Holiday Vacation = Tagaytay!

When December rolls in, I always daydream about going to Tagaytay – the crisp, cool air, the mysterious fog that envelops the city at night (scary when you’re on the road but a unique experience when you’re simply in the comfort of your hotel room looking out), the picturesque view of the Taal volcano floating on the lake, and a delicious meal. The fact that you can experience all of this in just a short road trip makes the vacation option even more alluring.

This year, we were sadly not able to organize a trip to the area, but I’d like to share with you some photos from a trip a couple of years ago – a brief but awesome trip down memory lane. That year, we decided to stay at the Summit Ridge Hotel among all the fabulous choices of Tagaytay hotels and I must say it was a great choice, and the hotel was worthy of its 5 star rating. I really loved the spacious lobby and the contemporary interiors done in a tropical flair – whether it be the headboard, the wooden floors or the decor on the hallways.

Of course, the view is always the cherry on top and the hotel delivers! From your window you can see the Taal lake and volcano – a bit far, but still a lovely enough sight to behold. For breakfast, you get a free buffet breakfast with our Filipino staples like longganisa, as well as continental fare – eggs, toast, cereals, etc. I especially enjoyed going alfresco and enjoying the crisp Tagaytay wind while I drank a cup of hot coffee under the blue sky and enjoyed the view of the swimming pool – heaven!

Then for lunch, we headed to Sonya’s Garden. The menu is limited (actually, there’s just one meal to choose from unless you order something special in advance!) but with good reason – the combination is simply remarkable. Pricey though so this is truly an indulgence… but a healthy one. You get a delicious bowl of greens and a plethora of toppings to choose from. Then some warm freshly baked bread that’s soft and just the way bread should taste like. The entree is pasta with 2 choices of sauce and some delicious toppings to choose from. Finally, some turon, syrupy kamote, chocolate cake, and a nice aromatic cup of tea to end the meal on a sweet, memorable note. All the while you are eating under a canopy of white cloth, tropical plants, and a subtle breeze.

This year I might not have been able to go to Tagaytay but just revisiting this trip has put a smile on my face :)

Summit Ridge
Pros: Wooden floors, lovely decor, comfortable bed, spacious rooms, 5 star amenities
Cons: Pricey, food at Annie’s not very good

Sonya’s Garden
Pros: Fresh food, tasty, nice relaxing ambiance
Cons: Pricey, limited menu, not air-conditioned so it’s hot if the weather outside is hot

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