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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Shangri-La at the Fort

The tour continues to Shangri-La at the Fort, the newest of the Shangri-La Hotels in the Philippines. This post is going to be pretty thorough, so I highly recommend getting a snack while you read on through. If visuals and text aren't your thing, don't worry, you'll see a lot of this on my Philippines vlog as well! But for now, let me show you the beautiful property that made its way to one of the top spots on my favorite hotels list.

Shangri-La at the Fort is located in Bonifacio Global City and opened in March of 2016. The property boasts hundreds of rooms, multiple pools, and an incredible array of amenities that include a massive gym with a full size basketball court, Marco was very happy about this, a kids zone, spa, and a ton of incredible restaurants to choose from.
Of course, upon arrival, I had to take in the stunning lobby that made my jaw drop to the floor. These photos don't do it justice and it's probably one of the most stunning lobbies I've ever been in. This property was the perfect balance between old and new, sticking with the traditional Asian inspired design of Shangri-La Hotels, the perfect amount of that Filipino touch, and a sleek and updated modern design. I fell in love and I honestly can't wait for my return to the Philippines because I already miss it so much.

The fact that I'm writing this months after my stay and I can still remember these moments just goes to show what an impression this property and the staff truly had on me. Having graduated with a degree in design, being a native Filipino, there were so many aspects of this trip that I wanted to absorb fully and appreciate entirely. And I love that as I write this, I'm taking myself back through memory lane.

As soon as Marco and I arrived at the hotel we were greeted by a representative of the hotel. We were shown around the property while our bags were taken up to our suite. I loved every minute of this tour, everything still so fresh and new, so beautiful and luxurious, classic and everything with a purpose. Over the course of all the properties I have stayed at, I love taking notice of the meticulous design that goes into these grand spaces. For example, the stunning chandeliers included thousands of pieces that were mounted by hand.

The tour concluded with being shown our suite to settle in and freshen up and it was nothing short of wonderful. Shangri-La at the Fort truly outdid themselves. From the colors to the textures, the lighting and the arrangements, everything was perfect.
Our suite gave us a panoramic view of the city, perched on the top floor with a seating area and desk in addition to the bedroom, spacious closets, and beautiful bathroom. The light spilled into the room and just made that golden tone just that much more beautiful. They provided us with snacks that included dried mangos and other fruits, perfect for someone like me that just loves to snack on vacation.

You know you're staying at a great hotel when you don't ever really want to leave your room. Marco and I probably could have spent the whole time here but there was so much more to see! We settled into our room, unpacked, and got ready for the rest of the day. We had dinner by the pool at their Peruvian restaurant called Samba, you'll see on our vlog how incredible this food was. After dinner, we went back to our rooms to rest before our scheduled massages courtesy of the hotel.

The treatment was absolutely spectacular and I will always recommend trying to arrange a treatment when you stay at any of the Shangri-La Hotels. The therapists really pay attention to your needs and this was probably one of the best massages I've ever had too. I even caught Marco dozing off so I think it's safe to say he was definitely well relaxed after our dinner. After our "jet-lag" fighting couples massage treatment, we settled in for the night and I just dream of getting that massage again because I had one of the best sleeps of my life that night. 
I miss this buffet every single day. It was stocked with all my favorites, both American and Filipino. But of course, I was all in for the Filipino choices. Egg and rice, spam, corned beef, taho, champorado, arrozcaldo. and fresh mango shakes were all there. If you followed my Instagram stories during this trip, you know I had a mango shake and taho every chance I got. It's just something that I can't ever find when I'm home in the states!

Each morning, I was ready for that buffet and trust me when I tell you that I always went back for more. On the last day, we opted for room service that was absolutely delicious as well. Can I go back yet? I'm drooling as I write this.
The last morning before check out is always a bummer. The hotel had been so kind and generous to us and it just really felt like a home away from home. We packed up for the next stop on the Shang Tour, but before that, we were able to get a tour of their Presidential Suite. This is just a little peek at it, we'll share a full tour of it on the vlog!
It was absolutely insane. It included a large living room, dining room, luxurious bedroom, walk-in closet, as well as a bathroom that came with its very own sauna. Definitely wouldn't mind retreating into this after a long day.
We couldn't stay here and not make use of their beautiful rooftop pools. Soaking up the sun in the Philippines is a must, especially if you get to cool off in a space as beautiful as this. We lounged in the cabanas, enjoyed our fresh mango shakes, and just had the most relaxing time here.

Bonifacio Global City is one of the liveliest parts of Manila! It has truly developed so much in the past few years and is so different from what I remember the last time that I was in the Philippines. If you're looking to be in an area surrounded by trendy shopping, parks, restaurants, definitely check out Shangri-La at the Fort, not only for what it offers within the hotel, but the incredible city that surrounds it as well. 

A special thank you to Shangri-La at the Fort for the most incredible stay. For additional information on the hotel, be sure to check out the website and book your stay at this wonderful property. If you have any additional questions about my time here, just leave a message in the comments below!


In collaboration with Shangri-La Hotels
30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines


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