One of the best things about living in the Philippines is that you don't have to go that far from the city to pamper yourself with a memorable resort vacation. So if you ever need to destress or just want a change of scenery, here are five stunning resorts that are short drives away from the metro:

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Where: Botolan, Zambales

Sundowners Zambales can give you a taste of Santorini without going all the way to Europe. The newly-opened resort is famous for its spacious whitewashed villas by the beach, offering breathtaking views that will take all your stress away. When you're not lazing by the shore, you can book an island-hopping trip or go surfing or kayaking!

The Farm at San Benito

Where: Lipa, Batangas

Around two hours from the south of Manila is The Farm at San Benito, a luxurious wellness resort in Batangas. Patrons frequent it not only for a dose of fresh air and lush greenery, but for the healthy cuisine and beauty and wellness programs they offer. It's the place to be for a relaxing vacation and a holistic detox.

Highland Bali Resort

Where: Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija

There's nothing quite like a Bali vacation, but a stay at Highland Bali Villas is the next best thing. With a modern Balinese concept, the Nueva Ecija resort brings that same serene vibe with their premium pool villas, a breathtaking lake view, and infinity pool that you'd take countless photos in. Make your trip extra memorable with a banana boat ride, jet skiing, or a round trip on their zip line.


Anya Resort

Where: Tagaytay

This Filipino-themed luxury hotel in Tagaytay is only 30 minutes away from Manila, which means you don't have to go on a long drive to get a taste of a resort escape. Their pool alone would make you want to stay for hours, but you won't regret pampering yourself with the rejuvenating treatments from Niyama Spa either.

Acuaverde Beach Resort

Where: San Juan, Batangas

Take a breather from the crowds and hustle and bustle of the city with this small paradise in Batangas. Relax and take hundreds of photos by the resort's stunning beachfront, or busy yourself with flyboarding, fishing, or kayaking. You don't need to leave your fur baby at home to enjoy all these either, because Acuaverde is a pet-friendly resort!

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