Tagaytay will always be a favorite weekend destination for many Filipinos, whether they’re coming from Metro Manila or from nearby provinces. The year-long cool atmosphere, the homey restaurants (which usually serve Cavite and Batangas specialties), and the roadside stalls that sell sweet delicacies, fruits, garden plants, and pasalubong—there’s truly a lot to love about this city!
Another reason why people love going to Tagaytay are the beautiful views that provide majestic panoramas of Taal Lake, Taal Volcano, Manila Bay, and Laguna de Bay. Whether it’s early morning with misty clouds, noon with a bright sun and sky, or dusk with a dramatic sunset, you can’t go wrong with a Tagaytay scenery.
If you’re a fan of the picturesque vistas that Tagaytay has to offer, here are a few places where you can enjoy the best views.
Families and barkadas love going to Sky Ranch for a weekend of fun. This leisure and amusement park is jam-packed with a lot of thrilling and enjoyable rides and activities, like the Sky Jump, Drop Tower, and Super Viking. You can even go horseback riding! There are also gazebos along the ridge, several food establishments where you can get some snacks and drinks, and a cushioned, inflatable Play Zone for kids. To catch the best sights of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, you can take a ride in the Sky Cruiser or the The Sky Eye. The latter is a favorite at Sky Ranch, since its height of 63 meters (almost 207 feet) gives you a sweeping view of the surrounding landscape.
Many hotels in Tagaytay boast of great views of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, but nothing compares to the one (actually several) you get at Escala Tagaytay. Why? It’s because everywhere you go in this hotel, you’re greeted with picture-perfect scene. It doesn’t matter if you’re in your room, lounging at the lobby, eating at the restaurant, or swimming in the pool. You’re sure to get shot after Instagrammable shot. The view from the infinity pool is particularly breathtaking.
Taal Vista Hotel
The name says it all. This hotel gives you a fantastic vista of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, especially if you’re staying in one of their Lake Wing rooms. However, the views from the Mountain Wing rooms are nothing to sneeze at, either, with scenes of the lush greenery that surround the city. Checked-in guests also have express entry to Sky Ranch, where you can catch more beautiful sights and, of course, have some amusement park fun. With their patented brand of Filipino hospitality, Taal Vista Hotel is sure to make you feel utterly pampered. Finally, the hotel is located along Aguinaldo Highway, so there’s no need for special directions when you’re trying to get there. No matter the type of transportation you choose, you’ll be there in no time.
People’s Park in the Sky
People’s Park in the Sky or simply People’s Park (formerly known as Palace in the Sky) was supposed to be where U.S. President Ronald Reagan would have stayed during his visit to the country. However, construction stopped when Reagan cancelled his trip. The mansion’s “skeleton” was then converted into an urban park. With People’s Park’s excellent location atop Mount Sungay, Cavite’s highest point, you’ll get sweeping, breathtaking views of Tagaytay. Try to visit earlier in the day, especially during the weekend, since this is one of the most popular attractions in the city.
Another popular spot for photo-ops in the park is the Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love, with an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus. It was said that the construction crew working on the mansion was unable to destroy the huge rock containing the image of the Virgin Mary, even after several blasts of dynamite. There’s also a PAGASA Doppler Radar Station here, although access is, of course, restricted to PAGASA personnel.
Balay Dako means “Big House” in Negrense, and it’s a fitting name for this restaurant due to the homey feel it exudes. It’s easy to picture huge family gatherings at Balay Dako; in fact, it’s a popular venue for weddings and similar events. Aside from their delightful menu with native Filipino dishes, Tagaytay and Batangas specialties (bulalo, anyone?), and Spanish-Filipino and Chinese-Filipino fare, the view is also magnificent. For the best seats in the house, head on over to Balay Dako’s in-house bar, Terraza, on the third floor to sip on some cocktails and enjoy the dramatic colors of the sunset.
RSM Lutong Bahay
RSM Lutong Bahay is one of the best destinations in Tagaytay for an overlooking view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano as you enjoy sumptuous home-cooked Pinoy dishes. From savory bulalo to crispy tawilis, you can’t go wrong with the menu at RSM. There’s also usually a roaming band who can take your requests and play your favorite songs as you enjoy your delicious meal. If you want to dine al fresco, make sure to arrive either early or a little late. The seats outside are usually the ones that get occupied first.
What are you waiting for? Head on over to Tagaytay this weekend for a quick but refreshing break that’s sure to delight all your senses!