In a naturally beautiful country like the Philippines, home to lush valleys, megadiversity and smouldering volcanoes, it would be a shame to stay cooped up indoors. Our advice? Soak up the scenery with a stay at one of the country’s finest campsites and glampsites. And don’t worry if you’re unsure about where to start – to get you going, we’ve narrowed down the abundance of top options to this selection, bookable now via Culture Trip.
The Birdhouse, for birds-eye views near Las Cabañas Beach
Live like our feathered friends: perched high above the tall trees and surrounded by panoramic views at this family-run, four-tent resort. Every one of that quartet comes with plush bedding and a private terrace overlooking the ocean. Dine al fresco at the Nesting Table, which serves delicious Filipino and Western dishes, but be sure to make time for a sunset yoga session at 5pm each day – the widescreen rooftop views are unforgettable.
Aetas Glamping, for rustic chic near Caalan Beach
Cosied up in a tropical setting overlooking lush rice fields, this rustic-chic resort features plenty of earthy materials such as bamboo and rattan. Step inside the tents, however, and you’ll be pleased to find large, comfortable beds, plus hotel-style mod cons including toilets and hot showers. But that’s not all – an outdoor swimming pool beckons from beneath the trees in the garden, where a barbecue is ready to grill the catch of the day.
Singalong Nature Campsite Hill, for enjoying the simple life near the Pintô Art Museum
At this pared-down campsite in Angono, the owners invite guests to commune with nature and live the probinsya (provincial) life. Simple tents or bamboo shelters with canopies and mountain views are provided, but you’ll need to bring your own food, drinking water, insect repellent and power banks. Communal kitchens, barbecue pits and a bathroom with complimentary toiletries will make socialising with your fellow campers both easy and enjoyable. While the set-up may be basic, you’ll be privileged to enjoy the blissful beauty and serenity of the rural Philippines.
Pacific Buddies – Campsite, for happy camping near Laktas Falls
Offering outsized tents in an idyllic garden setting, this family-friendly accommodation is an ideal base for those looking to explore the caves of Dingalan and the town’s famous surfing beaches. In addition to daily housekeeping and complimentary toiletries, the friendly staff are more than happy to organise day trips and ATV tours. Although there is no on-site restaurant, you are invited to use the barbecue grills provided. Your pets are also welcome to stay – at no extra charge.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Katrina Escalona.
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