Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways Around the Philippines
Valentine’s Day is a week away from now. Have you made plans yet? Instead of taking them out for dinner in another fancy restaurant, why not really take them out for real this time? In case you’ve forgotten, this country is filled with both natural and historical marvels that beg to be seen and experienced. Why don’t you get out there and get lost, hand in hand, in its idyllic wonders? Here are some of the most romantic destinations to while away the hours in. Note that these are not only perfect on Valentine’s Day but also on your monthsaries, anniversaries, honeymoon, wedding anniversaries, or birthdays.
Romantic Escapes in the Philippines for Valentine’s Day
Moon Garden is one of Tagaytay’s very few secrets. Aside from being off the main road, there are no signs that reveal its location. Now that we’ve shared this with you (you’re welcome!), be ready to get lost among fairy-tale gardens, huge paintings, smiling moons, and rustic colors. One of the owners is fond of the moon, hence the name and the motif. Perhaps the most iconic nook of the place is the nipa cabanas surrounded by lily ponds. Moon Garden is a bed-and-breakfast, so stay for the night if you must in their charming, well-lit rooms.
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The hills are alive not only in Salzburg, Austria! Batanes continues to be the top location for pre-nuptials, weddings, anniversaries, and the like. Be in awe of what nature has to offer in this country because the hills here seem to roll on forever! Ride bicycles here together, tour ancient Ivatan villages, and get to know the Ivatan people, their history, and interesting culture. With vast pasture lands and cliffs whose backdrop is the Pacific Ocean, this trip will certainly remain in your hearts forever.
For an old-world ambiance, walk the walled city’s cobblestone streets or ride the horse-drawn carriages around. Explore hundred-year-old plazas, architectural feats, and gardens with fountains. After sundown, dine at one of the garden restaurants like Ilustrado, or witness a cultural show while you dine at Barbara’s. Another option is Bayleaf Hotel’s roof deck restaurant, where you can eat while you enjoy the view of Intramuros and the City Hall clock. Be catapulted back in the colonial period for this date!
Built in the early 1900s, the Ruins in Negros Occidental is not only a lavish mansion built on 440 hectares of picturesque landscape. A wealthy sugar baron had it built in remembrance of his wife. Don Mariano Lacson was inconsolable and overcome with grief when Maria Braga died after slipping and having a miscarriage. Presently, Don Mariano’s great-grandson, Mr. Raymund Javellana, owns and manages the Ruins. Filled with rich historical memories and extravagant romantic views, the Ruins of Negros will not disappoint you.
Known for its powdery white sand and its blissful serenity, Panglao is one of Bohol’s best attractions. Arrange a candlelight gourmet dinner and enjoy the island’s panoramic vistas. After dinner, take a leisurely boat cruise down the Abatan River. Your guide will help you take in the wonders of nature’s nightlife as you meander through the mangroves. Also, watch as thousands of twinkling fireflies illuminate the night!
Home to the indigenous T’boli and Ubo tribes, the municipality of Lake Sebu is known for its majestic waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and springs. There is a total of seven (read: seven) waterfalls with water coming from Lakes Sebu and Siloton. The first two waterfalls are easily accessible. And the best way to see the remaining five? Ride a zip line that passes right from above! Next, you may canoe through the lake’s lily-filled waters, then trek through the Virgin Forest. Lastly, experience the Tboli’s fascinating culture at the School of Indigenous Knowledge and Tradition (SIKAT) Cultural Center. Don’t you just love the Philippines?
Eden Nature Park
Return to Eden in Davao in this breathtaking park! Become acquainted with nature as you indulge in an authentic mountain experience marked by cool mountain air. While experiencing the colorful sights of flowers, Davao City, and the Gulf, spot families of native deer in their native habitat. Also, aside from embracing nature, take a glimpse at the lives of the ancestors of Mindanao in Tinubdan, an outdoor cultural park. The possibilities are endless in this 80-hectare resort, and this will surely be an unforgettable Valentine’s Day.
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