Celine and I decided to spend a few days in Tagaytay for the New Year this year. We are definitely missing Irick this year though. Our stay was for 4 days, but we left early on Jan 2nd because we figured there would be a lot of people on their way back to Manila. We left at 9:30am, luckily got on a bus to PITX that was almost empty, we were at PITX by 11:30am and I was home by noon. I slept all day after watching the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Special. Haha, why did I start this blog with coming home? Let’s throw it back to Dec 30th. LOL.
Going to Tagaytay was very easy. Celine found a car on Facebook that we hired for a really affordable price. So, we had a really comfortable ride going to Tagaytay – it only took us two hours, even if we traveled during the late morning.
I requested early check-in from our Airbnb host, which was gracefully granted. Our normal check-in time is 2pm but I asked our host if we can possibly check in at around 12nn – she said it was fine as long as the previous guests are gone. I was also in communication with the caretaker, and I informed her that we left Paranaque at 10:30am, so the earliest time that we’d most likely arrive is 12:30. It was really convenient and we were already at Escala for lunch by 2pm.
But before that, I would like to talk about the Airbnb we booked.
Cool Suites at Wind Residences
We actually looked into staying in another area for this trip, but the other condo complex that we were considering does not have their pools open yet so we decided to just go with Wind Residences. Wind Residences is always dependable, and we love its location. Previously, we have always stayed in one of the main towers, but this time, we got a room in Cool Suites. These are the two buildings at the back fronting Mahogany Ave. This was very convenient for us on our first two days since all of the places we went to were going the Nasugbu way. And going back, it was not an uphill climb going to Cool Suites.
The room we booked is so cute. It’s a studio, but there is some sort of divider between the bed and the sofa. I do like that setup cause I can still watch the TV even if I’m in bed. Haha, small wins. I had to work on that first night because it was a holiday and I didn’t want to miss out on the double pay (LOL). Their WIFI was super fast and I didn’t have any issues.
They also had Netflix – I was able to finish until Ep 7 of Emily in Paris. LOL. And I love that they have toiletries as if you’re in a hotel and a sanitary kit as well. There was a whole bag of freebies, aside from what is already available in the bathroom. I really love the interior decoration as well. Too bad, I don’t have any photos of the place! This is the link to the Airbnb listing though.
I had a really comfortable sleep, too. The first night was super cold and we were both freezing in the room so we didn’t turn the AC on for the rest of our stay. LOL. We even took our turns taking naps on that sofa. Haha.
Their pools are open, but since we are still in a pandemic, you need to schedule your time at the pool and the maximum time you can stay is 1.5 hours. Well, it is super cold, I don’t think anyone will last that long anyway. We went swimming and took photos and in 30 minutes, we were done. We scheduled hours at 8:30am so it was freaking cold. LOL. We were literally the first people in the outdoor pool.
I guess, the only thing missing that we needed during our stay was a pair of scissors. LOL. We didn’t cook, but we needed to cut a few packs of food for breakfast and for our charcuterie plate.
Bellisima Al Fresco Restaurant at Escala Tagaytay
Location: Escala Tagaytay, Purok 102, Poblete Street, Barangay Maharlika West, Tagaytay City
Operating hours: Thursdays to Sundays, 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
We really just wanted to have lunch here (and okay, take photos). From Cool Suites, we took a tricycle going here and the manong charged us PHP100 (I think this is too expensive, based on what other tricycle drivers asked us to pay for the rest of our trip.) He said it’s because of the one-way road, but it is literally the same distance. Anyway… we got there at around 2pm, so it is not as busy. There is a waitlist though because the restaurant is really small, there were just a few tables. But we didn’t really have to wait long and we were asked to wait in the function hall where there was a balcony overlooking Taal. So obviously, we took that opportunity to take photos. LOL!
We ordered their Margherita pizza and spaghetti bolognese, and this was a really good decision! I mean, the restaurant is called Bellisima, so it’s only proper to order Italian food, right? I totally recommend both of these dishes. We finished the pasta because it was so good, and the pizza was, too, but it was too much for the two of us. We ate it for breakfast the following day. Trust me on this, try their pizza and pasta dishes!
Location: Km. 60, Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite
Operating hours: Mon to Thu, 10am to 8pm / Fri to Sun and holidays, 8am to 9pm
This was not even in our initial plans, but it is right next to Escala, so we decided to go. I haven’t been here (or to any Sky Ranch) so I was game! It is quite huge, but there are lines everywhere, which is expected since this is an amusement park and we went on a holiday. After taking a few photos, we decided to go on the Sky Eye. You do need to buy the ticket for each ride. The ticket for Sky Eye costs PHP 150. I definitely recommend going on the Sky Eye though, the view of the Taal Lake is beautiful! I dunno man, I love ferris wheels.
There are a lot of closed rides though. It definitely needs a renovation as well. There is a dog park, but there is literally almost nothing there. They could also add some tables and chairs for people who just want to hang out.
Taal Vista Hotel
Location: Kilometer 60 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
Operating hours for the restaurants: https://www.taalvistahotel.com/dining/
Taal Vista is a must-visit on every Tagaytay trip! We didn’t eat this time though, because we were still very full from our late lunch at Escala. I definitely want to try the afternoon tea under those domes though. That was so cute! We should have done that if we knew that Picnic by Napa was closed during our visit. That really disappointed me, but more on that later.
This place is seriously one of the best places for photos with Taal Lake in the background. Literally, you can see it from every spot. The perfect photobomber! It is especially beautiful during sunset. And there are new photo spots, too, like the red frame. However, they didn’t change their Christmas tree. WHYYYYY. LOL.
The Gingerbread House
Location: 4R4X+9FR, Matagbak – Palumlum Rd, Alfonso, Cavite
Operating hours: Daily, 8am-6pm/7pm
Entrance fee: PHP 150
We arrived just in time for the “snowfall”. From that moment on, I realized this place really is meant for kids. But we had fun taking photos anyway.
If you’re commuting, you can take any jeep or bus going to Nasugbu or until the boundary. Get off at Alilio Drive (right before Splendido). There is a trike terminal in that corner, just say that you’re going to The Gingerbread House. We paid PHP100 for the tricycle, and we think that is fair since GBH is around 5 kms away from the terminal.
Twin Lakes Hotel
Location: Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Laurel, 4221 Batangas
How lucky were we that there weren’t a lot of people here when we went on Dec 31st? When we went to Tagaytay last year, we were so pissed cause this place caused so much traffic – a lot of people parked on the side of the road. But this time, it was so chill. Literally, the only place that had a queue was Starbucks. LOL.
There are so many cafes, you literally do not need to queue. We actually had tea and crepes at La Creperie while being surrounded by monsteras.
Of course, we had to take photos with the Christmas decors! They are all so beautiful!
Location: Twin Lakes, Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Laurel, Batangas
Opening hours: 11am to 9pm
We were supposed to have lunch at another Japanese restaurant somewhat close to GBH but we were worried it would be difficult for us to get another trike going back to the main road. Luckily, we found this immediately when we got to Twin Lakes because I was already in the mood for Japanese food.
Location: Twin Lakes, Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Laurel, Batangas
Opening hours: 9am to 7pm
Tea time and crepes with monsteras ^^
Farm Hills Garden
Location: Brgy. Ulat, Silang, Cavite
Operating hours for the restaurant: Daily, 9am to 7pm
This is another place that is quite far (especially if you didn’t drive to Tagaytay), but if you would like to have an amazing lunch while being surrounded by greenery, then this is the perfect place.
If you’re commuting, take a jeep to Olivarez, then a trike to Farm Hills Garden. If the driver asks for more info, just let them know it’s in Ulat. It is quite far, it is around 6 kms from Olivarez, the driver charged us PHP150, which again is fair, in our opinion. We were also informed to take white tricycles because they’re the ones allowed in the highway.
Going back, you just need to walk back to the main road and wait for another trike. Patience is a virtue! LOL.
Location: Brgy Iruhin, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
Our purpose for going to Crosswinds was to go to Windmill Lausanne but we didn’t realize that it was really far from the entrance. It is not advisable for commuters because you’d have to walk really really far. So I guess, we’ll just have to go back. I read recently that there are more restaurants opening here so I really want to go again a few months from now.
I was also disappointed that Picnic by Napa is closed. Don’t know if that was just closed that day because it was Jan 1. I was really looking forward to it. I wish we just did the picnic thing at Taal Vista instead. There was also a long queue at Napa Crosswinds.
Location: 3500 Tagaytay – Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
Opening hours: Fri to Sun, 10am-8pm
Siglo Brew is a gem! Highly recommended! Amazing creamy coffee, super yummy ensaymada, it is located in a beautiful hotel (View Park Hotel). It’s so easy to go here because it is along the highway and right in front of Picnic Grove.
So, we still have some unfinished business, we need to go back when sunflowers are in bloom at Sunflower Farmville, have afternoon tea time at Taal Vista, and go to Windmill Lausanne!