There's no question about it—it is not a vacation when there is no swimming pool. But sometimes, beaches and resorts get too crowded, making it a challenge to swim and frollick in peace. So if you're eager for a quiet vacation, we've got you covered! We went combing through Airbnb to check out homes with pools that are a few hours drive north of Metro Manila. Bring a bunch of family and friends as most of these homes will be much easier on the pocket that way. Have a happy trip!

See a list of vacation homes with pools that are south of Manila here

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1. Vacation Farm House in Angeles 

Angeles City, Pampanga

Rate: Starts at P6,307/night

Capacity: 14 guests



Sitting in the middle of a six-acre fruit orchard, this home is the perfect place to disconnect and find a bit of peace and tranquillity. If you need anything though, it's still just two kilometers away from downtown Angeles City. Perfect! Accommodating up to 14 guests, this home also has a pool, an outdoor barbecue grill, a rentable videoke machine, and freshly picked fruits from the orchard for sale.

What past guests have been saying: 

“My family and I had a grand time away from the hustle and bustle of Manila. Although situated right at the heart of Angeles City, once inside the compound, it was absolutely serene and peaceful. My family loved the very spacious living and dining area and the kitchen... Loved the pool area were it’s strategic for us to see and check on our kids at daytime and a perfect downtime at night when the pool lights were lit! Over-all great experience!” — Malou, February 2018 

See the Vacation Farm House's listing on Airbnb here

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2. Three-bedroom Rest House

Angeles City, Pampanga

Rate: Starts at P10,009/night

Capacity: 12 guests



If you're looking for a home that's cozy, check out this bungalow home in Angeles City. Book it even in chillier months as the pool is heated. The kitchen is well-equipped, the living area is air-conditioned, and there's a videoke machine, too. Guests, however, commented that the place may be too small for the advertised 12 guest accommodation. So maybe limit the group to just your closest friends. 

What past guests have been saying:

“Joshua's place is clean and well-maintained. Its kitchen is fully-equipped and if you need anything, the house's caretakers are there to help you out. The pool has a heater which is great for night swimming! It also has a videoke machine which we used to our hearts' content. Overall, it's a great place to stay for fanilies and friends.” — Tin, May 2017

See the Three-bedroom Rest House's listing on Airbnb here


3. Albergue de Sta. Ana Farm House

Sta. Ana, Pampanga

Rate: Starts at P17,984/night

Capacity: 15 guests



Designed with families in mind, this home is situated in a farm compound so surrounding the property are fruit-bearing trees, a sprawling garden, and the chirping of birds. Doesn't that sound relaxing? Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, a treehouse, a gazebo, a half basketball court, and a lawn volleyball court. Ask nicely and the caretakers can tour the kids around the farm which is home to roaming pigs, ducks, chickens and one carabao. You'll never run out of things to do! The home is fully-equipped but a cook can also prepare meals upon request for a fee. 

What past guests have been saying: 

“This was the perfect place for our family of 15! We got to do bonding by the pool, we played badminton and basketball, board games and we put up a tent in the garden. The kids loved the wide spaces outdoors. The house had everything we needed!” — Mayeth, May 2017

See Albergue de Sta. Ana's listing on Airbnb here

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4. Beach-front Balay Baroro

Bacnotan, La Union

Rate: Starts at P20,851/night

Capacity: 12 guests




According to the host, “balay” means house in Ilocano. This particular one has beautiful indoor and outdoor space with a view of the ocean. A 10-minute drive from San Juan, it has a spacious swimming pool, direct access to the beach and even comes complete with cabanas—imagine enjoying a drink while watching the sunset! Able to accommodate up to 12 guests, the home has five bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, and even a few toys and books for the kids. 

What past guests have been saying: 

“We were two families with kids staying here and we had a fabulous time. The location is amazing. The house is on a beach that is quiet and you pretty much have the beach to yourself. The house was comfortable and particularly loved by the children who went from the beach to the pool and back. There are board games and children's books that made it fun too. The outdoor sitting area is great for eating meals or lounging outside. Great for a family vacation.” — Alma, January 2017

See Balay Baroro's listing on Airbnb here

5. Annalene at Clark Luxe Accommodations

Angeles City, Pampanga

Rate: Starts at P9,888/night

Capacity: 13 guests



If you're fine with sharing the pool with just a few other guests, check out this vacation property in Angeles. Located in Savannah Green Plains Subdivision, the property is actually comprised of three houses, each has three bedrooms. In particular, the Annalene can accommodate 13 guests and has direct access to the pool. 

What past guests have been saying:

“Place is great for family outings. Complete set of utensils, very clean house and really homey. [The host] also responds immediately to questions... Recommending it especially for families planning to have a relaxing vacation.” — Sonnie, April 2017

See Annalene's Airbnb listing here.

Note: Prices shown are as of writing.

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Editor's note: The story has been updated to reflect only the minimum rates per night at the time the story was published, and that the total amount will depend on the number of guests. The article previously stated that the minimum rates apply regardless of the number of occupants.

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This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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