Lush Moun­tain Re­treat

Ta­gay­tay High­lands of­fers a syl­van va­ca­tion sur­pris­ingly close to home

Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Art Of Luxury -

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://tagay­tay­high­­tact-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

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