After a year into the pandemic, a lot of businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and professionals have realized one thing: you don’t need an office cubicle to work. It’s only recently that people are catching up with what digital nomads—from writers to web developers—have been doing for a while now. Turns out that all we really need are a stable Internet connection, a laptop, and maybe a boss that doesn’t keep on looking over your shoulders.
If you don’t need to go back to the office in the foreseeable future (or ever), you may even choose to stay for a month or so by the beach. Just feel the sand on your feet, hear the crashing of the waves, and breathe in some fresh air while you’re tapping away on your laptop. Beach resorts all over the Philippines are offering long-stay work-from-beach packages, so you don’t really have to move to the province permanently.
You can work remotely at these 10 Philippine resorts with hard-to-resist work-from-beach travel packages:
1. Hue Hotels and Resorts Boracay
Station 2, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Malay, Aklan
Rates start at P15,000/week
Unlike your usual hotel and resort, Hue Hotels and Resorts takes pride on its circular four-storey structure that houses not only its 126 rooms but also a strip of food stalls and retail shops. Right in the middle of the complex is a colorful common area called Station X, where guests can just hang out on beanbags and benches or nurse a bottle of beer. It also has a cool swim-up bar that doubles as a hot tub. Rates for their long-term package, which is called Alternative Abode, start at P15,000 for a week-long stay. This includes standard accommodation, housekeeping, Internet access, use of the hotel's amenities and facilities, and discounts at their restaurants and bars. You can opt to stay longer for P55,000/month, and just make the island your temporary home.
2. Kwentong Dagat
Sitio Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales
Rates start at P20,000/month
Kwentong Dagat is a vegan-friendly resort in a small fishing village in San Felipe. It makes the most of its natural surroundings by doing away with cemented buildings and similar infrastructure. Instead, they have air-conditioned nipa cottages that can fit up to six people. They finally reopened to Zambales residents on May 21, and are now offering work-from-beach packages at P20,000 per month for a maximum of two remote workers. It's inclusive of a stay in a room with ensuite bathroom, regulated air-con use, fiber Internet, basic toiletries, weekly housekeeping service, palengke run, discount on meals and activities, and 24/7 surveillance by caretakers. And, of course, the cherry on top is that you have daily access to the beach, which is just part of Zambales' long and beautiful coastline.
3. Charlie’s Hangar Surf Hostel
Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
Rates start at P11,495/month
La Union officially opened to travelers outside the province on May 22. And if you're looking to enjoy a sunset surf session right after a stressful Zoom call with your client, they offer long-term stays for digital nomads. Rates range from P10,995 per month for a three-month booking to P11,495 for a 30-day booking. The package includes the stay at the hostel, Internet access of up to 60Mbps, in-room and roofdeck working space, weekly housekeeping, assigned bathroom stalls, and use of the communal kitchen.
4. Crystal Beach Resort
La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales
Rates start at P16,000/month
Crystal Beach is one of the closest surf spots to Metro Manila—especially with all those highways to bypass the traffic—which makes it a prime destination for a surfing weekend. You can also make it your home for a month (or so) by booking their long-term stays that start at P16,000 per month. The resort is famous for its rows of pine trees growing on sand, where you can just find your Zen after a whole-day's work.
5. El Galleon Resort
Small La Laguna Beach, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Rates start at P35,000/month
El Galleon Resort lets you set up your remote workspace in their common areas with the beach as your actual backdrop for Zoom meetings. It's a scuba diving center, so you can suit up and marvel at the rich underwater world right after your shift. Their monthly rate includes standard room accommodation and use of swimming pool. Meals are not yet included, but you can order at the on-site restaurant anytime.
6. Playa La Caleta
Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan
Rates start at P2,888/night for a minimum of six nights
The 100-hectare Playa La Caleta is located in a private cove with a one-kilometer beach strip surrounded by dense forests. The place has been around for a while, but their latest offering is a cluster of air-conditioned glamping tents that was launched in June 2019. Their long-stay package, called A Week of Solitude, costs P2,288 per night for a minimum stay of six nights. This includes a glamping tent for two, with air-conditioning, two single beds, working table, toiletries, and an exclusive bathroom for glampers. You can also rent portable WiFi for P250 per day.
7. Laiya White Cove Beach Resort
Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas
Rates start at P8,245/night
Laiya in San Juan, Batangas is a popular getaway because of its white-sand beach, proximity to Metro Manila, and the abundance of laid-back resorts. You can choose to book a long-term stay at Laiya White Cove Beach Resort, which has partnered with Baybayin Hub—an initiative that helps tourist spots transform into coworking and coliving spaces. Rates start at P8,245/night, which is inclusive of a stay in an air-conditioned room with a queen-sized bed, WiFi access, free daily coffee, and access to a common working space. You can also use the charcoal griller for your cooking needs or take a break and go to the beach. There's a daily supply of toiletries and weekly housekeeping.
8. Siargao Tropic Hostel
Catangnan, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
Rates start at P5,000 for six nights
Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte is probably one of the best places to stay if you want to get out of Metro Manila fast. It is home to the most amazing waves and white-sand beaches, lagoons and coves, rows of restaurants and bars, and a laid-back vibe in general. If you're lucky enough to be able to work remotely, they offer a special discounted rate of P5,000 for a seven-day stay. This includes accommodation in a private cabana and access to the kitchen, laundry area, bar, and other hostel facilities. Surf lessons and tours are excluded, but you should definitely allot some money for that because Siargao's sights are too beautiful to miss.
9. Triangle Palms Siargao
Catangnan, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
Rates start at P15,000/month
Triang Palms Siargao is a small resort tucked behind trees and lush greenery, promising a quiet stay even if you're in the middle of a popular tourist destination. They have a monthly rate of P15,000, which is inclusive of a stay in an A-framed private villa with two queen-sized beds, utilities, WiFi, and fresh drinking water. Kitchen access is not included, but with the variety of dining places on the island, you won't run out of options.
10. Balai Adlao
Lio Tourism Estate, El Nido, Palawan
Rates start at P3,500/night for a minimum of nine nights
Balai Adlao opened in Lio Beach in 2017 to cater to young couples looking for an adventure. It features 20 deluxe rooms, ensuring privacy on your getaway and exclusivity as you try (your best) to work remotely. Their Work-from-Paradise program is available at P3,500 per night for a minimum of nine nights. Standard inclusions are accommodations for two, airport transfers from Lio Airport, complimentary use of kayaks, in-room entertainment system, access to the resort's lounge areas, and unlimited WiFi access. Plus, you also get discounts if you want to rent an LTE pocket unit for when you want to lie down...we mean, work by the beach. You also get access to Seda Lio's beautiful infinity pool and gym.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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