In ev­ery ho­tel, a touch of lo­cal fla­vor

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - TRAVEL & LEISURE - By Joel V. Nigos

Small and in­de­pen­dent ho­tels which can be found in the coun­try's most in­ter­est­ing sights may pro­vide a lo­cal touch, but most of­ten they don't have the ameni­ties and the con­sis­tency or stan­dard of ser­vice that dis­crim­i­nat­ing guests may re­quire.

Ho­tels which are part of a chain, mean­while, of­fer lux­u­ri­ous fea­tures and ser­vices in all the places where they are lo­cated. In ad­di­tion, they are only found in key cities na­tion­wide.

The Ori­en­tal Ho­tels and Re­sorts had this in mind when they started build­ing ho­tels in some of the coun­try's im­por­tant tourist sites.

“We want our guests to fully sa­vor the fla­vor of lo­cal­i­ties and to ex­pe­ri­ence new dis­cov­er­ies with­out hav­ing to com­pro­mise on de luxe liv­ing,” says Wil­bert Lee, pres­i­dent and CEO of The Ori­en­tal Ho­tels and Re­sorts.

Ma­jes­tic view

In its very first ho­tel, The Ori­en­tal Legazpi, which is lo­cated in Al­bay, no less than the world-fa­mous Mayon Vol­cano pro­vides that lo­cal touch.

Sit­u­ated atop Taysan Hill, the ho­tel boasts of the ma­jes­tic view of the vol­cano and the re­fresh­ing blue wa­ters of the Al­bay Gulf. It is a jewel of white con­crete and glass which also makes full use of nat­u­ral light that streams through the high glass ceil­ings of the lobby and walls.

Es­tab­lished in 2011, its pri­mary goal is to cre­ate a re­gional tourism des­ti­na­tion, ac­cord­ing to Lee.

Thus, be­fore set­tling down in one of their lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions, tour the prov­ince or take in the beau­ti­fully rugged land­scape through the ho­tel's trusted All-Ter­rain Ve­hi­cle (ATV) tour part­ners. Hike and zi­pline through Mayon's lava rocks to cap off the ad­ven­ture, that is, when the vol­cano is not rum­bling.

In Fe­bru­ary 2012, also with the aim of high­light­ing the place's dis­tinct fea­tures, The Ori­en­tal Leyte opened its doors to the pub­lic. The ho­tel is ad­ja­cent to the MacArthur Land­ing Me­mo­rial Na­tional Park in Palo, Leyte.

Hav­ing gone through a dev­as­tat­ing storm, The Ori­en­tal Leyte has risen above the wa­ters to pro­vide the best ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tions in the prov­ince. Ex­cel­lent for fam­i­lies and groups, the ho­tel has its own beach and presents a myr­iad of food and lux­ury op­tions for guests, new and re­turn­ing.

At The Ori­en­tal Lux­ury Suites in Tagaytay, go for a more in­ti­mate va­ca­tion over­look­ing the pic­turesque Taal Lake and Vol­cano. There are only seven beau­ti­fully fur­nished rooms that make up the ac­com­mo­da­tions here. Each room has its own des­ig­nated but­ler for an even more lux­u­ri­ous and leisurely stay. En­joy the view of the in­fin­ity pool which can be seen as you go up to the lobby.

Con­cealed par­adise

Marvel at the big­gest con­ven­tion ho­tel in Mariv­e­les with The Ori­en­tal Ho­tel Bataan, orig­i­nally from a struc­ture de­signed by na­tional artist Le­an­dro Loc­sin.

Take your com­pany for an ad­ven­ture they'll never for­get with the ho­tel's team build­ing fa­cil­i­ties dubbed “The Ori­en­tal Ad­ven­ture Camp.” Guests can marvel at the ho­tel's own dis­cov­ery, Five Fin­gers, a con­cealed par­adise filled with white-sand beaches, se­cluded coves, and stun­ning rock for­ma­tions only 40 min­utes from the ho­tel.

And in the cap­i­tal Manila, The Swag­man Ho­tel re­tains its orig­i­nal name and Aus­tralian roots, as well as the qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tions that it has been known in years past. Lo­cated near the US Em­bassy, it is within walk­ing dis­tance of a mul­ti­tude of restau­rants, bars, and his­tor­i­cal sights.

Soon, other ho­tels will rise in other world-fa­mous tourists sites in the coun­try with The Ori­en­tal Ho­tels in Baguio, Alaminos, Banaue, Pagsan­jan, and Tik­ling Is­land in Sor­so­gon.

The Ori­en­tal Ho­tels and Re­sorts is part of the LKY Group of Com­pa­nies which has in­ter­ests in trans­port ser­vices, food, real es­tate de­vel­op­ment, re­tail, and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­tries.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book a room, please log on to www.the­o­ri­en­tal­ho­tels.com.

The Ori­en­tal Legazpi

The Ori­en­tal Legazpi’s in­fin­ity pool with Mayon Vol­cano when she’s not rum­bling.

PDI FILE PHOTO

MacArthur Land­ing Me­mo­rial Na­tional Park in Palo, Leyte.

The Ori­en­tal Bataan

PDI FILE PHOTO

Taal Lake and Vol­cano.

The Ori­en­tal Tagaytay Railay Gov­er­nor's Suite

Wil­bert Lee, pres­i­dent and CEO of The Ori­en­tal Ho­tels and Re­sorts

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