Ever felt the need to jump in the car and make a beeline for the nearest beach? Maybe it’s time to make those dreams a reality! A quick getaway to a pretty oceanside retreat can do wonders for your mind, body, and spirit. From private hideaways to luxurious resorts, here are six of the best beachfront staycation spots near Metro Manila that you can visit for a restful and rejuvenating vacation.
Casa Kalinaw (San Juan, Batangas)
Take the fam on a beachy vacation in this private oceanfront rental. With five bedrooms and wide open indoor and outdoor spaces, Casa Kalinaw is large enough to accommodate families or barkadas of up to 16 people. The modern tropical villa is a breath of fresh air with full-length glass windows, cozy bedrooms, and amazing sea views. A private pool is a definite plus.
Only got a day in Batangas? Book a beach day tour here.
New Normal Travel Guidelines: As of June 30, leisure travelers from 18 to 65 years of age may visit San Juan, Batangas. A confirmed reservation with the resort and a medical certificate must be presented at the municipal tourism office. Upon check-in, a referral slip issued to guests must be presented to the resort.
Vivere Azure (Anilao, Batangas)
Trust us, you deserve every bit of luxury that you can splurge on. A getaway at Vivere Azure is a five-star resort experience with a private beachfront location, elegant nature-inspired suites, and a stunning infinity pool overlooking the sparkling sea. Forest surroundings make guests feel completely remote and at peace. And if learning how to scuba dive is on your bucket list, Anilao is a world-class diving destination!
New Normal Travel Guidelines: All guests above the age of 10 are required to present a negative antigen test result taken within 72 hours of their booking schedule.
La Playa at the Strand (Morong, Bataan)
Nestled inside the quiet The Strand Subdivision, the beach houses of La Playa are perfect for a tranquil getaway. Each private beachfront rental features spacious interiors, fully appointed living, dining, and kitchen areas, and private swimming pools. Multiple bedrooms make it perfect for family reunions and large barkada gatherings. At the main house, the beautiful deck overlooking the beach is the perfect place to hang out.
New Normal Travel Guidelines: Tourists must present a negative RT-PCR, a health certificate, a QR Code, a resort booking confirmation, and a valid ID.
Sundowners Zambales (Botolan, Zambales)
Find a tropical sanctuary in the blissful Sundowners Zambales, a relatively new 2-hectare resort on the pristine shores of Zambales. Each of the 10 whitewashed villas is cozy and beautifully designed with breezy beach-inspired décor. With one- to six-bedroom villas available, Sundowners offer accommodations no matter the size of your travel group. Private and common pools are included, while activities like surfing and kayaking are also available.
Go on an island hopping day tour in Zambales.
New Normal Travel Guidelines: Tourists are required to register their trips at Zambales ViSITA to get a QR-coded Tourist Pass (QTP). On the website, tourists must also complete a Health Declaration Form and upload a negative COVID test result.
Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa (San Juan, La Union)
Vacation in style at Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa, a premier resort overlooking the main beach break of Urbiztondo. The sprawling Bali-inspired resort masters the art of laid-back luxe with a variety of stunning accommodations available, from ocean-facing suites to a two-story rest house with a private lap pool. When you’re ready for action, the beach is only steps away for your first surfing lesson.
New Normal Travel Guidelines: Register and log in at Tara Na, La Union where you can submit the papers required for your trip. Requirements include a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before entry to the province.
Ikani Surf Resort (Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
This northern destination is a long road trip from Metro Manila but well worth the drive! Travelers will fall in love with Ikani Surf Resort’s chill beach vibes, while surfers enjoy easy access to some of the region’s best surf spots. The resort’s minimalist coastal style is cozy, bright, and Insta-chic—the perfect hideaway for your long-awaited beach escape.
New Normal Travel Guidelines: Register at the Ilocos Norte website with a valid ID and get a QR code from the Safe Pass portal. Tourists from GCQ areas are required to present a negative result from an RT-PCR Test taken within 72 hours before arrival at the province, a Rapid Antigen Test taken within 24 hours before arrival, or a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival. Tourists from MGCQ areas are required to present a negative result from a Rapid Antigen Test taken within 24 hours before arrival at Ilocos Norte or a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival. For more information, contact Pinili Visitor Center at +63 908 8108636.
Treat yourself to a quick staycation and let the sea lull you into a calmer, better mindset. As always, it’s best to make a booking in advance and confirm the latest travel guidelines and protocols from the resort. Then, off to pack your bags—and don’t forget the health and safety essentials like your face masks and face shields.
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*Featured photo via Vivere Azure, Sundowners Zambales, and Kahuna Beach Resort & Spa Facebook pages