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.

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Gorgeous Boracay Hideaways for Families and Barkadas

Summer is right around the corner, and it’s never too early to plan the perfect trip. If you are bursting to get some sea and sun with your barkada or family, Boracay is always a safe bet for fun – and then some. But it isn’t just the island’s legendary beaches and waters that could make a trip memorable; the perfect lodging could do so too. There is now a ton of Boracay group accommodations for extended families or large cliques that not only give you a place to rest your head after a night of partying, but also create a whole other experience.

Check out these gorgeous accommodations perfect for big groups like barkadas and families. We dare you to resist.

The Ocean View Penthouse at Karuna Suites

Boracay group accommodations: The Ocean View Penthouse at Karuna Suites

Boracay group accommodations: Karuna Suites (Top View)

The Gist: A serviced penthouse with 180° views of the island
P 23,757/night
The Space: Accommodates: 12
Bathrooms: 4
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 4
Rating: 4 stars (151 reviews)
Amenities: Swimming pool
Kitchen
Butler service
Wireless internet
Air-conditioning

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6 Camping Sites Near Manila that Will Take Your Breath Away

There are a lot of amazing destinations to go camping near Manila. They’re all easy to access and offer stunning views that’ll satisfy your wanderlust. If you feel that the bustling city streets and pollution are taking its toll on your well-being, these breathtaking camping getaways will surely give you the relaxation you deserve – minus the long hours of travel.

1. Dampalitan Island: lets you enjoy beach camping at its most serene.

camping near Manila - Dampalitan Island
Photo by: Mae Escobin

Tranquility is the first word that comes to mind when you see the pristine shore of Dampalitan Island, is situated in Padre Burgos, Quezon Province. The Continue reading 6 Camping Sites Near Manila that Will Take Your Breath Away

San Vicente, Palawan Brings Back Memories of the Old Boracay

by Anj Santos

Above: A nostalgic photo of Boracay from Boracay Magazine.

Boracay is the first island to put our country on the tourist map. It became popular among backpackers in the 80s; by the 90s, its beaches were being acclaimed as one of the best in the world.

But much has changed since then. The surge of tourists and explosive business growth has led to the island’s over commercialization and considerable damage of its once teeming marine life. With its-authenticity seemingly lost, tourists have been hard-pressed to find what they once sought in Boracay – postcard-perfect stretches of sand, beautiful sunsets and crystal blue waters, far away from the madding crowd.

Enter San Vicente, Palawan. A small fishing village northwest of Palawan’s mainland, it is now gaining recognition as a center of tourism. Endowed with white Continue reading San Vicente, Palawan Brings Back Memories of the Old Boracay

10 Unspoiled Beaches Around the Philippines

by Anj Santos

It was no surprise when Conde Nast Traveler named Palawan “The World’s Best Island” for the second straight year in 2015. Cebu and Boracay were also on the list at No. 19 and 15, respectively. Home to dozens of beaches with blinding-white sand, crystal clear waters, and healthy marine life, this trifecta is an island-hopper’s dream.

While they remain top-of-mind for the average traveler, there are other beaches in the Philippines’ 7,107 islands that have yet to be placed on the international scene. If you’re after smaller crowds and untouched nature, and ready for some roughing-it, try going to these unspoiled beaches:

1. MAHABANG BUHANGIN BEACH, Calaguas, Camarines Norte
As its name suggests, this beach is a long stretch of sand and clear waters located in Tinaga Island, a part of the Calaguas Group of Islands in Camarines Norte. Continue reading 10 Unspoiled Beaches Around the Philippines

Why Moalboal is Cebu’s Next Adventure Destination

by Anj Santos

Cebu is world-renowned for its white sand beaches, spectacular diving sites and bustling energy. There’s Malapascua in the north for thresher shark sightings, Bantayan further up for blinding white beaches, and good ‘ol Mactan for island hopping and city life.

South of Cebu is Moalboal (mo-ahl bo-ahl), a sleepy town 3 hours away from the city, which is now a fast growing tourist hub. It doesn’t have awe-inspiring beaches and malls and bars to speak of, for its real beauty is hidden under the sea and deep within the forests. Straight up, it’s not a place for lazy beach days – there is some physical effort and sweat equity involved in truly enjoying what it has to offer. If you’re after more than just a trip and want an adventure, Moalboal, Cebu sure delivers!

Here are some of the activities waiting for you in Moalboal, Cebu:

1. CANYONEERING

Canyoneering or canyoning involves travelling down streams, creeks and boulders in between mountains. The excursion would involve trekking and climbing, and depending on your trail, some free jumping into water and rappelling from waterfalls.

The easiest trail in Moalboal is Kawasan Falls, which does not require the use of climbing gears. It does involve swimming through rapids and Continue reading Why Moalboal is Cebu’s Next Adventure Destination

7 Underrated Getaway Spots near Manila

by Shayne Zalameda

Traveling to a slightly more obscure location can be quite a challenge but if you are looking for a relaxing getaway or just a simple weekend staycation away from the bustling crowd, these under-the-radar getaway destinations near Metro Manila deserve a spot on your things to do.

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The Ultimate 2016 Philippine Travel Bucket List

By Mikka Wee

Planning to explore the Philippine’s hidden wonders and enchanting getaway destinations? May this ultimate Philippine travel bucket list help you fill up your check list:

1. Check Out the Scenic Rock Formations at Biri Island

Ultimate Philippine travel bucket list: Rock Formations at Biri Island
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Biri Island in Samar is known for its breathtaking landscape thanks to the intricately shaped rock formations sculpted by the waves. Truly an idyllic sight to behold, the view from here immediately transports you to the rock formations in Tanah Lot, Bali, where you can just sit calmly and watch the sea from a distance.

When to Visit: The best time to visit Biri Island is during dry months (March – May). It may get hot, but a little heat is better than the prospect of getting stranded on the island during -ber months!

Pro-Tip: Make sure to fully charge your batteries and cameras! This place is too scenic that you wouldn’t want to stop taking photos.

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