When everyone’s schedules align, there’s no better sign that it’s time to go on a family vacation. Apart from providing the perfect bonding experience with your loved ones, studies show that vacations make kids happy even long after the trip is over. While family vacations can be pricey, its long-lasting positive effects and happy memories are things that money can’t buy.
Once you’ve gotten over the budget hurdle (thanks to our Getaways deals perhaps?), another crucial factor in planning a trip is deciding where to go. Finding something for everyone to love can be a bit tricky, especially when you have your little ones in tow. Fortunately, the Philippines is brimming with family-friendly vacation spots both parents and kids will enjoy. These celebrity families make it look easy, so load up on inspiration and start making your travel dreams happen!
Not too far a drive from the metro is Anilao, Batangas’ Vivere Azure, a home away from home that sits atop a hill and looks out to the sea. Its easily accessible location gives you the best views of nature’s beauty, while its thoughtfully designed accommodations offer an openness that doesn’t compromise peace and quiet. Once a family weekend house where great memories were made, it opens its doors to the public so you can do the same. Whether it’s exploring Anilao’s vast marine life out at sea or going for a relaxing dip in their Instagram-worthy infinity pool, you can take a cue from the Gutierrezes and savor precious moments here with those that matter the most.
Barangay Aguada, San Teodoro
Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
(02) 771 7777
Another destination approximately only 2 hours away from Manila is The Farm at San Benito in Lipa, Batangas. One of the most internationally recognized holistic medical wellness destinations, this award-winning sanctuary radiates positive living. With delicious vegan and pescetarian cuisine and activities like yoga, Mandala flower arrangement, and more, a stay at The Farm lets you cleanse and detox. Awaken your senses as you breathe in the fresh air, frolic in its sprawling gardens, admire refreshing lagoon and lush mountain views, and let the Dee family prove that every part of this resort is just as photo-worthy as the next.
119 Barangay Tipakan
Lipa City, Batangas
(02) 884 8074
(0918) 884 8080
Disconnect to connect with those you love in Alfonso, Cavite. Just a short drive away from the crowd favorite Tagaytay, Alfonso is where you can really get away from the crowds and the bustle of the city. Be one with nature with a visit to the Alfonso Farm, find inner peace and indulge in healing sessions at the Academy of World Healing Foundation, or have a sumptuous meal at the charming Tuscan-Mediterranean Marcia Adams’ Restaurant. Whether you’re staying a while or just for the day, and exploring all that Alfonso has to offer, let Georgina Wilson-Burnand and son Archie show you that what matters way more than where you are is who you’re with.
San Fernando, La Union
La Union has been making waves and topping the list of road trip destinations to go to with your barkada. More than just a surfer’s paradise and foodie destination for you and your friends, this chill yet buzzy beach town welcomes people of all ages from all walks of life—families included! Learn how to surf, feast on local and international favorites, or lounge around by the beach—its list of endless possibilities provides you with perfect opportunities to bond amidst the sun, sea, sand, and surf just like the Curtis-Smith sisters.
Hailed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio has always been a family favorite whatever the weather. Memories of being bundled up indoors when it’s cool and rainy—hot chocolate or coffee in hand, of course, or savoring the invigorating scent of pine while being out and about will always be reminiscent of time well spent with those you love. Now only about 4 hours away from Manila, Baguio has become an even easier choice when it comes to vacationing with the whole family à la Kramers and Garcias.
Just like mother and daughter Ruffa and Lorin Gutierrez, you can enjoy the best of both worlds at Station Zero’s Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay—think Boracay’s fine, white sand and a tropical paradise away from the crowds. The resort’s elegant and modern architecture is only the cherry on top of luxurious island living! Spoil yourself at this 5-star island resort, where you have easy access to the world-famous beach and breathtaking pools. Allow yourself to be pampered at the award-winning Aum Spa, while your kids have their fun under the sun at Crimzone Kids’ Club, and you might just make this haven your Boracay go-to.
Barangay Yapak, Boracay
(036) 669 5888
(0998) 596 4626
Popular for its surf breaks, untouched beauty, chill vibe, and yummy eateries, Siargao has become one of the must-see places in the country. Immerse yourself in tropical perfection and stress-free island life like the Danteses at Bayud Boutique Resort, a peaceful paradise where you can de-stress and let your worries float away. While you get your fill of tranquility, take time to explore with a tour (or two, or more!) that can be arranged through the resort: cruise along pristine waters and visit virgin beaches with the Galatea Island Hopping Cruise, paddle through emerald waters with the Sugba Lagoon Tour, take a dip in natural sea pools and let stunning rock formations take your breath away at the Mapupungko Rock Pools Tour, and fuel yourselves with a sumptuous seafood Boodle Feast that’s exclusive to Bayud’s guests. Don’t forget to go ride the waves or take surf lessons because of course, what’s a trip to one of the world’s top surfing spots without catching a wave?
General Luna, Siargao Island
Surigao del Norte
(0945) 617 5307
If you’re looking for a vacation that has a little bit of everything, then Bohol is your best bet. After exploring this diverse Visayan destination, recharge and make your beach house dreams a reality with a cozy and serene stay at Liz Uy and Xavi-approved Momo Beach House. An idyllic eco-chic oasis where you can just lie on a hammock and watch the day go by, it also makes a great starting point for when you want to reconnect with your roots by visiting historical and cultural sites, make friends at the Tarsier Sanctuary, marvel at the beauty of nature as you tour caves, forests, and falls, or even just go for a stroll along powder-white sand and swim in the calm, turquoise sea. What seals the deal for a truly complete getaway is the never-ending list of delectable dining options like Italian resto Giuseppe Pizzeria, local favorite The Buzz Café, al fresco street food stop Acacia de Bubu, and Fil-Asian fusion Gerarda’s Place, to name a few—they’re just as diverse as the island itself!
Barangay Bil-isan, Momo Beach
Panglao Island, Bohol
(02) 553 9545
(02) 856 1443
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