Looking for one of the great weekend getaways from Manila? Look no further and head out to Batangas — the ideal road trip destination just south of the bustling capital city. (Best Hotels in Batangas)
In just about an hour, you can lounge by the sandy beaches of Matabungkay and Laiya, or go island hopping as you dive into crystal clear waters and marvel at the colorful corals and tropical fish. You can even go on a heritage tour to Taal’s ancestral houses, hike Taal volcano and visit the Cape Santiago Lighthouse. Finally, unwind and end your day with delicious local food such as bulalo, lomi, and a cup of Barako coffee.
Feel right at home in this quaint guesthouse that embraces environmental sustainability. Check out the souvenirs from the owners’ travels and the interiors inspired by the mountains of northern Philippines.
To love: The introductory or PADI diving classes | Landmark: Mt. Gulugod Baboy Trail | Price starts from: $50~
History buffs will love this 19th-century residence refurbished into a bed and breakfast. Admire the beautifully preserved architecture, traditional decor, and lush garden. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, a business center, a bar, and a restaurant.
To love: The colonial architecture | Landmark: Taal Park | Price starts from: $55~
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