Options are pretty close to endless when you visit a country composed of over 7,000 individual islands. Whether you want to hang on the beach in Boracay or stroll the street of colonial Manila or check out an active volcano on Luzon, the Philippines is a country for adventurers. We realize that adventurers need good places to rest their heads, and with that thought in mind, we’ve done some digging and rounded up a list of the coolest Airbnb villas in the Philippines.
It’s only right that we begin with an island. Yes, this is an entire private island available on Airbnb and you and your crew would be wise to push this option to the top of your list for accommodations options for your trip. The island is popular for weddings and honeymooners seeking an extra level of privacy, but it also caters to groups looking to spend a few days hanging out. With jungle to explore, kayak and snorkel rentals, a full bar and beach massages, the island has plenty to offer. The house itself has seven bedrooms and, thanks to a chef specializes in traditional Filipino cuisine, meals are taken care of. You can also take a boat and do a little island hopping if you’re so inclined.
Balinese Villa in Calamba
If the island life isn’t for you and you’re seeking a little more conventional luxury, this Balinese-inspired villa in Calamba (about an hour south of Manila) is another excellent option for larger groups. With nine beds, a beautiful pool and plenty of space to spread out and chill after a long day of exploring, this villa checks all the boxes. The house is close to Calamba’s central area and for all history buffs out there, it is also close to where Filipino national hero Joe Rizal grew up. Rizal was a Filipino nationalist and a leader towards the end of the Spanish colonial era.
Whale Shark Diving Cebu Villa
A modern mansion that sits isolated up on a hill on the southern tip of the island of Cebu, this place is something out of a travel magazine. Stone stairs lead down the hill directly into the turquoise water, and if you hop on a boat, a quick ride will take you out to swim with whale sharks. After spending a few hours out with the planet’s largest species of shark, you can wind down on the small private beach. The house itself breaks down into six bedrooms of varying sizes that are available for booking individually.
The two small but comfortable beach huts give any adventurer lucky enough to book at this remote ecolodge direct access to a deserted beach, excellent snorkeling areas, windsurfing, and kayaks (great for countless waterways that wind through the nearby mangroves). This place is for the traveler looking for simplicity and an opportunity to take in some of the country’s incredible natural beauty. The property is especially well set up for kids as well. There are ponies that young kids can ride and the boogie and surfboarding would be good for hours of fun. Each house has three small bedrooms and one bathroom — just enough space for the family.
Malay Oceanview Penthouse
We have to include one for the view and this is definitely the one. This penthouse in the municipality of Malay (on Boracay Island) towers over the beach and the 180-degree view will be well worth however long your plane flight is. With 2,700 square feet, four bedrooms and a private 950 square foot terrace looking out over the water, the whole crew can come to enjoy the view. The beach down below is equally gorgeous and the kitesurfing is reputed to be the best in all of Asia. If you’re seeking a little extra luxury (may as well go all the way), the building has butlers that will be happy to help you out.