The Bayleaf, Manila, Philippines
Situated within the stone walls of Intramuros the Bayleaf makes a great base for those wishing to explore this historic area — with its churches, palaces, museums and courtyards.
The boutique hotel offers 57 guest rooms and suites, each tastefully decorated in a modern, elegant style. Amenities in each room include tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, mini bar, cable TV, hair dryer and individually controlled room temperature. The four suites are more spacious with separate living areas and a sophisticated style.
Dining options here provide something for every occasion, from a casual snack and coffee at Churros Cafe and laid-back dining with a view of the Manila skyline at 9 Spoons, to delicious wood-fired pizzas at Raffaele and al fresco eating on the roof at Sky Deck, which boasts stunning panoramic views across the city.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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 kilometres west of Manila, is a treasure trove of information for history buffs.
Taal Volcano and Taal Lake lie approximately 70 kilometres 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 organisation 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.