After living in Baguio for many years, I was unable to resist the sun, sand and sea of Cebu, Batangas. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend more than a full year in Batangas as my first job. Mt. Maculot, visit Masasa Beach to see the “pawikans”, and snorkel at the…
I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend more than one year in Batangas as my first job. Mt. Maculot, I was able to see “pawikans”, snorkel at Isla Verde’s coral gardens, and even glamp in Calatagan.
It’s true that you will miss your home, despite all of this. I miss the cold weather in the Cordilleras. Even more, I miss the pine trees. When I was a solo traveler, the first time I visited Tagaytay was when my tent was set up at La Veryol’s. Fun times.
We stayed at Nordic Homes for the second time during my friends’ birthdays. My husband and I went to La Bella Tagaytay with our second trip.
Tagaytay offers so much more than just cool weather. Here are the top things to do in Tagaytay if you plan to visit this city soon.
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Tagaytay is home to many great restaurants, cafes, or eateries. These are Ryk’s and my suggestions for where to eat in Tagaytay.
- Bag of Beans – There are many Bag of Beans branches around Tagaytay. You’ll be amazed at how delicious the food is if you choose one of the many. While you wait for your food, snap some photos. You can take photos of every corner of the restaurant.
- Aozora Japanese Restaurant – This is the first Japanese restaurant in Tagaytay. Their ramen is amazing! They are the only ones who sell bulalo Ramen.
- Sonya’s Garden – Known for their Secret Salad Dressing and lush garden, Sonya’s Garden is a popular tourist attraction.
- Antonio’s – Antonio’s is one of the top 20 Asian restaurants according to the Miele Guide. It’s the ideal place to celebrate any occasion. Avoid slippers and dress in smart casual.
- Taza Fresh Table Restaurant– Taza Fresh Table Restaurant showcases local produce and will provide fresh food.
Make sure to try the Bulalo in Tagaytay. There are many restaurants that you can choose from, but the most popular is undoubtedly the Bulalo in Mahogany.
As I said, I have been to Tagaytay mostly for staycation. There are many Airbnb units in the city. Each unit has its own theme. These are some I recommend.
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For 2-4 persons
- French Inspired Chalet de la Memoire – Check Price and Availability
- The Happy Soul Santorini Villa View Prices and Availability
- Scandanavian Inspired Unit Check Price and Availability
- Nordic Gem – Find out the Price and Availability
- SURF&TURF TROPICA View Price and Availability
- Private Modern Suite at Nana’s Farm View Price and Availability
- Mia’s Nook Tagaytay Penthouse Unit Check Price & Availability
- The First Star Wars Suite – View Price and Availability
- Moon Garden – Get Price and Availability
- Narra Hill – Check Price & Availability
For 5-8 persons
- Rio de Janeiro – Check Price and Availability
- Modern Country Family Suite – Check Price & Availability
- Overlooking Forest Cabin – Get Price and Availability
- A Magical World of Wizards & Witches at Tagaytay – View Price and Availability
Large Groups (10 or more)
- Windsor Vacation House – View Price and Availability
- Cedara Thermal Pool Exclusive View Prices and Availability
- Tagaytay Chalet with Outdoor Jacuzzi – Check Price & Availability
- Ohana Vacation House View Prices and Availability
- Chalet de Tagaytay Check Price & Availability
- The Blue Cottage – View Prices and Availability
Hotels & Resorts
- The Carmelence View Villa – Check Price & Availability
- Nurture Wellness Village – Get Price and Availability
- T House – View Price and Availability
- Taal Vista Hotel – Check Price & Availability
- The Lake Hotel Tagaytay Check Price & Availability
- Anya Resort – View Prices and Availability
- Summit Ridge Hotel – View Prices and Availability
Trek Taal Volcano
Tagaytay is known for its stunning views of the Taal Lake so why not visit the Taal Volcano in person? It is possible to book a trip from Manila via Klook. Taal Volcano is the world’s smallest active volcano.
Book a Taal Volcano Tour
A relaxing massage is a great way to relax and unwind. The most popular spas in the area are Nurture Wellness Village Spa, and Qiwellness Living Spa.
Tagaytay Nurture Wellness Village Spa Experience
- Visit Nurture Wellness Village which was named one of the Best 28 Spas in Asia by CNN Go
- Get a spa treatment or a scrub at one of Asia Spa Magazine’s top seven spas in the Philippines
- Two hours from Manila, travel deep into Tagaytay’s coffee orchards.
- The spa offers ecotherapy and healing through the natural environment.
- You can choose from a variety of unique wellness experiences in the Philippines, including native Ifugao huts or local themed decor.
Book a Spa Experience
Qiwellness Living Spa & Dining Experience
- Qi Wellness Spa is just 2 hours south of Metro Manila, and it offers the best Tagaytay has to offer.
- The spa is perched high on Tagaytay’s ridge overlooking Taal lake. It offers spectacular views
- This is the perfect spa experience for those who want to relax and unwind with top-quality service and a beautiful view.
- Before your rejuvenating massage, you can only use the Yin/Yang pool
- You can choose from Silk, Deep Tissue or Qiharmony massages.
- Enjoy your spa experience by stopping by the Qiwellness Teahouse for tea and dimsum.
Book a Spa Experience
Visit The Glass Museum
Museo Orlina features the work of Ramon Orlina (a renowned practitioner of glass sculpture). Here you will also find sculptures and paintings by other Filipino artists. The entrance fee is P100. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Taking videos inside is prohibited. Photographs are not allowed. Flash is not permitted. Don’t touch sculptures.
Glamping or Camp
Nurture Wellness Village is a great place to glamp in Tagaytay. There are many other campsites worth visiting, especially if you are looking for affordable options. For some suggestions, you can see this list of the top campsites in Tagaytay. There is nothing better than camping under the stars, with cool breezes blowing and the bonfire warming you.
Have a Picnic
If you are traveling with children, the Picnic Grove is a great place to visit. The Picnic Grove offers ample space for children to play and a place for them to picnic. Here, you can swim, zipline, ride a horse or shop or ride a cablecar.
Picnic Grove and Paradizoo are the most visited tourist spots in the city, especially if you wish to enjoy the views of the Taal Volcano. These are the places that make Tagaytay unique among other Philippine tourist destinations. To avoid crowds, make sure you go on a weekday.
Sky Ranch is a great place to visit
Sky Ranch is a great place to visit if you like Enchanted Kingdom. Sky Ranch is a leisure park that offers many attractions, including the Sky Eye Ferris Whelel and zipline.
- Location: Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay City
- Entry fee: PHP50 for weekdays, P80 for weekends and holidays. Each ride comes with its own ticket (average price per ride: P50)
- Hours of Operation: 10:00AM to 8:00PM
- Contact information: (02), 8570100 LOC 1405.
The World’s Largest Jigsaw Collection
According to the Guiness Record, The Puzzle Mansion has the largest collection of puzzles in the entire world. You’ll find 128 puzzles that Georgina Gil Lacuna, a former teacher, has accumulated over 26 years. You will find here puzzles of all types, from 3D to 4D.
- Location: Purok 4, Cuadra St., Brgy. Asisan
- Entry fee: $100
- Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7am-8pm.
These are resorts and hotels that you can book in Tagaytay.
Responsible Travel Tips
Responsible tourism is a way to travel safely and effectively. Here are some ways to do this.
1. Respect the environment
Don’t litter. Keep your garbage until you have a place to dispose of it.
2. Avoid single-use plastic
Take your eco bag with you and stop using single-use plastic.
3. Local shopping
Support local artisans and keep traditional crafts alive. They are your best source of information. Don’t haggle. Although P20 may seem small, it can be very significant to them.
4. Always ask permission
When taking photos or videos, especially if it concerns children, be sure to get permission in advance