A Home Away From Home: 6 Fabulous Family Staycation Places
Sometimes, nothing beats a glamorous and pampered staycation with the family. Stay in any of these fabulous choices for your loved ones that have Modern Parenting’s glowing recommendations.
This story first came out in Modern Parenting’s 2022 print edition.
With the world opening up, it’s time to take a break from the four corners of your home. Time to treat your family to new sights and senses, especially for the holidays. If you’re looking to spend a family getaway without having to leave town, why not consider a staycation?
Several hotels in the city are back in full swing as they get ready to offer a wide range of amenities and services again. So if your idea of some family quality time is lounging by the pool together, munching on your favorite dishes through room service, or even binge-watching your favorite shows while curled up in plush bedcovers, then here are six fabulous options for a staycation around the metro with your family.
Enjoy a posh holiday getaway with your family — including your beloved furry members — at Hilton Manila. They have a well-curated selection of festive feasts and fetes to spread Yuletide cheer. Hilton Manila offers bespoke Christmas Staycations. These are inclusive of buffet breakfast for two, special savings at Kusina Sea Kitchens, and early check-in or late check-out, allowing families to capture special moments with the hotel’s dazzling Christmas Tree and Gingerbread House. Families can also take a relaxing dip at the heated, lagoon-style Vega pool, among other fun and exciting activities.
The hotel also features pet-friendly guest rooms complete with special amenities. You can even take home wonderful Filipino-themed Christmas hampers with you: Pag-asa, Pangarap, and Paggunita. They also offer handwoven abaca or water lily baskets, or handmade Capiz boxes filled with goodies such as traditional fruit cake, assorted pralines, halo-halo stollen bread, and more.
Hotel Okura Manila
Hotel Okura Manila offers a distinct brand of hospitality that marries the Japanese concept of omotenashi, which refers to the wholehearted manner of looking after guests, and Filipino warmth. The 190-room luxury hotel offers a wide array of accommodations, including the Hinokiyu Room which features handcrafted Hinoki or Japanese cypress wooden bathtubs.
Meanwhile, all guest rooms are furnished with luxurious beds, separate areas for bathtub and rainfall shower, and premium amenities such as a flatscreen TV, high-speed internet connectivity, touchscreen multimedia room controls, a Nespresso machine, and a Japanese bidet.
You can also enjoy Hotel Okura Manila’s exciting culinary experiences through Yamazato, signature Japanese fine dining offering authentic Japanese Cuisine. Yawaragi is an all-day dining that offers Japanese-oriented food with Western and Asian specialties, as well as high tea and cocktails.
Okada Manila has everything a family needs for a fun holiday staycation. For dining, the resort has a number of world-class restaurants featuring a world of flavors. There’s the sumptuous and varied food spread at Medley Buffet. There are also grilled Japanese dishes at Enbu. Families can also opt for a sophisticated and modern fusion of Shanghainese cuisine at Yu Lei. Then, there’s also a premium Korean barbecue experience at Goryeo. And finally, some Filipino comfort food at Kiapo.
Mom and Dad can also take a much-needed pampering session at The Retreat Spa, from a couple’s massage to a full menu of rejuvenating therapies and treatments. Meanwhile, kids can enjoy a fun time at PLAY. They have a variety of video games to sports games, a multi-level playground with slides, and a maze. A family favorite is also “Little Town”, where kids can play-pretend at a bank, post office, school, and even grocery.
Okada also kicks off the holiday season with a Christmas tree and its seasonal magical Christmas Village at the Crystal Corridor and a dazzling Light Show.
A Spanish-themed hotel located in the historical corridor of Las Piñas, Mella Hotel offers bespoke hospitality experiences to suit each guest’s personalized needs, giving guests the freedom to create their own activities. Perfect for staycations with families who want to do things that are true to their own personalities. Aside from well-appointed guest rooms, Mella Hotel even has a Kids’ Room for the little ones to entertain themselves and learn while having fun.
The Peninsula Manila
The Peninsula Manila offers The Gallery Club Lounge for family staycations. There’s a third-floor oasis referred to as “a hotel within a hotel.” A dedicated concierge attends to individual needs in a relaxed and well-appointed lounge environment surrounded by masterpieces of Philippine art. With continuous culinary offerings throughout the day, complimentary internet access, pressing of one item per day, Concierge services, and access to boardrooms − it is the ideal place to plan a family outing or simply unwind while enjoying spectacular views of The Peninsula Manila’s iconic lobby.
Somerset Central Salcedo Makati
For a truly private and relaxing family staycation, serviced residences Somerset Central is a fabulous way to take advantage of the sights of the charming neighborhood of Salcedo Village in Makati City. The 285-room property comes in five different types: Studio, Studio Premier, One-Bedroom Suite, TwoBedroom Suite, and Three-Bedroom Suite. Guests can take full advantage of the amenities such as the fitness center, swimming pool, launderette, and children’s playroom. They can also enjoy Singaporean or Malaysian flavors, with modern Asian cuisine that meets comfort food.