Sleeping with Fishes at the H2O Hotel
Jan04

Sleeping with Fishes at the H2O Hotel

Photos courtesy of Hotel H2O If the Little Mermaid were to take a vacation outside her underwater kingdom, she would feel right at home in Hotel H20. Nikka Sarthou spends the night in this hotel built on stilts in the waters of the Manila Bay and steps into her own luxury aquarium. Inside the Manila Ocean Park is Hotel H2O, a hotel unlike any you will find in the Philippines. In this one-of-a-kind hotel, guests stay in aquarium-themed...

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The new Oakwood in Manila: an oasis in the city
Jan02

The new Oakwood in Manila: an oasis in the city

By Karen Galarpe; Photos courtesy of Oakwood-Joy~Nostalg Center Mention “Oakwood” and the first thing that comes to mind to most Filipinos is the mutiny that now Senator Antonio Trillanes IV led during the time of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. But that was years ago. Trillanes is now out of detention, Arroyo is no longer President but a Congresswoman, and mention “Oakwood” to those in the know and you’ll get an...

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Luxury in the City: Shangri-La Hotel Makati
Dec28

Luxury in the City: Shangri-La Hotel Makati

By Lalaine Chu-Benitez There are a handful of things that immediately evoke that distinct feeling of restrained luxury in my mind – like the smell of freshly popped Dom Perignon, being called by name as you step into business class, the first mouthful of delectable haute cuisine, and then… there’s stepping into the grand lobby of the Makati Shangri-La.   Author James Hilton’s depiction of Shangri-La, a mythical place, an...

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