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Sheraton Manila Hotel: Secrets of Sheraton Staycation

Sheraton Manila is back and currently on soft opening, with the basic rooms and amenities opened. It’s a business hotel but with emphasis on Filipino Food and Family Fun while on business.

We celebrated Yugi’s 5th birthday at Sheraton Manila as requested by the little one. Here is a guide for those going on a celebration staycation experience at Sheraton…


Sheraton Hotel Manila (Across Naia 3)
Address: 80 Andrews Avenue, Pasay City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 902-1800
Facebook: Sheraton-Manila-Hotel

Related Post: S Kitchen Sheraton Sunday Fiesta Buffet! @SheratonManila

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Travel, Bicol, Boracay Island, Dumaguete, Family Escapades, Siargao, Staycation

10 Best Hotel Resorts in the Philippines! (2019)


The Philippines is arguably one of the best travel destinations in all of SE Asia, home to 36,289 km of beautiful coastline which includes some of the worlds most renowned reefs, beaches, and biodiversity. In fact, just this year, Siargao, Boracay, and Palawan islands have been ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (respectfully), as the “Top 5 Islands” in all of Aisa.  It’s not surprising then, that these prime locations are alluring to travelers from around the globe, people who want to sample the natural beauty of the Philippines.

2018 has been a great year for tourism in the Philippines and 2019 is projected to do even better.  So if you are planning a trip to the Philippines for 2019 here are our picks for the best Hotel Resorts to visit in the new year.

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#Hotels, Family Escapades

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


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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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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LE BAR: Romantic French Dinner with Wine Pairing @SofitelManila


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


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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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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