Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines
The Manila hotel opened in 1912 and has retained its turn of the century charm. The rooms overlook either Manila Bay and Rizal Park or the ancient walls of Intramuros. The Champagne room serves French cuisine; the Cowrie Grill, which is completely covered in cowrie shells, serves steaks and seafood; there is also the Ginza Japanese Restaurant and the Cafe Ilang-Ilang. As well as a gym, the Bay club has a swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, sauna and massage service a game room and an electronic golf simulator.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
This fascinating offshore island fortress, 40 kilometers west of Manila, is a treasure trove of information for history buffs.
Taal Volcano and Taal Lake lie approximately 70 kilometers south of Manila. Once you reach the shore of the lake you will board an outrigger boat for the 30 minute trip across the lake to Taal Volcano Island, from where you'll trek uphill through the hardened black lava to the crater rim.
This is a unique way of getting to know about old Manila's history. You will ride through the streets on bamboo bikes, hand-made by village folk who make up Gawad Kalinga - a non-profit organization whose mission is to end poverty in the Philippines.
Intramuros, located along the southern bank of the Pasig River. The tour includes a wander through the cobbled streets, a visit to Casa Manila (a reproduction of a 19th century house) as well as the country's oldest stone church. There is also the option to ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Highlights of the tour include Rizal Park, named after the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal and Intramuros (walled city) where you can see the remains of the Spanish conquistadores. You also go along the old cobbled streets to visit San Augustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country.