Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Weekend at Crown Towers of City of Dreams Manila

The Crown Towers of City of Dreams Manila, is not really part of the city – at least this is how we felt, the moment we crossed Roxas Boulevard, the beautiful seaside road that runs parallel to Manila Bay, and espied the massive golden structure literally shining just several kilometers shy of the sea.


Crown Towers of City of Dreams Manila

This was even before we checked into our beautiful Crown Premiere Suite, with a living room and a bedroom that overlooked the Crown Tower swimming pools enclosed by the same golden towers we had first seen.

Suddenly we were somewhere else quite magical, away from the busy and chaotic city of Manila in the Philippines. We walked into our suite unable to stop marveling at everything, as it was truly lovely. Then we stood by the floor-to-ceiling windows observing the sun shining down on holidaymakers lounging around the pools as our butler handed us flutes of champagne.





SHORT DRIVE TO PARADISE

“Where are we?” I asked.

We had simply driven down EDSA for 15 minutes and, after passing the lucky lion statues and revolving doors of the Crown Towers, suddenly it seemed we were in another world that was so accessible and yet so seemingly free of stress and worry. This was definitely the nearest piece of paradise I could get to, at least from the business district of Makati.


Crown Towers of City of Dreams Manila

Our 119-square meter suite was tastefully furnished with a mix of Western and Oriental details – many of them chosen specifically to bring luck to the high rollers who often stay here at the Crown Towers of City of Dreams Manila. It seemed more like someone’s well-appointed home rather than just another luxury hotel in Manila.


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At the same time, the neutral furnishings in browns and beige, with touches of gold, provided a relaxing haven from the high energy of the rest of the City of Dreams complex as well as from the heat of Manila outside, so that it was really an oasis and a haven





FINE DINING, CHINESE STYLE

On our first evening, we stayed close to home and had dinner at Crystal Dragon, the Chinese restaurant of the Crown Towers and one of the finest establishments in Manila.

The sister establishment of the Michelin two-star Jade Dragon restaurant of the Crown Towers in Macao, an excellent restaurant I have fond memories of, its design is elegant and refined in a way unlike any other Chinese restaurant in Manila




To truly sample the talents of the chef of Crystal Jade, who is well-known for his deft handling of ingredients in the style of Cantonese cuisine, we requested for a live garoupa to be lightly seasoned and steamed, along with fresh vegetables from Hong Kong, sautéed and served immediately.


Crown Towers of City of Dreams Manila



THE CROWN SPA

We also made time for an afternoon of treatments at The Crown Spa. The Crown Spa is one of the best spa retreats in Manila with beautifully appointed treatment rooms, a relaxation pool, an aroma steam room and beauty and wellness treatments created by Aromatherapy Associates based in the United Kingdom




Crown Towers Spa Suite

During our staycation, we enjoyed the 90-minute Philippine-style hilot massage in the couple’s treatment room complete with a spacious bathtub for two, power rain showers and a steam room. The signature Philippine hilot massage uses Philippine healing traditions combined with heated herbal leaves, a wooden stick and herbal clay.


CHIC & FUN JAPANESE FOOD





For our second night, we booked a table at Nobu, the local outpost of the world’s most famous Japanese restaurant, located in the adjacent Nobu Hotel Manila. Cool and contemporary, Nobu serves Japanese food with a Peruvian twist so we enjoyed fusion sushi as well as the classic black cod in miso and the soft shell crab, before ending with a medley of interesting desserts.



To end the evening, we headed to the Crystal Lounge just off the lobby back in Crown Towers to sample some tapas and drinks created by their award-winning bartenders amidst an elegant atmosphere of neutral furnishings.

Cocktails at the Crown Towers of the
City of Dreams Manila


Of course, with a perfect stay like this, it was very difficult to check-out and return to reality. Fortunately, we knew paradise was only several minutes away, especially with a new expressway from Manila’s international and domestic airports, and leisure and lifestyle hubs in place.

Words by Angela Montenegro.


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