25th Birthday at Escala Tagaytay


Story by gioweeargao

March 17, 2021

me in Escala Tagaytay's infinity pool

My birthday last year was the last week of normal before life as we know it was changed by Covid19 🦠. So the first trip we cancelled was in Masamirey Cove for my birthday. 

For this year it took us a long time figuring out where to go. It will be our first travel in a year. Masamirey in Pangasinan still does not allow guests from Pampanga. A staycation without a pool or view doesn’t have the same appeal since we moved to our house. Other places doesn’t seem as safe.

the view at Escala Tagaytay

We ended up splurging for Escala Tagaytay. This destination was always a dream and the main thing stopping us before was how expensive it is. This is the first time I spent this much money for a one night stay 💸🤪. 

Inclusion / Amenities

We booked a deluxe room, the ones where our view outside the balcony is the pool. 

View in the balcony of our deluxe room in Escala

Our room includes:

  • Balcony (pool view)
  • Airconditioning
  • Wifi (that actually works!)
  • Hair dryer
  • Fridge
  • Toiletries

Our booking includes:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Special surprise room setup (🎈 + 💐) as requested by AJ for me

Everything looked good! The only catch (that we only checked a few days prior) was our weekend room check in was 4PM and check out is 2PM. I was shook because 4PM was way too late for me to enjoy the view. And for people like us who is already on the road at 5AM during travels, we try not to have a lot of side trips this time to lessen our chance of contact with the virus.


selfie with AJ in the pool area of Escala Tagaytay

It didn't feel like this was it when we reached the parking area. This didn't look like the Escala I see in Instagram. As it turns out, the lobby was in a higher floor than the other rooms. So on the outside we just see a 1 to 2 storey building, but on the inside it has a lot more going down. As far as first impression goes, mine was 🤯🤙🏻.

As with the rest, the building looked like an extension of the amazing nature view outside. Well thought of and well executed!

Escala view from the breakfast area

We had a lot of photos of this view in different angles during the stay 💆🏻‍♀️


surprise birthday setup at Escala Tagaytay

Even though AJ told me his failed plan for a surprise like this for my birthday last year, I wasn’t expecting it this year because

  • he already gave me gifts (books)
  • our stay alone was already expensive
  • surprise like this in this hotel is not going to be cheap!

Still here it is 🥺🥺!

mirror selfie with AJ and the surprise balloons and bouquet at Escalamirror selfie with the surprise balloons and bouquet at Escala Tagaytay

Selfie with AJ in the deluxe room


I didn’t give much meaning that it is a luxury hotel, I guess this is from getting used to booking (condo) rooms via Airbnb. With those kind of bookings, all we get is the room and that’s it. 

So a highlight for me during this trip was the quality service. There’s housekeeping (who are in full PPEs) and room service. There’s also a lot of things we could request. They even let us take the balloons home and they packed it in a bag for us! They struggled with it and even chased after the bag of balloons during our checkout because it was so light 😅.

The spoiled child in me was definitely acknowledged. This is the lifestyle I work hard for. Getting there!


I know for breakfast we had to be the first ones there to choose a good table. We had the perfect view and I had a complimentary birthday cake! Totally unexpected so I loved it!

complimentary birthday cake during breakfast from Escala Tagaytay

AJ checking out the Taal Lake viewAJ and I during the free breakfast at Escala Tagaytay

AJ with our breakfast

ahh, that view 🥰

And yes I woke up earlier to put on make up 💁🏻‍♀️. It’s not everyday we get to wake up in a place as beautiful as this. Might as well 💆🏻‍♀️.

me in our deluxe room balcony

View / Pool

I’ve already seen the view from my phone a hundred times so I was happy to finally see it in person. Specially since it's been more than a year since I went for a swim (or saw a nice view)! 

by the pool of Escala Tagaytay

Escala Tagaytay pool and view at night

Haven’t had pictures taken like this in a long time. My Instagram is happy 🥰. I wanted to capture more of what I think is possible but AJ wasn’t really up for his photos taken and I had no other subjects 🥵.

AJ in our deluxe room

Here's AJ wanting to support me with my photo obsession and trying hard to be as into it as me 👻

Okay rant over, I still enjoyed the swim! And chilling covered by a towel after.

chillin with AJ after swim

It was cold. 🥶

selfie after swim


It was my first time to book a stay since the pandemic happened, overall I think it is safe. The hotel had a lot of protocol to cater to safety of both guests and staff.

  • The staff are wearing face masks and face shields. Guests are also encouraged to do the same.
  • Upon entrance there was a disinfecting machine that everyone had to go through.
  • When we had our room cleaned, they went all out. The staff was wearing PPE and there were a lot of machines used to ensure it wasn’t just clean but also safe.
  • Gym is open but needs reservation. Massage area is not open.
  • Not all rooms are occupied, which came as a shock to me because this seemed like a hotel that is always fully booked. I also did not see any child. So my guess is it is part of their safety protocol. So yey not a lot of guests!

The most unsafe place would probably be the pool area. Masks are not mandatory here because we’re all here to swim. And everyone was roaming around the place for their photos taken. There’s staff watching over us but I don’t see them intervene so much. 

When we went to the pool it was almost closing hours and in the morning right after breakfast. So there weren’t a lot of people in the area. I also did not swim until there’s only 4 or less people in the pool. And left immediately when I saw that more people are about to swim. So these are conscious decisions.

The most crowded I saw the pool area (from our room balcony) was around less than 15 pax and not all of them were swimming. Probably still not as bad. The newly famous coffee shops in Pampanga are much more crowded than this.

AJ and I before checkout at Escala Tagaytay lobby

A few hours after we arrived I was already telling AJ that we have to go back here for a stay longer than one night. I would really love to stay here without much anxiety that we have to spend our time wisely because it’s limited. We had so much fun we forgot to take couple photos 🙉.

I highly recommend!



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