By PAOLA NAVARETTE
Twinkling lights, glitter, and gourmet menus galore—without a single dish to wash or tree to decorate. Spending Christmas at a hotel does hold a certain travel allure. Whether you stay for a week or drop in for tea, these 12 properties go to great lengths to offer something special for the holidays.
Eat, drink, and be merry
At Shangri-La at the Fort, there are many irresistible deals to choose from. Stay at its elegantly appointed guest rooms this holiday season for two nights from Dec. 9 this year to Jan. 5, 2020 starting at P16,000++. The promo is inclusive of buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids five years old and below, complimentary Wi-Fi access, daily credit of P1,000 for food and beverage in the hotel-managed restaurants, and use of the gym and outdoor swimming pool. Guests who will stay are also entitled to one Christmas Hamper upon arrival.
Consider treating yourself and your family at the High Street Lounge, where guests can enjoy a Christmas themed afternoon tea set created by executive pastry chef Anthony Collar. The tea set is available from Nov. 29 to Dec. 26 for P1,650 inclusive of coffee or tea for two people. Savories and sweets are also available for purchase from Nov. 28 to Jan. 2 including honey roasted boneless ham, beef Chuletón, fruit cake, homemade Glühwein, and chocolate truffles, among others.
(02) 8820 0888 | shangri-la.com/manila/shangrilaatthefort
‘Tis the season to give back
This season of merriment, the Peninsula Manila is offering a nice Christmas room package priced at P8,700++ for an overnight stay in a deluxe room, and that price is inclusive of a buffet breakfast for two, complimentary parking for one vehicle, and complimentary use of the outdoor pool, fitness centers, and spa facilities.
The magic of the holiday season at the Peninsula Manila is brought to life with the theme, “Stories from the tree.” Six colorful ornaments—including the Gingerbread Man, a familiar sight hanging within decorated trees—adorn the trees at the hotel. You may purchase these ornaments and a portion of the funds will be donated to Hands On Manila Schools’ Galing Mo Kid program that mentors high-achieving public students.
(02) 8887 2888 | peninsulamanila.com
In the market for magic
Stay anytime from Dec. 1 to 26 and get the best rates for all your staycation plans this holiday at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Rates start at P8,500++ for a superior room inclusive of buffet breakfast for two adults and two children at Spiral, complimentary in-room family movies for the entire stay, free use of recreational facilities such as an outdoor pool, gym, and spa.
Another reason to visit the hotel is its enchanting Christmas market. At the grand lobby, guests can visit Le Marche de Noel, which offers seasonal favorites including chestnuts, pastries, mulled wine, puto bumbong, and bibingka.
(02) 8573 5555 | sofitelmanila.com
Flavors of paradise
Celebrate Christmas in style at Club Paradise Palawan. Nestled along a Unesco Biosphere Reserve, this exclusive island resort offers special rates starting at P11,000++ per night inclusive of daily breakfast for two at Firefish Restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and roundtrip airport transfers for two from and to Busuanga Airport.
Feast in a delightful medley of fresh selections from the land and sea with the resort’s Yuletide dining promo or enjoy the holiday breeze as you sip any of the refreshing island-inspired drinks prepared by the resident bartenders.
(02) 7719 6971 | clubparadisepalawan.com
A home like no other
Feel the warmth of the holidays with your family at New World Manila Bay Hotel where the spirit of the holiday is alive. The hotel’s Home for the Holidays room package includes buffet breakfast for two, complimentary in-room internet access, and a 50 percent discount at Market Café.
To add to the merriment, the Yuletide Buffet is available on Dec. 24 for dinner and Dec. 25 for lunch and dinner at P3,500 per person. Relish in classic holiday dishes which include the famous Christmas ham, the perfect roast turkey, Christmas Yule log cake, and other holiday treats!
(02) 8252 6888 | manilabay.newworldhotels.com/
Shine and sparkle
For a dazzling festive gettogether with family and friends, Crimson Hotel Filinvest City prepared special treats, heart-warming flavors, and cheerful experiences to make the guests’ holiday staycation shine with joy. The Home for the Holidaze staycation packages start at P6,200++ while the Christmas Eve Room Packages start at P10,388++. Rates include an overnight stay, breakfast buffet, Santa’s Welcome Amenity, Christmas Surprise Room Setup, and shopping credits for kids at Christmas Goodies Corner.
Creative installations made out of recycled materials such as plastic, paper, metal, and wood by the upcycling artist Jevie Pagpaguitan is a must-see when in the area.
(02) 8863 2222 | crimsonhotel.com
Make each memory count
Surrounded by pristine beaches, Pearl Farm Beach Resort offers an escape away from the usual atmosphere of the city by taking you away from the dull monochromes of urban-living and exposing you to the vibrant culture of Mindanao.
Take your experience to a whole new level and stay in world-class accommodation for two at the Hilltop room for only P17,400++ per night. This offer, which is valid until Dec. 31, includes perks such as buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two, and the privilege of roundtrip airport and boat transfers.
Don’t miss, as well, the resort’s Christmas and New Year’s festive dinner celebration for only P2,500++ per person, featuring a bounty of ocean-fresh harvest, traditional Yuletide favorites, and a spread of sweets prepared by Pearl Farm Beach Resort’s kitchen team for every family.
(02) 7750 1898 | pearlfarmresort.com
Christmas that sparks joy
It’s time to go all out for Christmas at the Manila Marriott Hotel, as it gets ready to awaken the season with a mix of exciting events that will happen all throughout the holidays. To ring in that merry feeling, the hotel offers a premium room with balcony or an executive room with breakfast for two at Marriott Cafe, complimentary access to the executive lounge, and P3,000 food and beverage credits. Another reason to visit Marriott is the life-size Gingerbread train that offers guests various holiday treats.
(02) 8988 9999 | marriott.com
All treats, no tricks
Retreat into the lap of luxury with Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Yuletide Home Stay package and enjoy special perks. Rates start at P6,800++ per night inclusive of breakfast for two adults and two kids aged six years old and younger, access to the fitness center and indoor pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Overnight stays on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are also available for guests to enjoy starting from P7,000 and P7,500, respectively.
You may opt to dine outside or discover a gastronomic getaway at Cucina, where skilled chefs will curate special dishes according to your liking.
(02) 7720 7777 | marcopolohotels.com
Harmony of the holidays
Your most-awaited Christmas staycation is just around the corner with The Manila Hotel’s Christmas Room promo. For P7,300++, you and your family can spend the Yuletide season together in a superior deluxe room with breakfast buffet for two children ages five and below. During your stay, make sure to visit the Iloilo mansion-inspired Christmas gift house located at the main lobby and find gift items such as toys, souvenirs, and Christmas hampers.
(02) 8527 0011 | manila-hotel.com.ph
Festive holiday delights
Book a deluxe room package from Dec. 1 to 31 for P11,980++ and enjoy special privileges such as an overnight stay in a deluxe room, breakfast buffet for two persons in S Kitchen, and P1,500 worth of dining credits, For large families, you may opt to book premium suite package for P25,680++ and be treated to an overnight stay in a junior suite inclusive of breakfast buffet for two persons and P2,000 worth of dining credits.
Moreover, the culinary elves of the Sheraton Manila are whipping up delightful treats to make gift-giving easier. For simple sweet nothings, there are flavored pastillas in ube and mango, boxes of pralines), and packs of Santa Cookies. The buffet of S Kitchen, meanwhile, will be filled with holiday food—glazed ham, leg of lamb, roasted turkey, steak, and all other appetizing trimmings—for special festive buffets including Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28 (6 to 10:30 p.m.) for P2,300 per head.
(02) 7902 1800 | marriott.com/hotels/travel/mnlsi-sheraton-manila-hotel
Quest for Yuletide cheer
Stay anytime between this December and Jan. 6, 2020 at Quest Hotel Clark and get the best rates for all your staycation plans. Claim your surprise Christmas treat upon check-in and get a chance to bring home a bottle of wine! Rates start at P8,000++ for a deluxe room inclusive of a Christmas Eve dinner for two adults, buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids (12 years old and below), and free use of hotel swimming pool, fitness center, kid’s zone, and hotel bicycles.
During Christmas, invite the whole squad for a chill night of signature drinks at Charley’s Bar or eat at Mequeni Live, an all-day live buffet—with nine interactive live stations namely Grill, Sushi, Dessert, Fry, Dim sum, and Appetizers ready to serve voracious guests. This new offering from the hotel is truly something to experience.
(045) 599 8000 | questhotelsandresorts.com/clark