Camping in Style: 5 Glamping Spots near Manila

Camping is a time for us to rough it out. Many think of it as a cool way to show how in touch we are with our nature-loving side or how hardcore we are in braving the outdoors. We get it: the idea of spending the day on a beach or the night under the stars is second to none.

Then come the intense heat of the sun, the sunburn, heat exhaustion, throw in the mosquitoes, and top it off with the uncomfortable, if not rocky, ground and you have a not so pleasant camping scenario.

Enter glamping.

The concept of “camping with glamour” is not new, but it’s only recently that it’s becoming more popular among today’s travellers. Depending on the provider, campers can enjoy the luxury of a pre-pitched tent complete with beds, blankets, pillows, electric socket, clean bathroom, electric fan (even an air conditioner, if you’re lucky), and more.

You get to enjoy the rustic beauty of nature without sacrificing comfort and convenience. If you feel like giving it a try, here are some of our picks on where to go.

1. Crystal Beach Resort

Crystal Beach has made a name for itself as a good surf spot near Metro Manila. Waves range from small to overhead, with some double overheads when the winds kick in. It’s got a little bit of everything for the beach lovers and surf enthusiasts, making it a favorite camping destination.

The resort’s glamping package lets you enjoy ocean-side accommodations without the hassle of lugging your equipment around. They have pavilion-style tents that come with beds, electricity, a fan, use of a common bathroom, complete set of toiletries, and even breakfast.

Location: San Narciso, Zambales

2.Casa Antonio Vacations

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A glamping destination that lets gentle sea breeze wake you up, Casa Antonio in Playa Calatagan, Batangas takes camping to greater heights with chic beachfront cabanas. Their glamping packages comes with a tent with mattress, meals (lunch, dinner, and breakfast for overnight stays), 24/7 security and maintenance, a common bathroom, a picnic table in front of your lot, free access to their pool, and more.

More than the beach, you can also do stand-up paddleboard, kayaking, and jet skiing.

Location: White Beach Calatagan, Batangas

3. San Rafael River Adventure

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If you’re not the beach-lover type or you just want to try something new other than the beach, why not try camping on the river? Yup, on it, not by it.

San Rafael River Adventure lets you stay in a floating glass cottage that can take you on a river cruise. Situated along the Angat riverbanks, you’ll be staying in the riverside accommodation, complete with beddings, electricity, and a fan.

Banana boat ride, kayaking, jet skiing, paddle boarding, wakeboarding and other activities are also available.

If that’s not enough, you can take your glamping experience to a new level by having them pitch the tent on a bamboo raft!

Address: Talacsan, San Rafael, Bulacan

4. Ten Cents to Heaven

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Ten Cents to Heaven offers a camping experience that let’s you get close to the clouds, sky, and stars, hence, the name. Situated atop the hills of Tanay, Rizal, this leisure camp offers spectacular views of the Sierra Madre mountain range and Laguna de Bay.

Activities include a zip line, rappelling, wall climbing, free falling, a rope course, a waterfalls tour, a land tour, a fish spa, and more.

Address: Sitio Mayagay II, Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal

5. Nurture Wellness Village

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Nature is the best healer – this is the idea behind the operation of Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay. This spa and wellness center offers spa and health services focused on “eco therapy”, or healing by and through nature. Their glamping package includes use of amenities (including the pool), a healthy dinner and breakfast, and full-service staff ready to attend to your needs.

You get to stay overnight in a naturally-ventilated tent pitched under a canopy of trees. You can also enjoy a facial, a foot massage and other spa services, fresh fruits and drinks, and more. With the cool elevation of Tagaytay, the top-notch service, and comfortable environment, the camp is pretty much the height of glamping.

Address: 7310 Pulong Sagingan, Maitim II West, Tagaytay, Cavite

Who says enjoying nature means you have to give up comfort and convenience?  “Rough it out” in style and book your glamping adventure now.

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