Staycation: Pura Vida Resort - Tagaytay City


What: Pura Vida Resort
Where: 5795 Sampaguita St. , Lakeview Subdivision Crossing, Mendez, Tagaytay City
(Just beside Mer-Ben's Tapsilogan, which is a few minutes away from Magallanes)
Rate: Php 1,750 to 3,000 for 2 adults (Plus Php 500 for another adult)

For this year's holy week, my family and I thought about going somewhere to reflect and unwind--to get away from the stress at work and get our much needed breather.



We thought about going to Ilocos, but then since it was only a week before the holy week, we were not able to secure reservations for the trip. It left us with less than a week to plan and find a place to stay for the long weekend. I mean, it's not everyday you get to have a long weekend, so of course I wouldn't want to just spend it at home.


My sister originally had plans to go to Ilocos with her friends, but was cancelled for like, 2-3 days prior to holy week. I decided to speed the process--I looked for resorts near our home just because we didn't have the time to book a trip somewhere, plus it was indeed peak season and were not even positive we can get something those days. 


Our first choice was Tagaytay City, because my mom loves the cool air and she doesn't want to go on a road trip for several hours. I called almost every hotel and resort in there, but they're all fully booked. I looked online--still fully booked. I stretched the location to as far as Batangas and again, still fully booked. Thankfully though, when I called this resort called Pura Vida Hotel & Resort at Tagaytay, they had a room available! Apparently someone cancelled, so we got the room--2 days before we check in. Bliss!!!


I wasn't quite sure how to get there, as I did not take note of it upon reservation. All I know is that it's less than 5 minutes away from Magallanes, Tagaytay City and just before Mendez Crossing. The place actually isn't hard to find, as they have this sign beside the highway, and it is just beside the famous restaurant called Mer-Ben Tapsilogan.



Denia Room

Check in time is of course standard, which is at 2 pm. Check out time is 12 noon. We got there by 3 pm and immediately checked in the fan room (because it's the only room available). We were 3, so we had to pay an additional Php 500. The fee comes with an extra foam, pillow and blanket. The room was nice and clean. It also has a bathroom with hot and cold shower, wifi, cable TV, phone and comforters. There's also big windows that will make you appreciate the view. The fan room isn't actually bad because the weather is cool at night, especially when you open the windows.

Bathroom with hot and cold shower

Cable TV


Window fascination photos

The place is really really nice. For the price we paid, we actually felt like it was cheap. Pura Vida is truly a home away from home. The bed was extra comfy, there were lots of restaurants nearby, we really didn't have to think of anything but to enjoy the time off and have fun with my family. 

The price we paid comes with room accommodation, use of swimming pool and wifi access. Here are photos of the resort:


The villas (10 pax - Php 10,000 to Php 12,000)




Swimming pool (up to 5-5.5 ft, I think)




FEATURES & AMENITIES:

3 fully furnished townhouse units each one in distinct country style interiors, 30 pax capacity (Oriental, Continental,Colonial):
  • 9 Air-conditioned rooms with safety deposit boxes
  • 3 family hall with cozy settings
  • Broadband / LAN and WI-FI Internet connection
  • No brownout with standby generator set

OTHER AMENITIES AND SERVICES:
  • Coffee Shop
  • Cable TV, DVD, and IDD / NDD telephones
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Each unit have balcony, Lanai and Carport
  • Isolated Sauna Cabin (10 persons capacity) with HIS and HER toilet and shower
  • Serene flower garden surrounding the intimate swimmingpool
  • Pavilion for office functions, weddings, family gatherings,and team building
  • Garden with 100 guests capacity
  • Ample parking space
  • Body Massage Service/Holistic Treatment Services
  • Accepts catering for all occasions
  • Spectacular panoramic view of Taal Volcano right in your room
  • Strong Water Pressure


Overlooking view of Taal Volcano from the Pavilion (4th floor)

Overall, my family and I loved our stay here. The food, place and service is great! Their rate isn't expensive, considering it's a Hotel & Resort located at Tagaytay City. I also loved how my sister and I owned the pool because there weren't as much people swimming--probably because it's freaking cold. If you don't like being cold, I suggest you don't swim from 5 pm onwards. We were there from 5 to 8 pm I guess, and the water was freaking cold habang tumatagal. But it was fun. You'll only feel cold once you go in and get out of the pool. When you're there, it's actually nice to swim because it's cool. Just don't forget your towels or you'll freeze your whole way to your room! :)


For more information, photos and whatnots, please visit Pura Vida Hotel & Resort's website here.

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