Bonding Time in Tagaytay

Sky Eye
I must admit that each time I am in Tagaytay, my agenda would always revolve around two things: sleep and eat. The cool climate and the plush beddings at the Taal Vista Hotel (the legendary hotel in Tagaytay that has already become my go-to hotel in the area) would always lure me to a rejuvenating nap, and before I knew it, it's already time for dinner, and then, back to sleep. What a productive cycle, isn't it?

But two weeks ago, when I went back to Taal Vista Hotel to sample Chef Sau del Rosario's scrumptious Capampangan dishes (see article here) laid out at Cafe Veranda through the generous invitation of my dear friend Celine Arenillo, I did something new for a change. And by that I meant spending a day with mom and Akisha at the Sky Ranch, and having a relaxing massage thereafter.

While it was hard for us to leave the comforts of our well-appointed room at the Lake Wing, it was equally heartbreaking for us to miss the chance to make our dearest Akisha happy. Thus, after taking some selfies at the balcony, which by the way commands the best view of Taal Volcano, we went out of the hotel to check out the Sky Ranch.

Our room at the Lake Wing

View from our veranda
Welcome fruit basket

Coffee and tea bar

Wardrobe and safe

Sky Ranch is a family-friendly theme park just a few meters away from Taal Vista Hotel. In fact, from our veranda at the Lake Wing, we could already see (and sometimes hear the people screaming their lungs out at) the Sky Eye, the tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines.


How to go there (via public transportation):
  1. Board a DLTB bus bound to Nasugbu-Lian-Tagaytay. The terminal is right by the stairs of LRT Buendia, just a few meters away from the JAC Liner terminal. If travelling on a weekend, go to the terminal early as the cue gets longer towards lunch time. Fare is Php 83. There are also shuttle vans at Metropoint on the corner of Taft Ave. and EDSA, though I haven't tried this route.
  2. Alight at Olivarez Plaza in Tagaytay City.
  3. Take a jeepney to Nasugbu. This will pass in front of SkyRanch and Taal Vista Hotel. Fare is Php 8.

The entrance
There's a fee of Php 80 for everyone who wants to enter the Sky Ranch including children. Please note though that the Php 80 is just an entrance fee, and you still have to queue and buy tickets for each ride.
Pricelist per ride
Rides are generally child-friendly and safe. If you want to have a different vista of the Taal Volcano and Lake, you may try the Sky Eye, which stands at 63 meters altitude, or the zipline.


Horseback riding

Akisha on Wonder Flight

Super Viking

Carousel
Zipline

Mom and Akisha after the Nessi Coaster ride
Notes:

  • Please make sure to wear comfortable clothes and footwear.
  • Bring sunglasses, umbrella, hat, or a scarf to protect you from the heat of the sun. Sunblock is useful, too! 
  • Guests are not allowed to bring food and drinks inside. There are food carts and restaurants inside the park should you get hungry.
  • To save time on long queue, by tickets in batches.

After Akisha had finished all the rides she wanted, we went back to the hotel and freshened up. Akisha and my mom then went to the pool for a dip, while I headed to Asmara Spa, Taal Vista Hotel's serene haven.

The spa is located at the third floor of the Mountain Wing of the hotel, just across the mini-fitness gym. There's no elevator going up, but the effort is definitely worth it.

The gym
I was welcomed by the friendly receptionist, who gladly served me a piping hot cup of ginger ale while I was waiting for my room to be ready.


Ginger ale
The room, dimly-lit, reverberates colonial charm that matches the theme of the Mountain Wing. There are rooms with a fantastic view of the Taal Volcano, as well as couple rooms complete with bath tubs. Mine has its own shower room and steam bath, though I was advised that I can't use them as it was not part of my package (East-West massage).

My massage bed

Toilet and bath

Steam bath

The oil used on me was a combination of virgin coconut oil and eucalyptus. It smells so good and relaxing! The massage is nothing fancy but indeed a good way to end a tiring day.

Oils

The massage took about an hour, and when I returned to our room, this was what I saw--a couple enjoying a view of Taal Lake during sunset.


And then, dinner time came and we went to Cafe Veranda again. On our way, we saw some lounge singers performing at the lobby. Their voices were as soothing as the cool Tagaytay breeze.

The lobby
By the fireplace at the lobby
So, was it a productive weekend for me? Indeed, it was. It really was. Can't wait to go back!

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Taal Vista Hotel
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines
Tel. +632.917.8225 | +6346.413.1000
Mobile: +63917.809.1254

Fax: +6346.413.1225

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