Living in the city has its conveniences, but it can also wear you down. Every now and then, we need to find an escape to release our stress and regain our mental and physical well-being. Over the past years, there have been more and more farm resorts opening its doors for guests who’d like to relax and reconnect with nature. Here we’ve compiled our top picks for the best farm staycations near Manila.
1. Costales Nature Farm
Located in Laguna about 2 hours away from the metro, Costales Nature Farm is one of the pioneering farm tourism destinations in the country. This farm is a known brand that supplies major businesses. It is also open to overnight stays and educational tours.
Here at Costales Nature Farm, you can take a rest in one of its humble cottages, take a guided tour to learn more about planting and farming, and have fun doing hands-on activities including lettuce picking, salad making, fishing, and more. You can also enjoy farm-to-plate meals and delicious smoothies and take home potted plants sold at the souvenir store – perfect for plantitos and plantitas!
2. MGM Ranch and Farm
MGM Ranch and Farm is a bed-and-breakfast located in a sprawling farm in Taal, Batangas. It features different accommodations to suit your needs, various animals you can watch and feed, and an outdoor pool perfect for cooling off after a day at the farm.
Couples at the MGM Ranch and Farm can book the Hideaway B&B, which is a small villa with its veranda and private kawas for outdoor bath, while small to big groups can choose any of the cabins and old houses at the farm. Spend the day egg picking, feeding the sheeps or horses, or try a bumpy ride on a horseback.
This farm resort also has an in-house restaurant that serves delicious, healthy local meals so you won’t have to worry about getting hungry while at the farm.
3. Yoki’s Farm
Yoki’s Farm is a farm staycation in Tagaytay, offering a wholesome farm and museum experience for families. It is open for day tour visits with different packages you can book depending on what you want to see an do, as well as overnight stays.
You can visit on a day tour and avail a guided tour package of your choosing or stay overnight in one of their rooms.
In this farm, you can start with a simple farm tour or upgrade to a complete package where you can harvest your own vegetables and get up-close and feed the animals in the farm and aviary. You can also visit its museum, which houses different art collection.
Yoki’s Farm also has an in-house restaurant that serves healthy and beautiful-looking dishes. It also has an outdoor pool for booked guests and spacious outdoors where you can relax and even take photos.
4. Ataalaya Farmhouse
This bed-and-breakfast in Batangas is a great option for those who want to get away for a while and stay in a countryside house, with modern amenities and stunning views of Taal Lake to boot!
It features a 2-storey house with 3 bedrooms, an adjacent farm lot with animals such as cows and pigs, and an outdoor jacuzzi with view of Taal Volcano and Mount Maculot on the side.
Spend your day chilling or appreciating the views around, drink a wine while at the jacuzzi, and ask for homecooked local meals and local kapeng barako (for an additional fee). A staycation can’t get any better than this.
Ataalaya Farmhouse: Book via Booking.com
5. The Lake Farm
The Lake Farm is a private bed-and-breakfast in San Fernando, Pampanga. It’s a great nature staycation near Manila ideal for couples and families, especially those who have kids who love seeing animals!
There are 2 accommodations you can book at The Lake Farm: the casita which is ideal for couples or The Casa which is good for large groups. Booking either one gives you exclusive access to the place, including the outdoor pools, firepit island, and outdoor lounge areas. You can also stroll around the place to see the fruiting plants and trees; visit the animals such as chickens, cows, and horses; or ride a balsa across the man-made lake.
The Lake Farm is one of the best farm staycations near Manila that you can find especially for groups.
6. Lily Vacation Farm House
Located about 2 hours away from Manila, Lily Vacation Farm House is a great option for quick group getaways. It features a modern house with pool, spacious outdoors, and splendid views of Laguna de Bay, as well as Mount Banahaw and Mount Makiling in the distance.
The house has 4 airconditioned rooms and 4 baths, living area, and kitchen and dining areas. Outside, you can swim at the pool, enjoy the views, or do other activities including ATV, animal feeding, and horseback riding. You can also stay at the outdoor cottages and even pitch tents for a complete outdoor experience.
Lily Vacation Farmhouse also stands as an events venue.
7. The Farm at San Benito
The Farm at San Benito is an eco-luxury wellness resort located in Lipa, Batangas. Located in a 48-hecatre lush jungle with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, this resort offers the ultimate relaxing escape.
It offers different suites and villas depending on your needs, delicious and healthy vegan cuisine, and various science-based wellness programs conducted by health professionals.
This farm resort can help you recharge not only your body, but your holistic health as well.
The Farm at San Benito: Book here via Agoda
8. Prado Farms
Prado Farms is an eco-resort in Pampanga where you can experience a relaxing staycation, reconnect with nature and the animals, and even enjoy the farm’s bounties.
For those who want to stay overnight in the farm, there is an eco-lodge built using recycled materials and designed with a homey, artistic feel. You can choose from many of its rooms, including deluxe rooms, family rooms, and dorm rooms. Breakfast is served in their in-house restaurant, which uses fresh ingredients from the farm to whip up healthful and delicious Kapampangan dishes.
There are many activities to do in Prado Farms, which are ideal for kids and adults alike. You can swim in the pools, fish, or explore the farm on foot, on bike, or on a carabao-drawn cart. Have a meet-and-greet with the farm’s animals including ducks, goats, cows, carabaos, and pigs.
Prado Farms is a great escape for everyone, including families.
Prado Farms: Book here via Agoda
9. Villa Marciana Farm and Resort
Villa Marciana Farm and Resort is a 2-acre private farm resort perfect for those who love nature. It is surrounded by tropical trees, with a peaceful and relaxing ambiance.
Currently, it has 2 private pools that you can book separately or both. It has modern amenities to ensure you a comfortable stay, including airconditioned rooms, kitchen, and smart TV.
As with other resorts in Laguna, it uses water supply from the feet of Mount Makiling, which is why the water is naturally warm. It also has a jacuzzi and a Japanese onsen that you can use. To complete your nature experience, you can also visit a nearby batis (or natural hotspring) where you can swim and enjoy a picnic.
Villa Marciana Farm and Resort: Book here via Agoda
10. Ponce Farm
Ponce Farm offers a refreshing escape to an oasis surrounded by coconut trees and native-designed accommodations. It can be found in Saraiya, Quezon, about 3 hours away from Manila.
Here you can appreciate a majestic view of Mount Banahaw as well as a clear view of the night sky, swim in a natural water pool, and enjoy healthy and organic food prepared straight from the farm.
You can choose from different accommodations including A-framed huts, casitas, and a villa. There are also tents and glamping setups for those who want to sleep outdoors. For groups of 20 people, the whole farm can be rented for exclusive use.
That ends our list of the best farm staycations near Manila! Do you have other recommendations? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).