Whether you are partial to lush mountain views, beach villas, or a serene spa experience in a garden resort, spending time in nature has a way of leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated. Everyone could use a breath of fresh air—so why not venture to the great outdoors for your next weekend getaway? After being cooped up indoors for nearly two years, you deserve to take a break! There are plenty of fantastic nature destinations in the Philippines, even just an easy drive away from the bustling metro. To help you plan your next vacation, we’ve put together a list of our favorite staycation spots near Metro Manila that puts you in the heart of nature. Plus, these destinations are socially distant, making it ideal for anyone seeking a safer vacation experience while easing back into the bakasyonista life.
1. Nature Wellness Village (Tagaytay, Cavite)
If you love getting pampered, then a retreat at Nature Wellness Village may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Nestled in the tranquil mountains of Tagaytay, the world-renowned spa resort is hailed for its Filipino-inspired spa treatments, Ifugao native hut accommodations, and Filipino fusion cuisine. Expect a holistic wellness experience with indigenous therapeutic massages, cleansing exfoliation treatments, all-natural facials, and delicious healthy meals daily.
2. The Park (Silang, Cavite)
Just a stone’s throw away from Tagaytay, The Park is great if you want a more peaceful experience while staying near the action. Featuring an array of rooms, suites, and luxury glamping tents, The Park delivers an Instagram-friendly space for every kind of traveler. The best perk: private hot tubs or pools in each room and suite! Make sure you bring your suit for a soothing soak. Other facilities in the property include a heated pool, a sauna, and a gym, among others.
3. Paradis Island (Cavinti, Laguna)
Paradis Island is the perfect escape to embrace your love of outdoor recreation. Set along the banks of Lake Lumot in Cavinti, Laguna, this eco-friendly property delivers a variety of fun outdoor activities like kayaking, rafting, and fishing. If you’d rather chill out, there are hammocks, hanging beds, and a floating cabana throughout the property for relaxation. There are two separate villas, but groups can opt to rent the entire island for optimum privacy.
4. Vivere Azure (Anilao, Batangas)
If you’re willing to splurge a bit for your nature getaway, Vivire Azure in Anilao, Batangas delivers a five-star beach experience for travelers craving for some vitamin sea. Tucked away in the forested hills of Anilao, the secluded resort feels like a luxurious take on treehouse living. A private beach and an infinity pool overlooking the sea make this an idyllic oasis for water babies.
5. Domescape Glamping (Nasugbu, Batangas)
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more enchanting glamping spot than Domescape Glamping in Nasugbu, Batangas. The property makes connecting with nature as photogenic as ever, with geodesic dome tents overlooking lush gardens and natural pools. Each air-conditioned dome is appointed with a refrigerator, a microwave, and pristine décor, while some feature private pools with slides.
6. Treasure Mountain (Tanay, Rizal)
Roughing it can be just as rewarding as booking at a five-star hotel if you know where to look. Treasure Mountain is a picturesque no-hike mountain in Tanay that’s a trekker’s favorite, especially those who are eager to capture views of the sea of clouds. Glampers can also enjoy an array of fun activities, such as rope courses, a spider web view deck, swimming, and a kawa bath. Choose from a range of day and overnight tours here.
Address: Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal
Rates: Overnight tours start at P1,350
7. Mount Purro Nature Resort (Antipolo, Rizal)
Mount Purro Nature Reserve is an eco-park nestled on the foothills of the majestic Sierra Madre Mountain Range. It’s an excellent staycation spot for families and groups looking to explore the great outdoors, with activities like forest hiking, river walking, and tree planting offered in the sprawling property. A swimming pool, a playground, and a game room are also available for guests. There aren’t fancy VIP accommodations here, but the bahay kubo-inspired cottages, cabins, and suites are all spacious, comfortable, and unique.
8. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Bagac, Bataan)
Get transported back in time at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Featuring a magnificent collection of restored and rebuilt Spanish-Filipino houses from all over the country, this Bataan heritage resort is a celebration of Filipino architecture, art, and culture. Guests can choose from the luxurious ancestral mansions, well-built casas inspired by historically significant buildings, or the 217-room hotel. A stroll through the sprawling beachfront property is a treat to the senses with attractions such as the replica of Balanga’s St. Joseph Cathedral, a batis-inspired swimming pool, and kalesas.
9. Camayan Beach Resort (Subic, Zambales)
Can’t pick between the beach or the rainforest? Camayan Beach Resort offers the best of both worlds, a true sanctuary for nature lovers. Dive underwater with your snorkel for close encounters with marine life, then set off on an easy trek through forests occupied by cheeky monkeys. Rooms are tastefully designed and cozy, an ultra-comfortable base for exploring the gems of Subic. Plus, Camayan is right next to Ocean Adventure!
10. Zoobic Glampz by Zoobic Safari (Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Bataan)
Walk on the wild side with a safari-themed staycation at Zoobic Glampz. This is perfect for animal-loving families. Room choices include tiger-, zebra-, and peacock-themed accommodations with free breakfast and dinner included. Additionally, guests enjoy access to the swimming pool, kawa bath, and Zoobic Park.
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*Featured photo via Domescape Glamping, Paradis Island PH, and Mount Purro Nature Reserve Facebook pages