Saturday, November 18, 2017

Luxurious Staycation at Conrad Hotel Manila



If you are looking for a luxury staycation overlooking majestic Manila Bay, 
then Conrad Hotel is just the hotel for you.  

The Conrad Hotel Manila is just a short stroll to SMX Convention Center, MOA Smart Arena or the Mall of Asia ~ perfect location is perfect for shopping, dining and recreation.


You get a VIP view of the Manila Bay.

As we were early for check-in, we registered first and left our bags at the hotel before heading to the S Maison mall located inside hotel.  My boys wanted to watch a movie at the Directors Cinema.  


Look at who welcomed us when we got into our room :P


The Twin Premier room we booked is spacious at 60 sqm.  Design and décor was very stylish.



Check this elegant armoire cabinet that hides from sight the mini bar and espresso machine.


I can already smell brewed coffee. 

My boys checking the city view outside.



Comfortable beds with nicely laundered and soft linens.



Even the bathroom is so fancy.



Look, part of the mirror is actually a TV.  So you can just go relax and soak in the tub, while watching.
 


Toiletries are of very good quality too...





The room package comes with buffet breakfast at the
Brasserie on 3.


It has a  vibrant atmosphere with indoor and outdoor terrace dining.  Would be nice to dine here during a Pyro-Olympics show.  




FINAL VERDICT:

What is not to like?

Price is a bit expensive, but that is expected from a Hilton Hotel franchise

Note that this hotel spells luxury inside out.
You are pampered the moment you stepped out your car.
Staff are wonderful and efficient
Location is great.

So Yes, would definitely stay here again! 


For inquires and reservations:
Check out Conrad Hotel's website
or Call TEL: +63-2-8339999



CONRAD HOTEL MANILA
Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, 1300, Philippines


Sunday, August 20, 2017

DAY 3 in Macau ~ Day 3 - Fisherman's Wharf, Grand Prix and Wine Museum and Macau Tower

Day 3 is Full Packed.

Today's itinerary is a tour of the Fisherman's Wharf, Grand Prix and Wine Museum, Macau Tower and the world's largest water-base show "House of Dancing Water".

From Holiday Inn, we walked our way to Sheraton Grand Macau Hotel's shuttle bus drop off area. From there, we took the hotel shuttle going to Sand Hotel which was just a short 5 minutes stroll to Lotus Square, the Grand Prix Museum, Wine Museum and Fisherman's Wharf.   The weather was not very cooperative  (it was raining that day) and we unfortunately had to forego a visit to the Macau Science Center.

The Sands Macau at Largo de Monte Carlo.



The Lotus Square is just across Sands Hotel. We took an underground tunnel going there (we have no idea though if there is shorter way).



The Lotus Square is a famous tourist attraction and a landmark of the city. The flower in full bloom symbolizes the prosperity of the region. It is a gift of China to Macau to celebrate the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region. 


The street behind the Lotus Square leads to the building that houses the Grand Prix Museum and the Wine Museum.  It is a must visit for car enthusiasts.  Beware though, if you are touring with your husband or boyfriend, I had a hard time making my husband leave this museum. He could easily spend an entire day inside easy. 


















My favorite car is this Honda Ralt-RT 35,
which won the 1991 F3 Race.


Next to the Grand Prix Museum is the Wine Museum.



Before leaving the Wine Museum, check out the Wine Tasting area and have a sip (or more) of wine for just under MOP15. 

Entrance to both the Grand Prix and Wine Museum is free.  



It was raining when we excited the Wine Museum,  we had to wait for the rain to stop before we were able to leave and walk to the next item in our itinerary, "The Fisherman's Wharf". 




The Fisherman's Wharf is located in Macau's outer harbor.  It is a huge retail stores-hotel complex with plenty of Instagram worthy vista  (In fact, we saw a couple doing a pre-nuptial picture taking).  Aside from that however, there are not much to do here. 








We initially intended to walk further towards the Science Museum, but it started raining some more.  We eventually decided to skip the Science Museum and instead took a cab to Macau's tallest building, "The Macau Tower".


We also bought our Macau Tower tickets via Klook. Our package was a VIP Sky High pass with fast tracked lift access, a telescope Gold Card and complimentary snack delights and drinks at the 180 Lounge.


Spotted at the Macau Tower lobby is this teddy, doing a bungee jump (Me? I don't think so, will leave the jumping to Mr. Teddy).



At the Observation Deck (Yikes, I swear I felt like falling seated on the glass floor overlooking the streets below).






Only for those with brave souls...

Walking on the ledge of the Macau Tower


Preparing to bungee jump (NO WAY)!



Snacks at the 180 Lounge is served buffet style. 
It was worth the additional price.

Watching all those people jump 764 feet down made me (really) hungry ...




We left Macau Tower via a cab and headed back to our hotel to rest.  It was a tiring day and we needed to rest for today's highlight  the House of Dancing Water show at the City of Dreams.

(We also got our House of Dancing Water via Klook


The show was just a short 5-10 minutes walk from Holiday Inn. We left the hotel early to claim our tickets ahead of the crowd. 



After claiming our tickets, we did a bit of shopping and had dinner at the Hard Rock Café, City of Dreams.



Our loot :P

Dinner at Hard Rock is wonderful as expected. 


The Hickory Smoked Ribs was the best.  The meat was so tender and literally falls of the bone.  Thinking about it is making me hungry again.  It was perfect with our order of Baked Macaroni.



After dinner we hurried to the House of  Dancing Water Theater and found our seats.

The House of Dancing Water is the most talked-about show in Macau. The show was created by the famed show-maker Franco Dragone and cost USD250 million to produce.


It is a wonderful love story that stood the test of time (along with all those death defying stunts and acrobatic)It was indeed breath taking.  If you are to see one show in Macau, do choose this one.


Sorry no filming allowed inside the theatre,
but let me leave you a photo of the show's set ~  a 3.7 million-gallon pool – bigger than 5 Olympic-size swimming pools.

The stunts they do here are breath taking (so awesome).

 
Good night Day 3 ~ our last day in Macau.