Building a solid team is important for an organization to function efficiently. It is true that we must separate our personal and professional lives when it comes to working with other people. But it is also true that it is easier to work with people that you actually like and really have fun being around.
Summertime is usually the season where a lot of companies and organizations are planning to go on trips and solidify the relations of their human resources. If you are still looking for the perfect getaway for your team, this article might help you come up with a vision for your summer adventure.
We came up with a list of ideas for your team building this summer!
1. Beach Outing
The most common company outing is going to the beach. Activities done under the sun and on the sand are definitely more fun.
Batangas Beach Resorts
Batangas is a very popular beach location in the Philippines. Located in Southern Luzon, people come in droves in the summertime for its pristine waters, fine, white sand beaches and awesome beach resorts. That’s mainly the reason why there are a lot of houses for rent in Batangas, to accommodate tourists and bakasyonistas.
Kabayan Beach Resort
Perhaps the most recognized beach destination in San Juan, Batangas, Kabayan Beach Resort has the biggest grounds compared to other resorts around Laiya. Your group won’t mind the hot and humid day as the resort is surrounded with big trees that give shade from the scorching sun. Besides a function room for team building sessions, it also has an aviary filled with colorful birds and a sanctuary of cute pawikans (Philippine sea turtles). What truly sets Kabayan Beach Resort apart from other beach resorts in the area is that you won’t experience a dull moment during your stay.
Room accommodation ranges from ₱4,000 (small room for 2 persons with 1 double sized bed) to ₱15,000 (for 15 persons, 2 bedrooms with 2 double sized beds each and a double deck bed).
Club Punta Fuego
Club Punta Fuego is a premiere membership resort club located on Peninsula de Punta Fuego on the pristine coast of Nasugbu, Batangas. It’s a first class recreation facility offering services and amenities comparable only to the best resorts and hotels in the world. Only 2.5 hours away from Manila, it’s easily accessible for quick holiday weekend trips, business outings or family getaways.
The luxurious haven of Club Punta Fuego boasts of a sprawling executive golf course, 33 spacious casitas, restaurants, a mini-theater, a spa room, various function and meeting rooms for corporate and wedding events, and other recreational amenities, including the signature double infinity pool. The suites cost around ₱6,000- ₱7,000 a night, while the Casitas (garden and sea view) are at around ₱7,000- ₱12,000 a night. It may be pricey, but the luxurious experience is surely worth every penny.
LazerXtreme is located on the 4th floor of Market! Market! in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. It offers a fun laser tag game that promotes sportsmanship, collaboration, and strengthens relationships. With state-of-the-art equipment and arena, it truly is not your typical team-building venue; however, it is a great find for those who do not want to go out of town just to have a great time. Interactive and enjoyable, everyone will truly have a fun time being competitive and collaborative.
Party packages that are inclusive of food and regular rates are offered throughout the week. From Monday to Thursday, 2 games are at ₱410.00 and 3 games are at ₱600.00. From Friday to Sunday and Holidays, 2 games are at ₱450.00 and 3 games are at ₱650.00. For members, ₱190.00 per game is available any day.
Quezon Province Beaches
Quezon Province is known for its scenic natural attractions and this is most evident from its stunning array of beaches as the province boasts of the longest coastline in the Philippines.
This beach exudes serenity all around. If the team’s goal is to have the ultimate break from the hustle and bustle in the metropolis, this is the ideal place. Get to see the golden sandy beach in Jomalig Island and its beautiful turquoise water. The island’s premiere beach is Salibungot and it’s unique for the Agoho Pine Trees that borders the coastline. Salibungot beach is far different from other beaches because you can only hear birds singing, the calming sound of the waves and nature that can soothe any tired soul rather than beaches that offer a boisterous and crazy nightlife.
Ride a bus going to Real town in Quezon Province and take a boat to Jomalig Island to see the famous golden coast of Salibungot Beach. There are no hotels to stay in but you can stay in Tejada’s Place in Sitio Landing for ₱500 a night or you may camp along the beach if you prefer.
Puting Buhangin Beach
Considered to be the most scenic beach in Padre Burgos, Puting Buhangin, which is tucked in a corner of Pagbilao Grande Island, is one of the beaches that has been gaining popularity in the past few years for because it’s simply stunning with its fine white sand and crystal-clear waters that change with alternating shades of emerald and azure. Its seabed is devoid of rocks, seaweed and rough coral which is ideal for anyone’s swimming pleasure. The cove is also known for its beautiful limestone rock formations that form a unique cave famously known as Kwebang Lampas.
It takes about 3-5 hours if you travel by bus to reach the place. First, board the bus to Lucena Grand Terminal (₱250-₱260, 3.5 hours) and then another bus to Unisan (₱35-₱40, 45-75 minutes). Get off at QCRB Bank in Padre Burgos and take a trike to Aplaya (15 minutes). You’ll find boats for rent there.
Aliya Surf Camp and Resort
If you’re looking for a new summer experience, then head to Aliya Surf Camp and Resort, a place where you can surf, relax and unwind. It boasts of a great restaurant (the tofu sisig and kinilaw are top notch), a bar and a beautiful infinity pool. And after a full day of surfing, you can relax in comfort in their modern beachside resort. Their accommodation is clean, comfortable and just right in front of the beach. So if you’re ready to catch a new thrill, the people at Aliya Surf Camp and Resort will provide you with the right level of challenge and adventure.
Room Rates (Aircon rooms, with free wifi) ranges from ₱1,200 (for 2 people) to ₱2,000 (for 5 people) and surfing lessons are ₱350/hr.
2. Public Resorts
If you’re looking for an alternative to beaches for your next vacation, one of the most accessible destinations near Manila is Laguna where you can find so many affordable resorts, private pools, cold springs, hot springs and lakes to spend your weekend vacation.
Dona Jovita Garden Resort
A different vacation awaits you at Doña Jovita Garden Resort – Nature’s Hot Spring at the foot of Mt. Makiling. They have a garden full of ornamental plants and trees, refreshing swimming pools and jacuzzis. The place is also suitable for conducting seminars, team buildings, and other events. Have a great time with team building activities on their rapell wall, obstacle course, zipline and airsfoft range. The group can also try our other sporty activities like horseback riding, badminton, volleyball, frisbee, table tennis, basketball, billiards and darts.
Cottages range from ₱3,200 to ₱11,500 while hotel rooms range from ₱3,300 to ₱3,500. The resort is located at Km 57, National Highway, Bagong Kalsada, Calamba, Laguna which is about 1.5 to 2 hours from Manila if you take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and exit to Calamba.
While it would be fun to splash around a natural body of water, not everybody in Metro Manila has the luxury of time (and budget) to arrange a trip out of town.
Ace Water Spa
Ace Water Spa is an indoor water park and spa facility in one and is the first in the Philippines to feature a European spa concept. It offers many indoor pools and other attractions for different needs, from big pools for swimming laps to the relaxing hot herbal pools. A locker is provided and all shower rooms come with basic toiletries. One pretty much just has to bring a swimming attire (spandex swim attire required) and a towel. It may be pricey for a public pool but the quality it provides is evident.
Entrance Fee, which is valid for 4 hours, is ₱550 for adults and ₱250 for kids 4ft and below. They have two branches, one in Pasig and one in Quezon City.
3. Private Resorts
Casa Primera Hot Spring Resorts
Casa Primera is the cleanest and most trusted private resort provider in Laguna. They offer affordable and all-inclusive rates for their private hotspring pool villas for rent, located at the heart of Pansol. Casa Primera has three exclusive private villas. Each one has a cool, relaxing ambiance with a natural hot spring pool, lush green surroundings and has a scenic view of the famous of Mt. Makiling. It’s a perfect venue for family outings, team buildings, birthdays, corporate events and more.
Room rates start from ₱8,999 (3 rooms, 20pax) to ₱15,999 (7 rooms, 70pax). No need to book a plane ticket or drive several hours out of Manila because the resort is a mere 45 minute drive from Alabang.
4. Outdoor Camp
Tanay Adventure Camp
Experience the absolute getaway at Tanay Adventure Camp. This newly established unique place is perfectly suited for family out-of-town trips, company team building activities, youth camps, school excursions, religious retreats, outdoor enthusiasts, war games and other outdoor activities. Some of their regular outdoor activities include navigation, zip line, jungle environmental survival training, basic rappelling course, wall climbing, water trekking, spelunking, team building games and nature walk.
Tanay Adventure Camp is located at Sitio Malaanonang, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal, approximately 1-hour ride from Marikina City via Marikina-Infanta road along the Sierra Madre mountain range.
5. Retreat House
- Mary help of Christians House of Spirituality – Don Dosco Batulao
Don Dosco Batulao is a place for retreats, recollections and other spiritual experiences with priests as facilitators, confessors, counsellors and spiritual directors. The “light on the hill” not only expresses the meaning of the word Batulao but it also sets the tone for the whole experience. In here, you’ll get to enjoy your private time with the Lord and commune with nature. There’s a true feeling of invigoration after a stay in this serene and warm retreat house.
The multi-level retreat house is built with large multi-media conference hall with two large dormitories and four rooms that can together sleep 70 persons. Plus, get to see the fascinating chapel of Don Bosco Batulao known as Chapel on the Hill. With its circular floor plan and glass walls, you get a 360-view of the surroundings. Plus, pocket gardens, landscaped courtyards and paths are around the pilgrimage to exude calmness and peace. The retreat house is located at 4120 Tagaytay City. You can see it from the road going to Caleruega, about a kilometer from the entrance of Evercrest Hotel & Resort.
Now that we’ve given you a list of ideas for your team building this summer, what are you waiting for? Get out of town, build memories and relax in the beautiful sunshine!