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Several Makati hotel properties recently launched an exclusive promo for a “staycation”—a new word that combines the idea of a vacation while staying close to home. It’s the perfect quick and short break needed by many families to de-stress from everyday pressure.

INTERCONTINENTAL Manila Hotel, the first 5-star hotel in Makati

The Makati Staycation is a partnership of four top hotels with MasterCard, and all the hotels are in Ayala Center. The iconic hotels are InterContinental Manila, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, the Raffles Makati and Fairmont Makati. Guests can avail of the special Staycation discounted rates and perks by using their MasterCard credit, debit or prepaid cards. The promo runs until the end of the year.

First in Makati

Each of the four hotels is a global brand, and all have interior design styles and architectural features that are truly distinctive. The InterContinental Manila was the very first 5-star luxury hotel in Makati. Everyone calls the hotel the InterCon, and over four decades the venerable old lady has gone through various renovations, all the while keeping its classic elegance and friendly, efficient and innovative service. The InterCon’s full butler service assists guests with all chores from packing and unpacking suitcases to laundry and valet service and more.

The premier restaurant of the InterCon is the Prince Albert Rotisserie, still one of the top steak restaurants in the country. There are also the Café Jeepney, Gambrinus Bar and Sol y Sombra for less formal occasions.

In contrast to the InterCon, which is the pioneering doyenne of the hospitality industry, the other three hotels are new kids on the block. The Holiday Inn & Suites Makati opened less than six months ago, but is already making a name for itself for its hospitality and warm service.

FAIRMONT Makati lobby

Like other Holiday Inns around the world, the Makati hotel is distinctly family- and child-friendly. Parents will delight in seeing their kids enjoy the kiddie items, from the in-room mini bar, which offers character-themed fruit juices, to the signature Holiday Inn teddy bear. Also available are activity kits containing crayons, pens and books. The hotel is directly connected to the new Glorietta mall, which is perfect for moms and kids.

Another fabulous hotel brand creating a buzz right now for its sophistication is the Raffles Makati. Steeply anchored on fusion, the design of the Raffles is contemporary, a marriage between the timeless quality of old world charm and new world elegance. Each of the hotel’s 32 large suites has been designed to be an understated oasis of calm. Every suite has large, floor-to-ceiling windows and mesmerizing views of the Makati cityscape.

Air of luxury

True to its air of luxury and exclusivity, even health and wellness concerns are dealt with in style at Raffles Makati. Adding to its superb hotel experience is an array of gastronomic options at Spectrum, Writers Bar and Long Bar. The Raffles Staycation is designed to be a truly memorable, priceless weekend.

POOLSIDE of Holiday Inn and Suites Makati

The fourth hotel offering the Staycation promo is the Fairmont Makati. This global brand is for those seeking luxury, privacy and exclusivity. It is for those who seek a hideaway in the heart of Makati.

The Fairmont promises a private paradise, and is home to the ultimate R&R haven known as the Willow Stream Spa, a space for relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa area covers 1,200 square meters, featuring five fully equipped treatment rooms, a hair salon, a full-service nail studio, a mineral pool and outdoor swimming pool.

Right next to the wellness area is the Fitness Center, equipped with ultramodern Technogym fitness machines and other state-of-the-art equipment. The Fitness Center occupies 283 sq m, bringing the entire wellness area of the Fairmont up to 1,500 sq m.

The Fairmont also has great food at its Café Macaron and Fairmont Lounge areas. At the latter, the Maka.tea is making a name for itself. See www.makeitmakati.com/MakatiStaycation, for details on the Makati Staycation promo.

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  • WeAry_Bat

    Hahahaha…Magsisi si Nur Misuari hindi na siya makatikim nitong mga hotels.

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