When you have been bombarded with work for 5, 6 or 7 days straight, the body longs for a legit vacation. Who doesn’t want to just sit down, relax and enjoy an amazing view? It’s the easiest and most efficient way to avoiding getting burnt out, and with how fast-paced life is nowadays, it’s practically a miracle to do just that.
Vacations need not require a plane ticket or a boat ride to be worthwhile. Believe it or not, there are quite a number of places near Manila to spend a quiet weekend or two. With the help of the very nifty website AirBnb, booking a place to rent for a couple of days is basically just a click away.
To further help you out, this article aims to show you 4 aww-mazing AirBnb units near Manila to book for that much-needed relaxing weekend.
The Lake House at Caliraya
3 to 3.30-hour drive from Manila
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If a truly secluded weekend home is what you are aiming for, The Lake House at Caliraya is the best place for you. Just a stone’s throw away from Manila, this solar-powered run home is a favorite of many looking for a quick getaway. Situated literally in a mountain lake 30 meters above sea level, vacationers will most definitely enjoy the fresh air brought about by tall trees and the beautiful scenery of Lake Caliraya and Mount Banahaw. If that’s not enough to jumpstart your relaxing weekend, we don’t know what else will.
Because the Lake House runs completely on solar-powered electricity, you should be prepared to live comfortably off the grid. Work emails and SMS will have to wait if you decide to stay in this charming AirBnb. Guest caretakers are also available in this unit, making sure that you have the comfiest stay possible. Breakfast is served daily and coffee and tea can be enjoyed throughout the day. Your other meals have to be purchased but the unit has a fully functional kitchen for your use. There is also a pool to dip in and poolside chairs you lounge at to while the time away.
Casa del Rey at Tali, Batangas
2.30 to 3-hour drive from Manila
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Lounging around ain’t enough for you to get rejuvenated? Then maybe some “vitamin sea” is what you need!
Casa del Rey is a beautiful family home that is being rented out on AirBnb. It is located in the exclusive Tali subdivision, a section in Batangas that enjoys a number of beaches near the area. Some are even just a 3-minute walk away! Now isn’t that convenient?
There are many beach houses in Tali that are available to be rented via AirBnb but many would say that Casa del Rey is one of the top picks in the area. For one, the house is spacious enough to accommodate guests of up to 15. It has 3 bedrooms and a lap pool you can just hang around in. You also have the option to cook your own food as the unit has a fully functional kitchen.
There are 7 beaches within Tali’s borders – Secret Beach (3 to 5-minute walk) and Sunset Beach (7 to 10-minute walk). For adventure-seekers, there is the famed Tali Beach Cliff – a 5 to 10 meter jump site located near Sunset Beach’s entrance. But if you’re not up for a swim, you can just lounge around the house and reenergize yourself for another workweek ahead.
Veue Beach Cabins, Bolinao, Pangasinan
5 to 6-hour drive from Manila
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This place might require a little more travel time but trust us when we say that it’s simply worth it. With Veue’s cabins situated right before Patar Beach, Bolinao’s answer to Boracay, it’ll be hard not to fall in love with this place. The stunning view and the peaceful disposition of the place will absolutely put you in peace.
The resort has 6 cabins, which strictly only houses 4 occupants per night. It has a kitchen, which guests can use but the resort is also able to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner if you’d prefer. It has a lap pool that can be used by current guests and pool lounge chairs for a relaxing time under the sun. Up for some barbeque? The resort provides barbeque grills guests can use to whip up grilled dishes. A perfectly grilled burger and ice-cold beer sounds quite like the perfect night!
Mandala House in Tranquil, Hilly Tagaytay
2-hour drive from Manila
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If your version of a relaxing weekend is filled with meditation, yoga and complete, utter silence, this home on a hill should be on top of your list. The Mandala House promises a serene and peaceful weekend. With its charming, boho-inspired interiors, it is no wonder free spirits looking for a safe haven would thoroughly enjoy this place.
Unlike the first three units, the Mandala House doesn’t have a pool you can lounge in. However, the house has a bathtub you can use for a truly relaxing bathing session. Plus, you will absolutely enjoy a quiet afternoon listening to the quiet little sounds of birds and leaves while being embraced by the cool air of Tagaytay.