Drive an hour or two from Metro Manila and you’ll find yourself in one of the best cities for sunset views, cityscapes, and unadulterated nature panoramas. Antipolo City, standing on an inclined part of Rizal, boasts of hillsides which locals refer to as “overlooking,” because of the obvious fact that it does overlook quite a view. So if you’re craving for a quick trip with endless nature and metropolis scenes, then you should know about the best overlooking spots in Antipolo.
Hotels and resorts with breathtaking views
1. Cloud 9
There’s hardly any competition: Cloud 9 has always been the best spot in Antipolo for overlooking views. Visitors and locals agree to this — the attraction is a consistent contender on everyone’s lists.
An obvious crowd favourite, Cloud 9 has a way of making you feel like you’re on top of the world. With a hanging bridge that connects to its view deck, this hotel in the sky just keeps on giving. From the viewing deck, you’ll have a 360° perspective of the city views. It’s a popular spot for watching the sunset, too.
2. Luljetta’s Place Garden Suites
It seems as though everyone has heard only good things about Luljetta’s Place Garden Suites. Burrowed in the ridges of Antipolo, this dreamy resort prides itself on being the first and only hanging gardens and spa in the Philippines.
Built to provide guests with an excellent wellness experience, Luljetta’s highlights the natural beauty of Antipolo. Its structure was built to embrace the breathtaking sceneries of the city, so you can expect some of the best nature views from up here.
3. Boso Boso Highlands Resort and Hotel
A local recommendation, Boso Boso Highlands Resort and Hotel has the perfect atmosphere for unwinding as a family. Some people like to refer to this place as “Little Baguio,” as its elevation allows guests to enjoy a cooler temperature all year round.
Boso Boso Highlands provides a beautiful view of either the Sierra Madre mountains or the Laguna de Bay from its rooms and facilities. And talking about facilities, this resort has loads of them: a zipline, an open pavilion, a trekking trail, a cafe, a basketball court — even an obstacle course!
4. Blue Mansion
Want to go on a revitalising escape with your fur pals? The Blue Mansion in Grand Heights Subdivision not only provides a gorgeous overlooking view of Antipolo, but it also welcomes tourists of all ages — and pets, too!
In the Blue Mansion, you can either book an overnight stay or a day tour for a fee. Take a dip in their pool, sing your favourite songs at the videoke machine, and grill barbecue as you enjoy the breathtaking cityscapes.
5. Gabriel’s Sanctuary
You don’t have to go far to camp out in nature. Nestled in Sitio Binayoyo in Barangay Calawis, Gabriel’s Sanctuary offers an off-grid camping experience just two hours from the metro. You can pitch tents, have a bonfire, stargaze, and rent a kubo if you’re planning to stay overnight.
Complete with alfresco dining areas, Gabriel’s Sanctuary definitely promises a fun new normal experience. It also has ATVs and tours to hidden falls and rivers. Starting 1 Nov 2021, Gabriel’s Sanctuary has also waived its entrance fees so that everyone can have a taste of the refreshing nature views of Antipolo without breaking the bank.
6. Gerald Paradise Adventure Campsite & Farm
Another campsite that boasts of Antipolo’s sea of clouds, Gerald Paradise Adventure Campsite & Farm has 360° views overlooking Antipolo. Taking this experience up a notch, they recently installed outdoor bathtubs where guests can watch the clouds or gaze at the stars.
Planning to stay overnight? Gerald Paradise offers private huts (starts at ₱800 for four pax) and tents (₱300 for two pax) for rent. You can also purchase bonfire wood, rent a stove or banig, and book tours around the area.
Antipolo overlooking restaurants and bistros
7. Tahanan Bistro
If you’re keen to look for stunning spots in Antipolo, make sure to drop by Tahanan Bistro. This casual fine dining restaurant does a lot more than provide guests with astounding city views — it also mesmerises with its interiors!
Made of completely reclaimed wood, Tahanan Bistro brings parts of salvaged old houses and bridges back to life. Its owners, Benji and Carina Reyes, originally designed the place as their home. Later, they transformed a portion into a picturesque bistro.
8. Kaulayaw Coffee
In Lower Antipolo, you will find the newly established Kaulayaw Coffee. But while this cafe is a newbie in the market, it has served several guests with luscious cups of coffee and delectable breakfast meals in the sky.
Aside from its wonderful views, Kaulayaw Coffee draws visitors for its specially made coffee. A small business, the establishment makes sure to source its ingredients sustainably from local farmers. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Kaulayaw Coffee has started offering its coffee beans for delivery.
9. Cafe Lupe Bed and Breakfast
What’s better than overlooking Antipolo views, you ask? Try overlooking Antipolo views from an infinity pool.
Cafe Lupe is one of the popular “overlooking” restaurants in Antipolo. Beyond offering food, they also have a quaint bed and breakfast for those who want to stay over. This establishment has all the amenities you need — including a pool, a bar, a gym, a stage, and a KTV room — and spectacular views are accessible from every corner. City lights also look fantastic from this spot.
10. Double Deck Overlooking Restobar
Its name speaks for itself: Double Deck Overlooking Restobar is yet another establishment in the “Antipolo overlooking” cluster. Visitors flock to this quaint spot to dine (and drink!) al fresco, as its outdoor dining experience offers dazzling views of the cityscape at night.
Lately, more travellers keen to visit Tagaytay have even been considering Double Deck as a more convenient alternative. After all, the restobar offers a quick, idyllic getaway with decent and affordable food and beverage options. Double Deck also has a covered area, in case you visit on a rainy day.
11. Pinto Art Museum
Pinto Art Museum is no stranger to the travel community. A beautiful exhibition space, Pinto was built to house the best of Filipino art — evidently including the exquisite greeneries of Silangan Gardens.
While Pinto is celebrated for many things, it is also quite the contender for the most-visited viewing decks in Antipolo. Although it does not overlook panoramic views as the other spots in this list, the Pinto roof deck still attracts visitors for the spectacle of an orange sunset glimmering against whitewashed walls.
12. Cafe Agusta
Near Pinto Art Museum is an Instagrammable cafe that offers affordable food and coffee amid a magnificent cityscape. Cafe Agusta, with its Santorini-inspired architecture, has a wide al fresco area overlooking the views of Antipolo. Open from 11am to 9.30pm, the cafe looks especially stunning at night because of the stars and city lights.
13. Maura’s Place by Mela and Mai
How about a romantic dine out near Manila? A charming restaurant for outdoor dining, Maura’s Place boasts of its 180° overlooking views of Antipolo, the most exquisite during sunset.
Beyond its ambience, Maura’s Place also offers mouthwatering food — from artisan pizza to filling rice meals and platters. They also serve a wide variety of drinks, including the unique halo-halo milkshake and blue sky latte, refreshing mojitos, and delicious coffee.
14. Wing Commander
Are you the type to go on a road trip to Tagaytay just for a piping hot bowl of bulalo amid beautiful sceneries? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that you can experience this just two hours away from Manila. Wing Commander, with two branches in Sumulong Highway, serves unlimited everything — rice, fries, drinks, chicken wings, bulalo, tawilis — for budget-friendly prices.
Wing Commander sources their ingredients from none other than Mahogany Farm in Tagaytay, so it’ll definitely satiate your cravings. On top of this, both the Antipolo branches have breathtaking city views and cool breezes, certainly giving you a lot of bang for your buck.
15. Ahon Coffee
A minimalist cafe along Sumulong Highway, Ahon Coffee has drawn much attention in social media thanks to its spectacular overlooking views of Antipolo. And while the cafe is no more than a tiny kiosk perched atop the Sierra Madre, customers have been raving about how relaxing it is to just sit back, a rich cup of coffee in hand, and enjoy the landscapes.
Bonus destinations in Rizal
Antipolo is a stone’s throw away from other breathtaking towns in Rizal. If you have more than a day to spare, definitely check out these local-recommended establishments that offer scenic views as well.
- Masungi Georeserve in Baras
- Art Sector Gallery and Chimney Cafe 360º in Binangonan
- Jala-Jala Sunflower Farm in Jala-Jala
- Pililla Wind Farm in Pililla
- Mt. Binacayan in Rodriguez
- Mt. Parawagan in Sitio Wawa
- The Sierra Madre Hotel & Resort in Tanay
- Pranjetto Hills Resort and Conference Center in Tanay
- Paseo Rizal in Tanay
- Nagpatong Rock in Tanay
- Treasure Mountain in Tanay
- Mount Daraitan in Tanay
If you visit the overlooking Antipolo spots yourself, you will find a myriad of places to hang out in; because of that, spontaneous trips to this city wouldn’t normally be a problem. But as far as the pandemic goes, it’s now more ideal to have a certain destination in mind before heading to the city.
Paying a visit during COVID-19? Make sure to review the safety protocols of the establishments you’re visiting, and even book a reservation if possible. Stay safe and travel responsibly!