CEBU, Philippines – A drive away from all the hustle and bustle of Manila, Tagaytay has its very own charms. Benefiting from modern comfort and facilities, there is a lot of hotel competition in Tagaytay. One that we spent time at was the Taal Vista Hotel, formerly called the Taal Vista Lodge, which brought back some early family memories. This hotel also offers a close-up view of the incredible Taal Volcano. My friend from Europe found it very fascinating to get this close to an active volcano and she took countless photographs! Boat trips to the Taal Island are available, as well.
Tagaytay delicacies attract visitors and compliments as we found out when we explored every inch of the city. First and foremost are its pineapples grown and sold almost everywhere along the road. You can have it sliced or in one piece, take your pick. Further down the road, we bought some overn warm and tasty buko pie – coconut meat shavings with creamy custard filling in a flaky pastry shell, which we sampled immediately. How about some sweet corn, fresh Philippine coffee (beans or grounded as you wish), tablea (native chocolate) or polvoron to take home? Or maybe ask for a free sample, instead?
We took a jeepney that drove us from the bottom of the mountain up to People’s Park (also known as The Palace in the Sky), one of the former rest homes of the Marcoses. We had such a lovely view of Tagaytay and other magnificent settings. What caught my eye were the Swiss inspired cottages surrounded by pine trees of Crosswinds Montreux Ville in Tagaytay Highlands. These fine looking cottages are just incredible! It made me imagine what this place would be like if it were all covered in snow.
Opting for a ride with the horses or picnic at the park? Both are available but get yourself ready for some massive queues, most especially on sunny days. Nevertheless, it is well worth the wait.
Tagaytay is really elating. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, you will always find something that suits you best. It’s an experience that awaits you!