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Is a week to long for Tagaytay?Hotel advice?

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Is a week to long for Tagaytay?Hotel advice?

I am thinking of staying in Tagaytay for a week with my wife and children. We are timeshare owners and can stay at the following 2 properties:

Canyon Woods Grande International Vacation Club, Inc.

Diokno Highway

Brgy. San Gregorio

Tagaytay

Laurel, Batangas

Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club

Barangay Dagatan

Lipa, Batangas

Philippines

Any advice on these hotels and the location and things to keep us occupied besides using the hotel facilities. Not much listed in tripadvisor.

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1. Re: Is a week to long for Tagaytay?Hotel advice?

For me a week is too long even if you want a laidback relaxation trip. A couple of nights is just right. Canyon Woods is a good property.

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2. Re: Is a week to long for Tagaytay?Hotel advice?

Thanks greenarcher04

I suspected this. With timeshare you need to take 1 week minimum. I may utilise a week at Crown Regency Suites Mactan Cebu instead. Im sure there is more to do there. May just do an overnighter at Tagaytay.

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Tommo, while I spent half a day hiking up to Taal Volcano - which was hot work given that I did not start the four km each way hike until 1130 or so - I concur that you would be better off spending a week on Mactan Island.

Mactan is not the most scenic island in the Philippines, but you could visit the Jungle Restaurant show which by all accounts is excellent, and you could undertake a day trip to Kawasan Falls by taxi, as well as visit the marvellous Ayala Center shopping centre near Hotel Marriott Cebu City and its associated, fantastic The Terraces complex of restaurants, which surpasses anything I have ever seen in Australia for variety. The quality of the restaurants is generally good to excellent but read the TA reviews (not all have been reviewed: perhaps you could assist in time!) as there are a couple to avoid, so it seems.

If the budget allows, you could even fly to Bacolod City and back for the day and hire a car with driver to drive north for lunch at a golf course near Victorias Sugar Mill. Even with a P200 terminal fee at Mactan Airport for domestic flights and a smaller fee at Bacolod's Silay Airport, Cebu Pacific fares are often affordable for these quicker hops if one books ahead.

You can also island hop from Mactan - boats leave from near the Hilton resort.

Edited: 14 March 2010, 07:10
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4. Re: Is a week to long for Tagaytay?Hotel advice?

Thanks Victorialad very informative.

The only other option is:

Crown Regency Hotel and Towers

Osmeña Boulevard

Fuente Osmeña

Cebu City

Which is better located for a week. What are the pros and cons between Mactaan and Cebu.

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Toommo, I find Mactan Island's resorts - I've not been to them all though - 'artificial' as I gather some of the sand had to be shipped in from Bohol.

It depends what you like.

Clearly resorts such as Maribago will offer some snorkelling, easy access to island hopping (note that it is allegedly cheaper to barter for a banca - shades of 'Holler for a Marshall' hehe) at the public pier near the Hilton, good food (though resorts can be expensive), easy access to a wet bar in some cases and a pleasant, rooster-less environment not to mention a great breakfast at most resorts.

In contrast, Cebu City hotels offer easy access in some cases to Ayala Center and The Terraces, to Cebu's best evening club - Jazz n' Blus if I haven't misspelt it - see my review under 'Cebu City restaurants'), to historic attractions such as Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and so on.

Only you can decide.

Why not stay three nights in Cebu City and four at a Mactan Island resort?

Alternatively, travel to Las Flores at which I have not stayed, but which receives fairly good reviews, or if adventurous visit Poro on the Camotes Islands north of Cebu City: My Little Island Hotel receives reasonable reviews on TA.

I find that www.asiatravel.com has the best rates (it has a sister Chinese-aimed site www.fnetravel.com as well) with www.expedia.com.au a little more expensive and sometimes www.asiarooms.com or www.agoda.com being competitive, but with Agoda watch for the non-disclosure of extra charges until late in the booking process. Australian site www.wotif.com now has far more Filipino and Cebuano hotel offerings than a year ago but with rare exceptions it is not price competitive when compared with Singaporean-based www.asiatravel.com

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6. Re: Is a week to long for Tagaytay?Hotel advice?

Thanks again Victorialad. I realise we are in the wrong forum now as we have veered off the original topic for other members. But the information is invaluable.

Tommo

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7. Re: Is a week to long for Tagaytay?Hotel advice?

Tommo,

....If you are an avid golfer, Tagaytay is a place to stay about 3-4 days. At least, for me anyway. Midland, Highland, Serendipity (I think), are golf courses that I played during my stay in Tagaytay. Going to the volcano is worth the trip. I remember taking a pump boat or a motorized outrigger to the island, then rode a horse to the top. I suggest you pick the biggest horse available. Take it from me, I am 6 feet and I'm sure you must be also. I was assigned a horse that I was riding with my feet dragging down on the dirt.

....I can't recommend a hotel in Tagaytay. I was an invited guest to one of my friends and stayed at his house in Highland.

....IMO, not worth staying for a week. Make it a daytrip or two, not more.

....Enjoy.....;-)

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8. Re: Is a week to long for Tagaytay?Hotel advice?

Canyon Woods has nice housing facilities which am sure you have already seen on the net. Mount malarayat Golf & Country Club is not in the mountain but before one goes up the mountain so it was quite disappointing for me. It's a huge facility though. But if i had to choose between the two, it's Canyon Woods.

A week just going around Tagaytay is too much. Maybe 2 days is enough. 3 at the most. However, it doesn't mean you won't enjoy the surrounding areas (30 mins or an hour by car).

Example, if you have kids, you may want to try Enchanted Kingdom. A smaller version of Disneyland (but i heard some prefer it over the Hongkong Disney). It's 30 mins to 45 mins. away from Canyon Woods. And just 15 mins. from Enchanted is Splash Island. It's a public resort geared for the upper bracket.

In Tagaytay there's also a casino. If you like listening to bands try the Kontiki. (There are other resto/bars with bands at night). Another place of interest is Palace In The Sky. It was supposed to be a private resort for Pres. Marcos and his family. Go to Taal Vista Lodge. It's an upscale hotel with an excellent view of Taal volcano. If you can get in, Tagaytay Highlands is a private golf course which has the only cable car in the country. Tagaytay is also know for its pineapples.

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9. Re: Is a week to long for Tagaytay?Hotel advice?

Thanks everyone for your input. I will reconsider a week in Tagaytay.

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10. Re: Is a week to long for Tagaytay?Hotel advice?

Like what everybody already said, 1 week is too much. But if 1 week is the minimum then maybe you stretch your trip and just go slow on each destination.

If you will push through, you should try to visit Bag of Beans, one of the best coffee around and the settings of the place is excellent.

bagofbeanstagaytay.com/documents/restaurant.…

Also visit Sonya's Garden http://www.sonyasgarden.com/