Staycations are a great way to unwind because they’re almost like a vacation. You get to relax and leave the confines of your home and work at a location that’s accessible by car. They’re also more affordable than a trip out of the country since you won’t have to pay for flights.

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, here are a few staycation spots that do that and more. These resorts and hotels are only two to three hours away from Manila, and have themed architecture and amenities that are both fun and relaxing.

Batangas

Acuatico Resort

Acuatico’s pool looks like it extends past the resort and into the beach. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The crown jewel of Acuatico Resort is its infinity pool, which seems to meet the azure waters of the sea. If you look at it from afar, it’s as if the pool extends past the resort and into Laiya Beach. In fact, it has been recognized by the Huffington Post in its 2017 listicle of the “Drop Dead Gorgeous Hotel Infinity Pools Around the World.” For those craving for vitamin sea, the beach is just a few steps away, where you can enjoy watersports such as banana boating, flyboarding, jet skiing, and fly fishing.

In the resort, families can enjoy amenities, including the game room, a play area for younger kids, and a spa for parents who want to recharge. Acuatico is also pet-friendly, so the whole family can all relax together.

The resort also has different restaurants, from the all-day dining destination Oceano to the Western dishes at Azul Bar & Cafe.

Cocktails and mocktails, meanwhile, can be enjoyed at the Intimo Bar. Must-trys include the Crispy Pork Kare-Kare, with thrice-cooked juicy pork belly and the special Acuatico peanut sauce; and the Humbatangas, or beer-braised pork belly coated in a sweet soy glaze. Cap off the meal with Uraro Cheese Cake, which is filled with arrowroot cookies.

The Balinese-inspired rooms have views of the beach or the pool. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Acuatico’s Balinese-inspired rooms are a welcome respite after a long day of bonding with the family. Rooms at the Main Wing all have a view of either the beach or the infinity pool, promising another day of relaxation.

Rooms have their own veranda, where meals are served in an intimate setting. The La Prima Wing has its own private pool, bar, restaurant, and villas fitted with its own jacuzzi.

Camp Netanya

Guests are transported to Santorini when they stay at Camp Netanya. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

With white was walls and blue dome roofs, the architecture at this destination is inspired by Santorini in Greece. Camp Netanya is known for diving and snorkeling, offering a front-row view of Anilao’s rich biodiversity.

Those who’d like to stay above ground can try fish feeding at the Anilao fish sanctuary, an island-hopping experience at Ka Oscar or Sombrero Islands, kayaking, and seeing the busy marine life through a glass-bottom boat. Another highlight is a trek to Mt. Gulugod Baboy, with a panoramic view of the province at its summit.

There are many photo-worthy shots at Camp Netanya. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Camp Netanya also hosts numerous activities for the family within its property. The infinity pool has a view of Balayan Bay. The supervised Kid’s Camp has child-friendly activities, where parents are welcome to bond with their tots.

A visit to Oia Spa is a treat after a long day communing with the sea. This oasis is the only spa experience in Anilao, complete with a steam room, dry sauna, and hot plunge. Licensed therapists beckon like sirens within Mediterranean-inspired rooms, offering unique spa treatments using nature’s products and essential oils.

You can have your fill, meanwhile, at Greeka, an all-day restaurant that serves hearty dishes such as pizza, pasta, kebabs, ribs, and steaks. Adults can toast to their health at Camp Netanya’s bars Fira and Crete, while partaking in the Anilao sunset.

The resort offers different accommodations. Bigger families can rent the Master Villa, a three-level space with five bedrooms.

La Chevrerie Resort and Spa

La Chevrerie elevates the staycation with European and tropical elements in its design. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

La Chevrerie is borne out of a French diver’s dream after visiting Batangas. He envisioned a place where he could let his pet goats roam freely (La Chevrerie is French for “The Goat’s Place”) and enjoy the view of the sea and sunset.

As there are only 13 rooms available, it is designed for privacy and meticulous care. This attention to detail is evident at La Brise Spa, where guests can have treatments using European products by the waterfront.

Dining is also elevated at L’Atelier. In-house chefs use the best ingredients to serve organic dishes and the freshest seafood. L’Atelier has its own wine cellar, curated only with the most premium labels.

Take a dip in the pool or lounge by the beach. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism

La Chevrerie is a retreat, but it also has activities for families looking for an adrenaline rush. The resort offers diving and snorkeling to explore marine and coral life. A trek up Mt. Gulugod Baboy opens up a view of Anilao’s grasslands and the waters of Balayan Bay.

A cruise to an island can also be booked, which comes with a guided snorkeling tour and a seafood barbecue prepared by L’Atelier’s chefs. Younger kids who wish to stay at the resort can spend the day at The Playroom.

Rooms reflect the aesthetics of the French owner, blending European sensibilities in a tropical style. The cozy Villa is recommended for families, a homey interior that will make them feel like they have their own slice of paradise.

Twin Lakes Hotel

The heated pool offers a great view of the Tagaytay landscape. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Megaworld’s Twin Lakes Hotel is the first and only vineyard hotel in the Philippines, with an actual plot that grows its own grapes. The European-inspired property is inspired by and patterned after Toledo, Spain, where Emperador, also under the Megaworld brand, has a vineyard.

The grapes at Twin Lakes Hotel aren’t just for decor. Guests can pick and take home grapes, and take photos. Once harvested, they are integrated in the scrub treatment at L’Uva Spa and food and beverages such as the Twin Lakes Pizza.

A dip at the heated infinity pool here is an excellent way to while away the morning while soaking in the view of the Tagaytay landscape. After a swim, families can dine al fresco at The Twin Lakes Cafe, where they can try local favorites, such as a piping-hot bowl of bulalo (beef stew) or pochero (stew with meat, vegetables, and plantain).

Guests can pick the grapes, or enjoy them in treatments at L’Uva Spa and food and beverages such as the Twin Lakes Pizza. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Guests can pick the grapes, or enjoy them in treatments at L’Uva Spa and food and beverages such as the Twin Lakes Pizza. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Parents looking for drinks can try the Zabana Rum, a spirit distilled from the pure Filipino sugarcane and aged in a double process using American bourbon and Spanish sherry casks. A shopping village is nearby with restaurants, retail shops, and more. Warm up after a stroll outdoors at the kids corner and game room back at the hotel.

They can also choose to relax in a variety of spacious rooms, from the two-bedroom Family Suite to the Presidential Suite. Rooms come with balconies that offer a sweeping view of Taal Lake. Pets are also welcome at Twin Lakes Hotel. In fact, their photos are featured in an LED billboard at the entrance upon check-in.

Acacia Resort

The acacia tree is a century old. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The resort takes its name from a century-old acacia tree that stands on the property. Today, it provides cool shade for guests lounging at the pool.

Acacia is known for its passion for its fully-equipped dive center, which comes with a state-of-the-art gas-filling facility and a dive crew that can assist both beginners and hobbyists. Instructors offer courses for those who want to learn, while experienced divers can rent twin cylinders and other equipment.

Spotters are available to guide underwater photographers who want to shoot reefs, corals, and diverse marine life. Dives are accompanied by boat and land support crew, trained to handle equipment with competency and care.

Non-divers can still enjoy the amenities of Acacia Resort. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Non-divers have plenty of things to do at Acacia Resort. They can go snorkeling, island hopping, and swimming in the pool or the beach. Soon, the resort will be offering paddleboarding and kayaking. Kids can entertain themselves with a bubblemaker.

Ending the day at the Dive Bar is highly-recommended, which offers the best seats to see Anilao’s sunset. Order drinks from the bartenders, who were trained by mixologists in Poblacion, Makati.

The resort’s menu also serves international fare. For example, the breakfast menu features Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, and Western sets. The mains also feature dishes from around the globe, such as Ramyun from Korea, Pork Banh Mi from Vietnam, Chicken Yakitori from Japan, and Schnitzel with Sauerkraut from Germany. The Caesar salad, hamburger, and panna cotta are popular dishes.

The queen-sized beds are a welcome respite after an aquatic adventure, before another day of discovering more under the sea.

Club Punta Fuego

Club Punta Fuego has a view of the West Philippine Sea. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Club Punta Fuego is the place to go if you want peace, privacy, and luxury. The club is an exclusive enclave on the coast of Nasugbu, with a picturesque view of the West Philippine Sea.

Club Punta Fuego is an enjoyable staycation spot as it is brimming with activities. The resort has 12 beach coves, including the 800-meter stretch at Terrazas Beach Club. There are also water sports facilities like water skiing, jet skiing, banana boating, snorkeling, wakeboarding, and kayaking.

Those who’d like to stay within the property can explore the series of pools. There are two infinity pools and others that are perfect for families and kids.

Other noteworthy activities include tennis, indoor squash, pool, darts, and other games. Players can visit the Punta Fuego Golf Club, a nine-hole executive course with lush foliage and a view of the Nasugbu coast. The course was designed by Nelson & Haworth, the award-winning golf architects behind some of the world’s most celebrated greens.

Enjoy a sumptuous meal al fresco with a view of the sea. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

After a day of intense activity, the Ylang Ylang Spa is the best place to unwind with its menu of massages and treatments. The day can be capped off at any of Punta Fuego’s dining spots. There’s Filipino-Spanish food at San Diego Restaurant, fresh and natural ingredients at the al fresco Il Jardineto, and drinks at Traditions and Contradictions Bar and Lounge.

End the day at one of Club Punta Fuego’s 33 Spanish-Mediterranean rooms and casitas. Accommodations feature either a balcony or veranda, with a view of the sunset over the West Philippine Sea.

Laguna

Sulyap Gallery Café & Boutique Hotel

Staying at Sulyap is like traveling back in time. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

This two-hectare property puts Filipino cultural heritage to the fore with a suite of restored colonial-era casa. Sulyap is a mix of bed-and-breakfast, gallery and cafe, and museum.

The museum is filled with antiques, including wooden furniture, ceramics, and religious artifacts. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The bed-and-breakfast consists of four casa, sumptuously designed with capiz shell windows, hardwood flooring, and wooden furniture. This design philosophy extends to the Sulyap Museum, whose antique collection includes wooden furniture, ceramics, and religious artifacts.

The cafe and restaurant has been awarded as the best and cleanest in Laguna for two consecutive years. Its menu features traditional Filipino cuisine, including San Pablo City’s native dishes. Try the kulawo, made from either eggplant or puso ng saging (banana blossom) and pinayti (micro-shrimps from Lake Palakpakin). These are cooked in coconut milk, resulting in a creamy and unforgettable dish.

Families can slow down time at Sulyap. Enjoy the exhibits at the museum, take a refreshing dip at the pool, or have a cup of their coffee, using their own blend of Arabica beans.

Casa San Pablo

Casa San Pablo is a “house of stories” and there are many sitting areas for bonding. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

This bed-and-breakfast has 18 rooms, none of which look alike, with different floor plans, number of beds, and contemporary artwork. Casa San Pablo prides itself for being a “house of stories,” and many rooms have sitting areas to encourage family bonding.

You are encouraged to visit the website and look for the space that suits your personality.

Rooms have different themes. Make sure to choose what suits your personality. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Its resident cafe specializes in hometown-inspired, uncomplicated meals, served the same way its owners have enjoyed for generations. This includes comfort food from Laguna, made with ingredients from the market that morning. We recommend trying the crispy pata (pork leg).

88 Hotspring Resort

88 Hotspring Resort is a wellness destination with its baths. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Located at the foot of Mt. Makiling, the resort has 11 pools and hot spring baths made up of natural mineral spring water from the majestic mountain. It has been called “miracle hot spring water,” which is said to have healing properties. Water flows continuously 24 hours a day, so the pools and baths are always fresh and clean.

The hot springs are said to have healing properties. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

At its 88 Massage and Spa, the therapists are veterans, with over 10 years of experience. Room service can be arranged, where parents can have massages at the Bamboo Suite, Villa Room, and Pension House.

Cap off a day of pampering at the restaurant, which serves a mix of Filipino and Korean favorites such as adobo (meat dish usually marinated in soy sauce), sinigang (sour stew), samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly), and chadol-bagi (beef brisket).

Auravel Grande Hotel and Resort

Auravel has been praised by visitors for its staff’s warm welcome. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The hotel and resort offers its guests an escape from city life with comfortable rooms and delicious food at a value for money. Auravel Resort has been praised by guests for its staff’s friendliness and level of personalized service.

Make sure to try the Hungarian Pizza at Auravel Fusion Cuisine. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

There are 16 comfortable rooms and suites to choose from. You can dine at the Auravel Fusion Cuisine, which serves Filipino and international dishes. Some of their popular dishes include the Sizzling Crispy Tofu, the Crispy Liempo Sisig, and the Hungarian Pizza. There’s also Café Avelino, where they can have coffee and relax.

Rizal

Three Springs Resort

Set up camp anywhere at Three Springs. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

This 16-hectare property includes an open field where families can set up camp. The resort is best enjoyed outdoors, since there are many things from nature that can be appreciated here.

For example, Three Springs Resort is an excellent spot for birdwatching. Kilyawan, or the black-naped oriole, can be spotted here. Guests can even see eagles if they are lucky.

Embrace the outdoor life by birdwatching, admiring the trees, and watching out for fireflies. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Alocasia, a type of plant that can fetch prices up to P20,000, are scattered around the property. Families can also join tree-planting activities so they can help sustain the greenery. At night, a bonfire, stars, and sometimes fireflies illuminate the field.

Loreland Resort

Loreland offers peace and quiet in Antipolo, with a beautiful view of Manila and Laguna de Bay at the overlooking area. The resort is surrounded by trees, making it an ideal escape from the city.

The resort also has plenty of activities for everyone. Those who want to relax can stay in one of the 11 pools available. Active guests can play basketball, billiards, volleyball, air hockey, and more. Kids can enjoy the family fun park, which has slides and age-friendly activities.

Loreland describes itself as a one-stop shop that can cater to guests’ needs. They have the accommodations, facilities, a restaurant, a convenience store, and spaces for team buildings, events, and seminars.

To make the most out of the peace and quiet, the Loreland Villa is perfect for families. It comes with two bedrooms, its own mini-pool, and is located at the overlooking area.

Flor’s Garden

Flor’s Garden advocates natural farming, which means they use homemade and organic fertilizers. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

This five-hectare garden is known as a nature haven with a butterfly and bird sanctuary, and an Earth school that advocates natural farming.

Here, they grow medicinal herbs that can help with problems like fungal infections, boils, mumps, warts, and hair loss. For example, an ordinary weed like botones botonesan is said to cure dengue, while damong maria is described as useful for cuts and wounds.

Flor’s Garden also cultivates edible plants at Jardin ng Buhay (Garden of Life). The garden hosts tours that allow guests to discover cooking ingredients, such as kadok leaves for tempura and omelettes, fern leaves for salads, and Vietnamese coriander leaves served with fish sauce.

All in all, Flor’s Garden propagates and cultivates over 12,000 species of plants that can feed Filipinos and heal them. Photo by SinoPinas courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

A wide variety of plants at Flor’s Garden attracts butterflies, making the venue a sanctuary for these winged beauties. The whole property acts as an oasis for them and they flit from one plant to another.

Guests can enjoy more activities at the garden. They can explore the infinity pool, the wide camping grounds, the playground, fish ponds, a bamboo tree house, and a hanging bridge. A tea garden, coffee nursery, and a mango and calamansi (Philippine lime) orchard are also key attractions.

These are just some of the hotels and accommodations that you can visit near Metro Manila. There are more staycation spots available depending on what kind of activity you’re looking for. As long as they are accredited by the Department of Tourism, you can rest assured that they are continuously monitored.

Travel safely!

All tourist destinations in Batangas, Laguna, and Rizal have health and safety protocols in place to protect locals and visitors alike. Everyone is expected to comply by wearing face masks and face shields, regularly washing their hands, and practicing physical distancing.

To check out up-to-date information regarding local destinations that are open and the safety protocols and requirements needed for each location, you may visit philippines.travel/safetrip or download the Travel Philippines app at app.philippines.travel or the Google Playstore.