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BALAY INDANG NEW YEAR: A 2015 Reflection on What Matters Most

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We usually escape to the cool weather of Tagaytay for New Year’s Eve. For us, it’s a time to rest and spend time with the family and welcome the coming year.

BALAY INDANG is more beautiful now compared to the time we first blogged about it in 2007 (Read: Balay Indang, The Red Ginger Farm and Garden). In 2013, they put up a sister B&B named after it’s founder–WILSON’S Tagaytay: A Secret Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Place in Tagaytay.

It was the perfect place to relax and reflect on the things that matter most and prepare for 2015. 

Here’s a photo essay of the highlights of our Balay Indang New Year, and my first ever family travel video…

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Family Escapades

A MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas! (A Photo Essay) @TheManor_CJH

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MANOR at Camp John Hay is one of the best places to spend Christmas in the Philippines. You get the cold December weather, log wood cabin accommodations, actual pine Christmas trees, and a romantic restaurant, Le Chef, to complete the festive experience.

Here’s a photo essay of our MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas….

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#Hotels, Family Escapades

SOFITEL: Ultimate Foodie Staycation Experience! @SofitelManila

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We love SOFITEL because it’s the only hotel in Manila with a luxurious resort-like feel and an awesome view of the Manila Sunset. It’s also considered a Foodie Haven where one can experience Spiral, the Best Buffet in Manila, and explore authentic French cuisine and wine. It also has  Le Spa, which is one of the best couples spas in Manila today.

We got invited by Sofitel to check out the Ultimate Foodie Staycation experience in Manila …  

SOFITEL Staycation Series 2014

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Family Escapades

LE SPA: Secret Wine Lovers Treatment at Jardin d’Eden @SofitelManila

 Read First: LE SPA “Duo” Couples Romantic Ritual @ Sofitel

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LE SPA is our favorite spa for the most luxurious couples massage in Manila. We enjoyed our LE SPA “Duo” Couples Romantic Ritual in the Harmonie room last time.

For a limited time, Le Spa at Sofitel introduces a unique “Vinotherapy”, using the latest in wine cosmetics from Les Sources de Caudalie with traditional massage treatments. They also use organic beauty products from Thémaé, harnessing the power of tea for beauty rejuvenation.

Check out Le Spa’s Wine Lovers Treatment experience…

SOFITEL Staycation Series 2014

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#Restaurants, Family Escapades, Food

SPIRAL BUFFET: Our Top 10 Favorites in SPIRAL Sunday Brunch, the BEST Buffet in Town! @SpiralManila @SofitelManila

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SPIRAL is the gold standard for the most extensive and interactive gourmet dining buffet in Manila. A year after it was launched, it continues to be hailed by foodies as Manila’s BEST buffet. 

Here are our Top 10 Favorites in SPIRAL – the BEST buffet in town…

SOFITEL Staycation Series 2014

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#Restaurants, Family Escapades

LE BAR: Romantic French Dinner with Wine Pairing @SofitelManila

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LE BAR is the lobby bar of Sofitel Hotel, which is a bistro, music lounge, and Galette – Patisserie and Chocolaterie in one. It’s the best place to eat in Sofitel as an alternative to Spiral, where you can enjoy food and pair it with an extensive list of French and European wines. 

Check out the Romantic French Dinner with Wine Pairing at LE BAR…

SOFITEL Staycation Series 2014

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Family Escapades

BIG FAMILY TRAVEL: Tips in Planning your Next Awesome Family Adventure!

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Our boys are growing up so fast, so each adventure we have with them is precious. Usually, one adventure fuels creative ideas for the next awesome adventure. It gets very addicting.

When you have kids that are more than 2 years old already, you have to be creative in managing your budget for the trip because:

  • You already have to pay full fare for flights;
  • You usually need to have a bigger room or have options for extra bed/s; and
  • They already have growing appetites.

Big Family Travel (with kids of 3 or more) continues to be a challenge in terms of costs and the logistics of organizing it. There are no travel packages, deals or incentives catering to the needs and wants of this travel segment.

I’m still learning how to do it efficiently, and I’m sure there are OAP readers out there who would have smart tips on how to go on a big family travel creatively.

I’ll start first. Here are my Tips & Tricks for a Big Family Travel Adventure:

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Family Escapades

SOFITEL Overnight & SPIRAL’s Champagne Breakfast!

Read FirstPlanning Your Awesome Sofitel Escape

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SOFITEL is one of the best “staycation” escapes for Manileños because of its awesome sunset experience; Spiral – the best buffet in Manila, and Le Spa — a favorite massage experience for couples.

We have blogged about this a number of times through the years, and it continues to be our favorite hotel resort in Manila:

Here’s an updated photo essay of a Sofitel “Staycation” experience and SPIRALS’ Champagne Breakfast:

2013 Luxurious Sofitel Escape Series:

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Family Escapades

LE SPA “Duo” Couples Romantic Ritual @ Sofitel

Read this First: A Suite Romance Anniversary

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LE SPA “Duo” Couples Romantic Ritual is one of the most romantic couples massage experiences and best- kept secrets in Manila. I had second thoughts of sharing this secret but I believe this would be an awesome experience for happily married couples in Manila.

Here are some tips to plan your own LE SPA “Duo” Couples Romantic Ritual experience:

2012 Luxurious Sofitel Escape Series:

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Family Escapades

Our Favorite Philippine Vacation Photos!

1. Diaz 360 Diaz Family Portrait in Bluewater Panglao, Bohol, Philippines

We love to travel and we love to collect souvenir family photos during our trips.

One of our best family travel photos is a 360 photo in the family suite of Bluewater Panglao resort. The 360 was created by Milo Timbol of 360philippines.com đź™‚ 

Here are our favorite Philippine travel photos with the family…

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