Our Taal Vista Hotel weekend



A couple of weekends ago, we were guests of the Taal Vista Hotel. We had two rooms with the most wonderful view of the lake and the volcano. I really like that just an hour away from Manila, we can escape intense summer heat. I have to admit though that most of our Tagaytay trips have revolved around the other side of the ridge – Antonio’s, Sonya’s, and anywhere in Alfonso, Cavite. In the many years of staying here, I sort of took the Taal lake for granted, skipping it for a more serene and quiet experience at the farm-side. It was a pleasant surprise to see that Taal Vista Hotel still has the best view and it has whatever it is you’re looking for – whether it’s a busy park or your own quiet corner.


The hotel sent over some nice welcome treats.


My parents loved the tropical fruits.


We had two adjacent rooms.


Sophia brought her telescope, a gift from my brother’s family.


It was a good night. Not too cloudy. And the moon was full. It was magnificent. I was in awe. We could see all the little craters in the moon.


The next morning, she sat out at the balcony and read her book quietly. Then she was at it again – her telescope.


Click “More…”  to see the rest of our Tagaytay weekend.



I encouraged her to sketch whatever it was she saw. I tried photographing the moon through the lens of the telescope. Ofcourse it was a failure, I just got a white circle of light.


Soph captured it better in her sketch. The moon did have all those craters and patterns. She also drew Taal Volcano.


This was the view from our balcony early in the morning.


Lily took out her sketch book and drew as well.


We had a nice morning stroll through the hotel grounds. It was lovely and serene early in the morning.


Doesn’t this remind you Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Taal Vista Hotel still has the best view of the volcano. I remember coming here when I was a child.


This garden filled up with more guests a bit later. It was actually nice to see many people enjoy the park atmosphere.


Sophia’s cute backpack. She thinks she’s into anime now. But they haven’t actually watched any cartoons of the anime genre. They just like drawing the cute stuff. The rest of the anime things scare me; and I will remain vigilant. The backpack – she was excited to use it and go “trekking”.


The backpack is a mini version of what real backpackers carry on long trips, with all the compartments and hooks.


Sophia was in her element. Anything rough, earthy, and natural – she loves!


At the breakfast buffet. Oh my, Soph’s shorts had grass stains from all that “trekking”.


Very nice atmosphere in this buffet restaurant – with wide windows looking out on to the garden and the lake.




Really good Tsokolate. I would go back for this.




This was a really good weekend getaway. The kids loved everything – the food, the rooms, the best bulalo (room service), the balcony, the view, the volcano. It felt like a world away from  what we normally do in the city but it just took us an hour to get there. Why did it take us so long to do this?


Taal Vista Hotel
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines
Tel No: +63 (46) 413-1000

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  • Ann

    Hi! Were these pictures taken using your Olympus PEN EP3 camera? I am considering buying it because of the results I see here in your blog..

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Olympus PEN EP3

      • Beverly

        Where do I click to see “More” of this blog?

        • Anonymous

          If you arrived at this post specifically in the URL, no need to click More. Everything is posted. But if you are at the mainpage daphne.ph – click the word More, so it would expand.

  • http://stubbornfilipina.tumblr.com Zarah Hernaez

    I’m so inggit..I wish Bea would be as calm as Soph. My daughter is soooo hyper..running,jumping,screaming,jump again,wrestling,tickle fights..run and run and run,read while watching tv…cannot sit still or quiet. She super takes it from me! Haayy…

    tired mommy zee

    • Anonymous

      uhm, did you not see the grass stains on her shorts? she was running around like crazy! she wanted to go down the ravine. she wanted to trek all the way down to the lake!

  • http://twitter.com/iamcatbantug cathyne bantug

    how i wish we could go there too and bring my daughter’s telescope (which is too bulky)…our 8-year olds are so alike…sketching, science, colors, world peace, tree planting 🙂  — cat of http://www.mysocalledpurplelife.com

    • Anonymous

      it is a lovely stage – so curious.

      the telescope is bulky! but it came with its own carrying case.

  • adrea

    i am planning to get a telescope for my husband. are you able to tell me what brand and model your brother got for your daughter? thanks!

  • Valerie

    We will be staying here for our long Luzon trip for the Holy Week ( I’m from the Visayas). Now I have a clearer idea, no fancy editing, etc. Thank you for sharing. Something to look forward..

  • Julie Ann Grace Panghulan

    i live at Talisay the town that you can see near at Taal. Did you already try po to go on Taal Volcano?

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been to Talisay. I’ve also gone sailing in Taal lake, and stopped by the volcano. It’s a bit eerie. And too hot.

      My dad used to fly the helicopter and he has landed in the crater island. Nice stories.

      Perhaps when the kids are bigger we’ll take them to the lake.

      • Julie Ann Grace Panghulan

        there’s also a story po that there’s “someone” taking care of the volcano, that’s why when they’ve made a plan to built a cable car from Talisay to volcano, earthquakes happened and the volcano reach until alert level 2 or 3 i’m not sure because it’s years ago na…it’s sounds funny but there’s a lot of interesting/mystical stories about Taal volcano… 

  • Karla F. Santos

    We love roadtrips and the short one-hour distance to Tagaytay sometimes recharges us a lot. We also have a place that overlooks the Taal but since we rent this out to weddings and overnighters, we dont get to enjoy it as much as we used to. Taal Vista’s gardens and view seems to be perfect for us if we cant use our place – I wonder if they charge for day trips… The tsokolate looks inviting!

    The trip seemed well spent with your folks and the kids. I love the girls’ drawings too 🙂

  • Melvel

    I love Taal Vista Hotel.  It’s such a nice place, I daresay better than some of the hotels in the Metro.  The rooms in the new wing are quite nice.  I wish they would also renovate the old wing so the rooms won’t look as outdated.  

  • http://www.tagofabic.com/ Tago Fabic

    Nice. I sure do miss the bulalo. 😀 I miss Tagaytay!

  • http://sumthinblue.com/ sumthinblue

    For your girls (esp Sophia) I’d recommend the Studio Ghibli cartoons. Excellent animation and filled with good values.

    For their age I’d recommend  Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea, and the newest film, The Secret World of Arrietty

    • Anonymous

      Silly me. Of course they have seen Anime. We love Totoro, Laputa, Ponyo. I think Im referring to the ones in school girl costumes. Haha.

      • http://twitter.com/kalilagirl Amanda Camilon

        An option for anime-ish graphic novels would be the Christian published “Tomo”. It’s about a 5th or 6th grader on different adventures. Nothing scary. Available at OMF Bookstore. My daughter used to read it. 🙂 I know what you mean about being vigilant about anime. Some are really violent and “too graphic”. 

  • cyn

    hi daphne,
    could you give me the title of the book your daughter was using as a drawing guide? i’d love for my daughter to have one like it. she loves to draw too 🙂

    • Anonymous

      i would have to look for it somewhere buried in their mess. its something like “365 things to draw” 

      • cyn

         thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1295435229 Mylyn Ann Soriano Mapendan

    hi ms. Daphne! 🙂
    do you still remember me? we bumped at the hotel lobby at taal vista with my 5mos. baby girl annica! the baby with a tutu skirt & headpiece! a day to remember it is! you looks so sophisticated & pretty! we just sooo <3 you! 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Hi. Of course I remember you. Your baby’s so adorable.  Very cute outfit.

  • Anabel812

    hi Ms. Dapne, where can I buy Lily’s sketch book?

    • Anonymous

      the sketchbook was most likely a gift or a lootbag item.
      the drawing book – 365 things to draw.

  • Auroracanoabapo

    Thanks a lot Daphne for all your infos…. it’s all super inspiring. Always have a nice weekend vacation with your family and thank you again for sharing it. God bless you and your family. 🙂

  • Dani

    OMG!Ensaymada and Tsokolate! Jealous!!!

  • http://www.currystrumpet.com/ Deepa

    This brings back lots of happy childhood memories. My family would drive to the beach (Puerto Azul or White Sands in Nasugbu) on weekends often, and Taal Vista was always our pit stop for lunch. It started looking pretty run-down, so I’m glad they renovated!

  • http://twitter.com/deanzky deanzky

    what kind of telescope (brand) is Sophia using? is it good? thanks

    • Anonymous

      I think it was EduScience. We packed it away, I can check again another time. It was good enough to see craters of the moon.

  • Maemi

    the view of taal volcano is clear! ….what room did you book in to?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t remember the number. It’s the one on the left side.