Have you seen Katy Perry's ROAR video? She must've checked into Taal Vista Hotel because that's the exact same view we enjoyed from our suite! Hehehe!:) Yep, that's really a clip of our very own Taal Volcano in this international superstar's music video!
Since TGYTY is just a short drive from Alabang, it's perfect for those who just want an instant escape from the Manila chaos. You can drive up on a Saturday morning and head down by Sunday..this means no work days missed! The fresh air, sweater weather, and lush greenery are more than enough reasons to do Tagaytay for the weekend. So when Cecil and I were invited to try out the rooms, food and facilities of Taal Vista Hotel last weekend we immediately said YES! We were accompanied by our husbands and nieces of course which made the trip extra fun. Thank you so much Celine for arranging everything for our family :)
Like most of you who are my age, Taal Vista Hotel has become a Tagaytay staple in my head. A lot has changed for this hotel though, for the good of course. I was very impressed to see how much it has improved under the management of the SM Group. Their new rooms are very well appointed and spacious, obviously built for families and barkadas. I also love that it's a big sprawling property, you could do some HHWW (holding hands while walking) from your room to the restaurant because it's a bit of a walk. Hehehe!
And of course, we have to talk about the FOOD. We checked in just a bit past noon and then enjoyed the Heritage Buffet at the Cafe on the Ridge. The selection was quite extensive featuring different cuisines in one long spread. My favorites were the Paella and Sukiyaki---and the desserts!!!! I went a bit overboard with the sweets (as usual!). I had Halo-Halo, Marshmallows dipped in the Choco Fountain, Mango Crepe, Cakes, Brownies---yes pinagkasya ko silang lahat sa tiyan ko! But the most noteworthy of them all would have to be the Saba and Langka Gelato which the Taal Vista Hotel F&B team makes from scratch. Super delicious!
They also feature a special cultural dance show from 12:30-1:30 PM on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This show is such a hit with the foreigners and balikbayans. :) We were also very lucky to be serenaded by 3 manongs who sang with so much gusto. They even sang their own version of Justin Bieber's "Baby" and it won the heart of our 11 month old niece Natalie who was clapping throughout their performance.
After that BIG lunch, we had to practically drag our feet back to the hotel room because we obviously packed some extra pounds! Just moments after inserting our keycard, we found ourselves knocked out in our plush and comfy bed. It was a long and peaceful afternoon siesta---something Patrick hasn't been able to enjoy in weeks. After the nap, I woke up and set up my laptop to catch up on my Downtown Abbey-ing. (I just recently started and I'm now obsessed with this series!!!). Celine sent me a text to inform us that they had something special planned for the evening and that it would be a surprise. She told us to meet us at the lobby at 7:30 but we were actually ready by 6:50! I have the lowest EQ and you all know I'm a sucker for surprises---but we waited a bit just so we wouldn't look too excited!
The Taal Vista Staff (headed by Chef Edwin Santos) was determined to WOW us for the evening and they definitely succeeded! They surprised our group with a candlelit dinner at the ridge which was absolutely stunning. How I wish I owned a decent SLR to give you better photos, so just check out the pics below and multiply the wow-ness by 10 to achieve the full effect. This can definitely be arranged for any of their hotel guests. As long as you give them a heads up a few days before, the team can whip up a romantic dinner with a dramatic set up for you and your loved ones. I can imagine this would make for a perfect proposal set up, girls ipakita niyo na 'to sa mga boyfriends ninyo!!!! Bilis! Or if you would like to surprise your parents with a nice anniversary dinner---this would definitely make them teary eyed!
To maximize our time before checkout, we started early with a BIG breakfast. Buffet AGAIN?!?!!!! Heck yeah! Hahaha!:) We ate, ate, and ate some more. We ate so much at breakfast that we managed to skip lunch and just have a late merienda at around 2! After breakfast, Patrick and I took Audrey for a quick dip in the pool with Treena's kids Hailey and Hannah. Pat and I don't have kids of our own yet but we do love family/kid friendly hotels/resorts and try to make a note of these places for future reference, naks. Taal Vista, NOTED.
Before checkout we chilled a bit at the Lobby Lounge. They serve light snacks, cakes, cookies and even some authentic TWG tea (my fave!). And the interiors at the lobby lounge are just darling. I imagine hosting a little tea soiree or despedida de soltera here would be perfect. Our weekend stay was short but fun: we were able to sleep, eat, and most especially we got to spend time with our nieces (our favorite girls in the whole wide world!!!).
I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the General Manager of Taal Vista Hotel, Mr. Walid Wafik. Also a big shout out to Treena Tecson, Celine Arenillo, and the rest of the team for making it a very relaxing weekender for our family. Thank you also for allowing me to share this experience to my readers too---that's right, one lucky reader+their special someone will be enjoying this Taal Vista VIP treatment too!
I am giving away a gift certificate for a
ROMANTIC WEEKEND GETAWAY
for you and your sweetheart!
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