5 Best Affordable Resorts In Laguna That Are Not In Pansol

Being only two hours away from Metro Manila, Laguna is quite well known as a great place for a quick and affordable out-of-town getaway.

But there are other affordable resorts in Laguna other than Pansol, a barangay full of hot spring private pools with the water coming from Mount Makiling. With hundreds of options to choose from, which one should you book for your quick weekend getaway?

Here are some alternative Laguna resorts for the budget conscious. Have a truly relaxing vacation with  your friends and loved ones!

1. Nagcarlan Forest Resort

Go against the herd who are off enjoying Laguna’s hot spring resorts and instead take a dip in the cold, natural spring waters at the Nagcarlan Forest Resort. You can choose to swim in their warm pools or in their mini falls–wherever you feel like basking in the areas natural beauty.

Here’s a sample travel itinerary for the Nagcarlan Forest Resort:



Take a bus either from Cubao, LRT 1 Gil Puyat, or Alabang, going to Lucena

Go down on San Pablo City highway, in front of San Pablo City Medical Center

Estimated fare: P130 from LRT 1 Gil Puyat

Take a tricycle to the city proper. Landmark is the Catholic Church, which is near 7/11 and LBC.

Estimated fare: P8 per person

Take a jeepney to Liliw/Nagcarlan, and tell the driver you’re headed to Plaridel Elementary School located in Brgy. Banago, Nagcarlan, Laguna

Estimated fare: P25

Take another tricycle (special ride) to Brgy. Silangan Napapatid in Nagcarlan, and tell the driver you’re headed to Nagcarlan Forest Resort

Estimated fare: P100

Nagcarlan Forest Resort

Entrance Fee:

Day Swim

P120 – Adult

P80 – Children

Night Swim

P150 – Adult

P100 – Children

The day tour cottages rate starts at P800 with their Swing Nipa Hut, good for six (6) people. Overnight rooms start at P2500 with no aircon, good for four (4) people. The biggest room they have can accommodate up to 20 people is priced at P10,000.

2. Aquascape, Lake Caliraya

Fancy enjoying a 360-degree view of a lake while nestled inside a cozy floating cottage? That’s the experience Aquascape, Lake Caliraya offers to work-weary souls. Take a break from the city by spending a night in this cozy cabin that is complete with modern amenities. The cottage is powered by solar panels. It’s literally every Instagrammer and nature tripper’s dream.

Aquascape has seven (7) cottages you can rent with the overnight rate starting at P5000 for two people. This includes a lake cruise.

Hang on the patio, take a swim right around the cottage, and take the time to watch the sunset. You can even party on the lake itself because the place also has laser lights, built-in speakers, and a smoke machine. It’s a very affordable ”party on water” experience, considering renting a yacht starts at around P8200 with a bed on board, via AirBnB.

Their Karaoke floating room rate is P4000 for 4 people overnight. If you’re coming with a bigger group, you can rent another cottage to accommodate everyone with their Floating Suite at P10,000 a night, a lakefront cottage that can accommodate six people.

Aside from chilling and partying, there are a variety of activities for the adventurous minded, like kayaking, jet skiing, and an ATV area.

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Here is a sample itinerary, including the prices of some of their activities:



Take either the DLTB Bus in LRT 1 Gil Puyat, or

JAC or Jam Liner in Cuba

to Santa Cruz, Laguna

Estimated fare: P180

Jeepney to Lumot, Caliraya to the Mt. Carmel sign, and take a 10-minute walk to Aquascape.

Estimated fare: P50

Kayaking for 1 hour

P300 per hour


P600 for 15 minutes

Electric Bike

P300 per hour

Electric Motor Boat

P600 per hour

3. Porta Verde, Caliraya

Relax in Porta Verde’s oriental-inspired villas, with a jacuzzi, and their infinity pool with a breathtaking view of the Caliraya Lake.



Take either the DLTB Bus in LRT 1 Gil Puyat, or

JAC or Jam Liner in Cuba

to Santa Cruz, Laguna and go down on Brgy. Pagsawitan

Estimated fare: P180

Tricycle to Santa Cruz Market

Estimated fare: P40

Take a jeepney to Lumot to be dropped off at Porta Verde

Estimated fare: P40

Activities include kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, billiards, and karaoke. It’s best to come here in groups to truly enjoy nature and walking around Porta Verde.

4. Laresio

Laresio, is a hot spring resort in Tadlac, located in between Calamba and Los Baños, Laguna. Swim in their hot spring pools and enjoy the lake view.



Take either the DLTB Bus in LRT 1 Gil Puyat, or

JAC or Jam Liner in Cuba

to Santa Cruz, Laguna and go down on Bagong Kalsada

Estimated fare: P180

Take a tricycle to Laresio

Estimated fare: P10

Environmental Fee


Activity Package

P450 day tour – P1500 overnight, for sharing

Locker Rental


Their overnight package starts at P1500 for a group of two to four people. Big groups can also be accommodated. You can also bring your own food and cook them in the resort’s common kitchen, complete with utensils, and free drinking water.

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Other activities at Laresio include camping, kayaking, vine swinging, slip and slide, rafting, aquabike, rafting, cliff jumping, and zip lining.

5. Vonwelt Nature Farm

Another place that’s great for group outings and team buildings is Vonwelt Nature Farm. It’s a relaxing place away from the city, with infinity pool and a number of activities you can do. You can play airsoft, go on an ATV ride, play mini golf, or just go riding around on a golf cart.

Contact 0906 584 5097 or check their Facebook page for reservations and more information. Vonwelt Nature Farm is located at Vonwelt Compound Brgy. Sabang, Magdalena, Laguna 4007.