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May 6, 2017
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Contrary to popular belief, the beach is not always a good idea. Sometimes we just want to go swimming without worrying about stinging jellyfish, disgusting lumot, and sand getting in places it has no business being in, like our buttcrack. Laguna’s a great option for folks looking to escape Metro Manila’s smog—not only is it very accessible, but it also has a ton of great resorts.

Here are some affordable bets:

1) Casa San Pablo, San Pablo

Hospitable husband-and-wife duo Boots and An Alcantara run Casa San Pablo, a quaint bed and breakfast in historic San Pablo. This cozy, just-like-home resort offers 20 rooms that can accommodate any number of guests, from big families to entire company departments to honeymooning couples. They also have a garden perfect for relaxing, as well as a big pool for some water fun. Don’t miss the chance to try their traditional dishes for a taste of native Laguna cooking!

Day rates start at P1,250 per head, while overnight rates start at P2,000 per head.

2) Tahanan ni Aling Meding, San Pablo

This family mansion-turned-hotel boasts of 10 rooms that can fit up to six people—perfect for a getaway with the barkada or with the girlfriend. It’s a great base to see the town’s sights—You can spend the day checking out the nearby Seven Lakes before taking a dip in the hotel’s very own swimming pool. Tahanan ni Aling Meding also has several function rooms, making it a great place for parties and team-building events.

Room rates start at P2,500. They also offer an overnight tour package for two that includes overnight accommodation, meals, and a tour of Lake Pandin for P5,000.

3) Hannah’s Garden, Calamba

Hannah’s Garden is perfect for a serene, relaxing getaway. The rooms are tastefully appointed, with clean bathrooms and comfortable beds. They also offer a variety of activities, with a lap pool, a billiards table, a basketball court, and an obstacle course in its premises. Who would’ve thought such a pretty place could be found in Laguna?

Room rates start at P3,500 per night, inclusive of free breakfast for two persons.

4) Sol Y Viento Pansol, Pansol

For a more upscale experience, Sol Y Viento is a great choice. With 47 rooms, including cabanas with indoor jacuzzis, it’s a great pick for couples who want a luxe staycation without spending too much. Sol Y Viento also has several function rooms and restaurants, 24-hour swimming pools and outdoor jacuzzis, plus trekking and zip line amenities.

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Room rates start at around P4,240 inclusive of taxes and fees.

5) Splash Mountain Resort, Los Baños

Splash Mountain has everything you’ll need for some fun in the water, with four giant waterslides, several cool and hot spring pools, and sports facilities. There’s more than enough space for the whole gang to run around, whether you’re with your bae, the fambam, the barkada, or the whole company. If you want to stay overnight, Splash Mountain has four accommodation options: Splash Mountain Hotel, Splash Oasis Hotel, City of Springs Hotel, and Splash Suites Hotel.  

Room rates start at P3,300 for Splash Suites Hotel, P1,500 for City of Springs Hotel, P2,500 for Splash Oasis Hotel, and P2,000 for Splash Mountain Hotel.

6) Doña Jovita Garden Resort, Calamba

If hot springs are more up your alley, a visit to Doña Jovita Garden Resort might be the stress reliever you’ve been looking for. Most of their pools are mineral-rich and naturally heated, giving your body lots of health benefits. We recommend booking a room and staying overnight for a complete spa experience: take a dip in one of their hot springs then get a full body massage before bedtime for a stress-free weekend.

Room rates range from around P3,300 to P3,500.

7) Mountain Lake Resort, Cavinti

In the mood for a unique outdoor experience? Go glamping at Mountain Lake Resort! Don’t worry about cramped tents and flimsy sleeping bags—here, you’ll have an all-weather tent equipped with proper mattresses and sheets, along with outdoor chairs, a small sofa set, lights, an electric fan, and a power outlet. It’s the perfect way to cap off a day enjoying the resort’s many amenities, which include an obstacle course, a fishing village, an outdoor pool, and a golf course. Don’t want to rough it out? You can always stay in one of the resort’s 21 hotel rooms for a four-star experience. The resort also offers non-airconditioned cottages, which are perfect for larger groups.

Rates start at P1,870 for glamping tents, P3,575 for cottages, and P2,640 for hotel rooms.

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