Agoda shares ideas for local family getaways

Filipinos are optimistic to resume travelling with their families before 2021 ends. According to digital travel platform, in its Philippine Travel Sentiment Survey, almost 50% of Pinoys are keen to travel domestically within the year together with their partner and kids.

Health and safety protocols continue to be a must for Filipino travelers when booking accommodations, with 48% saying it’s imperative even when restrictions ease out. However, with Agoda’s expansive list of HygienePlus properties, travelers can feel confident they will find the safest family getaway without the hassle and worry.

To make it even easier,  Agoda’s shares the ultimate vacation cheat sheet for fun and safe family destinations be it by flight or by road based on booking data for the Philippines in 2021.

For family road trips the whole gang will love

Tagaytay: A date with nature 

A scenic two-hour drive away from Manila, this accessible destination is home to adventure-filled sites that are suitable both for adults and families with kids. One spot worth checking out is the Twin Lakes Hotel nestled in the lush and open grasslands of the city.

This palatial hotel surrounded by lush greenery is fully equipped with a spa, fitness center as well as a café and poolside bar for parents to relax, while their kids spend some time playing at the game room and kids’ corner. For travellers who would like to bring their furry friends along, this hotel is pet-friendly too.

La Union: Surf to your heart’s content

For families looking to make up for a missed summer getaway to Greece, look no further as La Union, the Surfing Capital of the North, boasts of pristine beaches. Enjoy AgodaSpecial Offers’ clubbing Golf packages as well as early check-in and check-out at this world-class Thunderbird Resorts & Casinos – Poro Point.

Dubbed as the Santorini of Asia, it combines Mediterranean-inspired architecture and the best of tropical nature. From water sports, recreation, and golf facilities, to the best casino experience, this resort has got it all. No wonder it’s awarded as a top choice of Agoda travelers in 2021!

Baguio City: Enjoy the city of Pines

Baguio is undoubtedly a Filipino family favorite when it comes to road trip-friendly destinations – and over the years, continues to inspire travelers to re-explore the  gardens, lakes and impressive cathedrals that the city has to offer.

Feel the early holiday spirit at The Manor at Camp John Hay, Baguio right at the heart of the city. On the spot, visitors will be warmly embraced by its classic charm and elegance–perfect for the cool breeze and crisp mountain air that Baguio provides. The Manor also gives a unique bonfire experience families can share while enjoying the goodness of nature at night.

The hotel also offers inclusive tour packages where families can visit nearby attractions such as Burnham Park, Museo de Baguio, and Mines View Park.

For fly-away weekends that fit the family budget

Palawan: A truly tropical paradise 

With its unique wildlife, crystal clear waters and stunning scenery, Palawan is definitely an iconic island for families looking for the best adventures the tropics have to offer. For a unique experience check out the Nacpan Beach Glamping in Nacpan Beach only 45 minutes away from El Nido.

As the name suggests, this Agoda HygienePlus-approved gem gives a whole new meaning to the “glamping” experience by providing a picturesque escape nestled under hundreds of palm trees and shrubs while on the beach.  Families can enjoy private sailing trips, campfires at night, join island-hopping tours, or simply curl up for story time in their cozy tents under the stars.

Bohol: Head for the hills

Bohol is another family-friendly spot that offers an array of adventure activities – be it seeing the famous Philippine tarsier, experiencing top diving spots, or simply marvelling over picture-postcard sceneries of the famous chocolate hills.  For those looking to have a mix of everything, Bohol Bee Farm Resort is one great option. With a rustic atmosphere, this resort also prides itself with a great view of the Bohol Sea while providing organic offerings for the whole family, including healthy menus and an herb garden. Families can also enjoy other indoor and outdoor activities such as snorkelling, or strolling within the farm and making some honey to take home.

Siargao:  Calling all water babies

Apart from being the perfect spot for adrenaline-junkies–with many surfing sports spots to choose from – Siargao, is also an ideal destination for beach-loving families to enjoy some waves.

Another HygienePlus  property, Retreat Siargao Resort fits the bill for what families are looking for in a getaway.  A hop skip and jump away from Malinao Beach, it provides great facilities for those looking for a date with sand and the sea, including water sports such as paddle-boarding, diving, and other aquatic activities like fishing and boating. After a fun-filled day, kick-back and enjoy a Barbeque at the hotel’s open area.

“There’s nothing more rewarding than spending time and making memories with our family. Taking family road trips is a great way to reconnect and support the hospitality industry in its recovery, and on Agoda, we have a huge range of great value family-friendly places to stay, whether you head for the beach, the hills or take a family staycation in the city.

Our health and safety platform features such as the HygienePlus, we offer great GoLocal deals and offer a variety of accommodation choices to help make travel as easy and spontaneous as possible,” said Enric Casals, Regional VP of Southeast Asia and Oceania.

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