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The great escape: 10 places to go to during your Manila staycation
Want to hop on a plane to get away from it all? You don't need to go far to be on vacation with this nifty list of spots to stay in and things to do in the city.
Published on: Mar 29, 2010 - 12:20pm

Vacations don't always require road trips, a plane ride or a passport. A "staycation" is always a handy alternative for burned-out urbanites while staying close to home. rounds up a list of places in the city which you can explore and retreat to this week:


1. Bonifacio High Street for Walkway 2010: Reflections on the Stations of the Cross
Address: Bonifacio High Street, Fort Global City, Taguig

Why go now: Reflection isn't exclusive for the Holy Week, but if you're staying in Manila, catch the stations of the cross on display at Bonifacio High Street until April 4, Easter Sunday.
Don't miss: Even if you're not religious, the contemporary visual takes on this annual Catholic tradition would be worth checking out.


2. Discovery Suites
Address: 25 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel. No. 683-8222

Why go now: Nothing beats staying in with your favorite book or favorite DVDs at Discovery Suites' comfy rooms –veg out with your friends or whip up a movie marathon feast.
Don't miss: 22 Prime's juicy steaks located on the twenty-second floor. They also serve free, refreshing iced-tea with cookies while you lounge the day away by Discovery Suites' posh swimming pool and Jacuzzi.


3. Herald Suites
Address: 2168 Don Chino Roces St., (formerly Pasong Tamo), Makati City. Tel. No. 759-6270

Why go now: The Old-world inspired rooms and suites take you to another world, without having to leave the city.
Don't miss: "Little Tokyo" is just around the corner from Herald Suites, where you can have your pick of restaurants that offer the most authentic Japanese dining experiences in Manila: Hana (339-3855), is open until March 31, Wednesday while Kiku fuji (893-7319) will be open the whole week.


4. Legend Villas
Address: 60 Pioneer corner Madison Street, Mandaluyong City. Tel. No. 702-2700

Why go now: You can get a bi-level villa suite, with your own kitchenette, dining area and a receiving area for less than P5,000 on weekends with a buffet breakfast for two and full access to the pool.
Don't miss: The private villas make for the perfect city getaway whenever you want to just take time off for some much needed R & R.


5. Manila Hotel
Address: One Rizal Park, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Tel. No. 527-0011

Why go now: The newly-renovated rooms at the Manila Hotel may just entice you to stay as long as General McArthur did. (He stayed at the hotel's suite for six months in 1935.)
Don't miss: Café Ilang-Ilang opens to a garden that allows for summer alfresco dining. Go up on the second deck and lounge at the hotel's pool area, with a new sun deck, wet bar and a re-engineered swimming pool. If you can't take a break from your exercise routine, a pilates, yoga and aerobics room cans also be found at the hotel's gym.

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  • shimmey
    wow. i never knew the Philippines had really nice vacation spots. the room at the Neo Day Spa looks just like the one we stayed in at the El Cid Vacation Club here in Cancun. hope i can come by Manila some time
    May 27 2010 @ 11:55am     Reply  
  • mary_ann_lei
    I've been to Bonifacio High Street and I want to go back again but this time with my nephew to taste Cupcakes by Sonja!
    Mar 31 2010 @ 01:41pm     Reply  
  • igeramos
    This is the best time to be back home in Manila. No traffic, no pollution, no color coding. If you're not religious but having a clear sense of orderliness, this is the best time to clean up and clear up stuff from your closets and cabinets in your kitchen, bedroom and store rooms. Get rid of the stuff you don't need and give it away to charity. This is what I plan to do starting tomorrow. It's a cheaper alternative to going out. You don't have to spend so much to have fun. You will discover things you thought you lost or never had. It will be a good workout and shedding stuff is good for your mental health. You will feel lighter and better and your mind clearer. Although I'm contemplating Herald Suites and Little Tokyo (and a side trip to Makati Cinma Square for those illegal digital materials i.e. pirated DVDs). With Gloria and the Ampatuans withstanding, it's nice to be back home.
    Mar 31 2010 @ 03:03am     Reply  
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