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Manila Hotel treats Manila’s denizens to an alternative kind of summer fun

Sand and surf isn’t the only solution to summer heat, especially now that we’ve been advised to stay indoors from ten in the morning to three in the afternoon.

And while heading to the nearest beach resort could be top of mind, you wouldn’t want to risk heat stroke.

Heading out of town is not always for everyone. Think about the boundless line of vehicles at the expressway as well as the pollution blanketing the area. Besides, it could be a major hassle to organize a beach trip all by yourself.

“Not everyone can drop everything to go out of town this summer,”says Manila Hotel general manager Leon Keekstra.

“That’s why we wanted to create something in our hotel for all of those who are looking for a break but simply don’t have the time to go on a trip.”

The weekends of April starting April 17, 2010 saw Manila Hotel treating guests to a relaxing getaway in the middle of the metro. Professionals and their loved ones seeking sweet respite from heavy and taxing work days were treated by the Grand Dame to a night of music and fun at the sundeck of the Pool and Garden. The Aristocrat of the Orient also offered visitors an All You Can Eat Barbeque feast for those craving grilled dishes for dinner. Guests had a variety of sumptuous Asian and Mediterranean-influenced meat skewers to choose from like Beef Skewer Korean, Lamb Kofta, Pork Chop Guava, and Pompano and Prawns Butterfly.

Guests were ushered to a line of Dedon orbit chairs at the sundeck, a great spot to view the sun setting on historic Manila Bay while enjoying refreshing cocktails. Couples danced the night away and enjoyed live entertainment from until just before midnight.

“In today’s fast-paced world, it’s very important that you can find an oasis of calm right in the middle of your city,” says Nian Liwanag-Rigor, AVP for Corporate Communications of the Manila Hotel. “And we planned it so that Manila Hotel can be exactly that. We want our guests to experience pure bliss every second of their vacation.”

A perfect counterpart to the meal was Manila Hotel’s eight sundae flavors as well as six varieties of sago and ginumis, specially prepared by Manila Hotel’s team of culinary experts. But the star of the show was the Italian Connection, a heavenly mix of pistachio, vanilla ice cream and strawberry preserve, sprinkled with tidbits of amaretti cookie, pistachio biscotti, and topped with amarena cherries.

Guests who wanted a deluxe kind of pampering were sent to Manila Hotel’s new spa and health club which was launched last December. The spa fronts the glistening waters of Manila Bay and is surrounded by greenery reminiscent of a tropical paradise. A facility independent of Manila Hotel‘s edifice, the newly- opened spa has two levels, with a luxuriant lobby and receiving area located on the first level.

Instead of basking in the summer heat, guests found reprieve in the spa’s relaxing ambiance. Like its home, the Manila Hotel, the lobby boasts of a palatial interior dominated by the Grand Dame’s signature colors, gold and green. The spa is adorned with oriental ornaments that resemble the trimmings of modern-day spas but with a touch that is unique of Manila Hotel.

‘Hard workers’ could indulge in the spa’s signature massage as well as traditional massages like the Shiatsu, Swedish, and Aromatherapy treatments. Combined with a stress-relieving Cleansing Facial and Men’s Vitality facial, and organic body treatments like the Milk-Honey Nourishing Body Wrap, and Sea Salt Body Scrub, a spa visit could be a great alternative to hitting the beach shores in your new skivvies.

Avail of the spa’s other features that include a bath tub, a wash area, toilet, and a sophisticated shower. The spa also takes pride in its couples room where lovers can soak up in its beautifully-crafted ceramic love tub and enjoy a glass of wine or champagne to top off their massage.

Still longing for a day at the beach? Try something new and visit Manila Hotel. All the pampering and pleasure of a vacation without the traffic, the heat, and the sand in your clothes.

Print ed: 05/10


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