Run Away with Me: 7 Romantic Philippine Destinations for a Weekend of Love
For all you starry-eyed romantics, nothing sounds better than a weekend getaway with the person you love. But not everyone has the time or resource to hop on a plane and travel halfway around the world. Fortunately, there are dozens of local scenery that’s just waiting to be discovered. So come Valentine’s day, treat the person who makes your heart skip a beat with a trip to one of these romantic Philippine destinations.
7 Romantic Philippine Destinations to Escape To This Valentine’s Day
The journey to these places might be long, but they all offer a scenery worth the tedious trip.
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1. Panglao Island, Bohol
The island province of Bohol is filled with natural wonders, from the world-famous Chocolate Hills to the wonderful beaches and scenic shorelines. Panglao Island is no doubt the most popular beachfront destination in Bohol. Right before Panglao City is the Alona Beach, an area frequented by tourists for its perfect white sand beach, rocky cliffs, and homegrown entertainment. If you and your partner are looking to amp up the romance, book a room at Linaw Beach Resort to enjoy a lovely sunset dinner by the shore.
Batanes is often called an elusive travel destination due to its inaccessibility. While it isn’t virtually impossible to get there, booking a trip can be expensive. That is until Cebu Pacific happened. That’s right, the budget airline just recently opened a Manila to Batanes route. Since the company is famous for its year-round seat sales, you won’t have to worry about paying 7,000 Php for a one-way trip anymore.
There’s just so much you and your adventure-loving partner can do in this northern Luzon province. You can check out the many historical sites or ride bicycles across the many unique shorelines Batanes has to offer.
If you’re looking to escape the hot weather, then Baguio is the destination for you. The province is a three-hour bus ride from Manila, but go ask anyone who’s been there and they’ll say the journey is worth it. The temperatures tend to drop to as low as 19°C this time of the year, so expect a lot of cuddling between the sheets with your significant other. If you want to conquer the outdoors, you can go pick out strawberries together, enjoy a cup of warm tsokalate, or take a romantic walk around Camp John Hay.
4. The Farm, San Benito, Batangas
The Farm in San Benito Batangas is one of the best romantic Philippine destinations for couples. Situated a few kilometers from the metro, this boutique resort lets you try different wellness activities such as yoga classes, massages, and more. Food is strictly vegan, meaning the resort doesn’t serve any dishes containing dairy or meat.
5. BuDa, Davao
The Bukidnon-Davao (BuDa) road has been the go-to place for people wishing to escape the city. The area sits 4,000 feet above sea level and is filled with mountainous terrains and long, winding roads. The temperature may not be as chilly as that in Baguio, but a 20°C environment really doesn’t sound bad when you’re scorched by the merciless heat of the sun all year round.
Although not as popular as the other romantic Philippine destinations on this list, Zambales is slowly becoming a top vacation spot for those residing in the Metro Manila. A five-hour trip away from the capital, Zambales gives you a chance to walk on some of the most unspoiled beaches around the country. There are a lot of water sports to try in the province too. If you’re in a couples getaway, your group may rent a banana boat or island hopping trips. You and your lover may also enjoy some much-needed R & R by going kayaking, scuba diving, parasailing, and surfing.
7. Dahican Beach, Davao Oriental
Siargao isn’t exactly the best place for couples because it draws in huge crowds all year round. Mati, on the other hand, is a similar destination that tends to get overlooked by travelers. Of course, couples use this as an advantage because it gives them the chance to enjoy white sand beaches and natural sights minus the crowd.
Dahican Beach in Mati is known for its large waves, making it one of the best spots for surfing in the south. You can sign up for surfing lessons, check out the pawikan conservation site, or see the enchanting sunset with your loved one.