The climbing temperatures combined with being cooped up at work can take a toll on our general well-being, which is another reason why a summer getaway should be imminent. To further convince you, it's actually been proven that beach vacations are good for your health. If you're suddenly weighing your options, the most practical choices are typically right next door, or in this case, a few hours away from Manila. For that instant staycation, here are some of the best luxury vacation homes ready to be rented and enjoyed.
Luxury Airbnb Homes Near Manila
1. Casa Kalinaw
Location: San Juan, Batangas
First glance: Three-bedroom villa on a beachfront property
Details: Drive three hours south of Manila until you reach San Juan, where this airy beachfront home will be waiting for you. This three-bedroom, five-bathroom villa features all the quality traits of a house by the beach: the wooden furniture, the white interiors, and windows for walls included. As if it wasn't enough that the homeowners had direct access to the sea, there's a sizeable pool to boot. Other amenities include a scenic patio and a picnic area that comes with an outdoor kitchen, perfect for a summer night's barbecue.
Price per night: P20,000
BOOK: Casa Kalinaw
2. The Mango Grove
Location: Calatagan, Batangas
First glance: A six-bedroom home situated inside a gated estate
Details: Within a gated property in Calatagan lies the Mango Grove, a massive family vacation home on two-and-a-half-acre farmland. The house sits on a hill with views of the Calatagan lighthouse and a mango orchard at its backyard. Each of the four bedrooms contains a king sized bed, while the others have single beds. The house takes advantage of its location with several allocated open-air areas, from countless terraces to an outdoor sitting area. It also comes equipped with an infinity pool that overlooks the sea. It's a ten-minute walk from the beach, a 15-minute drive to the golf course, and a 20-minute drive to a wakeboard park.
Price per night: P31,500
BOOK: The Mango Grove
3. John's Hammock Vacation House
First glance: Four-bedroom home for hangouts with friends
Details: Located on a farm lot, this quirky getaway home has the immediate impression of a bachelor's pad because of its warm palette and industrial feel. It's not hard to miss that the owners or the interior designer are musicians, because of all the instruments that act as decor on the walls. On its property listing, the description also adds that the house may be used for parties or large gatherings since its location permits loud noise.
Price per night: P12,000
BOOK: John's Hammock House
4. The Lake House
Location: Caliraya, Laguna
First glance: A six-bedroom wooden cabin by the lake
Details: This idyllic cabin in the woods presents itself as the perfect summer retreat for nature lovers and water babies. Three hours away from the city, the six-bedroom vacation home offers a variety of water activities to choose from: kayaking, fishing, and swimming. Aside from a private pool and a grilling station, there's also a designated area for guests to gather around the bonfire at night.
Price per night: P22,000
BOOK: The Lake House
5. Amberfield's Farmhouse
First glance: A family-friendly country home
Details: This Napa Valley-inspired country home is ideal when you're lodging with children. Aside from it having ample running space and bunk beds for the little ones to share, the house is bright, soothing, and contains various communal spaces for everyone to be together. The four-bedroom property overlooks a stunning pineapple farm. Amenities include a game room with a pool table and a fully-equipped kitchen with a grill. The only downside? No airconditioning.
Price per night: P10,830
BOOK: Amberfield's Farmhouse
6. Landrina Escape
Location: Morong, Bataan
First glance: A contemporary villa housed in a private enclave
Details: For more intimate escapes, this one-bedroom beachside villa should do the trick. The home is located in the secluded The Strand development in Morong, where it lines up a few properties along a private coast. Its interiors and furnishings draw inspiration from a modern home in the Hamptons. The overall vibe is folksy and intimate, but spacious enough to comfortably house two to four guests. The beach is a two-minute walk away, but if you're craving for the water, there's an adequate plunge pool right at your back door.
Price per night: P15,000
BOOK: Landrina Escape
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7. Raffi's Way
First glance: A luxury four-bedroom villa surrounded by greenery
Details: If it's a staycation that you're yearning for, this four-bedroom villa will never make you want to leave. You can book each room individually or cross your fingers and hope that the entire home is available for you to have that panoramic view and private pool all to yourself.
Price per night: P35,000
BOOK: Raffi's Way
8. Villa La Novula
Location: Nasugbu, Batangas
First glance: A luxury five-bedroom mansion by the beach
Details: Listed under luxury home-exchange platform ThirdHome, Villa La Nuvola is a 6458-square-foot beach house in Batangas, that comes with unparalleled views of the bay. This five-bedroom family home is adorned with nautical elements from top to bottom, with heavy use of wooden furniture that possesses an Old World charm. The backyard and the garden make a great venue for a family pool party.
Its prime location makes it close to attractions such as the famous Caleruega church, Mt. Pico de Loro, and the tourist-ridden Fortune Island.
9. Cala Laiya
Location: San Juan, Batangas
First glance: Filipino-inspired industrial villas within walking distance from Tayabas Bay.
Details: Cala Laiya is redefining the typical beach home and outfitting it with contemporary details. These intimate villas are housed in their own compound and for good reason—each casita is framed in floor-to-ceiling windows and comes with its own plunge pool. A shared amenity is the 14-meter lap pool that's mere meters away from a calm Tayabas Bay. The bay has become a venue for activities such as paddle boarding, snorkeling, and kayaking.
Price per night: P8000-P9500 (Garden Casita), P13,000-P15,000 (Two-Bedroom Casita), P15,000 -P18,000 (Three-Bedroom Casita)
BOOK: Cala Laiya
10. The Country Place
First glance: A serviced private residence in the mountains.
Details: Instead of heading south, head north for a change and move toward colder climes. If you find yourself planning a trip to the ever-popular Baguio, consider the cozy residences at The Country Place, which has served as a home away from home for many visitors passing by the city. The property consists of three snug serviced residences in a white manor, which shares a garden and a scenic walkway. Of course, you can also choose to rent out the entire home, which can fit 30 visitors in total.
Price per night: price upon request
BOOK: The Country Place
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.