Hotel construction boom in PH as luxe Fairmont opens Dec. 3 in Makati



MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is getting its fair share of classy and famous hotel brands, as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announces the opening of the five-star Fairmont Makati along Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, next Monday, December 3.

The 30-story Fairmont Makati offers 280 deluxe rooms and suites, including Fairmont Gold, the hotel’s exclusive hotel within a hotel. It also houses Raffles Makati, a 32-room, all-suite hotel; and Raffles Residences, with 237 one- to four-bedroom residences for both short- and long-term stays. Raffles is a sister brand under the parent company Fairmont Raffles Hotels International.

The hotel has made use of local materials such as coco-twig white resin, crushed mahogany seeds (embedded in the walls) and abaca laminated glass. A focal point of each guestroom is the floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the central business district.

The luxury hotel, which is now accepting reservations for stays starting December 4, has seven restaurants and lounges including Long Bar, inspired by the famous Long Bar at Raffles Hotel Singapore and which will also serve the renowned Singapore Sling.

The hotel is offering an introductory “Seeing Is Believing” package from December 4 to March 31, 2013, which will allow guests to stay for three nights but pay for only two nights.  Rates start from $239 (P9,800) per night, excluding taxes.

Inquiries can be made at +632-5559888 or

7,486 additional rooms in Manila


The Philippines faces a rosy outlook in terms of hotel construction, unseen a few years ago. STR Global, which tracks down hotel development in the pipeline, notes in its report update for October 2012, that in the Asia-Pacific region, Manila, next to New Delhi, India, registered the highest expected hotel-room growth at 34.8-percent, or the equivalent of 7,486 new rooms in the pipeline. These rooms include those in construction, final planning, and planning stages.

New Delhi reported the largest expected room growth (+42.1 percent)—that is, if all the rooms in the total active pipeline were to open (11,056 rooms). Aside from Manila, the other markets that reported more than 20-percent expected room growth were Bali, Indonesia (+24.3 percent with 8,595 rooms); Mumbai, India (+22.5 percent with 4,456 rooms); and Jakarta, Indonesia (+21.4 percent with 6,702 rooms).

PAL, Airphil Express terminals

Starting last October 28, Philippine Airlines and budget Airphil Express have designated the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 (also known as the Centennial Airport) as the airport for domestic flights to and from Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo (flights 239, 240, 249, and 250), Laoag and Tagbilaran.

Naia Terminal 3, on the other hand, is the departure and arrival airport for flights to and from Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Calbayog, Catarman, Cotabato, Caticlan, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Kalibo (flights 081, 082, 561, 562, 565, 566, 975, 976, 969, and 970), Legazpi, Masbate, Naga, Ozamiz, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Surigao, Tacloban,  Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

PAL’s Manila-Toronto flight

Starting November 30, Philippine Airlines will fly from Manila to Toronto, Canada, non-stop every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The airline will use its new Boeing 777-300ER, with “spacious and ergonomically designed seats.” PAL also promises state-of-the-art flight entertainment both in Mabuhay and Fiesta classes. Reservations at 855-8888.

Gorgeous hotel lobbies

Makati Shangri-La has made it to the list of Conde Nast Traveler’s 2012 Gold List of “27 Gorgeous Hotel Lobbies,” ranking No. 22, ahead of Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok (No. 26) and Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (No. 27) but behind Hotel De La Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia (No. 16). The magazine says of the top-rated lobbies: “You might never want to go to your room with lobbies this grand.”

Rising destinations


Manila is No. 4 in Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2012 list of 10 Asian “destinations on the rise.” Trip Advisor describes Metro Manila as “historic and modern, rich and poor.”

Travelers ranked the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial as No. 1 of 64 attractions followed by Corregidor Island, University of Santo Tomas, Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Taal Volcano, San Agustin Church, Casa Manila, Rizal Shrine and San Sebastian in the top 10.

Trip Advisor also says that Manila “is filled with museums, shops, parks and churches, plus enough nightlife to last until dawn.”

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Bonifacio Global City outdoor fair

Bonifacio Global City is organizing a big outdoor fair called the BGC Passionfest 2012

from November 23 (Friday) to 25 (Sunday). The opening ceremony featuring Music Grooves and Art Moves Mobile Concert will be at 5 p.m. on 9th St. in Bonifacio High Street. Performances by bands/artists are the highlights.

The second day will feature kiddie shows and outdoor movies. There will be roaming entertainers like jugglers and balloon twisters beginning at 4 p.m.

November 25 will be the BGC Christmas Season opening featuring the lighting of over 15 ornamented construction tower cranes and the performances of The Net Group Christmas Chorale, Ballet Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino.

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  • rickysgreyes

    Let’s add more police or security in our tourist and business areas to protect our tourists, to complement the rise in hotels. Metro Manila mayors should consider putting up CCTV, whose cost has gone down tremendously, for crime prevention.

  • EOJ

    Iba talaga kapag hindi corrupt ang presidente. Positive vibes ang bansa at mas mataas ang business confidence.

  • Lottie

    Don’t get too excited yet.  As long as our infrastructure and the pathetic NAIA terminals remain unimproved, it’s unlikely we will get a lion’s share of tourists. Previous governments have prioritized tourism development.  Where is it in Pnoy’s list?

    • yesyesyo

       Previous governments? 9 years of arroyo tourism was stagnant. tourist arrivals did not surpass 3 million. Under PNoy, we have the new tourism slogan and arrivals are up: 3.5 Million in 2011 and projected to reach 3.9 Million this year. The biggest percentage of increases compared to 9 years of arroyo.

  • japokjackpot

    ayala group watchout! berjaya group is bringing in Four Seasons. this is actually good in the property sector. the more luxury even the not so luxurious hotels will bring down the costs. there will be no more monopolies. hotel prices and amenities will be competitive. take the experience of thailand and malaysia, take the experience of budget airlines, thus, philippines’ hotels will be a good bargain for tourism to flourish in the country.

  • yesyesyo

    Way to go Philippines!

  • 1voxPopuli

    one Oakwood Mutiny can destroy all these.

    • Jean Claude

      lol ang sosyal noh? sa 5 star hotel pa talaga ginawa hahaha

    • yesyesyo

      No more. Trillanes and PNoy are allies.

  • delpillar

    Maraming Asian ngayon ang nagisipuntahan at nagtatravel sa buong mundo pero hindi naman talaga 5-star ang hinahanap nila. A hotel of 50 to 60 US Dollar per day na level lang kaya ng karamihan so ang kailangang paramihin sa Pilipinas ay 3-star at budget hotels. Kapag nagtatravel ako sa North America, I just stay at Comfort-Inn, Extended-Stay and the likes na minsan ay 40 USD per day lang pero malalaki ang tabas ng mga kwarto.

    Very few ang makaka-afford sa price na 200 to 400 US Dollar per day ang bayad sa 5-star hotel, pwera na lang sa mga pinapadala ng mga company as business trip.

    But of course, natutuwa na rin ako at kahit papano ay merong construction boom sa Pilipinas and 5-star hotels contribute to the beautiful landscape of the city.

    sana maging safe na ang Pilipinas, mabawasan ang krimen at holdap along the way, na ang mga holdaper ay handang pumatay bago ka nakawan.

    Sa SIngapore, Malaysia, Japan and Thailand ay pedeng-pede na gumamit ng public transportation from the airport. No known holdaper na nagkakalat at nag-aabang sa mga kalzada. Kahit hilahila mo ang maleta na may airport/airline tag pa sa kalzada ng mga bansang ito ay di ka matatakot na may manghoholdap sa yo.


      Sa tingin mo ba ang mga VIP guests papayag ba mag book sa hostel?  Sigurado ka Malaysia at Thailanf? Ha ha ha ang dami kayong mangdarambong don. Well, na experience ko lang naman


    God bless the Philippines.

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