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10 Staycation Activities Perfect for Barkadas of Three

by Marla Miniano-Umali
June 24, 2019

The older we get, the trickier and more nuanced friendship tends to become. With individual careers to pursue, various obligations and responsibilities that fill our days, and serious romantic relationships that require our time, effort, and attention, it’s not always easy to devote mental and emotional bandwidth to nurturing our friendships.

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This is why it’s important to make the time we do spend with our friends count. Instead of struggling to start a conversation at a noisy bar, meeting up at a crowded mall, or catching snippets of life updates at a jam-packed party, why not keep distractions to a minimum by booking a cozy hotel stay? Quality time in the form of a staycation provides the perfect environment for you and your friends to do some catching up—setting the scene so you can truly relax, let your guard down, forget the outside world momentarily, and completely focus on one other.

Got not just one, but two best friends? Finding a room for three is now so much simpler, thanks to our curated collection of limited-time staycation offers especially for trios. Keep scrolling for the best staycation activities that will definitely make the bond between you and barkada stronger than ever!

Have a wellness weekend

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Bingeing on junk food and knocking back shots at a club till dawn are fun on occasion, but for a weekend that’s both emotionally and physically good for you, healthier choices are essential. Whether that means a nourishing meal at The Wholesome Table care of your stay at Infinity Tower Suites, a restful 8-hour sleep thanks to Acacia Hotel Manila’s Dream Beds, or a rejuvenating rubdown at Qiwellness Massage + Reflexology at The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, it’s so much more seamless to be kind to your body when you’ve got two best friends to hold you accountable.

Whip up a meal

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You and your friends usually meet up for dinner at cool new restos, but this time, why not make dinner together? There are tons of simple, beginner-friendly recipes online if your culinary skills aren’t pro level, and the clean, modern rooms in serviced residences such as KL Serviced Residences, The Sphere Serviced Residences, and One Pacific Place Serviced Residences come with their own kitchen so you can cook, eat, and bond over good food all day.

Let the (board) games begin

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Gather around for an afternoon of friendly competition within your charming one-bedroom at Parque España or your cozy queen double room at Microtel by Wyndham-Acropolis. Our top board game picks? Old favorites like Codenames and Cards Against Humanity, and popular newcomers such as Welcome To… and Everdell.

Bond over a hearty breakfast

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The early bird gets the best seats at the breakfast buffet. At Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, you can have the most important meal of the day at the renowned, newly renovated Seven Corners Restaurant. Already thinking of lunch and dinner? Their exclusive deal comes with ₱1,000 worth of credits for any of the hotel’s five F&B outlets, including the popular Xin Tian Di! Or, if you want to start the morning right after a vibrant night out in Poblacion, get a taste of Element Boutique Hotel’s delicious organic breakfast with French, Mediterranean, and Asian influences. Masterfully prepared by their chef and made with the freshest ingredients, their raved about breakfast is surely not one to miss out on.

Throw a pizza party for three

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At Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, you can hang out at the ultra-chic Oz Bar, where you can enjoy your tasty 10-inch pizza that comes with this exclusive deal. Afterwards, retreat to your airy, cozy home for the weekend and bask in one another’s company.

Settle in for movie night

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Pop some popcorn and decide on your genre for the night: rom-coms are an obvious option, but how about getting a bit more creative and doing a “Movies about Fashion” theme, or “Family Dramas with Road Trips”? At Astoria Plaza, upgrade your screen time with your suite’s 32” LCD TV, plush furniture, and spacious living room.

Bring your furry friends

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The proliferation of pet-friendly establishments means you rarely have to leave your furbabies at home (paw-rents will know how heartbreaking this is!)—even when you go on a staycation. At The Cirque Serviced Residences and Upper Story Serviced Apartments, your four-legged friends have space to roam around while you and your two hoomans relax and bond.

Lounge around poolside

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Hanging out by the pool when the clouds are heavy with the threat of rain sounds counterintuitive, but it actually feels extra satisfying to sneak in some pool time in the pockets of sunshine between showers. Just want to lounge around and read a book or take photos with your crew, whatever the weather? In the Instagram-worthy pool area of Y2 Residence Hotel and the classically stylish but functional Holiday Inn Manila Galleria, you can do just that.

Catch up over cocktails

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No need to wait for a milestone until you raise a toast to your friendship. Trade stories and celebrate your togetherness over drinks at Cavana Lounge, the hip rooftop bar of Azumi Boutique Hotel, or the sleek al fresco Deck Bar of Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila. The best part is that once you’re feeling nice and buzzed, you can retreat to the comforts of your eco-friendly room for three and sink into your soft, fluffy beds.

Watch the sunset

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A picture-perfect moment awaits trios who choose TRYP by Wyndham Mall of Asia-Manila as their staycation setting. Catch the glorious sunset framed by magnificent views of the bay as you quietly savor the warmth of each other’s company. You won’t be able to resist snapping those stunning sunset selfies, grateful for the love only true friends can provide.


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This article was last edited on July 9, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.

About Marla
Marla Miniano-Umali is the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan Philippines, Candy Magazine, and Summit Books. She has written four YA novels and two short story collections, and co-authored two poetry anthologies—including the travel-inspired The Maps that Contain Us. She likes long drives, snack pit stops, and adventures on and off the page.

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