6 TAGAYTAY HOLIDAY GETAWAYS

6 Tagaytay Holiday Getaways


Here are six places worth a quick getaway for the world-weary city dweller.

By Trixie Zabal
December 23, 2010


City-weary folks always look to Tagaytay for a dose of country charm, breezy winds, and delectable eats. Here's a list of Tagaytay pitstops that guarantee a worthwhile drive during the holiday season.

1. Marcia Adams' Tuscany

A picturesque home that echoes the architecture of Tuscan villas, Marcia Adams' Tuscany in Tagaytay whisks you to a completely different world with its countryside scenery and lush foliage. The small rustic restaurant with big open windows serves Mediterranean food, and the three-course menu includes an appetizer, an entrée, a dessert and a non-alchoholic drink, all for P700+ per person

Marcia Adams' Tuscany is at JP Rizal St., Brgy. Sikat, Alfonso, Cavite City. Call (0917) 801-1456 for reservations.

How to get there: Take the Santa Rosa-Silang-Tagaytay Road from the Sta. Rosa exit on South Superhighway. Turn right on the Tagaytay Ridge Road; go straight past the Mendez intersection. Turn right on the road going to Ville Sommet and the entrance to Marcia Adams' Tuscany is on your left.

Budget:  P700-1,000 per person

2. Chateau Hestia

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The reception area of Chateau Hestia is filled with homey furniture.
Photo source: www.chateauhestia.com

If getting away from the holiday stress of the city is on the agenda, seek out Chateau Hestia, a hidden garden with its idyllic pocket of greens and an equally homey bed and breakfast. Co-owned by Austrian Johannes Zehethofer, Chateau Hestia also has a charming restaurant that serves European food and their own version of limoncello mixed with the local dayap.

Chateau Hestia is at Purok 5, Brgy. Bukal, Silang, Cavite (0929) 711-3289.

Website: http://www.chateauhestia.com

How to get there: Take the Santa Rosa-Silang-Tagaytay Road from the Sta. Rosa exit on South Superhighway. Turn right on the Tagaytay Ridge Road, go straight and make a right turn when you see Dominican House of Prayer on your right and go straight. Turn right on the third corner and Chateau Hestia is at the end of the road, past Bawai's Vietnamese Restaurant.

Budget: Eating at Chateau Hestia's restaurant will set you back at least P500 per person.

3. Cafe Verbena at the Discovery Country Suites

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Crisp Chilean Sea Bass Croquette with Mango-Ginger Salsa
Photo courtesy of Discovery Country Suites

One does not need to stay at one of the suites to enjoy a holiday at Café Verbena. The cafe has a country house atmosphere with high ceilings, replete with a fireplace for breezy nights. Café Verbena also has an open-air veranda that looks out on Tagaytay's rolling hills, and the absence of the popular lake view does nothing to dispel the bucolic ambience of the place.

Café Verbena is located at 300 Calamba Road, San Jose, Tagaytay City, Cavite with telephone number (046) 413-4567.

Website: http://www.discoverycountrysuites.com

How to get there: From the SantaRosa exit on South Expressway, take the Santa Rosa-Silang-Tagaytay Road  until you reach the Tagaytay Ridge Road. Café Verbena will be on your left before you reach the Tagaytay Rotunda.

Budget:  P1,200+ per person for the 6-course holiday menu or go ala carte and sample Chef Pardo de Tavera's dishes at around P500-1,000 per person.  

For guests staying for the holidays, suites start at P10,000+.

4. T House

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The rooms at T House are inspired by the elements earth, fire, and water. This room's inspiration was earth.
Photo source: http://thousetagaytay.com

T House is the perfect hideaway when you want to get away from the maddening crowd and get some R & R--whether in Tagaytay or Manila. Take your pick from their modern rooms, all inspired by fire, earth and water, and disappear from the world with a book, with your closest friends, or with some much-needed kneading at the T House Spa.

Room rates start at P10,000 which includes an overnight stay, breakfast, a Yuletide three-course meal, a bottle of house wine and a session at the spa.

T House is at 3195 Calamba Road, Tagaytay City

Website: http://www.thousetagaytay.com

How to get there: From the SantaRosa exit on South Expressway, take the Santa Rosa-Silang-Tagaytay Road until you reach the Tagaytay Ridge Road. Turn left going towards Tagaytay Highlands. T House will be on your left, just before Ina ng Saklolo Church.

Budget: P10,000 for an overnight stay with meals

5. The Lake Hotel

Ideal for families with children, or big groups who want to enjoy a weekend away from the city, The Lake Hotel is one of the newest establishments in the area. Each room has its own deck, with a lakeside view of Taal Lake. Accessible from a number of Tagaytay haunts, such as the Ilog Maria Bee Farm and the restaurants at the Cliffhouse, the hotel also has Internet access for  those who want to keep plugged in even on vacation.

The Lake Hotel is on General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika East, Tagaytay City. Tel. No. 725-7243

Website: http://www.thelakehotel-tagaytaycity.com

How to get there: From the Santa Rosa exit on South Expressway, take the Santa Rosa-Silang-Tagaytay Road and turn right on the Tagaytay Ridge Road. The Lake Hotel will be on your left, right after Yellow Cab Pizza.

Budget: Room rates start at P4,640 for twin sharing; meals start at P500 per person 

6. Sonya's Garden

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The vines and flowers surrounding the dining area add to the dreamy atmosphere of Sonya's Garden.
Photography: Betty Tianco

Sonya's has that rustic country garden charm that undeniably draws people in. A private paradise turned bed and breakfast, Sonya's Garden has played host to dreamy wedding proposals, weekend family meals, and romantic nuptials. Her all-you-can-eat buffet set menu at the restaurant, which boasts handpicked greens from her garden, is also a gourmet meal in itself. A trip to Sonya's Garden is not complete without a visit to the panaderia, where warm aromas waft from the freshly baked bread and the country store which sells goodies from the garden such as bottles of Sonya's Secret Salad Dressing. 

Sonya's Garden is located at Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite with telephone number (0917) 532-9097 and (0917) 533-5140.

Website: http://www.sonyasgarden.com

How to get there: From the Santa Rosa exit on South Expressway, take the Santa Rosa-Silang-Tagaytay Road and turn right on the Tagaytay Ridge Road. Go past the Tagaytay Rotunda, drive past Taal Vista Hotel and Casino Filipino and turn right on Buck Estate. Sonya's Garden is 2 kilometers away, with the gate to your left.

Budget: Sit-down buffet is at P610 per person, while the all-Filipino food buffet is at P795 per person