Even as the rain clouds start rolling in, there’s no need to hibernate for the season. It may not be the best time for island hopping or mountain climbing, but you can still get your travel fix with a relaxing getaway close to home. There’s something to be said for the so-called staycation, whether that means a solo spa trip or a gregarious retreat with the entire family.
With tranquil mountain views, pleasant climes, and pockets of lush nature, Antipolo is one of the best staycation destinations near Metro Manila. Anyone longing for an escape can book a room in one of the city’s many staycation spots, or sightsee underrated travel gems nearby. To get you started, we’ve rounded up five of the best staycation spots in Antipolo that are perfect for the rainy season.
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa
Get pampered in the first and only hanging gardens spa in the Philippines. Although it is easily accessible from the city center, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is a tranquil escape with sweeping views of the mountains, the Metro Manila skyline, and Laguna Lake.
Massages, scrubs, foot spas, and mani-pedi services are available, while spa amenities include a sauna, a hydro-massage pool, a heated Jacuzzi, and three infinity pools, among others. At the end of the day, guests can retreat to a cozy room in Luljetta Garden Suites, found on the same grounds as the spa. Or if you only have several hours to spare, you can opt for an Antipolo day trip that will take you to the spa as well as the city’s other iconic attractions.
Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Trust us when we say that even on rainy days, nature is just as beautiful and welcoming as it is during summertime. Nestled in the foothills of Sierra Madre Mountain Range, the family-run eco-park Mount Purro Nature Reserve is a great place to bask in the beauty of nature. Farm-style accommodations inspired by the traditional bahay kubo offer a cozy home away from home in Antipolo, while tent and dorm accommodations are also available. And when the sun peeks out, step out the door to enjoy the Antipolo wild. Hiking and river walking are absolute highlights of the trip, taking guests through the gorgeous forest landscape. A bonfire is a splendid way to end the day.
Another escape in the heart of Antipolo’s sprawling natural landscape is Phillip’s Sanctuary. It’s perfect for staycation-goers who are eager for adventure and recreation with a host of activities throughout the mountain resort including an impressive collection of rope and obstacle courses. Ziplining, fishing, kayaking or rafting, swimming, and biking are also available. While it’s a great place for team-building groups, it’s also a wonderful spot for relaxation and rejuvenation with comfortable accommodations in the cool forest.
Timmy In The Woods
An Insta-worthy private villa in Antipolo, Timmy in the Woods is an enchanting place to spend a weekend. Designed to highlight the seclusion and romance of staying in the heart of nature, the dreamy resort is popular as a venue for weddings or photoshoots but it is just as suited as a staycation hideaway. Large enough to accommodate up to 20 guests at a time, making it ideal for family gatherings or large barkada outings. The two-story villa features elegant modern interiors, plush beddings, and a well-appointed kitchen that allows guests to whip up their own meals as they please. Outside, guests can enjoy a dip in the stunning infinity pool or bask in the beauty of nature in the garden.
The Grounds Resort
If you’re looking for a magical hideout, The Grounds Resort is a secret garden refuge in Antipolo that’s always a good choice. The lovely resort evokes the fantasy and pastoral charm of the Shire from Lord of the Rings, whether you book the delightful Hobbit House or any of the other rustic cabins. Nature-inspired elements throughout the property make the resort feel like it’s miles and miles away from the nearest city, while modern touches keep the bedrooms ultra-comfy for guests.
The Grounds Resort
Address: Lot 7 P. Oliveros Street, Brgy. Dela Paz, Antipolo
Fun Things To Do In Antipolo
Trust us, a staycation can mean more than just holing up in your room all day. There are plenty of things to explore in the city of Antipolo beyond your staycation resort of choice. Spend a day visiting the most popular attractions in the city, including the Pinto Art Museum which is a must-visit for anyone who appreciates art and culture.
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Art enthusiasts willing to drive just a little bit further will find a thriving art hub in Angono. Home of several celebrated artists, the laidback town near Antipolo features many art-centric attractions including the Nerimiranda Arthouse, Blanco Family Museum, Botong Francisco’s home, and Balaw Balaw Specialty Restaurant. See all these and more on the Angono art heritage tour, which ends back in Antipolo for spa time at Luljetta Hanging Gardens Spa.
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*Featured image via Timmy in the Woods, Phillip’s Sanctuary, and The Grounds Resort Facebook pages