Where to go when you can finally hit the road
Once again in confinement, we find ourselves missing road trips. Fill that trunk with the essentials, make sure snacks are plentiful, put together the perfect playlist, and hit the road to a great destination – right now, that sounds like a wonderful dream.
But it will eventually be reality again. And when it does, here are a few places we plan to go with family and friends.
Domescape’s geodesic dome offers you a true glamping experience: you sleep in a tent with the comforts of a luxury hotel room. It’s air-conditioned, but step outside of the dome and you’ll find yourself surrounded by nature, with a natural pool just steps away. (facebook.com/domescape.ph; airbnb.com/rooms/33087863; @domescape on Instagram)
The lake farm
San Fernando, Pampanga
This agricultural complex houses an artificial lake as well as a swimming pool divided into four sections (and four levels deep) for the enjoyment of the whole family. (This sunken seating area seems like the perfect place to relax.) There are two villas (La Casa and Casita) that you can book depending on the size of your group. You can also fish there. They only accept one booking at a time so you will have the whole place to yourself. (How’s that for social distancing?) And the best part? It accepts pets! (airbnb.com/rooms/41510009)
San José del Monte, Bulacán
Do you miss Japan? (So are we.) Kirei House offers a taste of Japanese-style living with futons, shoji screens, a zen garden, and pink cherry blossoms. Here you can drink green tea, make origami, read books from the Honesty Bookstore, and bond with your fellow travelers.
The Mountain House
Leave the city behind, put down your gadgets, and travel back to a simpler time at The Mountain House, which sits very close to the Sierra Madre mountain range. Get in the fresh air, explore nature and sleep in a kubo mansion.
Laiya rest home
Book The Resthouse Laiya and enjoy your own private white sand beach right in front of your villa. The two-bedroom villa has air-conditioned living and dining areas, a well-equipped kitchen and a spacious veranda which you can also use for dining. There are also beachfront cabanas to relax by day or night.
Tudor in the pines
We have been to Baguio countless times, but have never had an experience like what Tudor in the Pines can offer. The place is home to unique accommodations. The Tudor House, which is the main house, has several rooms, a sunroof, a mini-library, and a greenhouse lounge. There is also the Forest Terrace, the Garden Terrace and the Royal Cottage. They are all beautiful, but it is really the Twin Glass Treehouses that interest us. Who doesn’t want to sleep among the pines and 30 feet above the ground?
facebook.com/tudorhomestay; https://tudorinthepines.com/; www.airbnb.com/rooms/41862777