(SPOT.ph) When talking about camping, you'd probably picture scenes from Survivor, Man vs. Wild, or The Island with Bear Grylls. These reality shows, of course, are exaggerated versions of your own camping trips. But sometimes, you just don't want to deal with pitching your own tent or making your own fire. Good thing there's glamping, a portmanteau of glamorous camping, in which you have the luxury of a pre-pitched tent with airbeds, a bedsheet, a blanket, and a pillow—all while still being close to nature. It’s like going on a vacation in a hotel minus the building.
Check out these Instagram-worthy glamping spots around the Philippines:
Rates start at P6,000
Domescape houses five geodesic domes fit for various group sizes from four to 12. They all come with air-conditioning, a mini-fridge, kettle heaters, microwave oven, humidifier and a private natural swimming pool beside the dome. Dome 5, one of the domes in the property, can fit six people and even has a private loft for more space.
Camp Bernardino De Lavigan
Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental
Rates start at P2,250
Camp Bernardino De Lavigan rests in the hilly terrain of Davao Oriental and right by the coast of Governor Generoso, which is a five-hour drive away from Davao City. It has two spots for glamping: South Camp, where the Deluxe (P4,500) and Standard Tents (P2,250) are located; and East Camp, where you can find the Family (P9,600) and Superior Tents (P11,600) that can fit up to 10 people. The resort also has a diving shop with PADI-certified divers for when you want to explore the underwater world through snorkeling or freediving. Kayaks, stand-up paddle board, and big boats are also available for rent.
Taglucop Strawberry Hills
Rates start at P9,800
This campsite in Bukidnon has a different take on glamping by providing geodesic glamping domes in the middle of a strawberry farm. Guests enjoy a strawberry-experience after a good night's sleep in one of their tents, which are spacious enough to accommodate up to four people. The domes also have their own bathrooms, beddings with pillows and sheets, and a sitting area. Weekday rates are at P9,800/tent; while weekend and holiday rates are at P10,800. Packages include breakfast, welcome drinks or wine with grazing board, and mineral water. Taglucop Strawberry Hills is an hour-and-a-half drive away from Davao City.
Your Brother's House Tribal Village
Barangay Pawa, Legazpi City, Albay
Rates start at P1,799
Your Brother's House Tribal Village, a camp site in Legazpi, Albay, offers rows of kubo-style glamping tents with a view of the majestic Mayon Volcano. They have a total of 10 air-conditioned Triangle Tribal Huts, which is good for two people. All campers share a communal restroom and have access to the rest of the resort, including the swimming pool, bonfire, and the Tiki Bar.
The Acacia Glamping Park
Rates start at P4,000
Opened in June 2019, The Acacia Glamping Park has four tent options for the adventurous traveler: Arogo, Aloya, Imbaya, and Baol. The first two can fit up to two people with the option of an air-conditioned or fan room plus a private bathroom, while the third and fourth tent type make use of a common bathroom. Baol can fit up to four people. Guests have access to the resort's swimming pool and the eco-farm where you can go horseback riding.
Daang Hari Campgrounds
Rates start at P2,000
Daang Hari Campgrounds, which is located in the sprawling property of Esmeris Farm, has glamping tents pitched on viewing decks. This means you can wake up to a beautiful view of the surrounding hills and ridges of Mount Banahaw. The camp also takes pride in their in-house restaurant Lutong Bukid, which features swing sets reminiscent of the ones in Bali.
Punta Punta Surf Retreat
Barangay Cabitoonan, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
Rates start at P4,300
Punta Punta Surf Retreat is one of those resorts on Siargao Island that is far from the chaos of the surf town of General Luna, but still close enough that you're just a quick boat or scooter ride from a quick surf sesh at Cloud 9 at dawn. Opened in November 2019 in Barangay Cabitoonan, it features glamping tents with ceiling fans, king-sized beds, and private open-sky bathrooms. Guests get complimentary breakfast, boat transfers to and from town, bath and beach towels, and eco-friendly and refillable toiletries from Paraiso Siargao.
Santo Tomas Road, Tuba, Benguet
Rates start at P3,500
Valleypoint Campsite offers glamping huts that have a six-foot glass window on the roof that's wide enough for stargazing at night. This accommodation option comes with either a queen-sized or single bed, a couple of pillows, 42-inch television with a USB drive filled with movies, an electric fan and kettle, unlimited coffee, complimentary water and chocolate drink, toiletries, and full-board meals (snacks, dinner, and breakfast). Guests also have access to their archery and airsoft areas.
Solina Beach and Nature Resort
Balasan-Carles Provincial Road, Guinticgan, Carles, Iloilo
Rates start at P3,850
Solina Beach and Nature Resort is the first to provide glamping accommodations in Northern Iloilo. Their Kamalig Cabins, which are air-conditioned tents with garden-facing balconies, have everything you need for a complete rest before or after your tiring but fulfilling island-hopping activity around Islas de Gigantes. Accommodation options can fit from two (P3,850) to four people (P4,950), and rates come with breakfast.
BLOC Camp Site
Sierra Lake (Caliraya) Passion Cove Estate, Cavinti, Laguna
Rates start at P1,142
BLOC Camp Site has been around for a while now. They're known to provide cool accommodation options, ranging from a floating garden dock where you can set up camp in the middle of a lake to spacious tents by Lake Caliraya. Their latest offering is a row of cube-shaped rooms, which they call Tiny House Glamping. Introduced in September, the lakeside T-House has everything you need for a peaceful vacation: a fan, a desk for when you just want to do some remote work, an airbed with blanket and pillows, and some toiletries. They have four types of cabins, depending on how much space you need for you and your friends.