Luxury resorts and chilled-out beach villas are the perfect springboards for adventures focused on the sea, the Philippines’ greatest asset. From the sunny shores of Northern Luzon to the cool waters of Davao, there’s no shortage of seaside getaways to choose from when you need to get away from the megalopolis. There’s something about watching the sun peep out from the clouds, feeling the waves wash over your feet, and getting a whiff of fresh ocean air that instantly cures you of city fatigue.
So as we count down the months of the year, make the most out of your remaining vacation leaves by spending it on a spectacular coast, and in a resort whose beauty is a testament to its surroundings. From north to south, here are the prettiest beach escapes in the country.
North Beach Camp in Ilocos Norte
Tucked quietly in Pagudpud, North Beach Camp is where less is more. Without the usual fittings of a full-blown resort complex, this glamping site evokes feelings of gratitude for the more important things in life. With only 5 locally-designed nipa huts, rock and zen gardens, and tree swings and hammocks decking the canary-colored shores, you’ll be able to fully appreciate the sundowns, clear skies, and silent moments that are hard to find anywhere else.
For a camping trip that doesn’t compromise your comfort levels and budget, the resort’s hut-like tents are ideal—each amply spaced for two and equipped with lights, sockets, and a fan. There’s also the main house with glass windows to make the view just as great while you relax inside your room. At night, gather around a campfire or have a portable grill set up for some barbecue and s’mores. DG Tip: Along with new memories, bring your trash with you so you can get P300 back as a “trash rebate” from the resort.
North Beach Camp
Sitio Aprot Barangay Caparispisan
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
(0927) 525 8111
Sirom Beach House in Pangasinan
A name that translates to ‘shelter’ in the local dialect, Sirom Beach House is your home in one of the fishing villages of Pangasinan. It takes pride in being the only luxury resort that sits prettily in the white sands of Tambobong beach, allowing you to answer the ocean’s call anytime. Swimming in the pool or snorkeling and paddle boarding in the waters keep you focused on interactions with both nature and your companions. Wooden seating, wicker chairs, and bean bags are just some of your cozy options for relaxing under the sun or by the bay of Dasol.
While Pangasinan is only a few hours away from the metro, trust us when we say you’ll want to stay in this paradise for a minimum of two nights. Couples and young families can cozy up in their large suites. Groups of up to 16 guests can book the entire villa for an exclusive escape, perfect for reunions and company outings.
Sirom Beach House
Tambobong Beach, Dasol, Pangasinan
(0929) 455 6102
(0929) 431 2845
Aureo in La Union
A name derived from “Oro,” the Latin word for gold, Aureo is the perfect vantage point to catch the golden hour of La Union at San Fernando beach. This swanky tropical escape has 58 rooms, which are furnished with modern amenities and a balcony leading to the ocean, lagoon, courtyard garden, or the resort’s swimming pool. Regardless of the room you're in, you'll have a picturesque panorama in front of you.
In lieu of the famous dining scene and epic beach parties at the opposite end of this surf town, the resort offers a personal hideaway right next to frothy waves so families and couples can relish a calmer vacation instead. It’s tucked away from where everyone is, but with a bar and restaurants, a private pool, and an uncrowded beach, it won’t take much convincing to get you to stay here.
Barangay San Francisco
San Fernando City, La Union
(02) 893 1111
(072) 888 0833
(0956) 768 4332
(0917) 822 5799
Sundowners Beach Villas in Zambales
A brand famous for its Santorini-inspired vacation villas in Bolinao, Sundowners has made Zambales its new home. Like its older sister, it’s replete with designer touches and boasts a youthful aesthetic—every nook and cranny of the whitewashed villas is polaroid-worthy. The resort is sprinkled with soft pastels and tropical prints that add a punch of color without breaking the tranquil atmosphere.
If you’ve ever wanted a beach house to have a good rest in, your days here will feel like a dream come true. The peace and privacy you’ve been longing for are graciously given here, making it the ideal setting for some undisturbed quality alone time with your loved ones. Take a dip in its infinity pools, grab some delicious bites and booze at its restaurant, or play fetch with your pups in its sprawling garden.
Sundowners Beach Villas
Purok 5 Barangay Danacbunga
(0917) 501 8224
(0917) 133 3007
(0939) 907 3689
Cabo De Roca Villas in Zambales
With a driving-distance location and a number of camping sites and beach resorts, Zambales is becoming top of mind for quick and impromptu getaways. In the sandy beaches of Pundaquit lies Cabo De Roca Villas, a charming retreat that affords you lush seclusion and glorious sunsets. Designed with everyone in the family and laid-back friends in mind, this spacious yet intimate resort has dedicated open spaces where people can simply chill, dine, and even sample a collection of Portuguese wines.
Inspired by nature and simplicity, their villas are fitted with canopy beds with crisp linens, beautiful indoor plants, and wood furnishings—some have direct access to the pool while others boast of a private terrace that opens up to a vast garden. Make that barkada getaway you’ve been putting off finally happen at their Casa Do Guincho, a 3-bedroom and 3-bath exclusive villa with a complete kitchen and an open-plan living and dining room overlooking the clear turquoise waters. Everything you need for a perfect holiday is already here—except you and your travel constants!
Cabo De Roca Villas
Pundaquit, San Antonio
(0917) 689 6000
(0977) 827 2000
Landrina Escape in Bataan
Ever wondered what it’s like to live in a private villa in The Hamptons and take scenic walks on the beach whenever you wish to? Landrina Escape along the secluded coast of Morong beach will fulfill that fantasy. Its casual yet sophisticated American-style architecture brings New York’s classic summer destination closer to you.
Just like the tropical plant it is named after, everything in this charming property is thoughtfully designed to soothe your senses—from the sunlit suites with wide living spaces and plunge pools, elegant contemporary interiors that are equal parts homey and escape-like, and cozy nooks for lounging, to a location just a two-minute walk from the ocean. Whip up a delicious breakfast for your loved ones in your villa’s kitchen, throw a barbecue pool party at night, or order home-cooked meals and fresh seafood dishes by a local caterer. Catch up on sleep or your favorite TV series and movies from the villas' collection, or head out and explore Bataan’s must-visit sites that are a stone’s throw away.
Landrina Street, The Strand Subdivision
Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan
(0917) 880 4464
Salaya Beach Houses in Dumaguete
Situated at the heart of the Coral Triangle in Dauin, Salaya Beach Houses is a tropical dive resort that affords you a taste of luxury in the Orient Sea—from tastefully designed accommodations with a muted palette to highlight the liveliness of the outdoors, to five-star al fresco dining with stunning views of Dumaguete islands. And with only 26 guests staying at a time, you’ll be able to savor the private residence experience and resort-type hospitality that sets Salaya apart.
Offering a unique blend of modern and traditional craftsmanship, their one-bedroom apartment and two-bedroom penthouses come with luxurious touches like capacious rooms, airy living space, huge balconies, and full-length windows that bring the outdoors in. With an in-house restaurant that caters to those with an organic, vegan, paleo, or gluten-free diet and a more diverse palate, regular yoga retreats and wellness workshops, and a private pool just a few steps from your lodging, Salaya is the ideal hideout for families and couples, and the perfect destination for all divers and nature enthusiasts.
Salaya Beach Houses
Dumaguete, Negros Oriental
(0917) 792 6039
Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort in Palawan
Those who know Puerto Princesa only for its pulsating city life and the underground river are clearly missing out—or if you’ve been here before, here’s a reason to come back. A hidden gem resting on Sabang beach, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort is a family-owned eco-sanctuary intended for absolute relaxation with a little bit of recreation. Read a book under the shade of coconut trees, sip on your favorite cocktail at the sunken pool bar, get a rubdown in a massage hut, recline by the beach, or kayak over the celestial blue waters—your pick.
Boasting vernacular architecture and a rustic luxe aesthetic, its Kubo-inspired huts are made of thatched roofs and dark hardwood flooring, and decorated with rattan furniture for an island feel. Solar panels found throughout the resort let you maximize your holiday with minimal impact on the environment. And while you’ll be a two-hour drive away from the town proper, you’ll still have the option to explore the island’s top attractions by booking tours through the resort.
Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort
Sitio Sabang, Brgy. Cabayugan
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
(048) 723 0889
(0917) 892 6316
(0917) 826 9989
Lampara Siargao in Surigao Del Norte
Perched on the fringe of Surigao Del Norte, Lampara Siargao sheds light on how beach vacations should be—a home away from home where good times roll, ocean views abound, and catching up with friends is made better with a beer in hand. Those who are lucky enough to book a stay here are rewarded with quiet sunrise moments, healthy breakfast bowls, and chill BBQ nights beneath the stars.
Seamlessly blending in with the raw beauty of the island, this boutique hostel lets you design your stay with three types of accommodations tailored for different kinds of travelers. Solo backpackers and duo travelers can book a bed or the entire mixed dorm, which is equipped with air-conditioning units, en suite bathroom with hot shower, bunk beds with privacy curtain, and lockers for utmost comfort and convenience. They also have modern rustic cabins for families and discerning travelers, while couples seeking seaside romance will find it in their intimate glamping tents fronting the beach.
Sitio Tuason, Brgy. Catangnan
General Luna, Surigao Del Norte
(0956) 427 8540
Club Samal Resorts in Davao
Despite being humbly sized compared to other long-standing resorts in the island, the recently opened Club Samal Resorts offers a lot of exciting water activities for everyone, and even more picture-perfect spots to fill your minimalist Instagram feed. Take your cue from local celebrities who’ve been spotted here, including Heart Evangelista!
The 3-storey property is cleverly designed around the swimming pool to provide the feel of a tropical escape from the comfort of your room. Flanked by sunbeds and coconut trees, the pool is a great alternative should you get tired of the salty waters. After a day of island hopping, enjoy some downtime at the bar, or dine with your loved ones in their restaurant.
Club Samal Resorts
(0999) 220 0018
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This article was last edited on July 11, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.
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