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Dream Cruises Offers Filipino Holidaymakers Inspirational Luxury Vacations

Yesterday, October 18, we were invited to witness the Philippine launch of the first ever Asian luxury cruise line called Dream Cruise at Shangrila at the Fort. The media preview was hosted Filipino-American model and former Amazing Race Asia contestant, Rovilson Fernandez.

Mr. Michael Goh, Senior Vice President of Dream Cruises, warmly welcomed guests, travel and media partners and together with Ms. Andrea Solis Manzano, Associate Vice President for Philippine Sales present Dream Cruises.

Dream Cruises is Genting Hong Kong’s brand new cruise line catering to the

Fibrefill: Providing Comfort for a Memorable Hotel Experience

Part of every great vacation is the comfort that you feel during your trip. And when I say comfort, I am referring to the bed where you will take your rest after doing all the activities in your itinerary.

That is why I like hotels that invest in their bedding to provide their guest the comfort that they deserve and making them feel as if they are sleeping in their own bed at home.

Upon entering my room in every vacation, the first thing I check is how soft my bed and pillows are. I don’t care much where hotels get their supplier until I attended the Hotel Supplier Show held at SMX Convention Center in Pasay last Sept 24 that features hotel facilities and amenities. That’s where I learned about one of the notable and leading non-woven and

Holiday Inn Resort in Ao Nang Krabi [ Thailand]

Tired and without any decent sleep from the crazy full moon party in Koh Phangan, my friends and I took the early and quite long journey going to our next destination via ferry and bus. At the bus stop, we were picked up by the service van courtesy of the resort where we will be staying. That time, we were hosted by Holiday Inn Resort, a four-star hotel-resort located in a

Marriott Manila is one with LGBT in Celebrating All Kinds of Love

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Why go with just plain red when you can celebrate the spectrum of Love? For February, Marriott Manila is taking Valentine’s Day in its most colorful form in support of the freedom to love who you love. Whether you’re raising a glass to all kinds of love or celebrating your independence, the hotel has prepared a colorful fete for you to partake.

If your appetite is as big as your love for your partner, Marriott Café sates your craving and takes

Marriott Hotel Manila Welcomes the Year of the Red Fire Monkey

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In celebration of the core festival on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, Marriott Hotel Manila ushers in the year of the Red Fire Monkey with an auspicious and distinctive take on “tikoy”. Impart tranquility and harmony to your loved ones with their double prosperity Ti-koi fish at 270 grams each, elegantly enclosed in luxurious red oriental boxes, sealed with a gold stamp symbolizing good fortune. Nian gao, locally called “tikoy”, is believed to bring good luck to both the receiver and the giver making it part of the customs during the Chinese New Year. The koi fish is also a symbol of longevity, success and prosperity. Spread good luck tastefully with this gift box at a reasonable price of Php 1,188 available at the hotel’s Marriott Café Bakery and Crema.

Level Up Staycation at Manila Marriott Hotel | Pasay City

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It’s rainy season again. And while others are just staying at home, my friends and I went out for a staycation because “Walang makakapigil samin!” haha. No, seriously we will be watching a musical in Resorts World so we decided to spend the weekend in one of the prime hotels in Manila, no other than The Marriott Hotel.

Hotels in Tacloban for Budget-concious and Business Travelers | Leyte

Here’s the list of the hotels in Taclabon that you can check if you want to go there. For the best room rate, try booking at Agoda.com

1. Zpad Residences
Dadison St, Tacloban, Leyte Province 6500, Philippines
Check room rate here

2. Go Hotels Tacloban
Tabuan National Highway | Marasbaras, Tacloban, Leyte Province, Philippines
Check room rates here

3. Hotel Alejandro
Paterno Street, Tacloban, Leyte Province 6500, Philippines

4. Hotel XYZ
P. Zamora St. Tacloban City, Leyte, 6500 Philippines
Phone Number/s: +63998-9606822/ +63916-2376619
Email: reservations@hotelxyz.com.ph
Check room rates here

5. Tacloban Plaza Hotel
164 Justice Romualdez Street, Tacloban, Leyte Province 6500, Philippines

6. Rosvenil Pensione
P. Burgos Street | Tacloban City, Tacloban, Leyte Province, Philippines

7. Manhattan Inn
Corner Rizal Avenue & Tarcela Street, Tacloban, Leyte Province, Philippines

8. The Loft Hotel
Marasbaras Highway, Tacloban, Leyte Province, Philippines

9. Asia Stars Hotel
P.Zamora Street, Tacloban, Leyte Province, Philippines

10. Hotel Canelsa (Formerly Hotel D’Angelo)
Rizal Avenue, Tacloban, Leyte Province 6500, Philippines

The Marriott Grand Ballroom is now open

Marriott Manila is securing its position to be the premiere meeting destination in the country, as it officially opens the Marriott Grand Ballroom – Philippines’ largest ballroom, a first of its kind facility that will redefine the Philippine MICE Industry (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions). This new architectural marvel offers a total 8,000 square meters of function space with 28 versatile meeting space including 6 VIP sky boxes. A blank canvas perfect for small or large meetings, all types of celebrations and grand events from product launches to concerts. With the addition of the Marriott Grand Ballroom, the hotel offers a total of 10,000 square meters of function space, by far the biggest in the Philippine hotel industry.

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The Philippines’ largest hotel grand ballroom
The main ballroom boasts of 3,000 sqm of pillarless venue that can easily accommodate 4,000 guests for cocktails and 2,500 for banquet set-up. This massive venue can be subdivided into four sections and features state of the art technology, including the only ballroom that uses SkyFold Technology – vertical folding partitions that comes from the ceiling, and 176 Programmable Pillow Ceiling Lights that changes to 360 colors and can adjust the ceiling height from 12 meters to 10 meters for a more intimate gathering – another first in the Philippines. These hi-tech features can be operated at a push of a button. Also intended for an exhibition space, each segment of the ballroom features 9 utility boxes that provide event suppliers with data, internet, water and even drainage. There are also catwalks and high steel platform structure to give flexibility to design and easy access for lighting effects or hanging decorations. To cater to event attendees, there are1,505 underground parking spaces across six basement levels, . Truly, the Grand Ballroom is any event organizer or attendee’s dream come true.

Perfect fit for weddings
Set to be the country’s most prestigious address for social events. With opulent space, incomparable state of the art technology, glamourous photo venue, elegant bridal suites with private gardens, versatile ceremonial halls, and impeccable service, the Marriott Grand Ballroom promises the perfect setting in making every moment unforgettable. Match it with comprehensive packages to suit the most extravagant affairs to intimate celebrations. Each celebration will be remembered for its unsurpassed grandeur and flawless execution. Any dream-wedding fantasy can be turned into an unforgettable reality.

Elegance meets functionality
The abundant space of the Marriott Grand Ballroom was designed by international hospitality firm professionals Gettys Group. Overall concept of the design is “Bayanihan” a Filipino term for the community spirit – a representation of the Marriott Grand Ballroom as a source of local pride, a symbol of unity and celebration. Its modern and sleek design are accentuated with a touch of Filipino heritage which is evident with the lighted bamboo statement piece at the lobby, complemented with customized pieces by renowned Filipino furniture designer Kenneth Cobunpue. More intricate details depict the local arts and cultures, inspired from indigenous colors and materials, even traditional dance showcasing spatial flow and movement. See these interpretations curved walls, slated wood ceilings, accent pieces and fabrics in different hues of brown and warm colors, tropical plant decors and curved wall inspirations.

Technology at its Finest
The Marriott Grand Ballroom boasts of world class technology that will raise the standard in meetings and deliver unrivaled event experience.

• Skyfold Technology, the Marriott Grand Ballroom has a truly sophisticated engineered designed Operable Wall System.
– Outstanding acoustic performance
– Room configuration changed in minutes
– Retracts quietly and effortlessly
– Folded vertically and stored in the ceiling
– Seals are internal and soundproof
– No unsightly Wall or floor tracks
– No unsightly side pocket doors
– No visible hinges or hardware

• Professional High Steel Platform and Catwalk Structure is a Production Dream System. The Grand Ballroom has four sections with the same technology integrated in each section.
– Designed system starts at the top of the meeting space rather than the bottom.
– Four (4) High Steel Platforms are suspended by Four (4) 1- Ton Chain Motor Hoists in each section.
– Sixteen (16) Platforms to allow for High Performance Rigging
– Sixty Four (64) 1-Ton Chain Motor Hoists to give any production the flexibility to design and install the dream event
– Full Catwalk Structure around the perimeter of each section to allow for easy access in managing any event or venue.

• Lighting system specially designed to offer guests with multiple scenes at the touch of a button.

– Four (4) independent lighting systems built into this high tech infrastructure to include the RGB+A
LED Flex Strip Lighting features
– Pillow ceiling lights – color programed
– Cove lighting around the perimeter of each section with full color programing
– Adjustable motorized down lights to give illumination where it is desired
– Fixed down lights between the pillow

The Modern Art Statement
For an added touch of elegance, Marriott Manila commissioned Hong Kong based Art Consultant and International Interior Decorator Anja Silling of Melange Intertiors Ltd, to create a luxurious ambience through modern art pieces. Among her other prestigious clients include several Marriott properties, such as The Ritz Carlton Hotel Moscow, Russia and The Marriott Vacation Club in Macau, China. And other International Luxury Hotel Projects, Luxury Residences, Corporate and Private Clients.

The Marriott Grand Ballroom houses over a hundred pieces of modern art featuring a mix of local established Philippine artists and International artists as well as custom-made works from Melange Studio. All artworks reflect Philippine culture blended with Marriott International art concept that can be seen through statement pieces such as floral mood wall relief specially made by Melange, timeless works by Tony Twigg an Australian artist with strong Filipino influences, art installations by Filipina sculptor Impy Pilapil, and Filipino contemporary artist Roberto Robles.

New dining destinations
In addition to the function spaces, there are also 3 exciting dining hot spots.

Crema is an upscale gourmet coffee shop that offers a sophisticated ambiance perfect for short meetings, a quiet read or a quick break. Grab a cup of any of Crema’s premium coffee creations or Felchin’s hot chocolate and pair with its local signature, the macapuno egg tart. If you are opting for something cold, house blend smoothies and homemade yogurt are definitely a must try.

Mian, this modern Asian noodle bar offers refined and unique noodle dishes fired in an open kitchen. Whether you are looking for a traditional fare or with a twist of something new, stir fried or soup, dine-in or take-out, Mian’s menu offers a variety of tempting selections to sink your chopsticks into, even include dumplings, rice bowls and desserts.

Allegro an innovative deli that serves up a fresh approach on quick and delicious recipes on the go, take your pick with creative items such as maki sushi rolls, cheese tarts, dessert jars, gourmet salads and chilled sandwiches. Relish every bite with specially crafted beverages to go with every meal.

Safety and Security Features
• Security Bollards, Raise Barriers and Boom Gates along the perimeter areas
• All doors and windows are equipped with blast film
• 597 CCTV Cameras with 30 days minimum retention at 14 FPS (Frames Per Second)
• X-Ray Machines at all entrances
• Walk Through Metal Detectors at all entrances
• Smoke Evacuation System
• Automatic Air Pressurization System
• Digital Fire Alarm System
• Electronic duress and intrusion alarm system
• Rollers to absorb tremors

Breathe new life into meetings, milestones and events at the Marriott Grand Balloom. For inquiries and bookings call (02)9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/Marriotthotelmanila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

About Marriott Hotel Manila:

Marriott Hotel Manila stands as a centerpiece of the dynamic and exciting mixed-use development of Resorts World Manila, located directly opposite Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. A destination in itself, this 5 star property is poised to become the Philippines’ most unique and comprehensive destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions.

The hotel currently offers 342 spacious guestrooms and suites and will open the West Wing in early 2016 adding an additional 228 luxuriously appointed rooms. Thoughtfully designed around the needs of today’s modern traveler, each guestroom incorporates the latest technology and design. Premium Wi-Fi capability, I-Pod docks and over-sized bathrooms appeal to most discerning guests. Mobile check-in and check -out, the finest linens and Thann Amenities add to the experience. Stunning views of Villamor Gold Course, the skylines of Makati, Fort Bonifacio and sweeping views of the airport showcase our prime location.

[News] Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Yearbook Features Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa

Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa

Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa is featured in Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Yearbook for 2015, joining a selected and few luxurious resorts selected all over the world for their opulence and elegance that befits royals.

The resort located in Panglao Island in Bohol is the only Filipino luxury resort featured in the 444-page glossy coffee table book published to mark the 90th anniversary of one Rolls-Royce’s most revered cars – the Phantom.

The book explores the origins of the Phantom, as well as the stories and personalities that go to make it the “best car in world” to this day. It also includes stories about the best luxury hotels, resorts and hotspots in the world; elegant fashion and fragrances; stylish dwellings and living spaces; essentials for globetrotting; finest jewelries; most sumptuous food and drink.

“Eskaya is a good fit for Roll-Royce. They are both the embodiment of luxury and opulence,” said Richard Lim Jr., Eskaya’s managing director.

Eskaya is in a good company. The book also listed 24 other luxury resorts and hot spots in the world such as Dhara Dhevi Chang Mai in Thailand, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius in Mauritius, Hotel Quinta do Lago in Portugal, The Mulia Resorts & Villas in Indonesia, and Park Hyatt in Maldives.

Lim said Eskaya has been selected to be part of the book because it is very active in the European market, luring a lot of holidaymakers from the continent into its white, powdery shores regularly.

“We are very honored to be associated with Rolls-Royce. Eskaya’s inclusion in the book will help attract more high-end guests – especially the Phantom car enthusiasts worldwide,” said Lim.

Rolls-Royce 2015 Yearbook

Eskaya’s membership in the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH), an organization based in UK, also helped the Bohol-based resort clinch a place in the coffee table book. Eskaya is one of only four luxury hotels from the Philippines that’s a member of SLH, which groups together more than 520 hotels in over 80 countries.

Eskaya sits on a 16-hectare facility in Panglao Island that boasts of private villas and swimming pools amid lush mountains and crystal-clear beaches.

Most of the villas have their own private pool, outdoor showers and whirlpool tubs, and a stunning view of the endless sea and sky, all blue and white all year round, especially during the summer season.

The resort also has an infinity pool, swim-up bar, mini library, and for the sport enthusiasts, facilities for beach volleyball, badminton, water sports and scuba diving. For those who want utmost pampering, its Handuraw Spa offers traditional Filipino and Asian spa treatments.

The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club is an international organization of owners and admirers of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars.

The 2015 yearbook is written by Rolls-Royce experts and motoring journalists.

[Feature] Love in 50 shades at Marriott Hotel Manila

Sweet 50 Cupcakes at Java Plus

This February, Marriott Hotel Manila offers a Valentine experience like no other. Inspired from the best-selling book series, “Fifty Shades” each of the hotel’s restaurants will feature famous elements from the worldwide phenomenon. Hold nothing back and be seduced by luscious treats you would never, ever want to miss.

Experience a palm-twitching romance at Marriott Café. Excite your senses as you enter the “Red Room” filled with sinful and sensual desserts. Have a bite of steamy culinary selections that are mentioned in the trilogy such as oyster, strawberry, cheese, smoked salmon, vanilla ice cream and more surprises. Get into the romantic mood from February 13-15, 2015, dinner buffet is at P2,650 and Sunday brunch for P 2,600. To recreate one of the sweetest moments from the novel, Marriott Cafe gives diners a chance to own the highly coveted Pandora charm bracelet, just like Mr. Grey’s surprise birthday gift to Ms. Steele.

Chocolate dome melts under a lovely chocolate sauce

Temptation never tasted so good at Cru Steakhouse. For starters, Executive Chef Meik Brammer recreated an iconic dish from one of the couple’s dates – the Charity Ball. Ignite your taste buds with the Salmon Tartare with Crème Fraiche and Cucumber on Toasted Brioche. As for the much awaited ending, submit to your inner sweet cravings with, “The “Dom” a special course that embodies the character of Mr. Grey, tough on the outside but delicate on the inside. This chocolate dome, melts under a lovely chocolate sauce revealing a mouthwatering dessert composing of hazelnut cake, truffle gianduja and chocolate sorbet.

The Dom Dessert at Cru Steakhouse

While at Java+, naughty but sweet creations takes over the hotel’s gourmet coffee shop, an array of delectable “My Sweet 50” cupcakes, interprets Ana Steele’s relationship with Christian Grey. Pair these with a special blend named “Oh My, Vanilla”, made from English Breakfast Tea and Vanilla, a concoction that best describes Ana’s demure personality.

The Dom composes of hazelnut cake, truffle gianduja and chocolate sorbet

Moreover, the Greatroom teases you with a seductive drink list. Order from the shots and spanks menu and sip into handcrafted cocktails named after the famous lines from the novel such as Pinch of Pleasure, Punish Me and Cuff Love. Sway those hips with the sultry music from a live piano performance from the book’s playlist. On a lighter note, ladies are invited to unleash their inner Goddess with “Steal Steele’s Cup” a custom blend of English Breakfast Tea featured in the Greatroom’s afternoon high tea complemented with elegant pastries consisting of sweet, scones and savory for only P550 available from 2-5 pm.

Loose control and prepare for a night of passion and fueling romance as your own Mr. Grey will meet you this love month at Marriott Manila. For inquiries and reservations, call (02)9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.