8 Relaxing Places Near Manila to Escape the City Life

8 Relaxing Places Near Manila to Escape the City Life

Relaxation is a road trip away.

Everyone needs to take a time off from the daily routines of life. And if you’re living somewhere in Metro Manila, we understand if you want to get away from it all — traffic, noise and pollution. Fortunately, you won’t have to go far for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you can’t afford to have a long vacation yet, here are the most relaxing places near Manila for that much-needed break. Trust us; you deserve it!

Also read: 12 Hidden Gems Around Manila for an Adventure Off the Beaten Path

Best places near Manila for a relaxing break

1. Nuvali – Laguna

Feeling tired and stressed? Find comfort in nature at Nuvali, a sprawling 2,400-hectare eco-city in Laguna that’s home to a multi-functional lake, a wildlife and bird sanctuary, hiking paths, and a 35-kilometre mountain bike trail. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts of all ages will definitely enjoy this verdant playground. But if you’re not keen on sports and exploration, don’t fret; Nuvali is a shopping and foodie destination, too! As one of the most relaxing places near Manila, Nuvali has made its mark as a popular weekend destination among metro folks. Take your whole family; from youngsters to pets, everyone is bound to enjoy.

Where to stay in Nuvali

Day trips may not be enough to see everything Nuvali has to offer. If you’ve got enough time, then we recommend staying the night. Perhaps even more? A winner of the 2023 Travel Excellence Awards by TripZilla — Family Star, Seda Nuvali promises a fun-filled yet relaxing stay close to the best attractions of the eco-city. 

It’s easy to feel at home in this Laguna sanctuary. Families can splash in the pool all day, while grabbing refreshments and snacks at the bar. There’s also plenty of kid-friendly things to do at the playroom and game room. Moreover, each suite exudes comfort and serenity, giving travellers a quiet place to rest after a full day of fun activities. Just be warned: The whole family may not want to ever leave the resort-style Seda Nuvali! 

2. Caleruega Church – Nasugbu, Batangas

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Just a few more minutes drive from the end of Tagaytay along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, you can reach the church on top of a hill. It is named after a town in Spain, the birthplace of St. Dominic de Guzman, Father of the Dominican order. I visited this place when my brother had his retreat here, and what I like most about it is its serene and peaceful atmosphere. It’s a good place to reflect and pray after a stressful work week. After an hour or so, expect to go home with a lighter spirit and a rejuvenated mind.

3. Pinto Art Museum – Antipolo, Rizal

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I don’t have a talent for art but I sure know how to appreciate it. Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo is home to tons of art pieces made proudly Pinoy. And as mesmerising as the art pieces are the museum’s sprawling gardens and open-air galleries. Pinto is a huge garden paradise; every corner is a great location for photo sessions. It also has several cafes within the complex where you can just take a break and grab a bite. Just a piece of advice: wear comfortable clothing since it’s partly an outdoor museum which can get quite hot during the day.

4. Twin Lakes – Tagaytay, Cavite

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On our latest visit to Tagaytay, we dropped by the Twin Lakes. Here, you may chill out at the picturesque cafes like Starbucks and Bag of Beans, and have a perfect sip of coffee whilst enjoying the sweeping views of Taal Lake. If you’re looking for relaxing places to visit near Manila, you can’t miss this one. 

5. Corregidor – Cavite

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Learn more about the Philippine history by taking a day tour in Corregidor. It’s just an hour ferry ride from Manila Bay. Here, explore the heavy artillery and ruins of the fortifications used during World War II in the Philippines. After a full-day excursion, tourists will gain new knowledge and better appreciation of our country’s history. Plus, the ruins make for an eye-catching backdrop for Instagram snaps!

6. Mount Daraitan and Tinipak River – Tanay, Rizal

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If you’re the outdoorsy type, head to Tanay, Rizal and hike up Mt. Daraitan to enjoy a rewarding view of the Sierra Madre mountains. After the summit trek, follow the trail to Tinipak River to marvel at some scenic limestone boulders. While the trail is considered beginner-friendly, you must still exercise a certain degree of caution when hiking as the rocks in the area are quite sharp and slippery. Nature lovers, Tanay is one of the places near Manila that deserve a spot on your bucket list. 

7. Subic – Zambales

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If you have more than a day to spare, go on a road trip to Subic, one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations for metro dwellers. The last time we went there, we enjoyed the jetski and banana boat activities with Networx Jetsports. If time permits, you may also visit Zoobic Safari to have close encounters with different species of wildlife. Kids and kids at heart will love spending a few days in Subic!

8. SandBox at Alviera – Porac, Pampanga

There are many exciting attractions in Pampanga, but one that has recently gained popularity is the SandBox at Alviera. Challenge yourself to overome the obstacles and adrenaline-pumping rides such as the Giant Swing, roller coaster zipline, ATV and UTV rides, and so much more!

Also read: 10 Exciting Things to Do and Places to Visit in Manila at Night

What are you waiting for? Invite your family and friends to go on a sweet escape to these relaxing places near Manila! Sometimes, all we need is some time away from the city. So, plan yours ASAP! Relaxation is only a road trip away.

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Kimberly Chua
Kimberly Chua

Sharing the common dream just like other adventurers, Kim hopes to travel the world one step at a time. Although a lady with her own share of hang ups, Kim knows that she has to conquer her fears to enjoy life and travel more. She's also a fan of reading as it opens a whole new portal of imagination. Join her in her quest of finding the right balance in life at Journey With Me.