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  • 5 Mom-Recommended Private Resorts Where You Can Escape For The Weekend

    by Kitty Elicay .
  • PHOTO BY courtesy of Anilao Cliffhouse

    For many parents, being on community quarantine with restricted movement for more than seven months has become frustrating. Moms and dads are especially worried not only about their mental wellbeing, but their children who long to see the outdoors and want to breathe in fresh air.


    Can you travel under GCQ?

    In October 2020, the government eased restrictions, allowing persons in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) to cross borders under “reasonable regulations” from local authorities. They also widened the age bracket of those who can leave their houses to 15 to 65 years old.

    If you want to book a staycation in Metro Manila, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that guests of all ages will be welcomed, except for pregnant women and individuals with co-morbidities. All guests will also need to get tested and present a negative rapid anti-gen test result before checking in.


    Private resorts and beaches near Metro Manila

    On our parenting community, Smart Parenting Village, one mom asked if there were any private resorts that can accommodate their family for a short weekend escape. It turns out that other moms were keen on the idea, too.

    Here are the places which they recommended. Keep in mind that you may still need to secure a travel pass when traveling to places outside Metro Manila. You may also be asked to provide a health certificate once you arrive at your accommodation.

    Just because you are alone in the resort or accommodation does not mean you should relax on taking proper precautions. Make sure to call ahead to ask what safety measures the resort is taking and ask for their health requirements before making a reservation.

    San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan

    Some accommodation establishments in areas under MGCQ have already opened with limited operations, like this popular resort in Bulacan. According to their Facebook page, they “strongly adhere” to the safety and sanitation standards set by the DOT, Department of Health, IATF, and their local government unit.

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    For added peace of mind, book one of their glass houses, which comes with its own mini bubble pool where you and your family can enjoy bonding in private.

    For inquiries and reservations, visit their Facebook page at www. facebook.com/SanRafaelRiverAdventure

    The Private Camp in Daraitan, Tanay

    One mom opted to go to a private camp site with her family. They were able to bathe in the river, make a bonfire, and take in the fresh ambiance.

    Rates start at 2,500 for 5 pax, according to their Facebook page. You can stay overnight but the mom advises to bring your own tent, pillows and blankets, as well as water, food, and utensils for sanitation purposes.

    The Barkly House Resort in Binan, Laguna


    Another option is to book private resort in Laguna (see a guide here.) This private property only accepts a maximum of 6 people at a time, so you can enjoy your mini getaway.

    The resort features a 2-bedroom bungalow with a swimming pool and a large garden, so your children can run around and bask in the outdoors. It even has a billiards table for added entertainment.

    For inquiries and reservations, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thebarklyhouseresort

    Anilao Cliffhouse in Mabini, Batangas

    PHOTO BY courtesy of Anilao Cliffhouse


    For spectacular forest and ocean views, you can rent this private resort in Batangas. The Anilao Cliffhouse has 2 bedrooms which can accommodate a total of 9 people. It comes with a full kitchen, a pool, a bonfire area, and access to the beach!

    There’s also a kid’s corner and a music room in the house, which has instruments, a speaker system, and comfy pillows. You can also grill barbecues or enjoy a picnic in the outdoor area.


    For inquiries and reservations, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnilaoCliffhouse/

     Twin Lakes Hotel in Tagaytay

    Tagaytay reopened last September 2020 with around 80 percent of restaurants and 10 percent of big hotels in operation. Before booking a trip, however, it is recommended to call ahead to ask if children will be accommodated by the hotel.

    Twin Lakes Hotel features a heated outdoor infinity pool with a fantastic view of the Tagaytay landscape. The rooms also feature a balcony so families can take in the scenery of Lake Taal.

    For inquiries and reservations, visit their Facebook page at www.twinlakeshotel.com


    Residing in the north? Check out beach resorts in Zambales here.

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