I think the word staycation was especially coined because of people like my husband who hate going out of town for some relaxation and leisure time. A staycation, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, is a vacation spent at home or nearby — which means, no long drives or airport hassles involved. With only about a month to go before school opens again, and in celebration of my parents-in-law’s 60th wedding anniversary weekend, my dear husband treated our family to a wonderful staycation at New World Hotel in Makati, a good 20 minutes away from our home. We booked a one-bedroom suite for a 2-night stay at a special discounted rate courtesy of the Hotel’s Director of Communications, the stunningly beautiful Ms. Monique Toda. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Monique nearly 2 years ago when I was invited to a very exclusive bloggers’ lunch at Jasmine, the hotel’s fine Cantonese restaurant, which has always been our family’s favorite. It’s really nice that she remembered me and even graciously offered to arrange for our weekend stay. She made sure that our stay will be unforgettable. Checking in was a breeze at the Club Lounge, exclusively for guests staying in suites.
Upon check-in, we were welcomed by the very charming and statuesque hotel executive, Ms. Carla Hontiveros, who personally supervised the delivery of fresh flowers (with a handwritten note from Ms. Monique), a complimentary cheese platter and a bottle of champagne to our suite. Our suite was admittedly smaller compared with the junior suite at the Mandarin Oriental Manila, but we learned that it was the same room (Room 1501) where my parents-in-law stayed in ten years ago for their 50th wedding anniversary so that kind of made it special for us. Besides, we always enjoy staying in New World Hotel because of its proximity to Greenbelt and other commercial establishments in Makati.
And of course, we love the hotel for its FOOD! In fact, we chose Jasmine as the venue for our anniversary treat for Daddy and Mommy mainly because of Jasmine‘s famed Roasted Suckling Pig. As club guests, our stay was inclusive of breakfast (from 6:00 – 11:00 am), complimentary refreshments throughout the day, and cocktails (from 5:30 – 7:30 pm) at the Club Lounge, where we also had unlimited access to the internet. The food was oh-so-good that even though I hit the gym in the hotel for 2 days I still managed to gain 2 pounds! All worth it, I say.
I wouldn’t mind working out every single day if it’s at a place as nice as the hotel’s gym. Burning calories on the treadmill while watching TV on the machine itself was no sweat for me. We also had a fun time in the pool, especially my little Bea. To complete our pampering-filled weekend, we even got a free one-hour regular massage at the in-house spa, Marahai, after a tiny miscommunication with the hotel’s staff. It was their way of making up for the small mix-up and I’d have to say the soothing massage really did me good. It seemed to melt away all the stress that comes with motherhood, if only for one solid hour.
As a fitting culmination to our luxurious weekend, we held a very intimate celebration for two of the most beloved persons in our lives — Daddy and Mommy. They are truly our inspiration and role models. How many couples do you know have reached 60 years of being married? I consider myself extremely blessed to be part of this momentous event in our family. There were only our closest relatives in attendance — a party for less than 50 — but it was nonetheless a very joyous event.
Did I mention that the food was fabulous? Jasmine did it again. We ordered our usual favorites and were stuffed to bursting at the end of the meal! The dishes were really big — both in terms of flavor and serving size. The staff of Jasmine even gifted Daddy and Mommy with an enormous chocolate mousse cake, which we all shared with the rest of the family. It was scrumptious with a just-right sweetness.
Big props to the New World Hotel family for making this milestone another special event to cherish. Heartfelt thanks to Ms. Monique Toda, Ms. Carla Hontiveros, Ms. Bettina Inovero (Guest Services Manager), Chel and Rheiner (of Jasmine) and all the wait staff for the impeccable service. You all made our family staycation priceless! Until next time!