10 interesting Airbnbs across the Philippines

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This retro-futuristic structure with direct access to a white-sand beach is in Oslob, Cebu. The modular rooms have glass walls, but they ensure total privacy. Photo from JESSIE GLEN/AIRBNB WEBSITE

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — April has arrived and in full force, which means it’s time to pack your bags and go on an adventure. With family, perhaps, or friends, a significant other, even just by yourself.

Summertime trips usually equate to going to another country or staying at resorts and hotels, but these days, booking an Airbnb is the best way to go. It’s relatively safe and convenient, the hosts are friendly and gracious, and you get to create an interesting and worthwhile experience anywhere — a space to lounge around, somewhere luxurious, the great outdoors, a tiny house, whatever you want.

It’s like you’re little and you’re playing house all over again, but so much better than a Little Tikes clubhouse.

Here are 10 one-of-a-kind Airbnb listings that are sure to curb your cabin fever with something completely new, but also feels just like home.

SAVE: Below 1,000 per night

minimalist qc.jpg This studio in Quezon City has pristine walls and sheets that provide a clean white backdrop, and is paired with smart pops of color, from matching mugs to geometric cushioned stools. Photo from ANGEL AND KEVIN/AIRBNB WEBSITE

A minimalist studio in Quezon City

A haven for cozy and comfortable staycations, this small studio is a Pinterest dream come true: Its pristine walls and sheets provide a clean white backdrop, paired with smart pops of color, from matching mugs to geometric cushioned stools. Guests have access to the swimming pools at ₱150 per head, as well as the playground. It also provides great access to the city’s best spots, from Maginhawa to Tomas Morato. The large windows let in lots of sunlight — perfect for getting some reading done or sneaking in some work. (But only if you absolutely have to, of course.)

This listing can accommodate up to four guests for a nightly fee of ₱884.

container palawan.jpg This 160-square foot space is only a five-minute drive from both Long Beach, the longest white sand beach in the country, and the San Vicente Airport. Photo from DUSTIN AND KAYE/AIRBNB WEBSITE

A tiny container home in Palawan

Built for low-impact vacations, this 160-square foot space is situated on a peaceful 1000-square meter private lot with just the essentials for a comfortable stay, so travelers can see the sights, swim, and surf without distractions. Inside, guests will find a surprisingly spacious bathroom and a double mattress, and the outdoor lounge area is lit with tiki torches and Christmas lights, with a hammock and handwoven mats. Island tours and water sports can be arranged, and it’s only a five-minute drive from both Long Beach, the longest white sand beach in the country, and the San Vicente Airport.

This listing can accommodate up to two guests for a nightly fee of ₱624.

SPEND: Below 5,000 per night

zen makati.png The apartment has French doors that separate the living area from the bedroom, and a wide curved lanai balcony with a table. Photo from MATTHEW/AIRBNB WEBSITE

A chic zen apartment in Makati

This Makati address boasts sleek modern furniture — French doors to separate the living area from the bedroom, and a wide curved lanai balcony with a table. Located in a boutique condo building, it also has large windows that treat guests to natural light and unparalleled cityscape views with Rockwell as the foreground. It all comes together in a calming space that’s exactly what you need to relax for the weekend. Upon arrival, you are even treated with a welcome drink. The pleasant cross breeze flow and 50 mbps WiFi aren’t so bad either.

This listing can accommodate up to two guests for a nightly fee of ₱1,977.

guest home manila.jpg The room has a narra hardwood desk set and an Ilocano butaka chair, but the real must-see is the gorgeous covered and screened patio with couches. Photo from GREG/AIRBNB WEBSITE

A guest room in a vintage home in Manila's Paco District

Stay awhile and relive the charm of old Manila in the downstairs bedroom of a mid-20th Century American-colonial style wooden home adorned with Filipiniana and American antiques and vintage furniture. The room has a narra hardwood desk set and an Ilocano butaka chair, but the real must-see is the gorgeous covered and screened patio with couches. In the garden, surrounded by greens and trees, make friends with the house’s five dogs and three cats, “all of whom will seek your attention.” And if they tire you out, you can always request a massage.

This listing can accommodate up to three guests for a nightly fee of ₱2,081.


victorian baguio.jpg The 100-year-old traditional Baguio heritage home is only walking distance from Teacher’s Camp and the Baguio Botanical Garden, and a jeepney ride away from Session Road. Photo from NORMAN AND JOANNA/AIRBNB WEBSITE

A guest suite in a Victorian heritage house in Baguio

Keep it cool in a bright blue 100-year-old traditional Baguio heritage home with a real front porch, only walking distance from Teacher’s Camp and the Baguio Botanical Garden, and a jeepney ride away from Session Road. The sweet country-style interiors have been updated with rustic elements and actual Baguio pinewood finishes harvested from the lot’s very own pine tree garden. The ground-floor accommodations have their own entrance, so guests have total privacy, and for an extra touch of cozy, there’s even a bonfire pit.

This listing can accommodate up to eight guests for a nightly fee of ₱2,393.

tree house subic copy.jpg The treehouse offers a hot tub on the deck as well as a hammock. Photo from MS. D/AIRBNB WEBSITE

An eco-friendly treehouse in Subic

Get a taste of the outdoors and fulfill your childhood secret-club dreams in a tiny house that’s been built onto a tree, with its very own deck. Its mismatched, paint-splatter exterior and decor add to its authenticity, and most of its pieces have been salvaged and repurposed from all around the country. Guests can enjoy the rainforest getaway’s hot tub on the deck and stargaze on the hammock. The place also serves breakfast and homemade brick-oven pizza, and accepts special orders upon request.

This listing can accommodate up to two guests for a nightly fee of ₱1,769.

rustic farm home bulacan.jpg The deluxe bahay kubo can be found on the grounds of Numana, an organic family farm. Photo from AMY/AIRBNB WEBSITE

A rustic nipa hut on a farm in Bulacan

Small families (and their pets!) can slow things down in a deluxe bahay kubo on the grounds of Numana, an organic family farm. The native house has a canopy bed, and children and kids-at-heart will enjoy the hammock and the swings. For added protection, it also has a baby- and pet-proof gate, as well as a farm kit with sunblock, sanitizer, and citronella spray. The farmland and grass field views are incredible, and there are endless activities to keep everyone entertained: pick-and-pay vegetables and seasonal fruits, feeding the farm animals, and having a bonfire or a picnic.

This listing can accommodate up to three guests for a nightly fee of ₱2,185.

pod home oslob.jpg The modular rooms have glass walls, but they ensure total privacy — and it’s almost like having your own private island, because you’ll have the run of the place. Photo from JESSIE GLENN/AIRBNB WEBSITE

A modern pod home in a resort in Oslob

A retro-futuristic structure with direct access to a white-sand beach? Even the pulpiest green-edged sci-fi paperbacks couldn’t have written it better. Go on a free ATV ride on the beach, get a massage, or dine at the cottage hall where you’ll meet the friendliest staff (and have some heavenly breakfast). The area is also close to the most in-demand tourist spots, so you can go on scenic tours with fun activities. The modular rooms have glass walls, but they ensure total privacy — and it’s almost like having your own private island, because you’ll have the run of the place.

This listing can accommodate up to three guests for a nightly fee of ₱2,393.

SPLURGE: Above 5,000 per night

casa del sol tagaytay.jpg The living area has a breathtaking high ceiling, thanks to the huge loft. There are two pools, an individually priced wine and liquor bar, and a garden venue for events. Photo from JULIE/AIRBNB WEBSITE

A bohemian farmhouse in Tagaytay

Amadeo’s Casa Del Sol was built and designed by the family who owns it, along with the furniture and lighting fixtures — from the solid wood dining table to the colorful chairs with wooden details. The living area has a breathtaking high ceiling, thanks to the huge loft. There are two pools, an individually priced wine and liquor bar, and a garden venue for events. With rows of bunk beds and bean bags, the house has a wonderful camp and commune-like atmosphere that invites you to sit on the floor and maybe do some singalongs. (And with karaoke and all the guitars they have available, why shouldn’t you?)

This listing can accommodate up to 16 guests for a nightly fee of ₱7,960.

villa busay cebu.jpg The contemporary interiors are complemented by the infinity pool, and the villa’s 24/7 service allows guests to enjoy a basic menu that can be expanded to different types of cuisine as requested, prepared by an in-house chef. Photo from ANTHONY/AIRBNB WEBSITE

A luxury villa in Cebu City

Located on the Cebu mountainside, Villa Busay is surrounded by palm trees and has the best views of the city, whether it’s day or night, and there’s even a telescope. The contemporary interiors are complemented by the infinity pool, and the villa’s 24/7 service allows guests to enjoy cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks as well as a basic menu that can be expanded to different types of cuisine as requested, prepared by an in-house chef. The address provides easy access to city nightlife with a 10-seat van, and for an extra fee, yacht rides can be arranged for island hopping tours, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and sunset cruises.

This listing can accommodate up to eight guests for a nightly fee of ₱32,776.