It's been already more than 6 months since our country is put on different levels of community quarantine. Most of us stayed at home as best advised by our government and recommended by the health specialists. Others needed to go out for work and for necessities. We don't forget our frontliners who continuously fight for us to live well and save lives from COVID-19.
All of these things, plus those daily news, are too much for our brains. I know how hard it is to stay at home and do the same things repeatedly in half a year. Many of us can't afford to do other things because we lack money or resources to survive.
That's why we need a break. We need some air to breathe. We need to see a new sight for hope.
So here, I present to you 10 resorts and BnBs (Bed and Breakfast) where you can relax and escape away from the stress.
Here's my list of places we deserve to go to after all these quarantines we had:
- Casa Amara - San Juan, Batangas
- Glamping Etc. - Cavinti, Laguna
- Narra Hill - Laurel, Batangas
- Tudor in the Pines - Baguio, Benguet
- Antipolo Star Resort - Antipolo, Rizal
- Kwentong Dagat - San Felipe, Zambales
- Casa Angelina - Cabagan, Zambales
- Villa Elisha - Antipolo, Rizal
- Ridges and Clouds Nature Camp - Tanay, Rizal
- La Bella - Tagaytay, Cavite
1. Casa Amara
What started out as a vacation house in Batangas grew into a resort-type of accommodation when the owners added rooms and decided to rent out the rooms to the early guests. This mansion-like house is now known as Casa Amara. The owners maintain that it is more of a private house with rooms for rent than a resort.
Casa Amara is best known for having a Santorini-vibe where all you can see everything in white and complemented with blue. It is also a favorite spot for prenups and small weddings because of its garden ambiance above a ridge. The view of Tayabas Bay is perfect from their infinity pool. With these, you can enjoy and relax the view and the full experience at the resort.
Address: Imelda, San Juan, Batangas [ HOW TO GET THERE ]
2. Glamping Etc.
The first GeoDesic Dome campsite in the Philippines, Glamping Etc. gives you fabulous views overlooking the lake Lumot in Laguna from inisde your tent, Luxury Mattresses, soft linens, towels, toiletries, own CR, Free Breakfast, free use of Kayaks, Floaters, Fishing rods, body boards and vests.
|Glamping Etc. Philippines
Completely built on site with serious precision and plenty of math - your own 140 sqm of lake side bliss like none other. They are redefining the meaning of 'Glamping' in the Phippines. The peaceful surroundings from Lake Lumot will complement with your relaxing experience here.
Address: Lake Lumot, Brgy. Lumot, Cavinti, Laguna [ HOW TO GET THERE ]
3. Narra Hill
Narra Hill is a wedding and events venue in Tagaytay. The beautifully designed pavilion is set in lush gardens and has a stunning view of Taal Lake. Its distance from the city will give you peace and relaxing atmosphere.
Natural materials, double height glass windows, a bar overlooking a creek, two gardens, a waterfall and lagoon, make Narra Hill the perfect venue for the event of your dreams.
Address: Laurel, Batangas [ HOW TO GET THERE ]
4. Tudor in the Pines
Reconnect with the nature - hidden amidst the dense foliage of Baguio City’s pinewood forest, Tudor in the Pines is a remarkable estate in the Philippines compromising of five (5) unique residences within a gated and guarded property, accommodating a maximum of 30 guests.
The pines around the property complete your overall relaxation here. I include this on the list since Baguio can be reached now in just 3-4 hours from Metro Manila via TPLEX.
Address: 17 Western Link Circumferential Rd, Baguio, Benguet [ HOW TO GET THERE ]
5. Antipolo Star Resort
Who doesn't love the breeze of Antipolo? This resort in Rizal will give you an overlooking of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Amenities include a saltwater outdoor pool, and a kids’ pool complex with waterslides and games. Food and drink kiosks are available.
The basic cabanas and gazebos are open-air. There are shared toilet and shower facilities. Off the R-5 road, this lively resort is 6 km from Hinulugang Taktak, a park with a waterfall, and 5 km from Jardin de Miramar, a garden with a maze and a Santa museum.
Address: Garcia St, Payong, Antipolo, Rizal [ HOW TO GET THERE ]
Rates and Availability: Walk-in only, from 7am to 6pm daily
6. Kwentong Dagat
Tucked away in a little fishing village is Kwentong Dagat, a beach resort created to serve as a backdrop for the stories we want to share to ourselves and to our community.
The land with its ash gray beach that turns almost white during the afternoon with the agoho trees that locals say didn’t exist before Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991 is a testament to how destruction can lead to beauty.
Kwentong Dagat opened it’s doors to the public in April 2019 – for alternative retreats, get togethers, parties and weddings with a difference – a sweet coming together of people in this magical part Zambales.
7. Casa Angelina
Casa Angelina is a 4-room beachfront resort found in Cabangan, Zambales. The resort is owned by a beautiful Christian couple from the US and the Philippines. The wind from Clearwater Beach will help you forget the hectic city life.
2 of their rooms are beachfront facing the West Philippine Sea. Another 2 rooms are located in a lovely garden area. All rooms are very close to the beach and all rooms are wheelchair accessible. They have large doorways and even their CR and shower is wheelchair accessible.
Address: Brgy. Laoag, Cabangan, Zambales [ HOW TO GET THERE ]
8. Villa Elisha
Located in the San Juan area, Villa Elisha - A Forest Hideaway is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Antipolo. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.
Offering guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Villa Elisha - A Forest Hideaway is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the property offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, chapel, daily housekeeping, private check in/check out.
9. Ridges and Clouds Nature Camp
Ridges and Clouds Nature Camp is your mountain home in Tanay, Rizal. Ideal for nature lovers who seek serenity and want to rest from the busyness of city life. The camp welcomes guests who want to be off-grid and take time to appreciate God’s gift of nature.
As you notice, its name describe what you can experience here since Tanay is composed of mountain ridges where you can also see 'sea of clouds' often times. Just a few hours from Metro Manila, getting here won't give you a sweat.
Address: Maysawa Circuit, Brgy, Tanay, Rizal [ HOW TO GET THERE ]
Rates and Availability: Facebook
10. La Bella Tagaytay
This 3.8-hectare in Brgy. Neogan that houses boutique hotel, lifestyle homes, wellness center and cafes will give you a complete experience of your next stay in Tagaytay.
La Bella Tagaytay is a mixed-use development, which integrates lifestyle with infrastructure. This brings balance and harmony to the lives of the residents, allowing them to live their lives to the fullest.
Enjoy their pool with a glass on the side where you can strike a pose for your gram. Don't forget to dip in to their jacuzzi, too!
NOTE: Some of the venues listed above might not be open yet as of writing. Please follow their rules and policies upon checking in. Please also observe physical distancing and wear face mask and face shield if necessary as implemented by each local government unit where the resort is located in.
Lastly, your health and safety is still priority amid this pandemic. Let's just hope that one day, we can freely travel and do things we love in life. Keep safe, guys!
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