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A Guide to the 5 Best Resorts near Manila for All Kinds of Travelers

Whether you're a solo traveler or budget backpacker, there's a perfect vacation spot for you!

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | February 17, 2020

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Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


Best Resorts near Manila

Spark your wanderlust and list down these lovely resorts near Manila for your next trip!

Image: @meimeiraz

Not all travelers are the same. Some travel to see and appreciate what the world has to offer, and others consider it as a form of self-discovery; many visit different places to create memories with their loved ones, while others do it to expand their knowledge of culture, food, and the like. No matter what your purpose is, one thing is for sure: traveling is one of the greatest forms of relaxation.

Booking a stay in one of the best resorts near Manila is one way to spend your weekend, but if you're into exploring a place that gets you, take more time to choose from amazing resorts that cater to different types of travelers. Whether you’re a sentimental traveler or a backpacker on a budget, this list of the best resorts near Manila for different types of travelers will show that there’s a place meant for you. See what your traveler type is and the vacation spot for you!


Check out this video:





1. For the Soul-Searchers: Mount Purro Nature Reserve

Address: Mount Purro Nature Reserve Purok 5, Barangay Calawis, Antipolo City
Rates:
Garden Tent - PhP750 per person per night
Pavilion Dorm - PhP900 per person per night
Dumagat Model Home - PhP5,000 for 3-5 persons per night
Travel Time (from Cubao): 1 hr and 9 mins. via private vehicle


amazing resorts

Fall in love with the greenery at Mount Purro Nature Reserve.

Image: Mount Purro Nature Reserve Facebook Page

The Soul-Searcher Type: Travelers who fall under this category are those who crave for some time away from the fast-paced life in the urban jungle. They’d rather travel alone so they can find themselves and focus on the deeper aspects of life.

The Place To Be: Nestled in the foot of Sierra Madre is Mount Purro Nature Reserve, a peaceful place perfect for soul-searchers. Enjoy the place’s breathtaking landscape by taking a hike in the forest as early as 5:30 AM. The resort also offers a community bonfire every 8:30 PM where you can get to know new people who are probably soul-searching like you. You can choose to spend the night in a tent while camping under the stars or sleep in a bahay kubo (nipa hut)-inspired cottage surrounded by a canopy of trees for a more relaxing getaway.

How to get to Mount Purro Nature Reserve: From Aurora Boulevard or Marcos Highway, ride a jeepney going to Cogeo. From Cogeo, ride another jeepney bound for Paenaan. Ask the driver to drop you off at Kanto Veterans. Finally, from Kanto Veterans, ride two more tricycles that will take you to Mount Purro Nature Reserve.

July 2020 Update: Mount Purro Nature Reserve is closed until further notice.



2. For the YOLOists: La Virginia Hotel & Resort

Address: Barangay Manggahan, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas
Entrance Fee:
Adult - PhP300
Child - PhP200
Pet - PhP500
Overnight accommodation: Ranges from PhP2,000 to PhP27,000
Schedule:
Day tour - 8:00AM to 9:30PM
Overnight - 2:00PM to 12:00NN
Travel Time (from Cubao): 2 hours via private vehicle


breathtaking landscape

The pool has two fun water slides both for kids and adults!

Image: La Virginia Hotel & Resort Facebook Page

The YOLOist Type: “YOLO” means “you only live once,” and that’s what YOLOists hold on to. They love living in the moment and are known to be thrill-seekers. For them, anywhere and anything can be an adventure.

The Place To Be: La Virginia Hotel & Resort is a haven for those who love exploring. The resort is surrounded by different attractions that are all within walking distance. These attractions include the well-known Buddha View Deck, Castillo de La Virginia, Hanging Bridge, and Ifugao Village. La Virginia also features various outdoor activities such as a 500-meter zipline, archery range, and wall climbing, making it the ideal place for adventure enthusiasts. Can't pick an activity? Try them all! After all, you only live once, right?

How to get to La Virginia Hotel & Resort: From the Buendia bus terminal or Cubao bus terminal, ride a bus going to Batangas and alight at Tambo Exit. From there, cross the road and ride a jeep going to Mataas na Kahoy. Get off in front of 7/11 and then ride a tricycle going to La Virginia Hotel & Resort.

July 2020 Update: La Virginia Hotel & Resort is closed until further notice.



3. For the Budget Backpackers: Costa Abril

Address: 49 Dao St., Rodriguez, Rizal
Entrance Fees:
Daytime
Adult - PhP200
Child - PhP150
Overnight
Adult - PhP250
Child - PhP150
Day and Night
Adult - PhP400
Child - PhP200
Room Rates:
Cottages - PhP700 to PhP6,600
Airconditioned rooms - PhP1,500 to PhP7,000
Villas (Semi-Private) - PhP3,000 to PhP6,500
Travel Time (from Cubao): 1 hour via private vehicle


different attractions

These are only two out of seven huge pools in Costa Abril!

Image: Costa Abril Facebook Page

The Budget Backpacker Type: The budget backpackers are the ones who prefer travelling with limited expenses. They are savvy and practical, and they’d rather go to places where they’ll spend less while having loads of fun.

The Place To Be: Sitting in the heart of Rodriguez, Rizal, Costa Abril boasts seven spacious swimming pools, a wave pool, and a giant slide that’s four floors above the ground with two 360-degree loops. Staying in a resort with seven pools may sound expensive, but this place begs to differ. For as low as PhP1,500, you can already stay in an air-conditioned room fit for four people! This family-friendly destination in Rizal is as simple as it is affordable, plus it is only at least two hours away from Metro Manila.

How to get to Costa Abril: From the Cubao Bus Terminal, ride a UV with a Farmer’s Market, Cubao-Montalban via LITEX route and get off at San Jose Crossing. Depart onto Payatas Road, and walk until you reach Costa Abril Resort.

July 2020 Update: Costa Abril is closed until further notice.



4. For the Cute Couple: Aquascape Lake Caliraya

Address: Barangay Kanluran-West Talaongan, 4014 Cavinti, Laguna
Room Rates:
Land-based Rooms
Off-peak - PhP3,500 to PhP8,000
Peak - PhP4,200 to PhP9,600
Floating Houses
Off-peak - PhP8,000 to PhP12,000
Peak - PhP9,600 to PhP14,400
Travel Time (from Cubao): 2 hrs and 45 mins via private vehicle


spacious swimming pools

Stay disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the metro at Aquascape’s floating cottage.

Image: Aquascape Facebook Page

The Cute Couple Type: There are travelers who prefer exploring alone, and there are travelers who’d love to discover the world with their significant other—these are the cute couples. People under this type usually look a place that is romantic and exciting at the same time.



The Place To Be: A place where you can spend a quiet and intimate time with bae is Aquascape Lake Caliraya. The place offers an array of accommodations, namely six lakefront cottages and two fully-equipped motorized floating houses. You and your partner can enjoy different land activities such as the electric bike and ATV, and water activities including jet ski riding and fish spa while you’re here. What makes this place more interesting is that it’s pet-friendly, so there's no need to leave your fur baby behind!

How to get to Aquascape Lake Caliraya: From Buendia bus terminal or Cubao bus terminal, ride a bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Afterwards, ride a jeepney going to Lumot, Caliraya, and get off when you see a Mt. Carmel sign. Aquascape Lake Caliraya is just a 10-minute walk from there.


5. For the Eco-Warriors: Riverfront Garden Resorts

Address: Pinagsanhan B, Maragondon, Cavite
Day Rate (From 8:00AM to 5:00PM only):
Adult - PhP200; PhP250 (weekend or holiday)
Kid - PhP150; PhP200 (weekend or holiday)
Cottages - PhP400 to PhP1,500
Room Rate (Overnight stay):
Deluxe Room - PhP3,500 to PhP4,500
Twin Room - PhP3,500 to PhP4,500
Superior Room - PhP4,500 to PhP5,500
Glamping - PhP2,000 to PhP3,000
Corkage Fee: PhP400; PhP450 on weekends or holidays
Travel Time (from Cubao): 2 hrs and 10 mins via private vehicle


vacation spot

The resort has no Wifi, encouraging its guests to keep away from their phones and savor nature's beauty.

Image: @preetsyhaan

The Eco-Warrior Type: Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you can’t be eco-friendly—that’s what eco-warrior travelers believe in. They are the ones who would love to see the beauty of Mother Nature while leaving as few carbon footprints as they can.

The Place To Be: Located less than three hours from Manila is an Instagram-worthy and eco-friendly vacation spot for eco-warriors: Riverfront Garden Resorts. This place is only located in Cavite, but staying here can make you feel like you’re in a different world. This resort allows you to stay in lounges and cabins that are seated in the middle of gardens so you can have some quiet time while taking in the intrinsic beauty of Mother Nature. You can also get an unobstructed view of the Maragondon River while taking a dip in the pool.

How to get to Riverfront Garden Resorts: From Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, ride on a bus with a Maragondon/Ternate route. Get off at Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Maragondon, and then take a tricycle to Riverfront Garden Resorts.

July 2020 Update: Riverfront Garden Resorts’ cafe has resumed operations, but its swimming pools and room accommodations are closed until further notice.



Have you guessed your traveler type? No matter what it is, remember that the key to having the best vacation is to enjoy it. Happy traveling!


Make sure to visit Yoorekka for more travel tips and awesome recommendations!


This article was last updated on July 21, 2020.
Due to changing quarantine measures, the activities, destination/s, store/s, establishment/s featured in this article might be temporarily prohibited or closed under the latest government policies. LGUs might also implement health protocols and travel requirements. Please get in touch with the establishment/s before visiting. Stay safe!


Best Resorts near Manila

Spark your wanderlust and list down these lovely resorts near Manila for your next trip!

Image: @meimeiraz

Not all travelers are the same. Some travel to see and appreciate what the world has to offer, and others consider it as a form of self-discovery; many visit different places to create memories with their loved ones, while others do it to expand their knowledge of culture, food, and the like. No matter what your purpose is, one thing is for sure: traveling is one of the greatest forms of relaxation.

Booking a stay in one of the best resorts near Manila is one way to spend your weekend, but if you're into exploring a place that gets you, take more time to choose from amazing resorts that cater to different types of travelers. Whether you’re a sentimental traveler or a backpacker on a budget, this list of the best resorts near Manila for different types of travelers will show that there’s a place meant for you. See what your traveler type is and the vacation spot for you!


Check out this video:





1. For the Soul-Searchers: Mount Purro Nature Reserve

Address: Mount Purro Nature Reserve Purok 5, Barangay Calawis, Antipolo City
Rates:
Garden Tent - PhP750 per person per night
Pavilion Dorm - PhP900 per person per night
Dumagat Model Home - PhP5,000 for 3-5 persons per night
Travel Time (from Cubao): 1 hr and 9 mins. via private vehicle


amazing resorts

Fall in love with the greenery at Mount Purro Nature Reserve.

Image: Mount Purro Nature Reserve Facebook Page

The Soul-Searcher Type: Travelers who fall under this category are those who crave for some time away from the fast-paced life in the urban jungle. They’d rather travel alone so they can find themselves and focus on the deeper aspects of life.

The Place To Be: Nestled in the foot of Sierra Madre is Mount Purro Nature Reserve, a peaceful place perfect for soul-searchers. Enjoy the place’s breathtaking landscape by taking a hike in the forest as early as 5:30 AM. The resort also offers a community bonfire every 8:30 PM where you can get to know new people who are probably soul-searching like you. You can choose to spend the night in a tent while camping under the stars or sleep in a bahay kubo (nipa hut)-inspired cottage surrounded by a canopy of trees for a more relaxing getaway.

How to get to Mount Purro Nature Reserve: From Aurora Boulevard or Marcos Highway, ride a jeepney going to Cogeo. From Cogeo, ride another jeepney bound for Paenaan. Ask the driver to drop you off at Kanto Veterans. Finally, from Kanto Veterans, ride two more tricycles that will take you to Mount Purro Nature Reserve.

July 2020 Update: Mount Purro Nature Reserve is closed until further notice.



2. For the YOLOists: La Virginia Hotel & Resort

Address: Barangay Manggahan, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas
Entrance Fee:
Adult - PhP300
Child - PhP200
Pet - PhP500
Overnight accommodation: Ranges from PhP2,000 to PhP27,000
Schedule:
Day tour - 8:00AM to 9:30PM
Overnight - 2:00PM to 12:00NN
Travel Time (from Cubao): 2 hours via private vehicle


breathtaking landscape

The pool has two fun water slides both for kids and adults!

Image: La Virginia Hotel & Resort Facebook Page

The YOLOist Type: “YOLO” means “you only live once,” and that’s what YOLOists hold on to. They love living in the moment and are known to be thrill-seekers. For them, anywhere and anything can be an adventure.

The Place To Be: La Virginia Hotel & Resort is a haven for those who love exploring. The resort is surrounded by different attractions that are all within walking distance. These attractions include the well-known Buddha View Deck, Castillo de La Virginia, Hanging Bridge, and Ifugao Village. La Virginia also features various outdoor activities such as a 500-meter zipline, archery range, and wall climbing, making it the ideal place for adventure enthusiasts. Can't pick an activity? Try them all! After all, you only live once, right?

How to get to La Virginia Hotel & Resort: From the Buendia bus terminal or Cubao bus terminal, ride a bus going to Batangas and alight at Tambo Exit. From there, cross the road and ride a jeep going to Mataas na Kahoy. Get off in front of 7/11 and then ride a tricycle going to La Virginia Hotel & Resort.

July 2020 Update: La Virginia Hotel & Resort is closed until further notice.



3. For the Budget Backpackers: Costa Abril

Address: 49 Dao St., Rodriguez, Rizal
Entrance Fees:
Daytime
Adult - PhP200
Child - PhP150
Overnight
Adult - PhP250
Child - PhP150
Day and Night
Adult - PhP400
Child - PhP200
Room Rates:
Cottages - PhP700 to PhP6,600
Airconditioned rooms - PhP1,500 to PhP7,000
Villas (Semi-Private) - PhP3,000 to PhP6,500
Travel Time (from Cubao): 1 hour via private vehicle


different attractions

These are only two out of seven huge pools in Costa Abril!

Image: Costa Abril Facebook Page

The Budget Backpacker Type: The budget backpackers are the ones who prefer travelling with limited expenses. They are savvy and practical, and they’d rather go to places where they’ll spend less while having loads of fun.

The Place To Be: Sitting in the heart of Rodriguez, Rizal, Costa Abril boasts seven spacious swimming pools, a wave pool, and a giant slide that’s four floors above the ground with two 360-degree loops. Staying in a resort with seven pools may sound expensive, but this place begs to differ. For as low as PhP1,500, you can already stay in an air-conditioned room fit for four people! This family-friendly destination in Rizal is as simple as it is affordable, plus it is only at least two hours away from Metro Manila.

How to get to Costa Abril: From the Cubao Bus Terminal, ride a UV with a Farmer’s Market, Cubao-Montalban via LITEX route and get off at San Jose Crossing. Depart onto Payatas Road, and walk until you reach Costa Abril Resort.

July 2020 Update: Costa Abril is closed until further notice.



4. For the Cute Couple: Aquascape Lake Caliraya

Address: Barangay Kanluran-West Talaongan, 4014 Cavinti, Laguna
Room Rates:
Land-based Rooms
Off-peak - PhP3,500 to PhP8,000
Peak - PhP4,200 to PhP9,600
Floating Houses
Off-peak - PhP8,000 to PhP12,000
Peak - PhP9,600 to PhP14,400
Travel Time (from Cubao): 2 hrs and 45 mins via private vehicle


spacious swimming pools

Stay disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the metro at Aquascape’s floating cottage.

Image: Aquascape Facebook Page

The Cute Couple Type: There are travelers who prefer exploring alone, and there are travelers who’d love to discover the world with their significant other—these are the cute couples. People under this type usually look a place that is romantic and exciting at the same time.



The Place To Be: A place where you can spend a quiet and intimate time with bae is Aquascape Lake Caliraya. The place offers an array of accommodations, namely six lakefront cottages and two fully-equipped motorized floating houses. You and your partner can enjoy different land activities such as the electric bike and ATV, and water activities including jet ski riding and fish spa while you’re here. What makes this place more interesting is that it’s pet-friendly, so there's no need to leave your fur baby behind!

How to get to Aquascape Lake Caliraya: From Buendia bus terminal or Cubao bus terminal, ride a bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Afterwards, ride a jeepney going to Lumot, Caliraya, and get off when you see a Mt. Carmel sign. Aquascape Lake Caliraya is just a 10-minute walk from there.


5. For the Eco-Warriors: Riverfront Garden Resorts

Address: Pinagsanhan B, Maragondon, Cavite
Day Rate (From 8:00AM to 5:00PM only):
Adult - PhP200; PhP250 (weekend or holiday)
Kid - PhP150; PhP200 (weekend or holiday)
Cottages - PhP400 to PhP1,500
Room Rate (Overnight stay):
Deluxe Room - PhP3,500 to PhP4,500
Twin Room - PhP3,500 to PhP4,500
Superior Room - PhP4,500 to PhP5,500
Glamping - PhP2,000 to PhP3,000
Corkage Fee: PhP400; PhP450 on weekends or holidays
Travel Time (from Cubao): 2 hrs and 10 mins via private vehicle


vacation spot

The resort has no Wifi, encouraging its guests to keep away from their phones and savor nature's beauty.

Image: @preetsyhaan

The Eco-Warrior Type: Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you can’t be eco-friendly—that’s what eco-warrior travelers believe in. They are the ones who would love to see the beauty of Mother Nature while leaving as few carbon footprints as they can.

The Place To Be: Located less than three hours from Manila is an Instagram-worthy and eco-friendly vacation spot for eco-warriors: Riverfront Garden Resorts. This place is only located in Cavite, but staying here can make you feel like you’re in a different world. This resort allows you to stay in lounges and cabins that are seated in the middle of gardens so you can have some quiet time while taking in the intrinsic beauty of Mother Nature. You can also get an unobstructed view of the Maragondon River while taking a dip in the pool.

How to get to Riverfront Garden Resorts: From Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, ride on a bus with a Maragondon/Ternate route. Get off at Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Maragondon, and then take a tricycle to Riverfront Garden Resorts.

July 2020 Update: Riverfront Garden Resorts’ cafe has resumed operations, but its swimming pools and room accommodations are closed until further notice.



Have you guessed your traveler type? No matter what it is, remember that the key to having the best vacation is to enjoy it. Happy traveling!


Make sure to visit Yoorekka for more travel tips and awesome recommendations!


This article was last updated on July 21, 2020.

author

Antonette is a writer, a night owl, an extrovert, and a BTS ARMY. Her spare time is consumed by drawing digital vector art, sleeping, binge-watching Netflix series, and learning how to cook. An adventurer by heart, she aspires to travel the world with her family, try extreme outdoor activities, and taste all sorts of food in different countries.

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