The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is an eclectic mix of Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Intramuros is the historic center of Manila. Popular tourist destinations in Intramuros include the Baluarte de San Diego, Cuartel de Santa Lucia, Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, and its newest tourist attraction, the Ayuntamiento de Manila. Major shopping malls, markets and bazaars flourish in Manila. Easy to navigate you’ll be sure to have some fun with the kids. Stop off for a weekend before heading to one of the many beautiful islands.
With views over the city and Manila Bay this is perfect for families. Enjoy a walking tour of cultural and historical points of interest, including Intramuros, Luneta Park, Rizal Park, Chinatown, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Or enjoy world-class shopping at the Mall of Asia. Enjoy some time in the pool and end your evening with a sing song in the Music Bar.
New World Manila Bay Hotel, 1588 Pedro Gil Corner MH Del Pilar, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines, +63 2 252 6888, http://manilabay.newworldhotels.com/en/
The Raffles legend continues here in Makati, wind down with a drink at the long bar as the kids crack nuts or enjoy a family movie in one of their contemporary rooms. Why not explore Fort Santiago, or the Malacanang Palace, the official residence of the country’s president since 1863; and the Ayala Museum. After a day of activity enjoy some pool time with the kids.
Raffles Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati, 1224, Philippines, +63 2 555 9777, www.raffles.com/makati/about-hotel/
Set within the most desirable city location, this hotel will surpass all expectations. Start your stay by relaxing in the 20-meter heated infinity pool overlooking the relaxing and quaint side of Makati City. There are some good dining options available. Start your day with their breakfast buffet before you head out exploring. Why not head to Salcedo Village and Legazpi Village markets and discover some local food and art.
Discovery Primea, 6749 Ayala Ave, Makati, 1226 Metro Manila, Philippines, +63 2 955 8888, www.discoveryprimea.com/
Located in Resorts World Manila you are just minutes away from shopping, entertainment, and several casinos. Indulge in a spa treatment as the kids play in the large outdoor pool. There are many great dining options too. Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading out the entertainment mecca of Resorts World.
Manila Marriott Hotel, No 10 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Pasay City, Manila, 1309, Philippines, +63 2 988 9999, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mnlap-manila-marriott-hotel/
A beautiful luxury hotel located in central Makati within walking distance to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Ayala Museum and Greenbelt - Makati City’s most stylish shopping area. There is a mineral pool and swimming pool for the kids, spa treatments for Mom and a high tech gym for Dad. Enjoy a family dinner in one of the many eateries before finding some local evening entertainment.
Fairmont Makati, 1 Raffles Drive Manila, Makati, 1224 Metro Manila, Philippines, +63 2 555 9888, www.fairmont.com/makati/
The Philippines first sky hotel, check in high above the sky and then enjoy a drink on the 43rd floor and watch the night lights below. Rooms are high tech and free WiFi can be enjoyed by everyone. The indoor infinity pool is situated on the 22nd level of the hotel tower overlooking the Ortigas cityscape. Dining options are a plenty so make sure you fill your family up on a big breakfast and then return back to a relaxing dinner after a day of exploring.
Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Sapphire Rd, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines, +632 720 7777, www.marcopolohotels.com/en/marco_polo/hotels/philippines/manila/marco_polo_manila/index.html
Oakwood is a home away from home and this serviced apartment will cater very well to large families. They have One-Bedroom Suites, Two-Bedroom Suites and Three-Bedroom Suites ranging from 41 sqm to 185 sqm in size, each comes with a full sized kitchen with top of the line amenities. The indoor pool is the only pool in the country that features underwater music, and is linked to a Jacuzzi at one end. This certainly makes family swim time a little more fun!
Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila, Joy-Nostalg Center, 17 ADB Ave, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines, +63 2 637 7888, www.oakwoodpremiermanila.com
Luxurious and sophisticated and affectionately known as the “Jewel in the Capital’s Crown”, this is the place to stay for true indulgence and pampering. Its central location ensures navigating the city is easy and fuss free. Swim laps in the 22-meter pool or watch the kids play in the sunshine as you enjoy a cocktail! Relax with a spa treatment before dinner at one of their delicious restaurants.
The Peninsula Manila, 1226 Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, +63 2 887 2888, http://manila.peninsula.com/en/default