Many of us have dreamed of owning a piece of land in Tagaytay. Known as the second summer capital of the Philippines for its temperate climate, this town at the edge of Cavite, Laguna and Batangas is one of the most favorite tourist spot for both the locals and foreigners.
Aside from the cool weather, this southern destination also boast of a magnificent view of the town of Taal, its world famous lake and volcano.
While there have been a surge of real estate development and commercialization in some of the town’s most accessible areas, particularly those near the rotunda (Olivarez), a large part of Tagaytay remains to be untouched and left in its pristine condition.
And then there’s TAGAYTAY HIGHLANDS, which is a cross between the two. A leisure development of the SM Group of Companies, it’s nestled in the highest elevations of Tagaytay and is an exclusive “members-only” premier destination divided into three zones – Highlands, Midlands and Greenlands – each speaks of exclusivity, luxury and the most relaxing and “untouched” nature views.
Two Thursdays ago, I was part of a small group of online media who got invited to get an exclusive tour inside this very private mountain resort and residential community.
For a whole day, we were able to see and experience some of the new things that this one-of-a-kind community is offering its members. It was a real privilege, because they don’t actually just let anybody in to this place – you either own a property or got endorsed (or invited) by a property owner to be able to enter and experience all of its world-class amenities and recreational facilities which includes Asia’s most exciting 18-hole and 27-hole Golf Courses.
Through the years, Tagaytay Highlands has constantly evolved. What started as a weekend getaway destination has fully transitioned into one of the country’s most luxurious mountain resort township that strives for dominance in the premier leisure market.
Our gracious hosts led by Belle Corp’s AVP for Marketing Mabe De Goitia and Tagaytay Highlands Marketing Communications Director Phillip Medina, toured us first to the different kinds of themed residential developments.
TAGAYTAY HIGHLANDS PREMIER HOMES
If you’re after rustic charm and vibe, the log cabins of Woodlands Point, which feature western red cedar accents and elegant detailing of glass and stone. Because it is nestled in one of the highest elevations in Tagaytay, it has awe-inspiring views of the Highlands gold course, Laguna de Bay, the Canlubang countryside, and the verdant mountains.
Horizon terraces, meanwhile, is Tagaytay Highland’s most refreshing take on holistic living as it offers a mix of Asian-contemporary garden villas and suites designed to look out at the postcard-pretty Taal Lake and Volcano, Mount makiling, the Midlands Golf Course, and its own central park.
Horizon Terraces Showroom
To appreciate the chilly air of the mountains amid the cozy warmth of the tropics, Vireya, the first and only tropical resort community in Tagaytay Highlands, places its residents on the highest point of the Midlands. From this vantage point, the Taal Lake shimmers in the distance as Mount Makiling hovers into view.
The Parks at Saratoga Hills
The Parks’ contemporary American-inspired homes are clustered into landscaped courtyards or garden style parks. Perched on the scenic slopes of the Greenlands, The Parks is yet another residential community that offers amazing nature views.
One of Tagaytay Highlands’ sought after developments, Plantation Hills, known for a relaxing lifestyle in nature, will soon open its gates to its luxury eco-farming community. A 53 hectare dual residential and farming community with with around 14 hectares dedicated to open spaces and nature parks.
Aside from the residential developments I mentioned above, we also visited Woodridge Place and Sycamore Heights.
Here’s a quick look at the residential communities, amenities and recreational facilities of Tagaytay Highlands by Zones.
HIGHLANDS (Approx. 360 hectares)
- Woodlands Point
- The Woodlands
- Woodridge Place
- Pinecrest Village
- Aspen Hills
- The Villas
- The Spa & Lodge
- Highlands Peak Bar
- Highlanders Steak House
- Log Cabin Styled 7-Eleven Convenience Store
- Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Course
- Cable Car
- Country Club
- Highlands China Palace
- Sports Center
- Animal Farm
- Camp Highlands
- Highlands Auditorium
- Highlands Inn
- Holy Family Chapel
MIDLANDS (Approx. 670 hectares)
- Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club
- Lakeview Heights
- Alta Mira
- Horizon Terraces
- Sycamore Heights
- Pueblo Real
- Siena Lago
- Terrazas de Alava
- Madre De Dios Chapel
GREENLANDS (Approx. 260 hectares)
- Nob Hill
- The Parks at Saratoga Hills
- Plantation Hills
There are really a lot of things to explore inside Tagaytay Highlands and one whole day is definitely not enough – you’ll need an entire week to experience all that this luxurious resort community has to offer.
BUT here are the things that we’ve experienced during our whole day experience.
Breakfast at the SPA & LODGE
Made entirely of Western Red Cedar logs, this two-level structure offers 25 well-appointed, tastefully-furnished suites, a whole wing of treatment rooms-including a his and hers salon-and a health bar at the Great Room Lobby Lounge offering the finest and healthiest dishes. Accommodations at the Lodge is available via a separate membership which is open exclusively to members of the Clubs, while all Clubs members may enjoy the facilities the Spa has to offer.
An Animal Farm Adventure
A petting zoo that houses several species of animals from different parts of the world (some of which were donated by club owners). This mini zoo is equipped with veterinary doctors and are open for consulting services. Some of the famous resident animal here are Chino the Orangutan and a Tiger named Diggy.
Lunch at Highlands China Palace
This two level lavishly designed Chinese Palace restaurant serves authentic serves authentic Cantonese cuisines. The upper part which is called the “Summer Garden” is a buffet room that can accommodate a total of 250 guests in one seating while the lower level is an a la carte dining restaurant with tables for large families and individuals.
This is Lunch:
A Trail Buggy Ride
Right at the heart of the Tagaytay Highlands Sports Center area is a trail for their ATV and Buggy (2-seater) vehicles. The trail offers some very rough uphill and downhill terrains which makes the ride very exciting and a little bit more challenging than a flat road.
More Leisure Activities:
- Horseback Riding
- Pedal Go Karts
- Super Sized Game Parks (Chess, Snakes & Ladders, Bantumi and Connect 4)
- The Tree House
- Bird Watching Trail
- 9-Hole Mini Golf Links
- Biking Trail
- Fishing Pier
- Aerial Walk
Shoot a Moving Target at Sporting Arrow
The Sports Center also has a Sporting Arrow room where you can choose to aim for a stationary or a moving target.
More Sports Center Facilities:
- Fully Equipped Gym
- Indoor Badminton Courts
- Indoor Basketball Court
- Billiards Hall
- 14 Lane Disco Bowling Center
- Indoor Squash Court
- Heated Indoor Lap Pool
- Indoor Table Tennis
- Three Outdoor Tennis Court
- Game Room
A relaxing Combination Massage
Our second to the last activity was a relaxing massage at the Spa & Lodge. I chose the Combination Massage which is a combination of Chinese, Swedish and Deep Tissue massage techniques to ease aches, pains and strains. Their massage rooms are enormous and equipped with its own hot & cold shower. The Spa is operated by Asmara, Inc.
Other Spa Services:
- Aromatherapy Massage
- Asmara Signature Massage
- Filipino Massage
- Filipino Massage with Ventosa
- Swedish Massage
- Shiatsu Massage
- Body Scrubs
- Foot Scrubs
- Spa Facials by Algotherm
The Spa & Lodge
For inquiries call (046) 4830831 / (046) 4830838 loc. 3022 or (0917) 5010771 / (0915) 3677788
A Sumptuous Dinner at the Highlanders Steak House
This is probably the coolest spot to have a steak dinner. The Highlanders Steak House is designed to look like an old western log cabin restaurant and serves one of the best tenderloin steak I’ve ever tasted. The hillside view at the back of the restaurant is also magnificent.
Tagaytay Highlands offers a lot more places to dine in like:
- Akasaka at The Country Club
- Chosun at the Highlands Gold Club
- Geraldine’s Soda Fountain at the Camp Highlands Drive
- La Belle at the Highlands Gold Clubhouse
- Lagoon Snackbar at the Fishing Pier
- Sports Center Veranda at the Sports Center
- Golfers Snack Bar at the Highlands and Midlands Golf Courses
- Bistro Saratoga at the Greenlands Flowerside Farm
- The Bread Shop at the Country Club
- The Filipino at the Country Club
- Highlands Golfers Lounge at the Highlands Golf Club
- Midlands Golfers Lounge at the Midlands Golf Club
- The Peak Bar at the Highlands
- Toscana at the Country Club
- Trelli’s Grill at the Country Club
- Zsa-Zsa’s KTV at the Country Club
There are so many things that this upscale mountain resort destination are offering its members and residents. But the most important is that owning a property (or a share) in Tagaytay Highlands is probably the best investment one could ever make today. In fact, most of the developments are already 100% sold out, even the condominium units. But don’t worry, they do have a couple of new projects out this year and still more coming up very soon.
For more information on how to own a home at Tagaytay Highlands call (632) 5052422 and (63917) 5150158. Or you can visit their website at www.tagaytayhighlands.com
Tagaytay Highlands Room Accommodations
For Bookings Call Highlands Room Reservations Office
(046) 4830848 loc. 4030 – 4000 / (046) 4830808
(0917) 8825927 / (0999) 8849118
email: [email protected]