Everybody needs a break every now and then. Young professionals, working parents, even students require rest and relaxation to prevent stress and its undesirable effects on one’s health. Taking a break also a means to pamper yourself and to bond with your loved ones.
Thankfully, the concept of staycations has now become more popular than ever in the Philippines. Before, a “vacation” used to mean jetting off to some exotic location. Nowadays, it can also be something as simple as booking a hotel room for a couple of days, eating out (or ordering room service), and taking advantage of every amenity.
Speaking of hotels, bustling Metro Manila has hundreds for you to choose from for your perfect staycation. Here’s a quick list of some of them from south to north of the metro.
Azumi Boutique Hotel
Located in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Azumi Boutique Hotel is all about modern elegance. Their rooms have a minimalist design, with crisp white bedding and earth-toned accents. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow a maximum amount of natural light to seep into the space for a bright and cheerful aura. The highlight of Azumi Boutique Hotel, however, is its saltwater infinity pool. This is perfect for those who love the sea but don’t have the time yet to visit the beach. Azumi also has an in-house restaurant called Romulo, which serves traditional Filipino fare. If you prefer something else, you can easily hop on over to Alabang Town Center or Festival Supermall for more dining options.
The Henry Hotel
Hotels in Pasay number in the hundreds, primarily because the city is one of the most accessible from NAIA. However, if you’re looking for something truly unique, the way to go is the Henry Hotel on F.B. Harrison. Instead of the traditional high-rise or sweeping structures, the Henry Hotel’s rooms are spread into 20 two-story houses in the hotel compound. Each house has six rooms and one suite, which means you can book an entire house for a big group for more privacy. What’s more, each house has the unique look of heritage houses from around the Philippines. This gives Henry Hotel a sophisticated look that oozes old-world charm. Book a room (or an entire house) here if you want a peaceful retreat that will make you feel like you’re hundreds of miles away from the city.
Makati has plenty of 5-star options, including established names like Shangri-La Makati and Peninsula Manila. For those looking for equally luxurious but truly one-of-a-kind staycation, however, why not book a room at I’M Hotel? Its claim to fame is the first onsen spa and the largest urban spa in the metro. You’ll certainly feel refreshed after you get the full experience of a traditional Japanese bath! Another unique feature of I’M Hotel is its infinity pool with an acrylic bottom. It’s perfect for bathing, and also for people-watching since you can see down through the lobby area. There are also lounging beds and chairs where you can sunbathe and appreciate better the murals decorating the poolside.
Another 5-star hotel in Makati, this time in the Central Business District, Discovery Primea boasts a plush, Mediterrenean Chinoiserie aesthetics. Every corner of this hotel simply exudes stylish comfort. All their suites are lavishly appointed, and come with ultra-soft, hypoallergenic goosefeather mattresses. The heated infinity pool on the third floor, meanwhile, provides you a gorgeous view of the Makati skyline. If you want to head out to shop or dine, it’s easy to do so at Discovery Primea. It’s within walking distance of Glorietta, Rustan’s Department Store, and Greenbelt Mall, among other destinations. BGC and Rockwell are also just a few minutes’ drive away.
Joy Nostalg Hotel & Suites
If you’re the type who just wants to cozy up inside your room and never leave the hotel premises, Joy Nostalg Hotel & Suites is perfect for you. They have an all-day dining restaurant on the sixth floor called Nostalgia Lounge and Bar, where you can enjoy everything from delicious food to live music. They even host quiz nights and improv sessions to keep things interesting. What seals the deal, though, is Joy Nostalg’s heated indoor pool. You can take a dip at any time, even at high noon, without having to worry about getting sunburnt!
With comfort and sophistication in mind, all Luxent Hotel rooms have plush interiors and a sweeping cityscape view of Quezon City. Meanwhile, those who love swimming will absolutely adore the glass-walled infinity pool. For hungry tummies, you can go to Garden Cafe or Lush Bar and Lounge for delicious meals. There’s even a continental menu! Finally, for those who can’t resist a good party, Luxent Hotel is at the center of it all, right in the midst of Timog Avenue’s restaurants and bars.
Give yourself and your loved ones a quick but well-deserved break. Book a room in one of these hotels now and recharge your minds and bodies.