Mabuhay – exclusive hideaways on the Philippines.
Contributed by Jens Hoffmann
You will find magical places on 7000 islands and luxury hotels.
If you look for a real special destination you should travel to the Philippines.
Going here means much more than just having a good time, in fact it was a spiritual awakening.
Travel means living twice. We spend some quality time at three luxury places in Manila at the Mandarin Oriental. A few years ago, a pilot of Air Macau and friend of mine told me to go to Philippines if I would like to see the world nicest beaches. Great tip. Indeed he was right, here you will find perfect beaches, white sand, coconut trees, crystal blue water and beautiful lagoons. Well, when we arrived on Ninoy International Airport in Manila, one of the world biggest airports, we were welcomed with 30 degrees and a nice wind. Obviously it was the right decision to escape the European winter.
First we spend some nights in the Mandarin Oriental. It is located in Makati, the central business district. Entering the lobby the sophisticated city domicile already reveals its elegant ambience. The Mandarin Oriental is one of the top places of the Manila hotel scene. The Mandarin is the „grand dame“ of the 5* star Manila hotels, it is home to 442 elegant rooms including 29 luxury suites. The rooms are not extremely stylish but each guestroom completing the warm staff attention to detail and refined personalized service. It starts in the hotel lobby and ends in every room which is designed to reflect the hotel’s simple yet elegant style. Exclusive in every respect, the harmonious décor features a soothing colour palette. Natural elements can be seen in the polished dark-wood furnishings that include armchairs and beautiful dressers.
Perfect to relax outdoor at the pool.
We had a great king-size double bed, enjoyed the warm welcome on the Philippines and later on the exclusive Mandarin Club lounge. From our room we had a spectacular view of the pulsating metropolis. After a day in delightful Manila you will find the perfect relaxation at the excellent spa, with a wide range of classic, holistic, alternative treatments and agreat outdoor pool.
Renowned for its outstanding cuisine the hotel features four restaurants.
It was a great fine dining dinner at a great illustrious Chinese restaurant and a haven for gourmands. Named after the Chinese goddess of the sea, the restaurant offers innovative dishes of the Orient. The culinary team, headed by Executive Chinese Chef Hann Furn Chen, presents an abundance of tempting dishes. We had mandarin fish, chicken, soft shell crabs, hot and sour soup and Chinese vegetables. It was yummy and just great. The restaurants stylish look and vibrant coloured table linens, white bone china is extraordinary beautiful. The ambience is continued in the antique brick work and the parquet flooring – and above all, in the exciting asian menus. Fantastic. Our jetlag disappeared immediately. We went to bed early, had the next morning an Asian breakfast that leave no gourmet wish unfulfilled and traveled to Boracay island.
How to get there: Eithad Airways
Good bye, Philippines.
More information: Mandarin Oriental Manila