Modern luxuries: Sleep in comfort within the bustle of Manila
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Modern luxuries: Sleep in comfort within the bustle of Manila

A CITY of inexhaustible vivacity, Manila is where Spanish, Chinese, American and even Japanese influences come together to offer a captivating blend of Western and Asian heritage.

From colorful cultural sights to modern attractions and a throbbing night scene, this stimulating Filipino city is one that never sleeps, and promises something for every traveler. But for some, all that noise and congestion, and the never-ending stream of activities, might prove a little too hectic.

Here are three hotels that can offer a sense of escape from Manila’s bustle, so you can recharge and paint the town red again.

Dusit Thani Manila

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 Located in the heart of Metro Manila in Makati, the city’s premier business and shopping district, Dusit Thani Manila provides easy access to the city’s business and leisure options while offering guests a comprehensive taste of world-class Filipino geniality and Thai-inspired hospitality.

Throughout the hotel, Dusit Thani Manila gracefully executes luxury, heritage and comfort by way of 537 exquisite rooms and suites. The hotel also boasts two of Asia’s best recreational facilities – the Devarana Spa which indulges guests with age-old Thai therapies as well as DFiT, one of the best-appointed fitness centers in the Philippines.

Well-known as one of Manila’s culinary hotspots, Dusit Thani Manila features an exquisite collection of dining outlets which serve up a diverse range of cuisines. A signature favorite at the hotel is The Pantry, famed for its healthy “farm-to-fork” menu crafted from organic and locally sourced fair trade produce. For a more exquisite dining experience, UMU Japanese Restaurant offers Japanese fine dining amidst an interactive setting.

As one of the prime venues for business or social events, Dusit Thani Manila has 12 meeting and banquet rooms catering to events, seminars and meetings. The newly-renovated Mayuree Grand Ballroom houses up to 1,000 guests while the Poolside Pavilion Tent is ideal for smaller banquets, accommodating up to 300 guests for a sit-down dinner or 400 guests for cocktails. Read more…

Conrad Manila

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Amidst the busy atmosphere in Makati, Conrad Manila provides a peaceful escape from the city while ensuring guests still enjoy the convenience of staying close to the many shopping, dining and recreation options in the central business district.

The hotel boasts 347 smart guest rooms that activate the air conditioner, automatically draw your curtains, and even adjust the room’s mood lighting to match the time of the day. When you leave, it resumes on energy-saving mode. Guests are also provided with high speed WiFi as well as Bluetooth-enabled A/V technology, so finding the city’s best hidden eats or bargain stores is just a fast Google search away.

But if guests choose to eat in, there’s plenty of notable dining options available at the hotel. For a taste of modern Chinese fare, China Blue by Jereme Leung features a specially created menu that blends contemporary cooking techniques with local flair. And if the mood for chocolates strikes, there is a chocolatier at the lobby to satiate those sweet cravings.

A place that caters to total rest and relaxation, the hotel’s luxury spa features six individual treatment rooms that include two couple rooms and four single rooms. Each comes complete with soaking tubs, a private sauna and steam facilities. There are many new forms of treatments available, including sleeping pods with oxygen concentrators. Additionally, there is a 24-hour fitness center equipped with the very latest workout technology.

An ideal business venue, Conrad Manila features extensive MICE facilities, including a pillar-less Grand Ballroom as well as an outdoor function space overlooking the city. These spaces are all equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, WiFi and wired internet access, drop down motorized screens, built-in LCD projectors, and intelligent lighting.

Marriott Hotel Manila

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Right at the heart of Resorts World Manila is Marriott Hotel Manila, a five-star hotel well-known not merely for its luxurious accommodations but also as the city’s preferred venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.

It boasts a total 342 rooms, and each suite features luxurious touches from marble bathrooms with jetted tubs, large flat screen TVs to 300-thread count bed linens. Rooms also look out to fantastic views of the lush green surroundings of the property, as well as the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course.

A tranquil and rejuvenating experience awaits at Quan Spa with its menu of pampering massages and beauty therapies carried out in their first-class treatment rooms. Select from a multitude of services such as scrubs, wraps, facials and massage to revive your body, mind and soul.

If you wish to get your sweat on, the fully equipped Health Club provides professional equipment for cardio, resistance and core training. There’s also a sparkling outdoor swimming pool with an adjacent poolside bar.

The Marriott Café provides local and international buffet spreads as well as ala carte specials from their open-theater kitchens. For steaks and prime cuts, Cru Steakhouse premium cuts while Allegro serves delicious lunches on the go.

Featuring 40 meeting rooms and a 3,000-square meter Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 4,000 people, Marriott Hotel Manila is one of the best venues for meetings and conventions. Along with state-of-the-art banquet and audio visual facilities, customizable catering menus are also available to make your event a memorable one.

Fraser Place Manila

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If you want to be close to vibrant attractions, commercial hotspots, and modern conveniences, Fraser Place Manila is one of the best hotel residences at the Makati Central Business District, whether you’re in the city for business or leisure.

Designed with a modern contemporary touch, the property features 89 fully-furnished luxury serviced apartments that look out to views of the city skyline. Ideal for long-term stays, guests can choose between one- to four-bedroom apartments. Each unit comes fully-furnished with separate living areas, dining areas, kitchens, and bedrooms.

Given its location at the center of the financial district, Fraser Place Manila also caters to different business needs via its well-equipped business center as well as meeting rooms for business meetings, corporate seminars or cocktail functions.

Business aside, there is also a range of modern recreational facilities, including a swimming pool, a fitness center, outdoor garden terrace, barbeque area as well as a wading and outdoor play area for kids. The hotel residences also come complete with complimentary WiFi access, 24/7 reception and concierge services, 24/7 security, and CCTV surveillance to ensure total peace of mind.

*Some of the properties featured in this article are commercial partners of Travel Wire Asia