Looking for a place to take your significant other can be a daunting task. There’s a self-induced pressure to create the perfect date night where there’s scrumptious food, a panoramic view, and should be well within your means. These spots just outside Metro Manila tick all those boxes, and you can leave the city without driving too far.
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa
Located in the hills of Antipolo is this serene hanging garden spa. Momentarily forget about the bustle of the city as you take in the gorgeous views of Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila. Guests can also take a dip in the infinity pool or unwind with a relaxing massage at Luljetta’s.
Bambu CafÃ© is an events and Bed and Breakfast place located in Tanauan City, Batangas. Their overnight rates are very affordable, but guests who are just looking for an al fresco dining spot are also welcome. You can’t miss their dessert options like the Kalabasa cheesecake, honey cassava cake, or turon halo-halo.
Picnic by Napa
If you’ve ever dreamed about having a picnic date, take your partner to Napa at Crosswinds. The cool Tagaytay breeze and outdoor setup make it feel like you’re dining in a Swiss neighborhood. Each order at Picnic by Napa comes in a picnic basket, which you can take to a hut in the area for a one-of-a-kind experience.
This hidden gem in Binan is worth the drive to Laguna. It’s great for intimate gatherings and special dates as it’s tucked away from the city. Nina’s Kitchen serves comforting and hearty food that you can enjoy al fresco or in their cozy interior. Regulars recommend the truffle pasta and baked salmon.
Coffee lovers shouldn’t pass up the chance to visit this Italian-inspired cafÃ© in Cavite. ROMA is pet-friendly and bike-friendly, with ample parking for guests. The moment you enter, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported because of the warmth and rustic design.
As a bonus, these places are very Instagram-friendly, which means you won’t run out of photo ops. You’ll want to take as many pictures as possible for keepsakes, after all.