For a great family getaway, you can't go wrong with one of the most popular vacation destinations for families --Subic in Zambales. The biggest plus is it's just a few hours drive away from Manila. You'll find beaches, nature parks, shopping areas, Zoobic Safari, and Ocean Adventure. Outside of Subic, there are several idyllic towns in Zambales and Bataan that you can reach in two hours.
To help you plan your family trip, we scouted Airbnb for a few cozy homes for rent. Like our Tagaytay and Batangas lists, these can all accommodate a family of three to four and have amenities or features that kids will enjoy. Click the name of the house to bring you directly to the Airbnb listing. Happy vacation!
This lovely, cozy home in Subic has the best of both worlds. It is surrounded by lush trees and is still a 15-minute drive from the Subic city proper. If you and the kids feel like staying put, the clubhouse and its pool is just a short walk away. It can easily accommodate five people, and the house includes a fully furnished kitchen, a sofa bed, a hammock, a mini-library and a view of the nearby Triboa Bay. Tip: ask the hosts for their activity suggestions --they’ve got loads of ideas! What past guests have been saying: The place is perfect! Very peaceful community, serene ambiance and well-designed home. It's amazing how every detail stunned us during our stay. Super cozy and chill! Ms. Mara was really accommodating. We didn't have any problems at all. Truly one of the best! --Alyana
If you're willing to go a little further south of Subic, you'll find this home in Bagac, Bataan built on a multi-hectare property. Comfortably accommodating four people, you'll love to spend lazy afternoons in its backyard -- lounging in breezy huts, cooking on the outside grill and splashing in the pool. If you roam around enough, you'll find a few animals (a kalabaw!) living on the estate, too. With a car, you can get to a local market in just a few minutes and to and a little bit more time to beach resorts.
What past guests have been saying: Great house in a beautiful place! Our kids loved to play in the pool and to run around on the huge property. We live in Manila, and it was great to spend some days in this quiet and beautiful place in the middle of nature. --Andy
With three bedrooms, this light and airy home can comfortably accommodate seven guests, plus additional if you request for extra floor mattresses. Features of this eco-minded home include a well-equipped kitchen, a private terrace overlooking the rainforest, an organic herb garden and a tub for relaxing evening soaks. If you'd like a day out in the Subic Bay proper and everything it has to offer (beaches, nature adventure parks, etc.), you'll find it a 15-minute drive away. The host is a yoga teacher, and he can offer private yoga sessions for those so inclined.
What past guests have been saying: My family had an amazing time! The place was awesome and very kid-friendly. Corrie was really nice and friendly. Very close to everything. I will definitely come back here on our next trip. --Jenice, February 2016
Feel at home in this artsy brick house. Accommodating up to four people, it has a working brick oven (homemade pizza, anyone?), a swing set, a hammock, and a veranda. It's located in the residential Kalayaan neighborhood, and everything's nearby, from cafes to spas, since it's at the city center. It's only a 20-minute drive to the beach, and a five-minute walk to the neighborhood swimming pool, park and tennis court. Just ask, and the host can also arrange an a la carte breakfast, dinner and even homemade vegan snacks like yogurt and energy bars. Tip: we’ve heard her pizzas are fantastic!
What past guests have been saying: I had an amazing birthday weekend with my husband and little boy at the Brick Sanctuary! My son had an amazing time running around the garden, in the inflatable pool and playing with the toys. The air is so clean and fresh, the place is super spacious and was spotless. Thanks, Ms. D, we will definitely be back. --Maria, March 2017
Escape to peaceful country life! Situated on a rice farm, this fully-airconditioned home in Zambales is a little further north, but nevertheless close by to Subic and Olongapo City. Standing on the porch, you and the kids get a spectacular view of the mountains and nearby, farmers plowing fields with their kalabaws. On the property, you'll find more than 20 fruit-bearing trees, an outside grill, and a basketball court. Plus, it can accommodate large groups too, so it's great for family outings. Local attractions are nearby -- beaches, trek trails, and the town are a few minutes away by car -- so ask the host for recommendations!
What past guests have been saying: Analyn and her husband were wonderful hosts. [They were] helpful in planning what we would do each day and took us to the market to get our picnic food and then onto their friend's beach resort. It was really neat to stay in this house and experience what 'provincial' life is like since it is on a farm in the middle of a countryside neighborhood. The house itself is well-equipped which made our stay very comfortable, smooth and enjoyable. --Alma, April 2016
*Prices stated here are rates during date of publication. Rates and status of property are subject to change.