10 Quick Getaways That Are Just 3 Hours Away From Metro Manila
On the worst days (i.e. rainy day + rush hour + Friday payday), the commute from Quezon City to Parañaque City can take about three hours. You know what else can take three hours of travel? Driving from the Metro to these relaxing resorts in Batangas, Tagaytay, Antipolo, and other nearby places. That's a better deal, if you ask us. If you’re looking for a quick, affordable getaway, especially for the not-so-long weekends, then this list might be what you need.
Cintai Corito’s Garden
How can you travel to Bali by land and in less than two hours? The answer would be the Balinese-inspired resort Cintai Corito's Garden in Batangas. Cintai is Indonesian for the word love and there's plenty of love to go around in this peaceful spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It has 18 fully furnished villas, each with its own terrace for when you just want to lounge around and read a book. There's even an Executive Villa that can accommodate up to eight persons, which has its own hot tub, terrace, and pocket garden.
Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan Balete, Batangas; 0917-833-1508; [email protected]; coritosgarden.com. Rates start at P5,999++.
Aquascape (by Cottages and Many More)
Aquascape was initially built as a private weekend retreat for the owners. More cabins were added in the first quarter of 2016 and by June, it became available to weekend warriors who want to get a taste of the floating cottages that the resort is now known for. The Floating Suite (P10,000/night), which is good for a group of six, has a dining table set, a minibar, a TV set with DVD player, a small kitchen with griller, and toilet and bath. You can totally have the motorized cottage driven to the middle of the placid lake and spend the night in peace.
Eco-Saddle, Caliraya, Laguna; cottagesandmany[email protected]; facebook.com/cottagesandmanymore. Rates start at P2,500++.
Estancia Resort Hotel
Estancia Resort Hotel oers a Mediterranean experience through its Santorini-inspired villas. Hotel rooms overlook the Taal Lake, giving guests a nice view to wake up to every morning. There are also a lot of winding stairs leading to roofdecks in case you want a photo op with the lush greenery, or have the Taal Volcano as your backdrop.
Zone II, San Jose, Tagaytay City, Cavite; 0939-237-9813; [email protected]; estanciatagaytay.com.ph. Rates start at P5,400++.
Loreland Farm Resort
Loreland Farm Resort's claim-to-fame is Luljetta's, dubbed as the first and only hanging gardens spa in the Philippines, located on its eight-hectare property. Overnight packages include bed and breakfast in the resort's standard rooms and access to the sauna, hydro massage, fish spa, and meditation lounge of the spa. If you're looking to release all your worries through a massage while enjoying the great Antipolo view, Loreland is your best bet.
Sitio Loreland, San Roque, Antipolo City; 696-0101; [email protected]; loreland.com.ph. Packages start at P6,000++.
Los Arcos De Hermano Paradise Farm
Los Arcos de Hermano is barely an hour away from Trinoma, so you don't even need to pay any toll fees. There's also no corkage on food and drinks so you can bring your own ingredients and have a cook-out with your friends. Marvel and Dragon Ball fans will definitely feel giddy about the life-size figurines of Hulk, Thor, Son Goku, and others scattered all over the five-hectare pool resort.
Tungkong Mangga, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan; 565-6742; [email protected]; losarcosdehermano.com. Rates start at P1,800++.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar takes you back in time and gives you a Spanish Colonial era experience in a setting just three hours from Manila. Most of the well-preserved houses were taken piece by piece from their original locations as far as La Union and Tawi-Tawi and put together again through the eorts of Filipino architect Felex Roxas Y Arroyo. You can even see the resort's staff in full-on guwardiya sibil costume patrolling the beachside strip.
Barangay Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan; 0917-872-9361; [email protected]; lascasasfilipinas.com. Rates start at P7,000++.
Mount Sea Resort
This luxurious hotel and resort is conveniently located in Rosario, Cavite, which is just an hour away from the city. Aside from taking a dip in the Olympic-size pool and smaller pool with a water park, you and your friends can also check out the game room equipped with a pool table, an air hockey machine, videoke, and variety of board games.
163 Marseilla Street, Bagbag II, Rosario, Cavite; 438-3888; [email protected]; mountsearesort.com.ph. Rates start at P6,500.
Nayomi Sanctuary Resort
Glamping is Nayomi Sanctuary Resort's claim to fame. Each tent sits on decks made of pine wood perfect for chilling with friends or just hanging out to enjoy the view. You can take a dip in their swimming pools or book a tour of Taal Volcano when you’re done relaxing. Villas are also available within the sprawling property if roughing it out is not your cup of tea.
JM Katigbak Street, Alangilan, Balete, Batangas; 645-3092; [email protected] nayomiresort.com Rates start at P7,500++.
Shercon Resort and Ecology Park
Shercon Resort doesn't have just one or two, or even three swimming pools! It has an infinity pool, a pool with a huge duck on the center, a pool that's shaped like a heart, a pool next to a cascading mini falls, and a pocket pool made up of more than 10 smaller pools. We already lost count on how many they really are but one thing's for sure: This resort is perfect for families and big groups who are looking for a tropical haven.
San Sebastian, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas; 0922-838-5293; [email protected]; sherconresort.net. Rates start at P4,000++.
San Rafael River Adventure
If you're looking for a place that can fit 20 people, then head over to San Rafael River Adventure. There's a glass villa that has two rooms, bunk beds, a lo, and its own private pool. Beyond the winding garden paths is an infinity pool perched on a hillside cli overlooking the calm Angat River. The best thing about this resort? You can avail of the Glamping with a Twist package which is basically a tent placed on a floating balsa.
Talacsan, San Rafael, Bulacan; 0995-974-6224; [email protected] sanrafaelriveradventure.com. Rates start at P1,250/head.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.