The Best Resorts in Laguna for Your Next Escape
If you want a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila life, Laguna has become a popular option for those who want an instant getaway.
The province of Laguna is situated southeast of Metro Manila with a total population of more than 3 million people. It is not only closely connected with Metro Manila, but also accessible to Rizal, Quezon, Batangas and Cavite. Due to its proximity and accessibility, a lot of city dwellers actually choose to live here for a quieter and more peaceful daily life. La Marea in San Pedro, Laguna is one of those exceptional residential neighbourhoods in the area. With American-inspired homes, choosing to reside in La Marea will give you the pleasure of waking up everyday with hilltop views while breathing in the fresh air of Laguna.
Due to its historical and natural resources, Laguna actually boasts of a booming tourist industry. Famously known as the birthplace of national hero Jose Rizal, the Rizal Shrine in Calamba is a popular school field trip destination, along with the Binan Alberto House and the Baker Memorial Hall in UP Los Banos. And because it bordered by Laguna Lake, the largest lake in the Philippines, this makes it an ideal location for resorts — an aspect in which, Laguna truly delivers.
Casa San Pablo (San Pablo, Laguna)
At its core a bed and breakfast, it is also an events venue and art space that was meticulously fused together to create a wonderful resort experience for the people who come to stay. It aims to give a very homey feel, and in large part, the resort succeeds. Each room has its own distinct design, filled with curated furniture and well-chosen art pieces. The place also makes sure to feature Laguna-created pieces and artists, including a room named after Rofol Brion, a native poet. It can even host team-building activities as there are rooms designed to accommodate large groups. So if you want not just a relaxing weekend but an art-filled one, then Casa San Pablo is the perfect option for you.
Caliraya Ecoville Recreation and Farm Resort (Cavinti, Laguna)
This seven-hectare resort is envisioned to be a premiere agri-tourism center in Laguna wherein visitors can learn about organic and aquaponic farming, experience a farm-to-table lifestyle that is seamlessly integrated into a resort experience that can be enjoyed by family and friends. Guests can choose to stay in the 20-room hotel, or enjoy various levels of ‘roughing it out’ with lakeside cottages, dormitory rooms and outdoor tents. Those who are leaning more towards an outdoor hike can also visit the campsites and experience the nature trails available for guests. The resort also offers a function room, an indoor game area and healthy, organic food.
Dona Javita Garden Resort ( Calamba, Laguna)
Graded a Class A Resort by the Department of Tourism, Dona Javita Garden Resort is located just an hour away from Manila and boasts of a hot spring at the foot of Mt. Makiling. Seamlessly combining a garden setting and a Meditteranean-inspired feel, day trip guests can choose to stay in native huts that surround the property, while those who would like to stay overnight can be checked into the Garden Getaway rooms that are sure to induce a very relaxing stay. The resort is also pet-friendly — not only are guests allowed to bring their pets, Jovita Garden Resort has their own cats and dogs roaming around, living harmoniously with one another. They only expect that pet owners look after their pets and clean up after them. As an added bonus, the resort is located near Jose Rizal Shrine, Makiling Botanical Gardens and Mount Makiling Forest Reserve
Hidden Valley Springs Resort ( Alaminos, Laguna)
Probably one of the most well-known resorts in Laguna as it has been around for more than 70 years, Hidden Valley Springs Resort is nestled between Mount Makiling and Mount Banahaw, hence its name. The resort is every nature lover’s dream: brimming with lush greens in every corner. It has three natural pools and a hidden body of waterfalls which has become a favourite for guests looking for the perfect Instagram photo. The resort has been featured in numerous TV shows and documentaries precisely because of its stunning scenery. Century-old trees also abound in the resort, giving nature enthusiasts every reason to make the trip and visit Hidden Valley.