Staycation is the new vacation in the new normal. You can achieve a nice change of scenery and ample respite, minus the stress of planning for an out-of-town trip and long drives. And for towns confined by quarantine restrictions, nearby hotels and resorts offer the perfect escape from routine. For those in Metro Manila in need of a break, we’ve listed the coziest staycation spots for the rainy season below.
Before You Head Out (Guidelines)
Staycation is allowed in accredited hotels in Metro Manila for people of all ages residing in the NCR Plus bubble. However, guests aged below 18 and above 65 are required to submit a negative RT-PCR test result. You may also be required to present a valid ID as proof of age and residence.
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Edsa Shangri-La Manila (Mandaluyong)
If you’re missing the tropical paradise that is Boracay, Edsa Shangri-La is the perfect hotel staycation for you. Inspired by tropical design, this hotel right along EDSA comes complete with palm trees and pools under the sun to make you feel summery even during the rainy season. It also houses a spa, health club, and several restaurants. Of course, there’s the adjacent Shangri-La Plaza for your shopping needs.
Rates start at PHP 5,750/night.
Book at shangri-la.com.
Grand Hyatt Manila (BGC)
Towering over mural-filled BGC as the Philippines’ tallest skyscraper, Grand Hyatt Manila offers not only a cozy staycation but also a luxurious one. It houses everything you need in one staycation: high-class dining options including a panoramic rooftop bar, spa and fitness facilities, and excellent room amenities. The hotel is also conveniently located near Uptown Bonifacio and Bonifacio High Street.
Rates start at PHP 7,994/night.
Book at hyatt.com.
Okada Manila (Parañaque)
For the most opulent staycation, Okada Manila offers more than a complete relaxation package. This vast integrated resort has state-of-the-art suite amenities such as an iPad control panel, a Jacuzzi, a private massage room, and a front-seat view of the Manila Bay sunset. Further, Okada Manila proves to be a destination in and of itself with entertainment, dining, and shopping outlets. Besides the casino, its highly coveted feature is The Fountain with its multicolored dancing water show, the largest of its kind in the country.
Rates start at PHP 9,500/night.
Book at okadamanila.com.
Nobu Hotel (Parañaque)
Another staycation spot that stands out in Parañaque’s Entertainment City is Nobu Hotel, a great choice for people with a taste for the oriental. Rooms are distinctly Japanese, with calligraphy and sakura art on walls and intricate carpeting on the floor. And don’t hold back on indulging in world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s culinary masterpiece at the Nobu restaurant!
Rates start at PHP 7,600/night.
Book at nobuhotelmanila.com.
The Peninsula Manila
If you enjoy reveling in heritage buildings, The Peninsula Manila will surely appeal to you. It is one of the most iconic hotels in the metro, built in 1976 and sitting gracefully at the heart of Makati CBD. Its rooms feature Filipino inspiration with native materials like capiz and dark wood, and artworks by prominent local artists decorate different parts of the hotel. The lobby is also a great place to lounge about as you peruse the magnificent ceiling sculpture by National Artist for Sculpture, Napoleon Abueva.
Rates start at PHP 8,200/night.
Book at peninsula.com.
Meanwhile, if you’re out for grub, check out these IG-worthy garden restaurants and vegetarian and vegan options in the metro.
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*Featured image via Nobu Hotel Manila, Edsa Shangri-La Manila, Okada Manila