Just a few hours drive (or less) from Metro Manila, Laguna is a go-to family weekend getaway for many Pinoys. What it lacks in beaches, it more than makes up for in family-friendly things to do such as taking a relaxing dip in its many hot spring spots, spending a day at Enchanted Kingdom or making a whole itinerary out of the many activities in Nuvali.
To help you plan your family trip, we scouted Airbnb for a few cozy homes for rent. Like our Tagaytay, Batangas, Subic and Baguio lists, these can all accommodate a family of three to four and have amenities or features that kids will enjoy. Click the name of the house to bring you directly to the Airbnb listing. Happy vacation!
Want to bring a few of the kids' cousins along? This home in Laguna can accommodate up to 7 guests as it has bunk beds and sofa beds to spare. It also has a stocked kitchen complete with a rice cooker, a microwave, and a toaster. For the grown-ups, the TV comes with a karaoke player! The home is also located within Nuvali, so you'll have access to the clubhouse swimming pool, and you'll be a drive away from the Solenad malls. What past guests have been saying: If you are looking for a peaceful and simple yet memorable bonding experience with your family, this is the place to be. Enjoy the fresh air and nice clubhouse! It is also near the Wakeboarding Park, which was a super awesome experience for us. --Elisa, January 2017
How would you like to own an island for a weekend? Located in the middle of a tranquil lake in the Sierra Madre mountains, the small and secluded island is a 10-minute boat ride from the mainland. Once there, you'll find a bungalow home surrounded by trees and greenery. It can accommodate a small family indoors or a whole clan if you bring tents to pitch on the grass. There's an outdoor kitchen, grill, a place to start a bonfire and lots of space for the kids to play and explore. According to guests, the location alone is an experience like no other.
What past guests have been saying: This place is simply breathtaking! I never knew there was such a place relatively near Manila. It's perfect! I couldn't have asked for more, the perfect getaway just to relax and enjoy my family's company. Time stands still in this place and I wish I could come back again. --Rocky, March 2017
Comfortably accommodating up to 5 guests, this home in Nuvali is the perfect summer escape home for a small family. It's fully furnished with everything you'll need and want for a weekend stay -- including kitchen and bath essentials, a garden gazebo, and a hammock, on the balcony. For the kids, it's located inside the Avida Cerise residential community, so you get access to the clubhouse pool and playground. It's also just a short drive away to the Solenad Malls in Nuvali where you can shop, eat and even go on boat and bicycle rides. What past guests have been saying: [The host] is very responsive to my concerns and her house is well maintained, and it is perfect for a laid-back kind of weekend. We also love the interior, gazebo and the swing hammock. She also has an external hard drive that consists tons of movies. Everything is wonderful. --Ronaline
For a home away from home, book this bungalow located in Avida Cerise in Nuvali. The house accommodates up to four guests, and it comes with free use of bikes, an outdoor grill, and access to the clubhouse pool, playground, and basketball court. Those already provide a range of activities to choose from: spend an afternoon swimming, biking around the neighborhood with the kids, or making BBQ. Then there's the myriad of activities the nearby Solenad Malls and Nuvali parks have to offer too -- like birdwatching and fish-feeding.
What past guests have been saying: We had a pleasant stay at Jeb's place, the village was quiet and peaceful. We let the kids walk on their own to the nearby playground which they enjoyed - there was a swing, seesaw, a slide, and lots of space - perfect for kids with lots of energy. We also loved the two bikes! --Joan, February 2017
Although it is not really a home, this B&B can still feel very much like one. Instead of rooms, guests get their own chic and charming cabin. At night, the staff can serve you cookies and hot choco right in your room, or to be enjoyed by the outdoor bonfire. Ted's B&B is also right next to Ted's Kitchen (featured in CNN Philippines) where they serve fantastic food including your complementary breakfast. You can either book a room for 2 via Airbnb or contact them via their Facebook page for a room that can also accommodate the kids. What past guests have been saying: It's a really cozy place and great for staycations -- just like the photos. The food served is also delicious. Try the apple pie. My favorite! --Leana, December 2016