by Ching Dee
Looking for one last family getaway before the year ends? Here are some trips you can take by just driving a few hours from Manila on a weekend.
What started as two humble nipa huts on Joanne and Roy Grimm’s beachfront yard has turned into a full-service resort along Clearwater Beach in Cabangan, Zambales.
The beach is wide and clean and the waters are refreshing. It’s not crowded, so it’s perfect for a quiet weekend at the beach with family and friends.
Casa Angelina itself has a couple of upgraded cottages, which can fit 2-6 people depending on your needs. The resort is also pet-friendly, so the entire family can join the fun.
RIDGES AND CLOUDS NATURE CAMP
If you feel like hanging out in the woods along the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range, Ridges and Clouds Natura Camp in Tanay, Rizal is perfect.
They have cabanas for 2 to 6 people or you can choose to stay in your own tent. This mountain resort is ideal for those who want to unplug and detox from social media, since they don’t have wifi and mobile signal is weak.
They have various activities to enjoy within the premises, like a hot kawa bath or bonfire at night.
Important: Only guests 21-59 years old with proper medical documentation are allowed by Rizal LGU.
Tagaytay is a favorite among metropolitan folks since it’s just a quick drink from Manila. But if you’re looking for a new experience in Tagaytay, head to Anya Resort for a five-star treatment that will surely relieve your stress.
They have 78 suites within the luch property, three restaurants, and a heated pool with two levels which you can still enjoy despite the cool December breeze.
To book: http://www.anyaresorts.com
(To get a special 25% discount for an overnight stay for two at the Junior Suite)
Kwentong Dagat is a humble beachfront resort in the quiet sleepy town of San Felipe, Zambales where the beaches are lined with picturesque pine trees. Kwentong Dagat offers rustic-looking accommodations (perfect for that IG moment) but with modern comforts like airconditioning. They also have a 100% plant-based restaurant where all meals are prepared.
San Felipe, Liwliwa, Zambales
To book: http://www.kwentongdagat.com
(To get a special package for 2 or 4 people, which includes accommodations, full-board meals and a vegan cooking class)
If you and your loved ones are heading out for a trip, just make sure that you double-check with the hotel about the local area’s entry requirements and always follow health and safety protocols so you can have a safe and enjoyable time.
Happy roadtrip, Ka-Simpol!