Twin Lakes Hotel facade. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario, using OPPO Reno 7.

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you’re pulling up to a castle.

That’s the first thing that came to mind when we arrived at the Twin Lakes Hotel in Tagaytay. Right off the bat, it’s easy to appreciate the hotel’s grand facade as we traversed the steep downhill slope that led to the property.

Boasting European-inspired architecture, the air of elegance is also apparent inside the hotel, specifically in the lobby. As we were checking in the hotel, I couldn’t resist taking snaps of the spacious, posh area. 

Take a dip. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario, using OPPO Reno7.

It’s a fitting welcome to a hotel that offers guests a relaxing treat, thanks to the cool weather, scenic views (primarily of the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano), as well as the sumptuous cuisine (more of this later), and hotel amenities such as the heated outdoor infinity pool, viewing decks, fitness center, function rooms, spa, and a botanical garden.

But what stands out the most is the community vineyard located within the vicinity of the hotel. Aside from being the most dominant view when guests look out the balcony of their rooms (or even when swimming in the pool), the vineyard also serves as an attraction for guests, so long as they can navigate the 193 steps that lead to the lowest part of the vineyard. Oh, and they get to harvest grapes there, too, of course—twice a year.

No grapes at the moment. The fruits usually bloom around March and October. The vineyard is a signature feature. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario, using OPPO Reno7.

Twin Lakes Hotel has 126 rooms, each with its own respective balconies, for guests to further appreciate the majestic view of Lake Taal, as well as enjoy the invigorating air in the area. During our stay there, the balcony has become my favorite place, especially in the mornings, when I get to have my cup of joe while listening to the quiet, the chirping of the birds the only thing you can hear.

Twin Lakes Hotel also has dedicated rooms that can accommodate guests who want to bring their pets with them.

Located in Tagaytay–Nasugbu, the Twin Lakes Hotel is an 8-level hotel that features a shopping village, situated near the hotel, where coffee shops, convenience stores, and other restaurants can be found.

Bulalo is perfect for the cool Tagaytay weather. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario, using OPPO Reno7.

Back at the hotel, guests can enjoy local favorites such as bulalo (perfect for the cool Tagaytay weather), beef salpicao, kare-kare, and more. The hotel’s breakfast buffet costs only P699 (free for hotel guests)—a steal this side of town.

If you’re in the mood for relaxing drinks, try the Zabana Rum and other expertly mixed drinks at the Zabana Bar in the lobby. You can drink it while listening to an “invisible” piano player (you’ll know what we mean when you get there. Ha!).

The lobby. Photo by Kenneth M. del Rosario, using OPPO Reno7.