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5 Private Vacation Homes You Can Book This Holy Week

Locations: Cavite, Batangas, and Laguna!
5 Private Vacation Homes You Can Book This Holy Week
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Locations: Cavite, Batangas, and Laguna!

There's no question about it. For big, boisterous barkadas and families with young children, it can't be called a vacation without a swimming pool. Many families pick a hotel or resort based on this amenity, and a pool makes a vacation house for rent a more attractive prospect. To help you choose your next holiday out of town, we went combing through Airbnb to check out homes with pools that are just a few hours drive south of Metro Manila. You might want to bring the whole bunch, since most of these homes will be much easier on the pocket that way. Have a happy trip! 

1. Villa at Ricarte's Hill 

Nasugbu, Batangas

P5,194/night for 4 guests 

 IMAGE Vic/Airbnb

 IMAGE Vic/Airbnb

Far from noise and pollution, this two-bedroom villa is a pleasant escape from the city. It has two private pools—a shallow, smaller one for kids and a larger pool for adults. It comes with a stocked kitchen, grill, hammocks, and you can even rent tents if you want to camp out. If you don't feel like cooking, the hosts can prepare meals for you, too. The home is perfect for four guests, but it can accommodate up to 10. 

What past guests thought of the place: 

"The place is very nice and looks the same as you see in the pictures provided. It’s very clean also. Basic utensils are also available. The rooms are very spacious and not cramped. The children’s pool has just the right depth for toddlers." — Kristina Marie, November 2017 

See Villa at Ricarte's Hill's listing on Airbnb here.

2. Casa Del Sol Amadeo

Amadeo, Cavite

P7,971/night for 16 guests

 IMAGE Melody/Airbnb

 IMAGE Melody/Airbnb

Call the relatives! The young and old alike will fall in love with the rustic, Bohemian design of this home. Everything from furniture to decor is pretty! The house, located in a farm lot, is spacious with both the living areas and bed spaces in an open floor layout, just perfect for family bonding time. Aside from the Bali-inspired green pool, there's also a play area for kids in the garden, a swing on the balcony, and bean bags all around. 

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What past guests thought of the place: 

"The place was as beautiful, if not more beautiful than it looks in the photos. The wide range of amenities made our stay comfortable, and the entertainment (karaoke, board games, etc.) helped provide bonding activities. The weather was a bit hot during the afternoons, but mostly, it felt fresh and airy." — Jessica, June 2017

See Casa Del Sol Amadeo's listing on Airbnb here

3. Casarina Verde

Lemery, Batangas

P11,982/night for 10 guests 

 IMAGE Sarina/Airbnb

 IMAGE Sarina/Airbnb

You'll feel right at home in this three-storey house. It can accommodate up to 10 guests and has three bedrooms, four baths, and, of course, a lap pool. In case you're worried that there's nothing else to do, the attic is a recreational area with a billiard table and a dartboard. The outside has a camping space where you can have a bonfire. The area is perfect for biking, too, said the owner of the home.  

What past guests thought of the place: 

"Sarina's place is lovely and homey. The kids enjoyed the pool and play room. I like the camping and bonfire area, perfect place for sharing stories and beers. The rooms and toilets are clean. Just don't forget to bring mosquito repellant; there are mosquitoes at night." — Kristina, November 2017

See Casarina Verde's listing on Airbnb here.

4. Balinese-inspired Villa

Calamba, Laguna

P15,016/night for 16 guests

 IMAGE Greg/Airbnb

 IMAGE Greg/Airbnb

Feel like you're really on vacation at this tropical-themed Balinese-inspired villa. This four-bedroom home comes with two pools! It's just right for 16 guests, but it can accommodate up to 23. It also has a grilling area, but make sure to bring cooking supplies and utensils because they only have an electric stove top and refrigerator. Titas-at-heart, rejoice—they even have a videoke machine!

What past guests thought of the place: 

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"The place is as good as it is advertised, if not better. Beautiful, relaxing, and spacious, especially conducive for family outings. Highly recommended and will definitely book again." — Jc, January 2018 

See Balinese-inspired Villa's listing on Airbnb here

5. The Lake House at Caliraya

Cavinti, Laguna

P20,005/night for 12 guests

 IMAGE Emily/Airbnb

 IMAGE Kristoffer Cruz/Airbnb

This home is pricier than the rest, but not only does it have a pool, it is located on a mountain lake, giving you a spectacular view! It has six bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a pool, and a sprawling lawn with a bonfire pit. Your stay also includes free use of kayaks, fishing gear and other watersports activities, daily breakfast for guests, and marshmallows and hot choco for the bonfire. You'll be thinking of returning even before your vacation is over! 

What past guests thought of the place: 

"We had a blast! My five-year-old daughter loved everything about the place—the lake, pool, and the complimentary mallow toasting and bonfire at night. The place is truly secluded so you will have the feel of having the island to yourself. Staff was very helpful and attentive to our needs. The host Simonette went out of her way to arrange different breakfast viand and special beds for my parents at the lounge area. We love the beautiful interior and design of the place." — Bg Maria, July 2017

See The Lake House at Caliraya's listing on Airbnb here.

*This article originally appeared on SmartParenting.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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