In the mood for a staycation in Tagaytay this Chinese New Year? The city is a favorite destination for locals looking to escape from Metro Manila and for foreigners looking for a cooler destination to hang out.
Since there are many things to do in Tagaytay, you’ll have an opportunity to explore. Check out where you can have a relaxing staycation and what you can do to ring in the New Year!
There are no direct flights to Tagaytay, but if you’re flying in from outside Luzon it’s best to land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
From there, you can head on over to Coastal Mall or Buendia, where you can ride buses to Tagaytay. The bus fare is PHP 80, whether at Coastal Mall or Buendia.
From hostels to vacation rentals, consider booking your next accommodation in Tagaytay City from this recommended list:
Aside from the spectacular views of the nearby Taal Lake, Lee Boutique Hotel offers clean, spacious and homey rooms that will make you feet at home.
It is also quite accessible to Tagaytay City’s tourist hotspots like Tagaytay Picnic Grove, People’s Park, and Palace in the Sky.
They have their own restaurant, Oui Drink Tea Eat Rice, if you don’t feel like venturing out. It serves huge servings of breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials. Their delicious beef tapa is great for breakfast.
View Park Hotel has been providing hotel accommodations to Tagaytay guests in the last ten years. Its rooms and suites are perfect for couples, friends and family looking to enjoy a comfortable yet affordable time to relax and chill in Tagaytay.
You should definitely stay in for the hotel’s acoustic night every Saturday or their excellent spa facilities. Their friendly staff will welcome you with free drinks and a souvenir, and will bid goodbye after checking out with a thank you SMS.
One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites is one of the best accommodations for a staycation in Tagaytay. The rooms are spacious and comfortable for everyone in the family.
From its friendly staff welcoming you from the door, the quick check-in service, to the basket of fruits and bottled water they’ll leave in your room, to its well-equipped gym and infinity swimming pool, you’d feel as if you’re living like a king.
If you’ve enjoyed the complimentary breakfast, be sure to have lunch or dinner at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, Amacena Restaurant. Headlined by celebrity chef Luigi Muchlach, it serves a mean array of fusion to comfort dishes. Try their Dinakdakang Chicharon and Crispy US Beef Kare-Kare.
This hotel offers a fantastic view of the Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano. Guests also come here for the comfortable rooms, deluxe amenities, helpful staff, and the garden.
It’s also one of the few hotels in Tagaytay that offers an affordable place to stay in the quieter side of Tagaytay, so that’s something to think about.
Tagaytay Wingate Manor offers a secluded haven for those looking for a quiet staycation in Tagaytay City. Rooms come with complimentary massages of up to two people, so this is something to look forward to after a full day of trekking to Tagaytay’s hotspots.
WiFi is available in common areas, including the lobby, 2nd floor veranda, and coffee shop. The temperature is also quite cooler than in some areas of Tagaytay, so bring an extra jacket or a pair of woolly socks.
The nice thing about bed and breakfasts is that they can provide the charm a typical hotel couldn’t. You’ll find some Spanish influences in the b&b’s interiors and furniture, which you can post for posterity on social media, thanks to the strong WiFi connection in the area.
If you need something to do while you’re there, you can head out to the b&b’s Royal Spa for a massage or schedule a tour of the Taal Volcano, Tagaytay Ridge or Mount Batulao. Casa Carlo also offers street tours via its top-down Volkswagen.
Located near the rotonda, Destination Hotel Tagaytay’s best-selling point is its stunning vista of the Taal Volcano and the lowlands.
The rooms and suites throughout the 15th to 22nd floors of Cityland Tagaytay Prime Residences guarantees this view, so expect to wake up to a stunning sunrise and the comforting glow of the sunset.
Of course, Tagaytay is best known for its bulalo. You definitely have to try it out if it’s your first time there, but there are also other things to try.
Restaurants range from fine dining to street food, so there’s an option for every price point. Here are some suggestions on where you can eat during your staycation in Tagaytay:
It’s a go-to Filipino restaurant that arguably has the best bulalo in the area. Once you’ve tried that, you can also check out their seafood kare-kare and their pork sisig. Plus, you get to enjoy a breathtaking view overlooking Taal Lake.
Located inside La Bella Residences in Tagaytay and away from the main road, El Cocinero is a restaurant you really have to make an effort to visit. But it’s worth it after you’ve tried their Cocinero Paella, Paella Negra, and Pescado Al Horno.
A semi-open bar on the top floor of Balay Dako, Terraza offers cocktails, tapas, pizzas, and a breathtaking view of Taal Lake. If you ever find yourself there, order the Inasal and Pinakbet Rice with Lechon Kawali for a great and filling time.
There are even Instagram-worthy Tagaytay restaurants you should try!
When it comes to transport, you have a number of options in Tagaytay. Jeepneys will get you to most locations, and tricycles will go where jeepneys can’t. If you’re making your way back to Manila, buses are also available.
Big mall chains have recently made their way to Tagaytay, so you have a good mix of stores to shop in. There’s a store bound to fit your budget, whatever end of the spectrum it is.
Many bargain hunters go to Olivarez Plaza for its tiangges and ukay-ukays, where you can get secondhand clothing for incredibly low prices.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is Ayala Malls Serin, which features local and international shops and restaurants. It also nods towards Tagaytay’s outdoor reputation by allowing people to picnic on its grassy spaces.
There’s also the Summit Ridge Promenade, which is located right beside the Summit Ridge hotel. This open-air lifestyle and commercial center is set up like a bazaar.
You can buy pasalubongs and native delicacies, as well as local and imported clothing. The best part is you can haggle with the vendors to drive the prices down even further.
Tagaytay’s tourist spots are as popular as its bulalo, so there’s no shortage of locations you can visit. Of course, most of it is centered around Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, the city’s biggest tourist draws.
A recent addition to Tagaytay’s sights is the Sky Ranch. The amusement park features more than 20 rides, with the centerpiece being the Sky Eye. It lifts you 63 meters above the ground and gives you an unparalleled view of Tagaytay and Taal Volcano.
Tagaytay is also about appreciating the view, and the People’s Park in the Sky is one of the better places to do so. Located on the top of Mount Gonzales, it provides view that are definitely Instagram-worthy.
And don’t forget to go to Tagaytay’s iconic Picnic Grove. It offers a panoramic view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, but also have lots of activities to spare. While it’s great for picnics, you can also go horseback riding, walk the Eco-trail, or even go on the grove’s zipline.
Book that staycation in Tagaytay now and enjoy a cool stay in one of the country’s top destinations.
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