Alvinology goes to Resorts World Manila - Day 2 of 4 - Alvinology

Alvinology goes to Resorts World Manila – Day 2 of 4

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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