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Plan Your Next Staycation at Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotels

Just how many people travel to another country to stay at a hotel? Not a lot, for sure, and that’s how a excellent brand like Marco Polo Hotels steps it up.

Plan Your Next Staycation at Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotels

If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering how a staycation is possible in a bustling city like Hong Kong. As a gateway to Asia, it brings in millions of arrivals—in 2018, the number soared to a record high of 65.1 million visitor arrivals, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board. That being said, there’s no shortage of things to experience for tourists and travellers.

From dabbling in business to enjoying theme parks to indulging in local grub to hitting the town at night to learning about culture, the vibrant city is bound to have something for you—precisely why Hong Kong is a go-to place for a lot of Filipinos. Ask any Filipino who’s been out of the country about where they’ve first travelled to; chances are, you’re going to get “Hong Kong” as an answer.  

It’s hard to resist the temptation of exploring what Hong Kong has to offer, but for some seasoned travellers who’ve experienced all these quite a few times, a different experience—like a staycation—might serve as a welcome change. Just how many people travel to another country to stay at a hotel? Not a lot, for sure, and that’s how a excellent brand like Marco Polo Hotels steps it up.

Photo from Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel

In Hong Kong, Marco Polo Hotels has 3 branches: Marco Polo Hong Kong, Gateway Hotel, and Prince Hotel, all of which are located in Kowloon, at the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. All three hotels have access to Harbour City, Hong Kong’s one-stop largest shopping complex which houses over 450 shops. This might serve as a test of willpower for those who love shopping, since the world’s leading luxury brands are just literally a few steps away from their hotel room.

Staying at Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotels ensures a relaxing staycation, with well-appointed rooms and suites—ranging from Superior and Deluxe to Continental Club and Harbour View Rooms—many of which feature breathtaking views of the harbour and Hong Kong skyline. The service is a guaranteed experience in itself, as their hotel staff are friendly and helpful.

Photo from Cucina

Whichever branch you choose to stay at, you’re bound to have a superb dining experience with their array of restaurants. The famed Cafe Marco is a classic, and you can’t miss out on its other restaurants such as Cucina, Three on Canton, among others.

Considering that The Culinary Journeys is a campaign that’s been built into the hotel chain’s mission, you get to enjoy local fare, and international cuisines as well. This way, guests can travel the world through their palates without leaving Hong Kong.

Guests may also enjoy access to the Continental Club Lounge, where breakfast can be taken for a quiet start to the morning, offering exclusivity and delicious morning fuel. (Just a tip: don’t forget to grab some of the Portuguese egg tarts. When I had breakfast with Harbour City’s Karen Tam during my stay, she divulged that many Filipino celebrities hail their tarts as the best among all Marco Polo Hotel branches. After having a small serving of these tarts myself, I couldn’t help but agree, and told her that I wish I could bring boxes of them home.) Afternoon tea can be enjoyed at the Continental Club Lounge, as well as cocktails to cap off the night—or start it, if you plan to explore Hong Kong’s neon nightlife.

Don’t get me wrong, you can always try to look for something new to do, or revisit what you love about the city, but if you’d like to try it, there’s so much to do without having to leave the four walls of your hotel room.

Considering a staycation in Hong Kong? You know where to go.

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

FOR SAIL

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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