After a busy quarter into the year 2022, many of us may already be feeling tired, drained or stressed out.
Whether from work responsibilities, family duties or tasks we take on for our communities, the sheer magnitude of headspace and efforts we devote to so many areas in our lives can lead to burnout.
A great way to fight the effects of burnout is to take a break from the stressors in our lives. Over a recent long weekend, my extended fam and I took a staycation in a private home in Lipa, Batangas to do just that.
Staycationing in a time of pandemic
A portmanteau of “stay” and “vacation,” (and sometimes also referred to as a “holistay” from “holiday” and “stay”), a staycation usually involves a short trip to a local destination (as opposed to one abroad) to enjoy fun and relaxation without a lot of the effort and costs that long trips abroad usually incur.
Especially in this time of pandemic, staycations are a great way to get that well-deserved break. Staycations can also be planned to enable us to practice social distancing and safety measures such as:
- Traveling via short drives that require no stopovers at crowded stops for meals and bathroom breaks
- Staying in a private and self-enclosed area with little contact to people outside our immediate circles
- Bringing food in, cooking onsite or ordering in to that eliminate the need to dine out
All the time spent together while traveling, eating or hanging out during staycations also prove helpful to family bonding.
A restful idyll in paradise
In Barangay Bulaklakan in Lipa City, Batangas is a picturesque private residence called Sa Aming Munting Paraiso (“In Our Own Little Paradise”).
Its location affords it with ideal vantage points with which to view Mt. Maculot and Taal Lake.
These natural wonders were formed centuries ago when volcanic explosions destroyed the previous Taal Cone, creating a depression that is now called the Taal Caldera. This caldera contains what is now Taal Lake and has Mt. Maculot has its highest rim.
This 6300 square meter property is built to combine the comforts of home and the gifts of nature to provide urbanites with a restful getaway from the stresses of city living where they can renew friendships or revitalize familial bonds.
The ground floor of main house boasts of a luxurious yet tastefully furnished lounge (with a toilet and bath to the side) well-suited for conversations and family activities.
Equipped with adequate WIFI connection, it also provides spaces for work and entertainment.
A spacious dining room wrapped with large windows and sliding doors that gaze out into the surrounding rainforest is an ideal setting for delicious family meals.
A kitchen island (where dining ware and cutlery are kept) also serves as a surface for preparing salads or drinks, as well as a breakfast nook or buffet table during mealtime. Near it is a two-door refrigerator to house food and drinks.
Adjoining the dining room is a secondary kitchen equipped with rice cookers, an oven toaster, a microwave, a four-burner gas stove and other implements for food preparation and cooking.
Up the stairs is a master’s bedroom furnished a queen-sized bed and sitting area to provide guests with restful slumbers and an awesome view. Outside is a veranda that leads to a spiral staircase leading to the roofdeck.
Downstairs from the kitchen is a second bedroom furnished with two double-sized beds.
The family room next to it houses a single bed and three bunk beds to accommodate a larger group.
Each bedroom has its own en-suite toilet and bath (with hot and cold water as well as handwash, body wash and shampoo). Each bedroom is also fitted with air conditioning and electric fans while fresh linens, blankets and pillows are also provided.
Stepping outdoors brings guests to more areas for recreation such as a bahay kubo where they can find shade and a quaint yet comfortable place to sit.
They can take cooling dips in the two swimming pools with cascading water and given shade by the surrounding trees.
They can also take a dip in outdoor jacuzzi and let the cool water jets massage their aches and pains away.
A covered patio equipped with an outdoor grill, a karaoke machine, table and chairs as well as nearby lounge chairs provide a venue for barbecues and outdoor dining.
In the evening, guests can venture out to the property’s backyard and hang out around the bonfire pit.
They can also take a night-time stroll around the beautifully lit premises.
However, for the really spectacular views, guests should proceed to the roofdeck which is also accessible through an external spiral staircase.
It is the perfect spot for sunrise and sunset views of the local attractions Mt. Maculot and Taal Lake.
A restful sojourn in this little bit of paradise is sure to rejuvenate and recharge city slickers, busting their feelings of burnout.
So why don’t you treat yourself and your family to a staycation here?
Book your stay at Our Own Little Paradise via Airbnb where it is rated an average of 4.46 stars.
For the health and safety of its guests, Our Own Little Paradise is committed to Airbnb‘s five-step cleaning process.
Our Own Little Paradise is located in Barangay Bulaklakan, Purok 4, Lipa City, Batangas. Check in is from 2pm to 7pm while checkout is at 11am.