Rixos The Palm, Dubai

While we enjoyed our time in Atlantis, we needed a vacation from vacation before going back home, and Rixos The Palm fit the bill. It’s probably the most ‘affordable’ of all hotels in Palm Jumeirah, too.

rixos the palm lobby

Arriving at Rixos was like stepping in an airport. But seriously, we’re digging the industrial interiors.

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Instagram-Worthy Swimming Pools You Should Check Out

With the rising temperature, I’m sure everyone’s itching for a summer getaway. And if you’re like me who loves lounging by the pool, then here’s my personal list of Instagram-worthy swimming pools you should check out.

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens & Spa

You’ve probably seen it on TV a lot lately, and I totally get why it’s often featured.

This infinity pool within Loreland Resort boasts of sweeping views of Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila

Bring your girl friends or your partner and avail of their spa services for the ultimate R&R.

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Celebrating Father’s Day at The Bellevue Manila

Just this past weekend, my mom and I celebrated Father’s Day at The Bellevue Manila.

Yes, you read that right. It was just me and my mom. You see, ever since my father passed away 6 years ago, my mom became both a mother and a father to me, so it’s only right to celebrate her on this day as well, right? 🙂
Front Desk at the Tower Wing
Contemporary Oriental-designed seating area at the reception

We arrived a bit past the check-in time.

As expected, there were a number of families checking in, too, but with 4 Front Desk Associates on duty, everyone was attended to within a reasonable waiting time.

After filling out the form, I was handed the keycard, WiFi password, and 2 welcome drink vouchers.

I was giddy we got assigned a Tower Deluxe room at the newly-opened Tower Wing. 🙂

Another seating area at the Tower Wing lobby
Tower Wing’s hall elegantly decked in black, white, and gold

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Review: Crimson Hotel Filinvest City

Having worked in Alabang for 8 years, I’ve seen its development. Its skyline was previously dominated by just two buildings: Insular Life and Vivere. Then came Crimson Hotel. Today, you cannot miss this landmark whether you’re coming from the north or south. I was always intrigued by it, and finally had a chance to stay here last May 16-17, 2015.

To celebrate my nephew’s 11th birthday and post-Mother’s Day, we booked 2 Premier Rooms through Agoda; one room for my cousin’s family, and the other room for me and my mom. Breakfast is not included, though. Boo!

Crimson Hotel’s spacious and classy lobby

Crimson Hotel is part of the Entrata Urban Complex – a mixed-use building. Levels 1-7, I believe, are office and residential spaces. The hotel starts from the 8th floor.

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Review: Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta

Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest Kuta is located along Bali’s Sunset Road. It has a very unassuming facade, and looks small from the outside. But I was pleasantly surprised when I entered the lobby as it has a very tropical vibe – a very stark contrast to its commercial-looking exteriors. They didn’t name it ‘Rainforest’ for nothing.

Love that palm leaf-like ceiling fan!
This is how the lobby looks from Oak Restaurant