(SPOT.ph) Aside from Tagaytay and Batangas, Laguna is one of those locations that are always top of mind when thinking of impulsive weekend getaways. On a good day, you can go to Nuvali or Enchanted Kingdom in around an hour. Go further and you're already in the foodie hub of San Pablo, the heritage sites in Pila, or the hiker's haven in Calauan. But if you just want a quiet vacation away from the crowd, Laguna also has a number of private villas that you can rent for the whole family or big groups.
Here are 10 private resorts you can book in Laguna:
Sitio 5, Barangay Oogong, Sta. Cruz, Laguna
Rates start at P18,000
The private resort features three villas with different themes: Miami (for 30 pax), Santorini (for 15 pax), and Bali (for 20 pax)—obviously inspired by the three international destinations. Each villa features its own swimming pool, a fully functional kitchen, air-conditioned bedrooms, videoke, billiard table, hot tubs, and unlimited WiFi. While you can use their grill with charcoal and stove with free LPG, you can choose to have your meals prepared by their staff or even have a boodle fight set up for your group. Pets are allowed, so you don't have to leave your furry friends behind.
Baliraya Resort and Spa
Rates start at P7,020
Baliraya takes inspiration from the tropical themes of Bali while taking their cue from the countryside charm of Caliraya Lake. You can book the whole lodge, which has six air-conditioned bedrooms and seven shared baths, for P7,020 a night. It features a swimming pool and hot tub, a dining area where you can have a boodle fight prepared or a romantic dinner set up upon request, and access to the lake for kayaking and fishing. Breakfast is included in the package.
Lake Lumot, Cavinti Laguna
Rates start at P5,900
Enjoy a whole island along Lake Caliraya all to yourself when booked at Paradis Island's villa. They can accommodate up to 16 guests in four bedrooms with six beds. Electricity and water are limited, and the remote island depends on solar power and a water pump; but that just means you're free from the chains of the modern world and have more chances to see a black sky with twinkling stars at night.
Pansol, Calamba, Laguna
Rates start at P17,999
Calamba is well-known for its hot spring resorts, but Casa Tropica takes things up a notch with its private pool and colorful murals. There's also a game room that has a billiard table, darts, table tennis set-up, mahjong table set, and other board games. It can fit up to 25 guests in four air-conditioned bedrooms.
Yolly’s Lake House
Rates start at P8,820
Yolly’s Lake House, which is perfect for a group of six, features a two-storey house with a big balcony facing the lake. There's a small pool for kids and a camping ground in case you want to pitch a tent under the starry sky.
Villa Lagos Subdivision, Pansol, Calamba, Laguna
Rates start at P26,000
Casa Alta has six rooms that can accommodate up to 45 guests. It features a hot spring pool and a separate kiddie pool, billiards or beer pong table, and a videoke set-up. You also have everything you need to put together a nice meal for the whole group, such as an outdoor grill and three long tables. Do note that you have to bring your own towels, toiletries, as well as plates, cups, and utensils.
Rates start at P5,500
Just a stone's throw away from Naculo Falls, The Cliffs offers a private eco-sanctuary that's built around the natural landscape. They have hanging beds in an open veranda if you want to get closer to nature or pitch a tent amid expansive lawns. They also have an indoor cabin room with three queen-sized beds in case you want to stay inside the house. The Cliff can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests with additional per-head charge of P1,200 for excess of four.
Lake Caliraya, Cavinti, Laguna
Rates start at P10,950
Located by the shores of Lake Caliraya and nestled by trees, Villa Ippa boasts beautiful views, a spacious garden, and a private pool. There are a couple of hammocks outside where you can just enjoy the cool breeze. The house can welcome up to 15 guests in four bedrooms.
Julian’s Island Resort
Lake Lumot, Cavinti, Laguna
Rates start at P3,285
With Lake Lumot in its backyard, Julian's Island Resort features a two-storey house inspired by local architecture. It has capiz windows fronting a dense forest and faraway views of Mount Banahaw, antique furnishing, and a vibe that's reminiscent of your grandmother's house in the province. The cottage can accommodate up to 10 people in three bedrooms. There are kayaks and paddle-boats that you can use for a leisurely ride in the lake.
Casile, Cabuyao, Laguna
Rates start at P6,400
Gabby's Farm lets you book a whole house for six inspired by the bahay kubo. Its ground floor has an open space where you can just hang out with your family or friends; and a second storey, which has the living area, dining room, and two bedrooms. The getaway spot is surrounded by priceless views of Mount Makiling, Laguna de Bay, and Tagaytay Ridge.