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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 beachside town of Ao Nang in Krabi.

We arrived mid-afternoon, and we were all dead-tired from last night’s party and the long journey. Good thing, we were welcomed with a refreshing drink (I had 2 glasses actually) and checking-in was a bit fast.

I took our key and went straight to our room. It’s quite far from the lobby or reception area but what I like about its location is the peacefulness and the “green” view from our balcony.

It kinda looks the same from other resort hotels that I had stayed before but what makes it standout is its modern design adorned with local handicrafts and really nice paintings and wall decor. Our room has twin bed, large flat screen TV DVD player and alarm clock with docking station. There is also an area where I can just place my laptop and work. I also love the fact that there are plenty of power outlets, enough to charge our gadgets all at the same time.

I sat down at the balcony and I didn’t notice that I already fell asleep. It was only when my friend woke me up to prepare for our dinner outside together with other friends.

I quickly went to the bathroom to freshen up. It’s very spacious unlike the other hotels/resorts that I had been already. I have enough space to move freely and put on my clothes. Toiletries and bathroom essentials were plenty enough.

If I already liked our assigned room, I got envy after seeing my other friends’ room. One of them had a room with a direct access to the pool while the other had a penthouse overlooking the perfect view of the swimming pools and the gardens. I kinda felt sad that moment. :(

Photo by Marx

The resort is 4-acre property, modern and just perfect. I like the tropical feel as it is surrounded with trees and a well-manicured gardenscape. There is also a little river at the back where some plants, I guess, it’s a type of mangrove and you can even hear some birds and insects.

My friends and I walked around the town to see and feel what it’s like in Ao Nang. From the main lobby, just across the street is already the beach. I guess locals and mostly tourists were on the beach that moment. We were just in time to see the beautiful sunset.

After witnessing the mighty sun to fade from the horizon, we walked again to find a place where we can eat. What I like about the location of our resort is that, aside from its own restaurants, there are lots of other restaurants and food establishments nearby that offers a variety of cuisines. There is also a 24-hr convenient store on its left.

We took our time to buy some souvenirs while my other friends were looking for a tour company where we can book our island-hopping tour the next morning. Actually, there are lots of travel agencies near the hotel where you can book your tour, and they all offer a great package, it’s up to you to haggle to get a good rate.

At night, the entire resort exudes a different beauty and calmness, especially when all the garden lights are on. I like how everything was properly lit, from the pathways to the swimming pools all the way to the Wave Bar. I particularly like the big chandelier with fish-like ornaments hanging in the main lobby.

The following morning, we had our breakfast at Inn Asia Restaurant. It’s fulfilling and at the same time, relaxing to feast on variety of cuisine while having a very scenic view of the sea. You can see the waters of Andaman Sea sparkling and some boats sailing either to go fishing or island-hopping.

Photo by Marx

Holiday Inn Resort has 3 bars to cater its guest needs. The very prominent one is the Wave Bar which you can easily spot upon entry. It’s just located near the reception area. The Lagoon Bar, is the pool bar. Perfect if you want to have a margarita or cocktail while swimming.

Our Beach Hop Asia, Thailand leg wouldn’t have been this exciting if we didn’t experience what we have experienced in Krabi. The island hopping, the drinking, the trekking and of course the friendship we had as a group plus the hospitality that Holiday Inn Resort let us feel during our stay. Our Krabi experience is definitely a “thumbs up”.

Holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach
Check discounted rates here.
123 Moo 3 Ao Nang Beach
A. Muang Krabi, Thailand
Phone: +66 75 810-888
Email: info@holidayinnkrabi.com



1. Island Hopping
2. Railay Beach and the Viewpoint
3. Ao Nang Beach
4. Sa Phra Nang (Holy Princess Pool also known as the Hidden Lagoon)
5. Tham Phra Nang Nok (Princess Cave, collection of carved wooden phallic symbols)
6. Tham Phra Nang Nai (Diamond Cave)
7. Rock Climbing

*Our stay is courtesy of Holiday Inn Resort Krabi. All opinions are mine.


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

love won valentine

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 you and your palate on a romantic stroll in its different stations offering a colorful range of international cuisines. Fall in love with their hefty spread of filling choices such as tiger prawns, prime rib, oysters, tepanyaki and foie gras with nimble chefs on standby to cook it the way you desire it. For only Php 2250 for February 13 lunch buffet and Php 2650 for Feb 13 and 14 dinner buffet and Sunday brunch, relish a hefty spread and bond with your loved one in the café’s “Make Room for Love”. Have the liberty to express affections through the do-it-yourself dessert corner and create rainbow connections with your own confections, to share with your bae.



The ideal mate deserves an ideal meat, don’t you agree? If you’re looking for a fancy treat, we suggest you fire-up an intimate dinner with your partner and indulge on the finest steaks and wine in the city at Cru Steakhouse. Don’t miss out on the Strawberry Semifreddo for a sweet ending that’s worthy of sweet sharing, available from

Marriott Hotel Manila Welcomes the Year of the Red Fire Monkey

TiKoi Set 1

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.

Lion and Dragon Dance 2

To add a fashionable twist to the traditions of the Lunar New Year, Marriott Hotel Manila is partnering with the

Level Up Staycation at Manila Marriott Hotel | Pasay City


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.

The Lobby Lounge

The Marriott Hotel - The Lobby Lounge (2)

I arrived late in the afternoon, I cant contact my friend who’s already in our assigned room. I did not know our room number so I went to the lobby and asked for assistance. I was immediately attended to by the receptionist, requested for my ID and handed me my keycard. Checking in was very quick.

The Marriott Hotel - The Lobby Lounge (10)

The Marriott Hotel - The Lobby Lounge (4)

One of the interesting things about the hotel is that you can only use the elevator with your room keycard. It is a security feature so non-guest cannot just easily intrude or harm the checked-in guests. Upon exiting the elevator, I was impressed with the hallway. The entire floor was carpeted, the walls are adorned with beautiful artworks like paintings and scupltures.

The Marriott Hotel - Hallway

Our Deluxe Room

We got a Deluxe Room at the 6th floor. I saw my friend near the desk comfortly seated on the ergonomic chair while doing some of his online works. Our room is big, enough for us to easily walk around. I like the big glass window that gives us sufficient and natural light.

The Marriott Hotel Deluxe Room (5)

I love the ottoman and the side table where I sat to read my book. Aside from watching may favorite TV shows, their flatscreen TV has a special feature where they will flash a message to the guest (paperless welcome note!) and you can also view your updated hotel bill. That case, you wont be surprised to find out how much your bill is when you check out.

The Marriott Hotel Deluxe Room (7)

Aside from the furnitures, I love the lighting of the room. The warm lighting successfully achieved the homey feeling unlike other hotels that I already stayed in.

The Marriott Hotel Deluxe Room (8)

Our bathroom looks really nice and clean. My smile went up to my ears when I saw the bath tub. The bathroom also has complete set of toiletries, towels and robes.

The Marriott Hotel Deluxe Room - Bathroom

The Marriott Cafe

The Marriott Cafe (1)

We had our dinner at Marriott Cafe located in the lobby . The interior of the restaurant is sophisticated yet calm. I like how they used different styles of tables and chairs but still perfectly complimenting each other. But what is ambience if the food is not good right? Well, Marriott Cafe will not disappoint your palate. In fact, they have a great selection of menus that will suit your cravings. They have different kinds of fresh salad, bread, meat and seafood. I cant select what’s my favorite so I will make a separate feature about the Marriott Cafe in the next coming days. I will post more pictures too. Watch out for that.

The Marriott Cafe (13)

The Marriott Cafe (10)

After dinner, we had the chance to watch the musical “Bituing Walang Ningning” at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. It is based from the classic movie with the same title. The musical features, Cris Villonco, Monica Cuenco and Mark Bautista.



The next morning, my friends and I enjoyed swimming at the outdoor pool. I was so thankful that we have our own locker to keep and secure our stuff. Their dressing room is so clean and well-maintained.

The Marriott Hotel - Outdoor Pool (2)

The Marriott Hotel (5)

The friendly staff was so cautious in mapping the floor from time to time to avoid any accident of being slip, since people come and go wet from swimming. The bathrooms were all occupied so I tried their jacuzzi while waiting.

The Marriott Hotel (4)

The Marriott Hotel (3)

The Executive Lounge

The Marriott Hotel - Executive Lounge (5)

The Marriott Hotel - Executive Lounge (7)

This is my favorite place in the hotel. The Executive Lounge is perfect for small meetings or if you want to have a peaceful and more private conversation. They also serve great menus here. It also has a perfect view of the Villamor Golf Course. This is where we spent the time before we went home.

The Marriott Hotel - Executive Lounge (3)

Our stay in Marriott Hotel was short but unforgettable. It is not often that I feel this kind treatment as compared to other hotels I stayed in before. The hotel is within the posh Resorts World and is just located across the airport. They also offer free shuttle services in selected pick up points. Doubt about my experience? Then go and experience it for yourself. Check rates here.

Manila Marriott Hotel
No 10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Pasay City Manila 1309 Philippines
Phone: +63-2-9889999
Fax: +63-2-8369998
Sales: +63-2-9889999 ext. 8014
Sales fax: +63-2-9889946

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.

[Package] The Henry Hotel offers Special Holiday Package | Cebu

The Henry Christmas Party Package

The Henry Hotel Cebu, the first design driven boutique hotel celebrates the holiday season with its Christmas package offerings perfect for family and corporate gatherings alike.

Buffet packages start at P750.00 net per person. Guests can celebrate at any of The Henry’s venues including Space 150, Space 40, Scrapyard and the outdoor Garden Pool, while enjoying a gustatory feast with menu selections complete from appetizers to dessert prepared by Rica’s restaurant.



Completing the merry atmosphere, guests can choose decorations and party themes such as White Winter, Old Hollywood and Enchanted Christmas. All themes and packages are inclusive of venue use for four hours, complimentary lechon, basic sound system, projector screen, free corkage for up to two bottles of wine and complimentary room gift certificate with buffet breakfast.


The Henry Hotel is located at One Paseo, Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Entrance Rd., Banilad, Cebu City. For more information on Christmas packages, please call +63 32 520 8877 or email reservations@thehenryhotel.com.

All-American, All Good at Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott Hotel Manila Facade

It was indeed a night of interesting food, people and performances.


The 4th of July has just ended. But with the fun and food that it brings, why celebrate it for one day when you can have it the whole month?

Marriott Hotel Manila (Check rates here), the country’s prestigious American hotel, brings the merriment closer to home through “All American, All Good”. It’s the ultimate American food festival where guests can savor ultimate favorites from classic treats to modern twists. And to ensure authentic American flavors, guest chef John Havens of Certified Angus Beef (CAB) will cook it to its finest and share why this premium meat with a globally royal price is famous the world over.

All American Buffet Marriott Cafe

All-American Buffet Dinner at Marriott Café. From July 9-31, dinners from Sundays to Thursdays will always be a delight because Marriott Café will offer an extensive American buffet—the sight alone will surely spark the red, white, and blue fireworks of your gustatory pleasures!

There’s an appetizing array of artisan American cheeses best paired with freshly-baked breads and cold cuts. Part of the Chef’s Salad Creations are the waldorf salad with buttermilk dressing, macaroni chicken, and potato salad. For meat lovers, the Butcher Class is brimming with rib eye steaks, tenderloin, striploin, and pork chops where you can have the liberty to choose your preferred herbs and spices like Marriott Café 13 Spice rub, herbs spice, Cajun spice, rosemary oil, spicy oil, truffle oil, or pomace olive oil. Head to the Rotisserie’s Finest where U.S. Prime Rib of Beef and Crown Pork Ribs are served with hot sides of creole potato wedges, garlic, sweet corn, baked potato stuffed with cheese, and grilled vegetables. The Country Steak Fried Station on the other hand has mushroom gravy and potato mash. For those yearning for Western Specials, there will be homemade meat loaf, homemade mac and cheese, and Jack Daniels Barbecue Pork Belly. Savory treats include pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, cherry pie, and warm bread pudding with maple crème anglaise and pecan brittle. If you can’t get enough of these American desserts, Marriott Café also has Mississipi mud cake, blueberry cheesecake, maple crème brulee, summer berry trifle, red velvet cake, S’mores cupcake, and classic brownies. Still want more? The gelato station has American-inspired candy bar flavors like Snickers Chocolate Gianduja, M&M’s Dolce Latte, Tiramisu Kit Kat, Hershey’s Cookies and Cream, Butterfinger Dolce Latte, and Black Forest Nestle Crunch.

On top of these, Chef John Havens will serve his signature dishes along with other prime cuts of Certified Angus Beef. All these and more are available for only P1,950 nett.

CRU Steakhouse - Certified Angus Beef USDA Prime

Cru Steakhouse Features Chef John Havens and Beringer Wines . Continue your American feast by learning straight from the experts! July 12 will be an afternoon of tasting, toasting, and discovering because guest Chef John Havens will share his passion for American cooking while a wine sommelier will give suggestions on the best wines to go with each dish. For only P2,000 discover these fun-filled facts from 1230PM-230PM .

If you want to further experience the beauty and the grace of the United States, reserve now for the wine dinner set on July 17 and be one of the select few whom Chef John Havens will serve dinner to. The appetizer is comprised of Cured U.S. Veal Tartare with avocado light mousse and tarragon dressing, and the Shrimp Gumbo soup has homemade sausage and Louisiana crab roll. For the main course, he will cook 220 grams of Grilled USDA Angus Tenderloin with four cheese corn grits and Text-Mex Casserole with Red Wine Jus. These are paired with Beringer wines like Clear Lake Zinfandel 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011, and Chenin Blanc 2012—all straight from St. Helena, California! Cap your one-night of pure indulgence with Key Lime Pie Martini and Grapefruit Mint Sorbet for dessert. From the ambiance to the dining pleasure, Cru Steakhouse is the perfect setting for those who seek American indulgence at its finest. Be part of this perfect marriage of class and the classics at P3,250 nett.

American Greats at the GreatRoom. Bottoms up! Keep the nights merry at the GreatRoom with Budweiser Beer and Jack Daniel’s along with U.S. Angus Beef sliders and other American specials. Harley Davidson’s bikes and RJ guitars will also be on display from July 8-16 to keep the good times rolling. And if you’re there from 6-7PM on July 9-31, Budweiser Beers are up for grabs because it’s Buy 1 Take 1.

A Wine Affair with Robert Mondavi. It’s a delightful mix of music, meat, and Mondavi on July 11! Aptly named “Out of the Box”, this casual social event brings together Robert Mondavi’s brilliantly-crafted crisp wines fresh from Oakville while enjoying Chef John Havens’ live cooking demo of appetizers using U.S. Certified Angus Beef. Bands will play American classic hits to keep the fun flowing from 7:30-10:30PM.

Enjoy authentic American cuisine added with wines, beers, and music that has made America the world-famous and well-loved country that it is! For inquiries or reservations, call (63 2) 988-9999 follow @marriottmanila in twitter and facebook

All American All Good is presented by: Certified Angus Beef, Jack Daniels, Happy Living Wines for Beringer Wines, Harley Davidson, RJ Guitars and media partners: 2nd Avenue, ETC, Fox International, ANC, Lifestyle Network, ANC, Business Mirror, PhilStar.com, Interaksyon.com, Homebased and Hitlist.ph

About John Havens

Chef John Havens has 20+ years (he began his career at KFC at age 16) experience in the food service industry. He has worked for countless high-end restaurants, steakhouses and hotels all across the United States where he honed his culinary skills. Four years ago, Chef John moved to Saudi Arabia to continue to hone his skills and share his contagious culinary passion. In Saudi Arabia he has opened many restaurants including a few Steakhouses. While in Saudi Arabia, John also was the Culinary Advisor for a Saudi distributor that specializes in American Beef- specifically the Certified Angus Beef® brand. In that role, John has traveled the country, and the region, applying his knowledge and experience in supporting the Certified Angus Beef ® brand and teaching owners and Chefs the virtue of using the brand in their restaurants and hotels.

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About Marriott Hotel Manila
Marriott Hotel Manila stands as a centerpiece of the dynamic and exciting mixed-use development of Resorts World Manila. Ideally located in Newport City across NAIA Terminal 3 the hotel is a mere 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District. Blessed with a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, 40″ full high definition LCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include Quan Spa, 6 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 5 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club. Underway now is the expansion project, adding 228 Premier Rooms and a Grand Ballroom offering 8000 sqm of flexible function spaces, promising to be the pre-eminent venue in the Philippines for every event.