A sanctuary two hours away from Manila via South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Tagaytay City has been a hideaway to millions of metropolitan citizens who are in dire need of fresh air, beautiful scenery, a relaxation spot, and comforting dishes. It is no wonder that this small town up in the mountainous region of Cavite Province is flocked by millions of visitors every year.
And while millions are enjoying this cold place for a day or over a weekend, there are those who are living a pollution-free life and happily nestled in one of those comforting and secure subdivision like Tagaytay Highlands, a premier leisure destination that speaks of exclusivity and luxury. Where stunning nature views and a breezy, cool climate come together to define relaxation. Where golf and country clubs, a selection of restaurants, world-class amenities, and a variety of premium residential communities shape your idea of a weekend getaway.
They have a community’s guests, the only place that you could check-in here is The Spa and Lodge, which is located right after the Tagaytay entrance. The Spa and Lodge offer its members the best accommodations and the ultimate in relaxation therapy and beauty treatments. Accommodations at the Lodge is available via a separate member which is open exclusively to members of the Clubs, while all Clubs members may enjoy the facilities the Spa has to offer.
A few meters from the Country Club House, this log-cabin accommodation is fit to house couples and family of 3 in every room… It houses nearly every leisure activity imaginable, both for the young and the young at heart. Though a little pricey since it is inside the premises of Tagaytay Highlands, you can assure a total relaxation especially at night in here. If you want a massage before you snooze, Spa Rooms are just a few steps away, and masseuse offers their service until 10 in the evening.
Breakfast is then served at the main lobby the following day from 7 till 9 in the morning. I love our room, it was so cozy and equipped with cable TV, a refrigerator, air conditioning and a very spacious bathroom equipped with a bathtub that is perfect for some night soaking.
Aside from their spacious clubhouses and well-manicured golf courses, Tagaytay Highlands also houses authentic and best of the best themed-restaurants that are set to add colours, style and flavours to your stay here. Would you believe that they have more than a dozen dining places inside all poised to share the most wonderful and filling dishes that you could get when you live here?
From the Asian to European, up to North and South American cuisines, Tagaytay Highlands is packed with foodie surprises that will never let you down. Just in case you need some chips and beers, they also now have a 7-Eleven store inside! And guess what, the 7-Eleven is in a Log-cabin house! A first in the Philippines, amazing, right?
But what visitors usually look forward to is the famous cable car ride of the Highlands that provides a great view of the surrounding luscious greenery mostly made up of pine trees. Through this activity, you’ll be up in the sky with two-three friends to experience an aerial tour of the whole lot.
It was an amazing idea to bring in such technology here for everyone to fully appreciate how beautiful and how well-maintained this prime destination. The cable car ride is slow which will let you absorb the scenic view from a bird’s eye perspective until you reach the highest point of the Highland Peaks.
From Highlands to Midlands – two of the three communities inside Tagaytay Highlands that are now housing hundreds of families and individuals – one could explore both communities in a zip through Swiss Funicular train system inside that offers a breathtaking experience of the whole property as well as the magnificent view of Taal Lake and Volcano. It was thrilling as a rollercoaster ride, but a lot, lot slower. If you are afraid of heights and wanna conquer that fear, this is a sure-fire hit activity that you should try.
For nature lovers, one could find comfort and colour at The Animal Farm – a petting zoo and home to miniature animals from different parts of the world. Equipped with a veterinary doctor and open for consulting services, this petting zoo is consists of a great number of healthy and active live animals where kids and adults can interact and play with. Their orangutan was so big that it would wow all the kids that will see it.
Tagaytay Highlands is indeed a destination made to complete one’s life. Aside from those amenities, one could also find enjoyment and fun through these facilities that are also available to all residents and their guests of Tagaytay Highlands: two indoor badminton courts with Italian rubber vinyl flooring, wood-floored indoor basketball court, billiards hall, 14-lane disco bowling center with computerized scoring system and specially-designed neon balls and pins, two indoor squash courts, heated indoor lap pool, Sauna and steam bath, indoor table tennis, three outdoor tennis courts with synthetic grass surface, children’s recreation and learning center, fishing pier, pony trail, kids’ biking course, 9-hole mini-golf links, horseback riding ring and a 2.8-km bridle path, tree house, camping grounds and facilities, indoor and outdoor children’s playground, swimming pools , outdoor pools with Jacuzzi clusters and many more.
An imposing Mount Makiling can be seen to the east, with Tagaytay’s famous Taal Volcano Lake to its south, and a serene view of Laguna de Bay to its west. Every angle in the Highlands is picturesque as its majestic views will certainly have you lost in the moment.But don’t let the Highlands stop you with their views: the recreational facility boasts of exotic and sumptuous food that remains relentless. From Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, American, Italian to Thai, there are endless choices with 20 exquisite restaurants to choose from full of yummy eats made by the best chefs in the country.
The Highlands is often chosen as a venue for business conferences due to its world-class conference facilities. It has the Spa and Lodge Boardroom, the Country Club Boardroom, the Library, the Highlands Auditorium, the Highlands Inn Meeting Rooms and the Highlands Inn.
Although membership fees to the country club are quite steep, a good strategy is to find relatives and friends who are members and ask them to lend their membership rights to you. Undoubtedly, Tagaytay Highlands is indeed the most pleasant place to stay in when in Tagaytay so make sure you pull out all the strings to have a chance to visit.