Summer is here and it’s definitely the season to start booking your travel plans for the upcoming months. Whether it’s all about sunbathing at the beach, getting a massage at the spa, or enjoying some quality time in a resort, here’s a list of amazing places you can escape to even if it’s only for a short weekend to remember!

1. Thunderbird Resort, Rizal

Rates: Approximately starts at P8,000 per night

Looking for refuge near the city? Head on to Binangonan and experience this beautiful and relaxing retreat.

2. Casa Ibiza, Antipolo

Rates: Inquire at (02) 482 3487

Perfect for families looking for a bit of R&R, Casa Ibiza is the only Mexican-inspired resort in the country, which features two- and three-floor cozy villas complete with all the amenities you'll need for a fun weekend.

3. Coral Beach Club, Lian Batangas

Rates: Starting at P5,750 per night

Enjoy the sun and sand of Matabungkay beach as you sip your favorite drink and watch banana boats float by. Coral Beach Club also offers spa services, so best indulge!

4. Lasema Jjim Jil Bang Korean Spa, Makati

Rates: Inquire at (02) 830-2222

If you're not looking for an overnight stay, Lasema Korean Spa is the next best thing for a relaxing weekend. Just make sure that you don't have anything else planned, beause the waiting time may be a bit long, and you'll probably fall asleep after the massage.

5. Valentino Resort and Spa, San Jose Batangas

Rates: Inquire at (043) 783-0558

Seriously, what's better than having a resort and a spa in one quiet hideaway? Valentino Resort and Spa is also a known events place, so if you're looking for a venue, this may be your lucky day.

6. Oakwood Premier, Ortigas

Rates: Starting at P6,200 per night

Roll on down pillows and get that much-deserved sleep in one of Ortigas Center's premier hotels. Just don't forget to wake up for the breakfast buffet!

7. Nurture Spa, Tagaytay

Rates: Packages start at P9,500, but individual service rates and promos are also available


Nurture Spa is a household name when it comes to wellness and rejuvination. Tucked in the highlands of Tagaytay, this is the best place to go when you really want to temporarily run away from it all. Enjoy wonderful massages and healthy dinners while relaxing in a green and calming environment.

8. Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, Bataan

Rates: Starting at P10,000 per night


Turn on the Filipiñana feels at the Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, a sprawling venue of 18th century villas and casas reconstructed brick by brick not only as place for you to rest and relax, but also as an homage to history. Make sure to tip your hat to the ilustrado you'll probably bump into along the cobble-stoned street!

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9. Camayan Beach Resort, Subic

Rates: Inquire at +63-47-252-8000

You can always sit back and relax by the shore, but if you're up for an adventure, Camayan Beach Resort offers diving lessons and equipment rental. How's that for a weekend getaway?

10. Lake Pandin, San Pablo Laguna

Rates: Less than P1,000 for an afternoon at the lake

There's no lodging along the shore of Lake Pandin. You'll need to book somewhere else, commute to the area, and walk a little before you can get to this gem, but trust us that it's worth it. You'll be eating the freshest catch of the day on a bamboo balsa while enjoying the cool afternoon breeze. You can also jump into the water, but you'll need to be careful as it's very deep.

With a list like that, you’ve got at least got a couple of weeks covered. Not only are these places totally relaxing, you’ll get there in only a short amount of road time. Happy travels!

Thanks to kikaygimikera, mystical, purpleish, greenarrowbabe, silveronfire, lucifell, princessrio, zylph for the recommendations. If you’re looking for more hot spots to check out, visit our topic at GirlTalk.

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