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The world’s best airports according to Zee Lifestyle readers

World's best airports

Whoever came out with the thought that life was about the journey and not the destination was definitely onto something.

With all the seat sales and the growing number of destinations, traveling has since become accessible to a lot of people, resulting in runway traffic and airport congestion. Long gone are the times when flying was merely about taking off and landing; these days, airports make or break the experience.

Airports have since risen up to the challenge, vastly improving their facilities and amenities, thus becoming destinations in their own right. Select carriers have also taken it upon themselves to offer something up their sleeves exclusive to their passengers. This month, Zee Lifestyle asks its readers about their favorite airports and lounges, and what makes them soar to new heights.




“Changi Airport, Singapore has the best duty free shopping! It’s also not insanely large that one would get lost finding his/her boarding gate. Incheon Airport, Korea has lots of dining options and free cultural activities to help while away those long layovers.” – Joanna Cuenco

“Changi Airport has beautiful interiors, soothing ambient lighting, and comfortable seats. It doesn’t hurt that they have leg massagers that you can use for free while waiting for your flight! Narita Airport is definitely the best place to be if you’re looking for duty free shopping. It has the best goodies the Land of the Rising Sun has to offer, at prices that you just can’t help but give into.” – Sherry Ty Corominas

“I get so tired when traveling because I get sick easily, so it’s important for me that the airport is clean and comfortable. Sleep is more important than food options for me. That said, the best sleep I’ve ever gotten was in Changi Airport. They have a nap room and pay lounges, so even if you’re not flying business class you feel that you are.” – Nicole Cambal

“Changi Airport of course! The Utopia of airports. The Airport of airports. The crown jewel of Singapore.” – Regal Oliva

“Singapore Airport because it looks like a mall.” – @warenjeango


South Korea


“Incheon Airport, Korea, because of their free city tours and showers!” – @itsy0boyej

“Incheon International Airport at KAL.” – @lorrainesion


New York


“JFK Airport, Terminal 4 because Shake Shack is EVERYTHING.” – Gee Fojas




“Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is very convenient for passengers to find their way around, and it has a lot of recreational and leisure facilities. Lastly, coffee shops! A lot of coffee shops to choose from.” – Anton Baldemor


Abu Dhabi, UAE


“Etihad Airways – they have a buffet that includes traditional Arab food which I really appreciated. Plus, the business class lounge in Abu Dhabi has a killer view of the tarmac.” – Sam Despi




“Dallas/Fort Worth. As everything is bigger in Texas, I love this airport as it has just about everything. I always have to decide where I want to eat or shop!” – Janine Taylor




“The Turkish Airlines lounge in Istanbul is the best one I’ve been in by far. They have a pool table, simulation golf, and a movie theatre with a popcorn machine- among many other things to make your wait a lot more bearable. They say the lounge is bigger than some airports, and that’s probably true.” – Cybill Gayatin-Guynn




“Zürich Airport is a pristine example of Swiss hospitality and precision. Also, the train plays Alpine sounds. Adorable.” – Cassandra Cuevas




“Munich Lufthansa Lounge and San Francisco AMEX Centurion Lounge.” – @oging_j


THROWBACK THURSDAY. Our Stylish Voyage on a Boat with Loida and Richard


With hosts Loida Montesclaros and Richard Forteau, we take entertaining to the high seas.

by Shari Quimbo photography Steffen Billhardt

The sky was decidedly gloomy on the Sunday afternoon Loida Montesclaros and Richard Forteau invited a small group of us for a sail, the clouds getting darker as I make my way to Porter’s Marina, where the Blue Planet was docked.

“Richard built the boat himself in Cebu,” Loida explains, going on to share that he was the former honorary French consul in Cebu. “It was built here, and I designed the interiors.”

All that work certainly paid off—Loida and Richard would often sail the boat out to different Philippine destinations such as El Nido, Siargao, Boracay and the Gigantes Islands in Iloilo. These could mean days-long journeys that sometimes meant dealing with some rough seas. Quick day trips, much like the one we were about to embark on, were also a regular past time.

Loida gives me a quick tour of the boat then shows off her tropical spread. With its bright blue and white floral seating, the cabin’s dining area is already a pretty festive site. “I wanted to keep it simple,” she tells me, arranging her fresh fruits around on the banana leaf-covered wooden slabs she was using as serving trays. “And I wanted it to look more local, more tropical. We are on the water, after all.”

The bamboo slats of the dining table were the perfect backdrop to Loida’s spread, which featured tropical fruits alongside an entire roll of lechon belly, fresh lumpia, empanada and steamed shrimp.

The highlight of the table, though, was the chicken liver pate, a dish that Richard makes himself. “Luckily, the French love to cook,” Loida jokes conspiratorially.

Finally, it was time to take the vessel out onto the high seas, and the group makes its way above deck to enjoy the view. The cool sea breeze was a bit stronger than usual, something that had to do with the dark rain clouds looming above us—something that would have deterred any other group, but not this adventurous bunch. Armed with a glass of champagne in one hand and a biscuit smeared with pate on the other, many stand against the railing, admiring the sight of the sky turning orange above the Mactan Channel.

And then it starts to pour. No matter, though—as the rain pounds against the deck, the party finds its way down below. A bottle of wine is opened, and then another, while a second pot of pate is transferred on a plate. Our captain waits until the waves calm before he brings us back ashore.

(This story has already been published in the printed edition of Zee Lifestyle Magazine’s November 2016 issue as one of the Entertaining Features on pages 82-85.)

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Experience authentic Korean Barbeque at Da-In Restaurant

Filipinos are crazy for Korean barbecue. As such, there are a lot of places that are offering Korean barbecue. But Da-In restaurant isn’t just one of those restaurants.

Located in Salinas Drive in Lahug, Cebu, Da-in restaurant is a joint project between the Creative Cuisine Group and Da-Won restaurant. With state-of-the-art grilling stations in each table and various Korean cuisines ready to be served, Da-In would surely sate your Korean barbecue cravings without any hassle.

Visit Da-In restaurant today!

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Head Up North, Where A Relaxing Escapade is in Store at Maayo San Remigio

On your next trip out of the city, head up North to Maayo San Remigio, where a relaxing escapade awaits.

Oftentimes, when it comes to deciding the next travel destination, the Northern part
of Cebu is overlooked in favour of its Southern end. The South boasts of sunny beaches,
cascading waterfalls and the popular whale sharks who have made its waters their home.
While these are beautiful aspects that the South has to offer, the North is just as—if not
more—abundant in offerings. The North’s natural scenery is relatively untouched, and on top
of that, it’s less likely to be flocked by tourists.

This means more opportunities for a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the
city. The roads heading North are long and winding, yet the beauty that lies at the end of the
journey proves that the trip is worth it. Knowing that, where does one go in the North?

Hidden away in the northern part of Cebu, Maayo San Remigio is a haven for those
who seek peace and serenity, making it an alluring abode for a sojourn on the island.

The resort’s guest rooms are vibrant and reminiscent of the Carribean.

Approximately a 3-hour drive from the city, the resort grants access to a tropical
retreat with a captivating beachfront setting—a charming destination away from the daily
hustle. Whether on its fine white sands and blue waters or inside the cozy rooms, Maayo
San Remigio is a delight to local and foreign tourists alike.

A newly-opened resort under Maayo Hotels flagship, Maayo San Remigio is a
destination that guarantees a refreshing, laidback experience, sure to wash away the worries
you brought with you from the city.

A clean white aesthetic is made tropical with bamboo accents and greenery.

It’s equipped with a mix of luxurious relaxation and wellness, fun and entertainment,
and enticing wining and dining options. This Caribbean-inspired resort is a serene hideaway
on a lush slice of tropical paradise with emphasis on ultimate comfort and exclusivity.

The resort’s location makes it doubly precious; scattered throughout the resort
grounds are viewing areas that grant you access to the sunset. Watch the sun sink down the
horizon by the infinity pool, on the beach’s shoreline, or atop the cliffside with the waves
crashing below. When night falls, the stars come out to dance across the clear skies, making
for an unparalleled stargazing experience.

Sunsets at Maayo San Remigio are a sight to behold.

Maayo San Remigio blends authentic Cebuano hospitality with its tranquil
atmosphere and exceptional design. Its well-appointed rooms and villas ensure a relaxing staycation, while its thoughtful amenities and facilities evoke a feeling of belonging in
paradise. The resorts brings the culinary excellence that is found in the Maayo Hotels brand,
creating palate-pleasing Filipino dishes with a modern twist. Complemented by the resort’s
wide menu of drinks—from juices to cocktails to shakes—one will truly enjoy a stay here.

So on your next trip out of the city, head up North to Maayo San Remigio, where a
relaxing escapade awaits.

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