This past month in the Philippines I was lucky to stay at The Peninsula Manila, known affectionately as the “Jewel in the Capital’s Crown” in Makati City.
A luxurious haven in the heart of the city, the hotel delivers all the comfort, service and fine cuisine you’d expect at any of the Peninsula properties around the world.
Why is The Peninsula Manila so relaxing? Here are my top six reasons:
The Lobby has been a favorite meeting place since the hotel opened in 1976, be it for corporate executives in a hurry or for friends on the lookout for a quiet spot and a cup of coffee. The menu includes smoked tanguingue (mackerel) with dill sauce and the award-winning Halo-Halo Harana (a cooling tropical dessert made with shaved ice and tropical fruits topped with a scoop of purple yam ice cream) continue to hold a special place in guests’ must-eat list.
Looking out onto the glistening azure outdoor pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens, The Peninsula Spa provides a serene and modern environment for guests to revitalize and unwind. Mind, body and soul are taken care of to the highest standards from award-winning treatments inspired by Oriental, Ayurvedic and European methods.
The Fitness Centre
Staying healthy and in tip-top shape is easy thanks to its Fitness Centre. It offers a wide range of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment with individual video monitors, as well as a full range of free weight-training dumbells by world-renowned lifestyle brand Life Fitness. There’s also invigorating yoga and Pilates group classes , which looks out onto a lush tropical garden and outdoor pool for a truly inspiring and motivating experience.
Shaded by towering palm trees and lush tropical gardens, it is hard to believe this breathtaking oasis sits in the heart of Makati City. Swim laps in the 22-metre pool or simply sit back, relax, order a refreshing drink and light snack from the extensive international menu at The Pool Bar and soak up the sun on one of the plush loungers. The Pool Snack Bar features light bites inspired by cuisine from around the world served to sun loungers or in the cool shade of the canopied area.
The Peninsula Manila serves an average of 630,000 guests each year at its food and beverage outlets which range from classics served in The Lobby, international buffet selections at Escolta, Asian-inspired delights at Spices, traditional French fine dining with modern international favorites at Old Manila and much more. Old Manila offers a unique dining experience with its exciting Modern European cuisine and stunning artwork by contemporary Filipino artists.
Wind down at The Bar with an ice-cold beer or a tipple of your choice after a busy day. Leather chairs and checkered floors create a cozy living room feel. The ambiance is reminiscent of the dimly lit bars of La Antigua Habana in Cuba. Savor a malt whiskey or a glass of wine and enjoy the conviviality of the bar or sink into a sofa for quiet conversation or a business meeting.