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Celebrating 30 at Taal Vista Hotel

Now that the kids are bigger, with our youngest at age 16, I am more confident leaving them behind for romantic getaways. But overnight is all I can handle at the moment. Longer than that & I’d be leaving Kap in an instant to go back home to my babies by any means necessary. I have the greatest separation anxiety, I swear. I fear that something cray will happen at the most inopportune time that I’m not around. This is what the evening news filled with horrors does to a parent -becoming paranoid!

Even when they were much younger, we always took them along EVERYWHERE we went. The whole crew, the kids, the yayas, and the whole house all crammed into a van. Kap was resigned to watching only kids-age-appropriate movies & eating at kids-menu-approved restaurants haha. Now, the hubby has trained me well to let go.. sorta. ;))

For our 30th couple anniversary, I wanted it to be a family affair but Kap put his foot down. He wanted a me-and-him alone time away from all the stress that’s been making me sick & sungit all day err’day. Time to de-stress daw even for a day na wala akong pinakikialaman. The kids can participate a few days after since we’d be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary anyway. But first, a romantic getaway.

And since Kap can’t pry me away from the kids for more than a day, the logistics for our rendezvous would have to be local. Or rather local that doesn’t involve a plane ride, teehee. So Tagaytay with its cool(er) weather & romantic surroundings was perfect for our 30th.


Bombs away! ;)


Taal Vosta Hotel. Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, 4120 Tagaytay City, Philippines. Beside Sky Ranch & across Casino Filipino. Time to partey! \m/

Taal Vista Hotel

Km. 60 Aguinaldo Highway Tagaytay City, Cavite (02) 917-8225


It was a biglang liko situation. Kap kidnapped me for a short but sweet rendezvous. Mapagsamantala talaga tong asawa ko, hahaha! #quickie #LamNa


Since 1939, Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City has been the vantage point of choice to enjoy the stunning view of the majestic Taal Volcano. As the world’s smallest active volcano, it is a breathtaking sight that is not to be missed.


Cool weather & twinkling stars up above. Off to a great start, definitely a night to remember. <3 Facilities available for you at Taal Vista Hotel: • Cafe on the Ridge • Lobby Lounge with fireplace • Grand Ballroom that can accommodate 1,000 guests • Asmara Spa • Swimming Pool • Kids’ Corner • Business Center • Fitness Center • Gift Shop (Kultura Butik)


Taal Vista Hotel has 261 guest rooms fully-equipped with modern amenities. Each room has individually controlled air conditioning units, cable TV, a fully stocked mini-bar and Wi-Fi internet access. We enjoyed a night at the Superior Room of the Lakeside View. Available for 9k/night inclusive of breakfast for 2.


The doorless bathroom (gasp) opens to the toilet (left) & the shower (right). Mixing business with pleasure? ;P


The English Tudor Mansion-style hotel features timeless architecture and modern amenities, while the surrounding lake sends a romantic, magical atmosphere that will leave you breathless.


Do you also want a romantic getaway for 2? Take advantage of Taal Vista Hotel‘s Value Deal starting at 7k for a Superior Room at the Mountain Side Wing!

Dinner at Taza Fresh Table – separate post, to follow

Upon turning in for the night, this surprise greeted us! Hands down, Taal Vista Hotel is the BEST when it comes to customer service & satisfaction! <3 Thank you Taal Vista Hotel for seeing to ALL our needs and then some! Truly, how sweet it is to be loved by you.


We’ve been to many a staycations but we have never been pampered & loved THIS MUCH. What a lovely, romantic getaway indeed.


This is definitely one for the books. <3 Anniversary celebrants, I highly suggest you book a romantic getaway at picturesque Taal Vista Hotel for the works! \m/ Sure pogi points.


Our renewal of vows: Kap: I promise to stop you when you over-shop. To pay your monthly installments when you reach your credit limit and all your cards are blocked. Attempt to eat the rest of the food when you over-order (as you always do). To always carry your bags to ease the burden on your knees & back. To make sure you go to the doctor even when you keep delaying the inevitable. To remind you to take your medicines, and to stop your from finishing your dessert because I want you to live long. To understand & love you even at your most sungit peri-menopausal phase, knowing that’s not who you really are deep inside. To love you even until we’re old & gray, and to hold your hand every step of the way. Me: I promise to love you even when you always stop me from shopping to my heart’s content. And when you take me to the cheapest of places. To love you even though you won’t let me order my favorite food (s), to stand proud beside you even though you are not color-coordinated & you flat out refuse to wear long pants to classy places. To love you even though you always make me late & do a grand entrance. To bear you loud phone calls & busyness knowing you are only doing it to secure our future. I promise to love only you not just in this lifetime, but until the next.. and the next.. and the next.


There are 2 dining halls available for buffet breakfast. One at Cafe Veranda (new wing, lakeside view) at 600 php/person, or you can have avail of the upgrade option & have your breakfast at the more exclusive Taza Fresh Table (old wing, mountain view) for a minimal additional fee of 300 php/person.


Brekky situation at Cafe Veranda.

Because it was a romantic getaway, Kap & I decided to have breakfast at the new farm to table cafe..


It’s a bit of a walk from the Lakeview Side to Taza Fresh Table. Builds up quite an appetite. ;)



I match with the pool, lol. Selfie with a two-fie for my background. ;)


The more tranquil Taza Fresh Table. <3


Cold cuts..


Cereals & Salads..


Breads are baked fresh daily in the kitchen.


My first to try watermelon jam, and I liked it! <3


Hot meals..


Hefty breakfast plate for a champion.. because I’m a champion! :P I suggest you concentrate more on what the Live Cooking Station has to offer though..


Opt for a buffet breakfast at Taza Fresh Table at Taal Vista Hotel for only 900 php with your choice of additional cooked-on-the-spot: Eggs any style (omelets, eggs benedict smoked ham or chicken) Ala carte entrees of french toast, buttermilk pancakes, homemade smoked bacon, and buttermilk fried chicken. Or stick with the regular buffet at Cafe Veranda (600 php. Upgrade available) Omnomnom!


Kap really liked the Buttermilk Chicken with waffle.


Fresh beverages choose from pineapple, dalandan, papaya shake, batangas brewed coffee, cappucino, cafe latte, and alfonso hot chocolate.


When in Batangas, enjoy fresh fruits the city has to offer.

To be continued. ;)

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