#Hotels, #Philippines, Palawan

SEDA LIO: Palawan’s First Sustainable 5-Star Resort


Seda Lio, the latest undertaking at the acclaimed Lio Tourism Estate, is a bold project that not only offers the best in luxury and relaxation but also happens to be the first fully sustainable resort in the Philippines.

It’s a wonderful beach resort that prides itself on responsible eco-tourism and sustainability in a country that is already feeling the effects of climate change.  This is why Seda Lio stands out as one of the best new resorts, and why it’s our pick for one of the top resorts to visit in the Philippines for 2020.


Let’s be perfectly honest, words like, sustainability, eco-friendliness, green-tourism, etc. are popular terms that have become a sort of catchphrase that clever marketers use to tap into an ever more environmentally conscious tourism industry. While the terms themselves may be tossed about to appeal to certain consumers, it’s always great to come across an establishment that actually puts these ideas into practice.

This is a big deal as the Philippine government is slowly in the process of rehabilitating the hundreds of tourist destinations in the country in a fight that hopes to preserve what little pristine real estate is left.  It’s an uphill battle that can be won with common sense and deep respect for the environment, putting Seda Lio at the forefront in a world trying to cope with man-made climate change.

 

SEDA LIO
Lio Tourism Estate
5313 El Nido, Palawan
Philippines
Phone: +632 7956 8888
Web: https://lio.sedahotels.com/
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @sedalioresort
Instagram: sedahotels

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#Hotels

Unplan Shinjuku: My First Capsule Hostel Experience in Japan

On all my trips across Japan, I’ve always wanted to stay in one of those tiny yet cool looking capsule hostels that you see all over Tokyo. You know, those small pod-like sleeping spaces that are just big enough to fit a single bed and a couple of your belongings.

Luckily, after our family vacation in Tokyo, I had an extra day and some alone time to spend a night in a popular capsule hostel in Shinjuku.

 

UNPLAN SHINJUKU
5-3-15 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Japan 160-0022
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @unplan_shinjuku/
Facebook: UNPLAN Shinjuku
Website: https://unplan.jp/shinjuku

Check out low Unplan Shinjuku rates and availability from their website.

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#Restaurants

The Cellar: The Best of Grand Hyatt’s Spanish Tapas Bar!

The Grand Hyatt Staycation Series
Grand Hyatt: Guide to Your Grand Family Staycation in BGC!
No. 8 China House: The Grand Hyatt Chinese Lauriat Experience!
The Cellar: The Best of Grand Hyatt’s Spanish Tapas Bar!
The Grand Kitchen: Guide to the Grand Buffet, Meatless Mondays and Sunday Brunch
The Peak by Grand Hyatt: A Sneak Peek of the Highest Restaurant in Manila!

The Cellar is Grand Hyatt’s hotel bar featuring Spanish small plates and tapas with a premium wine selection, handcrafted beer and specialized cocktails.

The private rooms are quite dramatic, with the main dining area featuring an open kitchen where the chefs prepare more than 100-year-old recipes from an old Spanish restaurant in Manila.

We ordered The Cellar’s best dishes and here are our favorites…

The Cellar
2nd Floor, Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner, 35th Street, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily
Lunch: 12:00 NOON – 2:30 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday Brunch: 12:00 NOON – 2:30 PM
Telephone: +632 8838-1234
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @grandhyattmanilaph
Facebook: Grand Hyatt Manila
Website: Grand Hyatt’s The Cellar

Check out low Grand Hyatt rates and availability from Booking.com.

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#Hotels, #Philippines

Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo: Where to Stay in Iloilo!

The Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo, located just a stone’s throw away from Festive Walk shopping hub and right next door to the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC), making it ideal for business travelers, vacation goers,  and participants of MICE events. Plus, the wedding of my cousin was in ICC, so it was the perfect hotel for my family to stay in during the preparations.

If you’re looking to enjoy upscale accommodation and world-class hospitality during your visit to Iloilo, checkout my staycation in Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo…

 

COURTYARD ILOILO
Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City 5000 Philippines
Telephone: +63 33 330 7600
Facebook: Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo
Instagram: @courtyardbymarriottiloilo
Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ilocy-courtyard-iloilo/

Check out low Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo rates and availability from Booking and Agoda.

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#Travel, Japan

SAGA, Japan: What and Where to Eat in Saga

When you think of Saga, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Yup, Saga Beef!!!

Saga is known for one of the most high-quality beef varieties in Japan, alongside Matsusaka and Kobe beef. Imagine a cow that never experienced stress throughout its lifetime, that has a BMS of 7 and above—the only kind that can pass as genuine Saga Beef. Have a taste of marbled perfection, buttery melt-in-your-mouth texture and, sweet beefy richness that can only come from one of Japan’s best Wagyu beef brands.

If you want to know more about Saga’s local specialties, here’s a list of our recommended dishes you must try on your trip…

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Staycation

No. 8 China House: The Grand Hyatt Chinese Lauriat Experience!

The Grand Hyatt Staycation Series
Grand Hyatt: Guide to Your Grand Family Staycation in BGC!
No. 8 China House: The Grand Hyatt Chinese Lauriat Experience!
The Cellar: The Best of Grand Hyatt’s Spanish Tapas Bar!
The Grand Kitchen: Guide to the Grand Buffet, Meatless Mondays and Sunday Brunch
The Peak by Grand Hyatt: A Sneak Peek of the Highest Restaurant in Manila!

No. 8 China House, named after its auspicious location on 8th Avenue in BGC,  is a modern Chinese restaurant serving fine Cantonese cuisine. This is one of the best lauriat experiences we had in Manila because of the exquisite interiors of its private rooms, the auto-rotate lazy susan table and its Cantonese specialty dishes.

Here are some tips on what to order and how to organize your next fine lauriat dining celebration…

No 8 China House
5th floor, Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner, 35th St, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily
Lunch: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Telephone: +632 8838-1234
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @grandhyattmanilaph
Facebook: Grand Hyatt Manila
Website: Grand Hyatt No.8 China House

Check out low Grand Hyatt rates and availability from Booking.com.

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#Restaurants

The Grand Kitchen: Guide to the Grand Buffet, Meatless Mondays and Sunday Brunch

The Grand Hyatt Staycation Series
Grand Hyatt: Guide to Your Grand Family Staycation in BGC!
No. 8 China House: The Grand Hyatt Chinese Lauriat Experience!
The Cellar: The Best of Grand Hyatt’s Spanish Tapas Bar!
The Grand Kitchen: Guide to the Grand Buffet, Meatless Mondays and Sunday Brunch
The Peak by Grand Hyatt: A Sneak Peek of the Highest Restaurant in Manila!

The Grand Kitchen is the all-day dining buffet of Grand Hyatt that’s set up with a grand show kitchen in the middle and cozy living areas around it. It’s like eating at a chef’s table from any angle.

Make sure to go for food that’s freshly cooked upon order, otherwise some of the food are just left out on the buffet to dry or lose their crisp. I would recommend going for the cross-over Sunday Brunch with The Cellar and the signature Meatless Monday buffet.

It’s quite intimidating to try it at first because of how grand the set-up and selections are, so here’s a guide on how to navigate the Grand Kitchen…

 

The Grand Kitchen
2nd Floor, Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner, 35th Street, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily
Breakfast: 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Lunch: 12:00 NOON – 2:30 PM
Dinner 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Telephone: +632 8838-1234
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @grandhyattmanilaph
Facebook: Grand Hyatt Manila
Website: Grand Kitchen

Sunday Brunch: ₱2,400/head
Meatless Monday Brunch: ₱1,906/head

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#Hotels, Staycation

Grand Hyatt: Guide to Your Grand Family Staycation in BGC!

❗️As featured in 20 Best Staycations in Manila of the Decade (2020)!

The Grand Hyatt Manila is a most luxurious staycation in the tallest hotel in Manila located in a prestigious address along BGC’s 8th Avenue.

We loved hanging out in the rooms and the Grand Club lounge; going on a food trip from Cantonese food at No.8 China House, to Spanish food at The Cellar, to Western, Filipino and Vegetarian favorites at the Grand Kitchen; and relaxing at the Illume Spa.

Here’s our guide for your next grand family staycation experience in BGC:

 

Grand Hyatt Manila
Address: 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Manila, Philippines, 1634
Telephone: +632 8838-1234
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @grandhyattmanilaph
Facebook: Grand Hyatt Manila
Website: Grand Hyatt Manila

Rates: The cheapest weekend rate for Grand King: ₱ 8,500 /night.

Pricing changes based on day and availability so best to check out Grand Hyatt Manila’s low rates and availability here:
Booking.com | Grand Hyatt Manila (9.0 Superb ratings)*
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The Grand Hyatt Staycation Series
Grand Hyatt: Guide to Your Grand Family Staycation in BGC!
No. 8 China House: The Grand Hyatt Chinese Lauriat Experience!
The Cellar: The Best of Grand Hyatt’s Spanish Tapas Bar!
The Grand Kitchen: Guide to the Grand Buffet, Meatless Mondays and Sunday Brunch
The Peak by Grand Hyatt: A Sneak Peek of the Highest Restaurant in Manila!

 


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#Restaurants

The JASMINE Cantonese Restaurant Experience @NewWorldMakati

Read first: A New World Hotel Makati Holiday Staycation Story

JASMINE, the Cantonese restaurant of New World Hotel Makati, is consistently one of the best Cantonese-style Chinese restaurants in Manila. It’s the Chinese place to go to if you are craving for authentic Cantonese specialty dishes or if you just want to enjoy an eat-all-you-can yum cha just like the ones in HK.

It’s been a while since we tried it, but this time we were able to bring the boys who happen to be our barometer for good dim sum and true enjoyment of the taste of the food.

JASMINE
2nd Level New World Makati Hotel
Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City 1228, Philippines
Operating Hours: Open Daily
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Telephone: +63 2 8811 6888
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: New World Makati Hotel
Instagram: @newworldmakati
Website: http://newworldhotels.com/manila

Check out low New World Makati rates and availability from Booking.com.

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#Philippines

A New World Hotel Makati Holiday Staycation Story

It was the first time we stayed at the New World Makati Hotel, a Chinese hotel brand that recently celebrated their 25 years in the Philippines. This hotel was the setting of a lot of memories during my P&G and partying days, and the brand stood the test of time in its iconic location on the corner of Makati and A. Arnaiz Avenues (now Pasay Road).

This holiday season, we created awesome staycation memories with our family of 4 boys.  Here’s our New World Makati Hotel Staycation story…

 

New World Makati Hotel 
Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City 1228, Philippines
Telephone: +63 2 8811 6888
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: New World Makati Hotel
Instagram: @newworldmakati
Website: http://newworldhotels.com/manila

Check out low New World Makati rates and availability from Booking.com.

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