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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. SPOT.ph 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.