Call your gang and see these themed resorts near the metro!
Images: Cintai Corito's Garden Batangas (L); Goshen Resort and Hotel (R) Facebook pages
Metro Manila is filled with unique and interesting restaurants and hangout spots that make for an exciting weekend. Here you’ll find countless parks and malls—even streets solely dedicated to food! But sometimes you feel like you’ve visited them all and just want to travel the world. You can go on a quick international trip without leaving the country. Resorts near Metro Manila are aplenty, and within a few hours’ drive from the city, you’ll get somewhere that looks like an international location already. Some of these destinations near Manila are perfect for a barkada getaway.
If you’re tired of revisiting Intramuros or are not in the mood for a slow afternoon at Luneta Park, here are themed resorts near Metro Manila that you can visit with your friends for a barkada getaway. Check them out!
Location:Brgy. Iruhin Central Calamba Road, Tagaytay City
Travel Time:Approximately 1 hour and 31 minutes
Rates:Start at PhP7,500
You’ll feel like walking the streets of Switzerland when you stay at Crosswinds Resort Suites.
Image: Crosswinds Resort Suites website
The metro’s ridiculous heat can be unbearable, but a quick drive south to Crosswinds Resort Suites in Tagaytay will give you a cool respite from the hot weather. This resort near Metro Manila is a Swiss-inspired resort that may not have snow-covered mountains, but the thousands of pine trees that dot it and the greenery that envelops it will transport you to the Swiss countryside. Here, you’ll feel like you’re in Switzerland, but it doesn’t cost too much! This destination near Manila is a good option if you’re finding a barkada getaway.
As for the accommodations of this resort near Metro Manila, you can choose among the 43 rooms and suites that Crosswinds offer for your barkada getaway. All rooms have a kitchen so you and your friends can cook your own food.
Location:80 San Juan St., Rio Vista Subdivision Sabang, Baliwag, Bulacan
Travel time:Approximately 1 hour and 21 minutes
Day tour – PhP1,200
Room rates start at PhP4,400
Feel like a Southern Belle and sing country songs at The Greenery in Bulacan.
If you prefer someplace very close to Metro Manila, visit this resort near Metro Manila; The Greenery in Bulacan might quickly get you packing and out the door. You and your friends don’t need to go out of the country for a barkada getaway. This destination near Manila is inspired by the rustic charms of the American countryside. It is evident in its architecture and the feel of the place.
The faux barn of this resort near Metro Manila might make it seem like you’re on a farm. Still, The Greenery’s infinity pool, fancy cabanas, and superb accommodation make it a luxurious vacation spot. Their rooms can accommodate as small as two persons and as large as a group of 10 for a barkada getaway.
Bali has been a favorite by many travelers thanks to its beautiful beaches and gorgeous temples. Suppose your barkada getaway just wants a glimpse of this Asian destination without flying there. In that case, you can visit this resort near Metro Manila, the Cintai Corito’s Garden in Batangas.
This destination near Manila is heavily inspired by Balinese architecture, from its intricate gate reminiscent of the well-known temples of Bali to the small art pieces and statues around the garden. Stay here for a night and enjoy their rooms with that Balinese vibe. Although you won’t find any beaches here at this resort near Manila, the swimming pools are enough to give you and your friends a great time for a barkada getaway.
Go on a European trip for cheap at Goshen Resort and Hotel.
Image: Goshen Resort and Hotel Facebook page
Tarlac might not be a known vacation destination near Manila to many, but Goshen Resort and Hotel might change your mind. This ten-hectare resort near Metro Manila is filled with family-friendly facilities and features jaw-dropping architecture inspired by the famous ruins of Rome. For an Instagrammable photo for your barkada getaway, this resort near Metro Manila has one of the main attractions: Dambana ni Yawyeh, Goshen’s top attraction that resembles the Amphitheatrum Flavium building in Rome.
You can explore the beauty of Goshen’s facilities overnight, as this resort near Metro Manila offers various accommodations. They have small standard rooms for two to three persons, but they also have large rooms like their Bunkhouse that can accommodate up to 20 persons, perfect for a barkada getaway.
Location:0001 GS Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Highway Luksuhin Ilaya, Alfonso, Cavite
Travel Time:1 hour and 50 minutes
Rates:Room rates start at PhP8,196.72 depending on the booking date
Get a great view of Taal while enjoying the best Thai-inspired amenities at The Oriental Luxury Suites.
Image: The Oriental Luxury Suites Tagaytay Facebook page
Another Asian-inspired destination near Manila that you can reach within a couple of hours is The Oriental Luxury Suites in Tagaytay. The wood-centric resort near Metro Manila is inspired by the beautiful beach towns of Phuket and Krabi in Thailand. Besides its stunning interiors, the resort also offers a breathtaking view of Taal, best enjoyed in its infinity pool. Suppose your barkada getaway plan is inclined towards arts. In that case, this destination near Manila has an inspiration that manifests in charming art pieces and ornaments found around the resort near Metro Manila.
The Oriental’s accommodation also continues the Thailand vibe, with each room named after a city in the Southeast Asian country. Have a good night’s rest at Ayuthaya (Executive Queen) or splurge and treat your family when you stay at Railay (Presidential Suite).
Day tour – PhP1,550 to PhP2,250 (depending on age)
Room rates start at PhP7,000
No need to fly to Greece to experience this stunning sunset.
Image: Camp Netanya Instagram page
Another resort near Metro Manila that will send you and your friends on a foreign vacation for a barkada getaway without air travel is Camp Netanya. This destination near Manila is a charming Batangas beach resort that gained fame for its recreation of the beautiful blue-domed houses in Santorini, Greece. Camp Netanya also continued the Mediterranean theme through their Greek-inspired food and their staff members dressed in togas.
When you’re in Camp Netanya, dip into their infinity pool—the perfect spot for sunset viewing in the afternoon. This resort near Manila also offers diving courses if you want to see the beauty of Batangas’ marine world.
Entrance fee – PhP450 per head (lean season), PhP500 per head (peak season)
Camping rates – PhP900 per head (lean season), PhP1,000 (peak season)
Room rates start at PhP6,000 per night
The Maldives is pricey, but this resort in Batangas isn’t.
Many Filipinos dream of visiting the Maldives, a country known for its white sand beaches, blue waters, and cottages on stilts. Suppose you and your friends’ savings are not yet enough for a Maldives barkada getaway. In that case, this resort near Metro Manila is an excellent option for a Maldives vibe, and you can visit this in Batangas, the Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort.
This destination near Manila is a 24-hectare resort that features floating cottages inspired by those in the Maldives. This resort near Metro Manila also has other rooms with cheaper rates and a camping site if you prefer to pitch a tent. Unless your barkada getaway is not in for overnight, then Day trippers are welcome.
As much as we love Metro Manila, a quick weekend trip somewhere far can also be a nice change. Let us know in the comments section which of these destination-themed resorts you will visit soon.
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This article was initially published in Yoorekka on September 10, 2018.
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About Patricia Marie Prado
Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.
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