Why a Tagaytay Staycation?

Summer is almost here, and that means vacation for the kids. It also means hot and humid weather for several months, especially if you’re in the Metro Manila area.

If you’ve decided to go on a staycation this summer, why not try a Tagaytay staycation? Only about an hour and a half drive from Manila, Tagaytay is a welcome respite from the big city primarily because of its temperature, which is about a few degrees cooler than Manila’s.

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Tagaytay is home to the world’s smallest volcano, the Taal, which is nested right in the middle of a large lake. It’s actually a volcano within a lake within a volcano within a lake (get it?). This natural wonder has allured many visitors from all over the globe and is responsible for the very fertile soil and verdant vegetation around the area, so ideal for growing fruits like pineapple and fantastic produce like Batangas coffee and salad greens. The climate is also perfect for raising cattle, and Batangas beef can rival Australian and other imports.

Along with its pleasant weather, Tagaytay also attracts visitors because of numerous cafes and restaurants that have mushroomed over the years. Visitors can enjoy bulalo, buko pie, fresh salads, steak, mushroom burgers, lattes, and just about any other gourmet delight. In fact, local Tagaytay restaurants have been continually inventing and reinventing new food offerings to keep the visitors coming.

Things to Do in Tagaytay

In Tagaytay, you don’t feel that you’re away from civilization because it has all the comforts of the city, like malls, supermarkets, and gourmet eating places. It is a food-tripping paradise because of the many wonderful dining places that are just close by. Some of them, like Breakfast at Antonio’s, Restaurant Verbena, and the iconic Josephine’s not only serve great food but also afford you a breathtaking view of Taal Lake and its volcano right from their main dining areas. Inland ones like Sonya’s Garden and Marcia Adams have picturesque gardens full of colorful flowers, great for photo shoots.

The Flower Farm Tagaytay
The Flower Farm in Tagaytay
Aside from food-tripping, there are many other things to do in Tagaytay. Like the food, activities in Tagaytay are also diverse. You can go horseback-riding at Picnic Grove, ride the gigantic Ferris wheel at Sky Ranch, marvel at the world’s largest puzzle at Puzzle Mansion, shop for fresh produce at the local market, or relax at a local spa. The more adventurous can try hiking and climbing up the Taal Volcano’s crater or glide through the air at Zipline Tagaytay. And the more spiritual can visit Our Lady of Manaoag at Tierra Maria and local churches for some soul-searching and meditation. There are also educational and cultural places like the Orlina Museum and Residence Inn Zoo.

Tagaytay Staycation Hotel Recommendations

Accommodations for a Tagaytay destination staycation are aplenty. Here are 10 highly recommended Tagaytay hotels:

1. Taal Vista Hotel

Built more than 7 decades ago, Taal Vista Hotel is a landmark that has stood the test of time. Marvel at its plush, English Tudor-styled architecture and interiors and feel like royalty. It is also home to Cafe Veranda where you get a really clear view of Taal Volcano. The hotel is a stone’s throw away from the PAGCOR and a short walk from the Picnic Grove.

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2. The Boutique Bed and Breakfast

This is one of the hottest Tagaytay destinations because of its unique concept. Technically, it is a 5-star boutique hotel but also has the charm and hospitality of a bed and breakfast. The design and lighting of its interiors really elicits romance and emotions, as each room is also named after an emotion. Even its service packages (aptly named Pamper Me Line, Pillow Talk, Breakfast in Bed, and Spa Services) also enhance the right mood from guests. What a perfect setting for a second, third, etc. honeymoon! The hotel is strategically located along the ridge, so you get a really clear view of the Taal Lake.

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3. Summit Ridge Hotel

Another Tagaytay hotel with a strategic location, Summit’s 108 rooms offer guests a stunning view of the Taal Lake. There are many recreational facilities such as a spa, infinity pool, gym and indoor badminton and basketball courts. You won’t go hungry as its in-house restaurant is Cravings, and you can easily go next door to the Summit Ridge Promenade for other dining outlets. Every day is truly a weekend at this place!

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4. Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay

Immerse yourself in a countryside mood when you stay at this hotel. Tucked away in a quiet area of the city, Hotel Kimberly has outdoorsy facilities to keep you breathing the fresh air and basking in the sunshine. At the animal farm, you can feed and pet tame animals. Bring out the farmer in you and harvest your own favorite greens at the vegetable and herb garden. Kids of all ages will have a blast at the obstacle course and playground. Or simply stroll through the colorful gardens and get lost in time. Bonfires and outdoor movie showing are featured every Saturday evening.

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5. The Lake Hotel Tagaytay

Located along the Ridge, this Mediterranean-inspired hotel has all the luxury you want. Feel like a CEO as you relax in the infinity pool or executive lounge. The hotel is also conveniently located right at the middle of Tagaytay’s food hub. Or if you just want to hang out at the hotel, you can savor delectable pastries and vegetarian delights at the 24-hour Lake Cafe or international cuisine at Steaktown by the Lake.

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6. Days Hotel Tagaytay

This is the perfect spot for active and health-conscious people. The hotel has a myriad of facilities and activities to satisfy any fitness buff. It has a fitness center, spa, hot tub, golf course, and two large swimming pools (one heated). Take your pick! Then, you can relax with a massage afterwards.

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7. Hotel Monticello

This hotel features rooms and penthouses in dark wood motifs to give you that utterly de-stressing ambiance. You can swim in a temperature-controlled lap pool or lounge at the hotel’s bar and restaurants. The spa and gym are also open daily.

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8. Canyon Woods Resort Club

For staycationers, who prefer a far-from-the-madding-crowd kind of setup, they will love this place. Situated on a hill off the Diokno Highway, Canyon Woods is a private resort and club where you can also buy membership units and property. If you are willing to tolerate the longer drive, as the resort is located at the north rim of Taal Lake, you will be rewarded with a rustic pine tree lined ambiance reminiscent of Baguio. The resort has a gym, swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, theater, and even a chapel on a hill. The food at the restaurant is scrumptious too. All these should be enough to keep you busy and contented.

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9. T House

T is for Tranquility and that’s what this charming place can offer its guests. It is located right next to Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish. The zen-inspired homey ambiance is complemented with comfortable rooms, each with its own unique personality but all properly equipped with modern facilities. Families and barkadas will be delighted to know that the resort has two large rooms which can easily accommodate 4-5 people with its large sofabeds.

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10. Domicillo Design Hotel

Opened only in December 2014, this is one of the newest boutique hotels in the area and is designed by Budji Layug. Get to the roof deck to capture a panoramic glimpse of Taal Lake and surrounding hills. Main and lower floors give you a fantastic garden view. Rooms are of 21st century minimalist style, color, and furnishings. Caveat: a bit too pricey at PhP9,000 for a regular room.

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Do you know other hotels in Tagaytay which are perfect for staycation? Share it to us in the comments!

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