Lush Mountain Retreat
Tagaytay Highlands offers a sylvan vacation surprisingly close to home
For those suffering from the sweltering heat and pollution in major cities, the possibility of climbing up to where pine trees grow and mountain breezes blow seems to be a distant dream. But the reality is a lot closer than most people think: just a two hour drive south of Manila and nestled 2,000 feet above sea level, Tagaytay Highlands provides the fresh breezes and cooler climes that many crave for along with a variety of diversions that have made it a choice destination for over two decades.
This sprawling 1,200- hectare resort spans the provinces of Cavite, Laguna and Batangas and is considered a premiere luxury lifestyle destination for seasonal visitors and club members and a rather plush residential development for dedicated homeowners. With the hill station built on the choicest peaks along the ridge, major points in the resort offers the most awe- inspiring views of Taal Lake and Volcano, Mt. Makiling, the Canlubang Valley, and Laguna de Bay.
Four exclusive clubs, numerous themed villages, and well- appointed condominium complexes are often covered in mists and clouds whose vistas of the plains below prove viscerally relaxing. The iconic architecture of Tagaytay Highlands manifests in its North Americaninspired log cabins of wood sourced from the continent itself. The clubs also provide access to various sporting and leisure amenities such as
two golf courses reputed to be on par with the best in the region, sprawling swimming pool garden and spa facilities, and all- terrain vehicle and trekking trails and packages.
Load and warm up after a day’s adventure and choose from a myriad dining options. Highlights are as follows. The Country Club’s Gourmet Avenue features Japanese grill dishes, Korean classics, and Filipino traditions and fusions. The Highlander Steakhouse log cabin, reminiscent of a hunter’s hall, serves the choicest cuts and wines from the world’s vineyards. Fit for an emperor, the two- storey Highlands China Palace serves Cantonese classics. Walking around Tagaytay Highlands will reveal many more cafes and bistros to stop by while resting and taking in the cool air.
Those so enamoured with Tagaytay Highlands may purchase a lot or luxe rest house from any of the following connected developments: The Highlands on the highest elevation offers an elegant 360- degree view, a cool climate, and proximity to club amenities. At a warmer 1,250 feet above sea level, The Midlands are a bird sanctuary with enclaves inspired by architecture of different cultures from around the world. For green thumbs, The Greenlands helps rediscover a rustic life with airy homes and tightly knit communities highlighting a holistic approach to life.
As a whole, the sprawling mountain estate features the country’s first Swiss cable car and furnicular system that captures awe- inspiring angles and vistas of the Tagaytay ridge. Together with a rolling golf course and authentic log cabins, these make for pioneers in Asia with regards to luxury amenities. Add to this authentic world and local cuisine with sporting and leisure all under a cool clime, every weekend is then only a day away.
The iconic architecture of Tagaytay Highlands manifests in its North American-inspired log cabins of wood sourced from the continent itself
Brgy. Calabuso, Tagaytay City 4120 • T: (046) 483 0848 http://tagaytayhighlands.com/contact-us/directory
EXQUISITE PANORAMA The sweeping picturesque of Tagaytay Highlands
CHARMING SCENE Tagaytay Highlands' lovely natural scenery. Inset One of the attractive facilities to enjoy is riding a cable car