Time is of the essence when you're planning a vacation.
If you're really pressed for time, no need to fret as we've got nine fitting choices for you. From foodie trips to family-friendly day tours, experience these beautiful getaways that don't require you to spend the night there!
1. The Farm at San Benito, Batangas
Take a journey to wellness with a nourishing combination of healthy food, spa treatment, relaxing facilities, and other perks at The Farm at San Benito. Internationally acclaimed by prestigious award-giving bodies, this secluded 119-acre sanctuary in Lipa City packs a soulful array of spa offerings that provide holistic healing to the body and spirit.
A day trip here starts with a refreshing welcome drink, followed by a 60-minute treatment of choice: Spa Treatment (Skin Kayud, Relaxation Massage, or Ying Yang Dry Brushing) at the Healing Sanctuary, Medical Service at the Holistic Sanctuary, or Acqua Lymphatic Clearing Package (5 Acqua Wellness treatments) at the Acqua Sanctuary.
Also included is a nutritious 3-course gourmet lunch or dinner crafted with delicious vegan ingredients from the resort's all-organic garden.
Cap off your day with guest-exclusive activities like guided meditation classes, power walks, and prep classes, and access to facilities including pools and a secret waterfalls spot—all while surrounded by lush greenery and the majestic Mt. Malarayat.
The Farm at San Benito
119 Barangay Tipakan
Lipa City, Batangas (02) 884 8074
(0918) 884 8080
2. Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay
Traveling for food? Taal Vista Hotel should be on your list! A tourist favorite in Tagaytay, this swanky hotel boasts the best views of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake, as well as the tastiest gustatory offerings in the city.
Weekend warriors, head to Veranda for an extensive Filipino-Continental lunch or dinner buffet. On offer are a host of salads, appetizers, main course, and locally grown fruits. Savor the best of Asia at the dim sum and noodle station and indulge in a wide array of meat selections for your entrée.
You'll also find authentic Filipino fare, including kakanin. Bring the kids to the Kids Buffet Station for pasta, pizza, and chicken. A hit among kids too are the toothsome cakes and ice cream at the desserts station and Ice Cream Parlor Window. To make the feast even more festive, live music and folk dances delight guests during lunch.
For casual dining and coffee, there's the Lobby Lounge. Fashioned in Tudor architecture, this cozy lounge showcases live acoustic performances as you gorge on local and Western delicacies, such as thin crust pizza and crispy tawilis. Within the same space, you'll find The Cakeshop, which serves freshly baked desserts, including the much-lauded Volcano Eruption–dark chocolate oozing with ganache and topped with vanilla ice cream.
Resting from manicured gardens across Taal Lake is TĀZA, known for its organic dishes. Taking inspiration from an Arabic word that means “fresh”, the restaurant features menu items crafted straight from farm to table. Among its bestsellers are its slow-cooked salmon, handmade pasta, and steaks. The dishes change every four months, making food adventures even more exciting.
Taal Vista Hotel
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway
(02) 917 8225
(046) 413 1000
3. Reál Coast and Surf, Quezon
What to check: Day Tour for 2 with Breakfast, Lunch & Cabana Use
Water-crazy travelers need not look far and wide for sun, salt, and surfing. Take the three-hour journey to Quezon and discover all these and more at Real Coast & Surf. Set against the Pacific Ocean and towering mountains, this rustic resort offers a Surf Camp where you can skimboard, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), and kayak to your heart's content.
Complete your water adventure with a dip in the outdoor pool or the kiddie pool with the little ones. A poolside cabana will be reserved for you, so you can easily access the pools. Recharge in-between laps with mouthwatering Filipino breakfast and lunch, served al fresco, compliments of this deal.
Reál Coast and Surf Barangay Malapad, Real, Quezon email@example.com
4. Prado Farms, Pampanga
What to check: Hacienda Half Day Tour for 1 with Lunch & Minindal
Just a 2-hour drive away from the metro rests Prado Farms, a biodynamic farm and eco-resort. With its quaint colonial, extraordinary art pieces, whimsically designed houses, and abundant greenery, every corner in this charming 5-hectare resort is absolutely Instagram-worthy.
There are plenty of things to do here: go on a guided tour, try a carabao ride and feed some friendly animals. The kids can take a dip in the kiddie pool while you make your way to the farm's new pool or the outdoor salt-water infinity pool. Learn how to make Filipino delicacies such as Kesong Puti (goat cheese) or Tsokolate (hot chocolate).
Indulge in delicious organic farm-grown food for lunch and minindal (snacks) where a specially curated menu is prepared just for you. You'll enjoy freshly harvested greens, slow-cooked food, and even homemade batirol chocolate. Unwind in the cozy confines of the Kera-Kera Eco Lodge for some coffee and tea, or even an afternoon siesta.
(0998) 804 5395
5. Club Balai Isabel, Batangas
What to check: Day Tour with Aqua Park Access, Lunch, & Snacks
Go on a fun water-filled trip to Batangas and experience one of the country's most coveted water parks in Club Balai Isabel! A day pass to this 14-hectare resort gives you full access to three pools in the property, plus an inflatable water park situated on Taal Lake's glittering shores.
Trampolines, life-size waterslides, and a human cannonball launcher await thrill-seekers. Outdoor games such as basketball, tennis, and volleyball can be done too. For a minimal fee, you can also add water sports, including jet ski and banana boat, to your itinerary.
Afterward, fill your tummy with a sumptuous traditional lunch from Terraza Cafe and Restaurant. Choose from a morning or noon snacks in-between activities. No need to worry about bringing baon (and shelling out for a corkage fee) thanks to this day tour!
Club Balai Isabel
(02) 584 4068
(0906) 518 5494
6. Nurture Wellness Village, Tagaytay
Choose your bliss in one of CNN Go and Asia Spa Magazine's top picks for best spas in Asia. Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay brings you invigorating day tour options featuring three of their most popular offerings.
Set out to Tagaytay with your family and book an Organic Farm Tour for 4. This interactive orientation gives you the 101 on how the spa operates through a 35-minute tour of the spa's extensive organic farm. Complimentary drinks and herbs will be given away too!
For those who prefer solo pampering, Nurture Wellness Village’s 1-Hour Aruga Massage is a must. This signature massage uses a specially concocted Hulay massage oil from lavender, cedar wood, and grapefruit to knead out knots and help you welcome sleep.
Another treatment worth trying is the Ginhawa Massage. Lasting one and a half hours, this relaxing treat uses Alaga, a potent blend of pine, tea tree, and lavender essential oils to soothe your senses and melt your stress away.
Nurture Wellness Village
Barangay Maitim II West
(02) 401 9030
(0920) 950 5724
7. Lotuspod Bed & Breakfast, Laguna
For an absolutely glorious day in nature just a quick drive from the city, hie off to Lotuspod Bed & Breakfast. Make lush greens and verdant mountain views your backdrop as you wind down in the resort’s infinity pool or jacuzzi, witness the place from an eagle’s perspective with a zipline ride, or explore the 3-hectare farm resort on a bike. Kids can even check out the Lotuspod Explorer Club Treehouse, where they can read a book or climb and slide to their heart’s content!
If you have extra bucks to spend, joining the Agritour is a worthy addition to your itinerary. Their in-house agriculture scientists will teach you how to grow your own organic produce, including planting seedlings and harvesting vegetables yourself! Before you venture out to see what else Laguna has to offer, drop by Samu’t-Sari store for interesting finds and organic offerings you can take home with you.
Lotuspod Bed & Breakfast
2340 Kalsadang Putol Street, Purok 6
Brgy. Puypuy, Bay, Laguna
(0995) 237 0590 (Text Only)
8. Cintai Corito's Garden, Batangas
Boasting intricately designed stone walls, embellished doors and ceilings, and vibrant foliage, Indonesian-themed Cintai Corito's Garden affords guests an exotic Balinese experience sans a passport.
Enjoy a whole day tour of the resort, with complimentary Wi-Fi and access to four stunning pools. Included in the tour is a set lunch with local delicacies, including lomi and slow-roasted pork sinigang. Your afternoon snacks will also be taken care of by the in-house dining facility, Abadi Restaurant.
Your kids will surely enjoy petting deer, donkeys, and alpaca freely roaming around. Just be sure to book a weekend trip ahead as the resort gets fully booked fast!
Cintai Corito's Garden, Batangas
Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan
(0917) 833 1508
9. T House Tagaytay, Tagaytay
If a quiet getaway from the busy crowds is a top priority for you, head to T House Tagaytay. This cozy B&B is where tranquility and minimalism meet, with the birds chirping as your mellow soundtrack.
With the Full-Body Massage for 2, surrender to 60 minutes of bliss with a loved one and feel the tension in your body wane with each soothing stroke.
Afterward, sample contemporary Filipino and Asian fusion dishes that are made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients with 3-Course Tasting Menu for 2 at their in-house restaurant.
Make the afternoon more interesting or turn a childhood make-believe pastime into reality with the Afternoon High Tea for 4. It comes with bite-sized sweet and savory delights and a teapot of soothing tarragon tea.
T House Tagaytay
3195 Calamba Road, Tagaytay
(02) 788 7354
(0939) 903 9587
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This article was last edited on April 15, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.
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