It can be quite costly to take the whole family on a vacation. But, being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to skimp on fun and relaxation on your family getaway. Check out these vacation spots – from neighboring Batangas to famous Boracay – that made it to TripAdvisor’s best affordable resorts.
1. The Strand
Where: Boracay, Aklan Why: “We found the property very nice. The main pool is large enough for laps and the kiddie pool is a good size for 5-year-olds (and 1-year-olds). The location is good. Although not on the beach, it is only a two-minute walk (no exaggeration) to the beach, and our location was fairly secluded and quiet.” -- TripAdvisor commenter from the US; February 2014 Price: Starts at 2,000/night
2. Asian-Belgian Dive Resort
Where: Moalboal, Cebu Why: “I stayed with two children 9 and 12 years, we were in the dolphin watch room. Great to wake up and pull curtains to see the sea every morning. We were made to feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble... we were there for peace and quiet and the snorkelling.” -- TripAdvisor commenter from China, May 2014 Price: Starts at P1,700++
3. Majika's Island Resort
Where: Apo Island, Brgy. Bintuan, Coron, Palawan Why: “Great resort for a relaxing holiday far away from everything. Isolated in a beautiful setting, very friendly and accommodating staff, accommodation in a few individual huts. The resort can be reached by boat only... Good choice also for families with children.” -- TripAdvisor commenter from Switzerland; January 2016 Price: Starts at P3,300++
Where: San Juan, Batangas Why: “My family and I (total of 10) stayed last May 2016. Our last kick for the summer before the kids head back to school. Rooms are beach front, simple and clean with enough space suited for a couple and group/family. Cabanas are also available where guests may chill and bond. Aside from swimming, other activities such as snorkeling, kayak are available.” -- TripAdvisor commenter from Quezon City; June 2016 Price: Starts at P2,900++
5. Isis Bungalows
Where: Panglao, Bohol Why: “Isis Bungalows is located towards the end of Alona Beach in Panglao, which makes it at the quiet part of the noisy stretch of resorts. It is located at the beach front so the kids enjoyed playing in front of the resort... I highly recommend this place because the price of the rooms are reasonable and their restaurant serves good food.” -- TripAdvisor commenter from Quezon City; February 2012 Price: Starts at P2,000++
6. Palmas del Mar Conference Resort Hotel
Where: Bacolod, Negros Occidental Why: “Great day out with the family and the kids enjoyed the pool which is well supervised with a lifeguard. The breeze from the sea makes it a great spot to relax and escape the heat of urban Bacolod. ” -- TripAdvisor commenter from Bacolod; May 2015 Price: Starts at P1,900++
7. Coral Cay Resort
Where: Solangon, Siquijor Why: “The resort is immaculate with some great facilities including pool, gym, a reading and TV room, pool tables, children's play area and bar/restaurant. This is a great resort to spend lazy days if you didn't want to go very far! The bar/restaurant overlooks the beach and you can enjoy some stunning sunsets. ” -- TripAdvisor commenter from the UK; January 2014 Price: Starts at P3,000++
This story has been updated to reflect the following correction. The location of Majika Island Resort had been misstated. It is in Apo Island, Baranggay Bintuan, Coron Palawan, not Negros Oriental.