Take a Break: Breath-taking Vacations You Can Take Indoors

By Shen Mascarinas

August 17, 2015

Ample time, road trips or cheap flights, and available leaves: elements that are assumed to be prerequisites to have a good vacation. This isn’t always the case though.

With ingenuity, research, and even just a weekend, you can still have your much-needed getaway. You don’t have to drive too far, to fly out of Manila, or to stay outdoors just to see breathtaking sights and get some relaxation.

Here are four nearby destinations you could visit for a reposeful staycation.


Z Hostel


This is the very first luxury hostel in the Philippines. Affordable and located in Makati, this place is perfectly accessible to those who want to call a new place ‘home’ for a weekend while socializing and having a drink or two.

You can opt for the dorm rooms for an opportunity to meet new people, or the private rooms for more alone time. Aside from Z Hostel’s practical yet extremely comfortable accommodations, it also has a rooftop with a beautiful view of Makati wherein chill parties are usually hosted.


Discovery Country Suites

From the makers of Discovery Suites and Discovery Shores, here’s another haven this time in Tagaytay with excellent interiors and thoughtful service like no other. It has seven unique suites with each having a distinct look, but all exude luxury and the feel of a Baguio summer home.

You can get an unadulterated view of Taal Volcano while lounging in your state of the art suite, or while enjoying the impeccably-prepared dishes in Restaurant Verbena.


City of Dreams

Some people consider slot machines, casino tables, and hotel pools their kind of breathtaking view. If you’re one of those people, then booking a room in one of the hotels in City of Dreams will be your best indoor vacation yet.

Choose from Nobu, Hyatt, and Crown Towers for an indulgent room that’s within walking distance from world-class gaming, dining and partying. For families, you can check out Dream Play, an interactive entertainment center where kids can play with their favorite Dreamworks characters.


Qi Wellness Spa


This minimalist, modern, and zen spa makes ultimate relaxation just a drive away. Qi Wellness Spa has a branch in Makati and in Tagaytay.

Just spending a few hours here is like being in a very serene China. Get the full experience by availing a massage treatment, taking a dip in their Yin and Yang baths, and trying their fine 8-course meal.


Check when the next long weekend is, and try any of these staycations on the next one! Take a break; your body and soul will thank you for it.




If there is one resolution to keep this 2017, it’s this: love yourself more.

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