Photos by Domescape and Soultribe Beach Retreat
“Glamping” is a portmanteau of two words: glamorous and camping. This type of outdoor getaway combines the benefits of spending time in nature with the ease of staying in a hotel, often with luxurious add-on comforts and amenities that contribute to a unique experience.
This has become a trend in the Philippines that is catching on not just with nature-loving, outdoorsy travelers, but also with couples or big groups looking for a one-of-a-kind experience in an idyllic environment.
Compared to staying in beach resorts or mountain resorts, glamping is all about making your camping experience as comfortable as possible. With glamping, you get to enjoy the serenity of a forest or seaside venue along with creature comforts such as mood lighting, fluffy pillows, running water, and electric fans or air conditioning.
Here are some of the best places to consider for your glamping adventure in the Philippines:
Photo by Punta Punta Surf Retreat
This seaside venue is located in Siargao Island, a province in Surigao del Norte largely regarded as the country’s leading surfing capital. Punta Punta Surf Retreat offers 45 sq. ft. glamping tents with ocean views.
You'll get to see the stunning view while lounging on a king-sized bed facing the sea, along with private bathrooms with leaves from palm trees peeking over the tent’s open sky shower. Other amenities include a private balcony, a high-powered fan, high-quality cotton linens, bath and beach towels, pool access, and high-speed wifi connection.
The in-house Punta Cafe serves scrumptious meals using locally sourced organic ingredients that are tailored for various dietary restrictions. Whether you’re a vegan, a meat-eater, on a gluten-free diet, or allergic to dairy, they can whip up dishes to cater to your needs.
Surf packages and lessons are also available for all levels, with expert teachers showing you the best surf spots while offering tips to perfect your surfing skills.
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This beach resort stands in the fishing village of San Felipe, Zambales, a coastal town located in the central part of the province that is 200km away from the capital city of Metro Manila. Kwentong Dagat, a Filipino phrase meaning “stories of the sea”, is the kind of place that promotes an alternative lifestyle for people attracted to natural, sustainable practices.
They serve delicious plant-based meals that include vegan versions of local favorites along with standard vegan dishes, which you will enjoy in an open space restaurant while hearing the sound of the waves at the nearby ocean.
Accommodation options include air-conditioned wooden cabins with ensuite bathrooms and basic toiletries, while those going for the glamping experience may use the camping grounds where they have tents for rent with a shared bathroom, basic toiletries, an outdoor kitchen, and free light breakfast for guests.
The resort offers various such as classes and equipment for yoga, muay-thai, jiujitsu, beach bonfire, while island hopping tours and land tours are also available to complete your glamping experience.
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Glamping Siquijor is located on an 8,000 sqm beachfront property in Siquijor Island, a province in the Visayas known for its magical stories and mystical reputation. It is also a place known for its natural attractions, such as pristine beaches, hidden caves, and beautiful waterfalls.
Glamping Siquijor features large classic bell tents with king-sized beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, duvets, and loungers, all surrounded by white sands, coconut trees, and a gentle breeze from the nearby seashore.
Tents come in various sizes that can accommodate a romantic getaway for two as well as small or large groups of guests, each one equipped with amenities that include a personal barbecue, dining utensils, fans, and air-conditioning as an add-on option. One of its popular glamping tents is the geodesic dome, a uniquely shaped tent that offers amazing views.
The venue is surrounded by tourist attractions that include the Cambugahay Falls, Butterfly Sanctuary, the centuries-old St. Francis de Assissi stone church, the Capilay Spring Park, mangrove forests, and the Cantabon Cave.
Photo by Soultribe Beach Retreat
Soultribe Beach Retreat is a surf and yoga lodge in Siargao that is set on a beachfront property where guests have the option to stay in beachside cabanas or jungle glamping accommodations, both offering either spectacular ocean or lush garden views and designed to seamlessly blend in with its natural surroundings.
Beachside cabanas come with air-conditioning, a private outdoor bathroom, and a private wooden verandah with seating and a hammock, while glamping tents have their own traditional nipa canopy and deck that is surrounded by a garden of coconuts trees. Bell tents are also outfitted with queen-sized beds, electric fan, seating, and mosquito nets, along with fluffy bathrobes and beach towels.
The resort restaurant, Khaya, is a seaside cafe serving organic meals, healthy food, and delicious cocktails made with ingredients sourced from local farms. Leisure activities include yoga classes, surfing, and stand-up paddling, kite-surfing, and horseback riding, while day trips and massages may also be arranged as an add-on service.
Photo by Cabanas de Nacpan Camping Resort
Cabanas de Nacpan is located in El Nido, Palawan, a popular tourist town known for its limestone lagoons, pristine waters, and white sand beach destinations. The glamping site is just 2km away from Nacpan Beach, a quiet fishing village featuring a 4km stretch of cream-colored sand and clear water that’s perfect for swimming and lounging under the tropical heat of the sun.
It offers luxury tent accommodations situated within a lush farm along with amenities that include queen-sized beds with pillows and linens, electric fans, lighting, along with complimentary perks like daily breakfast, use of the scooter, and private parking.
Aside from the bonfire lighting activity, the resort also offers various activities such as fishing, table tennis, canoeing, diving, and snorkeling, as well as board games and puzzles.
Other seasonal activities and entertainment include movie nights, walking tours, themed dinner nights, cooking classes, and live musical performances. The onsite restaurant serves delicious comfort food, while a mini-market and lockers are also available for guests.
Photo by Glamping Alona Resort
This glamping site is less than 2km from Alona Beach and features fun amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge area with hammocks and lounge pillows, and a sun terrace. It also has a restaurant serving delicious local and international favorites as well as a bar with a good selection of cocktails and refreshments on its menu.
Camping tents are housed beneath wooden huts with hammocks, lounge pillows, and pool views. There are spacious beds inside, along with pillows, linens, electric fans, lighting, and a desk. Tents can accommodate groups of up to 5, while the shared bath and toilets are within reach.
This rustic but comfortable resort offers room service and ala cart breakfast for guests, while island hopping or countryside tours are available as an add-on service.
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The Island Experience offers a rustic, off-the-beaten-track tropical island experience in Daracotan island, a private beach resort located roughly 35km away from El Nido town. It features hand-made traditional nipa huts on stilts comfortably outfitted with mosquito nets, pillows, linens, and a bed, offering beautiful ocean views where guests feel the fresh sea breeze while seemingly suspended over the seashore. They also have close triangle huts for those who prefer to be on the ground.
It is an idyllic escape that offers a fun, relaxing atmosphere, complete with a resident piglet and pet dog roaming freely throughout the property. Endemic animals thrive in this natural environment, so guests are bound to encounter sea turtles, ducklings, carabaos alongside the official mascot, the resident pig. It’s also a great place for scuba diving and snorkeling, with a coral reef nearby that has lots of colorful fish and other marine wildlife.
The resort serves fresh local dishes at its restaurant, while fire shows take place at night along with bonfires lit near the shore.
Photo by Dryft Camp Darocotan Island
Dryft Camp Darocotan Island is a unique glamping resort in Darocotan, El Nido is a bohemian’s haven brimming with youthful, artistic energy that features one-of-a-kind accommodations made of natural wooden materials.
The Glamping Tent is situated a few steps from the seashore with a one-of-a-kind platform that can accommodate 2 guests. It is fitted with a queen-sized bed, electric fan, power outlets for charging your devices, sun deck, towels, and fantastic ocean views.
Other amenities include a shower, shared bathroom, and kitchen. The Hive Huts are designed by a local artist that feature unique round doors and rustic architecture that blends seamlessly with the tropical surroundings, and offer the same amenities as the Glamping Tent.
This is the ideal spot for travelers looking for an immersive experience in a tropical island setting along with the comforts of a hotel such as daily housekeeping, room service, barbecue facilities, and airport transfer services. It’s the perfect place to swim on the private beach and enjoy other water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and island hopping.
Photo by The Birdhouse
Located in Maremegmeg Beach, El Nido, The Birdhouse is a small boutique glamping hotel offering five luxury suite tents that stand on large stilt platforms that feature breathtaking tropical views. Each tent has their own bathrooms and are equipped with comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows, eco-friendly toiletries, and soft linens.
Guest facilities include airport shuttle service, luggage storage, complimentary breakfast at the in-house restaurant, free water re-fill, and concierge services.
The property also has a terrace and garden as well as a restaurant called the Nesting Table that serves a mix of Filipino and Western dishes, desserts, and cocktails, along with views of Bacuit Bay. The Birdhouse has a yoga studio called El Nido Yoga, the only one of its kind with the best sunset views that can be enjoyed from its west-facing studio.
Nestled within a UNESCO Managed Resource Protected Area, this hotel aims to preserve the area’s natural heritage and promote climate resiliency through its sustainable practices.
Photo by Domescape
The first of its kind in the country, Domescape camping sites feature geodesic domes that are fully air-conditioned and are fully equipped with amenities that make for a comfortable stay which include a kettle, microwave oven, humidifier, mini-fridge, and a private natural swimming pool that can be found right beside the dome.
The domes have a see-through portion where the natural surroundings can be viewed from the inside, with each one beautifully furnished with tasteful rustic designs, some of which have a Moroccan theme. This glamping site is located in Nasugbu, the largest town in Western Batangas that is known for its beautiful coastal beaches and colorful marine life in various snorkeling spots.
This garden escape is the perfect venue for bonding with friends and loved ones because guests can go on a digital detox - there are no TV sets or wifi access within the property. What is has instead are outdoor dining places and an area for lighting a bonfire at night.
Photo by Nacpan Beach Glamping
Nacpan Beach Glamping is a resort located near Nacpan Beach, known as the gateway to Bacuit Bay, a popular tourist attraction in El Nido, Palawan brimming with limestone islands and hidden coves. It also boasts of a 4km of white, powder-like sandy beach that offers beautiful views that can be seen from the nearby hills.
Each of the 9 glamping tents is tastefully furnished with two queen-sized beds that are styled with a neutral color theme, with natural sisal rugs, bedside lamps, mini refrigerator, a safe, electric fans, and air-conditioning at night. Every three tents share a communal bathroom and shower room that are accessible via a network of walkways through a lush garden, with a wash area outside each one for a quick freshening up.
Guests have exclusive access to the beach and may indulge in various activities such as origami classes using coconut leaves, sitting by the campfire at night, playing board games, or exploring the lush garden where plants and trees are tagged and labeled.
The resort also offers a sunset sailing booking service as well as private sailing trips and private dinners on the beach that may be arranged by request.
Stay Close to Nature in These Top Glamping Resorts in the Philippines
Photo by Nacpan Beach Glamping
Glamping is a great outdoor experience set in a natural, outdoor setting. You can chill by a bonfire, try surfing lessons, or watch the starry night sky.
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious glamping experience with all the comforts of a high-end hotel, a casual place to pitch your tent, or a venue that is close to outdoor activities like surfing, yoga, trekking, or ATV riding, you’ll find the ideal place to stay from any of the resorts on this list.