Be one with nature in these weekend getaways near Manila

Check out these weekend getaways near Manila that range from the luxe to the basic to the outdoorsy to the educational

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 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

+63-2-5702532 or +63-9-771626569

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.


Pinto Art Museum – Antipolo City, Rizal

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


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The Greenery Bulacan – Baliuag, Bulacan

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

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Green Canyon Eco-Art Resort – Pampanga

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


The Circle Hostel – La Union and Zambales

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




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