Where to Stay In Manila

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If you are stopping off in Manila on the way to islands in the Philippines or you just need a weekend break within South East Asia (ahem, partying in Manila is off the charts) then you’re going to need a place to stay.


I had the pleasure of visiting and staying at this amazing hotel. I was so well taken care of! After checking in late at night following an amazing trip to Palawan, I was dead tired. When I got into my suite, the room was filled with goodies from the team at Dusit Thani, including chocolates and champagne, handmade beauty products and best of all, entirely monogrammed pillowcases and bathrobe (I am wearing above) with my initials embroidered on it.


Ya’ll know I love spas too and tend  to visit them a lot! I got to try something I have never tried before. It blew my mind. The Dusit Manila’s Devarana Spa is phenomenal. The NEW Borehilot Massage just became available and it is a fusion of the Filipino Hilot Massage and the Balinese Boreh Remedy. When your energy is imbalanced and you get blocked pathways in your body (for me it is my neck and shoulders) this can harm your health. The aim of this treatment is to unblock and stimulate energy meridiens.

It starts with warm Boreh paste which is a combination of ginger root, cinnamon, clover and rice powder. The heat and the aromatic properties of the Boreh eased the strain and increase the circulation on my upper and lower back, legs and stomach.
From here a warm banana leave soaked in warm therapeutic oils are arranged to cover on top of the paste and let the heat penetrate deeper. I was so relaxed that I fell off to sleep. Just delicious. 


The service was impeccable; do check out their Japanese restaurant Umu for the hugest variety of Japanese dishes. I returned to Singapore after my 2 days there more calm and peaceful than ever.


Ayala Centre, 1223 Makati City Metro Manila, Philippines, Makati 1223