Monday, January 1, 2018

An R&R weekend in Makati City at Discovery Primea , a member of the Preferred Hotels Group

On a long weekend in Manila, living a #Travelife, we booked a one-bedroom apartment at Discovery Primea for a taste of city living right in the center of the business district of Makati City.

Discovery Primea Pool

The apartment was outfitted with all the necessary amenities for real life. Its entrance led immediately to a four-seater dining area with a spacious L-shaped kitchen complete with a washer and dryer for clothes. 

Further on was a sizable living room with a work desk in one corner plus views of Manila; and a beautiful bedroom with classic antique-style furniture. It was the perfect hideaway while being ever so comfortable for a long stay.

Discovery Primea Suite Bedroom


When we checked in, the reception staff handed me a big bouquet of flowers while the room service staff had arranged a plate of chocolates ever so nicely in the living room. This was certainly a promising start of a holiday not too far from home; the office was a few minutes away, nevertheless the hotel had a relaxing environment that made us feel like we were really on vacation.



For dinner, we booked a window table at Flame, the highly rated steak house of Discovery Primea on the 16th floor. The Flame restaurant is modern and stylish, with edgy interiors, a marble-topped open kitchen, great service, and 180-degree views of Makati City.

And excellent food, of course, overseen by Discovery Primea General Manager David Pardo de Ayala and Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco. “Give us your best dishes,” we told the maitre’d. “We want to eat very well tonight.” Yes, we’d decided to leave our dining fate in his hands, and fortunately so, for we were happy and well-fed for the rest of the evening.


Our meal began with sautéed foie gras, one of Flame’s signature dishes, and a chilled Asian seafood salad. Then we shared a delicious US Black Angus rib-eye steak from the Josper Grill and Flame’s signature lobster fried rice, freshly caught that morning and plated in a carton box like a luxurious take-out.

To end a wonderful night, the maitre’d suggested a refreshing sorbet which arrived so beautifully plated, with a thin slice of dried pineapple atop the sorbet, that we almost dared not tamper with the chef ’s artwork.

It was the perfect end to our Discovery Primea experience.


Breakfast at Discovery Primea 

Discovery Primea is known for its gourmet breakfast buffet at the Tapenade restaurant on the ground floor. Enjoy a well-curated assortment of healthy juices and dishes, as well as traditional favorites like eggs benedict and a breakfast buffet station that includes an assortment of charcuterie, cheeses and preserves. For room service, order Filipino specialties including marinated milkfish with scrambled eggs and garlic rice.

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