Tips on Booking Luxury Hotels
Metro Manila is the center of commerce and entertainment in the Philippines. Everything is fast-paced, with more developments being launched yearly and a new popular international restaurant opening every week. There is an abundance of riches in the metro, and much like New York, the sky is the limit where the only thing stopping you is your imagination.
Known for its world-class hospitality, the Philippines has its share of luxurious and upscale places to stay or be at. The rooms in the five-star hotels can span from a moderately sized room with designer toiletries and food and drinks to sprawling penthouse suites that are at least four times the size of a studio-sized condo. You can have a rainfall shower, indoor spa, and a Jacuzzi that you can enjoy without having to go out to a pool if you want a nice dip. These rooms come in all shapes and sizes and almost always come with scrumptious continental breakfast. These hotels will also have five-star restaurants where you can dine in or call for room service. You’ll also be equipped with the latest high-definition Smart TV where you can binge on the latest Netflix series with the help of the high-speed internet connection.
There is really no best time to book a five-star hotel. Like all accommodations, it’s always ideal to book in advance just so you are assured of a room reservation and even get it at a lower cost. TravelBook.ph has several perks and exclusive features that you may want to take advantage of: If you are a cardholder (debit or credit) of either UnionBank, Security Bank, or BDO, you can get an additional 10% discount if you use them to pay for your booking. You’ll rack up huge discounts and earn points and perks on your cards.
Another great way to make use of TravelBook.ph’s exclusive perks is to register for a free membership before making any five-star hotel bookings. For its loyalty program, you get 5% rebate in the form of reward points with every booking you make. The more hotels you book, the more points you get back. One reward point is equivalent to PHP 1.00. Rack up enough reward points and your bookings will be paying for themselves.
Recommended Upscale Hotels in Manila
There are several five-star hotels all over Metro Manila, but TravelBook.ph’s recommendations will have to be Acacia Hotel Manila and Vivere Hotel in Alabang, Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati, and The Heritage Hotel Manila in the City of Manila. You can easily spend as low as PHP 5,000.00 to more than PHP 10,000.00 per stay, but you can expect to experience the highest quality of services, facilities, and amenities. What’s more, you get all the special offers from TravelBook.ph when booking at these establishments as a member.
Upscale Shopping in Manila
The continuous growth of the Philippine economy has greatly increased the capabilities of its people to spend for the finer things in life. This is seen on the rise of lavish malls, world-class entertainment centers, and fine dining restaurants. For shopping, the City of Makati has some of Metro Manila’s top malls like Greenbelt, Glorietta, Power Plant Mall, and Century City Mall. You can purchase an entire new wardrobe, designer bags, new limited edition shoes, and sophisticated accessories for your stay with shops like Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Prada, Armani Exchange, Hermes, and many more.
Luxury Entertainment and Dining in Manila
Do you like to live on the edge? Try your luck and head to Metro Manila’s world-class casinos like City of Dreams, Solaire, Okada Manila, and Resorts World Manila. Meanwhile, the love of Filipinos for partying and having a great time is evident on the several exclusive clubs and bars where both locals and tourists socialize over drinks and dance the night away. Head to the commercial district of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City and check out the hottest clubs like Privé and The Palace Pool Club. Rub elbows with celebrities and the movers and shakers of Manila, broaden your circle of influence, and you just might get even more access to places and things you’d normally not be able to when in Metro Manila.
But when it comes to entertainment, Filipinos certainly have great taste when it comes to musical performances. The Mall of Asia Arena, a world-class indoor arena in Pasay City, usually serves as the venue for the concerts of some of the latest and most respected international artists who come to the Philippines. It has a 15,000-seating capacity and has been graced by the presence of Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Mariah Carey, Madonna, and many more.
Fine Dining in Manila
While the five-star hotels in Manila have offerings that make up an exquisite meal, you can choose to head out to some of the best fine dining restaurants in the metro. If you want to experience different flavor combinations, treat your palate with gastronomic feasts from the degustastion menus at The Tasting Room in Pasay and internationally acclaimed Vask in BGC. For a good steak, Cru Steakhouse, also in Pasay, serves the best dry-aged cuts of meat in the city with all the sidings and the finest bottle of red wine.
Transportation Options in Manila
Traffic in the metro can be a real bummer, especially if you want to hop from one city to the other. For a surefire way to avoid heavy traffic, why not rent a helicopter or go on a Metro Manila tour from the skies? Companies like PhilJets are just waiting for you to book a trip and see Metro Manila from the sky. If you think a helicopter is too much, car rentals are available where you can book a private vehicle with your own personal driver for the duration of your stay. Feel free to ask your hotel concierge for assistance for the best options when renting vehicles.