One of the perks about living in Metro Manila is that you’re never far away from spots where you can enjoy a weekend or a holiday – whether that’s on a beachside, mountain, or a farm surrounded by greenery. Here we’ve compiled our top picks for family-friendly resorts near Manila ideal for those who want to spend a wholesome time with their kids.
1. Club Punta Fuego
Club Punta Fuego is one of the highest rated family-friendly resorts a few hours away from Manila. Built on the pristine shores of Nasugbu, Batangas, this resort offers luxurious accommodations, with infinity pools and a beach that is ideal for kids to swim and play in.
Choose a Sunset Room which features modern aesthetics and amenities or upgrade into a more spacious Casita, ideal for large groups or families. Either accommodation has a terrace or veranda facing the West Philippine Sea, so you can enjoy your stay whether you’re indoors or at the beachside.
Other facilities include 2 restaurants and 1 bar, a spa, a business center, watersports and game facilities, and a playground.
Location: Nasugbu, Batangas
Club Punta Fuego: Book discounted rooms here
2. Villa Escudero Plantation and Resort
Villa Escudero is a great destination for families. It’s popular as a day tour, but if you’re looking for complete relaxation, then considering staying a night or two.
One of the highlights in visiting Villa Escudero is the Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant, where you can enjoy a Filipino buffet kamayan-style at the foot of a man-made waterfall. There are other fun activities for you and your family, including swimming at the pools, bamboo rafting, watching a traditional dance and music performance, and touring the museum.
For the rooms, choose among the Longhouse Unit, Executive Longhouse Unit, or riverside rooms. For the best comfort, you can also upgrade to a Presidential Suite, which has its own outdoor patio adjacent to the river.
Location: Quezon Province
Villa Escudero: Book a day tour via Klook
3. Acuaverde Beach Resort
The shore of Laiya in San Juan, Batangas, is one of the best destinations for families. It’s only 3 hours from Manila and it features a beautiful coastline that is perfect for swimming and other water activities.
Acuaverde is one of the best beach resorts in Laiya. In fact, it features one of the widest coastlines in the area – which is great for those who love the beach and the feeling of the outdoors.
Spend your day lounging in a day bed or have your family engage in activities such as boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, or jetski. You can also relax in a spa, enjoy good food in its restaurant and bar, or have your kids enjoy an afternoon in the kid’s zone. This resort also has a pet’s zone so you can bring your furbabies with you too.
There are different accommodations offered in Acuaverde Beach Resort, depending on your needs and number. The best option for families are the Casa Brisa rooms, which offer a sweeping view of the beach and can easily fit 4 adults and 2 children.
Location: San Juan, Batangas
Acuaverde Beach Resort: Book discounted rooms here
4. Sabangan Beach Resort
Sabangan Beach Resort is another family-friendly resort in Laiya in San Juan, Batangas. It’s ideal for those who prefer a quieter, relaxing vacation compared to other noisier resorts in the area.
It has a clear beachfront where you can swim, beach bum, or unwind. It also has a pool with kiddie section, a kid’s playground, and alfresco restaurant and lounge area facing the beach. Its rooms are comfortable, with modern amenities and a veranda.
Location: San Juan, Batangas
Sabangan Beach Resort: Book discounted rooms here
5. Caliraya Ecoville Recreation Farm and Resort
Located in the quiet town of Cavinti, Laguna, Caliraya Ecoville Recreation Farm and Resort is a great place to relax, engage in outdoor activities, and spend quality time together with your family.
This 20-hectare agri-tourist resort features a large fish pond where you can enjoy fishing, kayaking, or paddleboarding; a swimming pool; nature trails where you can hike or ride a bike; and a team-building facility with obstacle courses. It also has a multi-purpose court for ball games and an indoor billiard table.
For dining, it has a restaurant that can accommodate up to 100 people.
Its eco-hotel provides comfortable rooms for couples and families, while its dorms are ideal for large groups on a budget. It also has a campsite with tents for those who prefer to sleep outdoors.
Location: Cavinti, Laguna
Caliraya Ecoville Recreation Farm and Resort: Book your stay here
6. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
For a fun and education staycation that will take you to the history of the Philippines, plan your vacation at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.
This heritage resort features 20 Spanish-era houses including that of Jose Rizal, the country’s national hero. Here you can join a guided tour to explore the cobblestone roads and houses, ride a tram or a horse-ridden cart, join special events during weekend such as hampas palayok, or head to the beach or one of the resort pools for a refreshing swim.
It isn’t just the houses that will take you back in time though. Book a hotel room or a private casa built in the classic style but fitted with modern innovations.
Location: Bagac, Bataan
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar: Book your stay here
7. The Lake Farm
Located just 2 hours away from Manila, The Lake Farm is a private bed-and-breakfast ideal for family getaways. It features swimming pools with kiddie sections, spacious outdoors surrounded by greenery and fruit-bearing trees, a man-made lake, and farm animals that you can visit!
There are 2 accommodations offered here: a small casita overlooking the lap pool and a bigger villa that can accommodate your whole family. You can cook your meals while staying or head to restaurants in the city only a few minutes away.
Location: San Fernando, Pampanga
8. MGM Ranch and Farm
For those looking for a family-friendly destination with a provincial feel, the MGM Ranch and Farm got you!
This underrated bed-and-breakfast in Batangas features different accommodations, including small villas and large heritage houses where your family can feel at home.
It has a large swimming pool, outdoor lounge spaces where you can hang out and bond, and farm activities such as collecting eggs from animals and feeding sheeps and horses.
There’s no need to head outside to eat, since it also has a restaurant that serves delicious local meals, as well as kapeng barako for the adults.
Location: Taal, Batangas
9. Anya Resort
Tagaytay is a great family-friendly destination near Manila, and one of the best resorts you can book here is Anya Resort.
Anya Resort is a luxurious hotel and resort built in a 7.2-hectare property filled with lush greens. It has a heated adult-sized pool and a kiddie pool, so you can enjoy a warm dip while enjoying the cool weather in Tagaytay. It also has a restaurant that offers a course set menu and a separate poolside restaurant where you can have a more casual dining experience with their menu of oven-bricked pizzas, pastas, and salad.
This resort is a good home base for exploring the tourist attractions in Tagaytay.
Location: Tagaytay, Cavite
Anya resort: Book discounted rooms here
10. Nuuk Taal Resort
Give your loved ones a family vacation that they won’t forget at Nuuk Taal Resort. This boutique hotel in Laurel, Batangas, a several minutes drive away from Tagaytay.
Nuuk Taal Resort boasts an infinity pool with Taal Volcano as a backdrop, a private beachfront, gardens and nooks, hotel-quality accommodations with exemplar service, and an on-site restaurant that serves delicious meals.
Stroll around the surrounding lakeside, play at the beach or gardens, or head to the mountain ridge in Tagaytay about 25 minutes away for the view. For kids, there are activities such as kiddie fishing, board games, garden sports, and a kiddie pool.
You can book a suite at The Villa which features a mix of rustic grandeur with cozy ambiance or the The Lakehus which is designed with a more contemporary feel.
Location: Laurel, Batangas
What other family-friendly resorts near Manila do you recommend? 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!).