It’s hello Tagaytay again for local tourists. After more than seven months since the first announcement of enhance community quarantine (ECQ) and travels were prohibited, it was a good news to everyone that Tagaytay is now open to tourists. Going to Tagaytay has been a part of people’s quick travel destinations especially for Manila residents. Coming out of a travel pause, let’s revisit our list of few things to enjoy in Tagaytay.
- Stay at Taal Vista Hotel and enjoy the breathtaking view of Taal area
There are various hotels in Tagaytay that provide a breathtaking view of Taal Volcano and Lake. One of those is Taal Vista Hotel. Nestled on the Tagaytay Ridge, Taal Vista provides its guests a stunning view of the famous Taal Lake and Volcano. Previously known as Taal Vista Lodge, the hotel not only offers panoramic view of the Taal area, but also offers an excellent stay and dining experience- thanks to its friendly and accommodating staff.
Before Taal Vista Hotel became modern and pristine, the hotel had its share of historical growth that made its name. After their reconstructions and renovation several years ago, Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City welcomed its guests and visitors with more facilities and amenities that are suitable for both business and leisure activities.. It remains a landmark in their historical chapter of Tagaytay City. For reservation, you can visit the their website at: http://www.taalvistahotel.com.
2. Visit Museo Orlina
Museo Orlina is the showcase of the artistry of internationally acclaimed Ramon Orlina, pioneer and foremost practitioner of glass sculpture in the country. Before Orlina, glass was largely appreciated only for its utilitarian function: as drinking vessels, window glass panes or automotive windshields. A visionary, Orlina saw beyond the humble origin of this industrial glass residue. The result is an exultant body of works that, through the decades, have dazzled the art scene and prized by numerous collectors. Triumphantly, Orlina has transformed the medium by elevating it to the dignity and respectability of art.
The Museo Orlina opens its door to the public, where visitors can view superb examples of Ramon Orlina’s scintillating artistry to their delight and enchantment. For more information, you can visit their website at: www.museo-orlina.org
3. Play Golf at Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club
The Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club, Inc. is home to Asia’s most exciting golf course, as well as a plethora of sports and recreation amenities for golfers and non-golfers alike. It showcases the country’s first and only cable car system that provides magnificent views of the golf course and the countryside.
Designed by renowned American golf architect Richard Bigler, the 18-hole Tagaytay Highlands golf course seamlessly blends man-made ingenuity with the natural contours of the Tagaytay landscape, resulting in a variety of daring challenges-like our 13th tee, which is situated no less than 84 meters above the green, and our 18th hole, which poses the test of a 150-yard-wide gully.
Some of the golf club amenities are: 18 challenging holes of golf; locker rooms with therapeutic and shiatsu body massage; sauna; 205 lockers for male guests and 72 lockers for female guests; fully-stocked pro shop; and, a cable car system that whisks golfers from the 9th and 18th holes to the 1st and 10th tees, as well as to the Golf Clubhouse. You can visit their website for more information at : www.tagaytay-highlands.com
4. Eat bulalo at Aozora Japanese Restaurant
Visiting Tagaytay will not be complete with out savoring the the City’s food trademark – bulalo or beef soup. There are so many restaurants in Tagaytay that offers bulalo, but Aozora, a Japanese restaurant, offers this food with a twist. Aozora’s bulalo-inspired ramen is served in a claypot and with fire underneath to ensure that it stays hot while you eat it. They have now four branches spread out in Tagaytay City.
Aozora does not only offer bulalo, but also other Japanese menu. Actually, they have long list of menu, like, Rainbow Maki, Mixed Sashimi, Gyu Don, Mixed Sushi, Chicken Katsu, Chicken Yakitori, Aozora Fried Rice, and Wagyu Steak. For the dessert, you can try their Mango Tempura or Tempura Ice Cream. For more information, you can visit their FB page at: http://www.facebook.com/aozorajapanese
5. Enjoy ride at Sky Ranch Tagaytay
Just observe social distancing and other health protocols and you will enjoy again, just like the pre-pandemic days. One ride that stands out in this themed park is their ferries wheel or officially known as “Sky Eye.” Riding this ferries wheel lifts you up and giving you a 360 and stunning view of the city. Other best rides and attractions are Safari Splash, Super Viking, Drop Tower, Log Coaster, Baby Bumper, 4D Simulator, Top Drift, Skyrope Adventure, Playzone Soft Play, and other fun and exciting amenities. For more information, you can visit at: http://www.facebook.com/SkyRanchPHL
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