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Typically, a holiday in the Philippines comprises sun, sea, and a warm tan. Yet there’s so even more to the multicultural nation than its untouched nature getaways. In Manila, the capital of the nation, urban city dwellers soak in the elegant architecture and historical charm, blended with modern skyscrapers and recent urbanisation. If you’re planning a trip to Manila, here are some of the best luxury hotels to make your stay even more memorable.
Housed in a landmark building, Shangri-La Hotel at The Fort is located in the heart of downtown Metro Manila. Opened in 2016, the luxury outpost features 576 rooms and suites, and 97 serviced residences for the modern traveller. Inspired by Filipino design, the hotel exudes homey charm, while overlooking sweeping city views to gaze over day and night. Offering a range of specialty innovative cuisine, the hotel is also equipped with top-of-the-range fitness facilities, public art by world-renowned local artists and designers, and a members-only recreation club.
Shangri-La Hotel at The Fort, 30th Street, corner 5th Avenue, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines | (+63) 2 8820 0888
Located within close proximity of Manila’s city centre, City of Dreams—Nüwa Manila provides excellent service and amenities to all its guests. Featuring 254 rooms, the hotel is a calm respite away from the city, offering an abundance of features including a fitness centre, an outdoor pool, and a holistic spa. The luxury integrated resort welcomes discerning travellers from all over to reside in the elegant sanctuary.
City of Dreams—Nüwa Manila, Aseana Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines | (+63) 2 8800 8080
Part of the world-renowned Marriott hotel group, Manila Marriott Hotel pursues stylish accommodation in a coveted location. Each room is designed with elegant marble bathrooms and modern technology. Dining options range from steakhouses to all-day buffets. Business travellers can organise events at the 94,496 square-foot function space, which includes an incredible ballroom which seats 3,800 people. Venture around the area to go shopping at SM Mall of Asia, Bonifacio Global City, and explore Ocean Park, as well as the Makati business district. Golf lovers can play a round at the Villamor Golf Course, or indulge in a holistic treatment at the hotel spa.
Manila Marriott Hotel, 2 Resorts Drive, Manila, 1309 Metro Manila, Philippines | (+63) 2 8988 9999
Situated on the corner of Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue, The Peninsula Manila is a landmark hotel that has been an iconic destination since its opening in 1976. In a city so full and rich in colour and history, the hotel embraces this, having hosted a long list of high-end clients and well-known celebrities during its time. Coinciding with the hotel group’s renowned five-star luxury experience and service, the Manila outpost is no exception in offering the best of the best. Guests can embrace the architectural wonders of the hotel, along with extraordinary service and the hotel’s excellent dining options. Take in the chic elements of the elegant hotel including Filipino-inspired capiz shells, coconut panels, and native wood furnishings.
The Peninsula Manila, Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, 1226 Makati City, Metro Manila, Republic of the Philippines (+63) 2 8887 2888
A popular stopover for business and leisure travellers alike, Sheraton Manila Bay is located in the heart of the city, overlooking the famous sunset views. The urban escape is an iconic destination for cultural highlights amidst the central business district. Discover the urban escape and stay at one of the 233 rooms and suites. Guests can try the best of everything—a coffee at the Lobby Lounge, a drink at Sunset Lounge & Bar, and the Pacific Lounge for all-day dining. Make use of the outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi in the day, followed by a workout session at the fitness centre. If you’re looking to splurge, try the luxurious Presidential Suite—it features two bedrooms, a marble en-suite bathroom with its own Jacuzzi, kitchenette, and a gorgeous view of the city.
Sheraton Manila Bay, M. Adriatico, Corner Gen. Malvar Street, Streets, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines | (+63) 2 5318 0788
Inspired by the beautiful views of the bay and the Makati city skyline, Conrad Manila is perched on the edge of Manila Bay, for a waterside escape near the SMX Centre. The architecture is inspired by the yachts which frequent the bay, from the sleek curves to the pearl palette.
Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard, Coral Way, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila, Philippines | (+63) 2 8833 9999