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15 Best Private Resorts Near Manila: Beachfront, Lakeside, Scenic Views

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If you're looking for a relaxing beach or nature getaway from the bustling Metro Manila, there are a number of provinces surrounding the busy city center that you can travel to for a quick escape. Aside from beach resorts near Manila, there are also private resorts that you can book where you have the entire property to yourself. These destinations make for a perfect weekend trip with family and friends who want to get out of the bustling city. 

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Ranging from 50 to 250KM away from the metro, most of these private resorts near Manila are nestled in the CALABARZON provinces, including Rizal, Batangas, and Laguna. Northern provinces such as Bulacan and Zambales are also a few hours' drive away from the capital city. Beach resorts near Manila are easily accessible via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), or STAR Tollway.

These family-friendly resorts vary from beachfront properties, mountainside, within lush forests, or by the lake. With spacious outdoor areas, big stylish rooms, and stunning views, these resorts are great venues to maintain social distancing among their visitors.

Check out our list of the best and most stunning private resorts near Manila that you should book for your next quick getaway: 

15. The Park, Cavite 

One of the glamping tents in The Park, Cavite

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Nestled in the lush suburbs of Silang town in Cavite, The Park is a 3.5-star hotel featuring two elegantly designed outdoor and indoor pools. This pet-friendly accommodation is among the popular Cavite resorts near Manila and Tagaytay City, a famous tourist destination favored for its cool breeze and scenic views.

The Park offers an array of accommodation options, including the Standard Room, Deluxe Room, Superior Room, VIP Suite, and Family Room. The rooms can accommodate from two persons up to a group of four to six persons. Each comes with air conditioning, free WiFi, kettle, hot tub, closet, kitchen, bathroom, and a balcony with garden views. 

Among the many luxurious amenities of the hotel is its Watsu-heated pool. Guests can pamper themselves by taking a dip into its relatively hot pool (35-degree Celsius). While soaking into the pool, you will get to experience relaxing hydrotherapy. Other modern amenities at the hotel include a sauna, basketball court, gym, and plenty of outdoor spaces for special functions. 

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 1.5 to 2-hour drive from Manila, drive along SLEX and exit to Sta. Rosa. Turn right and head toward Greenfield City. Take the Sta Rosa-Tagaytay Road and turn right upon reaching the entrance of the Richland Hills Subdivision. Enter the village and drive straight ahead until you reach a roundabout. Then, take the first exit to the right and proceed to The Park’s gated compound.

By public transport: 

From Cubao, get on board a bus to Balibago, Sta. Rosa. Alight at the terminal and ride a jeep bound for Tagaytay. Tell the driver to drop you off at the entrance of Richard Hills Subdivision, where the hotel is located. 

14. Domescape Glamping, Batangas 

One of the tents in Domescape Glamping

Photo by Domescape Glamping

Glamping, a glamorous term for camping, became popular for travelers who want to reconnect with nature. Domescape Glamping in Nasugbu, Batangas, is one of the well-known minimalist glamping sites near Manila. It features cube-shaped domes at the heart of a mini forest. 

These sci-fi-looking geodesic domes are tiny houses with a roof made of glass windows. Inside are plush beddings that are elegant and comfy. Domescape has five glamping domes that can accommodate groups of four, six, and twelve persons. 

The first dome has minimalist interiors, while the third and fourth domes have a natural swimming pool with water slides. The fifth dome has Bohemian-themed interiors and a loft with a much wider bedroom space. Each of the domes is equipped with air conditioning, a mini-refrigerator, a kettle heater, a microwave oven, and a humidifier fan. 

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 2 to 2.5-hour drive from Manila, take the CAVITEX and drive along Antero Soriano Highway. Then, head toward Mt. Palay Palay National Park (near Pico de Loro) and pass through Kaibiang Tunnel. Take the Nasugbu-Ternate Highway until you reach the Nasugbu town proper. 

By public transport: 

From Pasay or Cubao, take a bus heading to Nasugbu, Batangas. Alight at Pasong Kawayan in Barangay Tumalim. From Pasong Kawayan, ride a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off at Domescape. 

13. Paradis Island PH, Cavinti 

Loung area by the lake in Paradis Island

Photo by Paradis Island

The Bohemian-inspired Paradis Island villa is along Lake Lumot and near the Sierra Madre mountain range in Cavinti, Laguna. It has two rustic villas with glamping tents. 

Each villa is fully equipped with an in-house and outdoor bathroom, kitchen, porch, dining area, and living room. The 2nd villa has a huge balcony overlooking the lake. 

Be one with nature and experience Paradis Island’s Kawa Flower Hot Bath. Guests can enjoy the peace and quiet in this remote island resort with solar panels and a scheduled power generator set to ensure their comfort. Even though the villas have no aircon units, the rooms are well-ventilated and complete with electric fans and screen windows.

Make the most of your stay and try some outdoor activities like kayaking, rafting, fishing, and swimming on the lake. Feel free to relax in the tree hut, rest on the floating cabana, and take photos on the hammock and hanging bed.

For team-building activities, you can play basketball, volleyball, and even board games. Guests can also bike around the island or go mango picking (seasonal). After watching the sunset in the bamboo lounge, you can set up a marshmallow bonfire party at night.

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 2.5 to 3-hour drive from Manila, take SLEX and head toward the Turbina Exit. From there, take the Milagrosa-Bucal Bypass National Highway until you reach General Taino. Follow this route until you get to the Lumot Lake Boat Terminal. The boatman will assist you from there.

By public transport:

From Alabang South Station, take a van to Sta Cruz, Laguna. Then, take a jeep bound for Lumot or Cavinti. If there’s no jeep to Lumot, you can take a tricycle instead. Alight at the Lumot Boat Terminal, where the staff of Paradis Island PH awaits you.

12. Tyvo Resort, Antipolo 

Pool of Tyvo Resort

Photo by Tyvo Resort

Just a 5-minute walk (450m) away from Pinto Art Museum, Tyvo Resort is a mountainside resort in Antipolo, Rizal overlooking Manila’s skyline, and Laguna de Bay. It is a perfect events venue and a barkada overnight spot with a huge function hall for debuts, weddings, corporate events, and parties. 

The 3-story resort features spacious rooms with a kitchen, refrigerator, stove, bathroom with heater, and a private balcony. The bedrooms can accommodate up to 20 persons. Guests are free to use the videoke machine and billiard/game room. There is also a swimming pool with a heater (26 degrees Celcius).

For parties and events, Tyvo Resort has complete entertainment facilities such as disco sound, LED wall, electric photo booth, and a grand KTV room. Unwind and party with your friends or family while savoring Antipolo’s cool breeze and witnessing its majestic sunset views.

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 30-minute to 1-hour drive from Manila, take the Aurora Blvd to Cubao, head toward C5, and merge onto Ortigas Avenue/Exit. Continue to L. Sumulong Memorial Circle, turn right to Grand Heights Road until you reach Mt. Banahaw St. in Antipolo. The resort will be on the right.

By public transport:

From Megamall or Cubao, ride a van or jeep bound for Antipolo. Alight at Ynares Sports Arena or Antipolo Church and ride a tricycle to Tyvo Resort. 

11. Awilihan Private Paradise Resort, Batangas 

Pool area of Awilihan Private Paradise Resort

Photo by Awilihan Private Paradise Resort

Overlooking Taal Volcano in Batangas, Awilihan Private Paradise Resort is an all-inclusive vacation home and wedding venue with a balcony and private pool. It is the only private resort within the vicinity of Taal that accepts one group at a time. 

The three-bedroom house can accommodate up to 30 persons. It is fully equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a hot/cold shower, and a bathroom. Guests can take advantage of the sports and recreation facilities on-site. Some of the must-try activities at the resort include billiards, basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, badminton, frisbee, micro-golf, and kayaking. 

Stroll around the lush gardens and visit the nipa hut by the fishpond. There is also a Zen-inspired gazebo where you can do your yoga. For your lunch, the resort has an in-house restaurant serving Filipino dishes. If you come in larger groups, you may request a boodle fight lunch.

Before you leave, make sure to drop by their souvenir/sundry shop to purchase keepsakes like sarongs, slippers, shorts, t-shirts, toiletries, and towels. 

How to get there:

By private vehicle: 

For this 1-hour drive from Manila, you can either take the SLEX or STAR Tollway. If you’re from Makati, you can just traverse the Skyway Stage 3 and take the Tanauan/Tagaytay Exit from STAR Tollway. Then, turn right onto Talisay-Tanauan Rd. The resort will be on your right. 

By public transport:

From Cubao, take a bus bound for Batangas Grand Terminal. Then, take a taxi to Ambulong, Tanauan, where the resort is located.

10. San Rafael River Adventure, Bulacan

One of the rooms in San Rafael River Adventure

Photo by San Rafael River Adventure

Situated on the banks of the Angat River in Bulacan, San Rafael River Adventure is one of the luxurious Bulacan resorts with glass-built accommodation, glamping cottages, and traditional kubos. Apart from the resort’s infinity pool, all of the glass cottages also feature mini bubble pools and a private garden.

Each cottage is fully furnished with air conditioning, double-deck, loft bed, sofa bed, cable TV, refrigerator, electric kettle, hammock, reclining chair, and bathroom with toiletries. Meanwhile, the glamping cottages are complete with mattresses, blankets, pillows, air cooler, mini locker, mosquito repellant, lampshade, basket, and a bonfire area with chairs and a griller.

This resort has its own events venue and resto-bar, the Editha’s Haven. They cater to weddings, debuts, and corporate events that are inclusive of a private jacuzzi, free use of kayak or paddleboard, infinity pool, and floating pool. Aside from water sports activities, guests can also rent an ATV, ride a bike, or go horseback riding. 

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 1 to 1.5-hour drive from Manila, you can take the NLEX. From NLEX Balintawak Toll Plaza to Balagtas Exit, head straight to Bustos via Plaridel Bypass Rd. Then, turn left at Gen. Alejo. Follow the road to Bustos Municipal Hall, then turn right going to Baliuag via Bustos bridge. Afterward, turn right to Brgy. Talacsan via Baliuag San Rafael Rd. 

By public transport: 

From Cubao, take a Baliwag Transit bus to SM Baliwag. Then, ride a tricycle and jeep bound for Pulo San Rafael. Tell the driver to drop you off at SRRA in Brgy. Talacsan. 

9. Villa Natura Taal, Batangas 

Pool area of Villa Natura Taal

Photo by Villa Natura Taal

Another picturesque events venue and resort overlooking the Taal Volcano is nestled along Leviste Highway in Brgy Malabanan, Balete, Batangas. Villa Natura Taal is set within a 2.4-hectare property featuring 3 types of accommodation: Oak Room, Mahogany Room, and Pumpkin Room. 

The resort can accommodate up to 14 persons. Each room is complete with air conditioning, single beds/bunk beds, flat-screen TV, kitchen, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and a bathroom. Guests can relax in the open space backyard surrounded by lush greenery. There is also a swimming pool perfect for taking an afternoon dip.

Villa Natura Taal is a perfect wedding destination for those who want to have their special day in a private garden. Prenup shoots can also be done at the resort. If you want to have a spacious and luxurious venue all to yourselves, try considering this 2-in-1 events place and resort.

How to get there:

By private vehicle: 

For this 1 to 1.5-hour drive from Manila, you can either take the SLEX or STAR Tollway. Take the exit toward Balete or Lipa City. Turn right onto Balete Rd or Leviste Hwy. Villa Natura Taal is on the left. 

By public transport:

From Cubao, take a bus bound for SM Lipa. Upon arrival, ride a multicab and tell the driver to drop you off at Villa Natura Taal. The nearest landmark is the Marian Orchard Pilgrimage Center, which is only 500m away. 

8. Tanay Hideaway, Rizal 

Pool area in Tanay Hideaway

Photo by Tanay Hideaway

For those looking for a nearby staycation spot in Rizal, Tanay Hideaway is a perfect destination to relax and unwind. This hilltop accommodation is among the must-see mountain resorts near Manila. The best part is that it perfectly captures the scenic Sierra Madre Mountains. 

It has a spacious lawn, an open-air dome, and a web-inspired hammock perfect for stargazing at night. Overall, Tanay Hideaway has three separate villas. The largest is Villa 1, featuring three rooms and one attic room that can accommodate around 20 people. This 3-story villa has two bathrooms and two large living areas. 

All the villas have no air conditioning since the Tanay breeze can get as cold as Baguio up north. If you want to sleep under the stars, you can set up a tent anywhere on the grounds. Each of the three villas is complete with kitchens, grillers, and refrigerators so guests can prepare their own food.



How to get there: 

By private vehicle: 

For this 1 to 1.5-hour drive from Manila, take the route to Katipunan Ave from Cubao. Then, head toward Marikina-Infanta Hwy or Marilaque Hwy until you reach Tanay. You will pass by G.E. Salcedo Store in 12.3km. Afterward, you will get down at the resort, which will be on the right side.

By public transport:

From EDSA Shaw Boulevard, ride a van or jeep to Tanay Public Market. Upon arrival, take a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off at the resort. Alternatively, you can ride a jeep to Cogeo from Araneta Cubao. Then, ride a jeep to Tanay. 

7. Ataalaya Farmhouse, Batangas 

The garden of Ataalaya Farmhouse

Photo by Ataalaya Farmhouse

Sprawling across a 5-hectare property, Ataalaya Farmhouse is a private bed and breakfast accommodation nestled atop a cliff in Alitagtag, Batangas. It offers a great panoramic view of Taal Lake and the nearby Mount Maculot.

This 2-story accommodation is a mixture of Cape Dutch, Indian and traditional Filipino designs. It consists of a living room, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, alfresco dining area, lounge areas, and 2 bathrooms with a bathtub overlooking the Taal Volcano. Adding up to the resort’s unique theme are treasure boxes, music instruments, and paintings from the travels of farmhouse owners.

Guests can spend time with family and friends in its spacious outdoor spaces. The resort also has a pavilion and an outdoor jacuzzi with the Taal volcano as a stunning backdrop. For your lunch and dinner, you may ask the caretaker of the farmhouse to serve you homecooked meals like grilled tilapia from Talisay. Kapeng Barako is also served at the bed and breakfast.

How to get there: 

By private vehicle: 

For this 1.5 to 2-hour drive from Manila, you can either take the SLEX or STAR Tollway. Take the exit toward Lipa City and drive along the National Hwy until you reach the farmhouse. 

By public transport:

From Buendia, take a bus bound for Lemery or Lipa. If the bus is heading to Lemery, you may ask to be dropped off at Sta. Cruz or Cuta East. If you’re taking the Lipa bus, alight at Tambo or Lipa City. From there, take a jeep to Cuta East. Then, ride a tricycle to Ataalaya Farmhouse. 

6. Soler Sea Resort, Batangas (Temporarily Closed)

The poolside of Soler Sea Resort

Photo by Soler Sea Resort

Opened in 2018, Soler Sea Resort is a beachfront accommodation featuring airy and quaint bungalow houses with an infinity pool extending into the Balayan sea. Nestled in the coastal rustic town of Balayan in Batangas, Solar Sea Resort is a family-friendly resort with a spacious common area, dining area with long tables, and a pool deck with a videoke machine.

The furniture and decor of the bungalow houses are built from wood and rattan. Aside from its scenic landscape, the resort is also dotted with coconut trees. Soler Sea Resort has a total of 5 rooms that can accommodate up to 42 people. 

 Guests can bring their own food and cook their meals in the resort’s kitchen. Soler Sea Resort also offers a paluto (catering) service for a fee. They also encourage guests to buy fresh seafood from the local fishermen to help them with their livelihood.

You can make the most of your stay by taking a dip into the infinity pool or by playing mahjong, darts, and board games at the function hall. At the end of the day, you can gaze at Balayan sea’s stunning sunset views.

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 2 to 2.5-hour drive from Manila, drive toward SLEX and take the Biñan exit. Then, continue to Sta Rosa-Tagaytay Road and head to Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hwy. Follow Madalunot Road to Calaca-Lemery Hwy, then turn right to Palico-Balayan-Batangas Rd until you reach the resort.

By public transport:

From Pasay, take a bus bound for Balayan or Nasugbu. Then, get off at Palico and take a jeepney to Balayan.

5. Casa Kalinaw, Batangas 

The pool of Casa Kalinaw

Photo by Casa Kalinaw

Situated at the heart of San Juan in Batangas, Casa Kalinaw is a cozy and modern 2-story vacation home with 7 bedrooms that can accommodate up to 15 guests. It has 3-bedroom villas with glass windows and doors, allowing guests to see through the scenic views of the pool area and the sea.

Guests can indulge in a mouthwatering breakfast at the dining area overlooking the ocean. Another option is to dine at the outdoor pavilion and lounge. You can also cook your own meals in the fully equipped indoor kitchen. The resort also has an outdoor kitchen and grilling area.

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 2 to 2.5-hour drive from Manila, drive toward SLEX and take the Lipa City exit. Then, continue to Tiaong - Lipa Rd and head toward the San Juan- Laiya Rd. until you reach the vacation home. 

By public transport:

From Buendia or Cubao, take a bus bound for Lipa City. Alight at the bus terminal and take a tricycle to the jeep terminal at the City Market. Then, take a jeep bound for San Juan, Batangas. 

4. Casa Amara, Batangas 

The poolside of Casa Amara

Photo by Casa Amara

Another resort worth checking out is the Santorini-inspired oceanfront resort called Casa Amara. It features luxurious villas nestled atop a cliff in San Juan, Batangas. The resort has plenty of rooms and villas overlooking the majestic views of the Tayabas Sea and the surrounding mountains. 

One of Casa Amara’s featured accommodations is the Sunrise Villa, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic sea views. It has a flat-screen TV, free WiFi access, kitchen, living area, and two bathrooms. The villa also has its own private pool and jacuzzi with tables and chairs.

Apart from being one of the famous pool resorts near Manila, Casa Amara also has a private white sand beach where you can take pictures with stunning rock formations as your backdrop. Guests can also request buffet meals at the resort. 



How to get there: 

By private vehicle: 

For this 2.5 to 3-hour drive from Manila, drive toward SLEX and take the Lipa City exit. Then, continue to Tiaong - Lipa Rd and head toward the San Juan- Laiya Rd. until you reach the resort. 

By public transport:

From Buendia or Cubao, take a bus bound for Lipa City. Alight at the bus terminal and take a tricycle to the jeep terminal at the City Market. Then, take a jeep bound for San Juan, Batangas. 

3. The Lake House at Caliraya, Laguna 

The Lake House at Caliraya

Photo by Kristoffer Cruz/The Lake House at Caliraya

Located in the northern part of Caliraya Lake, The Lake House is a tranquil hillside cabin that offers two types of premium accommodation. Each cabin lies at the heart of the Caliraya watershed with nearby natural spring water. The Lake House is among the ideal Laguna resorts for nature lovers.  

The Hillside Villa features a tiki hut, a villa patio, and fan-cooled rooms that can accommodate up to six persons. It has two indoor bathrooms with direct access to the pool area. Meanwhile, the Springside Villa can fit up to 8 persons.

Guests are free to use the open kitchen overlooking the lake. Everything is provided, from pots and pans to cooking ingredients like oils, spices, and vegetables from the greenhouse. There is even a grilling area with a gas grill and a brick oven. You can also bring your own food and drinks at no additional costs.

Take a sip of your hot chocolate by the lakeside lounge or hang out with your friends and family inside the cabin’s air-conditioned entertainment room. Make the most of your stay and try recreational activities like kayaking, fishing, and paddleboarding. You may also set up a bonfire at the lakeside campfire area.

How to get there:

By private vehicle: 

For this 2.5 to 3-hour drive from Manila, drive toward SLEX and take the Turbina Exit. From there, take the Milagrosa-Bucal Bypass National Highway until you reach General Taino. Continue driving through this route until you get to the Lumot Lake Boat Terminal. 

By public transport:

From Cubao bus terminal, take a bus bound for Pagsawitan. Alight at Pagsawitan Terminal and ride a jeepney or tricycle to Lumot Boat terminal. From there, you will take a 15-minute boat transfer to the Lake House.  

2. Indira Beach House, Zambales 

The pool and beachfront of Indira Beach House

Photo by Indira Beach House

This modern vacation home in Botolan, Zambales, is only 3.5 hours away from Manila. Indira Beach House showcases luxurious glass-windowed rooms, which offer a breathtaking view of the West Philippine Sea.

Indira Beach House can accommodate up to 14 guests. It is an exclusive staycation spot complete with 2 bedrooms, 10 beds, 3 bathrooms, sauna, kitchen, outdoor dining, and grilling area. The kitchen is fully equipped with a mini-fridge, freezer, dishwasher, stove, hot water kettle, coffee maker, and rice cooker.

The best part is that you can bask under the sun while soaking yourself in the infinity pool. Aside from unlimited pool access, the beach house also offers its guests private beach access.

How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 3.5 to 4-hour drive from Manila, follow the NLEX route to Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Then, take Olongapo - Bugallon Road until you reach the beach house.

By public transport:

From Cubao or Caloocan, take a Victory Liner bus bound for Iba, Zambales. Alight at the terminal and ride a jeep heading to Botolan. 

1. Zambawood, Zambales 

Zambawood's pool area

Photo by Zambawood

Off the coast of San Narciso, Zambales is a 26-hectare resort called Zambawood. Inspired by the owners' countless international travels, it features four rooms with Indian, Balinese, South African, and Morrocan designs and themes. 

Initially, the owners established the resort to serve as a healing haven for their son Julyan who has autism. Eventually, they decided to share the tranquil vacation spot with others, especially for families with special children. 

Zambawood has a 500sqm main beach house with spacious rooms. From essential amenities to entertainment facilities, the beach house is fully equipped with everything that you need. Guests are also free to use the kitchen. After preparing your meals, you can enjoy your meals either at the indoor dining area or the outdoor deck. 

By midafternoon, you can lounge by the swimming pool area or have a relaxing massage at the separate lanai. Since La Paz Beach is only 1.5km away from the beach house, you can rent a surfboard and even take private surfing lessons. At night, you can request a bonfire set up in the garden.



How to get there:

By private vehicle:

For this 3.5 to 4-hour drive from Manila, follow the NLEX route to Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Then, take Olongapo - Bugallon Road to your destination in San Narciso.

By public transport:

Head to any of the Victory Liner stations in Cubao, Pasay, Caloocan, and Sampaloc. From there, ride a bus to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Tell the driver to drop you off at San Narciso. Take a tricycle and get off at Zambawood.

Plan Your Next Staycation in the Private Resorts Near Manila

Soler Sea Resort's infinity pool

Photo by Soler Sea Resort

If you’re feeling the need to break away from the comforts of your home for a change of scenery, you will have plenty of private resort options near Manila. From mountain resorts to beach resorts, you will never run out of choices for that much-needed getaway you’ve been dreaming to have.

Whether you like to wake up next to the calm sound of the waves or the breathtaking view of the mountains, these private resorts are ideal staycation spots for weekend getaways. You don’t have to travel far up north in Baguio to experience the cool breeze and see picturesque spots because Antipolo resorts, Batangas resorts, and Zambales resorts are just around the corner.

Escape to the best private resorts near Manila and find out how you can make the most of your stay. You may also check out the Best Beach Resorts Near Manila article or our list of hotels and resorts that offer staycation in the Philippines for other accommodation options