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Davao under martial law

Text and photos by Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman, Reporter WHEN MARTIAL LAW was declared in Mindanao in May, the tourism and hospitality industry in Davao...

Manila Life Café: A modern twist on Filipino flavors

AFTER A quick walk through Runway Manila – the pedestrian bridge connecting the NAIA 3 airport terminal to Resorts World Manila – one sees...

Zen Rooms plans budget hotels in more cities

By Arra B. Francia, Reporter INTERNATIONAL BUDGET hotel chain Zen Rooms is expanding to five or six more cities in the Philippines in 2018, as...

A taste of heaven on earth

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter QUICK. What are your dinner plans for Friday the 13th? Cancel them. Remove the bad luck associated with the day...

Benjarong: New location, new dishes, for an old favorite

DUSIT THANI MANILA’s popular Thai restaurant, Benjarong, is poised to open at its new location at the ground floor of the Makati Hotel and...

Chef’s table a highlight of new Seda hotel

SEDA MIGHT be a relatively young hotel chain in the country but in the six years since it opened its flagship Bonifacio Global City...

Days of wine and… more wine

WINE IS entangled in French history and identity, and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila pays tribute to its French roots with its annual Sofitel Wine...

Enjoying tea and art

THE PENINSULA MANILA has created an immersive tea experience with The Well Appointed Life Afternoon Tea which is inspired by the rare and precious...

Mooncakes from heaven: Hong Kong’s sweet obsession

HONG KONG – It is one of Hong Kong’s most treasured food traditions: the buying, giving, and eating of mooncakes to mark mid-autumn festival,...

Staying at the quiet side of Boracay

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter The hum of cicadas during the evening as I looked out from my balcony at the Savoy Hotel accented a...

Applying Japan’s kodawari to a European restaurant

WHILE THE Japanese have made many contributions to world cuisine, few people realize the intangible contribution of kodawari, the Japanese concept of the relentless...

An elegant Chinese dining experience

THE PHILIPPINES, by virtue of hundreds of years spent trading with China, has never lacked restaurants serving good Chinese food from different culinary regions. A...

A taste of Northern China

WHILE MORE familiar Chinese regional cuisines boast of rich seafood owing to the proximity of places like Guangdong and Shanghai to the sea, Northern...

Bare Necessities

By Zsarlene B. Chua Hand in hand with the growth of budget airlines came the rise of budget accommodations which provide the bare necessities for...

Cuba’s first luxury hotel opens in Havana

HAVANA — Cuba’s first ultra luxury hotel opened its doors Monday in Havana, with guests paying up to $2,500 a night to stay in...

Hotels worth booking for the workout

THE ETHOS that guides those who are permanently fit — other than staying permanently fit — is that working out is a luxury, not...

Hotels worth booking for the workout

THE ETHOS that guides those who are permanently fit — other than staying permanently fit — is that working out is a luxury, not...

Novotel’s eventful year

IT’S BEEN A YEAR since AccorHotels’ Novotel brand opened in Quezon City’s commercial center, Cubao and what a year it has been for the...

Astoria Palawan promotes play at work

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman WHILE MEETINGS, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) is a booming section in the tourism industry, a hotel property in...

Breast care center rehab finished

By Zsarlene B. Chua AFTER several years of raising the needed funds, The Peninsula Manila, together with Estee Lauder Companies, has completed the rehabilitation of...

Eating our way through Iloilo

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla THE MOMENT we landed at the Iloilo International Airport, our tour guide welcomed us with a promise that we were...

The secrets to booking a luxury trip to Cuba

By Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg THE HOTEL INGLATERRA has been one of the best places to stay in Havana since it opened in 1875. Its colonial...

How to spend the perfect weekend in Miami, without ever going...

By Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg NOBODY goes to Miami to stay inside. If you’re here on vacation, you’ve come to hit the beach or lounge by...

Okada Manila set to open in December

By Zsarlene B. Chua IT’S FINALLY happening. After a year of delays, Tiger Resort and Leisure Entertainment, Inc.’s integrated mega casino-resort will be opening before the...

Manila Hotel enters the 21st century

Text and photos by Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman There are two kinds of history: one is written and preserved on books and the other is...

Hotel operator says time is ripe for ‘boutique resorts’

By Zsarlene B. Chua HOME-GROWN hotel brand, the Henry Hotels, is embarking on a quite ambitious expansion as its sights are set on having ten...

In the center of action

THE newest addition to the AccorHotels properties stands 25 floors high in the middle of the ever-busy Araneta Center in Cubao. The Novotel Manila Araneta...

Top of the city

By Zsarlene B. Chua SEEKING to be the “top-of-mind hotel in the area” (in the words of general manager Frank Reichenbach during a press lunch...

Coming soon: Mövenpick Boracay

By Zsarlene B. Chua ​MÖVENPICK Hotel and Resorts have added another Philippine property to their portfolio as they are set to open Mövenpick Boracay in...

Need a last-minute hotel booking? There’s an app for that.

By Zsarlene B. Chua ​HONG KONG-based last-minute booking hotel app, Hotel Quickly, formally launched its entry into the Philippine market last month, boasting of more...

Going to Boracay? Read this.

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman THE BORACAY of simple nipa huts and backpackers’ dreams is long gone. While Boracay is still a consistent top choice among...

B is for business hotel

By Zsarlene B. Chua ASIDE FROMthe multitude of restaurants, bars and other entertainment places, the Scouts area of Quezon city (which includes the streets of...

A staycation in Makati

By Zsarlene B. Chua CITY GARDEN GRAND -- a barely year-old four-star hotel which stands across its three-star counterpart -- boasts of 311 rooms featuring...