ON STAYCATIONS

Let’s Eat - - NEWS -

Fam­ily va­ca­tions used to be com­pli­cated lo­gis­ti­cal af­fairs. There was the mat­ter of get­ting ev­ery­one’s sched­ule to co­in­cide, of course. And then there were the D-Day lev­els of plan­ning: modes of trans­porta­tion and the most ef­fi­cient road routes and de­par­ture times in or­der to avoid the worst of the high­way traf­fic. And more of­ten than not, in spite of the best laid plans, fam­i­lies would dis­cover that thou­sands of other fam­i­lies made the ex­act same plans. Cue the 12-hour jour­neys to North or South, with kids whin­ing end­lessly in the back­seat: “Are we there yet?”

The re­cent rise in the pop­u­lar­ity of Staycations in Metro Manila ho­tels has re­sulted in two things: one, much less stress—fi­nan­cial and emo­tional—for the hard­work­ing par­ents who just want a re­lax­ing break from their week­day grind. Sec­ond, there’s a boom in the per­cent­ages of ho­tels’ oc­cu­pancy rates, es­pe­cially dur­ing long week­ends. It’s a win­win sit­u­a­tion. Af­ter all, what do we Filipinos like do­ing best dur­ing va­ca­tions? Eat. Sleep. Swim. Rinse. Eat. Sleep. Re­peat. And all that can be done, with a min­i­mum of fuss and trav­el­re­lated prob­lems, in most of the pre­mium ho­tels. Lie in a soft king-size bed, un­der pure white high-thread count sheets, with the A/C on full blast 24/7 and un­lim­ited Wi-Fi ac­cess at blaz­ing speeds? Oh yeah. And great meals at some of the best res­tau­rants around, just an el­e­va­tor ride away. What’s not to love?

This month, we show­case three of our fa­vorite Stay­ca­tion Des­ti­na­tions, those that we love not just for the pools, the spas, the ac­cess to nearby or next-door malls, but most of all, the food they serve. The beau­ti­ful break­fasts at the Marco Polo in Or­ti­gas. The lovely lunches at the Hol­i­day Inn in Makati. And the dra­matic din­ners at the New World in Manila. Be our guest this week­end, please…

Let’s Eat!

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