Awesome Waterfalls Near Manila for Cool Summer Daytrips

Summer is well on its way, and with it comes the face-melting heat we all know and love (not really). Thankfully, we’re also blessed with a ton of natural resources which provide instant relief from the sun. Apart from beaches and lakes, we also have dozens and dozens of waterfalls – some in one province alone!

Just an hour or two from Manila are a plethora of choices for a relaxing and refreshing summer day trip. Check out these waterfalls near Manila for your next barkada adventure.

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Dahoyhoy Falls, Mauban

Dahoyhoy Falls is merely 1 of a rumored 20 waterfalls in the town of Mauban. Along with Hagdan-hagdan Falls and Alitap Falls, Dahoyhoy is one of the more popular falls thanks to its accessibility and natural beauty. Getting there is a scenic hike through rice fields and hanging bridges, though it is relatively easy thanks to a cement pathway. There are stone picnic tables and lots of shade right beside the basin, perfect for a relaxing lunch by the waterside. Despite its accessibility, the falls still aren’t overrun by tourists, which means that if you’re Continue reading Awesome Waterfalls Near Manila for Cool Summer Daytrips

Redefine Wellness With These Spa Retreats in the Philippines

Is the world getting you down? Perhaps you’ve spent far too much time stuck in traffic. Or maybe work is piling on your shoulders faster than you could bear. Or you simply need an escape from the chaos of everyday life. If you think this is you, then you probably need a spa retreat.

Picture this: waking up to fresh air, filling your body with the freshest and healthiest forms of nourishment, and freeing your mind of any stressors. The best part is you can enjoy the luxuries and benefits of these spa resorts in the Philippines. That’s right; you can find your center and live happy right on our own shores. Check these out!

Nurture Wellness Village, Tagaytay

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Rated as one of the top spas in Asia by CNN Go and Asia Spa Magazine, Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay caters the whole nine yards of wellness retreats. You can pick from a variety of international massage therapies if you need a quick soothe. You can avail of detox services, on top of holistic weight loss programs if you want to take cleansing and living healthy to the next level. You can even enlist meditation gurus and lifestyle counselors for a complete mental and psychological turnaround. You can experience all these amidst the backdrop of lush organic gardens, unique accommodations, and the cool air of Tagaytay. Continue reading Redefine Wellness With These Spa Retreats in the Philippines

A Different World Awaits in These Lakes Near Manila

by Julia Escano

When you cross out all the mountains and hiking trails nearby, and had your fill with food trips, where do you go next? Sure, there’s always something to discover in the dozens of towns and cities surrounding Manila. But at some point all of them start to look the same and you crave for something different. What then?

One yet-to-be habitual destination for city dwellers are the lakes near Manila. While some are already famous, there are others waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. These lakes near Manila are perfect for weekend getaways and daytrips; where you and your family or barkada can while away the day swimming or having picnics.

So if your gang is looking for a different escape, check out these scenic lakes near Manila for your next weekend getaway.

Taal Lake, Batangas  

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With the ever-increasing traffic jams going to Tagaytay these days, the thought of relaxing in the scenic ridge city is becoming more and more stressful. Instead of getting caught with the throng, why not escape to nearby Taal Lake and the smaller Crater Lake. While the rest merely enjoy the view, you can enjoy everything else this famous destination has to offer.

Resorts like Club Balai Isabel and Taal Lake Yacht Club offer tours to these spots. Packages usually start with a boat ride through Taal Lake to Volcano Island. Once on the island, you can have an easy trek or a short ride on horseback to the peak, Continue reading A Different World Awaits in These Lakes Near Manila

Luxe Lodgings in Makati for a Stylish Staycation

by Julia Escaño

Maybe you have a big work deadline coming up. Or you and your barkada need to finish a group project. Or you just want a change of atmosphere. Whatever the reason, staycations are a quick and easy way to give us a refreshing boost without going far or spending too much. And what better place for a staycation than one that’s not only familiar to us, but also a haven of food and recreation? Here are some awesome Makati suites that are fitted perfectly for anything and everything your quick escape calls for.

For the Urban Sophisticate

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The Gist A lavish 2-bedroom in one of the most exclusive addresses in town
The Space Accommodates: 6
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Rating 4.5 stars (60 reviews)
Amenities Kitchen
Wireless internet
PoolFree parking on premises

Feel like a millionaire for a weekend in this luxurious 2-bedroom unit in Rockwell Center. High ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows characterize this corner unit, while high-end furnishings and tasteful details in every room give it a designer flair. The unit is designed for 4 guests, with two bedrooms, but can accommodate up to 6 without feeling cramped. It’s perfect for a grown-up getaway where your day includes wine and cheese while overlooking the stunning city. For a little activity, the building has 2 pools and is right across Power Plant Continue reading Luxe Lodgings in Makati for a Stylish Staycation

Organic Farm Tours near Bacolod You Should Visit

By Claire Marie Algarme

When you think of Bacolod, you instantly think of the sweet delights that are known in this part of the Philippines. But did you know that there are things to do near Bacolod that can offer you healthy pleasures? The province of Negros Occidental is a beautiful area in the country where vegetarians and natural food lovers can experience the ease of finding organic goods and take pleasure in knowing the various facets of growing these foodstuffs.

Bacolod City and its nearby towns and cities of Victorias and Silay in the north, Bago in the south, and Salvador Benedicto in the east are eyed as organic havens where healthy attractions abound.  ‘Farm Tourism’ is becoming a familiar concept and it provides unique activities near Bacolod for travelers who want to experience the fun side of agriculture. Guests and visitors are not just taken through the process of farming and brought around the various areas within the farm, but they are also given the opportunity to get their hands dirty, literally, and have a taste of the earth’s harvests.

The vegetables, fruits, and flowers grown in these farms are nutritive delights and picture-worthy produces. As you partake of the food they serve in their farms, you relish not only on the flavor but also the fresh, nutritious taste that this food Continue reading Organic Farm Tours near Bacolod You Should Visit

Eat, Pray, Travel: Yoga and Adventure Retreats in the Philippines

The stresses of living in the city can take its toll on our health and mentality. Are daily traffic, record temperatures and constant pressure at work getting to you? You probably could use a break. Count on these wellness groups to whisk you away for a weekend (or two) around the Philippines with their yoga and adventure retreats:

1. FLOW SURF YOGA SAMBA
Caliraya, Siquijor, Subic, Bataan

Flow Retreats organizes holiday wellness retreats in beach resorts and hotels around the Philippines and Asia. As their name suggests, they offer much more than yoga – a typical weekend includes surf lessons at the best surf spots in the country, samba workshops, occasional diving lessons, and curated tours to local spots around the chosen venue.

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Their commitment to wellness also means that they serve healthy food, such as smoothies and raw food recipes. Just recently, they branched out to Manila with Flow in the City, a one-day wellness pop-up, and workshop event, and Flow Mystery Tours, a half-day tour where one discovers under-the-radar spots, healthy eats, and new ways to move the body. Continue reading Eat, Pray, Travel: Yoga and Adventure Retreats in the Philippines