|The great escape: 10 places to go to
during your Manila staycation www.spot.ph
Vacations don't always require road trips,
a plane ride or a passport. A "staycation" is always a handy alternative
for burned-out urbanites while staying close to home. SPOT.ph rounds up
a list of places in the city which you can explore and retreat to this
1. Bonifacio High Street for Walkway
2010: Reflections on the Stations of the Cross
Address: Bonifacio High Street,
Fort Global City, Taguig
Why go now: Reflection isn't exclusive
for the Holy Week, but if you're staying in Manila, catch the stations
of the cross on display at Bonifacio High Street until April 4, Easter
Don't miss: Even if you're not religious,
the contemporary visual takes on this annual Catholic tradition would be
worth checking out.
2. Discovery Suites www.discoverysuites.com
Address: 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas
Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 683-8222
Why go now: Nothing beats staying
in with your favorite book or favorite DVDs at Discovery Suites' comfy
rooms –veg out with your friends or whip up a movie marathon feast.
Don't miss: 22 Prime's juicy steaks
located on the twenty-second floor. They also serve free, refreshing iced-tea
with cookies while you lounge the day away by Discovery Suites' posh swimming
pool and Jacuzzi.
3. Herald Suites www.heraldsuites.com
Address: 2168 Don Chino Roces St.,
(formerly Pasong Tamo), Makati City. Tel. No. 759-6270
Why go now: The Old-world inspired
rooms and suites take you to another world, without having to leave the
Don't miss: "Little Tokyo" is just
around the corner from Herald Suites, where you can have your pick of restaurants
that offer the most authentic Japanese dining experiences in Manila: Hana
(339-3855), is open until March 31, Wednesday while Kiku fuji (893-7319)
will be open the whole week.
4. Legend Villas www.legendvillas.com.ph
Address: 60 Pioneer corner Madison
Street, Mandaluyong City. Tel. No. 702-2700
Why go now: You can get a bi-level
villa suite, with your own kitchenette, dining area and a receiving area
for less than P5,000 on weekends with a buffet breakfast for two and full
access to the pool.
Don't miss: The private villas make
for the perfect city getaway whenever you want to just take time off for
some much needed R & R.
5. Manila Hotel www.manila-hotel.com.ph
Address: One Rizal Park, Roxas
Boulevard, Manila. Tel. No. 527-0011
Why go now: The newly-renovated
rooms at the Manila Hotel may just entice you to stay as long as General
McArthur did. (He stayed at the hotel's suite for six months in 1935.)
Don't miss: Café Ilang-Ilang
opens to a garden that allows for summer alfresco dining. Go up on the
second deck and lounge at the hotel's pool area, with a new sun deck, wet
bar and a re-engineered swimming pool. If you can't take a break from your
exercise routine, a pilates, yoga and aerobics room cans also be found
at the hotel's gym.
6. Manila Ocean Park www.manilaoceanpark.com
Address: Quirino Street (behind
Quirino Grandstand), Luneta, Manila. Tel. No. 567-7777
Why go now: You've convinced yourself
the place is not just for kids and seeing all the underwater creatures
is really kind of cool.
Don't miss: The White Moon Bar,
is also located at the Manila Ocean Park complex with its captivating sunset
view and chill ambience. Manila Ocean Park will be open on Monday to Wednesday,
Thursday (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. only), Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. only), and Saturday
7. Neo Day Spa www.neo.ph
Address: Net One Center, 26th St.
corner 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (815-8233) and 35 Wilson
Street corner Washington Street, Greenhills West, San Juan City (584-6789)
Why go now: There's nothing like
a long day at the spa to recharge, heal the body and get ready for a new
month at work or school.
Don't miss: Facials, massages and
other treatments can be combined to create the ultimate spa day. Neo Spa
is open on March 30, Wednesday, April 3, Saturday and April 4, Sunday.
Reservations are recommended.
8. Picasso Boutique Serviced Residenceswww.picassomakati.com
Address: 119 LP Leviste St. Salcedo
Village, Makati City. Tel. No. 828-4774
Why go now: The colorful, creative
rooms and suites at Picasso may just spark much-needed inspiration. It's
also in the middle of Salcedo Village in Makati, an area you can explore
by foot. Book from April 1 to 4 and get 50% off on your second night.
Don't miss: Picasso also houses
Art Cabinet, an art gallery that showcases works from local daring visual
artists. Eat at Brasserie Boheme, located at the ground floor, which offers
an affordable but sumptuous brunch buffet at P390 and set meals at P350.
9. Resorts World Manila www.rwmanila.com
Address: Resorts World Manila,
Newport Boulevard, Pasay City. Tel. No. 836-6333
Why go now: It's Manila's newest
entertainment and dining destination, with four restaurants: Chinese restaurant,
Passion, Ginzadon for Japanese food, Mercado for a taste of the best local
cuisine, and Noodle Works for Asian noodle dishes.
Don't miss: Maxims Hotel's all-suite
rooms comes with an assigned personal butler 24/7. If you're feeling really
indulgent, you can check into the villas with your own individual pool,
garden and massage room.
10. Sofitel Philippine Plaza www.sofitel.com
Address: CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard,
Manila. Tel. No. 551-5555
Why go now: You get the best seats
to Manila's sunset views plus a lagoon swimming pool to beat Manila's scorching
heat. After long days at the pool, you can sink into the luxurious beds
in your posh guest room.
Don't miss: A stay at Sofitel isn't
complete without a round at the buffet stations at Spiral.