The Philippines is no doubt one of the emerging top tourist destinations in recent times. Unlike in the past where it was under the radar, it has now become more noticed by mainstream media and tourists alike. At a very reasonable cost, one has a chance to discover the untouched tropical paradise it has to offer.
Of all the wonderful places contained in this island country, one you want to make your next travel destination is the city of Tagaytay.
In this Tagaytay Travel Guide, our goal is to provide useful and easy information to make your stay a memorable one with recommended Tagaytay tourist spots to visit, Tagaytay hotels and Tagaytay resorts to stay in, how to get there, and sample itineraries you can adopt.
- 1 About Tagaytay
- 2 Tagaytay Travel Guide: Where To Stay In Tagaytay?
- 3 Tagaytay Travel Guide: How To Get To Tagaytay
- 4 Tagaytay Travel Guide: How To Get Around Tagaytay?
- 5 Tagaytay Travel Guide: Things To Do In Tagaytay And Nearby Towns
- 6 Tagaytay Travel Guide: Sample Itinerary
- 7 Final Words On Tagaytay Travel Guide And Itinerary
Tagaytay is one of the most renowned tourist destinations in the country. It is located on a ridge that runs from Mount Batulao to Mount Sungay, overlooking Taal Volcano and Lake to the south, Laguna de Bay to the east, and Manila Bay to the North.
With a total land area of 66.1 km2 (26 sq mi), it represents about 4.37% of the Province of Cavite. What makes Tagaytay unique to me as a tourist destination is its high latitude which in turn is responsible for its cooler climate and scenery. This makes it an ideal place for those looking to unwind and relax for a short time.
The Taal Volcano is famous for being a volcano within another dormant volcano, and its view is hard to get tired of. Even when that happens, there are lots more to keep anyone enthralled. Particularly for the people from Metro Manila, this city has been a favorite destination because of its proximity (only 59 kilometers/ 37 miles away).
Tagaytay Travel Guide: Where To Stay In Tagaytay?
1. Taal Vista Hotel
Taal Vista Hotel known as the Taal Vista Lodge was built in 1939 by the affluent Zamora family. In 2002, it was renovated, and this restructuring catered to solo travelers as well as whole families who are coming around the breathtaking Tagaytay.
It’s situated near the major attractions of the city such as Sky Ranch and popular restaurants such as Leslie’s and Bag of Beans. This hotel also has its restaurants (three in particular) depending on your choice of menu.
For traditional Filipino dishes, Veranda may be your ideal choice. For cooked and garden-fresh meals, Taza Fresh Table is the way to go to. And when you desire a gaze at the beautiful view of Taal, the grand Lobby Lounge is there for you.
2. Anya Resort
Anya Resort is one place I would recommend anytime any day for maximum relaxation during your stay in or around the city. This 7.2-hectare paradise is situated in the City of Tagaytay and features a total of 54 resort estates.
It is also equipped with 88 spacious and elegantly looking suites, and they are spread across 11 guest villas. Additionally, it features a 126 luxury and branded residences in the middle of a grand backdrop of majestic terrain picturesque gardens.
Also available in this resort are three well-curated restaurants, a gym, a spa, a library, function rooms, and two heated pools. This place is an exclusive haven and is unique for its opulence, tranquility, and world-renowned hospitality and warmth. This is a perfect description of where “nature meets nurture.”
3. Tagaytay Country Hotel
This accommodation is located within a 10-minute drive from the People’s Park and the Picnic Grove, Tagaytay. It provides classic rooms with air-conditioning and facilities such as a spa. Also available for free is WiFi in the lobby. Also included in the rooms are free toiletries, cable TV, and a mini-bar.
Depending on your budget, you can get access to rooms that are equipped with a separate dining area, a kitchenette with a microwave, and a seating area.
Guests get to enjoy delicious food and refreshing drinks and beverages at Country restaurant and Cafe. The hotel features services such as luggage storage, laundry, and a tour desk. There are also facilities such as baseball courts and billiard tables for sports and entertainment lovers.
4. The Oriental Luxury Suites
The Oriental Luxury Suites is a perfect option for guests looking for a haven away from home. This is one place with designs on the interiors that leaves guests with the feeling that they are somewhere else in Asia.
The rooms at this suite are named after well-known places in Thailand. For instance, you have the cosmopolitan city Ayutthaya, the provincial town Kanchanaburi, the temple complex Phanom Rung, the virgin jungle KhaoSok, etc.
In this place, guests are assigned their own butler who takes care of bringing them breakfast and scheduling appointments such as for spa. This way, you don’t need to worry about anything during your stay. The experience at this suite is so amazing and begins with an iconic welcome as the entrance gates with subsequent moments that promises to be uniquely Oriental.
5. Hotel Monticello
One place you want to make your next stay whenever you find yourself in Tagaytay is the Hotel Monticello. The kind of quiet charm it exudes is next to none.
This property lies within less than a five-minute drive from Sky Ranch and 2 miles from Picnic Grove and a 10-minute walk away from the center of Tagaytay City. This hotel features facilities such as a fitness center, heated pool, and dining onsite.
It is equipped with forty-one (41) rooms, with each room featuring a shower, a hairdryer, dressing gowns, an air conditioning system, a flat-screen cable TV, and lots more. You also get access to a private balcony; a lounge and ironing facilities, as well as en suite bathrooms, are offered in the units.
Also available is free wireless internet in the entire hotel. Nearby are shopping places, such as stores and malls.
6. T House Tagaytay
One place that redefines a weekend escape in Tagaytay is the T House Tagaytay. This is a great destination to unplug from your daily grind and immerse your whole being in a haven of tranquility and peace. Every area of this property is designed to let relaxation flow naturally.
The T House Tagaytay features fifteen rooms, with every room equipped with an air-conditioning system, a hot and cold shower, king-sized or twin beds, and cable TV. Amenities to go with are shampoo and soap, hand, and bath towels.
Guests are entitled to breakfast for two every morning and Good Night Tea as well. You can treat your weary bones to a massage at the spa or curl up under the langka trees with a book or something.
Experience a combination of urban pleasure and rural comforts with T House Tagaytay – endless possibilities await you.
7. Villa Ibarra
One place I would describe as thoughtfully put together, in every way is the Villa Ibarra. Located within a five-minute away from Robinson’s Mall and Pagcor Casino, and also twenty minutes from Picnic Grove, this destination prides itself of a country rustic design, and a tranquil but engaging ambiance to go with.
It is situated on the ridge of the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano of Tagaytay and is just a short distance from Manila. Its rooms and suites are classy and elegant and have been termed as seductive to travelers.
It comprises eight air-conditioned rooms and each is equipped with silked plush beds, wooden furniture, and floors. You also get amenities such as a flat-screen cable TV, electric kettle, minibar, hairdryer, toiletries, and a bathrobe provided. Also included in this hotel is a garden for recreation and enjoyable leisure.
8. The Green Olive Garden
For an exclusive whenever you find yourself at Tagaytay is the Green Olive Garden. This hotel features carefully designed facilities for the best relaxing experience. You can expect amazing and exciting offers here such as gourmet food alongside hills and lush gardens. And not to leave out the beautifully-designed interior.
The Green Olive Garden is also a perfect venue for different kinds of occasions, seminars, parties, gatherings, and team building. It features an outdoor pool, a garden, and meeting rooms. Free public and free self-parking slots are provided too.
Its 5 rooms are equipped with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, cable channels, showers, desks, and room service. This is one place that promises its guests all the comforts, amenities, and privacy they need to feel not just relaxed and rejuvenated but inspired as well.
Popular attractions around the area are the Sky Ranch, People’s Park in the Sky, and Picnic Grove.
9. The Carmelence Lodge
For peaceful and modern accommodation, one place you want to have in mind is the Carmelence Lodge. This property is situated at Villa 3, Tagaytay, Nasugbu Highway, Maharlika West in the city of Tagaytay. It is surrounded by popular attractions such as Sky Ranch, Picnic Grove, and People’s Park in the Sky.
It features ten rooms, all air-conditioned, and entitled to amenities such as free WiFi, flat-screen cable TVs, room service, and free self-parking space.
Additionally, coffee makers, showers, and free bottled water are available for guests. There’s also a terrace garden that allows gest to chill out. You can also expect a coffee shop/café, dry cleaning, and a 24-hour front desk service.
Tagaytay Travel Guide: How To Get To Tagaytay
When it comes to how to get to Tagaytay, there are a couple of route options to consider. Overall, the whole trip should take about two and a half hours depending on whether it’s private or public transportation and the place of your origin. Private means are usually faster than public options.
Routes to Tagaytay
Route I: SLEX Sta. Rosa Exit:
This route involves a straight and direct drive all through to the Tagaytay public market. And from this point, you can do a right turn to Tagaytay city proper and Balayan/Nasugbu/Lemery Batangas or left to the people’s park in the sky
Route II – SLEX Greenfields Exit:
This alternate route is recommended for weekend travels. This is because it circumvents traffic usually associated with the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay National Road on weekends, particularly Saturdays. It passes through Pramana, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Eton City, and Nuvali.
Route III – SLEX Southwoods Exit:
This Route involves a straight drive through the Governor’s drive to Dasmarinas. At Maguyam Road, close to the Shell Station, a left turn is initiated.
Route IV – Via Daang Hari:
This is a route for adventurous. It passes by Molino, Imus, Bacoor, Silang, and Dasmarinas. While it circumvents the Bacoor Rotonda’s traffic chokepoint, it still has to contend with Robinsons and SM Dasma.
Commuting Ideas to Tagaytay
From Manila Airport to Tagaytay
The most effective way is to take a shuttle service from all MRT Taft Avenue Station terminals to Tagaytay or from BLTB or Crow Transit Busses. Optionally, you can hire a taxi to take you straight to Tagaytay or to the bus stations.
From Mandaluyong to Tagaytay
In front of Starmall at the corner of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard lie vans (V-Hires) headed for Batangas and Tagaytay. This is just a walking distance from MRT Shaw Boulevard station. This option is perfect for those who live in Rizal province.
From Laguna to Tagaytay
There are Vans for hires going to Palapala in Dasmarinas Cavite in Pagsanjan Public Market. Upon arrival at the Pala-pala transport terminal, that is, close to SM Dasma and Robinsons Dasmarinas, you now opt for a bus headed towards Tagaytay. This should take less than an hour tops.
From Calamba to Tagaytay
Near Waltermart Calamba or Calamba Central Terminal lies a shuttle service to the public market, opt for a ride there. An alternative will be to ride a jeepney headed towards the Balibago complex in Sta. Rosa and then transfer to jeepneys bound going to Tagaytay.
From Balibago to Tagaytay Public Market
Here you’ll find jeepneys regularly plying the Balibago Transport terminal route in Sta. Rosa Laguna and headed towards the Tagaytay Public Market route.
There is a van/fx to ride at the terminal at the corner of Alabang-Zapote Road and SLEX, Filinvest Festival Mall. Or still another at Metropolis Mall Alabang now called Starmall.
From Cubao, Quezon City
At Cubao Bus Terminal in front of Ali Mall, you’ll find buses headed towards Nasugbu, Calatagan, or Lemery.
Tagaytay Travel Guide: How To Get Around Tagaytay?
Tagaytay is not so much as a large city, and as such getting around it is quite easy. This city is one place you won’t find taxis; only three modes of transportation around the city exists and they are:
This happens to be the most usual way people use when traveling within the city depending on the designation sign it reads. From the vantage point of Olivarez/Rotonda, a jeepney can be used to journey in any direction.
There are many jeepneys frequently traversing the ridge road from one end of town to the other. This mode of transportation comes in handy when visiting Tagaytay City Hall, Tagaytay International Convention Center, or Mahogany Market. Also, you can leverage this transport system to the city center from any point along the highway.
The bus comes in handy when going to any destination along Nasugbu-Tagaytay Highway from the Rotonda area, such as Alfonso, Mendez, and Nasugbu itself. There’s also a bus at the Buendia terminal for those commuting from Manila
This is the transport option that replaces the taxi. There are tricycles available and can take you straight to your desired destination in the city. You can either charter them or choose to share with other passengers.
But, there are certain distances that may need you to charter and depending on the distance this should cost from P10 and above.
Tagaytay Travel Guide: Things To Do In Tagaytay And Nearby Towns
1. Taal Volcano and Lake
The Taal volcano is the world’s smallest, and second on the Philippines ‘ most active volcano with 33 eruptions. It is an incredible geological wonder nestled on an island close to Manila.
Located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, this volcano is Tagaytay City’s joy and pride. It is characterized by a huge cratered mouth with sides being hilly and spilling out into the Lake. The scene of this volcanic island is so breathtaking with beautiful surroundings and a crater and can be a great place to take photos.
2. Sonya’s Secret Garden for Lunch
The Sonya garden is one of Tagaytay’s best restaurants – whether for your breakfast, wonderful lunch, or dinner. If you happen to be with your partner, this is a great place to have a nice romantic dinner with romantic foods such as crunchy vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, and edible flowers.
It features a magical setting with flowers tucked in all around and seamlessly tied with teak wood furniture. Do not hesitate to try out the Bread and Dips made with sesame seed homemade bread, together with a tarragon tea or freshly squeezed Dalandan juice.
3. Tagaytay Picnic Grove
This is one of the very friendly parks you will find around Tagaytay. It is no doubt an idyllic and picturesque space for couples and by extension families looking to have a picnic. This park features picnic spots on the breathtaking hilltop and as such allows for uninterrupted incomprehensibly beautiful views of Taal Volcano and Lake.
In fact, when you’re at the top of the sprawling hill, you get an impression that should you roll down, you’re going to end up inside the water, amongst the islands in the distance. Tons of activities you take part in include: horseback riding, swimming, cable car riding, shopping, and ziplining.
4. People’s Park in the Sky
The people’s park in the sky is a good place to visit if you’re with children. This is one place that allows you a view of the whole city and captivating views of Taal Volcano and Lake, as it is the highest point in the City.
This park was originally an unfinished mansion built during the Marcos era and known as the Palace In the sky. Inaugurated in March 2013, this amusement park is located at Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, the eastern part of Tagaytay, and situates at the summit of Mt. Gonzalez.
Even in its old and abandoned state, this mansion still has a reputation that attracts tourists from all over the world. One activity that is perfect in this place is horseback riding.
5. Sky Ranch
Your visit to Tagaytay cannot be a dull one with the Sky Ranch. Located along Nasugbu Highway, this promises unlimited fun during your stay in the city of Tagaytay. It is equipped with an entertainment and leisure complex featuring an amusement park that is very friendly with kids and adults at large.
One focal attraction of this ranch is Sky Eye, as it one of the biggest Ferris Wheels in the country. This Ferris wheel has a capacity of 32 air-conditioned gondolas and gives you an epic view of the City, and its attractive Taal Lake and volcano.
This 5 hectare (12 acres) amusement park is one perfect place for foodies, thrill-seekers, foodies, and of course kids. Other exciting activities that you can opt for include the Log Coaster Flying Bus and Viking ride or the Jump Around and zipline to get active.
You can also find many gazebos and onsite food stalls for a place to relax, and enjoy the views of the nearby Taal Lake and volcano.
6. Enchanted Kingdom
Located in Santa Rosa, Laguna, 15 minutes from Sta. Rosa exit, Enchanted Kingdom managed and operated by Enchanted Kingdom Inc. is a theme park with a land area of 25 hectares (62 acres).
Fondly called the Philippines own little Disneyland. the Enchanted Kingdom hosts over 20 rides and attractions and among them are the Space Shuttle, the Wheel of Fate, a roller coaster, a 6-person 36 gondola high Ferris wheel, a flight motion simulator, and so on.
This park features a huge parking lot for all sorts of vehicles from buses to bicycles. Rides around this park can be achieved in less than a day even at a relaxed pace, especially if it is on a school day as there would significantly shorter lines for rides. There is plenty of lockers, restrooms, and food stalls that are abundant and also wheelchair accessible.
7. Residence Inn Zoo
How about having fun with animals and admiring the scenic view of Taal Volcano. This is exactly what you get with the Residence Inn Zoo located in Tagaytay.
Attractions here include different views of reptiles such as snakes, lizards, iguanas, turtles, and other cold-blooded creatures. You also get the opportunity of seeing and interacting with different colorful enclosed birds; plus you get a chance to feed them on your hands. How amazing and exciting!
To add to the Mini zoo is a Zip Line that will surely add to providing an exciting, relaxing, and comfortable time at Zoo. Also showcased at this theme park are amazing fairytale-like shows of awesome magic performances from different animals. You surely would love to watch it.
8. Puzzle Mansion
A visit to the puzzle is the perfect combination of where play meets rest. According to the Guinness Book of World’s Records, this mansion holds the most collection of jigsaw puzzles in the world. This record-breaking Puzzle Mansion features as much as a 1,028-piece collection and an array of puzzles – from religious to Disney themes.
If you’re in for a place where creativity and mental agility while having a go with the gastronomic delights at an inn’s restaurant, this is the place to be. While the design of this museum may look like any common one around, but you would be massively astounded by the variety of puzzles in the collection – regardless of your forms of interest.
From landscapes to classic paintings, there is no limit to the visual treat awaiting you at the Puzzle Mansion.
Tagaytay Travel Guide: Sample Itinerary
Creating an itinerary for your stay in Tagaytay can be a daunting task, even if it is just for a day. Let’s have a look at a sample Tagaytay itinerary for a three-day weekend stay to help you with ideas for your own whenever you’re ready.
Your first whole day should be reserved for exploring Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. This may vary depending on your starting point and traffic condition.
7:30 – Departure from your lodge and board to Talisay
9:30 – Arrival in Talisay, Batangas, and boarding the boat
10:15 – Begin hiking to go the main crater
11:00 – Arrival at Taal volcano crater’s ridge view deck
13:30 – Hiking back from the crater’s ridge
14:00 – Boarding boat back to Talisay, Batangas
14:30 – Arrival in Talisay, Batangas
14:45 – Pick any nearby restaurant in Tagaytay you wish to have lunch
15:00 – Arrival at the lodge
You have just visited the most famous tourist attractions in the city, now you can spend the 2nd day wandering around the city.
7:00 – Departure from your lodge and board to Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway
7:30 – Begin your morning in the People’s Park in The Sky
11:50 – Head to Museo Orlina and learn about the interesting works of glass sculptor Ramon Orlina
13:30 – Head to Tagaytay Picnic Grove to catch the perfect sunset and enjoy activities like horseback riding and zip-lining
14:00 – This day is incomplete without a visit to Sky Ranch
15:30 – Treat yourself to a delicious street in the amusement park
You may want to dedicate this day being your last, to visiting tourist attractions in Tagaytay that are less known.
7:00 – Departure from lodge and boarding to Cuadra Street, Brgy. Asasin, Tagaytay
7:30 – Visit to Puzzle Museum with the world’s biggest puzzle collection
10:00 – Spend some time at the picturesque Pink Sisters Church and experience the tranquility and peace therein
11:15 – Located nearby is our Lady of Lourdes Church: you should visit
12:30 – Treat your taste buds to traditional Filipino dishes in Veranda at Taal Vista Hotel
15:00 – Head back to your lodge after all the activities and get ready to return
Final Words On Tagaytay Travel Guide And Itinerary
There you have it! I hope this guide proves useful? Tagaytay is no doubt the perfect place for that amazing and memorable getaway with family, friends, or just yourself. Whenever you itch for an adventure and you happen to be around the Philippines, look no further than a tour in this intriguing city.
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