10 Laid-Back Mountain Getaways in Cebu for Your Next Escape
Wake up to the crisp mountain air.
(SPOT.ph) A tropical country like the Philippines knows that summer has no end, so when the heat in the city gets too much to bear, Cebuanos can take in the cool breeze in the mountains of Busay and Balamban. In recent years, mountain getaways have opened to add to the long list of popular destinations in Cebu City.
If you’re looking for an escape from the big city, Cebu has tons of options for someone who knows how to appreciate a view from the top.
Check out these mountain resorts in Cebu that are just a drive away from the city center:
Sileo Balamban Bed and Breakfast
Kilometer 34 Transcentral Highway, Barangay Gaas, Balamban www.facebook.com/sileobalamban
Rates start at P20,000
Driving along the Transcentral Highway, it’s impossible to miss Sileo Balamban Bed and Breakfast. What may look like a humble homestay in the hills is actually a luxurious five-bedroom home with an entertainment room, kitchen, and a recently installed swimming pool. Sileo rests atop Cebu's highest peak, so you can be sure to get a great view of the outdoors from the house. This accommodation can fit more than 10 people, so can bring your family and friends for some quality bonding time. Best part? You can book the entire home all to yourself!
Barangay Adlaon, Busay, Cebu City
Rates start at P16,500
What better way to appreciate Busay’s sprawling greens than from Rancho Cancio’s infinity pool? The privately owned resthouse is known for its 360-degree view of Busay and neighboring mountains. You can also order set meals so you can spend more time chilling in the jacuzzi, playing billiards, or simply enjoying the fresh air. Rancho Cancio can accommodate up to 22 people.
Sermon on the Mount Retreat Resort
Transcentral Highway, Gaas, Balamban
Rates start at P12,500
Whether you’re looking for an adventure or longing to just sit back and relax, there is so much to discover in the mountain town of Balamban. Guests of Sermon on the Mount can trek and explore the property, swim in the pool, sing karaoke, and relax in the sauna, among others.
This quaint cabin with a view of Mount Manunggal has an open-air kitchen with everything you need to cook up a storm for your family and friends. Sermon on the Mount is designed to be shared among 12 people, and they only accept one group of guests at a time.
Treehouse De Valentine
Barangay Hingatmonan, Balamban
Rates start at P13,286
Treehouse de Valentine is more than just a mountain lodge, it’s an escape that fully immerses its guests in nature. In the Treehouse, all your senses will be stimulated by the sound of the rushing river and the buzzing of the forest that surround this charming home. If the river is too chilly for you to swim in, don’t worry because the treehouse also has a hot tub for you to relax in with your friends.
The Treehouse has made its rounds on social media for its calm and rustic ambience. This cozy homestay can accommodate up to eight people, and is equipped with a kitchen with a microwave and fridge so you can also prepare your own meals.
The Fog House
Barangay Taptap, Cebu City
Rates start at P25,000 a night for 20 pax
The Fog House is a three-storey exclusive home that’s just a 30-minute drive from the city center. This spacious home can fit up to 35 people, and your furry friends can tag along, too! This hilltop homestay is equipped with cable TV, a kitchen, and an infinity pool with pressure jets. Whether it’s a majestic view of the fog approaching the house or clear blue of the sky and sea, you're sure to witness a breathtaking view of the Queen City of the South from here.
Luxury Villa Busay
Barangay Busay, Cebu City
Rates start at P25,059
Luxury Villa Busay is a fully air-conditioned private villa good for eight guests. In addition to the amenities such as flat screen TVs, a pool overlooking the Cebu skyline, and a Bluetooth sound system, this premium homestay has a service crew who can arrange massages, airport transfers, and island hopping on the villa’s private boat in Mactan during your stay.
Serenity Farm and Resort Busay
Sitio Tiguib, Barangay Malubog, Barangay Busay, Cebu City
Rates start at P3,000
Serenity Farm and Resort currently has three villas that you can rent, the biggest of which can accommodate up to 16 people. Each villa has a pool and kitchen of its own for the guests to use exclusively. If you’re feeling hungry, you can take your pick among four choices available inside the resort—Serenity Mountain Café, Ursa Pizza, Liel’s Kitchen by Serenity Farm and Resort, and The Grove by Serenity. Pro tip: You don't need to check-in if dining at these restaurants.
Adlawon Vacation Farm
Sitio Proper, Adlaon, Cebu City
Rates start at P3,000
Specialty lodging has found its way to Adlaon, Cebu in the form of Adlawon Vacation Farm. Adlawon is a farm staycation that’s perfect for a road trip to Busay but if you want to have the full experience, Adlawon also has rooms that can fit up to six people. It gives you that rural yet cozy feel that’s enough for it to be called a home away from home.
Plus, there’s lots to do here. They provide a schematic map of the farm activities that include taking pictures in the Jade Trellis, dropping by the Resurrection Chapel, visiting the animals onsite and so much more! Not only can you enjoy Adlawon with your family and friends, but your pets can tag along for the adventure, too.
Pine Tree Mountain Resort
Barangay Gaas, Balamban
Rates start at P5,000
Pine Tree Mountain Resort has a great view of the rolling hills of Balamban, and picture-perfect pine trees are the cherry on the top. Photos just look so much better in this Meditteranean-themed facility that has 12 bedrooms, making it great for family get-togethers.
Here, you can relax in the sauna, take in nature's wonders in its purest form by the pool, or simply enjoy the crisp mountain air at the veranda. Make sure to call before dropping by for a visit though, since this six-hectare property is exclusive to guests only.
West 35 Eco Mountain Resort
Km 35 Transcentral Highway, Barangay Gaas. Balamban
Rates start at P5,200
Imagine having a Filipino breakfast with sikwate (tablea) while breathing in the fresh air of Balamban. West 35 Eco Mountain Resort is a classic stopover for mountain road trips because it can immediately be spotted along the Transcentral Highway. It’s best known for its restaurant but it also has nine villas for rent, an open-air dining area, and a viewing deck that’ll make you feel like you’re on top of the world.
Each villa has something for the guests to bond over, whether it's keeping warm by the bonfire pit or lounging in the outdoor jacuzzi. If you’re not one to lounge around, you can also get your adrenaline fix by doing their obstacle course or trying out their zipline.
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