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5 Getaways Your Family Shouldn’t Miss


With the holidays at hand, everybody is excited for a vacation. Are you among those who wish for a special getaway with your family?

If you are planning a vacation this season but having a difficulty in choosing a family-friendly destination, here is a quick list to help you:



1. Grace Island Resort

This island is a short drift from the port of Aroma Beach. A visit to the place will let you pass daylight hours in the water, on the shore or in wildlife sanctuaries. At night you can go for a moonlight swim or enjoy locally caught seafood while admiring fire dancers. With countless water sports, there is no mistaking the island’s appeal. It has yet to earn its top ranking on international travel blogs but I have a strong feeling it will, SOON!


Floating Cottage

Floating Cottages of Grace Island Resort. Photo from Grace Island website


Recommended Accommodation: Family Floating Cottage

Points of Interest: Floating Cottages, Bird Sanctuary, Forest Park, Marine Sanctuary
Activities: Cultural Shows, Beach games, Snorkeling, Windsurfing, Banana boat ride, Jetski, Videoke, Zipline

Children’s Activities: Small boats, Bike, Kayak
Kids’ Equipment Rentals: Highchairs are available at all restaurants.
Preferred Side Trips: Excursion to Ambulong Island, Cave exploration, Day trip to Inasakan White Beach

Don’t Forget to Bring: Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, hiking boots, binoculars to add greatly for your enjoyment of wildlife viewing, insect repellent, pocket wi-fi

What not to miss: Motorized water sports around the island!

Location: San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Website: Grace Island Resort


2. Bohol Bee Farm

Bohol Bee Farm is a good place to pick up pointers for organic gardening. Stay here with your kids or with the older members of the family, you surely can’t leave without a greater appreciation of the many wonders of organic food, as well as the island’s history.


Bohol Bee Farm

Bohol Bee Farm dining area


Recommended Accommodation: Ocean View Suites
Facilities: Jacuzzi, Swimming Pools, Diving Site, Spa
Points of Interest: Organic food, Bee farm, Organic Vegetable Farm, Souvenir Shop, Ice Cream Store

Activities: Organic farming, Farm tour, Diving, Snorkeling

Children’s Activities: Playground

Kids’ Equipment Rentals: Highchairs are available at all restaurants.
Preferred Side Trips: 8 hour country side tour including a visit to the Tarsier Sanctuary and Chocolate Hills, Day trip to Panglao Island, Loboc River Cruise, Island hopping to Oslob and Sumilon Island, Pamilacan Dolphin watching

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi in public areas

Don’t Forget to Bring: Diving equipment, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, extra cash for some grocery shopping

What not to miss: Bee farm tour and a smorgasbord of organic delights!

Location: Dao, Dauis Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines

Website: Bohol Bee Farm


3. The Manor at Camp John Hay

When you want to take a break from the sun and the sea, you can use a respite to the Manor at Camp John Hay. Die-hard golfers can work up a swing with the 18-hole, par 69 Golf Course. Children can stay amused with Tree Top Adventure. Parents can pamper themselves with rejuvenating spa services. No doubt there are activities to occupy everyone.


The Manor

The Manor at Camp John Hay. Photo from The Manor website


Recommended Accommodation: Family Room
Facilities: Fitness Center, Business Center
Points of Interest: The Manor Health Spa, Golf Course, Fireplace

Activities: Golf, Wall Climbing, Board Games, Target Shooting, Junior Master Chef

Children’s Activities: Playground on site

Babysitting: Babysitting services are available for an additional fee (rates are hourly).
Kids’ Equipment Rentals: Cribs are complimentary upon request; rollaway beds can be ordered for an additional fee. Highchairs are available at all restaurants.
Preferred Side Trips: Eco-adventure park at Tree Top Adventure in Camp John Hay, Strawberry picking in the strawberry farm, Visit to Mines view Park, Caving

Wi-Fi: Free WiFi in rooms and public areas

Don’t Forget to Bring: Golf club, Hat, Appropriate shoes, Jacket, Scarf

Location: Camp John Hay Loakan Road Baguio 2600

Website: The Manor at Camp john Hay


4. Mountain Lake Resort

Mountain Lake Resort is geared for all family members. Full-family activities such as cruising, pedal boating, fishing and camping (to name a few) work well with all ages. It is a 300 hectare property that can be your temporary home if you wish to escape from the urban jungle. A mere 3 hour drive from Manila, Mountain Lake Resort is a landscaped retreat for fun-filled adventure with a certain amount of serenity in its tropical accommodation.


Mountain Lake Resort

Cruise in the Caliraya Lake. Photo form hotel website


Recommended Accommodation: Family Hotel Room
Facilities: Jacuzzi, Sauna, Swimming Pool
Points of Interest: Lake Cruise, Dory Fishing Village, Hanging Bridge, Astra Camp, In-water Obstacle Course, Golf Course

Activities: Jetski, Kayak, Bonfire, Paddle boat, Horseback Riding, Zipline, Banana Boat, Fishing, Golf

Children’s Activities: Pedal Swan Boat, Bike
Kids’ Equipment Rentals:  Highchairs are available at all restaurants.
Preferred Side Trips: Day trek to Sierra Madre, Visit to Japanese Garden and Rizal Shrine

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi in public areas and rooms

Don’t Forget to Bring: Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, light clothing, appropriate clothing

What not to miss: Caliraya Lake Cruise!

Location: Cavinti, Laguna

Website: Mountain Lake Resort


5. Acuatico Beach Resort

In Acuatico Beach Resort they say you can experience a different kind of relaxation. I believe it is because of their unprecedented level of privacy. You and your family can have a high-energy vacation as you enjoy the resort’s topnotch facilities (including the infinity pool) without intrusion. Anyone who visits Acuatico Beach Resort is definitely delighted he or she did.


Acuatico Beach Resort

Acuatico Beach Resort in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas – Poolside. Photo from hotel website


Recommended Accommodation: Terraza

Facilities: Jacuzzi, Sauna, Hot Tubs
Points of Interest: Infinity Pool, Simona Spa, Acua Bar, Private Beach, Poolside Bar

Activities: Beach volleyball, Fly boarding, Kayak, Pedal boat, Jetski

Children’s Activities: Kiddie Pool, Children’s playroom, a game room
Kids’ Equipment Rentals: Highchairs are available at all restaurants.

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi

Don’t Forget to Bring: Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, a few articles of cotton clothing

What not to miss: Flyboarding!

Location: Laiya, Batangas

Website: Acuatico Beach Resort

There! I hope this list helps you decide for your next trip. I also hope the information I shared expands your vacation possibilities and eventually brings you and your family members wonderful vacation memories!

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