Cintai Corito's Garden in Batangas
Did a daytour at Cintai Corito's Garden in Lipa, Batangas with a girlfriend and our 7 kids between us (got a discount on Deal Grocer website, it was PHP1350 per adult for the daytour and paid PHP600 per kid aged 3-12). Why it was great: it took us only 1h15 to get there from Makati (it's close to the freeway exit so hardly any slow roads), lots of paths and idyllic gardens for children to explore, a great playground, three different swimming pools to play in (one of them has a pretend beach by it (a pebble beach... felt like we went to the beach)), included lunch is basic but good (UPDATE: came here summer of 2017 and the lunch was a full grilled seafood and meat buffet, with lots of sides), included merienda (afternoon snack) was suman and tablea chocolate sauce, animals like peacocks and poneys roaming around (they give poney rides), and clean bathrooms to change in. We spent all day there (10-5pm) and kids played all day long. The discount on Deal Grocer seems to be an ongoing promotion (we took advantage of it again in summer 2017), and this is a spectacular value-for-money outing.