Anytime family from The States (United States) visits the Philippines; it’s a grand tour and endless party. Traditionally we stay for a few days in the home Mary grew up, which is in Manila. When in Manila, we also stay in the heart of the city, which is Makati. It’s known for its skyscrapers, luxury shopping malls, ridiculously cheap yet opulent nightclubs, and home to the best restaurants in the Philippines.
After a brief stint back home, we began our search for a hotel. We found ourselves a charming resort overlooking Manila Bay. Solaire Resort is a modern hotel which opened in 2013. It’s only one mile away from, at one time, the biggest shopping mall in the world, Mall of Asia. This hotel has ten restaurants, four bars, along with a casino, spa and a shopping arcade. As regular standard saying goes, there’s also a gym, outdoor pool, and live entertainment.
Moving pass a formal welcoming by the valet, we entered through rotating doors and saw a plethora of casino games It was as if we entered one of the Las Vegas luxury hotels! The casino sections were huge, there were multiple rooms to sit, smelt good, and was well polished. They even had a second floor for high rollers!
After walking pass the casino, we approached luxury shops. That’s right! Luxury. Shops. In. Hotel. They had over ten stores at the Solaire Shoppe such as Saint Laurent Paris (YSL), Prada, BVLGARI, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo, Rimowa, Patchi, The Patisserie, The Original French Sole, Beleza, and Abe.
Being captivated by all the sights, I realized we hadn’t checked-in until realizing, “I have to put my things down!” At this point, passed the shops, we finally (after much debating of if we should buy things now or later) reached the registration area and checked-in. Once we received our room key, we headed to the elevators where a security checked for a room key before entering. The hotel has two sides which are Bay and Sky Towers. We stayed in Sky Towers.
We booked a Sky Studio at Sky Towers for the whole family.
- 2 queen beds with 350-thread count linens
- Floor-to-ceiling windows with a panoramic view of Manila Bay
- 55” flat LCD screen satellite television with dedicated international and local HDTV channels.
- Spacious workplace
- In-room safe
- Separate rain shower and bath tub
- L’Occitane bath amenities and hairdryer
- High-speed internet access
- International Direct Dial Telephone and Voice Mai
- In room coffee and tea making facility
- Private Bar
- Spacious walk-in wardrobe closet
Our room was perfect for the whole family and made us feel very comfortable. If this fit our family with space leftover in a luxurious manner, then we will definitely be back to stay, in the future.
The Azure pool is a must-visit while staying at the Solaire. It’s an “L” shaped outdoor pool and a nice place to catch the sunset over Manila Bay.
The pool is also surrounded by private cabanas with its very own Jacuzzis. Can anyone say ‘pool party’!
Although we didn’t get dinner at any of the restaurants while at Solaire, we ordered our busy (lazy) selves room service. Surprisingly, the room service food tasted as amazing as it looks. During our stay, we had two free breakfast buffet at the Fresh restaurant but our flight to Palawan was very early – we didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast there.
We had a fantastic stay at the Sky Studio in Solaire Resort and Casino. The amenities and services at the hotel were incredible and we definitely felt it deserves its five-star experience. Looking forward to staying at this resort again once we re-visit Manila!
Solaire Resort & Casino
Aseana Ave, Parañaque
Metro Manila, Philippines
+63 2 888 8888