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Resorts Near Manila That Will Give You, Your Family or BFFs Relaxing Bali Vibes
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  • Beyond the island's famous beaches, Bali has been attracting tourists for its quieter side filled with temples, traditional villages, and scenic, secluded resorts surrounded by greenery. If a trip to Indonesia is beyond your budget right now, don't fret—these local garden resorts below will make you feel like you flew your loved ones to Bali for the weekend: 

    San Rafael River Adventure

    Rate: Rates for the cottages start at P10,000* per night

    Location: Barangay Talacsan, San Rafael, Bulacan, Philippines

    This riverside retreat is like a secret Balinese resort, and it's only a short drive from Manila! Located in San Rafael, Bulacan, San Rafael River Adventure boasts scenic accommodations, where you can spend the weekend in glass cottages and treehouses. The resort's infinity pool is not to miss; it's surrounded by a lush forest and it overlooks the river. 

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    The Farm at San Benito 

    Rate: Price available upon request 

    Location: 119 Barangay Tipakan 4217 Lipa City, Batangas Philippines

    The Farm at San Benito offers luxury in paradise. Nestled in the outskirts of Lipa, Batangas, the holistic medical wellness resort has picture-perfect villas that give you absolute privacy. And if you can manage to get yourself out of their cozy beds (or get the kids early to bed), the resort offers various detoxification programs and spa treatments for a full-on R&R. Perfect for moms!

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    Villa Jovita

    Rate: Price available upon request

    Location: Santa Cruz, Agoncillo, Batangas

    Bali's highly Instagrammed spots like the love nest, swing, and even the colorful umbrellas at La Plancha, can be found locally at Villa Jovita. The resort located in Agoncillo, Batangas is perfect for a quick weekend trip with your family or your BFFs (Junk trip, anyone!) 

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    Other sights to see and to chill out in at Villa Jovita include the multi-level pool that cascades down to the river. 

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    Moon Garden Tagaytay

    Rate: Room rate starts at P3,836* per night

    Location: SVD Road, San Jose, Tagaytay City

    This private garden Airbnb in Tagaytay is quite literally like a hidden paradise—it's accessible through a one-vehicle road. You'll be greeted with a wide, peaceful garden, where you can take walks or read a book on their small huts by the pond. It's an ideal spot to slow down and regain your focus over the weekend. 

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    FN Tip: You can spend the night at the Bird House, a spacious open-air hut, that's surrounded by the garden. You won't mind sleeping without aircon, though, thanks to Tagaytay's cool breeze. 

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    *Ed's note: Rates may change without prior notice.

    This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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