They say that traveling together is the true test of a relationship. You see your special someone with no makeup or with messy hair, witness the other person's weirdest morning rituals, and laugh at each other's quirks.
Staycations are the best because, after all the island-hopping activities and what-not, you're just stuck with each other. (Even when there are moments that you just want to pull your hair out.) But, in the end, it's all good because nothing beats spending quality time with the love of your life, right? So we searched high and low for the most beautiful resorts that are sure to inspire romance. Enjoy!
Sundowners Vacation Villas
Luciente 1, Bolinao, Pangasinan
Rates start at P3,000++
Bolinao, a small coastal town in Pangasinan, should be on your radar because of its beautiful lighthouse, white-sand beaches, and mesmerizing waterfalls. Sundowners Vacation Villas, a Santorini-inspired resort, offers a quiet escape through its collection of bungalows and villas scattered all over the property. The most luxurious accommodation for a honeymoon getaway is The Loft (P10,000), which has its own pool, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with sofa perfect for cuddling after a nice swim.
The Blue Orchid Resort
White Beach, Moalboal, Cebu
Rates start at P4,500++
If you're looking for a quiet spot for your seaside holiday in Cebu, then The Blue Orchid Resort is a good choice. It is at the northern tip of Moalboal from where you can see the long white sandy beach to your left (Bas Dako or Big Sand) and a stunning rock formation to your right (Mag Payong or Umbrella Stones). The underwater view is not bad, either. Spot those colorful corals, little Nemos (clown fish), and sea turtles with your diving partner.
Buena Vida Resort and Spa
Malapascua Island, Road Daanbantayan, Cebu
Rates start at P5,000++
If an isolated beach is what you're looking for, then Malapascua Island is your best bet. This small island paradise is a favorite destination among divers who want to see some thresher sharks, manta rays, and hammerheads. After your diving adventure, relax at Buena Vida Resort and Spa and avail of their signature healing massages. You can also take advantage of their healthy selection of organic tea, fruit salads, and vegetarian dishes.
Station 2 Beach Front, Balabag, Malay, Boracay Island, Aklan
Rates start at P6,500++
You may say that Boracay is a bit overrated, but wait till you check out Coast. This 71-room resort takes pride in its Raintree Restaurant outlet that serves cocktails and delectable dishes on the roof deck. They also serve popcorn every day at 4 p.m. We don't know about you, but we think that's a huge plus!
The Henry Hotel Cebu
1 Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Entrance Road, Banilad, Cebu
Rates start at P3,800++
Just like its branch in Manila, The Henry Hotel Cebu presents spacious rooms that are all designed with flair. You get to choose from Big, to Large, to X-Large, and to XX-Large for your accommodation and they all have murals painted by Mark Luzon. Have an art-inspired romantic getaway in this boutique hotel in the middle of busy Cebu.
Gen. Luna Street, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Rates start at P4,000++
Is it a museum or a hotel? Well, Hotel Luna is both. Regarded as the first and only museum hotel in the Philippines, it features suites and rooms with inspiring art pieces hanging on the walls. It also showcases artworks from Filipino artists including a replica of “Spoliarium” by Juan Luna, “Deposition” by National Artist Napoleon Abueva, a Sarimanok alloy sculpture, and other rare finds.
Hof Gorei Beach Resort
Adecor, Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao
Rates start at P3,900++
Hof Gorei, named after a small dairy farm in Austria, started out as a vacation house. Now, the agro-tourism resort has beach-front bungalows, huts on stilts, and villas perched on the hillside. By the way, a stay at this tropical-themed resort comes with your very own butler. Talk about a hassle-free vacation.
The Peacock Garden
Upper Laya, Baclayon, Bohol
Rates start at P10,800++
This family-owned boutique hotel gives guests front-row seats to an expansive view of the sea. Wait till the sunset and it will probably be one of the best moments with your special someone. The 33 guest rooms in The Peacock Garden have a European vibe, but use furniture and decor crafted with Filipino materials.
Secret Paradise Resort & Turtle Sanctuary
Turtle Bay, Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan
Rates start at P6,500++
Help protect endangered sea turtles while on a vacation in this 90-hectare nature reserve and island resort. It is set in two private coves with a five-kilometer coastline lined with coconut trees. You and your bae can choose from staying at the Sunset Beach, which has the most number of cottages and houses the resort's restaurant; Sanctuary Beach, which has swings and hammocks for wiling the afternoon away; Hideaway Beach, which you can access only by kayak; and the Turtle Beach, which has two honeymoon cottages spaced 25 meters apart. Hello, privacy!
Two Seasons Coron Island Resort and Spa
Malaroyroy, Bulalacao Island, Coron, Palawan
Rates start at P23,000++
Escape to this secluded paradise in the Calamianes Group of Islands and you'll surely have a romantic getaway. Two Seasons Coron features a turtle and giant clam sanctuary, a sandbar where you can take a lot of selfies, a 200-meter white sand beach for lounging around, and a 200-meter mangrove forest where fireflies frequent. It's a five-star hotel so you may have to spend more, but it's all worth it.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.