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5 Real Homes That Will Remind You of Resorts

These properties prove you don’t need to travel far to enjoy the sun and have some fun

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela and Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photos)

Summer is the best time to soak up some sun and plan a trip with friends. Looking back, can you still recall your first trip to the beach or the resort you’ve visited? Whether you’re in for the amenities, the vibe, or the view—choosing the right resort is a crucial part of any trip.

If you’ve always been fascinated by these beautiful places that mix comfort, aesthetic, and more—we’ve rounded up five real homes that will inspire you to upgrade your space into an envy-worthy property that would be at par with the best resort in town.

A Resort-Style Dream Home in Makati

Owned by a family who loves visiting resorts, this calming haven designed by architect Joel Munoz is one for the books. Not only does it showcase Zen elements and wooden touches, it also follows the owners' wish of having a serene space in the middle of the city—thanks to the open spaces, a lush outdoor area, and areas that seem to invite you to take a rest.

The outdoor area is enough to make you want to stay, but this small pocket of peace under the stairs makes for a perfect hangout, too. It gives the owners a view of the outdoors, while the tall windows allow natural light to stream into the space.

Do you miss the posh suite in your favorite resort? Let this bedroom inspire you to revamp your sleeping space. It features a vaulted ceiling, a paneled headboard, and timeless colors that speak of comfort and ease.

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A Serene and Open Home in Batangas

How many times have you been to homes with plants as accent pieces? It's possible that you have a few pots in the living area, too! Decorating with plants is an easy way of bringing the outdoors in to refresh the space.

If you've been planning to build a home that's one with nature, this Batangas property is the perfect peg. It has a beautiful garden, an indoor pond, high ceilings, and open spaces. The house also has unroofed areas that seem to welcome the sunlight and the rain into the home.

It's hard not to fall in love with this property that features a series of open kubos. The uncovered walkway leads to the different rooms like the kitchen, the dining room, and the prayer room. It is airy and spacious—a fine balance of indoor and outdoor that anyone would be pleased to come home to. 

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A Weekend Home in Batangas

With a sprawling area at their disposal, the owners of this weekend home wouldn't have a hard time finding a spot for picnics and outdoor get-togethers. Surrounded by trees and plants, it's the perfect escape from the fast-paced city life.

The best part about this home? It was designed without having to cut the trees or alter the greenery surrounding it. Suffice to say, it's one with its surroundings.

The spacious home features an open layout that makes it easier for the occupants and their guests to move from one area to another. Looking for a design idea inspired by this home? Consider working with colors like green and yellow. Aside from complementing the outdoors, these refreshing picks are easy on the eyes and add to the relaxing feel of the space.

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A Bright and Airy Two-Storey Home in the South

Spacious, airy, and reminiscent of quaint boutique hotels—this weekend home has everyting we need for a quiet downtime. To achieve a warm and inviting ambiance, owner and interior designer Irene Enriquez decided to have free-flowing spaces and a non-cluttered look.

To accomplish these goals, Irene worked with huge windows, large seating pieces, and curated decor that add elegance to the home. The living area is the best spot to relish the openness and refreshing feel of the home—with its comfy sofas and tranquil atmosphere.

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A Seaside Property in Cebu

Who wouldn't love waking up to a view of the sea? It's safe to say that when it comes to choosing rooms in hotels, we always go for those with a view of the mountains, the beach, and the like. This home is a cut above the rest as it gives the owners an unobstructed view of Camotes Sea, Magellan Bay, Mactan—all year round.

To maximize the location of the house, the owner opted for wall-to-ceiling glass, sliding doors, and a layout that allows guests to access the outdoors easily. Adding warmth to the space are family heirlooms, wooden pieces, and designer picks. Aside from taking a dip in the pool, the owners and their guests would surely have a grand time taking in the view while lounging in the spacious outdoor living area.

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PHOTOS: Vincent Coscolluela | Miguel Nacianceno | Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions | Michael Angelo Chua | Dairy Darilag

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