City on a Ridge
by Lucinda Domiguez
Whenever you feel the effects of global warming in the Philippines, you will definitely want to put Tagaytay on your list as a "go-to" place, especially during summer. Tagaytay experiences a much cooler climate than most locations in Luzon, with a record low of below 16 degrees. The temperature ranges from 20 to 28 degrees Celsius during the summer months, and one may expect low temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius during the holiday season until February.
The charming city of Tagaytay is the Philippines' Second Summer Capital, with Baguio being the first. It earned this unofficial title because of its recorded average lowest temperatures as compared to other parts of the country.
According to a report, when Tagaytay became a chartered city on June 21, 1938, General Emilio F. Aguinaldo thought of making it the Philippines' capital and the summer capital, citing the area's potential and strategic value. If you study Tagaytay's topography, you will understand why. It's a geographical gem. And recent developments in present time demonstrate the potential he saw, the landscape retaining its inimitable charm, in spite of the urban sprawl.
Easily accessible from Metro Manila, Tagaytay is the place to 'be chill' year-round, the cool mountain air a definite relief from the steamy megalopolis. Approximately 56 kilometers from Manila, Tagaytay's land area averages 2,000 feet above sea level, covering a stretch of 6,500 hectares along the rim of the Taal Caldera. The high altitude, wide open ridges unhampered by natural and artificial barriers, and the profusion of greenery provide this lovely city with the freshest ionized air.
Tagaytay's air itself is therapeutic. A combination of mountain air, high humidity (from its nearness to the clouds), and the balneo-therapeutic properties of volcanic emissions mixed in just the right amount––make it a virtual spa. Refreshing. Rejuvenating.
View of Taal Volcano
Tagaytay ridge provides perfect viewpoints for the mystical Taal lake surrounding the Taal volcano, also known as the 'World's Smallest Volcano." It is one of the country's most dramatic and breathtaking sights, frequently featured on postcards over the decades, and nowadays a constant natural backdrop on Instagram selfies.
Al Fresco Experience
From many recreational places and restaurants along the Tagaytay ridge, one could gaze down at the enchanting Taal panorama. Al fresco is the ideal way to dine here. The fantastic view, the cool breeze, a few drinks to chill, or a warm cup of coffee on hand... as you choose from a myriad options where to dine––it is leisure that's magical.
Stay a While
No one wants to see such magic end too soon. You'll love to linger and might want to stay longer. Maybe a night, or two, or three. No worries. Hotels, BNBs, and condos for staycations are plenty here.
Stopover in Cavite
Tagaytay is more than just a perfectly cool destination to beat the heat. It is also the perfect stopover for those who want to enjoy outdoor activities. It's actually a mid-point from Manila to Batangas beaches and Cavite's recreation destinations. There are also roads from Tagaytay to Taal lake.
The second Summer Capital of the Philippines beckons with warm hospitality and interesting tour attractions. Take a break and escape the heat of the lowlands. Make it a point to visit Tagaytay. For all you know, you'd be like many others who've made Tagaytay the "chill pill" that cures the headaches of their hot, humid, hectic lives.
A Haven of Hotels for the Discerning Traveler
by Bryce Reyes
Awesome views from the ridge––of rolling hills, the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano down below––make the city of Tagaytay stand as a captivating jewel in the crown of the Philippines. It isn’t referred to as “the country’s second summer capital” for nothing.
Tagaytay is an idyllic destination for both international and local tourists. It beckons weary souls from the bustling metropolis of Manila and other sweltering regions, promising respite and rejuvenation almost in superfluous doses. And the abundance of hotels nestled in this picturesque city provide an assortment of accommodations for tourists, coaxing for an overnight stay or longer.
The city boasts a remarkable array of hotels, each with its unique charm and character. Many of these establishments have stood the test of time, their hospitality woven into the very fabric of Tagaytay's rich history. Step into these venerable establishments, and you'll be transported to a bygone era of elegance and grace where tradition is cherished, and guests are enveloped in a warm embrace of nostalgia.
Yet, Tagaytay is not one to rest on its laurels. In recent years, a wave of new and chic hotels has emerged, infusing the city's hospitality scene with a fresh and contemporary allure. These modern hotels seamlessly blend stylish aesthetics with state-of-the-art amenities, captivating the hearts of even the most traditional travelers. Novel themes, were innovation meets comfort, elevate Tagaytay’s hospitality scene to new heights.
Whether you are a traveler with a penchant for timeless elegance or a connoisseur of modern chic, here are Tagaytay’s better known hotels for your reference: