(SPOT.ph) Antipolo City, because of its proximity to Manila, is a favorite weekend destination if only for an overnight getaway. Being on the hills of the Sierra Madre feels like getting hundreds of miles away from the busy Metro and worlds away from the traffic and the smog. Choosing the right place to stay is important, especially if you only have a limited amount of time to enjoy the peace and quiet this side of Rizal Province. Check out these hotel and resort options if you’re planning to drive east this weekend.
Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa
Sitio Loreland, San Roque, Antipolo
Contact: (02) 534-2517
Packages start at P6,000
Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa, dubbed the first and only hanging garden spa in the Philippines, is one of the many sites that are part of the eight-hectare Loreland Farm Resort. Packages include an overnight stay, access to the spa facilities like the sauna and hydro massage service, and a meditation lounge where you can just release all the stress. It also has pools and water slides to complete your fun-filled weekend.
LeBlanc Hotel and Resort
3 Taktak Road, Antipolo
Contact: (02) 518-9303
Rates start at P4,000
True to its name, LeBlanc features predominately white interiors. It also has a modern vibe with a bistro that has food and drink options whether you’re having brunch, an intimate dinner, or even drinks with a large group of friends. Their Sky Tent provides sweeping views of the city while their SkyGarden on the roofdeck lets guests enjoy Antipolo’s fresh air.
Altaroca Mountain Resort
Taktak Road, Bankers Village, Sta. Cruz, Antipolo
Rates start at P3,500
Altaroca Mountain Resort has a “Challenge Park” that encourages guests to enjoy both physical and mental games. They have monkey bars, a hanging bridge, and larger-than-life games like Jenga, dominoes, checkers, and even snakes and ladders. As for accommodations, all monotone-themed rooms are designed with inspiring quotes from famous people like J.R.R. Tolkien, Maya Angelou, Abraham Lincoln, and Walt Disney.
Café Lupe Bed and Breakfast
Barangay Mambugan, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo
Contact: (02) 470-3201
Rates start at P3,400
This bed and breakfast features Café Lupe, a restaurant with Filipino dishes like crispy pata, pinakbet, and kare-kare, as well as brick-oven pizzas, buffalo wings, and more. You can burn off the extra calories by booking a session at the Elorde Boxing Gym on the premises, or just relax with your friends by the infinity pool.
Eugenio Lopez Center
Sumulong Highway, Antipolo
Contact: (02) 660-8451
Rates start at P5,000
The Eugenio Lopez Center is a popular venue for company functions like seminars and teambuilding activities, with lecture halls that can accommodate up to 150 people and a 67-seater mini-theater. But there's room for play here, as the hotel also caters to those who want a quick getaway. Guests can cool down at the outdoor pool, which offers a great view of Antipolo. Then, cap off the night with a drink at the bar.
The CityWalk Suites
The Citywalk Building, ML Quezon Street Extension, San Roque, Antipolo
Contact: (02) 954-8607
Rates start at P3,000
You can feel right at home and enjoy your private space when you book one of CityWalk’s apartment suites. They’re known for their clean accommodations, friendly staff, and convenient locations. Since its location is pretty central, it’s the perfect place to stay at if you’re planning to have a look around Antipolo’s local churches and restaurants.
Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Purok 5, Barangay Calawis, Antipolo
Packages start at P1,750 per head
Feel the serenity of nature at this eco-park. Rooms are inspired by the traditional bahay kubo, with cogon-thatched roofs and wide windows for natural air-conditioning. This countryside vibe encourages guests to go off the grid and bask in the calming surroundings. You can also do nature-friendly activities such as taking on their hiking trail or camping under the stars.
Cristina Villas Mountain Resort
Taktak Road, Antipolo
Contact: (02) 697-4521
Rates start at P3,500
Occupying 2.5 hectares of land, the sprawling Cristina Villas Mountain Resort features a huge swimming pool with water slides, KTV rooms for your karaoke sessions, and pocket gardens for relaxing (or taking photos!). Available accommodations range from the standard room, which can fit a maximum of four people; to a family room, which can fit up to five guests.
Sitio Panlilingan, Pestaño Farm Road, Antipolo
Rates start at P790
This eco-adventure mountain resort, owned by the Pestaño family, offers a home to nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It was based on the vision of the late Ensign Philip Andrew A. Pestaño, P.N., who wanted a sprawling farm built with military-grade obstacle courses that anyone—even non-military guests—can use for teambuilding activities. You can also enjoy riding the zip line, going down the mudslide, or just spending a quiet night at the two-storey Villa Elisha, which has an infinity pool.
Seven Suites Hotel Observatory
Block 1 Lot 2 Hollywood Hills Subdivision, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo
Contact: (02) 682-2076
Rates start at P4,000
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Metro or even the night sky when you book a room at Seven Suites Hotel Observatory. They have the country’s fourth largest telescope, encouraging guests to do a bit of stargazing during their stay. Got a furbaby? This hotel is pet-friendly. It also has its own restaurant and dessert bar, in case you get hungry after stargazing!