Located 3-4 hours away from Manila, Zambales is a summer hotspot for those who want to relax and laze at the beach. From the quiet town of Liwliwa to the commercial hub of Subic, here are the best resorts in Zambales you can book for your getaway!
- 1. Crystal Beach Resort
- 2. Camayan Beach Resort
- 3. Kwentong Dagat
- 4. Haya Nature Resort
- 5. Capones Vista Beach Resort
- 6. Sambali Beach Farm
- 7. All Blue Nature Resort
- 8. Waikoloa Hotel and Resort
- 9. Funtasea Hotel and Beach Resort
- 10. Promised Land Beach Resort
- 11. Sundowners Zambales
- 12. Lighthouse Marina Resort
- 13. The Glamp Zambales
- 14. Destinare Beach Resort
- 15. Marahuyo Cove
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1. Crystal Beach Resort
Crystal Beach Resort is one of the most famous beach resorts in Zambales. It’s ideal for families, friends, and even solo campers.
The resort has various accommodations to choose from, including regular airconditioned rooms, native cottages, and camping tents under the pine trees. It has an in-house restaurant that serves Filipino dishes including group meals with live acoustic performance at night, a spa and wellness center, and a sports lounge.
You won’t run out of activities at Crystal Beach Resort. Swim at the beach or take out a surfboard and ride out the waves in its private beach cove. Those who are beginner surfers need not worry, as there is a school with professionals ready to tutor you. You can also use the resort’s facilities to play beach volleyball, billiards, or tennis.
Those who’d like nature adventure can hike to a nearby waterfall, ride an ATV across the rough terrains of San Narciso, or visit the Yaman Pawikan turtle hatchery.
With its options in terms of stays and activities, Crystal Beach Resort should be one of your top choices on resorts in Zambales.
2. Camayan Beach Resort
Camayan Beach Resort is a family-friendly resort located in a quiet bay in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. It features comfortable accommodations and a host of activities ideal for people of all ages.
You can choose the deluxe room or superior room, or book an upgraded Captain’s Suite which is surrounded by the rainforest or Sunset Suite which has its own veranda overlooking the ocean.
For dining, the Reef Restaurant is a waterfront dining area serving international cuisines and cocktails, so you can eat and enjoy beautiful bay views at the same time. There is also a game room where you can chat, play, and have drinks with friends. For those who’d like an exclusive area, function rooms are also available for use.
There are various activities to do in the resort, including swimming, snorkeling, and fun scuba in the coral reefs and shipwrecks in Subic Bay. The resort is also close to Ocean Adventure, Zoobic Safari, and Ilanin Forest West — which are popular spots for family adventures.
Location: Subic | Book discounted rooms here
3. Kwentong Dagat
Enjoy the good life at Kwentong Dagat Beach Resort — a great spot to chill and surf, practice yoga, and eat vegan food.
This resort is located at the quiet town of Liwliwa, which is famous for its waves. Accommodations include rustic-looking bungalows and standard rooms, with airconditioning and basic furnishings. There is also a camping ground for those who prefer a more basic overnight experience.
There are shared bathrooms, an outdoor kitchen, and an outdoor dining area where you can order vegan-friendly food such as faux chicken curry, corned beef, or lumpiang shanghai.
Aside from beach activities, you can also partake in classes such as meditation, yoga, muay thai, and boxing. A nearby waterfall can be visited during the rainy months.
Location: Liwliwa in San Felipe
4. Haya Nature Resort
Haya Nature Resort is a relatively new beachfront resort offering majestic sea and mountain views. As it’s located in Botolan — one of the least commercialized areas in the province, it guarantees a quiet beach escape.
It offers different accommodations that offer modern comforts and a bit of personality, from its standard rooms and deluxe rooms to villas good for small groups. Some rooms have an ocean view.
This beach resort has swimming pools overlooking the ocean, a open-air dining area called the Bird’s Nest Restaurant, and an outdoor playground for kids. Its beachfront is lined with cabanas, the perfect setup for an afternoon at the sea.
With its surrounding nature views, comfortable amenities, and exclusivity, Haya Nature Resort is a great choice for families and even couples who are looking for a relaxing resort in Zambales.
5. Capones Vista Beach Resort
As its name suggests, Capones Vista Beach Resort offers splendid views of the ocean and the Camara Island and Capones Island from afar. It is also famous for its majestic sunset views.
Resort accommodations include standard rooms, double rooms, and spacious family rooms. Selected units have an ocean view. All come with airconditioning, hot & cold shower, and satellite TV.
Its facilities include two outdoor pools that overlook the ocean and a restaurant that serves Filipino dishes and cockails. Vegetarian options are also available.
Aside from swimming in the beach or pools, the best activity offered in the resort is island hopping. You can book half-day boat tours to visit the other tourist attractions in the area, which are Camara Island, Capones Island, and Anawangin Cove.
Location: San Antonio
6. Sambali Beach Farm
Those who are into meaningful travels will love Sambali Beach Farm — an 8-hectare sustainable beach farm located in a local fishing village in Botolan, Zambales. It’s a place to take a relax, commune with nature, and learn about sustainable farming practices.
The main accommodation is a 2-storey house called The Healing Cottage, which has four rooms good up to 25 people. Additional 10 garden rooms are also available at the Dambana Hermitage, which is 3 minutes by foot from the main house. Food is included in the booking, which includes various Filipino farm-to-table dishes.
Take your time at the farm to unplug and relax. You can also take a walk or swim at the beach, visit a nearby river, or book one of the property tours to learn about farming and salt-making communities. If you’re looking for shops, the farm is only 10 minutes away from the capital Iba.
7. All Blue Nature Resort
This sustainable beach resort offers a relaxing stay at the white-sand shores of Nagsasa Cove in San Antonio, Zambales.
There are many things you can do in this resort: swim at the clear beachfront or take a dip in the river instead, snorkel at a nearby coral area, island hop to visit other beach coves and islets, or visit a waterfall 45 minutes away from the resort. The resort also offers leisure activities, including kayaking, frisbee, beach volleyball, badminton and darts.
If you simply want to relax and unwind, you can just appreaciate the panoramic view of the sea and mountain or stay up late to look at the night sky.
Accommodations include tents and kubo. You can also bring your own camping equipment. There are no other modern facilities in the resort, and as part of its sustainability goals, it uses solar panels for electricity.
This beach resort is ideal for those who want a simple nature escape, with various outdoor activities available.
Location: Nagsasa Cove in San Antonio
8. Waikoloa Hotel and Resort
Waikoloa Hotel and Resort is an exclusive mountain and seaside sanctuary located in the quaint fishing village of Cabangan, Zambales. Bordered by the Zambales mountain ranges on the east and the ocean on the west, it promises its guests the best of both worlds. This is the perfect option for those who’d like a comfortable and indulgent stay in Zambales.
On weekends, this hotel and resort is open for whole space booking with free use of its amenities and buffet meals. On weekdays, it is open for individual bookings. These individual rooms include: quad deluxe room, quad ocean room, barkada mountain room, and premium king. All rooms have either mountain or sea view and come with full-board ala carte meals.
In this exclusive resort, you can laze at the beach while enjoying delicious Filipino fare and cocktails. Take a leisurely swim at the pool or jacuzzi, detoxify your skin in the sauna, or explore the hidden spots in Cabangan. The resort can help you go in hiking or cycling tours in the mountains or visit the nearby rivers. Watersports are also available, including jetski and banana boat.
Other facilities include an in-house restaurant and sports activities, such as volleyball, beach football, basketball, and pingpong.
9. Funtasea Hotel and Beach Resort
Funtasea Hotel and Beach Resort offers a tropical getaway in the capital of Iba. It’s strategically close to the city proper, with modern amenities and budget-friendly rates, making it one of the best family-friendly resorts in Zambales.
The resort offers standard rooms, couples rooms, family rooms, and barkada rooms. All come with airconditioning, hot & cold shower, and cable TV.
It has a quiet beachfront area where you can swim and bask under the sun, as well as an outdoor infinity pool. Other facillities include an in-house restaurant that serves Filipino and foreign dishes, a bar, and a function room. The resort also entertains in-house catering for those who are in large groups.
10. Promised Land Beach Resort
Promised Land Beach Resort is a family-owned resort in Liwliwa, Zambales. It’s a casual resort ideal for relaxing and surfing.
It features rustic, bohemian-style beach huts which come airconditioning, comfortable beds, and their own veranda. Small beach huts are good for couples, while 2-storey beach huts are spacious enough for families and groups. Other accommodations include kubo fan rooms, superior rooms, and villas.
You can bring your own cooked food or hold a barbecue in the common grilling area. The resort has no in-house restaurant, but you can easily go to nearby restaurants on foot.
The best things to do in this resort include relaxing at the beachside or surfing over the big waves. The Promised Land Beach Resort is also the home of famous Liwliwa ATV Adventure, which tests your driving skills over rough terrains. Other activities include beach volleyball, basket ball, and board games. Videoke is also available. For those who’d like to recharge after a full day, massage is available upon request.
Location: Liwliwa in San Felipe
11. Sundowners Zambales
Sundowners Zambales is one of the most searched-about resorts in Zambales. Famous for its Greek-inspired architecture as shown in its white-washed walls and minimalist aesthetics, this is a luxury resort ideal for those who want to enjoy privacy and comfort while being a few walks away from the shores of Botolan.
The accommodations in Sundowners Zambales include beach villas. For couples, there are 1-bedroom villas complete with standard amenities. Families can go for the biggest villa which can accommodate up to 18 people and comes with complete amenities including a private pool.
This resort also has a restaurant and bar, two infinity villas, and access to a 100-meter beach cove. It offers various activities such as island hopping and is also close to other attractions in Botolan, such as the Lubong Nangoloan Falls, Tukal Tukal Falls, and Mount Pinatubo.
12. Lighthouse Marina Resort
This picture-perfect resort is the ultimate getaway for those who want a nice vacation, ideal for everyone including couples and families.
The Lighthouse Marina Resort is built next to Subic’s famous lighthouse. It offers luxurious equipped rooms with modern amenities and upgraded suites that come with its own veranda and/or jacuzzi. Each booking also comes with complimentary breakfast buffet, so you know you are getting your money’s worth.
After enjoying the comforts of your room, why not head out outside to try one of the watersport activities at the beachfront? There is kayaking and also more adventurous activities like flyboarding, parasailing, and jetski. At night, look at the view of the lighthouse being lit up into beautiful rainbow colors.
The Lighthouse Marina Resort is one of the best beach resorts in Subic, Zambales.
13. The Glamp Zambales
For those who love the outdoors but miss the comforts of a hotel, The Glamp Zambales is the perfect accommodation for you!
Located in Liwliwa, The Glamp Zambales is the premier glamping site in the province. It’s built with airconditioned tents fitted with comfy mattresses and a galaxy lamp at night, wide outdoor spaces ideal for activities such as yoga, a mess hall and a lounge, and shared toilets and baths.
Each booking also comes with your own s’mores kit and bonfire set up at night!
The Glamp Zambales is a few-minute walk to the surfing beach and restaurants in the area.
Location: Liwliwa in San Felipe
14. Destinare Beach Resort
Destinare Beach Resort is a relatively new resort and campsite at Anawangin — one of the most popular summer destinations near Manila.
Accoommodations include teepee huts, cottages, and airconditioned family rooms with own bathrooms. There is also a spacious camping ground for those who’d like to sleep under the stars.
Facilities include a garden, a swimming pool, and a casual restaurant where you can order Filipino meals and even samgyupsal. Additional stalls at the front offer snacks and drinks.
This resort is ideal for those who want to enjoy the simplicity of Anawangin. Take a stroll along the blackish-sand beach, swim in the afternoon, and trek to the resort’s own viewdeck for an overlooking view of the sand and sea.
Location: Anawangin Cove in San Antonio
15. Marahuyo Cove
Marahuyo Cove is a new resort in Zambales, perfect for those who want to go off-grid to enjoy the beach.
To get here, you need to take a boat from Pundaquit. Once at the resort, you can choose among its different accommodations: kubo rooms, beachfront rooms, and the Hilltop House which is the biggest room offered. Each room is fully airconditioned, so no need to worry about the heat while you’re enjoying your private vacation!
Other facilities include lounging areas, a swimming pool, and a viewdeck where you can see the surrounding 360 degree view of the mountains and sea.
Location: Sitio Nagsasa in Pundaquit
Do you have other recommendations for the best resorts in Zambales? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Katherine Cortes is a 30-something freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).