RL Picks: Top 8 Rest Houses

Rest and unwind with interesting vacation homes in local destinations


There is something magical about taking a vacation. A quick escape from the worries of everyday life, it means rediscovering a well-loved destination from your childhood or simply finding a new enchanted place where there are no responsibilities, only possibilities.

Since we know that it’s not always easy to find the time or the money for a vacation, we compiled some of our favorite out-of-town private homes to provide you with a little break. So, ease yourself into a chair, put your feet up, and be transported to different places with these rest houses:

Tropical Retreat in Boracay

Georg Kredler’s design aesthetic can best be described as unconventional. Having worked on tree houses and membrane roofs, star observatories and polygons, the architect from Germany had no qualms about incorporating what he learned on these projects when he built his tropical retreat in Boracay.

A multi-level structure of steel and concrete, it is an intricate study in geometry with a couple of moving parts thrown in for good measure. Located on a cliff overlooking Baling Hai Beach, the four corners of Georg’s hideaway are perfectly aligned to the points of a compass.

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Eclectic Space in Boracay

Always the adventurer, restaurateur Janet Dolera once spent two months in a katig, sailing from Boracay to Palawan. Her thirst for life is evident in her choice of colors for her home: vibrant yellow, deep red, and warm orange with a hint of violet for good measure. Of her design philosophy, she says, “Mix siya ng Oriental and South American style.”

The Oriental influence is evident in the house’s open plan; there is also a lovely moon gate which gives her a kitchen a quirky romantic charm. The South American vibe may be found in the bold colors. Some rooms are painted bright yellow and others in orange. The balustrade is done in orange but accented with yellow. It is this wonderful interplay of colors which makes this house such a fun space.

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Rustic Home in Lipa City

A modern take on the Spanish colonial residences of yore, the De Guzman family’s weekend hideaway stands in the midst of cornfields and coconut trees.

Though the cottage can aptly be described as quaint, it gives the illusion of spaciousness with its whitewashed walls, sliding doors, and vertical windows. These details have been complemented with colored glass panels on the doors and the intricate callados on the balcony.

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Tropical Filipino design for a Family Home

In a sprawling rest house in a small town, wide open spaces and Spanish colonial furniture pieces make way for the two important things that are important for Filipinos: family and tradition. Nearing their seventies, couple Artemio and Olivia consider this large home as their quiet retirement abode, but on weekends, the large halls and outdoor areas of their home are filled with activity and laughter of visiting family members.

The Sanchez family rest house is a two-storey structure with a lush tropical landscape. Inside, Spanish colonial furniture pieces are set against the contemporary shell of the home. The tall ceilings and wide spaces provide the perfect backdrop for the large furniture pieces. The home design is completed with lush tropical plants and personal touches.

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House-turned-Museum in Negros

In this house-turned-museum called Balay ni Tana Dicang in Talisay, a town located north of Bacolod City, a meticulous vision was pieced together by Adrian Lizares, a descendant of the owner.

Original design features and period antiques have been maintained or restored. More notably, the ground floor of the house was also turned into an art gallery and a future café.

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Three-Storey Rest House in Tagaytay

When siblings Tracy and Vincent Go decided to give their three-storey Tagaytay home a total makeover, they turned to husband-and-wife design team Fidel and Kathleen Henares for help.

With the help of Fidel and Kathleen, the house now has a modern and angular look with clean lines. The streamlined style is completed with natural materials like wood, glass and stone to reflect the beauty of nature.

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House and Art Gallery in Dumaguete

Perched on a hilltop property overlooking Tambobo Bay and Apo Island, sculptor and furniture designer Karl Aguila’s home and gallery is an ever-changing sanctuary.

Aside from sharing the home with his wife Ophanie and son Rafa, Karl also uses the space as an art gallery filled with consigned art pieces and his personal creations.

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Bahay Kubo in Laguna

The bahay kubo or nipa hut has become a symbol of Philippine culture and traditions. It is also an ideal choice for homeowners because it is warm, inviting, and reminds one of the simpler days gone by. These are the things that the Calma-Lazaros love best about their own bamboo house.

Isolina Calma decided to build the bamboo house on an 800sqm lot inside the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) campus in 1951. Isolina’s creativity and hard work resulted in a comfortable home that she lived in with her husband and UPLB professor Dr. Valeriano Calma and their eight children.

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