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Bustling Metro Manila can get overwhelming fast. But luckily, it isn’t too difficult to escape for those who need a weekend breather. Drive just a few hours north or south of the Metro and book one of these dreamy Airbnbs that will make you feel like you’re thousands of miles away from the city.
Seeking to really remove yourself from the restless city? Escape to this green, lake-enclosed islet just three hours from Manila. After the drive, it’s a short ten-minute ride aboard the island’s private boat to reach the property. On this tranquil, secluded patch of land sits a cozy bungalow surrounded by trees. Charmingly rustic, the home is perfect for couples or small family getaways. Incredibly conducive for all things easy and relaxed, the island is off-the-grid, with a trusty generator powering the house for only a quarter of the day. Hide your gadgets and pull out a book instead, set up lunch outdoors by the water, or simply enjoy quality time with your good company. After the sun sets, start a bonfire and stargaze outside. Take advantage of all these luxuries unavailable in the busy city on your own little paradise island.
Price: from $73 / night
This couple’s room in Tagaytay is perched atop the Narra Hill property, giving it a prime view of famous Taal Lake and Volcano. Sliding doors open the bedroom up to the gorgeous wooden balcony overlooking the verdant hill and Taal waters. Secluded from the activity of the Metro and Tagaytay City, this scenic listing is perfect for a romantic escape. With its highly accommodating staff, complete amenities (the listing even has access to a plunge pool), and good food, you’ll be left with not much else to worry about except enjoying your beautiful vacation.
Price: from $98 / night
If you’re withdrawing to Tagaytay but with a bigger group in tow, opt for this homey, mountain-side chalet with equally spectacular views. Aside from some stunning landscapes, the home itself is a charming treat. Warm colors, wooden features, and a rustic fireplace lend an inviting ambience, while close-to-nature spaces such as its open-air dining area and yoga deck keep it airy and relaxing. It makes for an ideal retreat to disconnect from the restless city lifestyle and reconnect with friends or family.
Price: from $83 / night
For a seaside holiday, drive to this honest and earthy home in Batangas where the separate bedroom cabanas have rock walls, cogon roofs, and awning windows all around that allow the cool sea breeze in. It’s the perfect listing for a group that enjoys diving, water sports, or simply lounging by the sea. Arrangements can be made in advance for windsurfing and island-hopping trips aboard their speedboat, but equipment for other activities such as kayaking and snorkelling are readily available for guests throughout their stay. A great outdoor dining area allows guests to dine before a beautiful beachfront view, and warm, accommodating staff will make sure you have a beyond comfortable stay.
Price: from $155 / night
This two-story home in breezy Amadeo is a gorgeous play on styles with its modern glass structure, rustic wooden floors, and colorful and textured furniture and accent pieces. The absence of walls is replaced by ample seating, giving it a very open and laid-back vibe. Patterned rugs, wooden sofas, bright beanbags and stools speckle the downstairs living room, while several bunkbeds and floor mattresses are laid out in the loft. It’s a very spacious home, equipped to comfortably accommodate groups beyond a dozen. Its large garden is also superb for outdoor events, with a Bali-inspired pool to boot.
Price: from $157 / night
Nestled within a lush mountainside, this peaceful home in Tagaytay is surrounded by generous foliage and breathtaking views. Despite not being too far removed from town, its ambience makes it feel otherwise thanks to its natural surroundings and solitude. The house’s interiors are just as endearing as its outdoor sights. It is artistically decorated with beaded tapestry, colorful patched poufs, and eccentric details, all thoughtfully arranged. An outdoor (though still private) shower makes for an amusingly unique bathing experience, and is one of this home’s many reminders of how close you are to nature. It is off the grid, relying on solar panels for energy, and phone signals in the area are also sporadic. So drop the gadgets and bask in the moment – this kind of serenity is hard to come by in the city.
Price: from $64 / night
Batangas has long been a favorite weekend escape for the Metro Manila crowd. And Tali Beach, one of its private subdivisions, is home to several beautiful rest houses that owners put up for rent when they’re not vacationing there themselves. This idyllic two-story vacation home stands out with its Greek-inspired color palette of blues and whites. An easy-going energy wafts through this space of nautical decor, cool hues, and coastal furniture. Outside is a pool area and a pebbled grilling station, perfect for an afternoon barbecue. While atop the house is a roof deck complete with a hammock and wooden lounge chairs, a great place to kick back and have your morning coffee or catch up with the group over drinks in the evening. The beaches are about a 15-minute walk away, but you could also take a car to bring the kayaks that are available at the house as well.
Price: from $295 / night