Everyone knows how important it is to take a break every once in a while. If we don’t de-stress and allow our minds and bodies to recover, many facets of our lives would suffer: the quality of our work output, the state of our health, and even the connections we have with our family and friends. Yes mommies, we also need a BREAK!
However, many of us also don’t have the luxury of time. It’s not always easy to file for a long vacation leave, after all, and some employees often have to work during holidays as well because they have foreign clients and partners. Plus, parents with schooling kids, will also need to consider the school schedule di ba moms?
As a practical or tipid mommy, we always consider destinations near Manila, so we can save on airfare expense.Thankfully, there are now plenty of “driving destinations” so you don’t have to spend a huge chunk of your vacation on the road or on the plane. This means that you can visit these wonderful locations at almost any time and have quick but refreshing holiday. What’s more, there are also discount sites like Deal Grocer that offer bang-for-your-buck deals that will make your time in these driving destinations even more stress-free.
So without further ado, here are five of the most beautiful driving destinations where you can have a short but very fulfilling vacation.
The Farm at San Benito
The Farm at San Benito, more popularly known as simply “The Farm,” is located in Brgy. Tipakan in Lipa, Batangas, which is only 90 minutes away from Metro Manila. The 48-hectare property is surrounded with lush greenery and an atmosphere so tranquil, you would hardly believe that it is so close to the bustling metropolis.
More than just a vacation spot, however, The Farm is focused on health and healing. They are the only wellness retreat in the country, where they pamper you with great-tasting vegan foods, nurturing spa treatments, and health optimization programs. There are also various activities for children, like flower arrangement, palm origami, and cooking classes, so that the little ones will not get bored while you relax and take a well-deserved break.
Cintai Corito’s Garden
“Cintai” is the Indonesian word for love, and love is evident in every corner of Cintai Corito’s Garden. The location used to be a family rest house, where the family’s matriarch Corito was often brought to relax and recuperate from the treatments she received for her illness. When Corito succumbed to her sickness, her family decided to transform the rest house into a paradise for guests who are also looking for a restful place to unwind, relax, and meditate.
Cintai Corito’s is about an hour to an hour and a half away from Metro Manila, making it a popular staycation spot as well as an events venue. They have two pavilions and two gardens where you can host beautiful weddings and other occasions, as well as four swimming pools and a restaurant that serves delectable Filipino and continental dishes. The place is also a home to different kinds of animals, like bantam chickens, donkeys and ponies, and peacocks, which you can interact with during the day.
Nurture Wellness Village
Tagaytay continues to be a favorite driving destination for Metro Manila folk due to its cool weather, beautiful views, and places like Nurture Wellness Village that offers a different brand of relaxation. As you are surrounded by tropical gardens, forests, and coffee orchards, you will definitely feel the effect of their “ecotherapy” or healing by and through the help nature. Their spa treatments, fusion Filipino cuisine, and Ifugao-inspired decor all combine for a truly unique Filipino brand of wellness.
They also have holistic healing services, luxurious spa treatments, delectable dishes in their in-house restaurant Gabriela, and uniquely designed rooms for ultimate comfort. Nurture Wellness Village also has glamping tents so you can fully immerse yourself in nature. If you want the whole ecotherapy experience, you ought to give glamping a try!
Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Mount Purro Nature Reserve is located in Antipolo, at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. It is a family-ran eco-park with farm-style cottages that can accommodate anywhere from four up to forty guests at a time. They also have an open ground for pitching tents, a bonfire area, a swimming pool, a game room, a restaurant called Loli’s Kitchen, and conference areas to host events. They even have a hiking trail, a mini zipline, and a simple yet fun 15-feet slide near the pavilion.
But more than just being a travel destination, MPNR is all about preserving nature and sustainable development. They are partners with the MPNR Foundation, with the goal of rehabilitating the Upper Marikina Watershed and helping the surrounding communities flourish. In fact, Toto and Baby Malvar, the couple who runs MPNR, have been formally adopted by the indigenous Dumagat Tribe who live in the grounds of Mount Purro Nature Reserve. This is in recognition of the couple’s efforts to keep the place healthy and thriving.
When it comes to surfing, one of the most popular surfing spots in the country, Baler in Aurora Province is right up there in the list together with Siargao. Baler comes with the added benefit of being only a six-hour drive away from Manila, however, and that’s why many surfing enthusiasts and adventure seekers flock to this town for a quick but hearty dose of the sun, sea, and sand.
Costa Pacifica hotel and resort is one of the most popular destinations in Baler. It has access to five excellent surf spots: Cemento Reef, Charlie’s Point, Lindy’s Point, Dalugan Bay, and Sabang Beach. The surf season is during November to April, where swell heights can reach up to 9 feet! If you’re not much for surfing, you can still swim in the sea or go spelunking and trekking. One of the most famous destinations are the Dicasalarin Cove and the Ditumabo Falls (Mother Falls). You can also go on a historical trail around the town and visit various landmarks and tourist spots. The Costa Pacifica staff can help arrange these activities for you.
Whoever said that you need to go somewhere far for a “getaway” is clearly mistaken!
Book a day or two in these driving destinations and see for yourself just how much and how quickly you’ll be able to relax, enjoy, and rejuvenate. Investing in memories is not a waste of money, but an investment for a lifetime.