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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Shangri-La Makati

I have fond memories at the Shangri-La Hotels in Manila. Growing up, I remember playing in the lobby while my dad had business meetings at their lounge. I remember dancing with my cousins in the hallways because my family would almost always pick Shangri-La to host family parties and birthdays, all those big celebrations. (They still do.) 

This trip back to the Philippines was quite special because I was bringing Marco home for the first time. Although he is full Filipino, he had never been before and I was thrilled to be there for his very first experience in Manila. A special thank you to the Shangri-La hotels in Manila and Boracay for hosting us and making sure we had an unforgettable time in the Philippines.
Our first few nights started at Shangri-La Makati. Not too far from the Airport, it still boasts one of my favorite hotel lobbies to date. There’s just something so elegant and grand about it and it’s just as magnificent as I remember. Makati is perfect for anyone looking to be close to a lot of shopping. With Greenbelt just a few blocks away, it’s the perfect place for anyone who’s idea of a work out is a little retail therapy.

Prior to checking in to Shangri-La Makati, I just got off a flight from Bali for my friend's wedding. Shangri-La had arranged for my pick-up at the airport that took me straight to the hotel for check in, equipped with water and a cold towel to quickly freshen up as one must do right after a long flight. Upon arriving to the beautiful lobby, I was greeted by staff and taken to my suite for in-room check in.
I always feel right at home with Shangri-La hotels, so we unpacked our luggages and settled in before deciding to take advantage of the beautiful day. Shangri-La Makati has a rooftop pool that Marco and I made sure to take advantage of. That Manila heat can really get to you and my ideal pool situation would be hanging out under an umbrella (occasionally getting some sun and laying out) with a nice cool mango shake. Mmm. A favorite and a MUST in the Philippines. We have the best mangoes.

After some time at the pool, a little bit more tan, we headed back to our suite to get dressed to wander the area. But before going back to our room, we made a stop at the spa to schedule for some massages the following day.

Since it was Marco's first time in the Philippines so we fought through our jet lag as best as we could to make the most of our time there. Shangri-La hotels are all equipped with the best amenities and restaurants so for dinner, we checked out Inagiku for some delicious Wagyu beef and retreated back to our room for a good night's sleep.

But I have to say, one of my favorite parts of spending nights with Shangri-La, is waking up to beautiful views and delicious food, a pattern prominent with all my stays at the Shangri-La Properties. You'll never be disappointed by the food at Shangri-La, and it's probably one of the biggest reasons why I love staying with them so much. I'm always so well-rested and feel right at home. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner feel like home cooked meals and trust me when I tell you that I'm pretty picky when it comes to Filipino food. It always gets compared to my mom's home cooking and Shangri-La definitely never lets me down.

Thank you so much to Shangri-La Makati for helping me feel right at home and for kicking off my Shang Tour 2018 on such a high note. Stay tuned for the next stop: Shangri-La at the Fort.

In Collaboration with Shangri-La Hotels
Makati Avenue corner, Ayala Avenue, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila, Philippines

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