Should I stay or should I go?

ALL of us need a break. It is a fact. Even the busiest people has to take a break and detach themselves from their work. But where?

Staycation becomes a thing for those who wants to have a quick and laid-back vacation somewhere near the city. It can be out-of-town, but the idea is to just stay in, relax, and live royally for a couple of days.

For Maan Logarta, Malayan Insurance executive, who has kids, she opts for a homey place that the whole family can enjoy. "A staycation would be great. I'll look for one with very good reviews on Tripadvisor, check the photos to see if I like the interiors (affects my mental wellbeing), the rooms must have a big TV, and there should be a pool. It's also good to have affordable restaurants nearby as well."

"We are open to go to Vis/Min or Ilocos or Bicol too. Definitely not staycation though. Gagastos na rin lang, yung malayo na," Nannette Abreu shares, an executive of a meat distribution company.

As for Katrina Cabanos, content writer, "As long as there is free breaksfast buffet, I am good."

There are lots of options for different people with different taste and preference. There are ample of hotels in the city that offers great deals, nice room, good food, and modern facilities. With the popularity of Airbnb, it is easier to score a whole instagrammable place to stay that comes with a great view. Here are the five staycation places in and out of Manila that one can consider:

Shangri-La at BGC

It is the newest branch of this five-star hotel in Manila. Located in the middle of BGC, it is a great option when you want luxury and proximity. It features luxurious interiors, outstanding customer service, spacious guestrooms, L'Occitane en Provence body & bath amenities, extensive breakfast buffet spread at High Street Cafe, and free use of their exclusive gym and pools at Kerry Sports Manila.

Modern Kubo with Private Pool Overlooking Narra Hill Tagaytay

If you prefer a tranquil ambiance with a fantastic nature view, this one is for you.It is a bed and breakfast place where you can rent a kubo or, if you are going with the whole barkada or family, the entire venue. The place i pet friendly. Guests are free to use the pool, walk and jog around the property and its gardens, and do a tour of the aquaponic system.

One Manila Heritage Apartment

Go back in time when you stay in this apartment in Malate. It has a 1940s inspired theme with two bedrooms. You can hang out in its balcony while watching the sunset in Manila bay.

Le Coq Bleu in Baguio

The place isn't entirely for rent. The owners live in the house, only welcomes guests to experience their unique house. It is a small cottage in the mountain that can accommodate four people. The interiors are French inspired, complete with cozy couches and a fireplace. Additionally, the owners like interacting with their guests over breakfast that they cook.

Kanti Luxury Suite in Aklan

If you have the time to go the distance for a long weekend and you are itching to go for a dip in the beach, this vacation place in Aklan must be on top of your option. It is designed with Narra hardwood floors throughout, 270 degree view of ocean and mountain beach, spacious master bedroom with antique carved Narra wood bed with large ensuite bathroom completely done in mosaic tiles and mirror, Balinese marble sink and bathtub with a view. Its large island kitchen is equipped with blender, expresso machine, induction stovetop, and oven so you can cook our own food posh style. Without a doubt, It is the best escape from the crowded beach!

Topics: Staycation , vacation , travel , hotel , beach
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