Manila, I love you, but you’re bringing me down.
This is a sentiment most of us urban dwellers are all too familiar with, wearing out our spirits as we brave the volume of rush-hour traffic in the middle of a harsh downpour, or as the congestion of the city presses in on us, heavy with its crowds and noise and glaring lights.
We owe it to ourselves to take a breather. But sometimes a full-blown getaway causes even more worry, and not everyone has the luxury of disappearing for an entire weekend. This is what makes a day trip so appealing: the promise of momentary relief from the toxins of city life, without the time and energy commitment of a vacation, and often at a price much more affordable than an overnight escape.
Fill up the tank, stock up on in-car snacks, and refresh your road trip playlist—these quick, easy day tour activities are yours for the taking.
Take a hacienda tour
Commune with nature on a half-day Hacienda Tour at Prado Farms in Pampanga, a rustic 5-hectare space you can explore on foot or by bike. More than just an Instagram-worthy spot that draws in the pre-nup crowd, the resort provides activities such as fishing, pig feeding, carabao rides, kesong puti- and tsokolate-making classes, and swimming in a saltwater infinity pool. Enjoy organic, farm-fresh food for lunch and minindal (snacks) as well.
(0998) 804 5395
Pretend you’re in Bali
Marvel at Cintai Corito’s Garden’s intricate Bali-inspired design set against a backdrop of lush, thriving greenery as you lounge around by any of the resort’s four swimming pools. You may also book a massage, spot the alpacas, deer, and donkeys that roam the grounds, or settle down at in-house Abadi Restaurant, where you can feast on local favorites such as lomi, sinigang, suman, and tablea.
Cintai Corito’s Garden
Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan
(0917) 833 1508
Bring your best friend along
…Your four-legged one, that is! Villas by Eco Hotel, a picture-perfect green resort only two hours away from the city, is simultaneously eco- and pet-friendly, giving you the best of both worlds. Rejuvenate your senses with a refreshing swim, play board games with other hoomans, or get competitive with a round of fooseball while your furry pal enjoys the fresh air, verdant landscape, and tons of open space.
Villas by Eco Hotel
8040 Barrio Road, Lumang Lipa
Mataas Na Kahoy, Batangas
(02) 881 5318
(0927) 368 0139
(0925) 478 3082
Delight your inner child
As one of the country’s most family-friendly accommodations, Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay serves up a laundry list of activities guaranteed to be a hit with adults and kids alike. Splash around in the Aquatic Playground, shoot some arcade hoops or hit up the badminton court, take a Hydroponics Farm Tour, or interact and take photos with the cutest critters at the petting farm. Famished after all that fun? A sumptuous lunch awaits at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Café K.
Hotel Kimberly Tagaytay
Crisanto M. Delos Reyes Ave.
Brgy. Kaybagal North, Tagaytay
(02) 521 1888
Go back to basics
Escape from the excesses of the city by soaking up life’s simplest pleasures at Lotuspod Bed & Breakfast in Bay, Laguna. The sprawling 3-hectare farm resort encourages its guests to immerse in countryside charm with an educational Agritour, a few laps in the infinity pool, a signature massage at the Lotuspod Spa, and a nutritious and delicious lunch and merienda al fresco.
Lotuspod Bed & Breakfast
2340 Kalsadang Putol Street, Purok 6
Brgy. Puypuy, Bay, Laguna
(0995) 237 0590 (SMS only)
BONUS: Live au naturel at a Bohol farm
Though it’s a 45-minute drive from Tagbilaran City instead of Metro Manila, Vita Isola Leisure Farm in Loon, Bohol is worth the trip. Gain insights on organic farming and aqua culture with a guided tour, tuck into a satisfying farm platter lunch, and even try your hand at fishing. The quaint surroundings—tall coconut trees framed by the bluest skies—are conducive to a day of introspection, allowing you to hit restart before you steel yourself for the inevitable return to the daily grind.
Vita Isola Leisure Farm
Brgy. Ubojan, Sandingan, Loon, Bohol
(0919) 505 0277
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