If going out of the country is not on your itinerary (saving on budget for the next school year is wise!), then simply relax in the fresh-air fringes of nearby Laguna. After breakfast at the Sitio de Amor farm, take your kids for a short hike to glistening Pandin Lake. At the water’s edge, you’ll hop a river raft where you can sit together and enjoy a grilled lunch before diving off the deep end of the lake into the cool, refreshing waters. A delicious meal is cooked by the lake mothers, who tend this area, keeping it clean and secure. Culinary treats to try are Paco Salad and Kilawing Bangus. www.viajedelsol.ph
2. Cebu—Sun and Fun!
Cebu Island has numerous high-end and budget resorts to choose from, but the Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort stands out because of its attention to detail in local Filipino design (better start teaching your kids appreciation for his heritage and artistic culture), and family-friendly architectural planning of the bungalow and pool sites. We enjoyed visiting this delightful resort with our toddler son, who loved the safe, sloping walk-in pools. And mommies, you’ll fall lazily in love with the Amuma Spa. www.bluewatermaribago.com.ph.