From the City of Pines to the country’s banana capital, these leisure estates are bringing holiday living closer to home.
What makes vacation homes a worthy investment? This is a valid question, considering that holiday and leisure properties usually come with a hefty price tag. But all things considered (be it the price, the location, or the return on investment), it’s still a dream come true for many people who want to wake up in a bedroom that has a view of the sea, or to enjoy their afternoon coffee in the yard with a backdrop of a cool, tree-covered mountain.
The good news for these aspiring vacation home owners is that the country offers a lot of options, whether they want a home by the beach, the mountainside, or a golf course. Here, MyProperty has put together the country’s best leisure residential projects that are sure to evoke the feeling of being on a holiday 24/7.
The Residences at Brent
Developed by Willowtree Development Corporation, a joint venture between Brent Baguio and the Episcopal Church of the Philippines, The Residences at Brent is a seven-hectare residential community. Located within the 12-hectare property of Brent Baguio, The Residences is composed of seven condo buildings offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom units that can be purchased for personal use or as investments to be leased out to visitors as condotel units.
The Residences at Brent is composed of seven towers, two of which have already been launched.
Proving to be a community that aims to bring Baguio living to greater heights, found within The Residences at Brent are amenities freely accessible to residents for their convenience, safety, and overall well-being. Such amenities include pocket parks, landscaped gardens, camping grounds, and walking or jogging trails. Residents are also provided access to Brent Baguio’s facilities, which include playcourts, the football field, children’s playground, and chapel.
Anvaya Cove by Ayala Land Premier is a 470-hectare development with several nature-friendly neighborhoods comprising of condominiums, villas, and multi-dwelling houses, all of which boast a tropical Asian design. Named after the ancient Sanskrit word for “family,” Anvaya is truly a family-friendly getaway with attractions for residents of all ages, such as an 18-hole all-weather sustainable golf course, nature camp, and a world-class sports complex. Pavilions, water amenities, and the beach complete the resort-inspired atmosphere of this summer getaway.
With amenities like a golf course and a nature camp, Anvaya Cove is a development that caters to the whole family.
A beach resort and residential development rolled into one, Camaya Coast by Earth and Shore Leisure Communities Corporation is a sweet escape from the metro. Situated a mere three hours from Metro Manila, residents can enjoy the 3.2-kilometer pristine coastal beach with great view of Mount Mariveles. This environmentally friendly community has six residential subdivisions, as well as a natural forest reserve that occupies 30 percent of its total area.
San Mateo, Rizal
Filinvest Premier’s leisure offering in the province of Rizal is Timberland Heights, a 677-hectare mountain resort and residence located 15 minutes away from Quezon City in San Mateo, Rizal. Timberland offers five themed communities: The Ranch, which has a picturesque view of Laguna de Bay and the Sierra Madre mountain range; Banyan Crest and Banyan Ridge, which give residents front-row seats to the San Mateo panorama; and Mandala Residential Farm Estates I and II, where people can immerse themselves in a farming lifestyle.
And complementing the atmosphere of Rizal is the Timberland Sports and Nature Club, a first-rate, members-only club that offers various activities and amenities. Also found within the confines of Timberland are open spaces that feature different recreational venues such as theme parks, lagoons, camp grounds, and horse and bike trails.
Orchard Residential Estates and Golf and Country Club
It can be argued that the Orchard Residential Estates and Golf and Country Club is one of the best golf estates in the country. Spanning 137 hectares, almost of its area is allotted for open spaces, while the other half is mostly for residential space. It also has two 18-hole championship golf courses, making it ideal for those who don’t just play golf leisurely, but those who outright live and breathe the game.
South Forbes Golf Club
South Forbes Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course located in Silang, Cavite, and is designed by the International Management Group, who are considered Asia’s best when it comes to golf course design. Defined by lush greens and diverse terrain typical of the best in Cavite real estate, the golf club is the centerpiece of Golf View Terraces, a residential development exuding a modern Asian touch and in direct proximity to the course.
South Forbes Golf Club belongs to the Asian-themed community Golf View Terraces.
A 400-hectare course, Tagaytay Highlands’ two 18-hole championship golf courses are situated amid a dense forest about a thousand feet above Taal Lake. They offer an unmatched view of the lake, as well as a view of the Taal Volcano. The property is equipped with the country’s first and only 48-seat Swiss funicular system, which connects residents and guests to and from the Tagaytay Highlands residential area.
Tagaytay Highlands championship golf course is at par with international 18-hole courses.
Recognized as the sole pine estate in the country, Brittany Corporation’s 100-hectare Crosswinds Tagaytay is a luxury community with Swiss-inspired chalets, condominiums, and amenities all surrounded by over 23,000 pine trees. Found at the highest peak of the community is Deux Point, a segment of the community composed of duplexes (two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom units). The Alpine Village is a cluster of midrise condos incorporated with commercial establishments. The Swiss Quadrilles are enclaves composed of quad units. Located at one of the highest points of Crosswinds is The Grand Quartier, a set of low-density, mid-rise condos. Those with a more specific taste can also create custom homes at Montreux Ville, Pine Grove, Peak View, and Cedar Brooks.
Dotted with 23,000 pine trees, the 100-hectare Crosswinds is a Swiss-inspired destination in Tagaytay.
Aside from offering features that exude resort-style living, Crosswinds also boast a year-round holiday atmosphere, with Yuletide attractions such as the Christmas Store, where holiday items are for sale all year; and Santa’s House, where children can pass the time playing with toys or watching movies. Other special amenities include a swimming pool, convenience store, event lawn, and the Swiss Village containing cafés, restaurants, and shops.
Between Tagaytay City and Laurel, Batangas
Rising at a 1,149-hectare terrain overlooking Taal Lake is Megaworld Corporation’s Twin Lakes, touted as the country’s first vineyard resort community. The resort community’s highlight is a 10-hectare section of the property dedicated to wine-making, storing, and showcasing. Inspired by California’s wine county Napa Valley, it will be home to a vineyard, a wine chateau, and a country manor.
The Shopping Village at Twin Lakes is a retail haven for residents and visitors.
The vineyard is located in Vineyard Residences, a 177-hectare mixed-use area that also houses three low-rise condominiums, a hotel and resort, a sports club and spa, and townhomes. The Vineyard Shopping Village, an arcade just a few minutes away from the residences, will feature boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants. Domaine Le Jardin is a 50-hectare enclave featuring villas, a botanical garden, and an exclusive amenity area. For golf enthusiasts, 113 hectares of the development will be dedicated to an estate featuring an 18-hole championship golf course, as well as residential lots.
Summit Point Golf and Residential Estates
Measuring 7,017 yards, Summit Point Golf and Residential Estates is an 18-hole course offering a host of challenges as “each golf hole changes in character with the season.” Summit Point, located in Lipa City, Batangas, is well known for its cool climate and breathtaking scenery. Situated at an elevation of some 1,100 feet, the golf course brings together the strategic elements inspired by some of the famous golf holes in the world.
Ayala Greenfield Estates
With grand views of Mount Makiling, Laguna de Bay, and Tagaytay Ridge, living and golfing in Ayala Greenfield Estates is a one-of-a-kind experience. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, considered the father of environmental golf course design, the Ayala Greenfield Golf and Leisure Club’s championship course sits in 50-hectare development, which serves as the habitat of 35 species and 21 families of endemic and migratory birds.
Aside from a top-of-the-line golf course, Ayala Greenfield Estates also boasts amenities like an infinity pool and a Jacuzzi.
Among other things, Greenfield boasts an 18-hole golf course, which is accessible via membership to the Ayala Greenfield Estates Golf Leisure Club. Also within the community is a 15-hectare nature park where residents can enjoy various outdoor activities like fishing, camping, biking, and hiking. The village clubhouse is awash with amenities for active residents, such as an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, play courts, and a fitness gym.
Alta Vista de Boracay
Located at the northern end of one of the world’s best islands is DMCI Homes’ Alta Vista de Boracay. Spanning four hectares, Alta Vista de Boracay is a residential leisure community with 17 Southeast Asian–inspired buildings comprising lofts and studio suites. Residents and guests will enjoy the resort-hotel amenities, such as the infinity pool on the view deck, Jacuzzi, clubhouse, and landscaped gardens. Access and service to the famed Puka Beach is also available for those who want to get a dose of vitamin sea.
Alta Vista De Boracay residents can easily access Puka Beach from the community.
A flagship project of Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (a subsidiary of Megaworld Corp.) in Boracay Island, Boracay Newcoast is an integrated tourism estate that upon completion will boast some of the most highly sought after vacation homes on the famed island. Buyers have the option to buy either condo units at Oceanway Residence or residential lots at the exclusive Newcoast Village.
The Boracay Newcoast golf course is accompanied by a pro shop, locker room, and tee house.
The centerpiece of the Boracay Newcoast development, Fairways & Bluewater, is meant to redefine the Boracay visiting and living experience of the avid golfer. If playing the game in arguably the Philippines’ most popular beach destination is not enough, the world-class 6,600-yard, 18-hole championship golf course designed by golf champion Graham Marsh is also one of the most comprehensive, as it is fully equipped with a pro shop, locker room facilities, and tee houses.
Indeed, this project provides private homes on the island complete with the conveniences, security, and serenity of an exclusive village, all without compromising the beach area and great deal of Boracay’s natural landscape. The estate will also have an expansive grand plaza surrounded by hotels and a variety of leisure selections and activities.
Pueblo Golf Estates
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
Currently the only of its kind in Cagayan de Oro, the environmentally sound Pueblo de Oro Golf Estates is a world-class par 72 golf course situated in a low-density residential community. The estate is divided into seven residential clusters, all of which surround the golf course. While each property boasts its own unique look and layout, all are designed and situated to give occupants a backyard view of the vast greens, which also feature several lakes and numerous flowering trees.
The golf course at Pueblo de Oro is surrounded by seven residential communities.
Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Residential Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Residential Estates is a 164-hectare master-planned residential estate located in the Mandug/Indangan area of Davao City. Its 18-hole all-weather championship golf course spans 77 hectares and has over 250 feet of elevation changes, water hazards, and traditional Dye pot bunkers. It also features various types of uphill, downhill and side hill lies on its Bermuda-grassed fairways, and Tifdwarf greens with subtle, imperceptible breaks.
Samal Island, Davao Del Norte
Touted as the first leisure–residential development in southern Mindanao, Filinvest Land’s Kembali Coast is a Balinese-inspired private paradise for those who would like to have a luxury hideaway in Samal Island. Derived from the word kembali, an expression of gratitude in Bahasa Indonesia, Kembali Coast is a 50-hectare island beach community designed like an oasis where you can appreciate the island’s biodiversity. It has a 1.8-kilometer white-sand shoreline where residents can do their favorite sports activities, as well as a docking deck for the residents’ owned and rented aqua vehicles. There are 400 residential lots to be sold, with approximately seven lots per hectare. The model houses are Balinese-inspired with four styles to choose from. Kembali Coast is accessible via speedboat (20 minutes) or ferry (10 minutes) from mainland Davao.
Kembali Coast lets residents live a Bali-inspired life at the Island Garden City of Samal.