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7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations You Should Discover Now

by Gretchen Filart

Even if you've never heard of these off-the-grid locales, it does not make them any less worthy of being your next vacation destination.

While there are places worth braving the crowds for, nothing can beat the peacefulness of a secret paradise. Here are seven off-the-beaten-path hideaways to discover...before everyone else does!


1. Waling Waling Eco-Village, Calaguas

Dive into the natural wonders of Calaguas with a tranquil stay at Waling Waling Eco-Village! Resting on Tinaga Island's famous 1.2-kilometer white beach strip, this eco-friendly resort features intricately designed solar and wind-powered cabanas and two-story kubols.

Surrounding the island are verdant hills where travelers can marvel at an encompassing view of the island. Trek up during sunset for a truly jaw-dropping vista of Calaguas or lie on a hammock while enjoying nightly live entertainment.

Craving for underwater adventures? You don't need to go far. Offshore is a bed of coral reefs teeming with marine life that is accessible by snorkeling. Other islands, famous for diving and snorkeling activities, are just a short boat ride away.

Choose between 2 3D/2N packages with Waling Waling Eco-Village Calaguas' exclusive offers!

Waling Waling Eco-Village Calaguas
Mahabang Buhangin, Tinaga Island
Calaguas, Camarines Norte

For Inquiries and Reservations:
(0915) 100 0000
walingecovillage@gmail.com


2. Mount Purro Nature Reserve, Antipolo

Mount Purro Nature Reserve is Antipolo's newest antidote to urban chaos. Situated in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, the reserve features farm-style kubo accommodations without the comforts of technology—TV, WiFi, or mobile signal included. It's the perfect place to disconnect!

Scenic hiking trails surround the 36-hectare expanse. Private hikes to the nearby mountain can be arranged as well.

Relax in an outdoor pool, feast on delectable afternoon snacks or buffet lunch, or request an in-room Couples Massage. Nightly bonfires come with a free hotdog and s'mores are a great way to cap off an au naturel experience.

On weekends, guests can participate in a cultural immersion with the local Dumagat or take flight on a zip line for a panoramic view of the serene scenery.

Explore the green side of Antipolo with Mount Purro Nature Reserve's exclusive offers!

Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Barangay Calawis, Antipolo

For Inquiries and Reservations:
Joana Legayada
reservations.mpnr@gmail.com
(02) 542 3005 (Front desk hotline)


3. Nurture Wellness Village, Tagaytay

Known as one of the world's best spa destinations by CNN Go, Asia Spa Magazine, and TripAdvisor, Nurture Wellness Village guarantees a wellness escape unlike any other.

This Filipino-inspired haven is perfect for couples and families alike looking to reconnect with nature. Its must-try spa treatments include the Signature Filipino Wellness Massage and Hele Foot Spa and Mutya Facial. Guests staying overnight can complete their wellness repertoire with complimentary Tai Qi Gong sessions on-site.

Families can also enjoy an Organic Farm Tour at the nearby Nurture Farmacy, where they can learn more about phytotherapy (or plants that heal) and see an interactive live museum on Tinggian culture!

Plan your green escape with Nurture Wellness Village's exclusive offers!

Nurture Wellness Village
Barangay Maitim II West
Tagaytay


For Inquiries and Reservations:
(02) 401 9030

(0920) 950 5724
info@nurture.com.ph




4. Solina Beach Nature Resort, Carles

Jumpstart your Gigantes and Sicogon Island adventure with a stay in Carles' first and only luxury resort: Solina Beach & Nature Resort. This newly-opened resort offers plush accommodations with astounding views of the garden or the sea. Laze around in three outdoor pools fronting the beach or sample fresh sea catch and Filipino delicacies at Angga Restaurant.

Only 10 minutes away from Bancal Port, the resort is a suitable base for a trip to Gigantes Island. Hop on a boat and see the island's prized beaches, rock formations, marine life, and islands off the coast—including the famous Cabugao Gamay. It was ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Most Beautiful Places in the World”.

Plan your Gigantes Island getaway now with Solina Beach & Nature Resort's exclusive offers!

Solina Beach Nature Resort
Balasan-Carles Provincial Road
Brgy. Guinticgan, Carles, Iloilo

For Inquiries and Reservations:
(02) 463 2903
(0920) 949 0057
(0917) 110 8344
Manila Office:
(02) 366 1934
(02) 664 7515
(0998) 532 8198
(0917) 312 7899


5. Sophia's Garden Resort, Coron

Explore Coron's stunning destinations without compromising privacy in Sophia's Garden Resort! This rustic respite is located just five minutes from the town proper. It offers guests peace and convenient ease to explore must-sees like Mt. Tapyas and Maquinit Hotspring.

This garden resort merges well-equipped traditional Filipino rooms, top-notch service, and sumptuous fare to give you one memorable vacation in one of the best islands in the world. While you're there, enjoy world cuisine at El Comidor Sophia or lounge by the two pools.

Plan your next Coron escape with Sophia's Garden Resort's exclusive offers!

Sophia's Garden Resort
Sitio Jolo, Brgy. Poblacion 5
Governor's Drive, Coron, Palawan

For Inquiries and Reservations:
(0917) 543 5775
(0939) 915 0274
sophiasgardenresort@gmail.com


6. El Nido Bayview Resort, El Nido

Escape to El Nido Bayview Resort and discover why El Nido consistently ranks among the top 20 best beaches in the world by Conde Nast Traveler!

Nestled on a hill on Sunset Beach, the resort showcases spacious villas and suites, a pool, and a private lounge overlooking Bacuit Bay. Enjoy a 360-degree view of tropical forests and seas from the comfort of your room. Don't forget to sample the seafood dishes found in Narra, the resort's in-house restaurant.

Craving for a little adventure? Marimegmeg Beach is only a short walk from the hotel. Corong-Corong Beach can be accessed within five minutes, while Bulalacao Falls and Nacpan Beach are both a 45-minute drive from the resort.

For off-coast adventures, board a boat in the town proper and visit El Nido's limestone-studded beaches, including Small and Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Cadlao Lagoon, and more!

Plan your El Nido getaway now with El Nido Bayview Resort's exclusive offers!

El Nido Bayview Resort
Sitio Maregmeg, Brgy Corong Corong
El Nido, Palawan

For Inquiries and Reservations:
Roxanne Mercado or Cecile Lacanilao
(0927) 977 7930
(0917) 889 2727
(0921) 989 6907
elnidobayviewresort@gmail.com


7. Kahanamoku Bed Breakfast, Baler

Experience Baler's signature waves minus the crowds at Kahanamoku Bed & Breakfast. Nestled in the foothills fronting Cemento Beach, this chill respite lies on Baler's quieter side. Guests can enjoy the luxury of fully recharging and rediscovering nature here.

Relax in a hammock under the tree, admire colorful murals—crafted by the same artist who painted BGC's streets— do yoga, sample vegetarian meals, or surf. Surfers swear by the waves in Cemento Beach are among Baler's best-kept secrets!

Not only will this B&B offer you convenient access to a surfing hotspot but also to Baler's non-surfing gems such as Dicasalarin Cove, Ermita Hill, Diguisit Beach and Falls, and Aniao Islets.

Experience Baler's waves and enjoy a quiet stay with exclusive offers!

Kahanamoku Bed Breakfast
Cemento Beach, Barangay Zabali
Baler, Aurora

For Inquiries and Reservations:
(0998) 857 4851
(0927) 013 6492
kahanamokubaler@gmail.com


BONUS: Tugawe Cove Resort

Tugawe Cove Resort is a tropical treasure that's just waiting to be discovered in Caramoan, Camarines Sur. Nestled off the coast is this beach resort with Mediterranean-inspired accommodations that boast of unbelievably breathtaking views and much-needed privacy.

Indulge in a soothing massage in the comforts of your room, dine at their RestoBar amidst a gorgeous 360° ocean view, island hop and kayak through cerulean waters, and enjoy leisurely walks along the pristine shoreline. Lounging by 3 of their pools is a great option, too! The grandeur of their 2 infinity pools got them on spot.ph’s Top 10 Resorts Around the Philippines with Beautiful Infinity Pools.

On nights during the new moon, guests can marvel at the beauty of bio-luminescent plankton lighting up the shore or watch the fireflies illuminate the sky.

Plan your escape to this hidden Caramoan beach gem with Tugawe Cove Resort’s exclusive offers!

Tugawe Cove Resort
Brgy. Colongcogon, Caramoan
Camarines Sur, Bicol

For Inquiries and Reservations:
Ruvie Ann Bisco or Rosalie Borlado
(02) 541 9089
(0917) 650 7837
(0917) 650 7845
reservations@tugawecoveresort.com

Where will your next off-the-beaten-path adventure take place? Let us know in the comments section below!

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About Gretchen
Gretchen is a mother and freelance editor and travel writer by day and a secret poet by night. She weaves travel stories on her blog, filipinaexplorer.com. Her work also regularly appears in print and digital publications.

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