Many of us can instantly conjure an image of diminutive Taal Volcano sitting pretty in Taal Lake’s placid waters, having either learned it from our fifth-grade Sibika textbooks or seen it for ourselves on our most recent Tagatay getaway.
It’s a majestic sight that never gets old—no trip to Tagaytay is complete without stopping to enjoy the scenery, no matter how many times you’ve been there. For your next weekend escape, we’ve rounded up five Tagaytay hotels (and two runners-up!) where you can start the day with superb Taal views.
Suites at The Carmelence View are fitted with glass chandeliers and chic, modern furnishings, but it’s the Taal scenery from the floor-to-ceiling windows that’ll really make you ooh and ahh. Pull back the curtains and you’ll feel like you’re in a glass house—don’t worry, the rooms are designed to offer views of Taal Volcano, not your fellow guests’ quarters. A suite with a private walkway to an open-air “Jacuzzi Cabana” makes for an idyllic love nest, while groups can opt for an airy family room whose corner balcony has a sofa and a teak dining table with benches.
The Carmelence View
117 Villa Carmelence 2, Maharlika West
(0917) 584 3825 / (0919) 912 3758 / (046) 683 80 63
Offering three sophisticated dining outlets and an enviable location overlooking Taal Lake—not to mention a spa, an outdoor pool, and a gym—Taal Vista Hotel has long cemented its rep as one of the most luxurious getaways this side of Southern Luzon. Even if you’re not staying in the popular Lake Wing’s rooms and suites, the expansive hotel grounds provide plenty of vantage points for volcano-viewing. Walk down to the verandas and you’ll easily find a spot for your morning meditation or your sunset selfies.
Taal Vista Hotel
Km 60, Aguinaldo Highway
(0917 809 1254) / (0917) 8225 / (046) 413 1000
A minimalist aesthetic using plenty of concrete and glass can look rather cold and uninviting, but not at this boutique hotel, where it’s beautifully paired with natural elements, from wood and shell to greenery—a ton of greenery. Some of the rooms even have small built-in gardens! The common areas have glass walls, while most rooms have terraces that face Taal Lake. The overall effect is that Domicillo feels like a gigantic, exquisitely designed tree house where the views of Taal still take center stage.
Domicillo Design Hotel
Km 58 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway Maharlika East
(0922) 884 1532 / (0917) 672 8182 / (046) 413 3552
The plush rooms at Escala Tagaytay flank the hotel’s most notable feature: an infinity pool that appears to float above the lush forest canopy. You can see Taal Lake from the pool, but if you’d rather keep dry, then you can while away the afternoons soaking up the volcano view from your room’s glass-fronted balcony. Spacious family rooms make Escala a great option for groups, and the hotel’s other amenities include a rooftop deck and a gym.
Purok 102, Poblete Street, Barangay Maharlika West
(0917) 675 3806 (calls only)
(02) 519 4444 / (02) 967 4444
The four individually decorated suites at this intimate boutique inn are named after North American lighthouses and inspired by New England’s quaint coastal villages. All of them have furnished balconies facing Taal Lake, and two corner suites also come with outdoor Jacuzzis. If you’re feeling peckish, the Cliffhouse Tagaytay complex has a handful of restaurants, along with landscaped grounds that also overlook the lake and volcano.
The Inn at Cliffhouse Tagaytay
Km 58, General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway
(046) 483 2093
Minimalist with Oriental touches in eye-catching ruby red, the rooms at this luxe spa don’t come with a view of Taal Volcano, but a stay includes refreshments at the teahouse and relaxing dips in the bathhouse—both of which give you premium Taal views. Whether you’re staying overnight or just dropping in for an indulgent spa package, time your bathhouse visit to catch the sunset from the hot and cold “yin yang” soaking pools.
Qiwellness Living Tagaytay
Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East
(0917) 522 6969
If you want a waterfront retreat, this resort is set on the bank of Taal Lake, about as close as you can get to Taal Volcano. The views are different, too—instead of looking down at the lake from the Tagaytay Ridge, here you’re face to face, as it were, with the Batangas landmark. Don’t expect a beach, since the lake isn’t suitable for swimming, but Club Balai Isabel does offer 3 outdoor pools, water sports, and trips to the volcano itself. While not all rooms provide views of Taal Lake, you can always stroll by the water or enjoy scenic meals at the open-air restaurant.
Club Balai Isabel
Talisay–Tanauan Road, Talisay
(0906) 518 5491 / (02) 897 0229 / (02) 895 7230
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