5 Santorini-Inspired Resorts near Manila for Your Weekend Getaway

Treat yourself to a Mediterranean vacation without having to leave the country.

By Rhea J. Bernardino
September 09, 2016

Most of us have probably included Santorini on our bucket list of places to visit. This beautiful Greek island in the Aegean Sea speaks of ultimate relaxation and luxury. But alas, this paradise is too far away, and judging by the meager contents of your bank account, you most likely can’t afford it for now. But the good news is that there are some resorts in the country that have captured the beauty of Santorini, including its iconic houses with whitewashed exteriors and blue dome roofs. While you're still saving up for your Greece getaway, have your fix of Santorini in any of these resorts in the meantime.

1. Sundowners Vacation Villas

Location: Bolinao, Pangasinan
Minimum Budget: PHP 13,000.00 for 13 people

Sundowners Vacation Villas is only five to six hours away from Metro Manila. This Santorini-themed resort features seven villas perfect for large groups like barkadas and families as well as two rooms for a more intimate group. You can almost imagine the smell of the brine coming from the Aegean Sea with the amazing sea view at the infinity pool and the rooftop. Its villas and rooms all contribute to the minimalist Greek theme and are well-equipped with various amenities for a complete stay.

2. Estancia Resort Hotel

Location: Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City
Minimum Budget: PHP 5,400.00 for two people

If you want somewhere nearer Manila, Estancia Resort Hotel is only less than two hours away. However, instead of a coastal view, this resort offers a taste of Santorini set in the highlands of Tagaytay. Instead of sea views, a breathtaking view of the Taal Lake is what greets guests. The resort-hotel also features the whitewashed exterior walls and blue domed structures typical of Santorini. It also boasts impressive facilities such as two swimming pools and a restaurant that serves delicious and flavorful meals.

3. Camp Netanya
Location: Anilao, Batangas
Minimum Budget: PHP 6,917.00 for two people

Anilao is known for its rocky beaches and scuba diving, but with the establishment of Camp Netanya, it has also been put on the radar as a must-visit Mediterranean-inspired destination. Camp Netanya is among the most popular and most pocket-friendly Grecian-themed resorts in the country. Like other establishments of its kind, it has an infinity pool and offers a breathtaking view of the sea and fun activities like kayaking. After a fun-filled day spent outdoors, you'll surely get a good night's sleep in the comfortable and well-appointed guestrooms.

4. Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point
Location: San Fernando City, La Union
Minimum Budget: PHP 6,639.35 for two people

Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point is another Mediterranean-inspired gem in the north, about five to six hours from Metro Manila. A sprawling resort, it is perched on top of a hill and offers breathtaking views of the West Philippine Sea. With its imposing architecture and luxurious private beach and swimming pool, this five-star property is easily one of La Union's most famous destinations. There are plenty of recreational facilities: guests can enjoy watersports and even test their luck at the casino. The luxurious rooms at the resort will get you the rest and relaxation that you deserve.

5. Vitalis Villas
Location: Santiago, Ilocos Sur
Minimum Budget: PHP 12,192.18 for four people

Vitalis Villas may be the farthest from Metro Manila, but it is definitely worth the 12-hour trip. This little slice of Greece is perched on a hillside in Santiago Cove and offers a marvelous view of the open seas. Aside from its Mediterranean feel, guests will also enjoy a dip in its luxurious infinity pool or savor delicious meals at the onsite restaurant. The blue and white-themed villas feature minimalist designs but are spacious and perfect for a rejuvenating sleep.