We Particularly Enjoy the Chicken Pork Adobo at Gabriela

We particularly enjoy the chicken pork adobo at Nurture Wellness Village’s Gabriela restaurant. Now that’s some pretty good Filipino comfort food right there!

We particularly enjoy the #ChickenPorkAdobo at @NurtureWellnessVillage's Gabriela restaurant. Now that's some pretty good #Filipino #ComfortFood right there! #RestaurantsinTagaytay #WhereToEatinTagaytay #TagaytayCity #TagaytayLiving

In case you didn’t already know, Gabriela Health and Heritage Cuisine is Nurture Wellness Village’s very own in-house restaurant.  In fact, the last couple times we were there we had one of those awesome bilao dinner of theirs, and that pork binagoongan for breakfast.

Event Catering by Nurture Wellness Village

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We just found out that @NurtureWellnessVillage provided the day's #catering services-- from the #horsdoeuvre platter, to #lunch, as well as the afternoon #sandwiches! Free-flowing #coffee and #icedtea all day long as well! #EventsinTagaytay #WhatToEatinTagaytay #TagaytayCatering #TagaytayWeddingSuppliers #TagaytayLiving

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Three Kinds of Iced Tea at This Drinks Station

Entertaining some guests in #Tagaytay? On warm, sunny days, have cool, #refreshing #beverages available. At the #TimeOutatTagô #MobilePhotography #Workshop, they served three flavors of #IcedTea– #Tarragon, #Lemongrass, and #Pandan. They had a nice vat of #CucumberWater as well! #WhatToDoinTagaytay #CountryLife #CountryLifestyle #MañosaProperties #TagaytayLiving

Entertaining some guests in #Tagaytay? On warm, sunny days, have cool, #refreshing #beverages available. At the #TimeOutatTagô #MobilePhotography #Workshop, they served three flavors of #IcedTea-- #Tarragon, #Lemongrass, and #Pandan. They had a nice vat of #CucumberWater as well! #WhatToDoinTagaytay #CountryLife #CountryLifestyle #MañosaProperties #TagaytayLiving

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Bilao Dinner at Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village

We had some friends come over from Manila last weekend to come check out our various Tagaytay projects and some good ol’ catching up.

By the time we’ve wrapped things up, we worked up quite an appetite. They asked us to take them somewhere new (i.e. a restaurant they haven’t been to previously), but relaxing, and just out-of-the-way enough so we can continue our kwentuhan.

Fortunately for them, we knew just the place.

Tagaytay Living Featured Image - Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village

Gabriela by Nurture Wellness Village is located in Tagaytay City. Coming from Manila, along the Aguinaldo Highway just across the row of restaurants overlooking Taal Lake, turn right at Magallanes Drive (the corner with Magallanes Hotel), and follow the signs to Nurture Wellness Village from there.

Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village

While Metro Tagaytay’s very own Nurture Wellness Village had the in-house restaurant concept going on for quite a while now, it wasn’t until recently that they decided to step things up in terms of branding and promotion. They’ve now branded the in-house dining concept as Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village.

Tagaytay Living Featured Image - Specialty Drinks at Gabriela

One of the best things about Gabriela: their signature drinks, with ingredients grown straight out of their very own farm out back.

Expect healthier versions of traditional Filipino favorites, and signature drinks made from all sorts of fresh fruits and other ingredients they’ve grown in their own backyard and gardens (or sourced locally from neighborhood farms).

Tagaytay Living Featured Image - Gabriella's Kale Specialty Drinks

Kale drinks for everybody!

The house signature product is kale, and you’ve got at least three different kinds of kale-blended drinks. The staff explained to us that kale is actually very rich in protein, Vitamin K, A and C– sounds healthy, indeed!

Now there’s a ton of good stuff at Gabriela- from salads to sandwiches, kanin and ulam, cocktails and healing juices, but for the night, we decided to go for one of their Bilao Group Meals.

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The ‘Alfonso’ Bilao Group Meal. Good for 4 or 5 peeps, depending on how ravenous/hungry your group is.  Only Php1500.

The whole deal comes with three kinds of ulam: laing (gabi leaves stewed in coconut milk and spices), daing na bangus (fried seasoned milkfish), chicken pork adobo, together with a salad of itlog na maalat (salted eggs) with onions and tomatoes, atsara (pickled vegetables), slices of fruits in season (pineapple and watermelon), and a generous serving of pandan rice right there in the middle of it all.

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Thanks for stopping by our neck of the woods, Alex, Abi, and Vicky!

Contact Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village

Find out more on Gabriela, Nurture Wellness Village’s very own in-house restaurant by visiting the dedicated page on their website here.  You can also go right ahead and get in touch with them:

Nurture Wellness Village
Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West Cavite, Tagaytay, Luzon 4120, Philippines
Phone Number/s: mobile numbers (+63 918) 888.8772, (+63 917) 687.8873, and landline numbers (+63 2) 710.9786, (+63 2) 401.9030, and (+63 46) 512.6273
Email them here.
Visit the official website here.

You can also download a copy of their latest brochure here.

20 of Tagaytay’s Best Kept Secret Restaurants

Next time you’re in Metro Tagaytay, you might want to give some of the more popular restaurants a break, and instead come check out the neighborhood’s best kept secret restaurants. In fact, The Booky Report has 20 of these recommended waiting-to-be-discovered establishments just for you.

Tagaytay is home to a number of popular restaurants but no, this is not that list. There’s more to Tagaytay than mainstream and popular Sonya’s Garden, Bag of Beans, or Antonio’s, we bet you haven’t been or even heard about some of these places.

Revisiting Nurture Wellness Village

A steady favorite among out-of-towners, Nurture Wellness Village has been one of Tagaytay City’s must-visit spots for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Cozy and quaint interiors of Nurture Wellness Village’s Ifugao Spa Suite. Photo courtesy of Nurture Wellness Village.

Cozy and quaint interiors of Nurture Wellness Village’s Ifugao Spa Suite. Photo courtesy of Nurture Wellness Village.

Nurture Wellness Village, formerly Nurture Tropical Spa and Café, is a popular destination spa in the highland city of Tagaytay. All 15 rooms are comfortable and unique with a Filipino touch. The property is perfect for nature lovers who like being surrounded by a plush tropical garden.

5 Top Hotels in Tagaytay

Metro Tagaytay has so many hotels, and while we’re sure you have your favorites, it would be nice to know if there are any new places worth checking out.

And here on Tagaytay Living, we’ve started to keep track of the top hotels in Tagaytay.  Here are the top 5 highest-ranked Tagaytay hotels on TripAdvisor (as of this writing, on June 2015).

1.  Daj Suites

This one comes as a surprise!  We haven’t heard or read of Daj Suites until today, but by all accounts, it seems that this new boutique hotel has hit all the right marks with location, customer service, and value.

Daj Suites

From the Daj Suites Facebook page.

Me and my sisters planned a day tour visit to Tagaytay on our mom’s 70th birthday. But after seeing all the reviews of this hotel, we can’t help it but try it ourselves…It was a very nice and memorable experience for the family and we’ll definitely come back again! –Maitas C

Ask for the Taal Lake tour package, they have the lowest rate (in) Tagaytay. –Liza of Manila

…We really love everything about Daj Suites, and we’ll definitely come back for more!!! (Room Tip: you can ask for a barbecue grill, you can use it for free!) –Armand of Mandaluyong

Contact Details for Daj Suites:

182 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay Central, Barangay Maitim 2nd East, Tagaytay, Luzon 4120, Philippines
Phone Number/s: (+63 917) 867.6096 and (+63 917) 867.6091
Visit their website here.

2. Nurture Wellness Village

Nurture Wellness has a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, which means it has consistently earned good reviews from clients and customers.

Nurture Wellness Spa

From the Nurture Wellness Village website.

Definitely one of our favorite spots in Tagaytay, there’s a lot you can do at Nurture Wellness Village– you can go for one of their massage packages, go glamping, or go check out their butterfly farm or the organic vegetable gardens, or just chill out in one of the villas.

I really love this place! So serene…a different kind of environment than the usual dating places in the Metro.  –Cristelle

The staff was very helpful and exerted nothing but diligent efforts to make my plans into reality. The place was serene and the ambiance of the place gave nothing but peaceful and tranquil thoughts. –Peter of Manila

Contact Details for Nurture Wellness Village:

Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West Cavite, Tagaytay, Luzon 4120, Philippines
Phone Number/s: (+63 918) 888.8772 and (+63 2) 710.9786
Email them here.
Visit the official website here.

3.  Taal Vista Hotel

Quite possibly the most iconic Tagaytay hotel on our list, Taal Vista not only boasts of a proud history and proven track record, it also manages to keep itself competitive with renovations and new offers.

Great for family outings, for couples, or for business, Taal Vista Hotel gives you that added bonus of having a breath-taking view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano from up on Tagaytay Ridge.

Taal Vista Hotel

From the Taal Vista Hotel website.

Stayed with my family and we had loads of fun! My kids had a lot of fun running and rolling around the gardens, and we learned a lot from the historical mural near the lobby. –Monica of Manila

…We thought twice of getting another place to celebrate our anniv because there are new and cheaper hotels or inns that we can choose from. But our whole stay at vista is worth the price we paid for. We will surely go back. –Rosa R

Contact Details for Taal Vista Hotel:

Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines
Phone Number/s: (+63 2) 917.8225, (+63 46) 413.1000, and (+63 917) 809.1254
Fax Number: (+63 46) 413.1225
Visit the official website here.

4.  View Park Hotel

Don’t let the small frontage fool you: there’s a lot going on at View Park Hotel.  It’s still one of the top boutique hotels on our list, and they’ve done a very good job at partnering up with many other local establishments in the neighborhood.

View Park Hotel

From the View Park Hotel website.

What’s best about View Park Hotel is that they do not only think about their business. They actually promote eco-tourism in Tagaytay via a tie-up with Puzzle Mansion, Museo Orlina, Sky Ranch, Picnic Grove, Residence Inn, San Nicolas Trek, Gratchi’s Getaway. They even have recommendations on where to shop, the foodie trail and meditation venues. –Joy of Mandaluyong

I booked the Junior Suite room to celebrate my husband’s birthday. It was a last minute booking because I initially wanted to book in another hotel. I did not regret it though as we’ve been to many hotels in Tagaytay and they really had the best customer service. –Chris Ann P

Contact Details for View Park Hotel

Sungay East, 3500 Tagaytay-Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite, Philippines
Phone Number/s: (+63 2) 584.4090
Email them here.
Visit the official website here.

5.  Hotel Kimberly

This strong family favorite among Tagaytay hotels even upped their game with a small farm with animals, so now your kids can hang out during feeding time, and even take the little pony for rides (with ample staff supervision, of course!). This is in addition to the spacious playground area, the kiddie swimming pool, and the organic vegetable farm they have on the grounds.

No surprise that Hotel Kimberly is ranked one of the top hotels for families in the country (not just Tagaytay!). Extra customer service points in our book: the GM actually takes time to respond to each and every review clients leave behind on TripAdvisor. Good job, you guys!

Hotel Kimberly

From the Hotel Kimberly Facebook page.

I have been here twice already and did not at all regret choosing this hotel over others! I got coupons from deal grocer for both times and both stays were great. Service is great, facilities are superb, food is yummy as well! Hoping to come back, maybe for two nights next time. –Touringkitty of Pasay

The hotel is good for the kids and elderly as they have a farm in the hotel property. They raise pigs, chickens, turkey, sheep, and rabbits where you can even pet and feed them. They also have lettuce and arugula farms where you can buy fresh produce at a cheaper price. If you look at the hotel from the outside, it might look small, but surrounding it is like a walking park. A good place to inhale fresh, cool air. –cookingmasterboy of Manila

Contact Details for Hotel Kimberly:

Brgy. Kaybagal, Tagaytay-Amadeo Road, Metro Tagaytay
Phone Number/s: (+63 2) 521.1888
Email them here.
Visit the official website here.

Did your favorite Tagaytay hotel make it to our list?  Do you think a hotel you’ve recently stayed in deserves to be featured on our site?  Please do let us know in the comments below.

Check out our full list of the Top Hotels in Tagaytay here.  It is our endeavor to update that list every few months.  Hope it helps!