'Playing with fire, land and earth are guaranteed bringers of bad fortune.
An ancient Tagalog adage quoted above explains the importance being cautious while dealing with natural elements. It's quite easy to comprehend this saying, but somehow, the place that it seems to have originated from “ Tagaytay “ appears to exhibit a certain defiance for the same.
We have solid reasons to say that. At an elevated height from the sea level, Tagaytay rests easy, overlooking the majestic Taal Lake and the enchanting Taal Lake Volcano Island that sits snugly right at the center of the lake. In the process, Tagaytay manages to flirt dangerously with the earth, water and fire together “ making it one of the most unique holiday destinations in not only Philippines but also the entire world!
Barring the national capital Manila, Tagaytay receives the highest number of visitors each year. A large fraction of these visitors is made up tourists who wish to get away from the banalities of modern life and lose themselves in magnificent serenity and weather of Tagaytay.
As a city, Tagaytay is not that imposing in nature or size. But when one cares to look beyond the superficial qualities of it all, it is not at all difficult to see that being blessed with superb natural beauty automatically makes Tagaytay a force to reckon with. Located not too far from the capital Manila (about 60 km, a drive of an hour or two), Tagaytay is easily accessible and approachable once you set foot into Philippines.
A great variety among Tagaytay hotels further makes a visit here a truly attractive prospect. And that, precisely, is the angle we will be assessing in this short article.
Cheap and Affordable Hotels in Tagaytay
Regular travelers would be in the know of the fact that South East Asia offers some great holiday destinations that you can explore without hurting your bank balance too much. Of course, there are notable exceptions like Singapore and Hong Kong, but that's not to be dealt with here.
Tagaytay, for all intents and purposes, falls in the category of cheap destinations, and quite surely, cheap hotels in and around the city justify this selection.
While discussing affordable hotels in Tagaytay, it must be mentioned that not all of them are good choices. So, tourists are advised to take a good look at the existing market repute of the options they zero in on. Just because a hotel offers overly cheap tariffs, you shouldn't go overboard and book it for your long stay.
Our analysis of various budget hotels in Tagaytay revealed that View Park Hotel is one pick that is sure to attract those who want to play safe and choose the higher end of budget category. With picturesque views of the city and the lake, View Park Hotel provides good value for every dollar you spend here.
Another choice of a budget hotel that you just cannot go wrong with is One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites. While many tourists would contest the claim that counting a hotel that has suites instead of rooms in ˜budget' category. But that exactly happens to be the case. Nightly prices of $50 to $70 for the kind of hospitality that is extended to you while you are staying here means that you never have to look beyond the desk of One Tagaytay Place for comfortable stay!
Luxury Resorts and Hotels in Tagaytay
The overall vibe that a place like Tagaytay exudes is that of relaxation and self-indulgence. And when it comes to indulgence, few options are more worth one's while than luxury resorts.
On that count, luxury Tagaytay hotels score quite handsomely, providing their guests with a stay that's full of amenities and warm hospitality. It is especially of importance to note that if you were to compare the nightly prices of these resorts in Tagaytay with their counterparts in other holiday destinations of top rank “ say Malaga or Honolulu or Christchurch “ you are sure to get wowed. With an average tariff of $150 to $200 per night, most tourists would agree that staying in luxury in Tagaytay is quite affordable.
Discovery Country Suites and Taal Vista Hotel occupy top two ranks in this particular range. These offer everything that a tourist seeking luxury would want “ from mind-blowing views of Taal Lake and Volcanic Island to in-house swimming pools and oriental kitchens, there is no stone left unturned in an attempt to make sure that the patrons of these respective resorts are fully content by the time it's their check-out date!
Top 5 Attractions in Tagaytay
This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tagaytay. It is an ensemble of conventional picnic ideas, including picnic huts and food joints, where you can relax to your heart's content with your family!
A tour of city's churches and chapels can help you find that elusive peace of mind with ease.
This is an obvious choice, because life in Tagaytay virtually revolves around Taal Lake and its magnificent beauty.
One more given “ Taal Lake Volcano sits atop a secluded island in the middle of the lake.
Sightseeing Tips for Tourists Visiting Tagaytay
- Always carry spare change in local currency with you. Quite a few restaurants here do not accept international credit/debit cards.
- While staying at cheap hotels, make sure you don't leave your valuables unsecured.
- It's always a good idea to hire local tour guides while sightseeing. That way, you won't lose out on some not-so-popular gems of sightseeing.
Local Transportation in Tagaytay
In Philippines, there's no public transport mode as popular and prevalent as Jeepneys. These elongated jeeps can be hired to get around the city from one sight to another. Fares are not too prohibitive, either.
Renting out bicycles and motorcycles is a popular way to go about the city, as well. If that's not your cup of tea, just choose to walk around “ it' quite fun, and you can get a closer look at the local culture!