Want to take that well-deserved respite from your busy daily grind but won’t have the time to retreat to a faraway place, like a beach in the province or a cool destination abroad? A staycation is what you need.
Instead of spending that needed break at home, most staycationers would rather book a room at a hotel, which is the nearest place to escape the hustle and bustle within city limits.
While there, there’s nothing more relaxing than just staying inside the hotel room all day. Fluffy pillows, a comfy bed, and in-room dining; what more can you ask for? But if you’re staying at a hotel with lots to offer, you have to force yourself out of the bed or you’ll be missing half the fun!
So if you don’t have plans yet for the summer or the next long weekend, here’s what you need to look for to really make that staycation worthwhile.
1. Look for breathtaking pools. Take advantage of the hotel pools and enjoy a relaxing dip during your staycation. Lounge in your own outdoor cabana or slip down slides, whichever you feel like doing!
The pool at Fairmont Makati Hotel
The indoor pool at Marco Polo Ortigas
For some outdoor fun, check out Sofitel Manila’s iconic water slides. But if swimming indoor sounds more appealing to you, try Marco Polo Ortigas’ indoor infinity pool with stunning views of the city. Tip: Take a dip during sunset and enjoy a beautiful sunset show!
2. If staying with kids, choose a hotel that will keep your little ones entertained. Kids love staycations but they’ll have even more fun if you book a hotel that offers recreational activities for kids. Look for hotels with kiddie clubs, such as Marco Polo, where little guests can enjoy movies, slides, and toys.
For more active fun, nothing beats indoor play areas designed especially for kids. Kids will enjoy hours of fun inside the huge indoor playground of Shangri-La at the Fort, aptly called Adventure Zone. There are different kids of slides and obstacle courses while younger kids will have the time of their life pretending to be different kinds of townspeople at Role Play Village.
Adventure Zone at Shangri-La at the Fort
3. Check out your dining options within the hotel. No need to leave the hotel just to dine. All hotels have specialty restaurants and now is the best time to try them. Up for some Cantonese food? Try Lung Hin at Marco Polo Ortigas. How about Peruvian cuisine? Samba at Shangri-la at the Fort could be your best bet! How about Chinese cuisine with a unique take? Perhaps it’s time to see what all the hype is about with EDSA Shangri-La’s Summer Palace. Tip: Don’t forget to ask if your booking already includes breakfast.
Samba at Shangri-La at the Fort
4. Location, location, location! Why not stay at a different part of the city this time? Traffic in Manila discourages people from going to farther places so this is your chance to stay at that part of the city you don’t often frequent.
Do you live far from Makati? Why not stay at a hotel where famous Makati malls are within walking distance? You can even enjoy the weekend markets such as the Salcedo Saturday Market and the Legazpi Sunday Market.
Or if you’re at the opposite end from Alabang, treat yourself to a weekend escapade at the area and book at one of the hotels there.
Ortigas at night
5. Check out room amenities. Does your room come with a gorgeous view? How about an en suite tub? These seemingly minor details can enhance your experience at the hotel and it doesn’t hurt to ask if they’re available at the room you’re booking.
Tip: If you would like to make special requests such as checking in a non-smoking room or if you would like to request for hypoallergenic pillows, don’t be shy to ask the staff. You might be surprised at what most hotels can offer guests.
And if you’re ready to splurge, maybe you can book the presidential suite for a luxurious time!
The Presidential Suite at Fairmont Makati Hotel
6. For fitness buffs, take advantage of the gym facilities. It’s the perfect way to shed off what you gained from the breakfast buffet! Choose a hotel with great fitness facilities. Not only that, ask if there are classes available such as yoga, pilates, or aerobics that you can participate in, or if they have sauna and steam rooms you can use.
Kerry Sports at Shangri-La at the Fort
About the Author:
Sheena Sy-Gonzales is an illustrator and travel writer. She loves sharing her adventures and all the new things she’s learned on her travel blog www.sheenalovessunsets.com. Follow her on Instagram @sheenalovessunsets.