Feeling overwhelmed by schoolwork? Can’t stand the pressure to get your name in the dean’s list? Have you been longing for a better work-life balance for the longest time? There are quite a lot of studies conducted across the globe stating that taking time away from stressful situations could provide physical and psychological advantages. The fact that vacation is valuable for your metal health and well-being is actually backed by science and is not about simply not wanting to commit yourself to work. People who take vacations have lower stress levels, a positive attitude in life, less risk of heart problems, and more likely to reach their desired goals. Constant exposure to stress in considerable periods may lead to burnout and ultimately, depression. So don’t be afraid to appear less committed than others when you take a couple of days or weeks off work for a well- deserved vacation. Whether it’s a month-long trip to Europe or a long weekend somewhere in the Philippines, it’s always good to get your mind and senses recharged for the next task ahead. Besides, the purpose of studying and working hard is to reward yourself with a much-deserved break. If you don’t go for it, you may end up less productive, stressed, and more anxious.
To help you plan and look forward to this vacation, I have a handful of options for the most stunning resorts in the Philippines that wouldn’t cost you a fortune. Read on and take your pick!
Sirom Beach House, Pangasinan
About 300 kilometers from Metro Manila, Sirom beach house is the only boutique resort in Dasol’s Tambobong White Beach with white sand, turquoise waters, and spectacular nearby islands.
Room accommodations with a private bathroom for two pax start from P2,800 per night, without breakfast. Their rooms are equipped with aircon, shower, 24 hour security, and smoke detector.
Lilom Resort, Anilao, Batangas
If you want to get to the beach in an instant, Lilom Resort is for you. It only takes a short trip (less than three hours) from Metro Manila to get here. Located about 110 kilometers from south of Manila is this quaint, pet-friendly resort in Mabini, San Teodoro, Batangas. It has a rustic ambience with only seven rooms: providing exclusivity in a boutique setting. The resort is perfect for snorkeling enthusiasts as it is situated within one of the best marine sanctuaries in the Philippines. Starting room costs around P3,000 per person per night, inclusive of deliciously homemade full board meals.
Mount Purro Nature Reserve, Antipolo
Fifty kilometers from Metro Manila is Mount Purro Nature Reserve, a family-run eco resort at the foot of a mountain in Antipolo. They offer peace and tranquility in a secluded place covered by lush greens and beautiful scenery. If you are in for a little adventure trip, they also facilitate activities such as hiking and mountain climbing. Pitch a tent for only P750 per person or get a bahay kubo-inspired casita that could accommodate four people for P4,000 per night.
Aliya Surf Camp, Baler, Aurora
For the surfer chic, pack your surfboards and set camp at Aliya Surf Resort in Baler, Aurora. About 242 kilometers from Metro Manila, this pretty little piece of paradise is a surfer’s haven. Baler is known as one of the surfing capitals in the Philippines. And there isn’t anything better than relaxing in a beachfront resort after a whole day of surfing. Facilities include a dining and entertainment area equipped with a large screen television where you can hang out and relax. They also have billiard tables, a surf shop, and an acoustic bar and restaurant. So what are you waiting for? It’s about time to book that surf trip you’ve been dreaming about. Standard rooms for two people cost about P2,688 per night.