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  • 4 Tanay Resorts Where Families Can Swim, Relax, And Reconnect With Nature

    Tanay's cool climate makes it a great alternative to Tagaytay!
    by Kitty Elicay .
  • Families usually flock beaches in the North and South of Manila every summer, but if you’re looking for something new and up for an adventure, the municipality of Tanay in Rizal has a lot to offer. Known for its mountain scenery, cooler climate, and natural attractions, the area can actually be a nice alternative to Tagaytay for weekend getaways.

    Family-friendly resorts in Tanay

    There are a number of resorts, farms, and camps to choose from depending on your budget. If you’re looking to bond and relax with the family while basking in nature, check out these spots for a quick summer escape:

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    Palaya Natural Farm

    Sta. Ines Road, Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal
    Starts at Php1,200 for a group of 3 and Php1,800 for a group of 5
    www.palayafarm.com

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    If you really want to escape the city and reconnect with nature, a visit to this farm may rejuvenate you. Its 68-hectare farmland is mainly dedicated to the production of Dragon Fruit. During Market Day (held every Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m.), they sell freshly harvested fruits and vegetables!

    Though the farm does not have a pool, it offers the best alternative: a clean, shallow river where kids can swim and play! They also offer horseback and bike riding. If you’re planning to stay overnight, make sure to wake up early and catch the sea of clouds!

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    A caveat: the farm only offers a limited number of Bahay Kubo as accommodations with shared bathrooms. You can also rent tents or pitch your own.

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    Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center

    Sitio Balimbing, Brgy. Plaza Aldea, Tanay, Rizal
    Starts at Php3,000 a night for 2 people and Php6,100 for a family of 5
    www.bakasyunanresort.com

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    The resort is nestled within a 15-hectare forest property and offers breathtaking views of the mountains. While the kids will enjoy the infinity pool, there are lots of other activities to choose from, such as the zipline, mini-golf, giant Snakes and Ladders, a kiddie playground, and even horseback riding.

    Get that IG-worthy shot on this nest and arch that will make you feel like you're in Bali. If you have young kids in tow, they get to stay in your room free of charge!
    PHOTO BY courtesy of Hazel Anne Reyes
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    It’s also mom-approved! Hazel Anne Reyes, a member of our Facebook group, Smart Parenting Village shares that she was pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem. “Naisip ko na instead of ‘yung usual staycation sa city, mas gusto ko na napapaligiran kami ng nature — sa Rizal kasi maraming magagandang lugar,” she tells SmartParenting.com.ph.

    The rates are pretty affordable — Hazel and her husband availed the Couples Package, which costs Php3,000 for an overnight stay at their Cliffside room inclusive of lunch, breakfast, and dinner. They were able to take their 18-month-old daughter, Zafiya, along free of charge. “Inorder na lang naming siya ng extra food,” she shares. “With the food, ‘di ka ma-di-disappoint. I highly suggest kare-kare and bulalo. Maganda rin ‘yung resto kasi pinapaligiran ka rin ng mountains.”

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    Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp

    Sitio Mayagay II, Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal
    Starts at Php4,500 for standard cabanas good for 2 people and Php6,500 for family cabanas good for 4 people
    www.tencentstoheaven.com

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    The leisure camp is perfect for big groups as it offers two big houses for rent that can accommodate 22 (Glasshouse) to 34 (Woodhouse) people. For small families and couples, you can avail of their cabanas.

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    With stunning views of the Sierra Madre mountain range, this resort is the perfect venue for special events like weddings and anniversaries. They also cater to companies for teambuilding. But for your weekend getaway, the camp offers a lot of activities like zipline, hanging bridge, and even a fish spa that little kids will surely enjoy! Of course, there are also two swimming pools with a backdrop of the mountains.

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    Momarco Forest Cove Resort and Hotel

    Sitio Bathala, Brgy. Plaza Aldea, Tanay, Rizal
    Starts at Php4,590 for a regular air conditioned room for 4
    www.momarcoforestcoveresortandhotel.com

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    Though the resort is huge, it offers a relaxing ambience with various accommodation options. It has a hotel, casitas, air conditioned rooms, and lodges.

    Your kids will love the gigantic pool and artificial lagoon with a waterfall. They also have a mini-zoo, aviary, bike park, children’s playground, and a sports and recreation center — you won’t run out of activities to do here!

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    Are you an early riser? Click here for another Tanay spot that lets you drive up to a sea of clouds—no hiking required!

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