10 Staycation Hotels With the Most Inviting Swimming Pools
For your much-needed family getaway.
(SPOT.ph) Hotels in Metro Manila are slowly but surely reopening their doors to guests who can't wait to go on a family getaway (even if it’s just within the city). The change of pace is definitely much-needed, especially after months of being cooped up at home, seeing the same people every single day, cooking your own meals, and being limited to walking only from your bedroom to the gate or lobby whenever a package arrives.
If you’re looking to book a staycation soon, there are 13 hotels approved by the Department of Tourism to accept leisure guests (as of May 17). These places to stay lets you enjoy top-notch facilities including the all-important swimming pool.
You can take a dip in the pool at these accredited staycation hotels in Metro Manila:
City of Dreams, Aseana Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City
Contact: (02) 8800-8080
Rates start at P15,500
If you’re looking to splurge, Nüwa Manila at City of Dreams is a luxurious destination right in the city. Aside from their main lagoon-style four-foot pool, they have two heated whirlpools—one of which is exclusive to guests with a rented cabana for a private lounging experience. Prior reservation for two-hour use is required as the swimming pool capacity is kept at a maximum of 35 guests at a time. It is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sheraton Manila Hotel
80 Andrews Avenue, Pasay City
Contact: (02) 7902-1800
Rates start at P5,888
Sheraton Manila Hotel's lagoon-style, four-foot Vega Pool can accommodate a maximum of 50 hotel guests at a time. But to make sure that physical distancing is implemented, the sprawling water playground is divided into six pocket zones with a limit of eight guests each and one lap lane at the center that allows two swimmers. Minors should be accompanied by a guardian at all times. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hilton Manila shares the Vega Pool with Sheraton Manila Hotel.
The Peninsula Manila
Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City
Contact: (02) 8887-2888
Hotel guests can drop by The Peninsula Manila’s outdoor pool from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. While walk-ins are okay, booking a slot is recommended since they can accommodate only 12 people at a time. The 22-meter adult pool has depths ranging from three feet to eight feet, while the separate children's pool is at two feet. Grownups can also grab a drink and hang out at the Pool Snack Bar. As part of their health protocols, The Peninsula Manila implements daily chlorination of the pool water as well as thorough disinfection of the lounge chairs, tables, and cushions every after use.
Aruga by Rockwell
Waterfront Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Contact: (02) 8818-0000
Rates start at P6,500
If you're looking to do some laps even before breakfast, Aruga by Rockwell's 23-meter outdoor pool opens as early as 7 a.m. and closes at 6:30 p.m. Just make sure you reserve a slot because capacity is limited to three guests at a time with a maximum use of one hour. Loungers are also placed around the area if you just want to bask in the sun.
New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
Contact: (02) 8888-0777
Rates start at P12,000
One of Okada Manila's main draws is its Coral Wing Pool, which features a one-foot-deep children's pool, an adult pool, an infinity pool, 10 private casitas, and a pool bar. It is currently open to checked-in guests at all ages at a reduced maximum capacity of 100 pax. You can also check out the Retreat Spa Pool, which can only accept people above 16 years old at a reduced maximum capacity of 16 people. Both pools are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They implement health protocols such as checking of vital signs before entry, wearing of face mask and face shield at the poolside, and social distancing of two meters. Guests are provided with individually wrapped and sealed towels and individual laundry bags.
Hyatt Regency Manila
City of Dreams, Belle Avenue, Entertainment City, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City
Contact: (02) 8691-1234
Rates start at P6,800
Hyatt Regency Manila's swimming pool is set on a viewing deck surrounded by City of Dreams’ sleek, golden buildings so expect a beautiful show of the sun glistening on the panels as soon as dusk sets in. You can also choose to take a dip at the four-foot-deep heated whirlpool for a more relaxing experience. It is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can accommodate only 30 guests at a time. Reservation for the two-hour slot is required.
EDSA Shangri-La Manila
1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Contact: (02) 8633-8888
Rates start at P5,700
Kids and kids-at-heart are welcome to have fun at EDSA Shangri-La, Manila's lagoon-shaped swimming pool and kiddie pool with slides set in a lush tropical garden. It is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. The main pool can accommodate up to 43 guests at a time; while three kids and 10 kids for the kiddie pool and Aqua Play, respectively. Reservation for two-hour use is required through the hotel's Health Club. You also need to wear your fabric face mask when outside the pool. Aside from checked-in guests, the pool is also accessible to people with the Oasis Day Pass (P3,000 per person).
Joy~Nostalg Hotel and Suites Manila
17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Contact: (02) 7719-1156
Joy~Nostalg Hotel & Suites Manila's all-blue indoor swimming pool at the sixth floor features floor-to-ceiling glass walls that provide a stunning view of the Ortigas cityscape. It's temperature-controlled, which is perfect if you want to do a 20-meter lap early in the morning or late at night. With a maximum capacity of three guests at a time, prior reservation is required and you can only use the pool for an hour. The indoor pool is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Sunday. Locker rooms, seats, and loungers are disinfected 15 minutes before the next reservation.
Grand Hyatt Manila
8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Contact: (02) 8838-1234
Rates start at P7,994
Grand Hyatt Manila's heated pool is located at the sixth floor of the hotel, providing an idyllic escape in the middle of the busy Bonifacio Global City. It is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can book Grand Hyatt Manila's Grand Escape package (P7,994), which includes an overnight stay and breakfast for two, rapid antigen test, and access to the 24-hour fitness center and pool.
Nobu Hotel Manila
City of Dreams, Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City
Contact: (02) 8800-8080
Rates start at P8,100
With its spacious deck, it's easy to lose track of time while lounging around Nobu Hotel Manila's outdoor pool. It can accommodate up to 30 hotel guests at a time, so make sure you reserve a slot with a maximum of two hours. It's also near the Wave, a contemporary poolside deck restaurant that is available to guests of all three hotels at City of Dreams. Nobu Hotel Manila's outdoor pool is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., while Wave is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
UPDATED (May 19): The Department of Tourism announced on May 17 that 13 staycation hotels in Metro Manila are allowed to reopen to NCR Plus guests only. Staycation guests must not be below 18 or above 65 years old.