I previously wrote about how much we loved, loved, loved Taal Vista Hotel as a family. (Read about that here.) I just wanted to show you a few more photos of our weekend there. There’s really so much to do when you’re in the hotel, and in the activity centers surrounding it.
For instance, the hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the new Sky Ranch, which is a mini amusement park complete with rides for kids of all ages, horseback riding, and restaurants.
It was a Sunday, so we attended the 10 AM Mass at the hotel (very convenient; no need to brave Tagaytay traffic!). We proceeded to the Sky Ranch shortly after lunch, when the rains cleared up a bit. But first, we enjoyed the sunny view of Taal Volcano and the breathtaking heights of the Tagaytay ridge. It really is a sight to behold.
So, back to the Sky Ranch. You can walk from the hotel over to the ranch, because it’s literally in the next compound. I would think that an early evening trip would be more pleasant, since it does get rather warm around noon to early afternoon, which was when we dropped by for a visit.
Vito wasn’t too keen about the rides, really. All he wanted to do was ride the train engine (no doubt inspired by his book, The Little Engine That Could), but the train was closed for maintenance. So, we settled for the next best thing: Horse rides!
Remember those kiddie horse rides that you always went up to Tagaytay for? Well, the Sky Ranch organized the rides, made the routes cleaner and more scenic, and yes, even cleaned up the horses a bit. Vito was content to view the horses from the platform.
I’ve always loved horses, but I wasn’t in the mood to take a ride that day! I opted for the carousel instead. Fake horses and real horses? Alright!
After the Sky Ranch, it was time for some Sunday relaxation, namely a trip to the spa with Ton. Well, we hit the spa on separate appointments, since Vito was with us. The Taal Vista Hotel’s spa, the Asmara Spa, was where we headed for our luxe spa treatments. And if there’s anything busy work-at-home parents like Ton and I needs, it’s some TLC from a well-deserved body massage.
The spa did not disappoint.
Here’s my private room, which is absolutely relaxing and divine. I love that it’s spacious and has its own shower, toilet and cabinet for your personal belongings. It’s also well appointed with the spa’s signature Filipino decor, as well as souvenir items (scented massage oils and essential oils). I could stay here for half a day and not move. Seriously. (Ton and I chose the East-West Massage, which is a relaxing mish-mash of Swedish, Thai and Shiatsu techniques. Divine.)
I’d just like to say a special “thank you” to Celine Arellino, the marcomm manager for SM Hotels and Conventions, for really taking care of us during our three-day, two-night stay. It was such a blessing to know you, Celine!
On our third and last day (Monday), we were given a short tour of the other rooms in the hotel. There are actually two wings, the Mountain View and the Lake View. (We stayed in the newer Lake View wing, which houses the Premiere and Deluxe rooms). Check out these rooms, mommies: I mean, who wouldn’t want to stay here?
A Premiere Room in the Mountain View wing (Photo by Taal Vista)
A Deluxe King Room in the Lake View wing (Photo by Taal Vista)
A Deluxe Queen Room in the Lake View wing (Photo by Taal Vista)
Superior Twin room, Mountain wing (Photo by Taal Vista)
OK, so these are our photos, which are always invaded by a hyper Vito.
All in all, our stay at Taal Vista Hotel was amaze-balls. Really, truly enjoyed it. I know my family and I will be back soon, maybe during the latter part of the year when the weather gets cooler. (I hear that they have pretty wonderful Christmas and New Years’ Eve celebrations here, too, complete with special holiday buffets, parties, and fireworks displays. Definitely worth checking those out!)
Once again, thank you SM Hotels & Conventions; thank you Ro Manala, Celine Arellino, August Samala, Annie of Guest Relations, and of course, Chef Edwin Santos for our meals. The De Lunas will surely remember your kind hospitality!