10 Places to Stay That Are Not Your Usual
Go beyond standard hotels and inns.
(SPOT.ph) Luxurious hotels, charming bed and breakfasts, and rugged glamping sites are just some of the most popular places to stay for anyone going out of town. These places provide respite in between days of exploring tourist hotspots, trying out holes-in-the-wall, and shopping for souvenir items. But there are some accommodations that are destinations themselves, like a treehouse in the middle of a forest or a glass house located 30 feet above ground.
Check out these unique places to stay around the Philippines:
Treehouse de Valentine
Hingatmonan, Balamban, Cebu
Rates start at P13,000
This rustic accommodation in the middle of a forest looks a lot like a treehouse you might have played in as a child, except bigger and more luxurious. It has three bedrooms, which can fit up to eight guests. There's a lot of space for just lounging around: a balcony overlooking the river, a riverside patio with hammocks, and an al-fresco area on the lower floor.
Balai Tanay’s Jeepney Camper
Makaira - Daraitan Road, Tanay, Rizal
Rates start at P5,500
If you're a big fan of recreational vehicles, check out Balai Tanay's reimagined version of the RV with the Pinoy-inspired Jeepney Camper. The camper, which was made from a jeepney that was about to be sold for scrap, can accommodate up to four people. The old engine was removed, the interior was fitted with a queen-sized bed, and its roof was turned into a loft inspired by the bahay kubo.
Smoke Beach Pods Siargao’s Why Not Coconut
Tourism Road, Barangay Catangnan, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
Rates start at P900
Beach resorts are often tucked behind towering coconut trees, but Smoke Beach Pods Siargao is a bit different—they have a room that's shaped like a coconut. Why Not Coconut, as it is called, is an air-conditioned room that is good for two people with a maximum capacity of three. It has its own toilet and bath, a bed, and a small veranda with a bench. Guests get a 10% discount on surf lessons from Harana Surf School—you're in the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, after all.
Matagbak - Palumlum Road, Alfonso, Cavite
Rates start at P2,000
Resting in the middle of a garden with towering trees, this family-owned bed and breakfast offers three tiny homes with colorful aesthetics. Each unit has a private bath, a kitchenette, and an outdoor kitchen, while the middle of the courtyard has a 12-seater dining table where guests can share meals.
Motorhome in BGC
Bonifacio Global City
Rates start at P1,599
You can tick off "stay in an RV" on your bucket list through this Airbnb property in the middle of Bonifacio Global City. The motorhome, which is parked in a gated village, can accommodate up to three people. It has its own toilet and bath, television with Netflix access, a sink, microwave oven, refrigerator, and a sofa that can be converted into a double bed.
Aquascape's Floating Suite
Barangay Kanluran - West Talaongan, Caliraya, Laguna
Rates start at P12,000
Aquascape has different types of lakefront cabins, but their most famous accommodation option is the Floating Suite. You can have the motorized cottage driven to the middle of the placid lake or dock on the small islet across the resort and spend a whole night off the grid. Fit for a group of six, it has two double beds, one extra mattress, a couch, a dining table set, a mini-bar area, an entertainment system, a small kitchen with cooking equipment (plus a griller!), and toilet and bath.
Rates start at P6,000
At Domescape, you can find glamping tents that look like they're straight out of a sci-fi movie. These geodesic domes in Batangas come with air-conditioning, a mini-fridge, electric kettles, microwave oven, humidifier and a private natural swimming pool right beside the dome. Bigger groups can go for their twin domes, which also comes with two hot tubs at the roof deck.
BLOC Camp Site's T-House
Sierra Lake (Caliraya) Passion Cove Estate, Cavinti, Laguna
Rates start at P1,142
Bloc Camp Site boasts cool accommodation options, from a floating garden dock where you can set up camp in the middle of a lake to spacious tents by Lake Caliraya. The T-House, which comes in four sizes, has everything you need for a peaceful vacation: a fan, a desk for when you want to do some remote work—no judgment—an airbed with blanket and pillows, and some toiletries.
Tudor in the Pines' Pine Cone Treehouse
17 Lower Balacbac Road, Sto. Tomas, Baguio City, Benguet
Rates start at P3,800
Make sure you're not afraid of heights when you check in at Tudor in the Pines' Pine Cone Treehouse. The glass house rests on a timber deck that's 30 feet above the ground and across a hanging bridge, giving you a breathtaking skyview unobstructed by trees or posts. It also has a glass-walled attic where you can just hang out with your friends or special someone.
The Lahluna Bed & Breakfast's The Lahluna Star Room
Rates start at P5,000
Inspired by the fictional world of the Hobbits, The Lahluna Star Room is a dome-shaped eco-house that can accommodate up to five guests. It uses solar panels and wind turbines for energy. The Lahluna Bed and Breakfast has three other dome houses: The Lahluna White, The Lahluna Blue, and The Lahluna Sun Room.