Oh, Alabang. For people who hail from northern cities like Pasig and Quezon City, one may conjure images of its tolled gateway, its famed mall (which non-South people call Alabang Town Center instead of the more colloquial ‘Town’), and affluent yet effortlessly low-key individuals who have that certain je ne sais quoi. While understandably deduced as “too far” a destination for quick staycations—access is paved way via a toll fee, after all—there’s more to Alabang than its seemingly distant locale, wealthy neighborhoods, and elusive character.
Some may beg to differ, but Alabang is arguably a prime spot for that perfect leisurely break. With its fresh air, relaxed vibe, and seclusion from Manila’s bustle, what’s not to love? People in the South seem to be living in their own world, which is precisely why it pays to book a staycation—especially to those in need of headspace from the more populous capital. Though relatively nearer compared to longer drives to Tagaytay or Zambales, the destination will offer you a peaceful retreat that can be just as satisfying as an out-of-town road trip. Plus, if you feel like heading out of your hotel, there are several famed restaurants, winding bike trails, and leisurely activities that could fit the bill of a fun vacation.
Here are amazing Alabang staycation spots that would urge you to drive down South—after all, we must never overlook the good that just happens to be right under our noses.
Esteemed as one of the top luxury hotels in the Philippines, Acacia Hotel Manila offers a fresh take on 5-star luxury hotels in the metro. Boasting chic interiors designed with vibrant colors and works of art, it upholds a modern yet sophisticated aura fit for families and couples who appreciate the finer things in life. Don’t forget to avail of their pillow concierge and indulge in their raved about breakfast buffet, besides eating to your heart’s content at their swanky in-house restaurant, A Steakhouse. Expect to be treated with world-class hotel service during your stay, a perk that has gained the hotel loyal guests throughout the years.
Acacia Hotel Manila
5400 East Asia Drive cor. Commerce Avenue
Filinvest Corporate City
(02) 720 2000
(02) 588 5888
If you’re looking for utter comfort and relaxation during your staycation, Crimson Hotel is the place to visit. Step inside their plush rooms and let yourself be enveloped by their ultra-soft blankets, comforters, and pillows that make it a challenge to get out of bed in the morning. This grand and capacious hotel is also decked with a newly renovated outdoor pool—perfect for lazing around on sunny days with a refreshing drink in hand. The hotel is especially known for Café Eight, its in-house restaurant that offers a sumptuous spread of delectable international dishes with contemporary Mediterranean fare. Excellent meals, top-tier amenities, spacious interiors, and personalized service—at Crimson Hotel, you’ll surely be treated like royalty.
Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila
Entrata Urban Complex, 2609 Civic Drive
Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 863 2222
Azumi translates to “safe residence” or “safe place” in Japanese, a fitting title to this boutique Alabang hotel that upholds eco-friendliness and outstanding service. A favorite of stylish and modern travelers, this sanctuary prides itself in rooms that have charming terraces overlooking the cityscape. Go ahead and unwind in your private terrace, where you can immerse in the tranquil and rejuvenating atmosphere of your pleasant surroundings. Notably, Alabang Town Center and Molito Lifestyle Center are right across the hotel, giving you the best of both worlds.
Azumi Boutique Hotel
2205 Market Street
Madrigal Business Park Phase III
(02) 869 9888
If you are fond of old-world charm, this hotel should be at the top of your staycation list. Renowned as the first hotel to ever open in the Alabang area, Parque España is a classic stay that has stood the test of time. But amidst its rustic interiors are bright and colorful accents that add character and flavor to the hotel, welcoming both young and old families to have a lovely stay. If you’re feeling cozy, go ahead and lie in bed all day, or if you want to treat yourself, go ahead and book a rejuvenating in-room massage. If you’re feeling a bit active, take a dip in their outdoor pool or work up a sweat in their fitness center.
5309 East Asia Drive, Filinvest Corporate City
(02) 850 5847
(02) 850 5880 to 81
Opening its doors in September 2016 may make Somerset Alabang Manila relatively new to the hotel game, but a quick online search would lead you to an abundance of positive reviews commending the serviced apartment’s accommodating staff, sophisticated interiors, and excellent ambiance. Its contemporary and sleek design makes it a favorite of both leisure and business travelers, not to mention its walking-distance location to popular lifestyle hubs like Festival Mall. This gem of a hotel is a cozy yet classy stay, so we recommend booking before the crowds beat you to it.
Somerset Alabang Manila
3409 Spectrum Midway Filinvest City
(02) 643 0999
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