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Destinations for the weekend

With more than 7,107 islands, the Philippines will surely never run out of unique spots and spaces to offer every traveler.

Over the years, there has been a strong, growing interest among local tourists to explore the many pristine islands and beaches across the country, now made more accessible given the construction of new roads and availability of low airfares.


Similarly though, there is also a growing preference for the so-called “staycations”, which are short vacations in nice hotels or resorts within the city or nearby provinces. Staycations often allow one to unwind after a grueling work week, without having to travel far.

And with a number of long weekends left to enjoy this year Inquirer Property listed five hotels and resorts you might want to consider for a fun weekend with friends or for some quality time with your loved ones.


Shangri-La at the Fort

Shangri-La at the Fort

Shangri-La at the Fort is a landmark, mixed-use development at the heart of Bonifacio Global City.

It features the Shangri-La Hotel and Serviced Residences; Horizon Homes, a collection of distinct homes situated on the top floors with unhampered views of the metropolis; retail shops; and Kerry Sports Manila, a comprehensive lifestyle and leisure club. The hotel offers 576 contemporary and spacious guest rooms and suites with a minimum size of 45 sqm, as well as unparalleled city and bay views.

But what further makes this hotel an ideal staycation destination for the family—apart from its swanky dining outlets—are its extensive gym facilities, exercise studios, wellness spa, and the Adventure Zone, which is a multi-level indoor playground for children.

Makati Diamond Residences

Makati Diamond Residences

Conveniently located at the heart of the bustling Makati central business district, Diamond Makati Residences allows guests to indulge in ultimate comfort, leisure and entertainment. Given its proximity to the Greenbelt Mall and Ayala Avenue, guests are guaranteed to enjoy endless shopping and gastronomic treats.

Each of the 410 guest rooms has features that are sure to make the guests’ stay truly relaxing. Each unit is built with a fully-equipped kitchenette, convection stoves, LED TV and Wi-Fi connection.


Meanwhile, guests can opt to stay, indulge and savor Makati Diamond Residences’ gourmet treats and extensive collection of wines and whiskeys.

Hotel 101

Looking to explore the Bay area or just want a change of scenery? Then Hotel 101 is a practical option.

Hotel 101 Manila is the newest business and leisure hotel to open in the MOA Complex, offering convenience to all types of travelers. It has a spacious lobby, where guests can relax, conduct business, or meet with friends.

Each room evokes a minimalist modern approach that provides a radiant ambiance. It is also built with features that could guarantee a memorable stay including an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, which give guests an unobstructed view of the famed Manila Bay sunset.

Meanwhile its Amico restaurant offers daily buffet breakfast, a la carte lunch, and dinner that highlight the Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine.

Escala Tagaytay

If you want a quick getaway outside the metro to relax those frazzled nerves, then the City of Tagaytay should definitely be on your list.

With a number of hotels and bed and breakfast that found home in the area, vacationers are now flocking to Tagaytay, whose relaxing yet dynamic vibe makes it the perfect getaway for vacationers.

Meanwhile, one hotel that makes driving to Tagaytay even more worth it is Escala, where guests are sure to revel in the breathtaking views and the hotel’s top amenities.

Each of the rooms at Escala has a veranda that opens to a stunning view either of the Taal Lake or the hotel’s iconic infinity pool. The hotel likewise affords guests with a well-balanced mix of work and play given its well thought out features which include an al fresco dining area, spa and gym.

Kahuna Resort, La Union

Situated at the northern surfing capital of the Philippines, the premier Kahuna Resort features 40 boutique Balinese-inspired cottages, ocean villas and rest houses, which do not only evoke an old world charm, but also provide access to and views of the beach.

Here, guests could truly relax and recharge while they listen to the calming sounds of rolling waves, and bask in the beauty of the area while watching the sunset. The gently sloping beach meanwhile allows for the perfect breaking waves for surfers of all abilities.

Its charming accommodations, bar, restaurant and pools all face an ocean cove and wide sandy beach. Kahuna also has three swimming pools where one could take a dip while enjoying a favorite cocktail.

Guests can further look forward to an appetizing treat as the Big Kahuna Bar and Restaurant serves a wide selection of Asian and International cuisine.

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