Nowadays, getting that most wanted vacation does not necessarily mean moving out of the city. For many, staycation has been a popular alternative for taking that much needed break, by simply staying at nearby hotel to enjoy its indoor facilities – reserving the hassle of a lengthy road trip. Yes, there are those days that I wanted to escape the mold of a dead routine- working and going home, responsibilities that constitute a normal adult life. And so to my surprise, I was fortunate enough to be one of the recipients of a free overnight stay at a posh hotel given by our company!
Renowned as one of the five-star hotels in the country, Sofitel Philippine Plaza promises luxurious comfort to its guests through its premiere amenities, beautiful ambiance and first class hotel service. Situated at the heart of Pasay City, the hotel gives an exquisite view of the Manila Bay where sunrise and sunsets can be seen prominently. It also boasts of the famous Spiral buffet tagged as one of the best buffets in Manila.
There is no better way of celebrating this reward than by sharing it to my entire family.
Our Luxury Room was located on the 8th floor. The sight of pristine white sheets will instantly lure you to try its absolute softness. The pillows and comforters were the fluffiest I have tried in my entire life that I wanted to sink into the mattress and fall to a deep, uninterrupted sleep. Sofitel uses its signature MyBed linens for its exceptionally soft beddings.
The room’s private balcony has a relaxing view of the tranquil Manila Bay at day, and the nice view of the city life at night.
The room is fully furnished with broadband internet access, a work desk, safety vault, mini bar, coffee/ tea making facilities, storage cabinets, 32-inch cable TV, flat iron, and hangers. Contemporary with a flair of Filipino touch defines the design of the room. Native materials were used in some of the ornaments and furnishings. The lamps and soap dish are made out of Capiz shells, the walls are adorned with coconut inlay, while the small toilet drawer and coffee and tea storage box are made of woven rattan.
Although I was saddened by the fact that bathtubs are only available in suite rooms (yes my close friends know that I am a die-hard fan of bathtubs 🙂 ), I was impressed by the elegance and neatness of the bathroom. It is fully equipped with bath essentials such as toiletries, towels, blower and bathrobes. The hot-and-cold rain shower and toilet are divided by a glass door. And what makes it more special is that Les notes de Lanvin soaps from Paris, France are available for consumption.
The other areas of the hotel exude sophistication too – from the corridors, elevators, lobby, lounges, and reception area.
We also enjoyed taking a quick tour at their facilities such as the gym and spa. Le Spa has a charming aura perfect for relaxation. We had a short dip at the jacuzzi but the water was not warm enough the way we wanted it. We opted to stay longer at the sauna instead, because the steam room was not functioning too at the moment. The massage was something we weren’t able try due to lack of time. Plus, the rates are quite expensive too than my usual spa treatments. I’d better try it the next time around.
And of course, the Sofitel experience wouldn’t be sealed without the Spiral Buffet! I chose my mom to be my companion at the complimentary breakfast buffet, simply because I believe she deserves the best treatment. And just like me, she was taken aback with getting confused at the wide variety of dishes to choose from. It was nice seeing her all giddy and excited roaming around at her own pace! As both first timers at this grand buffet, we parted ways so we can freely explore and select food according to our preference. If given the chance, I would make another story focused on the intricate details of Spiral alone.
As expected, there were assigned chefs at each dining atelier to cook your customized requests.
There is a separate room for cheese and cold cuts, which amazed me. The mango cheese particularly had me.
Freshly baked, warm breads are always a good way to start the morning. Goes perfectly with your hot cup of coffee or sweetened chocolate.
The French station has a wide array of frankfurters, sausages and appetizers.
Although there is a big range of global delicacies to feast on, it will never match my deep affinity for the traditional Filipino breakfast – Tapa, Sinangag and of course, Bacon.
Sofitel’s pool area is such a magnificent sight to behold. The landscaped gardens surrounding the lagoon-shaped crystal blue pool, with Manila Bay as the backdrop is just perfect.
Dotted with palm trees and beach huts, the area is converted to a spectacular resort in the tropical region.
The custom-made beach chairs and beds are a thoughtful addition to the lovely resort setting.
If you choose to stay until late afternoon, you will witness the bay bathing in glorious sunset.
An ideal venue to relax and unwind, the garden has hammocks where you can peacefully read a book or observe nature.
True to its ideals, Sofitel indeed brings its patrons to a high level of impeccable hotel experience. Undeniably, this is one of the best vacations I’ve had so far.
I was planning to simply treat my family with an overnight stay at a condo in BGC to celebrate the New Year. But God is so gracious that He surprised me with this unexpected present. God knows the desires of our heart, and when He is ready to give it, He will bless us with things beyond our measure – far greater than what our eyes can see or decipher. The best things in life are indeed free. I was grateful of this opportunity not only to indulge in my whims, but to have the time to bond with my family and make them happy.
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