Or: more reasons to travel around the country

By Catherine Orda | Lead photo from Vacation Cottage in Palawan /Airbnb

The toxicity of urban life is a recurring complaint among city dwellers. It’s a concern whose weight even the most intense stoics can’t deny. And if we were allowed to use the phrase‘existential crisis’ a bit more loosely, then wanting to get away from the city can probably count as a crisis.

Unnecessary hyperboles aside, we thought we could do you a favor and compile a list that can come in handy the next time you get the chance to take an out of town trip. And so we scoured through hundreds of Airbnb listings to come up with a selection of some of the most beautiful houses you can rent in the Philippines.


Nasugbu, Batangas
Small Greek Style Home (P14,981 per night)

A Greek-inspired house located in the main road of Tali Beach in Nasugbu, this cozy three-bedroom abode also comes with a sizeable pool and a beautiful roof deck. The charming blue-and-white motif of the house and the nautical theme of the backyard complement each other. A maximum of 13 people can stay in the house.


Le Coq Bleu (P2,208 per night)

This rustic French style cottage located in the hillside village of Suello has a single bedroom, a living area (complete with a trundle bed), and a small kitchen. Having been dubbed by a lifestyle site as “Baguio’s Airbnb Gem,” Le Coq Bleu has long been a favorite among travel bloggers. It can accommodate up to three guests.


Casa Del Sol Amadeo (P7,990 per night)

This industrial farmhouse located in the heart of Amadeo was built and designed by its owners. It features a huge loft with three bedrooms, and can accommodate as many as 25 guests. Customized pieces of furniture and light fixtures complete the space, which comes with a spacious living room, a nice kitchen, and an entertainment area.

Modern Cottage (P7,149 per night)

Huddled within a lush, tropical garden in Tanay, this cottage allows its guests to experience nature “without sacrificing creature comforts.” The Daraitan River, Daranak falls, Tinipak River, and Masungi Georeserve are all in close proximity to this two-bedroom cottage. Guests are also offered meals and a variety of yoga classes (Vinyasa, rocket, gentle flow).

Vacation Cottage (P1,997 per night)

This two-bedroom cottage in Puerto Princesa is an hour-long drive from Palawan’s famous underground river. Sitting atop elevated ground overlooking paddy fields, this is a perfect vacation home for people who want to experience Palawan’s laidback countryside lifestyle. A maximum of four guests can stay in the cottage.


Beach House (P6,883 per night)

A short walk away from a secluded beach in Santo Domingo, this private three-bedroom beach resort features a gazebo overlooking the sea. The strategic location of this 2,800 square foot property lets its guests enjoy absolute privacy as well as direct access to a remote beach.


Davao del Norte
Studio Overlooking Davao (P1,997 per night)

This studio apartment located in the Island Garden City of Samal is a great place for sightseeing, as it’s not that far from the Davao Gulf and the city proper. The apartment is situated in a private complex, and comes with an en-suite bathroom and a lounge area.


Casa Santa Barbara (P8,831 per night)

Casa Santa Barbara is a six-bedroom Spanish-style villa made with authentic clay roof tiles, vegan and Machuca tiles. It is located near a small private beach called Phil’s Beach. Renting this place grants its guests complete and exclusive access to the whole property (meaning, you won’t be sharing the Villa with the owners or other guests). More than 16 guests can stay in the Villa.


Rainforest Retreat (P3,995 per night)

Relying solely on solar power and natural lighting, this eco-friendly home located by Subic Bay was formerly a US Military house. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and can accommodate up to seven guests.


Casa Victoria (P3,199)

Located in the Manjuyod Oslob area, this quiet, spacious single-bedroom house is just a 45-minute drive away from some of Dumaguete’s white sand beaches. The place can accommodate up to four guests.


A-Frame Volcano House (P4,994)

Situated by the mountainside of the Hibok Hibok Volcano, this secluded five-bedroom mahogany cottage in Mambajao lets its guests enjoy spectacular views and interact with live birds. A maximum of 14 guests can stay in the house.


Industrial Apartment (P9,882)

An executive office comes with this two-bedroom industrial flat located right at the heart of Bonifacio Global City. With a well-equipped kitchen and a comfortable dining area (complete with an eight-seater dining table), this apartment is meticulously designed and fully furnished. Guest limit is five. (Yes, this is technically located in a highly urbanized city, but we thought we’d include it in this list for the sake of the impossibly busy—people who simply don’t have the time to take a trip out of town).


Kaylyn’s Corner Retreat (P2,365 per night)

Kaylyn’s Corner Retreat is a 45-square-meter, single-bedroom house located near Tacloban’s city proper. The owner describes the place as a “great home away from home,” with wide spaces and warm, comforting decorations. It comes with a nice kitchen and a spacious bathroom. Guests (maximum of four) can also opt to enjoy the outdoors, as the place comes with a garden.


Stay Amare Villa Maria (P1,735 per night)

This three-bedroom vacation home and gallery located in Masillingan comes with a vast garden and a jogging track. The house is decorated with paintings of talented Filipino artists. The place can accommodate up to six guests.


Luxury Beach House (P7,990 per night)

This relatively secluded modern beach house in Tablas is set near a white sand beach, which is great for long walks and relaxing. The house has three bedrooms, and can accommodate up to six guests.


Native Ifugao House 1 (P1,997 pre night)

Balanga is home to this studio type cottage which, at first glance, doesn’t really reveal its intricacies. This is a native house that acts as an insulator: Its been thatched in a way that allows its guests to enjoy complete silence (even if it rains). Cooking is not allowed inside the cottage, but a grill is provided for outdoor grilling. The house can only accommodate two guests at a time.


Villa with Pool (P3,101)

Located in Angeles city, this three-story, four-bedroom house is perfect for both family outings and business meetings. Up to 12 guests can stay in the villa.

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