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Quick Romantic Getaway at Tagaytay

Updated on January 8, 2012
View of Taal Volcano
View of Taal Volcano | Source

Tagaytay City, Philippines

We had difficulty reserving a place to stay in for our first year anniversary since it fell on the peak season of December. All places were either full or double their normal rates. And then we chanced upon one of the metro’s deal sites – they were offering a 50% discount in one of the bed and breakfasts in Tagaytay City. However, upon inquiring the deal is not applicable on their peak season, but at least they still had vacant rooms for December 23. I grabbed the place immediately...

Tagaytay City is the nearest vacation spot from Metro Manila. It is approximately two hours away via car. The air is still fresh there and it has a wonderful view of Taal Volcano, which is the smallest volcano in Asia. Due to its proximity to the metro, it was just perfect for a quick romantic holiday. The place is also now getting known for lovely bed and breakfasts and sumptuous meals at restaurants one can only find there.

Inside the vicinity of T House
Inside the vicinity of T House | Source

T House, Tagaytay

We stayed at T House at Calamba Road, Tagaytay City. Upon arrival at the hotel ,the receptionist greeted us warmly while a staff was called to assist us to our room. The exterior design of the place was welcoming, but we found the interior very simple (small TV and unfinished floors – or was that supposed to be their design?). It did have the basics though – clean sheets and towels, hot shower, toiletries, TV with cable. Oh, and the best part was their free night tea and cookies before bedtime, which was a good touch by the hotel. Another plus point for us is that it was right beside a Catholic church. Every Christmas we celebrate the dawn novena masses and our anniversary falls right at the last day of the nine days of the novena mass

Chateau Hestia entrance
Chateau Hestia entrance | Source

Chateau Hestia Restaurant

We had a fancy dinner at Chateau Hestia which had a signage around two minutes away from T House. In reality, it was 10 minutes away from the main road and we almost thought we were already lost. The restaurant was beautifully set in the middle of a garden and had an antique collection and paintings for sale. Our meal was a full set course with wine - 1) Soup: Vienesse Potato Soup, 2) Salad: Hestia Green Salad with Passion Fruit Vinaigrette, 3) Entrée: Apple and Prune Pork Roulade, 4) Dessert: Okstkucher/ Fruitcake. I loved their salad and main meal; although I was quite surprised that I didn’t enjoy their dessert considering that I am a certified sweet tooth. After our meal we were given a free taste of their home made Limoncello and Vin d' Orange.

beautiful fountain at Sonya's Garden
beautiful fountain at Sonya's Garden | Source

Sonya's Garden

The next day we had our inclusive breakfast at T-House. There are lots of choices in the menu but a lot were also unavailable. My order was Italian sausage with scrambled eggs and two hash browns. Brewed coffee was unlimited. There was an interesting show on cable about how cherubim look like and I was glued in front of the television for a while until we had to check-out of the place.

We decided to have a sumptuous lunch at Sonya’s Garden. Their meal was composed of unlimited servings of 1) organic salad and different types of toppings such as cheese, eggs, and anchovies with their ‘special’ dressing; 2) main meal of pasta with a choice of either red or white sauce and toppings such as mushrooms, salmon, olives, and capers; 3) dessert of fried banana and sweet potato. Although I was already full after the pasta, I just couldn’t resist the simple, but yummy sweet potato. Definitely leave some room for it! Along with the meals was an unlimited serving of freshly squeezed dalandan (local orange) juice with mint. We also bought our favorite cheese hopia (crusty bread) and Spanish bread at their panaderia/ bread shop.

We went home just in time to pick-up my cake order for our Christmas Eve dinner with our family. It was a short but sweet anniversary :)

Other Options for a Romantic Getaway at Tagaytay: Nurture’s Spa, Sonya’s Garden, Discovery Country Suites

Budget Per Person

Day and Time
Location
Price/Person at Php
Comments
Day 1 - 2PM
Left Manila via car
350
Toll going there: Approximately 300P, Gasoline back and forth using a sedan: Approximately 400P
4PM
Check-in at T House
2325
4650 for the room - overpriced very simple room
5PM - 6:45PM
Dinner at Chateau Hestia
750
Set Course with Wine
7PM - 8PM
Mass at Mother of Perpetual Help
0
Just beside T House
8:30PM
Rest and night tea at T House
0
 
Day 2 - 9:30AM
Breakfast at T House
0
Included with the room
12PM
Checkout at T House
0
 
1PM
Lunch at Sonya's Garden
600
Healthy Unlimited Meal
3PM
Bought bread from Sonya's store
150
100P per pack for cheese hopia (2 packs), 100P for Spanish bread
5PM
Back to Manila
150
Toll going back: Approximately 300P
 
 
Total: 4325
 

Tagaytay Tour Google map by munchwaffle

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T House Pictures

The night time tea and cookies courtesy of the hotel
The night time tea and cookies courtesy of the hotel | Source
Bar at T House restaurant taken during our breakfast
Bar at T House restaurant taken during our breakfast | Source
appetizer bread before breakfast
appetizer bread before breakfast | Source
hubby's breakfast of rice, longganisa (Filipino sausage) and egg
hubby's breakfast of rice, longganisa (Filipino sausage) and egg | Source
My breakfast was better, although the picture in the menu had two Italian sausages. Although it was already filling enough.
My breakfast was better, although the picture in the menu had two Italian sausages. Although it was already filling enough. | Source
healthy dessert of tropical fruits
healthy dessert of tropical fruits | Source
Schedule of masses at the Catholic Church beside T House
Schedule of masses at the Catholic Church beside T House | Source

Chateau Hestia Dinner

Entrance at Chateau Hestia - wild vines welcome you
Entrance at Chateau Hestia - wild vines welcome you | Source
the painted antique tray was a nice interior design
the painted antique tray was a nice interior design | Source
This antique cash register is definitely an eye catcher
This antique cash register is definitely an eye catcher | Source
One of the waiters showing us their recommended menu. We chose the set menu for December
One of the waiters showing us their recommended menu. We chose the set menu for December | Source
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Unlimited serving of bread with eggplant spread - as usual, I loved the focaccia bread
Unlimited serving of bread with eggplant spread - as usual, I loved the focaccia bread | Source
cheers with Spanish wine
cheers with Spanish wine | Source
Potato Soup
Potato Soup | Source
Fresh Salad with Passion Fruit Vinagrette
Fresh Salad with Passion Fruit Vinagrette | Source
My Pork Roulade entree
My Pork Roulade entree | Source
Hubby's Seared Chicken and Mushroom Gulasch
Hubby's Seared Chicken and Mushroom Gulasch | Source
Christmas Fruitcake
Christmas Fruitcake | Source
free taste of Limoncello and Vin d'Orange
free taste of Limoncello and Vin d'Orange | Source

Sonya's Garden Set Lunch

Fresh Salad and a Pitcher of Squeezed Dalandan Juice
Fresh Salad and a Pitcher of Squeezed Dalandan Juice | Source
Make your own salad
Make your own salad | Source
Appetizer Bread
Appetizer Bread | Source
Make your own Pasta
Make your own Pasta | Source
A Serving of Salmon comes with the Pasta
A Serving of Salmon comes with the Pasta | Source
A taste of their Chocolate Cake for sale
A taste of their Chocolate Cake for sale | Source
I loved this sweet potato
I loved this sweet potato | Source
Fried bananas
Fried bananas | Source
Tea after the Full Meal
Tea after the Full Meal | Source

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    • Abdul Wahabone profile image

      Abdul Wahab 4 years ago from Yanbu Al-Bahar, Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia

      Looks so beautiful, must visit.

      Thanks for such a remarkable hub.

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      munchwaffle 4 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for visiting Abdul! Glad you liked the hub :)

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      tastiger04 3 years ago

      Tagaytay is GORGEOUS! I believe took a boat out there when I went to visit....would love to go back! Thank you for the interesting hub and great pictures :) voted up

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      munchwaffle 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks tastiger04! :)

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      Shairmaine 2 years ago

      I am coming home and I'm looking for a place to stay in Tagaytay that's not so dull at night and this experience of yours is my kind of romantic. Thanks for posting :)

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