Sunday, July 31, 2011

A really sweet deal from Makati Shangri-la

FOR ONLY PhP 8500++

Spend your weekend at the Makati Shangri-la with this special Travelife Magazine deal for PhP 8500++, applicable for Friday to Sunday night bookings until August 31, 2011:

Book an Executive Room and enjoy an automatic upgrade to a Deluxe Room in the Horizon Floor, where you can enjoy the following Horizon Club Benefits:

• Private check-in and check-out at the Horizon Club Lounge

• Check out as late as 6 PM (subject to availability)

• Full use of the 24-hour Horizon Club Lounge with complimentary Wi-Fi

• Breakfast, high tea, evening cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres

• One suit pressing per stay

• Shoeshine service

• Daily international newspaper

• In-room DVD entertainment system

• Concierge service

• Selection of beverages and snacks throughout the day

• Use of a Club Lounge meeting room for up to 2 hours per day (subject to availability)

Available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights until August 31, 2011. Special rates are only offered to Filipino residents and Travelife readers. Guest must present a copy of the Travelife Magazine with the Makati Shangri-La article or the Travelife E-blast and valid Philippine IDs. Contact (63) (2) 813-8888 ext. 7345 and 7346 for inquiries.

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No long check-in lines, tedious traveling

and waiting at airports.

A staycation at the Makati Shangri-La

proves the best and most convenient weekend escape.

It had been a really busy week and I was just hankering to go off on a mini-break somewhere, but it was too late to book flights and I wasn’t really in the mood to be dealing with crowds at airports. That was when the idea for a staycation somewhere convenient and luxurious hit me. All I wanted – and desperately needed – was a change of atmosphere and bit of pampering. If I could get these somewhere close by, I certainly didn’t need to go out of town for a holiday.

This was how I ended up checking into the Shangri-la Makati one Friday evening after work. “What kind of holiday is that?” My friends asked me, when I told them I was going on vacation by staying over at a hotel 15 minutes away from work.

“The perfect kind,” I replied. “No stress, no traffic, no rushing. No holiday hangovers and no needing a vacation from a vacation. Just pure R&R for 24 hours.”


A staycation really is a great way to temporarily get away from everything because you can do so without much fuss. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that I could literally feel the stress melt away the moment I was ushered into my spacious corner room on the 21st floor. In fact, my room was so nice and comfortable that I decided to stay in and order room service for dinner and then just book a massage afterwards. After endless days of eating out, it was wonderful to stay in and dine on a tray on the bed, wearing a cotton yukata and watching TV.

The Makati Shangri-La spa is open 24 hours so I booked my Judith Jackson aromatherapy massage for 930 PM to help me relax just before sleeping. I was really lucky to get a great therapist who put me in chill-out mood in no time, and that instantly made a difference to my stressed out life.


The next day, feeling completely rejuvenated, I readily took on the Makati Shangri-La’s famous breakfast buffet at Circles. I’d heard so much about this gustatory feast but I’d never dared take on the eating challenge until then. Fortunately, my cousin agreed to be my partner- in-crime, and together we tackled the truly endless array of delicious food that looked like a delicious breakfast buffet merged into lunch and dinner. The Circles buffet offered excellent variety – everything from freshly-made vegetable and fruit juices to salmon sashimi, spicy noodles, dim sum and even piping hot bibingka.

I spent the rest of the morning indulging in beauty treatments including a facial and a manicure. Then, for lunch, I chose to have dim sum at the Shang Palace, Makati Shangri-La’s Cantonese restaurant, which is considered among the best in the city and well- known for its excellent dim sum. It was bustling with weekend diners – many of them celebrating their birthdays – and this just added to the festive atmosphere.

And before I knew it, my holiday was over, but at least getting home was just a matter of jumping into the car and heading down the road. Talk about a wonderful weekend. I left the Makati Shangri-La completely refreshed and already planning another staycation before I’d even turned out of Ayala Avenue.


with Margarita Fores
and the Embassy of Italy & Bacchus Epicerie
September 8 at Whitespace

TRAVELIFE Gastronomic Tour of Italy
September 17-25

For reservations and information, please contact:
Bernice or Rachel at TRAVELIFE
813-8400/ 892-2620


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