If you’re after an authentic place offering relaxation and pampering, look no further than Nurture Wellness Village, where a series of pretty stone walkways lead to Infugao-inspired heritage huts with private garden and spa area. This peaceful retreat immersed in lush greenery offers treatments that use indigenous healing traditions – try the authentic Filipino tribal foot massage – while overnight stays come with complimentary wellness activities including tai chi exercises, and feature organic farm tours and healthy juice demos.
About 70km south of Manila lies Lake Taal, a spectacular lake with a volcanic island rising from its centre. Weekends see Manileños descend to the area for some gentle hiking, relaxation and respite from the hustle and bustle of the capital. The jumping off point for the lake is Tagaytay, a compact city that commands a wonderful position on a ridge overlooking the lake and its volcano. Tagaytay has developed quickly over the last few years, with a fair share of hotels springing up around the centre and beyond, although tucked away here and there you’ll find some lovely hotels hidden away amid greenery offering a quiet peaceful corner and panoramic lake views, all within striking distance of the area’s attractions. Focuses might be on wellness, natural attractions or child-friendly activities, but there’s undoubtedly something for all comers in this beautiful destination.