Camille is a freelance ghost blog and web content writer. She's also a musician and an "Autoimmunee". She loves learning and sharing about how to live life with positive energy and meaning.
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Published October 9th 2015
The resort retreat in the city
Before our big move back to Australia, my hubby and I decided to spend a couple of nights in Manila, The Philippines. If you've ever been to Manila (or heard of it) you'll probably think of all the traffic, hustle & bustle that Manila is known for. We did too. But Sofitel is the perfect place to unwind while still being near to all that's great about Manila city life. This 5 star luxury hotel with a resort setting is close to the Mall of Asia (one of the biggest in Asia – we're talking football fields long and wide of shops, restaurants and entertainment – it's got everything), Manila Ocean Park, Intramuros, The Cultural Centre of the Philippines Complex, and many other major tourist spots in The Philippines. Staying here also means front row seats to the gorgeous Manila bay sunsets.
As soon as we arrived in our taxi, the first-class service that Sofitel Manila is known for was in full force. We were greeted by friendly bellboys and beautiful greeters in long Filipiniana gowns. We were quickly and efficiently checked-in and a few minutes later we were up in our 4th level room and our suitcases delivered to us.
The room is spacious and the beds are like lying on a cloud – so comfortable! I could've fallen into a restful sleep right then and there but we still had shopping to do.
To talk about Sofitel Manila without mentioning their main restaurant Spiral would be an insult. Spiral one of the restaurants at Sofitel Manila, is their main buffet restaurant and is mostly included with the room rates. Spiral according to many foodies, local and international, is known as one of the best buffets in Manila, not just because of the sheer variety of options (tons and tons) but also the quality of this French brand's food. Every dish is prepared with careful attention to the taste and aesthetic. In many buffets this isn't always the case (a food might look like it but not taste like it).
Their croissants are to die for! Buttery soft and did I mention delicious? Wait staff circulate around the large spiral dining room offering up different, freshly made pastries. Breakfast is served at the general time of 6am to 10am.
Sad I couldn't eat more croissants
After we finished our breakfast each day, we always spent a bit of time to explore the resort. There's a wonderful pool with slide for the kids; a macro sized chess game (it's a bit of a work out too having to move the weight of each piece); and my favourite – large, comfy day beds overlooking the Manila Bay.
Overall, we really enjoyed Sofitel Manila and want to stay there again on our next travels to Manila. It's a great romantic getaway for couples whilst still being near to the shops; it's family friendly with a kids room, and swimming pool safe for children; and it's even great for business travellers, we saw several businessmen using the resort as their base and getaway while still remaining in their corporate needs for high speed internet and conference room requirements.