In this issue, we will take you to the best venues for a Wedding Staycation in Tagaytay. Each property will surely make your once in a lifetime event infinitely memorable!
Preparing for a wedding is no doubt as stressful as it is exciting. But as one quote goes, “Sometimes, it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” The road to this new chapter in two people’s lives will be part of all the stories yet to be told about their big day, so it deserves to be just as special as the celebration itself. One of the best parts of a wedding is creating all these special memories with all your close friends and family, all in one memorable setting. With all the planning and preparation, it can be hard to spend time with each and every guest as much as you want. A wedding staycation gives you an extended weekend to spend with your entourage and close family, without having to worry about coordinating schedules or meeting up with multiple groups of people.
With this in mind, we compiled a list of properties in Tagaytay where you can experience the best wedding staycation. Located in a cooler part of sunny Philippines, these hotels offer high-quality accommodations, services, and venues for your ceremony and reception. Guests will be treated with sweeping views of Taal Lake and a certain degree of seclusion that will make your pre-wedding, post-wedding, and the wedding day itself relaxing, romantic, and infinitely special.
4 Best Venues for a Wedding Staycation in Tagaytay
1. The Inn at Cliffhouse
Couples who are tired of crowded streets and concrete jungles will be whisked away from that stressful reality when they come to the Inn at Cliffhouse. Hidden in plain view along Tagaytay’s slopes and favorably located right along the main ridge, this getaway is designed to provide a safe harbour to anyone who stays in one of its four lighthouse-inspired suites. Personalized service and discretion go hand in hand here, which is perfect for those longing for peaceful, quiet times with the right amount of pampering with the added bonus of having leisurely access to some of the town’s best restaurants and dishes.
Upon arrival, we were welcomed with a hot cup of cocoa and then shown to our suite. The Inn at Cliffhouse has some of the most spacious suites we’ve seen, each creatively named after iconic lighthouses in North America. We stayed at the beautiful Minot’s Lodge, a 100-meter square corner luxury suite, which has its own well-stocked minibar and a balcony granting a magnificent panoramic view of the lake beyond. A jacuzzi sits on that balcony – the perfect spot to enjoy a drink or read a book. The property also offers an in-house massage service, a definite-must for couples looking to relax before the big event.
Since Cliffhouse is actually a complex, guests do not need to venture out to enjoy a nice meal, ensuring that all your guests would have ample time to delight in your company as well as the rest of the group. All room bookings come with an exquisite 3-course English breakfast for two. For lunch, dinner, and snacks, there are cafes and restaurants within the complex. Buon Giorno Cafe & Bistro serves Italian fare, while Concha’s Garden Cafe will treat hungry sojourners to authentic Filipino cuisine. For dessert and a caffeine fix, Rowena’s and UCC Clockwork will hit the right spots. Themed dinner nights anyone?
We highly recommend dining at Fire Lake Grill. With Chef Paul Huang on its helm, guests can enjoy mouthwatering rib eye steaks, fresh seafood entrees, and classic desserts with a local twist. The menu here is perfect for celebrations like an intimate pre-wedding dinner party, which you could transition into a swinging, private party in your room or across an extensive, private balcony overlooking the lake.
The wedding venue here at Cliffhouse is called Clear Water House. This charming garden is just the right setting for a rustic outdoor wedding of up to 350 guests. At night, with all the fairy lights aglow, this space turns into a romantic haven. It’s truly an excellent venue to celebrate love with close friends and family in a comfortable, ideal setting.
2. Discovery Country Suites
Tagaytay is a favorite when it comes to destination weddings because of the great view, gentle climate, and slower pace. It’s very conducive to rest and relaxation, which would greatly benefit the tired bride and groom-to-be. Discovery Country Suites leverages their location’s natural charms by providing an upgraded bed & breakfast-style abode, made to feel personal and exclusive by an expertly-trained staff.
This manor is made up of seven suites named and decorated after seven magnificent cities around the world. All the rooms are spacious with roomy ensuite bathrooms, and most offering a porch or a veranda where guests can sit and enjoy a delicious breakfast while taking in the picturesque scenery beyond. Each morning of our stay here was a delight as we always had a leisurely-long breakfast that almost-always extended too close to early lunch.
What sets this property apart is the award-winning Restaurant Verbena headed by Chef Jayjay Sycip. Chef Sycip and his team use fresh ingredients from the locale to create true culinary masterpieces which are just delectable pieces of art. Couples who’d like privacy for their special day (or even the days leading up to and after it) can rent the whole place out!
This package is called Exclusively Yours, which gives guests exclusive use of all the premises except Restaurant Verbena Couples can feel right at home with up to 25 of their closest family and friends and enjoy a special prepared menu for their party.
What made our stay at Discovery Country Suites so memorable was the level of personalized service that you are pampered with the moment you step on the lobby. We were presented with fresh welcome drinks and flowers upon arrival, which was such a pleasant surprise. Our favorite would be the wine & cheese served at sundown. They also serve milk and cookies for turndown. Feel like having a movie night? They also serve juice and popcorn for this! The entire property staff knew our names and went out of their way to make us feel truly at home – a signature mark of the Discovery brand.
Our suite had a direct access to the heated outdoor jacuzzi, which was convenient. Though they don’t have a dedicated spa within the premises, the property was able to arrange for one and the in-room massage we got was top-notch and easily one of the best 60-minute massages we’ve had! A delightful mix of top of the line cuisine and a level of service which we could say is one of the best in the industry, Discovery Country Suites truly offers the complete staycation package.
3. Nara Hill
Nestled within lush gardens overlooking the glistening waters of Taal Lake is Narra Hill. Those who sincerely want to disconnect and just get away from it all will love it here. This peaceful slice of Tagaytay offers 4 modern adaptations of the traditional-style Filipino nipa huts or kubos that blend an ingenious mix of local materials with contemporary fixtures and amenities – and 2 premium rooms for their guests to stay in. Each one is fully air-conditioned and has the necessary amenities for an overnight stay.
What makes Narra Hill stand out is how guests can really go “off the grid” here. The rooms do not have televisions or wifi or even LTE signal for mobiles. This back-to-basics experience will really push people to enjoy the present, the nature that surrounds them, and the pleasure of the company they’re with.
Instead of spending time looking at ceaseless screens, guests can take a dip in the small outdoor pool by the kubos or in the infinity pool by the premier suites. There’s also a spa with two massage rooms, a hot tub, and a sauna. During our stay, we exquisitely enjoyed our in-room massage at dusk, complete with a massage table and aromatic oils. Every endearing aspect and thoughtful feature of this lovely property – the sumptuous meals, the dedicated personal service of its capable staff, the spacious baths replete with the accompanying view, even the local taho served right at your doorstep – is all taken a notch higher with a unique, resplendent vista of Tagaytay’s magical ridges that’s unique to Narra Hill. Far different from the usual overlooking view of the lake, this sprawling property affords you a closer vantage point of Taal plus a sweeping side view of Tagaytay’s ranges which appears endlessly dreamy, covered in an early morning or late afternoon fog.
For weddings, Narra Hill offers but one package – exclusive use of their premises. From 7:00 AM to 12 midnight, the celebrants can do the preparations, ceremony, and reception without interruption from non-guests. Unlike other wedding venues, Narra Hill allows the couple freedom to choose whichever caterer they want without charging a hefty corkage fee.
Ceremonies are usually held in the open garden while receptions take place in the elevated pavilion. This roofed events space has floor-to-ceiling windows that give guests an uninterrupted view of a Taal sunset. The bar here overlooks a creek, a lagoon, a waterfall, and two gardens. It’s just the right venue for a wedding that’s not too big but not too intimate either. The ambiance, however, is one of the most romantic there is, especially at night.
4. Qiwellness Living
Qiwellness Living fuses centuries-old Chinese practices and decor with edgy, modern flavor and top of the line amenities and services. Arriving guests are greeted with a strike of a traditional chau gong, elegantly announcing their arrival. This is followed by a crisp, welcome cocktails in the properties’ exquisite, overlooking balcony which gives you one of the best ridge views of the iconic volcano and lake. We suggest you go before 5 pm to fully enjoy the view and wait for the gentle sunset – drinks in hand, this alone is worth the trip.
There are but two options when it comes to accommodations, called “the guesthouse”. The room called “Escape” is for couples who’d like to do just that – escape a busy life and spend a night in seclusion. The “Eunuchs & Concubines” room is ideal for a group of 4 to 6 guests who want a relaxing getaway, perfect for your pre-wedding bridal party with the girls.
Their in-house spa center is called “the bathhouse” and it offers different kinds of massages and spa packages. All checked-in guests can avail of a free 45-min foot reflexology massage and a 90-min silk signature massage. This includes access to the yin-yang hot & cold soaking pools, which we tried and thoroughly enjoyed before getting our massages. Going between strikingly different temperatures seems like a recipe for a cold, but the contrast strikes a comfortable balance in our bodies and is actually quite stimulating.
The Qireflexology for two by the adjacent pools overlooking the lake can be availed anytime between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm, or at 11:00 am the following day of your stay. It is honestly one of the best reflexology massages we’ve had among the properties in the ridge and coupled with it’s graphic, modern interiors and distinct design style makes for a remarkable experience.
All overnight guests are also offered a complimentary breakfast of Chinese congee and dimsum. We enjoyed ours out on the deck in full view of the scenic Taal Lake as the backdrop. The comforting flavors paired with the calm scenery was one of our favorite memories in this place. We also had a romantic candlelight dinner for two and tried the 10-course “Yin Yang” degustation menu at the teahouse made up of succulent numbers like tuna tartare plus caviar, lapsang suchong smoked prawn, foie gras paté, and veal cheeks. The quality is honestly almost a steal for its price. Be prepared for a gastronomic delight.
As a wedding venue, Qiwellness Living is perfectly sized for intimate weddings of up to 40 people. The ceremony can take place at the teahouse’s open deck where couples can say “I do” surrounded by Tagaytay’s majestic cool breeze. The reception can be held at the three dining spaces – right there at the open deck, in the open courtyard, or inside the dining hall with a great lake view. Couples who want to their “big day” to actually be a cozy one shared with their closest family and friends will find Qiwellness Living a very fitting, dream venue.
Best Time To Plan A Wedding:
Just a 2-hour drive from Manila, Tagaytay is a year-round destination for hosting special events and quick getaways as the weather remains quite mild even during the summer season. However, to make the most of it, you may want to consider planning your wedding during the cold season from November to February. This period is regarded as the best time to plan a wedding in Tagaytay as this is when you get the benefit of a pleasant, relaxing cool weather with generally clear skies from morning to afternoon.
The venues listed above are indeed perfect for a small, intimate ceremony, and a private reception, whilst allowing your family and entourage to experience a dreamy wedding staycation in Tagaytay. Each venue also successfully combines the romantic and magical ambience with the sweeping views of Taal Lake making your a once in a lifetime event infinitely memorable!
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