The Best Places to Staycation in Manila


Luxurious R&R is just a drive away


As we settle into the -ber months and the holiday season, we're already wishing we can pack our bags and take a much needed getaway somewhere. The good news? Booking a plane ticket isn’t always necessary, especially when we’re craving for quick R&R fix. Check out five of Metro Manila’s well-kept secrets, perfect for that bed-and-breakfast weekend we’re all looking for.



Henry Hotel Manila

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Pasay City, Henry Hotel’s tree-lined driveway encloses private gardens, a calming swimming pool and 34 beautifully furnished rooms. The ancestral home marries the past with the present, interweaving the architecture and interior of the 1950s with modern amenities. Enjoy a hearty meal in their dining room or take a brisk walk in the garden before heading back to your suite for a midmorning nap—we promise the only sound you’ll hear is the gentle tinkle of the outdoor fountain.



Somerset Alabang


Somerset Alabang makes the trip down south completely worth it! It’s your home away from home (except with a daily breakfast buffet, an outdoor jacuzzi and a fully-equipped gym). Get cozy in a studio for two or treat the whole family to a deluxe three-bedroom suite. And don’t worry about staying longer than your day off from the office—Somerset will be more than happy to have you for long-term stays.



Ascott Residences BGC


Let’s be honest: we all wish we could get the five-star luxury experience right on our doorstep. That's why we can’t wait to check in at the Ascott. It’s got everything glamorous: glistening chandeliers, carpeted floors, marble furnishing and wide ceiling-to-floor windows that look out to the vibrant, cosmopolitan BGC. And what we love most of all? Each apartment is equipped with its own kitchen, laundry area and complete entertainment system. We still feel like we never left home!



The Bayleaf Intramuros


History is very much alive and we certainly don’t need to travel back in time to experience it. Surrounded by the iconic stone walls of the old city, the Bayleaf Intramuros features a panoramic view of our colonial churches, courtyards and the indomitable Fort Santiago. Unwind with a glass of champagne at the roof deck bar or help yourself to authentic churros and hot chocolate at the hotel lobby. Don’t forget to pay a quick junket trip around the city—it’s just a kalesa ride away.



Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences


Artists, curators and designers can now find their well-deserved weekend break from the studio. Just like the revolutionary visionary himself, Picasso Boutique Serviced Residence is bold, unique and inventive. Host creative events fro family in one of their spacious function rooms (they provide flip charts and easel sheets) or seek insight at their very own in-house gallery. Their thoughtfully designed studios and suites are named after great cities in Spain. And this creative sanctuary brings European flair and lifestyle right in the heart of Salcedo, Makati. We’re feeling inspired already!