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Why show art in a hotel?

AT ITS most basic, the task of a hotel is to give you a bed to stay in for a short period of time. The Conrad Manila elevates the experience of a hotel stay by displaying works by esteemed Filipino artists in its quarterly Art and Wine.

Resort operator’s sales plunge in May due to Boracay closure

BOULEVARD Holdings, Inc. (BHI) saw a significant drop in sales of products and services for the month of May, following the six-month closure of Boracay Island where the company operates a beach resort.

GERI to open P1.5-billion Tagaytay hotel by end of this year

Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI) is on track to open the P1.5-billion Twin Lakes Hotel in Tagaytay by the end of this year, it said...

IHG rebranding Remington Hotel as Holiday Inn Express

THE INTERCONTINENTAL Hotels Group (IHG) is taking over the Remington Hotel in Pasay City, rebranding it as the Holiday Inn Express (HIEx).

Savoy Hotel to open this week

MEGAWORLD CORP. is set to open Savoy Hotel Manila within its Pasay City township this week, adding 684 rooms to the company’s hospitality portfolio.

CLI to build Citadines Bacolod

Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) is betting big on Bacolod’s growth, disclosing on Tuesday, June 19, its plan to build its fifth hotel in the...

Here come the brides

WITH the imposing seven-foot wedding cake by Bruneian cake designer Faridah Yussof serving as a backdrop, a series of brides walked down the center of The Peninsula Manila’s famed Lobby for a rare fashion show that served as the highlight of the Weddings at The Pen 2018 wedding fair on June 9.

A towering symbol of love

A HAND-MADE wedding dress of intricate lace accented with tiny pearls and over a thousand flowers, and a plunging neckline, might just be the dress a bride could wish for for her big day. That wedding dress recently became a reality but no bride could wear it as it was actually a wedding cake.

Vive la France says Sofitel as it marks Bastille Day

FRANCE’S NATIONAL holiday, Bastille Day is celebrated every year on July 14, commemorating the storming of the Bastille, a medieval fortress and a symbol of absolutism in France on this day in 1789, an event which would spark the French Revolution and form France (and arguably, the rest of the world) into what it is today.

Dropout to Michelin stars: The rise of chef Chan in Taiwan

TAIPEI — Ken Chan has come a long way since he started out wheeling a trolley in a dim sum restaurant, becoming the first chef in his adopted home of Taiwan to win three Michelin stars.

The art of steak

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter THE JAPANESE have a habit of taking something foreign and improving upon it, resulting in a product sometimes far superior...

Leisure & Resorts World Q1 net profit falls 70%

LEISURE & Resorts World Corp. (LRWC) reported on Friday a first-quarter net profit of P82.42 million, down nearly 70% from a year earlier, as...

Farm to table dining at The Pen

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter DON’T YOU just sometimes fantasize about throwing everything away and moving somewhere to start a farm? Well, if that fantasy...

Say ‘thanks Mom’ with a meal (or a spa date)

MOM’S COOKING is always best, but now its her turn. Here are a few treats from hotels to give your mother a day off...

Korean hotel owner plans to hike Clark investments to $1 billion...

The Korean-led Widus International Leisure Inc., owner of Widus Hotel & Casino and operator of the Marriott hotel chain in Clark, Pampanga, is looking...

The Pen’s wedding fair returns

IT’S BEEN more than four decades since the Peninsula Manila celebrated its first wedding reception and in recognition of the long-standing tradition, the Pen...

New World hotel offers traditional Chinese engagement package

A TRADITIONAL part of a Chinese wedding is the Ting Hun ceremony — the official announcement of an upcoming marriage and the union of...

What’s for dinner? Surprise!

THE ELEMENT of surprise adds to the experience of a meal at Marriott Manila’s steakhouse, Cru with the recent introduction of a new concept...

Finding his place in the sun

Alfonso Louis Chusuey talks about the growth of the Henann Group of Resorts and the possible closure of Boracay.

Resorts World operator’s 2017 revenues fall 23%

The owner and operator of Resorts World Manila generated P21.1 billion in revenues in 2017, noting that gaming activities in the casino have picked...

Waterfront Cebu turns 20

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter IN 1998, the Queen City of the South saw the opening of a new hotel, a hotel that was created...

An old favorite gets a face-lift

By Michelle Anne P. Soliman When children are busy with school and the parents are working all the time, quality time with the family is...

Buried treasure: Domicillo’s beautiful rooms lie below the ground

By Joseph L. Garcia A SQUAT hyper-modern concrete house rising above the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay turns out to be Domicillo Design Hotel. While...

DoubleDragon logs 71.8% profit growth in 2017

DoubleDragon Properties Corp. reported a 71.8% surge in consolidated net income for 2017 to P2.53 billion from P1.47 billion a year earlier after the...

Trying to halt the end of the world as we know...

MEMENTO MORI: remember you will die. It’s not exactly an appetizing thought, but one has to remember that we are currently under an extinction...

Celebrating Lunar New Year with a Southeast Asian flair

CELEBRATE Lunar New Year with a Chinese spread served with Southeast Asian flair as Waterfront Manila Pavilion offers a New Year buffet on Feb....

Tasting Room returns to the City of Dreams

THERE IS NO need to travel far to experience sumptuous French cuisine, not since The Tasting Room reopened at the NÜWA (formerly Crown Towers)...

Focusing on the BGC business traveler

By Zsarlene B. Chua INTERNATIONAL budget hotel chain, ZEN Rooms, has introduced ZEN Homes — its solution to what the company sees as a current...

It is the smallest details that make a satisfying spa visit

IF MUSICIANS are judged by their albums, chefs by their tasting menus, and fashion designers by their collections, how do you evaluate a spa...

Noche Buena in the city

FORGET about your diet even for a day (or two), after all, the traditional Noche Buena with our families, friends, and loved ones only...

The gift of food

WHO DOESN’T like a gift of food? Here are some places where one can score cakes, pastries, ice cream, or a holiday hamper or...

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...

A slice of Provence, nine floors above the urban din

Where flowers bloom and the food is ravishing. WORDS  TEODORO Y. MONTELIBANO |  IMAGES  LANCER SALVA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibuel8zarFs Going up Mirèio on the ninth floor of Raffles Makati...