10 Spots in the Philippines With Amazing Views
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(SPOT.ph) Breathtaking cityscapes, landscapes, seascapes—name it, the Philippines has it. Bogged down by pollution and traffic, we tend to forget that we have the front-row seats to the most amazing views around the country, whether it's from 34 floors above ground or at sea level.
We round up 10 spots you should check out. Don’t forget your camera!
The Birdhouse El Nido
Maremegmeg Beach, Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan
Rates start at P4,000++
With all the raves Palawan has been getting, the island-province is always teeming with tourists. This can sometimes spoil the fun especially if you just want some peace and quiet. Thankfully, there are places like The Birdhouse El Nido which can hide you from the rest of the world and cradle you in a quiet nest overlooking Bacuit Bay. The hillside property has luxury tents where you can go glamping (but not after climbing up 150 steps) and a large outdoor balcony space where you can just be Zen.
Sagada, Mountain Province
If you watched the 2015 hit That Thing Called Tadhana, then you definitely know about Kiltepan Viewpoint. It is the perfect spot to catch the famous Sagada sunrise where an ocean of white clouds instantly takes over the fading darkness. The sun then slowly reveals the surrounding hills, foliage, and the Kilong Rice Terraces. If this isn't worth a slow-mo, then we don't know what is.
Seaside Boulevard, Coral Way, Pasay City
Rates start at P10,000++
Conrad Hotel boasts jaw-dropping views of Manila Bay and the astounding 180-foot MOA Eye (dubbed as the Philippines' tallest ferris wheel). You can enjoy these sights either from one of the 347 plush rooms or from just behind the floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the lobby. By the way, it's also the perfect spot to catch the famous Manila sunset, which even U.S. President Barack Obama found captivating.
Garden Cottages, Kilometer 45 Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal
Rates start at P1,400++
What is now the Masungi Georeserve was an area constantly under the threat of illegal loggers, mining, and quarrying, especially in the late 1990s. Thanks to the Masungi Georeserve foundation and the local communities, the rainforest is now a sanctuary to hundreds of plant and animal species. Hikers who get through the four-hour trail of rocks, nets, and a hanging bridge are treated to an astounding view of massive limestone formations and the Laguna de Bay below.
Kumaliskis, Salvador Benedicto Murcia, Negros Occidental
Rates start at P150++
Originally a rest house for the family of Don Salvador Benedicto's former Mayor Jose Max Ortiz (thus the name), Jomax Peak is a picnic area with a small cabin, a spacious patio, a garden, and a swimming pool. All these are set in the mountain ranges of the municipality also dubbed as the Summer Capital of Negros Occidental. Enjoy a fresh cup of Murcia's native coffee while admiring the view of Mount Kanlaon.
Big Handy's Grounds
The first thing that you need when stargazing is a pitch-black area, which is hard to come by especially if you're in the Metro. Well, the province of Rizal has lots of it. One of these is Big Handy's Grounds, which is more than two hours travel from Manila and an easy 10-minute walk from what local drivers know as Jamboree. The Philippine Astronomical Society often holds public events for overnight stargazing and meteor shower observation. Whether you're a legit astronomer or just someone who wants to catch a falling star, then this is definitely the place to go.
Top of the Citi
34/F Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo de Roxas, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Contact: 750-5810, 750-5811
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Makati's cityscape with its lights and skyscrapers is made more special with culinary delights by Chef Jessie Sincioco. She’s known for her standout presentation of Filipino classics such as duck adobo and alugbati salad. Did we mention that she was chosen to prepare the food for Pope Francis during His Holiness's visit to the Philippines in September 2014? Imagine having all these and more while 34 floors above ground.
Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort
Sumulong Highway, Sta. Cruz, Antipolo City, Rizal
Contact: 584-3011, 584-3012
Rates start at P2,000
Cloud 9 is one of Antipolo's classic tourist spots. Aside from the affordable rooms, it is famous for an amazing view of nearby Metro Manila which you can relish over beer with friends. You can also cross the hanging bridge to get to the top of the 7th Heaven Building, perfect for getting a panorama of the surrounding area.
The Bayleaf Intramuros
Muralla corner Victoria Streets, Intramuros, Manila
Contact: 318-5000, 328-3170
Rates start at P3,100
The Bayleaf Intramuros, a boutique hotel right in Manila's historic Walled City, is not only popular for its service but also for its al fresco dining at the Sky Deck View Bar. This chic restaurant offers an unobstructed view of the entire heritage site as well as the tall buildings beyond it. Happy hour is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and that's all you need to know.
Legend has it that if you're able to see the majestic Mount Mayon (often covered with white clouds) during your visit to Albay, then you're blessed. Sumlang Lake gives you this blessing and throws in a calming experience to boot. Here, you can go for a bamboo raft ride, try kayaking, or just enjoy a sumptuous lunch right in front of the perfect cone-shaped volcano.