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Long Weekend Getaway Ideas
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Long-Weekend Getaway Ideas to Help You Recharge

Dreaming of relaxing days on a serene beach or cozy evenings in the mountains? You’re not alone! Research shows that taking short breaks is more beneficial to your well-being than longer vacations. With only five long weekends left from March 2024 onwards, why wait to turn those dreams into reality? From romantic escapes to family-friendly trips, discover the perfect getaways, no matter who you’re traveling with.

Solo Travelers: Unwind and Recharge

Back view of woman in a bathtub.

Recharge with a solo self-care date in a spa and wellness resort.

Embrace solo adventures to rejuvenate! You don’t have to be single to make it happen. If work or household duties are burning you out, leave the kids with your partner and head on a personal quest!

Many local wellness retreats offer activities to help you recharge your body and mind. Resorts like The Farm at San Benito and Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay are only a two-hour drive from Manila. Besides the usual spa and massage treatments, these tranquil resorts offer meditation classes, immune-boosting diet plans, and healing programs with licensed medical doctors.

If you want a change of scenery but still prefer city escapes, hop on a bus to Baguio! The City of Pines has much to explore for solo travelers. There are museums that showcase local artists like the BenCab Museum, and unique shops with handicrafts, like Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts, a local favorite selling high-quality woven products for over 30 years. Baguio is sure to satisfy your wanderlust in more ways than one.

Couples: Rekindle Romance

luxury island resort

Reminisce or celebrate your honeymoon through a relaxing beach getaway.

Revitalize your connection with a memorable long weekend getaway and indulge in a luxury beach trip reminiscent of your honeymoon. Cauayan Island Resort is one of the most luxurious resorts in El Nido and offers activities like island hopping, diving, and trekking.

For a low-maintenance getaway, play tourist in the ruins of Old Manila and hop on a kalesa with your amor. Visit historical sites like Fort Santiago, Casa Manila, and Museo ni Rizal. Go museum hopping at the National Museum Complex and enjoy various exhibits from art to history.

Continue your journey into the past with a romantic night at the Henry Hotel, a boutique hotel tucked away in the heart of Manila. Its peaceful, old-world charm makes it an ideal setting for you and your partner to relax, reconnect, and fall in love all over again.

Families: Create Lasting Memories

Young Asian family enjoying their vacation vacation on a beach.

Long weekends are the perfect time to go on a trip and bond with family.

Long weekends are fantastic for family vacations. They’re an opportunity to make core memories and provide children with meaningful experiences.

Planning a trip with a big family is not always easy, so choose a destination that’s both exciting and offers plenty of kid-friendly activities. Consider nearby Asian destinations, like Hong Kong or Singapore, that have theme parks and museums for all ages.

Unleash your inner child and take the family to Hong Kong Disneyland! Parks like the Dairy Farm Nature Park and Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden in Singapore give your little tykes outdoor spaces for play and exploration—guaranteed high-octane fun for everyone. The Children’s Museum Singapore is designed for children aged 1 to 12, offering interactive exhibits that spark creativity, problem-solving skills, and a love for learning through play.

For a local adventure, consider the volcanic island paradise of Camiguin! This tropical gem features stunning waterfalls, black sand beaches, and breathtaking natural wonders like the White Island sandbar. Explore the island’s rich history at the sunken cemetery and marvel at the majestic Hibok-Hibok volcano. It’s the perfect weekend escape for families.

Barkadas: Reunite and Reconnect

Group of hiking friends happily looking up.

There’s nothing like a barkada hiking trip to bring your friendship to greater heights!

Round up the crew for a barkada road trip! Explore the terrains of Rizal and brave the slopes of Mount Daraitan, Tanay. For a more challenging adventure, conquer the majestic peak of Mount Apo, the highest in the Philippines! You can also check out Mount Purro Nature Reserve in Antipolo, a family-run eco-park that provides respite for you and your friends after hustling and grinding at work. Wind down after your trek and chill by the infinity pool. Pull up your playlist, hit play, and feel the good vibes all around.

Booking Your Ideal Getaway

Plan ahead to avoid those “fully booked” blues! Reserve two to three months ahead for popular spots, especially during peak season. Compare prices across platforms using travel aggregators. Take advantage of Go+ promos with special deals from Metrodeal, KKDay, and Agoda. And keep an eye out for piso-fare promotions.

Whether you’re craving some quiet time alone or planning a much-needed couples’ retreat, there are plenty of options for a fun-filled getaway on the next long weekend. Get your calendars ready and file for your vacation leaves! Your big adventure awaits.

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