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15 Best Beach Resorts Near Manila: Batangas, La Union, Zambales, Bataan

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15 Best Beach Resorts Near Manila: Batangas, La Union, Zambales, Bataan

Photos by ACEA Subic Beach Resort and Vivere Azure Resort

IMPORTANT: The beach resorts featured in this article may have COVID-19 travel restrictions and requirements. Check our COVID-19 page for travel requirements of destinations. We recommend contacting the properties as well for their specific requirements and age restrictions. 

 

If you're looking for a beach getaway from the capital of the Philippines, Manila, you will have plenty to choose from. There are a number of beaches near Manila located in Luzon island that may be reached with a quick road trip or bus ride from the busy metropolitan. These destinations house a variety of beach resorts that are less than five hours away by car and are accessible via expressways.

Northern provinces such as La Union and eastern provinces such as Zambales and Bataan are just a few hours drive away via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and TPLEX (Subic-Tipo Expressway). Beach resorts near Manila, bordering its southern end like Batangas, are accessible via the Calabarzon Expressway or STAR Tollway.

Batangas, Bataan, La Union, and Zambales are provinces accessible from Manila that are home to popular surfing destinations, luxury resorts, diving spots, and accommodations that offer great facilities and modern amenities. Tourists who are short on time can still go on a quick beach trip in a resort near Manila. Here are some of the best beach resorts to explore: 

15. Thunderbird Resorts and Casinos Poro Point, La Union

The pool area in Thunderbird Resorts and Casinos Poro Point

Photo by Thunderbird Resorts and Casinos Poro Point

This luxury resort is located in La Union, a surfing destination near Manila. Thunderbird Resorts and Casinos sits on top of a 100-ft cliff on the highest point of the Poro Point Peninsula, a coastal landform extending 3.2 KM into the West Philippine Sea. The 65-hectare Mediterranean-inspired property offers scenic sunset views overlooking the San Fernando Bay and is often compared to the famous Greek resort town, Santorini.

Its most popular landmark is named the Santorini dome. It is the only resort in the north with 5-star amenities such as luxury rooms and villas, function rooms, delicious dining options, a recreation center, wellness spa, and a 9-hole golf course. 

The resort has a 4,000sqm building that houses the Fiesta Casino with world-class gaming standards. Other onsite facilities include a chapel, volleyball court, badminton court, tennis court, clubhouse, and a private beach. 

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 4-hours to 4.5-hour drive from Manila, head north and exit to Balintawak and drive through NLEX, SCTEX, and TPLEX. After taking the farthest TPLEX exit, you will pass by several La Union towns until reaching San Fernando. Drive toward the main gate of Poro Point Management Corporation until you reach the resort.

By public transport:

From the Araneta Bus Terminal, get on board a bus to Capas, Tarlac. Disembark from Capas and ride a bus to La Union, then take a taxi to Thunderbird Resort. 

14. Sundowners Zambales

A villa guests can rent in Sundowners Zambales, Subic

Photo by Sundowners Zambales

This 2-hectare beachfront resort is located in the municipality of Botolan, Zambales, a town known for fun outdoorsy activities and natural attractions such as Mt. Pinatubo and Tukal Tukal Falls.

Sundowners Zambales offers a private beach house with 10 whitewashed pool villas situated near the beach along with a spacious property that includes access to a 100-meter beach, 2 common infinity swimming pools, a bar, and a hotel restaurant.

Amenities for surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, and hobie cat are available for rent near the beach. Thrilling outdoor activities like wall climbing, ATV, rappelling, zip line riding, paintball, and obstacle courses may be availed as an add-on service at Camp Kainomayan, a camp situated just 10 minutes away from the resort.

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 4-hour to 4.5-hour drive from Manila, you need to head north and exit to Balintawak, go through NLEX to Subic Bay Freeport Zone and then follow the Olongapo-Bugallon Rd. until you reach Sundowners Zambales. 

By public transport:

Ride a Victory Liner Bus from either the Pasay or Cubao Terminal going to Botolan. 

13. Kamana Sanctuary Spa Resort, Subic

Aerial view of Kamana Sanctuary Spa Resort in Subic

Photo by Kamana Sanctuary Spa Resort

Kamana Sanctuary is a beachfront resort perched in between an old-growth rainforest and a body of water called Nabasan Bay. One of the top resorts in Subic, it has a great vantage point for enjoying a scenic sunset view overlooking Subic Bay, with accommodations ranging from standard rooms, split-level lofts, hotel suites, and casitas all fully equipped with modern amenities.

The resort is located within a 6km radius from popular Subic tourist attractions such as Ocean Adventure, Inang Laya Monument, Zoobic Safari, and Tiger Safari Ride, while various recreational activities to enjoy at the resort include snorkeling, beach volleyball, kayaking, beach tennis, and a round of frisbee at the pool garden.

More laidback activities like hanging out in a hammock or playing board games are also available at the resort. The hotel restaurant serves delicious international dishes, and breakfast is complimentary for in-house guests. 

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 2.5-hour to 3-hour drive from Manila, take the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) via the Balintawak interchange in North EDSA. Exit at Dau (last exit on NLEX), then enter the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) and take TPLEX (Subic-Tipo Expressway). Enter Subic Bay and head towards Subic Bay International Airport. Follow the main road leading towards Nabasan Wharf and follow the road until you reach Kamana Sanctuary.

By public transport:

Ride a Victory Liner Bus from either the Pasay or Cubao Terminal bound for Olongapo. From there, take a jeepney to Subic or hail a taxi to the resort. 


12. ACEA Subic Beach Resort, Subic

The pool area of ACEA Subic Beach Resort

Photo by ACEA Subic Beach Resort

Located along San Bernardino Road inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, ACEA Subic Beach Resort is situated in a lush field with rooms that offer either an oceanfront panorama of Mt. Cinco Pincos or a view of its beautifully landscaped garden. Accommodations are fully equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning, LED TV with cable, safety deposit box, and free wifi access. 

Guests will enjoy a wide range of recreational activities ranging from thrilling sea-based adventures such as jet-skiing, hoverboard riding, flyboarding, or banana boat riding to more laid-back entertainment like joining the bay cruise, staying indoors at the game room, or singing at the karaoke rooms. Children and kids at heart will delight in playing at the kiddie pool, toddler playroom, jungle gym, and kiddie water playground in the resort. 

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 2.5-hour to 3-hour drive from Manila, take Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) via the Balintawak interchange in North EDSA. Exit at Dau (last exit on NLEX), then enter the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) until you reach Subic-Tipo Expressway. Enter Subic Bay Freeport Zone until you reach the resort.

By public transport:

Ride a Victory Liner Bus from either the Pasay or Cubao Terminal bound for Olongapo. From there, take a jeepney to Subic or hail a taxi to the resort. 

11. Lighthouse Marina Resort, Subic

Aerial view of the Lighthouse Marina Resort in Subic

Photo by Lighthouse Marina Resort

This boutique hotel stands on a beautiful location facing Subic Bay and is distinguished by the presence of a lighthouse within the resort. Situated at the Central Business District in the Subic Freeport Zone, accommodations at the Lighthouse Marina Resort are equipped with high-tech amenities like a smartphone dock, media player, and wifi access. This includes must-have room comforts such as air conditioning, television, room safe, and towels, all of which are available in each of the 34 rooms. 

The waterfront beach is used as a docking area for ships and is perfect for thrilling water sports activities such as parasailing, kayaking, jet-skiing, and flyboarding. Facilities for fun sea-based sports are available for rent, while eco-tours designed to provide guests with a unique cultural experience may be joined as an add-on service. 

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 2.5-hour to 3-hour drive from Manila, take Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) via the Balintawak interchange in North EDSA. Exit at Dau (last exit on NLEX), then enter SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) until you reach TPLEX (Subic-Tipo Expressway). Enter Subic Bay Freeport Zone until you reach the resort.

By public transport:

Ride a Victory Liner Bus from either the Pasay or Cubao Terminal bound for Olongapo. From there, take a jeepney to Subic or hail a taxi to the resort. 

10. Aureo Resort, La Union

Beach view in Aureo Resort, La Union

Photo by Aureo Resort

Situated on a 400-meter stretch on a white sandy coastline, this sprawling estate in San Fernando, La Union, has a total of 174 hotel rooms consisting of bright villas, a private balcony, and tropical-themed accommodations.

Aureo Resort has an unobstructed view of the West Philippine Sea, offering a wonderful vantage point for enjoying beautiful sunset views along its rooms and beachfront. 

There are two main pools in the resort, namely the Lazy River and the Loop, along with several others that are perfect for swimming laps. This secluded resort offers a wide selection of international dishes and cocktails served at the Coast Restaurant, which is located front and center at its spacious coastal beach.  

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 4-hour to 4.5-hour drive from Manila, take NLEX, then SCTEX until you reach TPLEX. From TPLEX, stay on the road going to La Union provincial road until you reach San Francisco, which is where the resort is located.

By public transport:

From Manila, ride any bus bound for Laoag, Vigan, Abra, or La Union. Alight in Barangay San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union. From there, hail a tricycle to the resort. 

9. Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa, La Union

The pool area in Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa

Photo by Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa

Located at the heart of the north’s popular surf town of San Juan, La Union, Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa is one of the best places to stay in if you want to go surfing. Beginners can learn from instructors under the La Union Surf School, a premier surf school certified by the Academy of Surfing Instructors in Australia, while scuba diving is also available at the resort. Thrill-seekers may opt to join mountain hiking tours, ride a bike, or play a round of golf. 

The Filipino-Balinese rooms at the resort are fully equipped with modern amenities, while the hotel restaurant serves local and international cuisines, cocktails, and coolers. Sit back and lounge by the beachfront as you take in the spectacular view of the sunset while enjoying refreshing drinks by the beachfront.  

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 4-hour to 4.5-hour drive from Manila, take NLEX, then SCTEX until you reach TPLEX. Exit TPLEX at Pozzorubio to the McArthur Highway until you reach the resort in San Juan.

By public transport:

From Manila, ride any bus bound for Laoag, Vigan, Abra, or La Union. All of them will allow you to alight at the resort in San Juan, La Union.

8. Crystal Beach Resort, Zambales

Guest relax under huts on Crystal Beach Resort's beachfront

Photo by Crystal Beach Resort

Located in San Narciso Town along Subic, Zambales, Crystal Beach Resort is a beautiful beachfront property that stands near a forest setting, perfect for nature lovers and beach enthusiasts. One of the best resorts in Zambales, they offer surfing lessons for guests, while kayaking equipment is available for rent.

Leisure facilities for playing table tennis, billiards, frisbee, and basketball are available for rent, while indoor board games like “sungka” and stacking blocks are free. Tours are available as an additional service for guests who want to go hiking to a waterfall, go ATV riding, join an island-hopping tour, or visit heritage sites such as Casa San Miguel or Magsaysay Museum.

Don’t miss some of the free events such as bonfire lighting, acoustic band playing, or outdoor movies that are alternately scheduled in the evening.   

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 3.5-hour to 4-hour drive from Manila, head north and exit to Balintawak and go through NLEX until you reach the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, then take the Olongapo-Bugallon Road up to your destination at Crystal Beach Resort.

By public transport:

Take a Victory Liner bus bound for Iba, Zambales, and get off at San Narciso, Zambales, and ride a tricycle from San Sebastian Church to the resort. 

7. Camp Netanya, Batangas

Camp Netanya's swimming pool area

Photo by Camp Netanya

Set along the coast of Anilao, Batangas, this resort offers a scenic view of the Balayan Bay. It is one of the best Batangas resorts to stay in for Anilao diving. Anilao offers premier scuba diving and snorkeling spots found at the marine protected sanctuary nearby.

Camp Netanya resort’s striking architecture is reminiscent of the whitewashed buildings and brilliant blue domes of the Greek island of Santorini, while the hotel’s 48 rooms are equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning, flat-screen television with cable channels, and a safety deposit box. 

The hotel facilities include a fitness center, swimming pool, wellness spa, music lounge, souvenir shop, a kid’s hub, and complimentary use of kayak. Guests looking for adventures in the great outdoors may arrange for package tours such as fish feeding at an Anilao sanctuary, island hopping, snorkeling, and scuba diving services for an additional fee. Dining options include Greek-inspired dishes and local favorites at the hotel restaurant.

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 3-hour to 3.5-hour drive from Manila, take the Metro Manila Skyway from Magallanes EDSA, then get on the South Luzon Express Way / Calabarzon Express Way / Star Toll Way toward the Batangas City exit. Take Diversion Rd. in Batangas until you reach Circumferential Rd in Mabini to the resort. 

By public transport:

Ride a bus bound to Batangas in bus terminals in Cubao/Buendia. From there, ride a jeepney to Mabini, Batangas, and alight at the Mabini Crossing. From there take a tricycle to Camp Netanya Resort.

6. La Chevrerie Resort and Spa, Batangas

The pool in La Chevrerie Resort and Spa

Photo by La Chevrerie Resort and Spa

This 5-star world-class boutique La Chevrerie Resort and Spa is situated along the leafy forests and serene waters of Mabini, Batangas. It is roughly 5 km away from the pristine white beaches of Anilao, giving guests easy access not just to the sandy coastline but to its famous snorkeling and dive spots as well. With only 13 rooms, guests enjoy utmost privacy and undivided attention from hotel staff. 

The resort’s wellness spa rests right at the waterfront, giving guests a sweeping view of the ocean as they hear the sound of the waves while enjoying a massage treatment. The hotel restaurant, L’Atalier, serves organic dishes, fresh seafood, fine liquors, and premium wine from its own cellar. It also has a dive center, playroom, gym, chauffeur services, and access to trekking areas nearby. 

How to get there:

By a private vehicle:
For this 3-hour to 3.5-hour drive from Manila, take SLEX and Star Tollway and turn right at the Batangas Port exit. Follow the road going to Batangas Port and continue until you reach Mabini Town Proper toward La Chevrerie Resort on your right.

Via public transport:

From Manila, take a bus to Batangas City Public Terminal, then ride a jeepney to Mabini and get down at Mabini Public Market. From there, hire a tricycle toward Mabini Tourism Triangle until you see La Chevrerie on your right.


5. Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort, Batangas

Cottages in Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort during sunset

Photo by Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort

Less than 10km from Manila, the 24-hectare estate of Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort sits along the western coast of Calatagas’ rolling hills and white sandy beaches that face the Verde Island Passage, a popular diving spot. 

There are three beach destinations within the property - namely Serenity, Harmony, and Destiny - while a recreation area called Infinity is reserved mainly for day-tripping guests. It is a section furnished with its own swimming pool, restaurant, and open huts, perfect for a group outing.

This beach sanctuary offers a variety of thrilling water-based activities that include kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, sandbar tours, and boating trips.

Land-based activities include scenic ATV rides or mountain biking on the trails, while nature lovers may opt to visit lush mangroves, pick organic produce from the Sunshine Patch, or stroll along flower-filled garden paths. The resort offers unique accommodations that include a treehouse, floating cottages, beach cottages, and dorm-style bungalows that are perfect for big groups. 

How to get there:

By a private vehicle:

For this 3-hour to 3.5-hour drive from Manila, take SLEX and take the Sta. Rosa exit up to the Silang Junction, into the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Rd. toward the Batangas-Cavite boundary until reaching Nasugbu. Turn right toward the Calatagan-Lian Highway until you reach the resort gate.

By public transport:

From Manila, ride a van from the Calatagan Van Terminal in Pasay City, or take the DLTB bus bound for Calatagan from Buendia station. From there, take a tricycle to the resort. 

4. Montemar Beach Club Resort, Bataan

The pool area in Montemar Beach Club, Bataan

Photo by Montemar Beach Club Resort

This popular beachfront property stands on a 12-hectare cove in Bataan facing Bagac Bay on the West Philippine Sea, with a 500 meter stretch of powder-white sand regarded as one of the most beautiful beach resorts in Bataan and near Manila. Montemar Beach Club Resort has 89 rooms designed for utmost comfort with modern amenities such as air-conditioning, cable television, with hot and cold showers. 

The vast estate has 3 swimming pools, a treehouse, hanging bridge, playground, lagoon, soccer field/helipad, and courtyards for playing tennis, basketball, volleyball, and badminton. At the beach, guests can go kayaking or jet skiing, while facilities for horseback riding and fishing are also available for guests. 

How to get there:

By a private vehicle:

For this 3-hour to 3.5-hour drive from Manila, take the NLEX toward the San Fernando Exit (Exit65), keep left, proceed to JASA, go through the Layac Junction, and take the road leading to the Bataan Provincial Highway to Pilar, Bataan until you reach the resort.
 
By public transport:

Take the Five Star bus plying the route headed for Balanga to Bagac Bataan, and then ride a tricycle to the resort. 

3. Vivere Azure Resort, Batangas

View of Vivere Azure Resort's pool area

Photo by Vivere Azure Resort

This 5-star boutique Vivere Azure Resort is conveniently situated on a hillside property at the heart of the best diving sites in Anilao, Batangas. It features bright, spacious rooms outfitted with casual-luxe interiors as well as thoughtful amenities like citronella insect repellants, resort bags, and hygiene kits for guests.

The resort’s infinity pool offers a scenic view of Maricaban islands and the surrounding bay, the perfect spot for enjoying a refreshing drink during cocktail hour. 

Island hopping, scuba diving, and adventure tours may be arranged with the resort, while facilities for kayaking or snorkeling are available at the beachfront. The hotel restaurant, which serves delicious home-cooked meals, sits on a balcony overlooking the bay.

Those who want another vantage point for watching the majestic bayside view may climb up to the treehouse nearby. 

How to get there:

By a private vehicle:

For this 3-hour to 3.5-hour drive from Manila, proceed to SLEX southbound route and take the Batangas Exit. Continue onward and turn right to Mabini Circumferential Road to Anilao, left to San Teodoro until you reach the resort.

By public transport:

Ride on a bus to Batangas from bus terminals in Cubao, Pasay, or Manila, and alight at the Batangas City Grand Terminal. Take a jeepney up to Mabini Crossing, then take a tricycle to Vivere Azure Resort.

2. Acuaverde Beach Resort, Batangas

Lounge chairs on the beachfront of Acuaverde Beach Resort

Photo by Acuaverde Beach Resort

The beachfront Acuaverde Beach Resort is located in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas, roughly 140 km distance from Metro Manila, and features a long coastline overlooking Tayabas Bay. It has 16 rooms with a veranda or balcony, all of which are fully equipped with modern amenities such as air-conditioning, LCD cable television, free wifi, and complimentary coffee or tea.

There is a volleyball court as well as several thatched roofed seaside cabanas for lounging situated by the beach, while equipment for kayaking, jet skiing, fly fishing, and flyboarding are available for rent.

Fur parents will be delighted to know that this is pet-friendly resort welcomes dogs and cats in public areas. This family-friendly hotel also has a playground, family room, indoor swimming pool, and free accommodations for kids 11 and below.  

How to get there:

By a private vehicle:

For this 3h40m to 4h drive from Manila, take the (SLEX) and drive on towards the direction of Sto. Tomas in Batangas until you see the reach the Laguna-Quezon boundary and proceed toward San Juan, pass by the town proper until you reach the San Juan Town hall, and head straight toward the resort. 

By public transport:

Look for the ALPS Bus from either their Cubao or Alabang Terminal and ride to San Juan, Batangas. From the Batangas Terminal, Acuaverde Beach Resort is about 24 km away, and tricycles may be rented to the resort. 
 

1. Acuatico Beach Resort, Batangas

Acuatico Beach Resort's infinity pool

Photo by Acuatico Beach Resort

This premium Batangas resort is located in Laiya, just 140 km away from Metro Manila. Acuatico Beach Resort is set in an idyllic tropical destination with a spacious beachfront facing Tayabas Bay. The resort’s main attraction is the infinity pool, a wide expanse of water that seems to merge seamlessly into the ocean behind it. The platforms nearby provide the perfect angle for taking vacation photographs to share on your social media accounts.

With a total of 41 rooms throughout the property, the Balinese-designed accommodations offer stunning views, cozy interiors, and l toiletries, while villas are equipped with private jacuzzis.

There are 4 dining options: there’s the Acua bar which serves cocktails with a view at the infinity pool, an all-day dining restaurant called the Oceano, the Azul bar and cafe for international dishes, and the exclusive Intimo Restaurants. Other facilities include a wellness spa, game room, children’s playroom, gift shop, equipment for water sports activities, and a fitness gym. 

How to get there:

By a private vehicle:

For this 3.5-hour 4-hour drive from Manila, take the (SLEX) and drive on towards the direction of Sto. Tomas in Batangas until you see the reach the Laguna-Quezon boundary and proceed toward San Juan, pass by the town proper until you reach the San Juan Town hall, and head straight toward the resort. 

By public transport:

Look for the ALPS Bus from either their Cubao or Alabang Terminal and ride going to San Juan, Batangas. From the Batangas Terminal, ride a tricycle toward Acuatico Beach Resort, roughly 24 km from the terminal.

Escape to the Best Beach Resorts Near Manila

The sea view of La Chevrerie Resort and Spa

Photo by La Chevrerie Resort and Spa

Whether you’re looking for a thrilling adventure by the sea or seeking a laid-back time lounging on a sandy coastline, you’ll find just the right beach resort near Manila to fulfill your vacation needs.

Those who are into scuba diving will find a wide selection of resorts and premier diving spots in surrounding areas, while surfers have a variety of accommodations to choose from that are all located along the famous surf town of San Juan, La Union. 

For large groups and young children, family-friendly amenities like playgrounds, kiddie pools, and indoor board games are the ideal vacation spots, while nature lovers will enjoy scenic tours offered as an add-on service.

All these are available at less than a few hours' drive away by car or by bus ride from Manila. Enjoy a quick escape from the pressures of urban living when you go on a short road trip to any of these scenic beaches and resorts featured on this list.