Serenity and scenery

Tagaytay Highlands, the premier mountain resort that offers a mesmerizing vista of scenic Taal Lake, is raising the bar for summer destinations with offerings for people who have been cocooning indoors for nearly two years.

“Now a much-touted recreational haven, Tagaytay Highlands is where serenity and adventure attain a perfect balance,” says Lennie Mendoza, Senior Vice President of Highlands Prime, Inc., developer of Tagaytay Highlands and a subsidiary of SM Prime Holdings.

“Imagine outdoor enthusiasts going trekking, hiking, and swimming. Or dads bonding with their youngsters at the fishing pier, getting on the mountain estate’s bike trails, or even go-karting,” adds Mendoza.

More excitement lies ahead at Tagaytay Highlands Country Club, a three-level sports center that features a slew of pools, an indoor basketball and badminton court, a fully equipped gym, a tennis lawn, and a 14-lane bowling center. Surely, healthy and active kids and adults will be spoilt for choice.

Golfing families can also head for Tagaytay Highlands’ top-notch golf courses—the Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club and Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club, both of which boast championship-level layouts designed in harmony with the natural landscape.

Then, after a spate of indoor and outdoor activities, Spa & Lodge members and their guests can wind down at The Spa and Lodge, a two-level structure that has 25 well-appointed suites. A whole wing of treatment rooms offers spa services, all amid this mountain retreat’s heady, aromatic wood scent of red cedar.

And to wrap up their summer of a lifetime, residents and their guests can indulge their gastronomic passions at Tagaytay Highlands’ many casual and signature restaurants.

With all these complementing Tagaytay Highlands’ themed residential enclaves, well-heeled Filipino families are invited to settle down in their choice of alternative primary home. Options range from lots of sizeable cuts to signature log cabins that evoke Colorado’s mountain havens, as well as luxurious condominium units with their own world-class amenities. Individuals who value their privacy, security, and exclusive lifestyles need not look elsewhere for their premium domiciles.

Moreover, even amid nature’s bounty, Tagaytay Highlands is regarded by career-driven homeowners as conducive to productivity. With precious lessons culled from a pandemic, property seekers who wish to work from home may do so as they step into a new and better normal.

Attesting to Tagaytay Highlands’ commitment to safety and security for all its members, residents, and their guests is its recently awarded “Safety Seal” of the City Government of Tagaytay.

Tagaytay Highlands’ competent club and property management teams ensure that all facilities and personnel will continue to adhere to strict sanitation procedures and safety protocols including disinfection, hand sanitation, wearing of face masks, and social distancing.

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has likewise named Highlands Prime, Inc. as one of CALABARZON’s 2021 Outstanding Developers for Open Market Projects.

Why you should invest in Tagaytay Highlands Condominiums

If you’re looking for a property in Tagaytay for a quick weekend getaway, Tagaytay Highlands is definitely your best option. Tagaytay Highlands’ exclusive communities offer the most beautiful and luxurious residential properties with the conveniences of modern living fused into the stress-free atmosphere outside the metro and amidst nature. Here are many reasons why buying a Tagaytay Highlands property is a worthy investment.

A Character of Its Own

For 25 years, Tagaytay Highlands has built a reputation of its own, known as the only mountain resort of its kind and scale nearest the metro. It has long been the benchmark of leisure mountain resort living with its extensive portfolio of residences and world-class amenities wrapped in nature’s bounty.

Backed by the long-standing credibility of the SM Group, property value in Tagaytay Highlands remains to appreciate as it continues to develop its vast land area and offers future residents and members with a lifestyle that they deserve.

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Year-Round Cool Weather at the Peak

Tagaytay Highlands is located along the highest points of Tagaytay, encompassing Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas. Not only does this make the community relatively accessible from these three provinces, but it also makes Metro Manila practically a drive away.

It helps as well that Tagaytay is fast becoming urbanized and developed. Home to many academic centers, hospitals, shopping establishments, and industrial and technological parks, the city is poised to become one of the country’s major economic hubs.

Moreover, the almost 1,200-hectare community is situated 2,000 feet above sea level. This allows Tagaytay Highlands to offer striking views of Taal Lake and Volcano as well as let residents enjoy the cool climate that made this city so famous.

Defining Mountain Resort Ideals

Tagaytay Highlands is home to facilities that cannot be found elsewhere. It is where the country’s first 48-seater Swiss funicular train is located as well as equally challenging 18-hole and 27-hole golf courses that are set amidst the stunning Taal Lake and Volcano, Mt. Makiling, the Canlubang Valley, and Laguna de Bay.

Being an exclusive property, Tagaytay Highlands well-equipped with 24-hour security, 24/7 emergency medical services, and regular power and water supply. Membership to four exclusive clubs as well as access to top-notch sports and recreational facilities are available.

An Extensive Collection of Homes

Tagaytay Highlands’ residential communities are masterfully planned and developed by the best engineers, architects, and project management teams in the Philippines. 

The rich and affluent, as well as investors, have different types of developments to choose from, including log cabins, themed houses, and posh condominium units, all crafted and designed according to their lifestyle. 

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Horizon Terraces – Nature Views At Every Turn

Horizon Terraces is an integrated community of Asian-contemporary garden villas and suites,  sitting on a 3.2-hectare beautiful terrain. Its buildings are structured to provide residents with broad unobstructed nature views at every turn which includes Mt Makiling, the Midlands Golf course, the timeless Taal Lake and Volcano, and the community’s very own lush Central Park.

Horizon – A Modern Golfer’s Getaway

Horizon serves as a golfer’s condo haven with well-planned three-bedroom units following a contemporary minimalist design that faces the Midlands golf course. Terraced on gently sloping terrain, it offers magnificent views of Taal Lake and Volcano. This master-planned family-oriented development features its own putting green, hallway golf bag lockers, an Infinity pool, and lush landscaped gardens.

Lifestyle at Horizon Terraces

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Horizon Terraces offers a fine selection of living spaces that best fits the lifestyle of refined individuals amid serene environs. Designed with over 70% of the land area dedicated to open space, Horizon Terraces provides its residents with a place to spend worthwhile moments through a one-hectare lush, verdant setting perched at the heart of the community and wrapped amidst the radiance of nature.

Membership to Tagaytay Highlands’ first-rate golf and country club forms part of the prestige in owning a Horizon Terraces property.


Horizon Terraces promises holistic indulgence through its very own central park, where laidback moments and active adventures can be spent within a hectare of lush, verdant setting.

25 reasons to visit Tagaytay Highlands

Think Swiss chalets. Think cable cars. Think miniature horses and pot-bellied pigs. Think an 18-hole golf course that follows the natural contours of a mountain ridge. Think of cool air and a home away from home. Think Tagaytay Highlands.

Just 90 minutes’ drive from Metro Manila, Tagaytay Highlands is nestled in a secluded corner of Tagaytay Ridge, commanding a dazzling view of Taal Lake and vistas of Laguna de Bay, Mounts Makiling and Banahaw, Metro Manila, Batangas and, on a really clear day, even the faraway island of Mindoro. From the verandah of my well-appointed suite at The Belle View, I could see hazily the perimeter of Taal Lake with Taal Volcano at its center. The sky was overcast and gray clouds seemed to blanket the view. Was the lady of the lake being coy that Saturday afternoon?

The promise of good food could drag me out of bed even on a Saturday afternoon. I thought the drive up to Tagaytay Highlands would give me time to nap for an evening of food tripping ahead. But I was wrong. When the van passed through the gates of this one-of-a-kind club resort, I could not command myself to relax. Going up and down streets that followed the contours of the Tagaytay Ridge, my eyes were treated to views totally unlike I’ve ever seen before.

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There was a clear unimpeded view of Taal Lake, a wondrous sight that a shopaholic like me just couldn’t ignore. To the left were rolling hills of greens, golf courses that would surely drive any golf widow mad. From the Highlands Golf Clubhouse, we proceeded to the Country Clubhouse for lunch, the first in the day’s many stops.

Toscana is the Highlands Italian restaurant. Lunch was a hearty selection of a creamy soup, slices from a variety of thin-crust pizzas, a sampling of various pasta dishes and lamb chops. If you’ve been up the whole night the day before, a filling lunch is the best cure. Once you’re done, all you want to do is go back to sleep. But there’s so much to do and see at the Highlands.

As I enjoyed lunch, I would get up from the table every so often for an ocular of the Country Clubhouse. The Trellis Grill and Swimming Pool below us were an inviting refuge from the heat. And yes, the cable cars, which moved slowly past overhead, were a sight to see.

Next stop was The Spa and Lodge for an aromatherapy massage. The Lodge offers the services of a serviced hotel, although you must be a member to avail of its facilities. Designed like a log cabin, its interior hews closely to what you would imagine a highland lodge to look like. There’s a giant fireplace at one side of the lobby, an assortment of plush sofas to relax on with a drink in hand, and even a couple of moose heads to complete the look. The Spa, on the other hand, is open to members and their guests.

With two hours of free time after the massage, I was back in my suite at The Belle View. It is a fully furnished suite, complete with a kitchen and the amenities of any hotel suite. If you feel like catching up on the day’s news, the television offers a selection of terrestrial and cable channels. If you want to watch a movie, just ring the concierge for a list of movies available for your in-room VCR or DVD player. If you just want music, then pop in a CD into the mini-component and lounge the hours away. And that’s just the living room. The bathroom is complete with a Jacuzzi bath tub. And you are never away from a commanding view of Taal Lake. The bathroom has a glass wall with louvers you can close for privacy. Who can resist a view of the sunset at Tagaytay Ridge? With the glass sliding doors wide open, you can see from your tub the enchanting view outside.

Dinner was at the Winter Gardens of the Highlands China Palace. It was a nine-course meal of Cantonese specials, prepared specially by Highlands executive chef See Cheong Yan. The Highlands’ executives joined us for dinner, enlightening us on the club’s history.

William Ocier, vice president of Belle Corporations, which manages the property, says Tagaytay Highlands has always been envisioned as a family-oriented club resort.

“We wanted to produce something that is world-class and that Filipinos can be proud of, something that was conceptualized by Filipinos and built by Filipinos,” Ocier says. “In fact, many of our guests say that, when they come here, it’s like they’re not in the Philippines.”

When groundwork on the Highlands was started in 1991, the property had to be carefully carved out from the ridge to preserve the area’s natural contour. Roadworks were laid out before any actual construction was built in the resort. After developments were put in place, a program of redeveloping the environment followed to preserve the natural beauty of Tagaytay Ridge.

This month, Tagaytay Highlands is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a number of events to make the occasion special. Last night, Side A returned to the Tagaytay Highlands after 10 years in only their second concert at the property. There is an ongoing photo exhibit at La Belle Brasserie documenting the development of Tagaytay Highlands from day one. It also captures in photographs the Tagaytay Highlands experience. There is a special buffet today at the Country Club Verandah, Highlands Golfer’s Lounge and Midlands Verandah, featuring the specials in the property’s 25 food and beverage outlets.

Add to those 25 F&B outlets Zsa-Zsa’s, which is a videoke bar. On some weekends, the place may be deserted and you could have it all to yourself, which was what happened when we dropped by after dinner that night. Who needs one of the private rooms if you can have the whole lounge to yourself?

A quick tour of the club resort was on the agenda the next day after breakfast at the Log Cabin. The Pinecrest Village is designed like an Alpine village, the first residential project in the complex. The Villas house a cluster of single family units that are arranged on a ridge, with houses following a Mediterranean-Spanish colonial style. The Belle View is a 12-storey wedge of a building on Tagaytay Ridge that offers a perfect view of Taal Lake. Units come in a variety of single- or multi-bedroom suites to suit the needs of residents. The Woodlands is a more rustic development with houses made of cedar logs, while The Spa and Lodge offer hotel-type accommodations. Currently on development is Saratoga Hills, another residential development, and Plantation Hills, which offer weekend and amateur farmers an opportunity to develop their own backyard farms.

Lunch at the Midlands Golf Clubhouse was a buffet of Middle Eastern specials, complete with a shawarma station and a lechon baka station. However, we were all busy anticipating the evening’s dinner at Highlander Steakhouse. After much hemming and hawing, we all agreed on the prime rib, which was described as “pretty big.” Pretty big didn’t describe fully the Highlander’s prime rib; it was as big as a dinner plate. Accompanied by servings of soup and salad, as well as sidings of sautéed vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, corn on the cob and a mini gravy boat of your choice of sauce. It escapes me now whether it was pure Batangas or imported beef, but all those questions were laid to rest the next day. I texted my dinner partners what they thought of dinner. All they could answer was: “Last meal on earth.”

And did I mention that Tagaytay Highlands also offers a great golfing experience? But don’t take my word for it me, a non-golfer. You have to discover that yourself. However, you can be sure that I’ll make the trip up to Tagaytay Highlands again one of these days. I still have 20 more reasons to go back.

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Tagaytay Highlands’ 2022 bullish outlook buoyed by DHSUD

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Tagaytay Highlands ushers in the new year with a special recognition from the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), which named its developer Highlands Prime Inc. (HPI) as one of Calabarzon’s 2021 Outstanding Developers for Open Market Projects.

The award, “Gawad Husay sa Pagpapaunlad ng Real Estate,” was presented by DHSUD Region 4A executives to HPI senior vice president Lennie Mendoza during the DHSUD 2021 Gawad Parangal held at Hotel Marciano in Calamba City, Laguna last month.Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development

DHSUD cited HPI, a subsidiary of SM Prime Holdings, for its remarkable accomplishments in developing well-planned, climate-resilient, vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities in Calabarzon. The recognition also expressed appreciation for HPI for supporting various projects of DHSUD through its SIKAT and BALAI programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

HPI currently dominates the Metro Tagaytay market with the most active inventory. Despite the economic downturn, HPI posted substantial gains as evidenced by homebuyers’ rapid take-up of its properties at the height of the pandemic, which followed the 2020 Taal Volcano explosion.

“This only goes to show the high level of confidence the market continues to have on HPI’s products, which is a testament not only to the improved customer satisfaction we enjoy from the buying public but also to the heightened degree of resiliency the Tagaytay Highlands team has demonstrated in handling these twin crises,” Mendoza said.

With their breakthrough residential concepts building up Tagaytay Highlands’ impressive portfolio of leisure developments, these 2022 launches will be consistent with Tagaytay Highlands’ support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Social and environmental considerations are at the heart of its products and services, introducing environmentally sound innovations to protect and nurture its communities as well as its future developments.

At Tagaytay Highlands, world-class amenities and provisions including sports facilities and specialty restaurants offering various cuisines and gourmet delights are within reach. All facilities and personnel ensure strict adherence to sanitation procedures and safety protocols.

Tagaytay Highlands’ property management has proven to be efficient from compliance with health and safety precautionary measures to delivering quick crisis response during adverse natural and high-risk events.

In recognition of its steadfast commitment to continuously provide safe and secure facilities for its members, residents, and their guests, Tagaytay Highlands has been awarded the Safety Seal of the City Government of Tagaytay.