After a busy week of work we took a day trip out of Manila, to the town of Tagaytay which is set on the rim of an ancient volcano and is now the vantage point to view Taal volcano, the second most active volcano in the Philippines. It sits in the middle of Taal lake as an island formation. Tagaytay's higher elevation brings a slightly milder and less humid temperature, which is a welcome relief.
To avoid the tourists and touts we found the best vantage point to be from the Taal Vista Hotel. Grab a drink here and admire the view from the wonderful garden terrace.
Tagaytay's other major attraction for us is the famed Antonio's Restaurant. It is about a two to two and a half hour trip out of Manila and situated well of a main road, down many winding lanes, but it is more than worth the time and effort to hunt it out. It has a wonderful charm in its crisp black and white livery that is evident from top to bottom. It is the best dining experience that we have had in a long while, the food is impeccable, the service is gracious and the environment is sublime.
After a two hour long lunch we were able to wander the grounds which are beautifully kept and at the bottom of the garden is the Lanai Lounge, a walled oasis with a bar pavilion, that is just perfect to take one more cocktail in and relax and unwind from the rigours of a punishing feast.
This place has to be one of the Philippines best destinations. A definite to do if you find yourself with a spare day to spend when in Manila and need a respite from the bustle and grind of the city and enjoy an unparalleled dining experience.