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10 Places to Stay Near Manila with Spectacular Views

Get front-row seats to a beautiful sunset or a sea of clouds.

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Photography: (L to R) AIRBNB/Cabin in the Clouds, AIRBNB/Overlooking Forest Cabin

Whether you’re booking a cabin in a resort, a room in a hotel, or a no-frills beach rental, the view that the place offers is always a big plus. It’s just easier to free your mind from all the stress at work if you have front-row seats to a golden sunset glistening amid turquoise waters. Better yet, wake up to a sea of clouds or a view of a white-sand coast.

Here are hotels and resorts near Metro Manila with amazing views:

Aranya Resorts

Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan
www.aranyaresortsph.com
Rates start at P6,500


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Officially opened on November 5, Aranya Resorts boasts a sprawling seven-hectare property for ATV rides and a quiet stay with a view. You can book the whole place to yourself for P6,500 with a maximum of eight people. The air-conditioned cabin has three double beds, a veranda, and its own toilet and bath. Guests get to enjoy the steep trail for an ATV ride (P500 for 30 minutes), bonfire at night, and access a nearby stream for swimming. Guided tours to the nearby waterfalls are also available.

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Camper and Cabin

Batulao Road, Calaca, Batangas
www.airbnb.com/rooms/47723136
Rates start at P13,714


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An Airbnb by Camper and Cabin has a panoramic view of Nasugbu, Mt. Talimatan, and Mt. Pico de Loro, which you can all see from an 84-square-meter glass cabin. It can fit either a couple or a small family with two adults and two kids. Featuring hardwood floors and natural concrete finishing, the rustic cabin comes with a cozy living room with a flat screen television, a kitchen and dining room with a light-wood aesthetic, and a king-sized bed.

Cozy Spots

Tagaytay City, Cavite
www.airbnb.com/rooms/5768131
Rates start at P10,214


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If you're looking for a quiet stay away from the crowd, you can check in at an Airbnb property with a view of Taal Volcano. Managed by Airbnb user Cozy Spots, this Mexican-style house can fit up from six to nine guests with rates starting at P9,500 per night. It features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a garden with bougainvilleas, a balcony with outdoor tables and chairs, and plenty of space in the living area. Parties and events within the property are not allowed, but since you're looking for a relaxing weekend after all, it should be fine.

Ocean and Mountain Breeze Camp Resort and Lodging

KM 99 Little Baguio, Real, Quezon
www.facebook.com/mountainbreezerealquezon
Rates start at P25,000


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Ocean and Mountain Breeze Camp Resort in Real, Quezon is one of those places that you can book exclusively. Plus, you can wake up to a sea of clouds in the morning because of its location in the foothills of Sierra Madre. You can book the whole resort for P25,000 for an overnight stay (6 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day). This includes the use of karaoke, kiddie pool and adult pool, billiards hall with a view of the surrounding mountains, darts, basketball court, and bonfire pit. It has six bedrooms with toilets, and guests also have access to the outdoor grill and kitchen.

Ricardo's Vista del Cielo

Marcos Highway, Sitio Mayagay 1, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal
www.facebook.com/RicardosVistadelCielo
Rates start at P4,000


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Ricardo's Vista del Cielo, which roughly translates to "Ricardo's view of the sky," lets guests enjoy a nice cup of coffee from a balcony that's surrounded by a sea of clouds. Room for two is at P4,000, inclusive of toiletries, towels, beddings, and breakfast. The bed and breakfast is also known for their signature dish Caldo Gallega, which is a hearty bean soup originating from Spain.

Taal Vista Hotel

Kilometer 60, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City, Cavite
www.taalvistahotel.com
Rates start at P5,625


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Taal Vista Hotel was formerly known as the Taal Vista Lodge. This historic structure was originally built by the affluent Zamora family in 1939. With its fair share of war stories, the hotel was reconstructed in 2002 in the style of the original lodge and reopened in 2004. They recently launched the Himalayan Dome Package, an outdoor dining option by the verdant garden and comes with a set menu for a small group or a family of five. You can also arrange for a special picnic package, which lets you enjoy some snacks on their lawn.

Cabin in the Clouds

Tanay, Rizal
www.airbnb.com/rooms/38988953
Rates start at P8,000


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Cabin in the Clouds in Tanay, Rizal is a private rental that can fit up to 12 guests for P11,000. The one-bedroom bungalow with a loft has two bedrooms, a spacious living area, and three bathrooms. It has a functional kitchen with all the things you need to cook up a nice meal for the family and a coffee maker for your caffeine fix. The house is not air-conditioned but its location at the foothills of Sierra Madre ensures that you have cool breeze coming in from the sliding doors and windows. The property also has a lot of outdoor space, including the very cozy tree house, where you can just hang out.

Overlooking Forest Cabin

Tagaytay-Talisay Road, Tagaytay City, Cavite
www.airbnb.com/rooms/17486636
Rates start at P3,490


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Overlooking Forest Cabin is perfect for couples, but can accommodate a maximum of four people (with extra charge). It features Bohemian-themed accents—from the throw pillows to the wall decorations and a few antique furnishings like the dining table and doors. It has plenty of outdoor space for just lounging around and taking in the view of Taal Lake.

Twin Lakes Hotel

Twin Lakes Tagaytay, Tagaytay – Nasugbu Road, Dayap Itaas, Laurel, Batangas
www.twinlakeshotel.com.ph
Rates start at P6,397


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Opened in 2018, Twin Lakes Hotel is an eight-level hotel that looks like a castle. It has five types of rooms, ranging from the Superior Room at 34 square meters to the 86-square-meter Presidential Suite. It's located within the luxurious Twin Lakes, a 1,200-hectare tourism estate that houses low-rise condominium towers, a fitness and wellness center, food and retail hubs, and a nature park. The heated infinity pool is perched in an actual grape-growing vineyard at its backyard.

Pico Sands Hotel

Pico de Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast, Barangay Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas
www.picosandshotel.com
Rates start at P5,832


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Pico de Loro Cove is a 40-hectare leisure resort that highlights Nasugbu's idyllic coast, rich marine life, and verdant terrain. To experience this destination, you can book a stay at the seven-storey Pico Sands Hotel. Their Lagoon View Room is crowd-favorite as it features a jaw-dropping view of the man-made lagoon in the center of the lush resort. For better panorama, you can go climb to the deck in nearby Santelmo Cove, where you can see the pristine beach from above and watch divers and snorkelers jump off their boats.

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This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Realliving.com.ph editors.

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