Escala Tagaytay might just have the best view of Taal
A spectacular property that's worth the road trip
(SPOT.ph) Tagaytay has been a go-to place for weekenders—thanks to the cooler climate, serene atmosphere, and even the number of restaurants that you can only find in the area. However, what makes Tagaytay really special are the scenic sights that offer a refreshing escape for everyone who’s tired of the humdrum city life. Just when we thought we knew the best vantage points for the greatest view, we discovered a new spot that definitely stands out.
The entrance to Escala Tagayatay
Escala Tagayatay just recently opened but it’s already taking over social media because of its beautiful interiors. Located near Sky Ranch, the 60-room luxury boutique hotel is situated where you can marvel at the view of vast hills and mountains. Of course, nothing says you’re in Tagaytay like a gorgeous view of Taal—and that's what you'll get at this place.
Even before you check in, you’ll be lured by the floor to ceiling glass window at the entrance that offers unobstructed views of the hotel, reminiscent of spa-like resorts in Bali or elsewhere in Indonesia. The hotel was designed to blend in naturally with its environment, with wood details giving off that chic, warm, and modern vibe.
Guests can wake up to the sight of Taal Volcano or Escala’s infinity pool—both are just equally beautiful. The hotel is located off the main road, which is perfect for when you want that sense of exclusivity. If you prefer lots of quiet time, then this might be your best bet.
Don't forget to take a dip in the infinity pool and just take in that gorgeous backdrop. At night, you won’t see much but it still comes alive with twinkling, underwater lights.
Pork Belly Bagnet
Escala Tagaytay also has a restaurant that offers Filipino favorites. One of the bestsellers is their Pork Belly Bagnet (P380) which is a cross between chicharon and lechon kawali. It’s crunchy and served on a bed of crispy noodles—definitely worth a try. There’s also the Bulalo Katipunero (P480) with a flavorful broth that will remind you of home.
Fish and Chips
Escala Spring Roll
If you’re craving something light, you can order the Fish & Chips (P340) or the Escala Spring Roll (P320), which has pickled cabbage with classic crispy sisig. Cap off your meal with a slice of almond sponge cake soaked in espresso liqueur called the Opera Cake (P350) for that sweet ending.
There’s a reason why Tagaytay remains one of the most visited spots in the country. While most of us know the staples for a usual road trip, maybe it's time to surprise yourself by visiting hidden gems like Escala.
Escala Tagaytay is at Purok 102, Poblete Street, Barangay Maharlika West, Tagaytay. For inquiries, contact 519-4444, 0917-675-3806, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Escala Tagaytay's website.
Photos by Gene Loves Acosta