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Fantastic Weekend Break Destinations That Are Easy on the Budget

Looking for affordable getaways not too far from Metro Manila? Here they are!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | June 25, 2020
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Note: Due to quarantine restrictions, some of these destinations might not be open yet. It is recommended to coordinate with the management before going.

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Take a break and feel the tension and stress leave your body.

Staycations are all the rage right now, but there are times when staying at a hotel in the city is not enough to be fully relaxed. Sometimes, seeing the beauty of nature is the only thing that can melt away stress. When you hear the call to step outside the comfort of the city and go on spectacular adventures, you must heed it. Cheap weekend breaks amidst Mother Nature may sound impossible, but they’re not! To help you out, Yoorekka listed some of the destinations outside Metro Manila where travelers can have affordable getaways during the weekend. Plan your cheap weekend breaks for summer now!

1. Loreland Farm Resort

Where: Sitio Loreland, Barangay San Roque, Antipolo City
Entrance fee - PhP225 (regular rate for weekdays), PhP250 (regular rate for Friday, weekends, and holidays)
Room rates range from PhP3,000 to PhP15,000*
* prices are cheaper during weekdays
Travel time: Two hours

Metro Manila

There are different types of pool in Loreland Farm Resort that caters to all ages.

Image: Loreland Farm Resort

Antipolo is not just home to several of the country’s beautiful churches, but it is also a haven for vacationers who are looking for a quick break from Manila. Resorts abound in the area, and Loreland Farm Resort is one of the most well-known spots. Nestled within eight hectares of land are various accommodations for any kind of visitor and several amenities that can make any stay memorable: swimming pools for both children and adults, a salon and spa, restaurants and convenience stores, a chapel, and sports and recreation facilities.

June 2020 Update: This destination is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Borawan Beach

Where: Barangay Lipata, Padre Burgos, Quezon Province
Entrance fees
PhP220 (overnight) for Station 1 and 2
PhP150 (day tour) for Station 1 and 2
Discounted prices for students and seniors
PhP180 (overnight) for Station 1 and 2
PhP120 (day tour) for Station 1 and 2
Group packages ranging from PhP500 to PhP8,000
Tent rental PhP500 (overnight)
PhP850 Cottage (day tour)
PhP1,250 Cottage (overnight)
Rooms on Station 3 ranges from PhP3,500 to PhP4,800
PhP8,000 Beach House
PhP650 Tent with cushion
Travel time: Three to four hours from Manila, plus a 15-minute boat ride

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Borawan Beach was opened to the public in 2013

Image: The Borawan Island Resort

Ever wanted to visit Boracay and Palawan but find the distance and expenses too much? Look no further: Borawan Beach in Quezon combines the charms of both destinations without the expensive rates. Its clever moniker, “Borawan,” was even coined because of how it has the characteristics of both popular destinations. Borawan Beach’s picturesque beauty features white sands like that of Boracay’s and rock formations like those in Palawan. Guests can choose among a beach house, tent, or cottage for their accommodations. Group packages are also available for barkadas (friend group) or families.

June 2020 Update: This destination is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. Bato Springs

Where: San Pablo, Laguna
PhP100 day tour (8:00AM to 4:00PM)
PhP150 overnight (5:00PM to 4:00PM)
PhP200 tent pitching
PhP400 cottages
Room rates starts at PhP1,200
Travel time: Two and a half hours

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Bato Springs is one of the mesmerizing springs you can find in Laguna, the resort capital of the Philippines

Image: Bato Springs Resort

For those who want to be much closer to nature, Bato Springs is a tranquil spot in Laguna where you can be surrounded by trees and chill by the water. The resort is a popular getaway in the summer, since its cool natural spring water is a great way to beat the heat. Along with the natural swimming pools, there are also mini manmade waterfalls. What also makes it a great destination is that it’s very affordable. You can experience Bato Spring’s beauty without spending over PhP1,000. Anyone who wants to have an overnight stay can rent one of the available air-conditioned rooms.

4. Kamayan sa Palaisdaan

Where: Brgy. Dapdap, Tayabas City, Quezon
Day rates for Spring Lagoon Pool (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
PhP100 adults
PhP80 children
PhP90 students
PhP80 seniors
Day rates for Summit Infinity Pool
PhP150 adults
PhP100 children
PhP135 students
PhP120 seniors
Night rates for Spring Lagoon Pool (6:00 PM to 12:00 AM)
PhP150 adults
PhP130 children
PhP135 students
PhP120 seniors
Night rates for Summit Infinity Pool
PhP200 adults
PhP150 children
PhP180 student
PhP160 senior
Travel time: Three to five hours


There are other activities you can try in Kamayan sa Palaisdaan such as ziplining and body fall.

Image: Kamayan sa Palaisdaan

Kamayan sa Palaisdaan is both known for its restaurant and resort. Its restaurant is known for fresh seafood dishes that satisfy any cravings. The airport-themed Air Summit Gourmet is popular among tourists for its fun concept of having guests dine inside an airplane.

Meanwhile, Kamayan sa Palaisdaan’s resort is known for its Spring Lagoon pool and Summit Infinity pool. With a depth of five to six feet, the Spring Lagoon pool is filled with filtered water from a nearby spring. The Summit Infinity Pool on the other hand, is perfect for those who want a breathtaking view while swimming. With its location at the highest area of the resort, it overlooks the entire resort and Mt. Banahaw.

June 2020 Update: This destination is currently open only for food orders via delivery. Contact 0918 951 0460, 0917 556 2642, or 0917 852 3028 to order.

5. Vista Aplaya

Where: Anilao, Batangas
PhP1,200 day trip/pax
Cottages range from PhP5,000 to PhP7,000
Travel time: Three hours

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You can watch the sunset at Vista Aplaya’s pool.

Image: Vista Aplaya

There’s so much you can do inside Vista Aplaya. For one, you can do different water activities like dive, swim, kayak, or swim. You can also choose to chill at the infinity pool or the beach. For activities that don’t involve getting wet, try your luck at darts or billiards. If you’re more of a mellow fellow, chill by the beachside lounges while sipping cocktails and watching the sunset. The resort also has a restaurant that serves fresh seafood and other Filipino cuisines.

Want to discover more unique places like Vista Aplaya? Check out Yoorekka!

6. Anawangin Cove

Where: San Antonio, Zambales
PhP1,199/pax with transportation
PhP550/pax without transpo
PhP450/pax day tour
PhP150 snorkeling gear rental
PhP20/head environmental fee
Travel time: Three to four hours

Metro Manila

This is not a painting, but a real picture of Anawangin Cove.

Image: Anawangin & Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

Anawangin Cove looks like it’s something straight out of a movie. With its pristine beach and lush greenery, one word to describe it would be “surreal.” Since the area has no electricity or mobile signal, it is ideal for a weekend break away from not just the city but also technology. During night time, stargazing is also a popular activity since there’s less light pollution. Besides strolling along the beach or taking a dip into the waters, you can have a spectacular tour of the surrounding landscape. You can check out the awesome view from a nearby hill or visit Anawangin’s sister cove, Nagsasasa.

Take a much-deserved weekend break away from the metro soon!

This article was originally published in Yoorekka on February 22, 2019.
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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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