Our daily grind during the pandemic is bound to feel dull and repetitive with all the restrictions in place over our fun activities, and so we need to look for new ways to shake up the routine. For many people, all it takes is a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle to destress and ease the boredom.
If you’re already making plans for summer, it’s best to head off to places where traveling is made easier with less entry requirements.
Pampanga is one of the many provinces in the Philippines where RT-PCR testing is no longer required for travelers, but do take not that proof of vaccination should still be presented at the border checkpoints.
This Central Luzon province is home to nature’s finest such as Mt. Balakbak and Haduan Falls, which are resident hiking and trekking spots, and larger-than-life attractions such as the pre-pandemic annual Hot Air Balloon festival and Giant Lantern festival – which gave rise to its name ‘Christmas Capital of the Philippines.’ Above all, Kapampangans are famous for their culinary flair, making it a perfect destination for a casual foodie experience as well!
Fancy a trip to Pampanga? We’ve rounded up some of the best Airbnbs in the city that you can book for that relaxing change of scene you deserve. Average rates provided per Airbnb are based on the February 2022 prices and may change depending on season.
Window Pod along Friendship Highway
If cute and posh is your game, then this condominium unit in Clark is the perfect fit for your relaxing timeout.
Whether you’re going with your best pals or are set on a romantic escape with your significant other, this one-bedroom and one-bath place is still an ideal accommodation.
This Airnb is also ideal for travelers from far provinces as the Clark International Airport is within apparent eyesight.
At just P2,002 for a night, this chill and aesthetically pleasing unit is a bang for your buck!
Kandi Towers in Angeles City
On a budget with your boo but are in dire need of that relaxing staycation date? Kandi Towers can give you just that at P2,361 a night! With a unit that looks more like a house than a condominium, it makes a case for that quick change of scene.
Just like any condo unit, staying in Kandi Towers means you get to have access to their common areas. And if you accidentally make a mess while you’re on your short vacation, you can make call their cleaning service as long as it’s within 10 am to 5 pm.
This Airbnb is a win for many staycationers, what with five-star ratings on the site. If you’re one to enjoy a stay when the host is warm and friendly, this one is a sure pick!
Euphoric sights at One Euphoria
A stay at One Euphoria hands out a quick escape from your busy life without fully leaving that urban comfort.
For as low as P2,515 on a one-night stay, you can access their many amenities such as the fitness gym and the infinity rooftop pool. But their selling point has to be the Clouds Rooftop Bar, where you can sip your cocktails while enjoying a breathtaking view of Mt. Arayat.
Plus points to this place for the many nearby establishments. In case you need to make a quick shopping mall run, SM City Clark is nearby. They also allow self check-in with the doorman to make settling in easy for you.
Manabat’s Farm Log Cabin
Rustic staycations make it big for city escapists, and this log cabin hits the nail on the head for your getaway trip.
The log aesthetic extends inside the house as some of the common areas are covered in what would seem like fake logs. (Yes, the house is still 100% made of concrete!)
Book a stay at this cabin for P6,000 a night. And when you do, you get access to the rest of the Manabat farm in the municipality of Magalang.
Kubo by MB
This former family resthouse-turned-Airbnb draws inspiration from an actual bahay kubo or nipa hut that is emblematic of the rural life. It’s not all made of nipa, though!
Located in San Fernando City, this kubo is priced at P6,462 per night and can house up to 10 guests, as indicated on the listing. However, it only has one bedroom, so it might be an issue for that many people going on a quick stay.
However, it makes up for other features, such as a separate kubo for lounging, a 4 to 5-ft. pool, and a karaoke machine. The vibe makes it perfect for mini-reunions, so if you’re also planning that, this resthouse is worth a try.
Bungalow a la Monaco
Looking for a simple yet IG-worthy getaway location? This “amazing bungalow” hits that sweet spot between style and comfort. You can even switch on the LED lights to match your staycation vibe.
Priced at P6,470 per night, you can split the bill with five other friends and enjoy the private pool and the mini bar while you marvel at the design of the house.
This Airbnb is also located in Angeles City, and you can follow their Facebook page for more photos of the place.
Farm House in the entertainment district
While Angeles City is more known for its nightlife, you can always find your slice of calm by staying at a farmhouse such as this one. At around P10,300 per night, the property is smack dab in the middle of a fruit orchard, surrounding it with nothing but lush greens.
This well-designed stone farmhouse is best shared with family and friends as it can accommodate up to 14 people. It has seven bedrooms and four baths, a 6x10-meter swimming pool, and a wide range of kitchenware, and an access to the washing machine.
You can also take home some fruits that have been freshly picked from the orchard as pasalubong. These are charged by the kilo. For those willing to splurge more, this Airbnb is basically a rural haven.
Modern Chic Pool Villa
Los Angeles meets Greece in this 7,000-sq. ft. dome house located in Clark. It has a very spacious living area inside the house and has six beds and baths, despite the listing only indicating four people.
One night at this pool villa costs P14,778 and is accessible to numerous establishments such as restaurants and a hospital. It’s also three minutes away from the Angeles Korean town, if you’re up for a samgyupsal night with your fam or friends.
Guests at this dome house also get a discount of P500 on a game of golf at the Korea Country Club. This villa is definitely a hole-in-one!
Looking for the most lowkey yet quality farmhouse in Pampanga? Look no further with MULA 1522 located in the municipality of Mexico.
This farmhouse looks almost more like a beach resort, but with everything in it. It houses organic crops, a non-chlorinated freshwater pool, a grilling area, and a basketball court aside from the usual inclusions of a farm resort.
The main house has two airconditioned bedrooms while the annexed house has three airconditioned rooms with a separate toilet and bath.
The standard rate for this Airbnb is around P17,952 but it depends on whether you would be using the whole area or just the main house.
Bale queng Marangle Resort Adventure Farm
The municipality of Lubao is known for the quaint farm life, and if you’re down with that, then this farmhouse is a castle on a rural bling.
Bale queng Marangle, or farmhouse in Kapampangan, is one of the grandest listings on Airbnb within the Pampanga area. For those planning on a major outing, even with extended family, should be prepared to shed a few thousand pesos as one night at this place costs around P35,000.
The price speaks for itself as the place has lovely exteriors and interiors and is truly spacious. It also sits beside a lake for that legitimate farm feel. Apart from the complete amenities, it also has a small playground – best for the kids and even kids-at-heart!