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Skip the Hotel: 7 Unique Airbnbs for Group Outings Near Manila

Are you gearing up for your family or barkada getaway?

It’s likely that everybody else will be on holiday, too. So for a change, skip the crowded hotel and resort, and book your own little hideaway via Airbnb. We did the homework for you and sought listings with unique concepts, stunning views, close proximity to nature activities, and rock-solid reviews, too.

Stay in one of these to make the most of your summer:

**Click the title of each lodging to be redirected to their respective Airbnb page. 

1. Modern Kubo with Private Pool Overlooking Taal
    Narra Hill, Tagaytay

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THE GIST A bed & breakfast overlooking Taal Lake where you can rent a kubo, or the entire venue.
P9,041.00 / night
1 night minimum stay
THE SPACE Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
RATING 5 stars (26 reviews)
AMENITIES Free Breakfast, served by staff
Free Parking
Pool
Air-conditioning
Wireless Internet
Family and Pet Friendly

We all know how Tagaytay can be crowded, especially on long weekends. But guests of Narra Hill say it makes you feel like you’re on a different side of town.

Nestled in the midst of a forest, Narra Hill is a 2.5-hectare property with four bahay kubos up for rent. This particular listing is the largest of all four, with a private pool and a commanding view of the Taal Lake. While the kubo is made of almost entirely of bamboo, it has modern amenities, including airconditioning and bathrooms.

Guests are free to walk and jog around the property and its gardens, and do a tour of the aquaponic system in the greenhouse. The nearest neighbour is 1km away, so noise is kept to a minimum, except for the sound of frogs and crickets at night. Perfect for communing with nature!

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2. Rustic Chalet Overlooking Tagaytay
    Tagaytay-Talisay Road

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THE GIST A shabby-chic guesthouse with great views of the Taal Lake.
P4,283.00 / night
1 night minimum stay
THE SPACE Accommodates: 10
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 5
RATING 5 stars (57 reviews)
AMENITIES Free Parking
Wireless Internet
Family Friendly

If you’re with a bigger group, try this rustic guesthouse also overlooking Taal. The property has a main house that fits up to 10 people, and is equipped with a kitchen, banquet table and living room. It also has enough spaces for the group to commune in – a balcony for outdoor dining, a fireplace, and even a deck with sun beds where you can lounge or do yoga. Every angle of the property offers great views of the Taal Lake and the virgin forest upfront.

The house itself is about 80 steps from the entrance gate, giving you quite an exercise to go to and from the house to the parking. And while it’s conveniently located near town, the scenery is enough to make you want to stay here the entire time! Have a fresh cup of tea from their herbal garden while you’re at it.

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3. Beach House near Diving and Snorkeling Spots in Anilao
    Mabini, Batangas

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THE GIST Tropical beach house in front of snorkelling and dive spots
P7,138.00 per night
2 nights minimum stay
THE SPACE Accommodates: 6
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
RATING 5 stars (22 reviews)
AMENITIES Free Parking
Wireless Internet
Family and Pet Friendly
24-hour check-in
Suitable for Events

If you and your friends are into diving, you’ll love having this seafront house all to yourselves. Equipped with maid service and quality water sports equipment, it’s like having a dive resort all to yourself!

The secluded house is located right in front of the water, giving you a view of several accessible islands in Anilao. It also has a coral formation up front, so you can snorkel as you jump in the water. If you’re more adventurous, the owner can also help you book several other water activities, like diving, kayaking, sailing, island hopping, windsurfing, wake boarding and even underwater macro photography. If you’re new to diving, you can also arrange for your certification here. Aside from the gorgeous property, the privacy and wide range of activities make this a perfect pick for your next barkada outing!

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4. Huge Villa with a Pool in Pampanga
Angeles City, Pampanga

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THE GIST Three-storey villa at the heart of Pampanga.
P4,187.00 per night
3 nights minimum stay
THE SPACE Accommodates: 8
Bathrooms: 7.5
Bedrooms: 4 main, 3 at the attic
Beds: 4
RATING 4.5 stars (27 reviews)
AMENITIES Pool
Air-conditioning
Laundry
Free Parking
Broadband Internet
Cable TV

Are you looking for a private teambuilding venue or just a space for your really huge barkada? This villa in the culinary capital of Pampanga may be what you’re looking for! The house is three storeys high, with 7 rooms in total, plus a maid’s quarter, making it an ideal venue for larger groups.

The wide-open space on its lobby is great for hosting games and socials. A videoke set and cable TV are provided too, for videoke and game nights. For those who prefer to just chill, there’s an airy second floor balcony, a small pool, and a well-kept garden.

The house is very near tourist and commercial establishments in Angeles, making it the perfect place to spend the night in, say, after a trek to Mt. Pinatubo and a tour of Angeles City’s countless restaurants.

A keeper is present at all times to look after the house, and help you with basic needs like laundry.

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5. Hilltop Eco-friendly Home near Subic Bay
    Subic Bay Freeport Zone

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THE GIST A hilltop greenhouse in a rainforest near Subic Bay.
P6,471.00 per night
1 night minimum stay
THE SPACE Accommodates: 9
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 7
RATING 4.5 stars (13 reviews)
AMENITIES Air-conditioning
Free Parking
Wireless and Broadband Internet
Family and Pet Friendly

Do you just want to get away from it all and commune with nature? This hilltop rainforest property near Subic Bay is the ideal place for your stay. A former US Navy house, it’s slowly being equipped with sustainable, green features — solar power, natural lighting, passive cooling and green living roof are in the works, with the aim of minimising the carbon footprint of those who reside there.

Surrounded by lush rainforest, you’ll also get to see monkeys and fruit bats in nearby trees during your stay, and be able to pick fresh herbs for your meals.

The house is very much a reflection of its owner’s lifestyles, as they happen to be yoga teachers and avid surfers. In fact, they can hold private yoga sessions for your group for an additional fee. If you prefer to be outdoors, they can also arrange for stand-up paddle boarding and surfing lessons at the nearby beach.

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6. Three-bedroom House in a Resort Farm
    Sinagtala Farm, Orani, Bataan

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THE GIST A three-bedroom recreational home in a farm resort.
P10,040.00 per night
1 night minimum stay
THE SPACE Accommodates: 10
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
RATING 4 stars (8 reviews)
AMENITIES Air-conditioning
Free Parking
Wireless Internet
Family and Pet Friendly
Suitable for Events

Ready to experience farm life for a weekend? Book this three-bedroom house situated in a working farm in Bataan.

Sinagtala is a farm development with homes and rooms for rent, an event center and chapel, and very recently, a holistic wellness spa. Located off of the Bataan Provincial highway, it’s a great central position to explore the Bataan Peninsula. It’s close to many hiking and biking trails and rivers, and since it’s a working farm, you might encounter cows, horses, chickens, and other animals, too, as you roam around the property. It’s a great place to unwind, relax with your family and friends and get back to nature.

You may choose to just chill in the house for the weekend, too. Enjoy the pool table and darts inside the house, read a book on your balcony’s hammock, swim in the resort pool, or book yourself a massage at their wellness spa.

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7. Secluded Island Lake with a Bungalow in Laguna
    Cavinti, Laguna

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THE GIST A small island in the middle of a lake, with a rustic bungalow.
P2,903.00 per night
1 night minimum stay
THE SPACE Accommodates: 10
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
RATING 5 stars (60 reviews)
AMENITIES Electricity from dusk till 12 midnight (adjustable upon request)
Family and Kid Friendly
Suitable for Events

If you just want to get away from it all, you can rent your own little island instead – seriously!

Retreat to this small and secluded island with a comfortable bungalow. Located in the middle of a tranquil lake in the Sierra Madre mountains, it can only be reached through a 10-minute boat ride from the road, so it brings you really close to nature, but answers your need for basic amenities. The house has one bedroom, a kitchen, a spacious living room, and stunning views of the lake.

Outside the house is a grassy area where you can pitch a tent if you want to sleep outside, grill and dine al-fresco, and a ‘dap-ay’ (a circle of stones surrounding a fire pit) at the head of the island where you can have bonfires.

With the isolation and quiet, clean mountain air, and the comfort of a rustic lake house, it’s the perfect venue for family or barkada getaways, teambuilding activities or even a private family wedding.

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All photos, prices and ratings were taken from their official Airbnb page. Prices and ratings above are subject to change. Please contact the hosts directly via Airbnb.

23 thoughts on “Skip the Hotel: 7 Unique Airbnbs for Group Outings Near Manila”

    1. Hi Aileen! You may inquire directly with the Airbnb host by clicking ‘Huge Villa with a Pool in Pampanga’ in the article

    1. Hi Moppet, click ‘Beach House near Diving and Snorkeling Spots in Anilao’ to go to the page of the Anilao Airbnb host. Have a great summer!

  1. Hi just want to inquire about the secluded island in cavinti,laguna…is it possible to swim at the lake?thank u and hoping for your reply soon

      1. You can click the text ‘ Secluded Island Lake with a Bungalow in Laguna’ and it will take you to the airbnb link 🙂

    1. Hi Esther, please click ‘Modern Kubo with Private Pool Overlooking Taal’ in the article to go to the airbnb page of Narra Hill. Have fun!

    1. The respective airbnb pages of these lodgings are provided in the article. Click the descriptions after the numbers to go to their page 🙂

  2. I checked 7 (secluded island) on Airbnb and it’s 6,443 per night, and that is just for 2. Additional of 700+ per pax. Please double check…

    1. I checked Airbnb just now, and their rate is still P2903. The rates we publish are their regular rates. Additional costs and peak rates should be checked on their Airbnb page.

  3. I have seen this several times… I am still in love with the secluded island listing….. Omg!! Thanks for sharing….

    P.s.

    I really really wanna buy that island … Haha wishful thinking…

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