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Welcome home to Shangri-La Residences at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila

Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, introduces Shangri-La Residences, a collection of 97 fully furnished, well-appointed hotel residences for long-stay guests.

Shangri-La Residences

Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, introduces Shangri-La Residences, a collection of 97 fully furnished, well-appointed hotel residences for long-stay guests.

The Dining and Living Room

The Dining and Living Room

Available in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations, Shangri-La Residences are located on Levels 9 to 17 of the mixed-use complex. Guests may luxuriate in spacious units that feature a crisp, contemporary design and a range of comforts, including high-speed wired and wireless Internet access, IDD telephone with voicemail system, 49-inch television with home entertainment audio system, iPod docking station, built-in walk-in wardrobe for every bedroom, en-suite bathrooms in every master bedroom, iron and ironing board, central air-conditioning with individual control, washing machine and dryer, microwave, refrigerator, and stovetop and range hood.

The Masters Bedroom

The Masters Bedroom

With the luxury of space with the comforts of home, Shangri-La Residences offers 59 one-bedroom residences, each with a 90 to 94.5 square meters of space and unparalleled city views from the north, east or west.

Twenty eight two-bedroom residences each provide 143 square meters of floor area and city views facing the south, west or north.

Each of the 10 fully furnished three-bedroom residences feature an expanse of 239 square meters and sweeping views of the east or west of the city.

Everything You Need, All In One Place

Service with a smile

Service with a smile

Residents enjoy privileged access to all the facilities and services of the other key components inside the mixed-use complex of Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila. These include round-the-clock security and assistance and access to the Kerry Sports Manila gym, swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts and basketball courts. Jogging routes and biking paths are also easily accessible in the surrounding BGC area.

Find Your Space

The Spin Studio at Kerry Sports Manila

The Spin Studio at Kerry Sports Manila

Kerry Sports Manila is one of Manila’s most comprehensive indoor lifestyle and leisure club. With an expanse of over 8,000 square meters and two dedicated floors of fitness facilities, Kerry Sports Manila is the ultimate one-stop fitness, lifestyle and recreation destination. It features an NBA-grade indoor basketball court, two tennis courts, two squash courts, an outdoor lap pool with an entertainment and dining area, extensive gym facilities with state-of-art fitness equipment; exercise studios for yoga, Pilates, dance, spinning, kickboxing and mixed martial arts; a wellness Spa at Kerry Sports Manila with ten treatment rooms; and Adventure Zone for kids.

Delightful Dining Destination

High Street Café

High Street Café

Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila offers eight of the most innovative dining destinations in the city. Delight in a feast of fresh flavors in the upbeat modern food hall ambiance of High Street Cafe; enjoy premium quality meat in the rugged refinement of Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar; relish in the authentic charm of Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine at Canton Road; excite your taste buds in the vibrant energy of the poolside restaurant Samba; or revel in the lively, youthful vibe of Limitless. For fun grubs to grab and go, drop by Raging Bull Burgers, opt for healthy fare at Kerry Sprouts, or dine at leisure in the chic yet relaxed atmosphere of High Street Lounge.

Contemporary Living Right at Your Doorstep

Shangri-La at The Fort, Manila

Shangri-La at The Fort, Manila

With an extensive selection of 37 innovative and iconic lifestyle brands and trendy dining concepts, the Shangri-La Arcade wraps around the complex, including the flagship store of Harley-Davidson of Manila and Gautier, a premium French furniture manufacturer known for its stylish and eco-friendly designs. These retailers are a mix of global lifestyle brands and local luxury lifestyle names, known for celebrating and promoting Asian craftsmanship and design.

Live, Work and Play in the Home of Passionate Minds

The view from Shangri-La at The Fort, Manila

The view from Shangri-La at The Fort, Manila

As a lifestyle complex, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila embraces its community. Step outside the doors of the complex and explore the vibrant neighborhood of BGC, where art, fashion and business converge. As the metro’s fastest rising urban area, BGC is where people can collaborate, discover and explore on-trend facilities in a dynamic energetic location.

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This is How the M.I.C.E. Alliance Initiative will Lift Boracay to New Heights

Leveling up Boracay in more ways than one

by Ryan Daniel R. Dablo

Saying the name “Boracay” instantly casts a spell, taking the listener to a daydream of immaculate, pale beaches, swaying palm trees, the music of breaking waves, and the vacation of a lifetime. The tropical island Eden is storied and renowned – a difficult enchantment to lift from any wayward tourist’s mind. But what if we were to tell you that Boracay is so much more? Can you build upon perfection? Yes, and this, ladies and gentlemen, is how. 

One is never too far away from the beach! BNCC is only a stone’s throw away from the Boracay Newcoast Beach front.

Boracay Newcoast Convention Center (BNCC), located at the heart of Boracay Newcoast will soon host the biggest conventions, exhibitions and other large-scale events in the island starting second quarter of 2022.

After the difficulties of the past few years, the stage is finally set for a massive Boracay reboot. The creative gears turn once more, and this time they will catapult our favorite beach capital to new heights. The cornerstone of this renaissance is the M.I.C.E. Alliance initiative, short for meetings, incentives, conferences and conventions, and events and exhibitions. The establishment of the Boracay M.I.C.E. Alliance will allow focused efforts in creating sustainable and eco-sensitive tourism development projects while synergizing with stakeholders to create long-term solutions and opportunities for all partners. The alliance is set to drive awareness, readiness, and expansion of product offerings that will be crucial in making the island competitive with other M.I.C.E. destinations. Working closely with the Department of Tourism Region VI and the Tourism Promotions Board, the alliance is primed to provide support to the areas that are involved in this major undertaking.

Cleofe Albiso, Boracay M.I.C.E Alliance Chairperson

BNCC enjoys state-of-the-art facilities and can accommodate about a thousand guests depending on set-up and conduct multiple events at a time.

No one is more emphatic than M.I.C.E. Alliance chairperson Cleofe Albiso in describing how the different sectors of Boracay are pivoting from tourism to tourism plus. In brief, Boracay is challenging its own boundaries to become not just the pre-eminent tourist destination but also a corporate and business mecca. Turns out, if a venue is grand enough to host a wedding, wouldn’t it be just as grand to host a white-collar conference? Sky’s the limit for possibilities like this. At this moment, the island is abuzz with networking and making connections, training and empowering the hospitality services, polishing the infrastructure, revving up the transportation facilities, and all-around gearing up to go toe-to-toe with other M.I.C.E. hubs and be worthy of the tagline, “the best place for M.I.C.E. in a tropical paradise.” All hands are on deck and – after the extended global hiatus thanks to the pandemic – everyone is ready, nay, eager to meet and greet the guests. And, of course, we would be remiss not to point out that Boracay is more than halfway through completing such a tall order. The island is as well-oiled a machine as it could be, boasting 294 DOT-accredited hotels and resort, a staggering 4,500 seating capacity for meetings and conventions, and 12,400 room keys available in the island. Talk about volume! Plus, Boracay is already postcard-perfect, the very stuff that vacation dreams are made of. Why not turn the dial up to eleven and let it become a compass point for more than a summer getaway? This is the logical next step in realizing its vision of being not just a place to be, but the place to be.

Savoy Hotel Boracay like Belmont Hotel, and the soon to open Chancellor Hotel is also walking distance away from BNCC making it an ideal spot for both business and leisure trips.

So, yes, by all means think of the idyllic strolls on the beach, the luxurious caress of the ocean as you free-dive, the sheer delight of sand and surf while island-hopping, the adrenaline rush of aquasports, parasailing, cycling, or driving an ATV up Boracay’s foothills, the psychedelic glow of fire-dancing and party lights at night, the breathtaking sunsets, the larger-than-life adventures, or the hundred other ways it can lavish or reinvigorate your soul. Think of all of that, and then some. Because Boracay has its eyes on something greater: it is poised to become the premier starting point and last stop for tourism, entertainment, corporate gatherings, exhibits, and any other event the imagination can dream of. 

Paradise Garden’s Mabuhay Convention Center can fit 850 guests at a time.

For corporate set-ups, a 60 person function room is also available at the Isla Function Room of Paradise Garden.

Think of your company meeting. Now, think of your company meeting and the fun that’ll ensue right after. Picture that in the most scenic of vacation spots. Tempted already? Who wouldn’t be? You’re already in paradise. With business here and leisure literally just a stone’s throw away – heaven on earth, wouldn’t you say? 

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For Our Next Travel Destination, We Dream About Koh Samui in Thailand

Impressive views of the Gulf of Thailand welcome you at the Arrival Sala

Silent Sanctuaries

Mayenne Carmona discovers the Four Seasons Resort in Koh Samui is a quiet oasis to recharge and rejuvenate…

What does one expect from a Four Seasons Resort? Everything! Firstly, it will definitely be ranked no less than a five-star hotel or resort. Most importantly, it would not fall short of all your expectations: excellent cuisine, topnotch comfort at your fingertips in a well-appointed villa, courteous staff who offer impeccable service, and every other detail you could possibly need—down to the last cotton bud. After all, a Four Seasons Resort is always designed by a top-rated architectural team and interior designers.

The moment I stepped into the Four Seasons Resort at Koh Samui, I felt all my cares washed away by the soft waves of the bluest sea. The fresh air cleared my sinuses in no time, and the gentle breeze was a much needed caress to a tired mind and body. It was truly paradise regained for me and my friends. We were a motley group of career-oriented people who needed a much-awaited break from work, and this was the perfect choice for us.

Each Villa has a butler to cater to the guests’ every whim. The afternoon we arrived, we requested a sunset dinner by the beach, and much like a genie, our butler whipped up a romantically set candlelit dinner for six. A five-course delicious Thai dinner was prepared by their well-trained chef.

Our days were spent languishing by the beach, having daily massages, attending yoga classes, doing water sports and enjoying every bite of Thai cuisine. Golf carts transported us wherever we wanted to go within the resort. This vacation brought all my senses to another realm, and restored a weary soul to perfection. 

Four Seasons Koh Samui, I look forward to seeing you again!

Koh Samui is the third largest island of Thailand in the scenic Gulf of Siam. It is a 45 minute flight from Bangkok. Sandy beaches, coral reefs, coconut trees and abundant tourist resources make it a popular holiday destination.

For more information on Four Seasons Resort, visit their website at https://www.fourseasons.com/kohsamui/

(This article has already been published in Zee Lifestyle’s March 2016 Travel Issue, “Silent Sanctuaries” written by our columnist Mayenne Carmona for La Vie En Rose on pages 32-33.)

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Get Lost in this Not-so-distant Island Safari Paradise

LOST IN PARADISE

Tao Philippines Crusoe-style deserted island camp paradise is perfect for those who understand the luxury of simplicity and disconnection.

by Melo E. Esguerra photography by Scott Sporleder

Just when you think Palawan is fast becoming a second Boracay, where congestion of concrete buildings and human bodies have begun to define the island experience more than the pristine beaches of white powdery sand, the Lostboys of Tao Philippines came up with a new island project that guarantees an escape to paradise. They call the island Camp Ngey Ngey.

The Lostboys have taken over the abandoned resort of Manguengey in Busuanga, a remote island in Palawan. They have kept the ruins from the typhoon and built their signature bamboo Tuka huts around the main beach of the island, which serves as the camp area. Just a short walk away you’ll find jungle trails that lead to three other wild beaches, preserved reefs and windswept cliffs encompassed by crystal blue waters. And on certain days, when the winds are strong, one side of the island becomes a good site for surfing.

 


Eddie Brock, one of the founders of Tao Philippines, explains how this concept of an island safari came about. “When we took over Manguengey Resort, we were stuck with the idea of how to run it. We do not know how to cater to resort guests, the individual choices and needs, and menus,” he admits. “Tao’s expertise is to show travelers something new, something more raw and adventurous. We decided that we will not worry about things we don’t understand, and stick to what we do best. One of the best aspects of a Tao trip is creating an atmosphere of connecting with other travelers, disconnected from digital clot—without the worry of planning, wallets and keeping a status. Five days out in the remoteness with the islanders in control leads to a positive attitude: guards down, inhibition is off and open to meet new friends.”

The camp is accessible through the three day/two night boat safari from Coron, with beach and reef stops en route the camp and back. Guests will be joining other travelers, staying in individual Tuka huts dotted along the beach. There are lounges, a dining and kitchen area, and open hang-out places. Currently, the big mansion from the old resort is being restored into a villa that can accommodate a family or group of friends.

The island can be reserved for big events like weddings, parties and other meaningful gatherings.

In the island, there is no room service, no menus, no WiFi. You will arrive as strangers, you will eat together, swim together, laugh together, drink together, and get to know each other offline. Become part of the magic of Tao, and see what happens!

For more information on how the trip to Camp Ngey Ngey works, log on to www.taophilippines.com

 

(This article has already been published in Zee Lifestyle’s June 2017 Men’s Issue, “Lost in Paradise” on pages 110-113.)

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