Ah, staycations—the kind of vacation that doesn’t require a 13-hour flight to a far-flung locale or a 4-hour drive out of the city, yet it still serves the same purpose of a trip: to have time for some R&R (a.k.a. relax and rejuvenation). With the holiday rush in Manila, from the crowded malls to the mind-numbing traffic, enjoying a fancy place that isn’t too far from home seems like the most practical (and the most indulging) plan.
The ultimate staycation spot for the holidays? Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila lands at the top of our lists. Here’s why:
1. The extra-festive interiors
The hotel lobby in itself will get you into the holiday mood. Christmas ornaments sit at the heart of the complex. Majestic, fresh wreaths adorn the hotel’s windows. And upon checking in at the reception desk, you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy inside with the scent of fresh eucalyptus.
Shangri-La at the Fort prides itself in housing Filipino art of diverse genre, and it continues on into the festive season, with its series of art installations called “Where the Holidays Come Alive”, lead by internationally renowned Filipino designer Bea Valdes, whose contemporary vision resonates with the hotel’s vibe.
“The first thing we thought of was how to have new eyes for the Holiday Season”, explains Bea when asked about the concept behind the decor. “I was hoping for the emotion of wonder. We take different things that are familiar and recognizable and deliver them in an unexpected way,” she adds.
2. The ‘Stay and Play’ package
Families can spend time together in a Shangri-La Serviced Residence while hanging out with Boni the Bull where they can avail the ‘Stay and Play’ package.
Those who book one or two bedroom residence can enjoy buffet breakfast at High Street Cafe for two adults and two children 11 years old and below, all-day access to Adventure Zone for up to two children and use of the gym at Kerry Sports Manila and the outdoor swimming pools.
To make things a lot cuter (not to mention Instagram-worthy), this offer also includes an in-room camping set-up with a tent, bean bags, and sleeping bags, a variety of amenities including welcome treats, Adventure Zone apparel, Boni the Bull backpack and children’s bathroom items. Rates start from Php 15,000 or Php 19,500 for one or two bedroom Residence respectively.
3. The festive treat in room accommodations
Indulge in a staycation with all the services, sans breaking the bank. Valid for stays between December 15, 2017, to January 7, 2018, you can enjoy 10% savings on your booking with rates starting at PHP 8,550 per night for a deluxe room. The offer includes buffet breakfast for two at High Street Cafe, use of the gym at Kerry Sports Manila and the outdoor swimming pools, and complimentary wired and wireless internet access.
4. The Holiday Feast
Here’s a fact: a true Filipino Christmas celebration is never complete without a Noche Buena. At the High Street Cafe, Christmas lunch buffet is at PHP 3,200 net, inclusive of a non-alcoholic beverage package. Meanwhile, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner buffet is at Php 3,800 net, inclusive of an alcoholic beverage package. A unique Noche Buena spread is also available at Php 2,200 net from 11:00 PM to 2:30 AM on December 24.
If you’re up for classic Chinese dishes, you can dine in at Canton Road and experience Chinese Executive Chef Wang Wei Qing’s Holiday lunch and dinner set menus starting from Php 2,988 per person. Or if you’re craving for something new and exotic, take your girls or family to a cozy Peruvian dinner at Samba for PHP 2,900 per person on December 24 and 25 2017.