Day Trip Ideas Near Manila

Looking for a vacation but loathe to get on a plane? Here are six places that offer calm and respite, all of them just a short drive from the nation’s capital.

Luljetta Hanging Gardens Spa (Antipolo City, Rizal)luljetta

Luljetta Hanging Gardens Spa is located inside Loreland Farm Resort, a few kilometers away from Antipolo City. Guests enjoy spa treatments amidst a view of the mountains, as well as of Laguna de Bay. The garden spa includes amenities like a sauna, a hydromassage pool, two infinity pools, a fish spa, and a heated jacuzzi. Guests who want to stay overnight can check in at the Loreland Farm Resort, whose basic rates include a room, breakfast, and massage for two.

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa, Loreland Farm Resort, Sitio Loreland, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Friday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM; and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
+63-2-5702532 or +63-9-771626569

Pinto Art Museum (Antipolo City, Rizal)pinto

Art enthusiasts already know about the Pinto Art Museum, home to Dr. Joven Cuanang’s personal collection. Only an hour away from Manila, not only is the museum a haven for art fans and shutterbugs, it is also an architectural wonder, the buildings built into the landscape instead of through it. The pieces within are many and varied, from the traditional to the avant garde, all of them unique, all of them beautiful. The vast space lets the artworks breathe, allowing visitors to enjoy them at their leisure.

Pinto Art Museum, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Tues-Sun 9:00am to 6:00pm
+63-2-6971015
pintoartmuseum@yahoo.com

The Greenery Bulacan (Baliuag, Bulacan)the-greenery

Out-of-town events are all the rage, and one has to look no further than The Greenery Bulacan as a possible place for their special day. Though it mostly caters to weddings, The Greenery can also host debuts and less formal events such as team building activities. The grounds contain three theme-based venues (pavilion, lighthouse, and open garden), as well as accommodation, massage services, an infinity pool, and water sports.

The Greenery Bulacan, #80 Rio Vista Subdivision, Baliuag, Bulacan
+63 44 7666325
www.thegreenery.ph
info@thegreenery.ph

Green Canyon Eco-Art Resort (Pampanga)green-canyon

Like its name says, Green Canyon Eco-Art Resort lets guests enjoy art amidst the beauty of nature. Rooms feature eco-themed art pieces, while a host of amenities make sure that no one is bored. There are mountain trails to hike, organic farming and craft workshops to learn from, and spa services to help visitors relax. Wave and symphony pools let guests experience both excitement and extreme relaxation, while ATVs offer a unique way to experience the countryside. Whether you go alone, as a couple, as a group, or as a family, you’re sure to enjoy every minute of your stay.

Green Canyon Eco-Art Resort, San Vicente Road, Clark Special Economic Zone, Pampanga
+63-45-499-1381, +63-45-499-4800
http://www.greencanyon.com.ph
info@greencanyon.com.ph

The Circle Hostel (La Union and Zambales)the-circle

If you’re adventurous, love to surf, and are interested in meeting new people, the backpacker’s life may be for you. The Circle Hostel chain is composed of budget- and eco-friendly hostels that value the communities that grow around them. Hang out with like-minded adventurers as you sunbathe, swim, and surf. Colorful accommodations make for an interesting place to relax, and strictly enforced house rules make sure that everyone gets along. Just like on the waves, and just like in life.

The Circle Hostel, San Juan, La Union and San Felipe, Zambales
+639178611929
http://www.zambales.thecirclehostel.com

Herbana Farms (Calamba City, Laguna)herbana

Folks looking for something more hard core can check out Herbana Farms in Laguna. This 4-hectare ecological and organic demonstration farm also serves as a training venue for individuals who want to learn different organic and natural farming technologies. The farm holds a  5-day apprenticeship program that includes actual farm work and assigned work schedules in farmer’s markets and community supported agriculture. It’s a great way to learn about farming, especially if you plan to start your own urban garden, or maybe put some of your own provincial land to good use.

Herbana Farms, Km 59, Barangay Burol, Calamba City, Laguna
+63 929 269 8602
http://www.herbanafarm.org

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