We all know that the word “Mom,” in English grammar is classified as a noun. However, I have to agree with those people who’ve already said that this word is actually a verb in its truest essence.
Mothers are perhaps one of the busiest and the most hardworking human beings on Earth. They exhibit extraordinary abilities in balancing and managing a growing family, a promising career, or a budding business all at the same time. These strength and skills are so noticeable to others that we are even given the moniker, “Supermoms.”
But I know you will all agree with me when I say that even “Supermoms” need a holiday.
Just this past weekend, together with my family, I was invited as a media guest of Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City. It was something unexpected since I’ve been constantly praying in the secret that I’d be given an opportunity to review more family places and vacation spots on this blog.
Touch down Taal Vista Hotel on May 3rd at 12:30PM
I was originally slated to come to this hotel immediately on Tuesday after the Holy Week but for some logistic concerns, did not push through. It wasn’t the perfect time for me I guess. Anyway, May 3-4 was surely the appointed time for me to visit Taal Vista with my daughter Noa and my sister Carly. My husband, of course, did not make it because he is busy with military deployment.
Taal Vista Hotel View from the Main Entrance Gate. Car Parking is on the left.
It took us an hour and a half (1.5 hours) going to Taal Vista Hotel located at Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay City from Mall of Asia Complex through Cavitex. It was a smooth and safe drive going there. You won’t get lost because Taal Vista is situated just right beside the newest theme park in Tagaytay called Sky Ranch.
Before checking-in to one of Taal Vista’s premiere rooms at the Lake View Wing, we had a sumptuous lunch at Cafe Veranda. Cafe Veranda’s Lunch Buffet mostly serves our favorite Filipino dishes like Chicken Adobo, Lechon, Sinaing na Galunggong, and a whole lot more.
Taal Vista’s Cafe Veranda is located near the Main Lobby.
Heads up to all my daddy readers: Cafe Veranda observes a dress policy for male guests: No sleeveless top when dining here.
When making your own salad, try the Pineapple Vinaigrette as dressing.
Shortly after lunch, while waiting for our rooms key card, we visited the Kids Play Area so Noa would have something fun to do.
Taal Vista’s Kids Area has books and toys that our children could enjoy while staying at Taal Vista.
Aside from reading books, I also saw a TV and a DVD player in case the young guests want to watch their favorite cartoons or movies on DVD.
At around 3PM, we were already ready to see our room at the Lake Wing.
This is the main hallway to Taal Vista’s Lake Wing. It is Taal Vista’s more modern (in terms of design) and recently added part of this 75-year-old hotel.
Hallway to Taal Vista’s Lake Wing from the Main Lobby
If you want a nice view of the Taal Volcano / Taal Lake while staying at Taal Vista, you can never go wrong in choosing one of the rooms at the Lake Wing.
I also spotted an ATM machine along the way just in case we need cash for a quick visit to Sky Ranch.
On your way to the Lake Wing, you will chance upon this Kultura Butik on one side of the corridor. It serves as the hotel’s souvenir shop.
Some of the Tagaytay-inspred items for sale here are exclusive only to this Kultura Butik inside the Taal Vista Hotel.
We took the elevator going to our room assignment at the 4th floor of the Lake Wing. I was pretty excited to see what’s in store for us.
Our premiere bedroom at Taal Vista Hotel
The room also has a bar with complimentary water, coffee and tea.
The bathroom was both looking and smelling clean and fresh. Standing from where I took this photo: On the right is the potty, while the shower is on the left. All glass and tiles.
Our Lake Wing Bedroom View 🙂
The Breathtaking Full View of Taal Lake from our Bedroom’s Veranda
I took this shot of the Taal Lake using my mobile phone’s camera on panorama mode. It was my first time using this camera feature.
…Then a splash of colors appeared to welcome us. Thank God for rainbows!
We rested a little so I could prepare myself for a hotel tour with Ms. Celine Arenillo, Taal Vista Hotel’s Area Marketing Communications Manager.
Of all the many proud aspects of the hotel, both historical and of modern times, I look up to their efforts in encouraging social responsibility as they manage the Taal Vista Hotel. I was very lucky to have seen the hotel’s greenhouse where various fruits, vegetables and herbs grow.
Greens are in! They grow these for the hotel’s restaurant use so the guests are taking in veggies that are guaranteed fresh.
How lovely these tomatoes are!
Strawberries also grow in Tagaytay City
After our visit to the hotel’s garden and greenhouse, we checked out the pool area, which is only a few steps away.
There were still a few guests going for an afternoon swim at about 5:00PM.
Taal Vista Hotel Swimming Pool Rules: Opens at 7AM and closes at 6PM.
Since the pool is not heated, I think it is only right to set a limit to 6PM. I swam at about 5:30PM and it was already chilly.
If you want a room location that is closest to the pool area, the Mountain Wing is your best choice. If you can see that building on the background, that is part of the Mountain Wing.
Want a swimming pool view or stay close to it? Choose one of the rooms at the Mountain Wing of Taal Vista Hotel.
Meanwhile, this walkway would lead you to the hotel’s many function rooms, gym, and the Asmara Spa.
The view when you reach the top of the stairway
Take this path if you wish to go to the gym or Asmara Spa, or your room at the Mountain Wing
This coming October, Taal Vista Hotel will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary and there’s no better way to keep all the staff members and guests of the hotel reminded of its rich legacy than by putting up a wall to document all the proud moments and milestones of Taal Vista Hotel.
Also in line with the celebration, the Magnolia Steakhouse is slated to open anytime this month of May.
The Magnolia Steakhouse is Taal Vista Hotel’s new dining establishment that is dedicated to serve prime cut beef dishes with a selection of sauces, side dishes and fresh homegrown Tagaytay greens. It will be located at the Magnolia Pavilion on The Ridge. This steakhouse will feature an al fresco dining area and sweeping views of Taal Lake and Volcano.
Taal Vista Hotel’s Wall of 75-year History
This will be your view if you turn your back from the Wall of History. That walkway leads to the Main Lobby, Hotel Lounge and Cafe Veranda.
The Lounge has a fireplace that you can use upon request.
If you just want to chill out, bring your favorite book and have a warm cup of tea.
There are performances here every night that you can enjoy with your cocktails if you wish.
After my hotel tour with Celine, I decided to take a very quick dip with Noa. We stayed until 6PM. Hehee! 🙂
We have one hour before our dinner with Celine at the patio of Cafe Veranda. Since it was a bit chilly that evening, we decided to order Bulalo Soup, Chicken Inasal and Sizzling Boneless Bangus. There were all yummy. Really. 🙂
Now Showing at Taal Vista’s Outdoor Cinema: Johnny English
Over dinner, I saw a huge screen set up on the hotel’s open garden with Johnny English followed by My Bestfriend’s Wedding being shown. The guests could actually sit down on the grass and enjoy an outdoor movie date with the family.
There were a lot of activities to choose from when you decide to stay at Taal Vista Hotel, just like this outdoor movie night.
With Celine at the patio during our yummy dinner and chika time
We called it a night at around 9:00PM since Noa was already asleep (as you can see). We all had a good night’s sleep, especially my daughter since she had it for 12 straight hours. I just needed to wake her up in time for breakfast.
My sister’s morning salad
My favorite is the Ensaymada! So yummy, moist but not overly sweet.
Breakfast at Taal Vista Hotel starts at 6AM to 10AM. They serve our favorite brekky foods like bacon, DIY egg dishes, pancakes, salads, sausages with homegrown coffee and hot chocolate.
Just when I thought my day was over, I got a (Mother’s Day?) surprise from the management of Taal Vista Hotel. Wee! I’m going for a full body massage at the Asmara Spa!
Thank you so much Taal Vista Hotel and to my masseuse Marie for a soothing massage! I badly needed one.
My own massage room at the Asmara Spa at the Taal Vista Hotel
After my massage, I took my last stroll at The Ridge to savor the breathtaking view before heading home to Manila. I am just so thankful for this blessing through Taal Vista Hotel.
See that Ferris Wheel right there? It’s the Sky Eye!
I will surely go back to Taal Vista Hotel.
Taal Volcano and Lake from The Ridge
Overall, I will give 4.5 out of 5 rating for Taal Vista Hotel. It is something worth checking-in when you plan a staycation with your family, friends or loved-ones.This is not to butter up the hotel’s management but I really find all the staff nice and courteous. Whenever I bump into someone at the corridor, they always give me a smile and a warm greeting anytime of the day.
Moomy Musings at Taal Vista Hotel on Mother’s Day 2014
Noa also wishes to say, “Thank you!” She loves your blooms. 🙂
Thank you so much Taal Vista Hotel for a staycation worth remembering for me this Mother’s Day 2014. Congratulations on your 75th Anniversary and I wish everyone the best.
What do you think of my Pre-Mother’s Day Staycation at Taal Vista Hotel?
About Taal Vista Hotel
Taal Vista Hotel is located along Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines. For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 (2) 917-8225, +63 (46) 413-100 or +63 0917 809-1254. Stay connected with Taal Vista Hotel.