Spending the holidays away from home? It’s time for a trip to the beach! With some of the best beaches in the world, you will be spoilt for choice with the Philippnes' endless array of beautiful locations. Even better? Some are just three hours away from Metro Manila!
The most popular location would be Batangas, which is famous for a variety of things, including centuries-old churches, delectable cuisine, a volcano within a lake, and a distinct punto that everyone loves to hear in conversations. But, above all else, when Batangas is stated, the first thing people say is the beach.
The Batangas beach shoreline is lined with hotels and resorts ideal for weekend dates, long weekends, and family vacations. Depending on your tastes, travelers can choose from a variety of luxury, mid-range, and budget hotels and resorts in Batangas.
Meanwhile, Zambales lies on Luzon Island’s western coastline that borders the West Philippine Sea. Aside from being blessed with a rugged shoreline, Zambales is also surrounded by mountains to the east.
The province attracts outdoor lovers with its coves, mountains, farms, and other recreational outdoor facilities. Its proximity to Manila, about 250 kilometers, makes it a top weekend getaway choice for city dwellers.
If you're searching for a relaxing break within a few kilometers from Manila, go no further than our list of the best beach resorts in Batangas and Zambales that you can find on Airbnb. Here are a few of our favorites. All costs are based on a Saturday night stay in December.
Anilao Beachfront Property
The Anilao Beachfront property is simple but homey, and it's only a few steps from the beach! Diving, snorkeling, and kayaking are available at this laid-back seaside retreat. The sunsets here are said to be spectacular!
For P3,100 a night, the room can accommodate 2 guests and has 2 single beds.
The place flaunts garden and beach views, has a patio or balcony, a backyard, offers free parking on the premises, and has a WiFI connection. Also, good news for fur parents, because pets are allowed here.
Weekend trips are frequently spent here, as one visitor said that if you like snorkeling, chilling and just being, this is the right place.
Beachfront 2BR Nature Villa
At P20,500 a night, you can have this Beachfront 2BR nature villa in Laiya, Batangas by yourself with your family and can accommodate 8 guests in 2 bedrooms, which has 4 beds and 2 baths.
The private villa has a beach and resort access, a kitchen where guests can cook their own meals, a penthouse with several tables and sofas where you can dine and bond with your barkada or family, and a terrace with breathtaking views of both the seas and greeneries.
If an overnight stay isn’t enough for you or your family, this place allows long-term stays for 28 days or more.
According to a review, “Place is very nice and clean. Easy to transact with the owner and she was very accomodating to our requests. Private beach and we had the place to ourselves. The place is very high so just be prepared to go up several flight of stairs. Parking is a bit of a walk so need to make sure you don’t forget anything in the car. Beach is clean. Bring aqua shoes to be able to fully enjoy the waters. Will definitely go back!”
A room at this resort in Anilao, the world's finest diving destination and the heart of marine biodiversity, costs P4,650 per night for three people. Naha Resort has ten comfortable rooms, each with air conditioning and a private bathroom with a hot and cold shower.
According to its description, it’s “a good spot for shore entry scuba diving, freediving, and snorkeling." They also offer dive, scuba discovery program, underwater photography, and other scuba diving courses.
Aside from the mentioned above, outdoor activities in the resort include BBQ grilling, perfect for those who prefer preparing their own grilled meals, as well as kayaking for those who like recreational activities.
Your Own Rustic Beach House w/ a Dive Center
If you want an unsophisticated, homely, and arcadian type of vibes, this Rustic Beach House in Mabini, Batangas offers its place at P7,000 for 4 guests, 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, and 2 baths.
Located in a remote tropical forest setting in front of the beach, it provides a perfect and scenic view and a highly recommended place when you need a breather from the hustle and bustle of the city.
This beachfront cottage is 15 minutes away from the dive sites, which hosts also offer scuba diving and island hopping activities.
Club Monet Beachfront Resort
Are you bringing a huge group? With 4 bedrooms, 11 beds, and 4.5 baths, Club Monet can accommodate up to 16 people. For P15,400 a night, you can have the entire place to yourself.
"Club Monet offers a 360-degree view which guests can enjoy. From the magnificent sunset along the coastline of the West Philippine Sea to the refreshing sunrise over the mountains. Take time to relax and unwind. Enjoy a quiet weekend in a serene place with a sea and mountain view. Ideal for families and couples who want to enjoy nature,” the description says.
The capacity of each private room is 2-5 guests, thus the host will try to accommodate as many people as possible, so no worries!
Breakfast is provided but guests can cook their own meals in their kitchen which includes cooking basics such as pots and pans, oil, salt, and pepper as well as dishes and silverware. Don’t fret because they already have their own kitchen appliances as well, less hassle for those who will bring small cars!
Zen Beach Resort
You can have a room at this resort with your significant other for just P3,390 per night for 2 guests.
The Zen Beach Resort offers what the description says: “Perfect for friends or families to get away from it all. It consists of an air-conditioned living room with a nice white granite kitchen with European appliances, a dining table, and long 3 seat lounge, and a center zen coffee table with a black stone feature. Master bedroom with sitting area with designer chair, air-conditioning, closet with solid mahogany timber shelving, drawers, and hanging space. The 2nd bedroom has air-conditioning, wall-mounted 32-inch flat-screen TV, and Queen size bed with an 8-inch innerspring mattress. Vogue style - very affordable luxury living.”
Serenity Seascape Village
At P7,000 at night, Serenity Seascape Village can accommodate 14 guests in its 2 bedrooms, 10 beds, with 3 shared baths.
This kubo-inspired place was built by architects Leo and Jessica who as well host this property said that “It was our intention to create a sense of a village in a secluded location with views of the sea, mountains, and a natural lagoon, unlike any other destination. The peaceful environment promotes a sense of relaxation and connection to nature promoting inner healing.”
The nipa house has a Wi-fi connection, perfect for those guests who need to work during their stay or just update their social media accounts and flex this Instagram-worthy scene!
It also has a kitchen where guests can cook their own meals, a refrigerator, and a stove. Patios are available perfect for BBQ grilling, and pets are allowed too!
A private room in the villa, you can Zamba Kuta can accommodate 3 guests for P4,000 a night, with 3 beds and 1 bath.
You don’t need to bring a gas stove and kitchen utensils as the place already offers those, you just have to bring your rice cooker!
Guests can also rent ATV for those who love outdoor activities.
Faith Bay Huts
At Faith Bay Huts, you and your better half can obtain your much-awaited peace, quiet, and serenity for P2,800 a night with 1 bed and 1 bath.
These small, cozy beachfront huts are also air-conditioned so there are no worries about the heat.
For those who love watching sunrises and sunsets, you can view them straight from your room as it is located in shared beach access.