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Alvinology goes to Resorts World Manila – Day 2 of 4

By alvinology, January 26, 2012 10:14 am

On my second day in Resorts World Manila (RWM), we woke up early at 7am for breakfast at Passion Restaurant, located on the second floor of Maxims Tower. The restaurant serves Chinese cuisines and has a seating capacity of 400. Breakfast was dim sum buffet with other Cantonese fares like fish congee and braised chicken feet.

This was followed by a quick welcome and presentation by a few of the key management staff at RWM on the integrated resort and its attractions.

Passion Restaurant has an interesting Chinese name which means "Wedding Banquet"

Passion Restaurant has an interesting Chinese name which means "Wedding Banquet"

Inside Passion Restaurant

Inside Passion Restaurant

Buffet items

Buffet items

My breakfast

My breakfast

The main dining area of Passion Restaurant

The main dining area of Passion Restaurant

An introduction to RWM

An introduction to RWM

Next, we were brought around RWM for a familiarisation tour, guided by friendly RWM staff. We headed to Maxims Tower first to check out their various super luxurious six star suites.

Maxims Tower is the first all-suite luxury hotel in the Philippines. It has a total of 172 suites, each one richly-furnished and equipped with state-of-the-art amenities. Each suite is served by a personal butler; available round-the-clock to take care of every detail.

There are eight room categories in Maxims Tower:

MAXIMS TOWER ROOMS HOTEL RATES*
Maxims Suites P15,800 (S$466)
Maxims De luxe P19,800 (S$584)
Executive/Corner P26,800 (S$791)
Signature P29,800 (S$879)
Ambassador P42,800 (S$1263)
Villa P115,000 (S$3393)
The Mansion P138,000 (S$4072)

Key Room Amenities include:

- 42″ HD Internet TV with wireless keyboard
- Touch pad room service menu
- All-suite with basic cooking facilities
- Bar facilities
- Massage room

Room booking comes together with 24/7 butler service, welcome drinks and fruits, breakfast for 2, complimentary parking and in-room Wi-Fi.

Yes it is expensive, but luxury and tip-top service comes at a premium.

There are also no hidden charges for Wi-Fi, pay TV and other miscellaneous service fees as everything is covered in the room rates.

We would be shifting over from Remington Hotel to Maxims Suites the next day. After touring the suites at Maxims, understandably, everyone got really excited and wanted to move over as soon as possible!

Cafe Maxims at the lobby

Cafe Maxims at the lobby

Ballerini by Fernando Botero

Ballerini by Fernando Botero

Stretch of high fashion retail shops

Stretch of high fashion retail shops

Even the escalator area is nicely furnished

Even the escalator area is nicely furnished

Casino entrance

Casino entrance

Interesting rooftop at Maxims Towers shopping wing

Interesting rooftop at Maxims Towers shopping wing

Roof-top pool facility

Roof-top pool facility

The swimming pool is an infinity pool

The swimming pool is an infinity pool

View of Maxims Towers on the roof-top

View of Maxims Towers on the roof-top

The pool

The pool

Little huts for lazing around and massages

Little huts for lazing around and massages

Corridor leading to the rooms

Corridor leading to the rooms

The bedroom

The bedroom

Bathroom in The Villa

Bathroom in The Villa

Private sun-deck and chair

Private sun-deck and chair

Jacuzzi area

Jacuzzi area

The Presidential Suite - The Mansion

The Presidential Suite - The Mansion

A personalised butler in each room

A personalised butler in each room

Bathroom in The Mansion

Bathroom in The Mansion

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

Living room

Living room

Dining room

Dining room

Floor windows

Floor windows

Fresh fruits!

Fresh fruits!

TV area

TV area

Private massage room

Private massage room

Cosy beds

Cosy beds

Another bathroom

Another bathroom

Room view from The Mansion

Room view from The Mansion

View from another angle

View from another angle

Best of all - a private infinity pool!

Best of all - a private infinity pool!

View of the infinity pool in The Mansion from another angle

View of the infinity pool in The Mansion from another angle

Next, we visited the five-star Marriot Hotel Manila, also located within RWM. Designed for both leisure and business travelers, the hotel has 342 rooms and boasts exquisite restaurants and bars as well as spa and beauty services. Room rates are available via their official website.

Marriot Hotel reception

Marriot Hotel reception

Marriot Hotel lobby

Marriot Hotel lobby

Desert bar

Desert bar

Hotel restaurant at the lobby

Hotel bar at the lobby

Wine chiller

Wine chiller

Hotel restaurant

Hotel restaurant

Roast beef

Roast beef

View of the lobby from the second floor

View of the lobby from the second floor

Spa services

Spa services

Swimming pool

Swimming pool

A guest sun-tanning

A guest sun-tanning

Checking out the hotel rooms

Checking out the hotel rooms

Living room area

Living room area

The bedroom

The bedroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Wider view of the bathroom from the connecting bedroom

Wider view of the bathroom from the connecting bedroom

Lunch was hosted at The Terrace restaurant, located on the fifth floor of Maxims Tower. We were served a satisfying four-course western meal.

The menu

The menu

A small salmon paste starter

Amuse Bouche

Traditional French Onion Soup

Traditional French Onion Soup

Sear free range chicken breast with pumpkin risotto and glazed French beans

Sear free range chicken breast with pumpkin risotto and glazed French beans

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Hazelnut Tuile

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Hazelnut Tuile

Up next was some shopping! We left the RWM premises via a chartered tour bus.

Our first stop was at the Greenhills Shoping Center, a shopping centre in the city of San Juan. There are over 2,000 stores and the area epouses an “indoor-outdoor” theme, with the shopping centre having the appearance of several distinct buildings that are all interconnected through pathways and bridges.

I find the place much like Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, but with items going at lower prices, probably due to the differences in exchange rates.

I bought quite a fair bit of stuff here for my wife and son. Best of all, the total bill came to only around S$60+.

Our drop-off point at Greenhills

Our drop-off point at Greenhills

Security check before entering the shopping zone

Security check before entering the shopping zone

Lots of stalls selling all sorts of stuff

Lots of stalls selling all sorts of stuff

Angry Birds merchandises everywhere

Angry Birds merchandises everywhere

Women's wears

Women's wears

Men's tee shirts

Men's tee shirts

Filipino foodstuff

Filipino foodstuff

Pink salted eggs

Pink salted eggs

Dried goods

Dried goods

I tried one of these - chocolate ice cream infused into a long, thin waffer cone

I tried one of these - chocolate ice cream infused into a long, thin waffle cone

Stuff I bought for my family and myself

Stuff I bought for my family and myself

Next, we headed to the Greenbelt Malls (Ayala Center), located in the middle of the bustling Makati metropolis. Owned by Ayala Malls group, it is a three-hectare park punctuated by cascading landscapes and water features. Things here are more upmarket and cosmopolitan. Much like the usual shopping districts in major cities like Orchard Road in Singapore and Siam Square in Bangkok.

Usually I do not shop much at the these cosmopolitan malls as they generally offer the same few global brand name stores which are likely to be widely available in Singapore at better retail prices. Instead, I will hit the supermarkets and restaurants to check out the local food, buying some back to share with my family and friends.

Likewise in Greenbelts, I headed straight for the supermarket at the basement of Landmark shopping mall and bought a cart of local tidbits and snacks.

In the Greenbelt area

In the Greenbelt area

View from atop a pedestrian bridge

View from atop a pedestrian bridge

Lorry-bus

Lorry-bus

Spotted a colourful McDonald's version

Spotted a colourful McDonald's version

The Landmark shopping centre

The Landmark shopping centre

Entering Landmark shopping mall

Entering Landmark shopping mall

Tidbits heaven

Tidbits heaven

Crazy tidbits shopping - we went for all the local brands and favours

Crazy tidbits shopping - we went for all the local brands and favours

Catherine paying for her basket load of tidbits

Catherine paying for her basket load of tidbits

Tidbits I bought

Tidbits I bought

After an evening of intensive shopping, we headed back to RWM for dinner and to retire for the night. Dinner was hosted within the super exclusive members-only Genting Club with live band performances.

The lifestyle club is designed particularly for Manila’s elite. Photography is not allowed in the club, hence I can only share photos taken at Taps, the performance area in Genting Club which we ate at.

Seated and ready for dinner

Seated and ready for dinner

Snazzy club lights

Snazzy club lights

Live band performance

Live band performance

Lead singer

Lead singer

Sushi items

Sushi items

Beef salad

Beef salad

Sheperd's pie

Sheperd's pie

Chawanmushi and little spoons of octopus

Chawanmushi and little spoons of octopus

Apple pork

Apple pork

Fishcakes

Fishcakes

Chicken liver pate

Chicken liver pate

My dinner

My dinner

After dinner, some of us headed back to our hotel rooms for an early night while others went to check out the live entertainment at Bar 360, located within the casino on the ground floor. There were also some who went to try their luck at the casino which is open 24-7.

I explored the casino a little and then tucked in and slept early, looking forward for more exploration the next day (and also to checking into Maxims Suite). Stay tuned for my next post. :)

* Information are accurate as of blog entry publish date; please check RWM’s website for latest rates.

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