Sunday, March 17, 2024

Sunday Treats No. 76

Rob's Lobster Roll - Php795.00


Rob's - Ribs, Oysters, Bourbon
G/F Newport World Resorts
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (63) 9457269984

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

The Villa at Anantara Vacation Club, Phuket TH

It was my first time in Phuket and I am happy that my husband booked the best accommodation for our 4-day anniversary trip. Since there is no direct flight from Manila, Phuket is not really on my radar but when he showed me some photos of Anantara, I was instantly smitten!

Our one-bedroom pool villa at Anantara Vacation Club sits in a sprawling 188sqm fenced property and can accommodate up to 4 adults comfortably. It commands an approx $1000/night exclusive of breakfast. Click here to view room and villa availability and its current rates.

Our villa's amenities include a private courtyard with pool, covered terrace, separate living and dining areas, and fully-equipped kitchenette and laundry areas - basically anything and everything you need for a luxurious tropical getaway!

Coffee, tea, and milk are replenished daily.

Guests can enter the bedroom directly thru the door to your left or via the main entry which also leads to the equally massive bathroom with a standalone tub and rain shower.

Rubber slippers are provided and even a beach bag for your essentials.

Our bedroom has an easy access to the pool so you can just imagine my daughter's delight and excitement every time she wakes up and sees the pool just waiting for her to jump into. Priceless!

Thank you Anantara Vacation Club for this wonderful surprise!

You may read my previous post on the resort amenities of Anantara Vacation Club by clicking this.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Sunday Treats No. 75

Okura Burger - Php950.00


The Sora Rooftop Bar
Hotel Okura Manila
2 Portwood Street, Newport City
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 5318-2888

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Hotel Review: Anantara Vacation Club, Phuket TH

The vacation that I've been dreaming of for the last few months!

It was 5-star service from the moment we were picked up at the airport by their private service to the check-in process at the welcome center. Everyone was friendly and attentive to our needs.

The pool villa that we stayed in deserves its own blog post so please watch out for that. For the meantime, I will share the club amenities and activities that we, as a family, truly enjoyed thus making it a great and luxurious holiday experience.

Priding itself as the perfect family getaway spot, Anantara Vacation Club made sure it offers activities for kids and teens of all ages. For younger kids, the Kids' Club has scheduled fun-filled activities such as art classes, wall climbing, puppet shows, and nature excursions while  the Teen Zone's hip and trendy vibe at the 2nd level is where teens usually hang out with a vast assortment of video games, game boards, and a cinema room.

Of course, the main pool is not to be missed with its refreshing waters and inviting colors while my daughter loved the kiddie pool area so much that she enjoyed playing for at least an hour or so. Thank goodness for UV-protected swimsuits and whoever invented sunscreen especially for kids!

Guests can also enjoy the nightly dive-in movie nights with top family flicks shown at 7PM onwards.

Whether you wish to eat light or heavy on buffet, Anantara has several restaurants offering international cuisine and are scattered across its vast property to make sure that you do not need to go out of the comforts of the resort. Sub Bar is a casual bar located by the pool area if you want to order familiar dishes like satay skewers, burger and fries, or fish and chips. It also serves ice cream, juices, and tropical cocktails from 11:00AM up until 7:00PM.

Taurus is an all-day dining restaurant open for breakfast from 6:30AM up to last dinner call at 11:00PM. On our last day in Anantara, we made sure to try out their BBQ and Steak dinner buffet for THB1500++ per person. Was it worth it? Scroll down to find out.

My verdict: It was worth the money and definitely worth the calories!

Pros: Luxurious tropical escape at its finest, exceptional Thai hospitality, delicious food and ample choices, and awesome facilities with curated activities for everyone.

Cons: None! Definitely one of the best family-oriented resorts we've ever been to.

Anantara Vacation Club Mai Kho
239-239/1 Moo 3, Tumbon Mai Khao
Thalang. Phuket, Thailand 83110
Tel.: (66) 7633-7255

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Sunday Treats No. 74

Tablo Meat Platter - Php2740.00


Tablo Kitchen x Cafe
14-A Scout Borromeo St.
Diliman, Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 7001-5646

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Hotel Review: Pullman Singapore Orchard

Being Accor members entitles us to one free night per year or special rates within its network of hotels across the world. So instead of using it for again for a staycation in either Sofitel or Fairmont Manila, we opted to book Pullman Singapore Orchard for our 2-day layover trip in the Lion City, on our way to our actual destination - Phuket, Thailand.

Pullman Singapore Orchard is a 5-star luxury hotel along the famed Orchard Road with Paragon, an upscale premier retail mall, just a stone throw's away from the hotel driveway.

Guests are encouraged to check-in online for faster release of the room key card.

The hotel lounge/bar is located at L4 right before you take another elevator leading to the rooms.

The same floor is where you will find P.S.O. Beach Club, the hotel's unique pool club with its luxurious cabanas and comfy sunbeds, and the only one located in the heart of Orchard Road.

Our homey and modern superior room offers a city view with all the convenience just within our reach. Our room features the following amenities and entertainment:

28sqm fully carpeted room

55-inch Smart LED TV

King-sized bed

Iron and ironing board

Nespresso Coffee machine and T2 teas

Plush slippers

Smart en-suite bathroom with shower

C.O. Bigelow amenities

Pros: Five-star service and courteous staff, excellent location, spacious and well-appointed rooms, fluffy towels and robes, and a one-of-a-kind beach club.

Cons: Nothing; we would definitely stay here again and longer next time!


Pullman Singapore Orchard
270 Orchard Road
238857 Singapore
Tel.: (65) 6603-8888
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