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5 Must-See Rest Houses in the Philippines

Welcome the summer season with these out-of-town homes


When we were younger, we would often dream about the month of March—the start of our three month-long summer vacation. We would look forward to watching cartoons all morning, riding our bikes to the neighborhood halo-halo stand, and basically doing nothing for the rest of the day.

Now that many of us have started working, we no longer have the luxury of a long escape from our respective jobs. While we long for more carefree days when we can be happily idle and unproductive, we now have less time for ourselves and more responsibilities to take on.

If you would like to take a little break from worries at work or at home, here are rest houses that will help put you in a summer-ready mood.

A Beach-style House South of Metro Manila

Costa del Sul owners Didier and Veronique live in a sprawling resort-like house with a swimming pool and pocket gardens. For a cheery and vibrant atmosphere, the home is complemented by bold colors and unique furniture.

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Tropical Filipino Design for a Family Home

The Sanchez family rest house has a high ceiling, wide open spaces, and  Spanish colonial furniture pieces. The structure is surrounded by a sprawling garden filled with lush tropical plants.

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Modern Contemporary Style for a Batangas Beach House

With its clean and streamlined style, Cynthia and Sean O’Sullivan’s space is anything but ordinary. The couple built a three-storey building that reflects their personal style while still maintaining the same relaxing appeal vacation homes are known for.

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Geometric Dreams in a One-of-a-Kind Tropical Retreat

Have you ever been on a house with movable walls? Check out architect Georg Kredler’s home located on a cliff overlooking Baling Hai Beach in Boracay. A system of levers and pulleys opens up the walls, including the three walls of the living area, to provide guests with a veritable 360-degree view of the sea.

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A Nature-Inspired Antipolo House

In this Antipolo home, the family can appreciate the sunlight streaming in through the windows, picturesque views of lush terrain, and a cool, refreshing breeze in the entire house. To keep within the natural theme, most of the materials, fixtures, and furniture in the house are secondhand.

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