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Shangri-La At The Fort and Horizon Homes

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Shangri-la Hotels are one of our favourite hotels when we travel.  The latest Shangri-la at the Fort is a project wherein I heard the owners are very hands on with the details
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Spending Easter at Discovery Primea

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Once in awhile it’s nice to get away from it all even if it’s just a few miles away from home and even just for a night. Some people think that Discovery Primea is residential only but there is actually a hotel with over 100 rooms.  It’s also a perfect place to book your business associates or friends visiting because it is very central to the business districtMix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (2)

Notice that as soon as you enter @discoveryprimea there is a scent that immediately brings good vibes. During our visit it was Lily

Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (3)  What a lovely surprise to be greeted by Chef David Pardo de Ayala who is actually now the GM of Discovery Primea @discoveryprimea So happy to always be at any Discovery Leisure Company hotels @tldci – it’s always a pleasant and happy stay.

Chef David is Colombian and came to the Philippines to marry a Filipina. He started with Soleil and Aqua – the two restaurants of Chef Markus @kusinero that pioneered the fine dining restaurant business in the country. Chef David then became the Corporate chef of the Discovery Group @discoveryhotelsresorts and then hotel manager of Discovery Suites in Tagaytay and now GM of Discovery PrimeaMix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (4) Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (5) Hand on Heart always!  Happy to see again Rafael and happy to meed Mildred. Thank you for the warm welcome

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Super love the welcome treats as we checked in our suite at Discovery Primea @discoveryprimea It’s expected always at every Discovery Hotel @discoveryhotelsresorts but it’s always a heartwarming surprise to see what it will be Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (7) Since it is Holy Week and with Easter coming up, this comes in every room!  Everything is edible including the ears of the pig :-)

 With Holy Week also coming up, Easter in the City is the prefect escape in Makati. Starting at Php 8000++, enjoy a luxe getaway with the family that comes complete with complimentary gourmet breakfast, a round of drinks at Plunge Pool Bar, special welcome and turndown treats, and 20% savings at Terazi Spa (except for Hammam). Guests staying for three (3) or more nights enjoy 15% savings on their room, starting on the 3rd night. As an added treat for those checking in between March 24 to 27, Discovery Primea will be having a “Count the Golden Eggs” game for a chance to win an overnight stay for two in Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay.Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (8) We had a one bedroom suite Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (9) Easter night time treats!  Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (10) Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (11) Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (12) I always check the amenities :-)  Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (13) Spacious closetMix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (14) Kitchen and dining roomMix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (15) We had a relaxing two hour spa treatment at Terazi Spa.  The last time I visited Primea, the spa was not yet finished so I am happy to try it for the first time
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The treatment begins with a full body steam followed by a dousing, to prepare you for the relaxation. The pampering begins….laying down on the heated marble bed, Terazi’s therapist initiates a deep body exfoliation using the traditional ‘kese’ mitt and castile soap to cleanse every inch of your body. Immediately after, you will be covered in a cloud of soapy bubbles, to wash away dead skin cells. Your treatment is completed with a cold, refreshing drink, served in The Terazi Tea Lounge.Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (18)Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (17)A maximum of two people can use this together.  As soon as they turn it on, the steam comes out immediately.  I love steam baths.  A friend of mine suggested this to me so I do this weekly.  In a Hammam treatment it is just the first partMix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (20)

After the Hammam we had the Signature massage
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 After the spa, we had a delicious dinner during Earth Hour at Tapenade.  We had such a nice lunch experience last year

Previous entry:  Tapenade at Discovery Primea  September 29, 2015

Now I know why the food is so good at Tapenade, Aside from Chef Chinkiamco,  Discovery Primea has a GM that is a chef :-)  Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (21) Love our place cards! tapenade spoon discovery primeaMix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (22)  Celebrating Easter in advance !  We tried the Easter Special Set menu which we enjoyed!
For Holy Week (March 21 to 27), Restaurant Tapenade will be offering a celebratory set menu for lunch and dinner, featuring The Tapenade Salad Room, Garlic & Fennel Roasted Leg of Lamb, and a Black Pepper Panna Cotta. The sumptuous meal can be had for Php 2,000 nett per person #discoveryprimea #LuxeStay #Luxeweekened #easterMix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (23)Love their salad room – this has become their signature destination salad room tapenade discovery primea I love lamb and this dish was amazing!  Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (25) The Black Pepper Panna Cotta was so creamy!!! YUM!Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (26) TWG tea! Only the best :-)Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (27)  Earth Hour @earthhourofficial @earthhourphilippines from 830pm to 930pm.  Beautifully lit candles in the lobbyMix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (28)   Slept soundly in our suite.   This view faces Urdaneta village which means it will always be unobstructedMix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (29)

 I have been looking for a place in the city with a heated pool and finally found one! Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (30)  We had a restful sleep and woke up for breakfast – We had the Discovery Primea Gourmet Breakfastbreakfast discovery primea tapenade breakfast discovery primea  So happy to see my favorite jams – The Fruit Garden – at the Salad room for dinner and now for breakfast. Love that Discovery Primea @discoveryprimea supports our very own local products the fruit garden jams tapenade discovery primea  Whenever I order, I usually just ask the waiter what the bestseller is and so I ordered this for breakfast – Australian Wagyu Beef Tapaaustralian wagyu tapa discovery primea Second bestseller was the Lucban Longganiso Picadillo – It’s a good thing our first two choices were the top sellers :-)  Love interesting inventions like this :-)  Crispy potatoes, EVOO fried egg and Garlic jasmine riceLucban longganisa discovery primea tapenade

Visited the gift shop!

Beautiful gift shop designed by Rachelle Wenger @everyday_flair at @discoveryprimea They carry mostly Filipino products curated by @patmontinolaMix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (31) Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (32) Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (33) Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (34)No need to get out of the hotel @discoveryprimea to hear mass. At the 3rd level, The Annunciation Chapel. Rafael told us that one thing about the Discovery family is that they are very spiritual. The owner Mrs. Cynthia Tiu constructed the chapel based on a dream she had which was the Annunciation. Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (35) Mix it Up This March at Discovery Primea (1)

 Loved the choir at mass, Koro Ilustrado @koroilustrado 5 out of the group of 30 sang today. They also sing every 2nd and 4th Saturday 430pm mass at Sanctuario de San Antonio. They also do concerts and performances and sing for events and weddings.
Lord, here I am to answer your call,
Lord, here I am to serve and love you.
I have left everything just to follow you.
Here is my heart, here is my mind;
Here is my soul, Here is my whole self
I am for you and you alonekoro ilustrado choir discovery primea chapel annunciation

I wish we didn’t have to leave. It was so much fun. Thank you Discovery Primea @discoveryprimea for our #Luxeweekened #LuxeStay

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Discovery Primea Hotel and Residences

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 So happy to see the beautiful Joy Ledesma Lagdameo, Deputy Director of Discovery Primea Residences.   She used to work in Rustan’s for 11 years as Corporate Sales Manager and was a great asset to the company  Naks! :-)  She toured us around Discovery Primea – the residences and the hotel.  The residences is almost fully sold with only 10 units left for sale.  Do contact Joy Lagdameo if you are interested :-) Discovery Primea Residences (32)

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Discovery Primea has two entrances – by the Ayala Avenue side and at the back.  In the Ayala Avenue entrance there is easy access to the underground walkway to cross to the other side of the street!  Which is good!
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Easy access to Rustan’s is important!!! :-)  Discovery Primea Residences (2)

Fresh apples in the hallway of the hotel for the guests!!Discovery Primea Residences (5)

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Rafael Camus is our tour guide and you can contact him anytime for any inquiries.  Trademark Discovery group gesture – hand on heart :-)  Discovery Primea Residences (9)

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 Leave it up to the Discovery group to give attention to every detail! Fresh fruits in the hallway of every floor of their hotel for guests, Crib, stroller and car seat available for use with compliments if guest has kids, bespoke sugar in the rooms that measures exactly a teaspoon and beautiful bathrobesDiscovery Primea Residences (1)

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And a beautiful chapel, The Annunciation Chapel, where they have Sunday masses for now – For residents and even non residents.  Rafael told us that one thing about the Discovery family is that they are very spiritual.  The owner Mrs. Cynthia Tiu constructed the chapel based on a dream she had which was the Annunciation :-)  Discovery Primea Residences (27)

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Sleeping St. Joseph!!Discovery Primea Residences (29)

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Conveniently located in Makati Business Disctrict, this 141 room and suite luxury hotel sports classic and timeless interiors, as well as up-to-date technology that caters to the needs of today's travelers.

Conveniently located in Makati Business Disctrict, this 141 room and suite luxury hotel sports classic and timeless interiors, as well as up-to-date technology that caters to the needs of today’s travelers.

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Crown Towers at City of Dreams Manila Offers Bespoke Staycation Experiences

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 At the Crown Towers in City of Dreams Manila, a truly memorable experience awaits couples and families as luxurious and comprehensive packages allow for a meaningful celebration of life’s precious moments with those who matter most. From August 1 to December 15, 2015, newlyweds and couples can avail of a romantic and relaxing retreat package, “Dream Honeymoon”, while families are in for an exhilarating treat with the “Family Dream Staycation”.

For Couples: Dream Honeymoon

Newlyweds going on Honeymoon or couples seeking an oasis of respite from the hustle and bustle of the city can avail of a romantic package for two called “Dream Honeymoon”, couples can avail of either a luxuriously-appointed Executive Suite, or Deluxe Pool Villa, both of which come with a personal butler available ‘round-the-clock, ensuring personalized service throughout the guests’ stay. Upon check-in, guests are welcomed with complimentary sparkling wine and chocolate pralines, and can enjoy a drawn bath with petals in the evening. Breakfast for two at the hotel’s lobby lounge, Crystal Lounge, is also included in the package.

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Couples who avail of the package are likewise entitled to a one hour massage inside their suite or villa, or at the Crown Spa’s treatment rooms. Guests can upgrade their treatment room to a Spa Suite for an additional fee, which comes with a private shower, soft seating, and soaker tub. For optimum relaxation and wellness, steam rooms, saunas and vitality pools are located in the men’s and women’s separate locker rooms.

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To cap off a perfect evening, the couples package includes a PhP 3,000 net dining credit in any of Crown Towers’ fine selection of restaurants: The Tasting Room, for Modern European cuisine via a personalized degustation menu prepared by Chef de Cuisine and 2-star Michelin Chef William Mahi; Crystal Dragon, for premium Cantonese and regional Chinese cuisine by Chef de Cuisine Chan Choo Kean; Crystal Lounge, for a wide selection of premium spirits and afternoon tea treats; Breezes, the hotel’s poolside bar; and Signature Club Dining, exclusive to Signature Club members. The dining credits may also be availed of for in-room dining.

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“Dream Honeymoon” is available at PhP33,000 nett for a 166 sqm Executive Suite, and at PhP40,000 nett for a 145 sqm Pool Villa, which also offers an outdoor patio and sitting area.

For Families: Family Dream Staycation

Mom and dad also have ample time to unwind with their kids on a fun-filled vacation with the “Family Dream Staycation” package. A one night stay offers 24-hour butler service, along with breakfast at Crown Towers’ Crystal Lounge for two adults and two children 12 years and below. Welcome treats await the family, along with a complimentary teddy bear for each child as a turndown amenity. For the ultimate family bonding experience, the package includes complimentary four-hour passes to DreamPlay, the DreamWorks-inspired interactive play space featuring attractions inspired by DreamWorks movie franchises such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon. The passes provided are for two adults and two kids below 18 years old.

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The “Family Dream Staycation” is priced at PhP 25,000 net for the Executive Suite, and PhP32,000 net for the Pool Villa. The package is priced for two adults and two children 12 years and below.

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Crown Towers: Luxury at its Finest

Crown Towers is City of Dreams Manila’s luxury hotel, with 274 rooms, suites and villas, and offers a distinctive experience for those seeking refinement in every aspect of their stay. With interiors designed by world-renowned architect Michael Fiebrich, Crown Towers’ luxuriously appointed rooms and stylish spaces exude warmth and elegance. Its bespoke service, coupled with highly-trained, multi-lingual staff, cater to the most discerning of travelers.

The hotel is comprised of two towers: Tower Suites, and Resort Tower. Tower Suites has 80 rooms, suites and villas, each with round-the-clock, 1:1 butler services. Villa guests also have the option of choosing from eight room amenity brands, including: Hermes, Acqua di Parma, Salvatore Ferragamo, L’Occitane, Ren, Bulgari Green, Bulgari White, and Chopard.

600-thread count sheets beckon guests to take a revitalizing nap before heading out to the free-form swimming pool where they are welcomed with a hydrating Evian spritzer, a refreshing smoothie or fruit snack, and a complimentary loan of Christian Dior sunglasses for women and Ray-Ban eyewear for men. Guests may likewise reserve one of four poolside cabanas for up to four hours at a moderate fee which comes with lounge seating; a flat screen TV; access to the Crown Spa’s wet areas, such as the vitality pool and steam room; a complimentary jug of the juice or smoothie of the day; and a serving of fruits.

Fitness enthusiasts are also entitled to complimentary training consultations and sessions exclusive to Crown Tower’s guests at the fitness center, replete with state-of-the-art equipment from Precore.

Crown Towers at City of Dreams Manila elevates the ideal staycation experience by offering a mix of leisure, dining and entertainment venues, ideal for both couples and families. Guests are ensured of a comprehensive and memorable vacation nestled within the conveniences of the city’s thriving pulse.

Interested parties may book a reservation online through City of Dreams Manila’s website www.cityofdreams.com.ph, call 800 8080 or e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.com.

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So nice to visit the new Crown Towers in City of Dreams

Crown Towers Manila is comprised of two towers. Tower Suites has 80 rooms, where 7 lavish villas are located. Rooms at the Tower Suites range from 53 to 56 square meters for the Crown Deluxe Category and 66 square meters for the Crown Premier. Suites, meanwhile, range from 102 square meters for the Junior Suite, and go up to 166 suites for the Junior Suite. Two Pool Villas are 166 square meters in size. The Crown Villa is spacious at 453 square meters. Meanwhile, the lavish Presidential Villa is a bi-level retreat with its own spa, and is 548 square meters in size. The Resorts Tower, meanwhile, offers 174 chic, spacious rooms. A Superior King or Queen room is at 36 square meters; a Resort Deluxe room is at 50 square meters, and the Resort Suite ranges from 74 to 82 square meters.
Its 254 rooms, suites and villas feature complimentary, high-speed Internet access; flat-screen smart TVs; telephones with personal voice mail; JBL docking stations; and luxurious bathroom amenities.

The Tower Suites at Crown Towers assures its guests of a personalized and pampered stay, ensured by round-the-clock, 1:1 butler service. Villa guests can likewise choose among 8 room amenity brands, including: Hermes, Acqua di Parma, Salvatorre Ferragamo, L’Occitane, Ren, Bulgari Green, Bulgari White, and Chopard.

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The Presidential Villa of the Crown Towers Hotel at has its own spa, it’s own gym with a Treadmill, an elevator to go up and down the villa and 2 guest rooms
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City of Dreams Manila is a lavish integrated resort & casino featuring a dazzling array of entertainment & attractions, 3 award-winning hotels and exquisite dining & shopping destinations, located at the heart of Entertainment City, by Manila Bay.

City of Dreams Manila is a lavish integrated resort & casino featuring a dazzling array of entertainment & attractions, 3 award-winning hotels and exquisite dining & shopping destinations, located at the heart of Entertainment City, by Manila Bay.

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Baccarat Hotel NYC

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This was one of my favourite spots during this visit to New York!!!  A friend was staying here so we visited him and took a tour as well of the hotel and it was just what I expected – BEAUTIFUL!Baccarat Hotel NYC (2)

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While waiting or before entering the elevators, make sure to look up!!Baccarat Hotel NYC (51)

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Even inside the elevators there are crystal candelabrasBaccarat Hotel NYC (6)

In the entrance of the rooms are Baccarat pieces encased on a pedestal
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A peek at the room.  The mirror is also a television :-) Baccarat Hotel NYC (9)

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We went to the Grand Salon
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BEAUTIFUL!
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Go further down the Grand Salon and there is a beautiful barBaccarat Hotel NYC (38)

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Inside the Grand Salon is a Petit SalonBaccarat Hotel NYC (42)

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Baccarat brings modern French luxury to a hotel in NYC. A Luxury Hotel in Manhattan, known for the perfection of crystal, brings this artisanship to their hotel.

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Around the Henry Hotel

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Since the Henry Hotel is part of a compound of homes and occupies only 6 out of the 15 houses there, there are still other residents and other houses there

Like Jojie Lloren :-)  This is also where he meets his clients.
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Peeking through the window of Jojie Lloren’s home!! So nice!!!Around the Henry Hotel (3)

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 All the houses in the compound look the same but the ones renting may have changed or refurbished them a bit so they all have their own unique character

I don’t know whose home this is :-)Around the Henry Hotel (7)

There is a gallery there but we were not able to enter since it was closed the time we were there
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If you walk around the gallery, there are many works of art around the perimeter
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The Henry Hotel Manila

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We went to visit the new hotel of Hanky and Christine Lee. The Manila version of the The Henry of Cebu.  Exactly a year ago we visited the Henry hotel in Cebu which is the original and the first

Previous entry:  The Henry July 1,  2014

Here in Manila, it is a gated place so you can be assured of security.  This was a compound for a family with 15 houses.  Now they rent out 6 of the houses for The Henry Hotel
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How cool are the people that work for The Henry Hotel :-)

Jisen who took us aroundThe Henry Hotel Manila (10)

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This is the Classic room.  Interiors by Eric ParasThe Henry Hotel Manila (20)

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Each house has a suite which is on the ground floor The Henry Hotel Manila (32)

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More privacy as those bushes thicken :-)The Henry Hotel Manila (41)

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Interesting shower :-)  Its open and it is by the toilet The Henry Hotel Manila (37)

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Apt 1B in The Henry Hotel Manila

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We were at the US Embassy so after our morning there, we decided to have breakfast at Apt 1B which was nearby already.  We wanted to see the new Henry Hotel by Hanky and Christine and Apt 1B operates the coffeeshop of the hotel.  It is by the reception area- look for the secret door :-)Apt 1B in The Henry Hotel Manila (2)

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