness in my heart for its beautiful homestay experience. I will return one day with my family to this amazing place in Hualien.



THE SILENCE MANOR
No.37, Ln. 2, Sec. 3, Wenquan Road,
Ruisui Township,
Hualien County 978,
Taiwan
Tel: +886 3-8873318
Fax: +886 3-8870389



*This trip was made possible by Taiwan Tourism together with First Class Magazine and Eva Air. However, all stories and comments in my posts are purely derived from my own experiences through the trip.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow wow wow, it's too amazing that I need to wow 3 times to express it!

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