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: Traders Hotel, KL

Before heading to Indonesia, I had the privilege of staying at Traders Hotel in KL, Malaysia.
 

Located in the heart of the city, Traders is the ideal base for business travelers and families, especially those traveling with kids, because KL’s attractions are easily accessible from the hotel.

photo courtesy of Traders Hotel KL

When I entered the ground lobby and asked to be checked in, the staff courteously told me that the main lobby is actually at the 5th floor. Another staff immediately escorted me to the main lobby and offered to help with my bags.

The main lobby was not as flamboyant as one would expect from a Shangri-la brand, but the moment the receptionist asked me to complete the check-in by signing on the tablet, I knew I was in for a different experience.

Main lobby at the 5th floor

 

I was then handed my room keycard.

No WiFi login details were provided because FREE WiFi is accessible throughout the hotel premises.

My Tower View room
The earth colors give the room a homey feel.
 
The room was modest in size, but space was utilized well and all the amenities you would expect of a 5-star hotel are there.
 
The bed was just the right size and firmness. There’s also a small sofa, and a lazy chair with foot stool near the window where I sat to gaze at the twin towers…while munching on my cupcakes. 

My room was on the 31st floor with a view of the Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC Park! There were mini cupcakes, a bowl of fruits, and chocolates from Gobo when I arrived. Sweet!

To avoid looking cluttered, they used sliding doors for the cabinet and bathroom. The mini bar, and coffee and tea making facilities, are ‘hidden’ under the writing desk.

Other room amenities include LED TV with satellite cable, electronic safe, umbrella, plenty of power outlets with built-in international adapters, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer.

The room may be simple, but the bathroom is definitely luxurious.

The amber glow makes the counter look ethereal, no?

Can you spot the lollipop? 😉

 

It has Johnson Suisse fittings, and TOTO toilet bowl with eco-washer (that automatic water spray that washes away the dirty stuff :p).

There’s also a generous supply of premium toiletries and complete grooming kit.

Another thing that really caught my attention was the tiny dial on the bathroom wall which I discovered to be a volume control, so you can still listen to whatever program/movie is on the TV while you’re taking a bath! I find it really cool.

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That night, I went to check out Traders Hotel’s famous SkyBar where you can enjoy a drink or two while chilling out to music spun by guest DJs.

“SkyBar offers guests the ultimate in refreshing drinks and intoxicating views all in a chic and cosmopolitan ambiance.”

The pool and the twin towers are beautifully lit up at night.
You can also watch KLCC’s dancing fountain show from here.

 My only concern was because my room was just two floors below SkyBar, I can somehow hear the music in my room. While it didn’t bother me that much, this might be a problem for light sleepers.

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Breakfast is served both at Gobo Chit Chat and at the Traders Lounge.

If you want to try everything at the buffet breakfast spread, go to Gobo Chit Chat. If you want more privacy and less foot traffic, you can have your breakfast at the Lounge. However, breakfast choices in the latter is not as extensive as Gobo’s.

The buffet breakfast serves deli, homemade yogurt, cereals, pancakes and waffles, omelette, noodles, Japanese, Western, Chinese, Malaysian, and Indian cuisines, fresh bread (they have gluten free ones, too) and pastries, variety of cheese, cakes, fruits, and juices.

The gym, business center, and meeting facilities all have unobstructed view of the twin towers.
Traders Hotel is not about space, flashy furniture or fancy equipment. They put more attention into comfort and quality of service.

 

K

~~ I was hosted by Traders Hotel KL for a night, but all opinions in this review are my own. ~~

Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 5088 Malaysia
Tel: +60 (3) 2332 9888
Twitter: @TradersHotelKL
Instagram: @tradershotelkl