Best Sans Company: The Hippest Places in The Philippines for Solo Travelers
Because there are times when the best travel companion is yourself.
by Shen Mascariñas | September 06, 2016
Quit waiting for a “Sure, game!” from your friends as there’s always the risk of being disappointed with a last minute change of plans. Whether you’re yearning for exploration, an escape or even just a staycation—remember that a companion isn’t a prerequisite.
From Batanes to Boracay, here are awesome accommodations that make staying solo not a problem.
Batanes: Fundacion Pacita
Barangay Chanarian, Tukon, Baco, Batanes | Website
With dainty lighthouses perched on majestic hills and unique stone houses reflecting Ivatan culture, the country’s northernmost province is almost another world altogether. So, if you want to break free from the usual, Batanes is definitely the destination for you.
Unwind at Fundacion Pacita, a nature lodge overlooking the sea and surrounded by lush greenery. You’ll wonder at the art gallery-like halls even before you get to lounge in their genuinely-Ivatan suites.
Makati: Z Hostel
5660 Don Pedro Street, Makati | Website
Although relatively new in the backpacker accommodations scene, Z Hostel has changed the game. This luxury hostel combines affordable comfort with rooftop parties and chill spaces for socializing. Now Z Hostel isn’t only for tourists. Even locals just looking for a good time populate the hotspot. It’s also nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Poblacion, which puts it smack in the middle of the fun zone.
Zambales, Baler & La Union: The Circle Hostel
San Felipe, Zambales | Website
Buton Street, Barangay Sabang, Aurora, Baler | Website
Brgy. Urbiztondo, Circle Road, La Union, San Juan | Website
Get a taste of the chill surfer lifestyle at any of The Circle eco-hostels. You’ll only be minutes away from the waves, and you get to come home to a sanctuary after a day of surfing. Here, the artsy and the adventurous will find a home.
This chain of hostels espouse the #ThereAreNoStangers movement. All guests are encouraged to express themselves—from making friends to writing on walls.
La Union: Flotsam & Jetsam
Surf Town, San Juan La Union | Website
You owe it to your workaholic self to stay at Flotsam & Jetsam at least once in your life. This artist beach hostel is effortlessly cool and just full of good vibes. Be warned, though as it’ll make you seriously think about moving to La Union.
It has accommodations for every kind of traveler—whether you’re game to rough it up in a dorm or you want some alone time in a suite. Flotsam & Jetsam’s restaurant and bar is also La Union must-try, featuring flavorful meals and unique libations.
Boracay: Red Coconut Hotel
Station 2, Boracay Island | Website
Believe it or not, you can have a Boracay trip that’s one for the books (or at least one for your drunk stories) alone. There’s no need to wait for a bae or for friends to align flight details with. Go on; snag that Piso Fare ASAP!
Making friends in this island is so easy, it’s almost inevitable. And with Red Coconut’s prime location, you’ll be in the middle of the parties while being steps away from the white sand and turquoise sea.
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