5 W’s of a Damn Good Weekend Getaway in Clark, Pampanga

Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, which is home to premium accommodations like Xenia Hotel, is the main industrial hub of Central Luzon. It easily became a staple weekend getaway for friends and families because it is just a 2-hour travel from Manila through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).

If you’re planning to explore this bustling destination, this pocket guide might come in handy. Everything you need to know about traveling to Clark — from the list of activities you should not miss to the most affordable hotel where you should stay — is here.

1. What to Do

Take a plunge in one of the biggest water theme parks in Asia — the Aqua Planet. This sought-after waterworld in Pampanga features thrilling attractions, such as the Aqua Loop (100-meter free fall), Sky Shuttle, Spiral Slides, Octopus Racers, Wave Rider, Tornado (45 degree drop of pure adrenaline), and more. A Splash Pass entitles guests to an all-day access with unlimited use of all rides and attractions.

Our friends from Our Awesome Planet visited this place last summer. Here’s what they have to say: “Is it worth it? Definitely, YES! Pricing is twice than the normal water parks but the world-class quality justifies it. It’s worth driving all the way to Clark.”

2. Where to Eat

Experience a one-of-a-kind culinary treat at Binulo Restaurant. The local word “binulo” refers to the Aeta method of cooking meat inside bamboo poles. The specialty of this restaurant is the “pangat na ulang”, or giant shrimps cooked in a creamy, sour sauce. This dining place is located at N6410 Bldg. along MA Roxas Highway in Clark.

3. Where to Play

If you love playing golf, make sure to check out Mimosa Leisure Park. This place boasts two amazing courses that are designed by Nelson and Haworth, one of the world’s well-respected golf course design companies. Its 18-hole and 36-hole championship courses are set against stunning foothill mountains and luscious greenery. Mimosa, which is a short distance away from several hotels near Clark, Pampanga, is open for public year-round.

4. What to Explore

If you wish to know more about Philippine history, culture, and heritage, head to Nayong Pilipino. This educational park has textile and money museums, a Heroes Plaza, an amphitheater, and mini-villages of indigenous peoples. It also features replicas of both natural and man-made wonders that can be seen in the country. These include smaller versions of the Rice Terraces in Banaue, Mt. Tabon in Palawan, the ancestral house of Jose Rizal, and Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan.

5. Where to Stay

There are four reasons why you should pick Xenia Hotel as your base in Clark. One, its cozy rooms are furnished with travel essentials and verandas that command fantastic views of greenery and tropical elegance. Two, it features first-rate facilities, such as a restaurant and outdoor pool, which guarantee a stay of absolute convenience. Three, it is located just a few minutes from the Clark International Airport. Four, Xenia Hotel offers discounted rates for weekend stays.

Stay on a Sunday or Monday for only PHP3,300 net. Promo is inclusive of buffet breakfast for 2, free Wi-Fi Internet access, use of pool and gym, and scheduled shuttle service to and from SM City Clark. This budget-saving deal of Xenia Hotel runs until March 31, 2019 and is exclusively available at https://www.xeniahotel.com.ph/.