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Manila’s neighboring province, Batangas, is home to some of the best beaches and resorts that offer a relaxing escape from the urban jungle. Batangas has become the go-to weekend or quick getaway destination for city dwellers who want to lounge on the beach or commune with nature.
The coastline of Batangas is dotted with hotels and resorts that are perfect for romantic getaways, weekend staycations, family holidays, and diving in Anilao. Travelers have plenty of options from luxury, mid-range to budget hotels, and resorts in Batangas depending on your preferences.
If you’re looking for the perfect getaway that’s just a couple of kilometers away from Manila, check out these top-rated Batangas resorts:
Photo by Anilao Awari Bay Resort
Located in Mabini, Batangas, Anilao Awari Bay Resort boasts of a private getaway in a beach that gives guests the perfect view of Balayan Bay. Here, you’ll have a wide array of activities to choose from including diving courses as it is situated near the diving spot MatuPoint and even sunset sessions overlooking the bay.
The beach resort has fully-furnished guest rooms with flat-screen televisions, shower facilities, and air-conditioning. Choose from their deluxe room or experience a more unique stay with their Modern Ifugao House.
The beach resort also has function rooms perfect for family celebrations such as weddings and devuts, restaurants and hotel bars, sand and volleyball area, a chapel, and even a poolside bar! You can also cap off the day with a relaxing massages or spa.
Anilao Awari Bay Resort is just around 120 kilometers from the metro and is one of Batangas’ best beach resorts.
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One of the more loved beaches near the city, it offers a perfect union with nature with its very own white sand beach, unforgettable sunset overlooking the West Philippine Sea, and its close proximity to some of Batangas’ waterfalls and rivers.
For those looking for a thrilling water experience, Canyon Cove Hotel and Spa offers watersports activities too, from banana boat riding and paddleboarding to snorkeling, and even island hopping.
Amenities include its very own Island Café serving American, Filipino, and Asian cuisines, swimming pool, children’s playground, poolside and beachfront cabanas, spa, and even game rooms among others!
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If you want to experience first-class relaxation and getaway, far from the hustles and bustles of the city, check out Terrazas de Punta Fuego in Nasugbu.
An exclusive enclave that gives guests access to an 800-meter stretch of fine sand beach, its own free-form pool called the “Turtle Pool”, and other amenities including a game hall and Café Sol with cuisines specially crafted by its dedicated chefs.
Whether you’re a family looking for the best reunion spot or a team in search of the best treat for its members, Terrazas de Punta Fuego isn’t just any ordinary beach resort, it also gives one a sense of exclusivity and sophistication while basking in the beauty of nature.
Its Bali-inspired cabañas also gives guests the freedom to just lounge with a refreshment in hand or watch as the sunset drops in the background.
Photo by Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort
Sometimes, you just want to get out of the city without having to spend too much. Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort, one of the most practical choices among Filipino beach lovers, offers more than just affordable access to the beach.
You can create your own adventure by checking out their offerings at their Beach Happy Activity Center along Harmony Beach. Activities range from mangrove tours, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and even ATV rides!
The beach resort is also home to not just one, but three beaches: Harmony Beach, Serenity Beach, and Discovery Beach. Other recreational activities like biking and volleyball are also available.
Groups can opt for day trips and night trips as well with accommodation options such as beach and floating cottages, villas, bungalows, and treehouses/ Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort also offers camping trips where campers can enjoy the company of nature, unwind with their friends, all by renting or bringing their own tents.
Photo by Pico Sands Hotel
When you arrive at Pico Sands Hotel in Nasugbu, you’ll be welcomed by its 1.5-kilometer shoreline—truly a treat for all beach lovers. It’s yet another exclusive sanctuary that’s just around 80 kilometers away from the city. It features a contemporary hotel with seven floors, spacious rooms, and amenities that will make it feel like a home away from home.
Stay in one of its luxurious accommodations and choose which one appeals to you the best: a room with a lagoon or a mountain view or even a penthouse loft. For those with a hearty appetite, you can opt to dine by the beach at Reef Bar, dine al fresco at Pico Restaurant & Bar, munch on some snacks while playing billboard and bowling at B N’ B, or savor international cuisines at Lagoa.
Nature lovers will also enjoy roaming around its Nature Safari, while traversing the Pico Trail and Santelmo Trail. Those who want some water adventures can take it easy on a paddleboard or go fast on a jet ski.
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One of the most frequented beach resorts in Batangas is Virgin Beach Resort. Located in the town of San Juan, Virgin Beach Resort offers guests a relaxing haven surrounded by luscious greens and its very own white sand beach.
Friends and families looking to bond will surely love the cottages on the beachfront, giving everyone a relaxing experience and a chance to catch up and share stories.
Virgin Beach Resort is also the perfect place to spot dolphins doing water exhibitions! Just make sure to keep an eye out on the ocean. Not only is Virgin Beach Resort a practical choice for a vacation near the city, it also offers a unique Filipino feel with its Filipino-themed rooms.
Rooms range from bamboo cabanas with either king-sized or queen-sized beds. For a group of four people, the casitas are a perfect choice. The beach resort is around is 140 kilometers away from Manila.
Photo by Club Balai Isabel
If you're looking to staying somewhere with the perfect view of the world-famous Taal Lake, check out Club Balai Isabel, a beach resort in Talisay, Batangas. It's known not only for its lush greenery but also as an eco-tourism destination.
The nine-hectare resort boasts of amenities perfect for your holidays or even corporate getaways. From pavilions to halls and stylish hotel rooms to outdoor recreational spaces like the pool, team building obstacle grounds, and an orchard lane open area.
For food lovers, the beach resort’s Terraza Restaurant offers proudly Filipino and Batangueño dishes that will surely satisfy your cravings for local food. Coffee lovers will surely fall in love with Kape Kumintang’s Kapeng Barako while health-conscious guests can indulge in farm-to-table offerings of Balai Organics.
While the perfect view of Taal Volcano makes for a great experience, it’s Club Balai’s Isabel great balance of nature, adventure, and eco-tourism that truly make it a must-visit beach near Manila.
Photo by Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort
If you think diving can be a challenging pursuit, well not anymore, with beach resorts like Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort making it possible every weekend you might want to get out of the city to just dive.
Here, you can take your diving experience to the next level with its comfortable and stylish rooms, dishes that make you want to eat more courtesy of the hotel restaurant Sweet Bella, and a panoramic view of the mountain. There are sixteen rooms, all with a balcony so you can bask in the sea view.
The resort offers dive courses and facilities as well as other water sports like jet skiing, wakeboarding, and Redondo. The 15-feet training pool is dedicated to those who are just starting to explore diving.
If you’re not into it, the game rooms can help you kill time too! The infinity pool also gives guests a place to soak up the sun and enjoy the breezy wind passing through the Anilao coastline. Just around 120 kilometers away from Manila, Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort is located in Anilao, Batangas.
Photo by La Luz Beach Resort
Laiya isn’t just a long coastline of white sand beaches, it feels like a community too. La Luz Beach Resort is built with that in mind—to feel like it’s someone’s home. The hotel maintains a relaxed, natural feel to it so guests won’t feel too intimidated and would enjoy the simplicity of life.
From lofts to hilltop accommodations, its rooms are modestly designed with mostly bamboo features. Dormitories are also available which can house four to ten people.
Any trip to a beach won’t be complete too without some fun on the water. La Luz Beach Resort offers activities such as biking, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, and hiking among others.
Speed boats and yachts are also available for rent if you want to jazz up your stay. Housekeeping and room services are on call 24/7 and you can have your food delivered to your room even until two in the morning.
Photo by La Chevrie Resort and Spa
Another diving spot that’s just around 120 kilometers away from Manila, La Chevrie Resort & Spa is a five-star resort in Anilao, Batangas. It prides itself on giving holidaymakers a grand escape.
Not only does its location make it another top choice for divers looking to get away from the city, but it also offers access to unspoiled nature and a stylishly-designed hotel inspired by French aesthetics. Think European luxury, induced with the beauty of the tropics.
Exclusivity is also a priority for La Chevrie Resort & Spa so there are only thirteen rooms in the hotel to ensure that guests are served with world-class service and hospitality. The resort also has a restaurant called L’Atelier, serving fine liquors and dishes with only the finest and freshest ingredients.
For guests who want a sensual spa experience, the resort’s spa La Brise has a team of excellent massage therapists to indulge your senses. Aside from scuba diving, the resort also offers other activities including snorkeling and trekking.
Photo by Vivere Azure Resort
Experience fine resort living at Vivere Azure Resort in Anilao, Batangas. This paradise boasts of an idyllic mountainside view that can soothe anyone’s craving for relaxation. The resort used to be a rest house, giving it a homey feeling perfect for getaways with family and friends. The suites are luxuriously designed with the ocean view as the perfect treat.
The ocean itself is home to schools of fish, corals, and a rich marine life. Sometimes, your afternoons become even more memorable with dolphins showing off their skills. The resort offers activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, island hopping, and diving.
Forget about your deadlines and get lost while indulging in the delicious dishes of its restaurant overlooking the ocean or as you bask in the crashing waves in your own balcony.
Photo by Camp Netanya
If you're dreaming of a vacation in Greece, you don’t have to get out of the country to do so. Camp Netanya, inspired by the Greek island of Santorini, will give you that feel with its white structures and blue domes overlooking the ocean. Located in Anilao, Batangas, Camp Netanya has 48 guest rooms — ranging from deluxe rooms to family lofts and villas.
A stay at Camp Netanya will also give you convenient access to Sombrero Island and Oscar Island where you can rent a boat or snorkel to witness Anilao’s rich marine life and stunning corals.
The beach resort also has its own fitness centers, music lounge, and a wide array of water activities to choose from such as fish feeding and kayaking. Camp Netanya is just about 120 kilometers away from Manila.
Photo by Acuaverde Beach Resort
Acuaverde Beach Resort is gifted with a fair share of Laiya’s white sand beach and clear blue waters. Whether you’re with friends or family, you can surely have a great time by choosing any of its fun water adventures: fly fishing, jet skiing, flyboarding, or kayaking.
The resort has 31 rooms with a holiday tropic theme, all made with local materials such as coconut-trunk columns and walls and furniture accentuated with woods.
Acuaverde Beach Resort has facilities that are perfect for every member of the family. The Kid’s Zone is the perfect place to let your little ones play while the beachfront makes for a romantic escape for mom and dad while waiting for the sun to set.
You can even bring pets as the resort features a dedicated Pet Zone. There’s also an Al Fresco bar where you can find a selection of cocktails, beers, and wines.
Photo by Acuatico Beach Resort
Another gem that can be found in Laiya is Acuatico Beach Resort that seemingly looks like a modern mansion with a tropical resort feel. It’s because the resort is divided into the Main Wing and the La Prima Wing.
The Main Wing offers either a pool or beach view with Balinese-inspired accommodations. La Prima Wing is an exclusive wing with its own private pool, restaurant, jacuzzi, and villas giving guests a more premium vacation. Overall, the resort has 21 rooms in the Main Wing and 20 rooms in La Prima Wing.
Acuatico’s Oceano restaurant takes guests to a gastronomic feast — from local favorites to international dishes while its Acua Bar is the spot to be if you’re craving for refreshing cocktails while lounging at the infinity pool.
Other restaurants are Azul Bar & Café and Intimo Bar. It also has its own game room, spa services, and fitness center.
Photo by The Farm at San Benito
A must-visit not only for a memorable vacation but also for a mindful, wellness retreat, The Farm at San Benito is known for its five pillars: Diagnose, Cleanse, Nourish, Repair and Sustain. It offers a holistic, relaxing experience through wellness and health optimization programs.
Designed to give guests a nourishing break from their busy lives, The Farm at San Benito boasts of its nurturing spa treatments, hydrotherapy water wellness, plant-based cuisines, mindful activities, and integrative medical services with its in-house doctor.
Accommodations range from terraces to suites and bamboo, garden glass, to mahogany pool villas giving you a luxurious stay like no other. Mindful activities held at The Farm at San Benito include yoga, power walk, and meditation.
Those who are looking for a relaxing getaway will get more than that at this environment that offers nourishment to all senses. It's highly recommended to join a tour at The Farm Batangas.
Go on a Relaxing Getaway to Batangas
Photo by Camp Netanya
Getting your much-deserved break isn’t a question of “how much” or “how far,” it can also be a question of “how soon”. You need not look at far places before you can have that tropical escape because Batangas, home to some idyllic beach spots with breathtaking sunsets, incredible nature, and rich marine life, is just hours away.
Most of these beaches are just 100 to 120 kilometer away from Manila, which makes it a lot easier to bring some friends and families along.
Check out Batangas tours and activities that you can add to your itinerary aside from a relaxing staycation at these resorts.