Everyone needs a weekend away. Somewhere close to nature and cooler climes, ideally just a short drive away. For those who are not in the mood for the trek down South, one can head up North to the lush hillside town of San Mateo, Rizal. The area has become a favorite for adventure seekers looking for a unique barkada experience, and families looking for unique ways to bond. The unadulterated landscape and balmy weather is the perfect foil to calm the mind and relax the spirit.

As you drive up, the first thing you will notice is the spectacular view of the city unfolding by the side of the hill. The next thing that catches your attention is the hillside covered with a carpet of green rising on the side of the road. The only other thing on your mind is to find one of the many quaint local restaurants around the area for brunch, lunch or even merienda. Just make sure to pick a place with outdoor seating to enjoy the sunshine and gentle breeze. After that delicious meal, the family can spend the rest of the day exploring Avilon Zoo, where kids can learn more about wildlife and other animals.

For the younger set in search of a bit of a challenge, they can drive over to nearby Tanay, Rizal. The area has become known for its adventure trails, hikes, and nature climbs. Mt. Masungki and Nagpatong Rock is a fun trek, regardless of whether you are a beginner or an expert hiker. For those who prefer a drive up the mountain, Treasure Mountain in Bgy. Cuyambay is not to be missed. Stay overnight to catch the sea of clouds and see the sunrise. Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River boasts of limestone formations, caves, natural pools, apart from the river. At the end of the trail, what will remain is a day well spent bonding with the barkada.

Located in the heart of all this is the exclusive residential community Amiya Raya in San Mateo. The master-planned development is designed to feel like coming home to a place that takes the best of nature, and brings it closer to home. Modern amenities meet mindful design, taking advantage of the lush hillside, making it an idyllic place to raise a family. The soon-to-rise Shanti Condominium grants residents sweeping views of the mountains of one side, and the cityscape in the other. Imagine waking up to all this and immediately falling into a rested state of mind. Even Amiya Raya’s location is ideal – being close to commercial areas, schools, churches, malls, and government offices.

Amiya Raya’s vision is to create a community where families can come together for a fun day of activities. The cool weather makes it ideal for outdoor events that take advantage of the space and the beautiful scenery. Each event is designed to create opportunities for families and friends to bonds, and also get to meet new neighbors in a relaxing setting against the amazing views of the hillside and the city. 

The annual Cinema Under The Stars (CUTS) recently held at Club Vihara is a favorite among the residents, and their neighbors from the area. Imagine watching a blockbuster movie under the star-filled night sky, while lounging in the grass while munching on yummy snacks. Around Easter time, “The Great Eggscapades” has children running around for the Easter Egg Hunt, Bunny decorating contests, face painting, and other fun activities.

The rest of the year will be a busy one at Amiya Raya, as they have a calendar full of fun things to do. Sports minded folks can also test their skills at the badminton open, while photography enthusiasts can join the Photo Contest. It’s also best to plan costumes early, as the Halloween Trick or Treat activity is set to be a fun ghoulish affair. Rounding out the season is the Amiya Raya Annual New Year’s Countdown.

The fun nature getaway of San Mateo is just a short drive outside of the city. This makes it easy to plan either a quick weekend away for the family, or even just a fun activity-filled day with the barkada. Amiya Raya finds itself in the middle of this cross-section of nature and urban living – with lots of things to do, eat, and try for everyone. The only thing better would be to come home to family in this space. To come home to Amiya Raya.  

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