Villas: architecture, inspiration & pictures

Villas have changed over the years. It may have started as self-sufficient upper-class dwellings in rural areas back in the ancient Roman times, but in Southeast Asia (which includes the Philippines), villas often denote holiday homes, and often with swimming pools, located in islands such as Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand, Bali and Lombok in Indonesia, Langkawi in Malaysia, and our very own Palawan and Boracay. It is probably everyone’s dream to have place to rest and relax for a couple of days, and if you are one of them, here are some information on where you can start with your building or decorating project:

Where are the best locations to build a villa in the Philippines?

The Philippines is probably one of the best places to invest in a resthouse or holiday house. Aside from the country’s laidback culture, it is also abundant in suitable locations for your holiday hideaway. You only have 7,107 islands to choose from! But, among the best locations include Palawan, which is considered as the world’s best island because of its soft white sands and crystal clear waters. Siargao, which is an up-and-coming destination and less commercial, is also great for people who love to surf. However, if highlands are more your thing, Tagaytay and Baguio are great options. Apart from being beautiful locations, the prices of properties in these areas always appreciate, making your purchase truly a good investment.

How much is a villa in the Philippines?

As with any type of housing, the cost of buying or building properties in the Philippines depend on the size, the style, materials used, and the location. Location is one of the most important factors and the price can start from 500,000 pesos or one million pesos to as high as 600 million pesos. Beachfronts are always prime locations and can cost a bit more than lots located somewhere else in the island or province. In Palawan’s capital, Puerto Princesa City, lot prices start at 3,000 pesos per square meters. However, if you go to famous vacation spots such as El Nido and Coron (the two locations that made Palawan famous), then prices are way higher, with some lots going for 16,000 pesos per square meters.

What are the pros and cons of having a villa?

While villas are synonymous to luxury and relaxation, there are many things to consider before to finally sign that deed of sale. The pros, of course, include having a holiday home to go to everytime. That way, you don’t need to spend money on always renting accommodations. You can also rent your property when it is not in use. Prices for this type of property most likely will never decrease. However, one of the cons is maintainance. If you want to commit to having your very own hideaway, make sure you have the budget to pay for its maintenance or caretakers who can stay there and take care of the house for you while you are away.

How much is it to rent a villa in the Philippines?

If buying is not an option, you can always rent one for short term. Again, the prices depend on where it is located. There are a lot of websites that lists down properties you can rent such as Airbnb or There is also the Southeast Asia-based website The Luxe Nomad, which offers discounted rates for homes in countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and, of course, the Philippines. Based on prices from these sites, the price starts at 3,000 pesos per night for mid-level locations such as La Union or Batangas to as high as 50,000 for Palawan homes.

How can homify help me with my villa project?

If you are planning to build or decorate your house, homify can help. Our website, which is available in over 30 countries, features thousands and thousands of home and architecture professionals, who are ready to answer your questions via our free consultation page. Not only that, you can also browse countless pictures, which you can save in an ideabook, so you can always come back to it. Our magazine is also a good resource for tips and tricks.