Summer Exploration in Kansai

Asia, Japan

Japan is a country with diverse culture brought about by its chain of interesting regions. And if you were to choose only one to visit this summer, head to Kansai — the heart of Japan.

It houses some of the country’s key cities which includes Kyoto, the thousand-year city full of priceless historical structures; Osaka, the city of castles and gastronomic adventures; Nara, home to roaming deers and old temples; Kobe, an attractive port city—and they’re all a train ride away from each other.

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Osaka Castle. Photo from Pexels.com

Kansai is screaming with rich history and culture, you won’t find any other region in the land that will give you a complete and compact tourist experience.

Kick off your trip with a visit to Kyoto’s famous temples and shrines and experience a time warp to the old-century Japan. And what’s a tour to the country’s old age without trying out their iconic national costume?

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Fushimi-Inari Shrine in Kyoto. Photo from Pexels.com

Have your old Japanese culture fix by renting a kimono at Yumeyakata, one of the top kimono rental shops in town, where you can choose over a variety of stylish and chic options.

Not only you can play dress up while strolling around the city, their trained in-house stylists will also glam you up for location photographs. See their packages and rent through their website.

For the perfect home away from home, Go Hotels’ partner hotel in Osaka and Kyoto is the best option to enjoy the Kansai Region.

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Karaksa Hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi | is located at 1-6-9 Bakuromachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi near the famous Shinsaibashi shopping area and Karaksa Hotel Kyoto is located at 12-13 Mibubōjōchō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu.

It’s a smart choice for travelers looking for a comfortable and safe place to stay in Japan. To know more about the hotel and its facilities, click here.

If you’re thinking of other places to visit this summer, Go Hotels has a total of 13 branches nationwide. With Go Hotels, there’s no excuse to delay or put off travel plans because of affordable room rates. You can book your stay easily through http://www.gohotels.ph/.

 

A Summer of Exciting Explorations with Go Hotels

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Summer has official started! For those who still don’t have plans for this exciting season, we’ve got you covered. Here are places to maximize your summer adventure without breaking the bank:

Obscure food places in Mandaluyong

The city where food lovers unite and hippies thrive, Mandaluyong houses a number of food places catering to diverse taste preferences. Aside from the food spots inside the big malls, you can choose to explore some hidden and hip places if you’re in a quest for new things this season.

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Visit the All Day Breakfast in Bed, a cozy place at California Garden Square that serves breakfast food all day—perfect for catching up with friends over brunch. For night crawlers, there’s a New York-inspired spot called Borough that serves pub-type NYC food for 24 hours. A food plaza called Industrie Food Park is to open soon along Ortigas by the end of April, so get your taste buds ready with this another exciting food adventure.

After a long weekend of food exploration, stay at Go Hotels Mandaluyong branch along EDSA to ensure affordable room rates and comfortable stay. For bookings and inquiries, go to www.gohotels.ph.

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Maginhawa Street in Quezon City

Maginhawa Street is definitely the most famous food area in the metro. But the place is not your typical trite food destination. Art and culture hangouts also fill the entire place, making it an ideal entertainment hub for those who seek comfort from the heat with a culture fix.

Drop by Yesteryears Music Gallery and Vinyl Store and hoard vinyl items for your collection. For thrifty bibliophiles, there’s a bookstore selling cheap secondhand books called BookayUkay. If you’re looking for a chill hangout place with your friends while indulging yourselves with coffee and art, the Art Circle Café is just inside UP Diliman campus, a ride away from Maginhawa Street. For those who love attending gigs, head to Tomato Kick, a spacious bar and grill place where bands and OPM lovers thrive.

After a long day in the city, check-in at one of the newly opened Go Hotels branch located right across SM City North Edsa. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk to the prime malls and restaurants, a short minute drive to government offices, and accessible to major public transports. Find out more about this branch here.

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Nagtabon Beach at Puerto Princesa, Palawan

For a dose of “vitamin sea”, people can never go wrong with the breathtaking beaches of Puerto Princesa. While it houses a lot of beaches that are already known to tourists, this big part of Palawan still has its hidden wonders for those who love the silent sea treatment.

Head to Nagtabon Beach, a stunning beach spot just one habal-habal away from Bacungan, and enjoy its peaceful vibe. The place has fewer tourists, so you can do fun beach activities such as snorkeling and volleyball without the hassle of a big crowd. You can easily reach the place through private van, motorcycle or tricycle, and even via public transportation. For beach hopping enthusiasts, there are other secluded beaches you can go nearby like the Tagkawayan Beach, which offers a deserted island feel.

If you’re looking for an affordable place to stay that is easily accessible, Go Hotels Puerto Princesa branch is conveniently located at North Road, Barangay San Manuel. They also have free WiFi and LED cable TV, so you have a lot of entertainment options despite being in an island. Visit Go Hotel’s website to know how to get there.

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Zipcity in Davao City

As one the largest cities in the country, Davao City offers a slew of cultural places and activities to make you fall in love with nature. Since Davao is a great example of a place where nature and city meet, appreciate the great scenery of the place through one of Davao’s most thrilling adventures—zipline!

For first-timers, Zip City in Hilltop, Ma-a is the ideal place to go. Unlike other ziplines, Zip City will make you feel refreshed while you’re up in the air, and it overlooks the breathtaking view of Davao Gulf and Mount Apo. It’s perfect for all ages, and it’s just nearby Dencio’s Kainan, one of Davao’s famous native restaurant.

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If you fancy a dip, there’s an infinity pool at Mother Ignacia Healing Center, a retreat place located within the hilltop. To maximize your Davao City experience, visit the famous Butterfly House and Crocodile Farm nearby.

At the end of the day, have a good rest on comfy Windsor beds exclusively available at Go Hotels. Their Davao branch is conveniently located at Km. 7, J.P. Laurel Avenue corner Arroyo Street, Lanang. Learn more about the hotel’s exciting features here.

 

Paris Parfait!

Europe, France

Visiting the capital city of France is truly a wonderful experience. There is something for everyone here from the wonderful sites and monuments to the extravagant shopping and amazing cuisine. So to find your perfect Paris, or Paris parfait, as they say in France, read on.

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Obviously, before you can enjoy the delights that one of the most popular cities in Europe has to offer, you have to get there first. Luckily this isn’t too much of a problem as travel links to the city are excellent.

If you are coming from Europe, then you have the choice of plane, train, ferry or Eurotunnel. Of course, you need to check which one will suit your best. For example, the ferries take longer, but can be a pleasant journey and are excellent value if you are bringing your car with you.

If you are travelling from further afield, you will need to select a direct flight to Paris, usually Charles de Gaulle airport. Or you can include Paris as a location on a multi-stop trip. Great if you want to see the delights that the rest of Europe has to offer.

However, you do need to make sure that your passport and travel documents will allow you entry to France before you begin your journey. As some folks will need an ETIAS depending on where they are travelling from.

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The Unforgettable Eiffel Tower. Photo from Pexels.com

Monuments

Paris is full of the most spectacular antique and monuments. Not least of all; the Eiffel Tower. This 300m tall structure was built in 1887, and its lit at night so it can be seen from all over the city. You can take some wonderful pictures in front of it and beneath it, and if you are feeling particularly active, why not climb to the top, for a spectacular view over Paris?

But the Eiffel Tower is not the only place in Paris that should be on to your to see list. You should also make time to tour some of the cities beautiful fountains. Which make particular pleasant places to peruse in summer. Try the Medici Fountain at the Luxembourg Garden. Or what about the majestic St Michel Fountain in the Latin Quarter?

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Now, if you like a little culture in you city trips, then Paris will not disappoint. This is because it has the stunning Louvre and Musée d’Orsay to explore. Plan your time at the Louvre well and invest in a map, because you could literally spend days wandering the halls. Coming across new, unique and enticing things.

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The Louvre At Night. Photo from Pexels.com

Of course, it’s home to the Mona Lisa. Which is actually quite small, and usually hard to get up close to. But there other interesting things to view as well such as the Egyptian collection and the religious triptychs.

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Arc di Triomphe. Photo from Pexels.com

Romance

Of course, Paris is often known as the most romantic city in the world, so you’ll want experience a little of this before you leave.

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Lovers in Paris. Photo from Pexels.com

Enjoy a romantic alfresco meal in one of the charming bistros that line the streets. Or walk arm in arm with your loved one down the wide and treeline paths just soaking up the atmosphere.

 

Singapore Airlines celebrates 70th Year with ‘7 Days of Surprises’

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Beginning this month, Singapore Airlines is treating its customers to a whole week of fun and festivities with its exciting ‘7 Days of Surprises’ campaign, which is a part of its 70th Year anniversary celebration.

Kicking off the Airline’s 70th Anniversary, ‘7 Days of Surprises’ is an exclusive mobile app sale from 13-15 May. Available for 70 hours only, customers can enjoy low fares to Singapore from just USD70 all-in-one-way fare! Special one way and round-trip all-in fares to select destinations in Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, will also be offered via the SingaporeAir and SilkAir mobile apps. What’s more, travelers can also enjoy exciting value adds such as the travel pocket WiFi through Flypack and other great deals to be announced.

Singapore Airlines is also rolling out a bunch of surprises during the week that will allow you to experience a world-class home away from home, get the most out of your travels, and even fly thousands of miles — on the Airline. It also has in store thoughtful gifts that mothers and little ones are sure to appreciate.

To get first dibs on the daily surprises, be sure to catch the midnight reveal everyday during the week of the campaign on SIA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SingaporeAir) and follow the hashtag #SQ70SURPRISE.

The ‘7 Days of Suprises’ is just one of the many ways  SIA is celebrating its 70th anniversary.  For the whole month of May, SIA customers and travelers are in for sweet treats such as special cocktails and desserts available in flight- and the 70th  anniversary-themed items such as amenity kits and teddy bears.

Singapore Airlines flies from Manila to Singapore  four times daily, which conveniently connects to onward flights to the rest of the world. Passengers traveling from Cebu, Davao and Kalibo can fly to Singapore via SilkAir, which flies 12 times weekly from Cebu, nine times weekly from Davao and three times from Kalibo.

For more details and updates, check Singapore Airline’s website http://www.singaporeair.com.

 

Treat Your Moms to A Weekend Staycation at Summit Hotels

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We have our own ways of surprising our moms during their special day. But the best gift to give her is one thing she deserves the most — a day off.

Take her away from the responsibilities in the household and treat her to a stress-free weekend staycation this Mother’s Day! And you don’t have to book it somewhere expensive, too; in places like Summit Hotels and Resorts, you and your entire family will receive nothing less but comfort and luxury, and at affordable prices.

Here are four Summit Hotels you can book, depending on how you want to give back to your mom.

For an urban staycation: Summit Hotel Magnolia

You don’t have to go very far and spend so much to help your mom unwind. Simply staying overnight at Summit Hotel Magnolia along Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City is enough to feel rejuvenated. Despite being a boutique hotel, it exudes elegance and style with its interior, furniture and amenities. This hotel is so conducive for family bonding that you’ll be able to bring pure joy to your mom by just spending time with one another without distractions.

Cuddle up with her in bed and watch a few series or movies on the hotel TV or on Netflix. Even a simple bonding moment such as that will leave a significant mark on her life forever.

For a refreshing out-of-town getaway: Summit Ridge Tagaytay

Take your mom away from the stresses of city life and household responsibilities, and bring her to this ideal spot for rest and relaxation. Only a stone’s throw away from Manila, Summit Ridge Tagaytay is a welcoming respite for the superwomen of our lives who deserve a break.

Avail of their special rate until May 13, 2017 for Super Rooms (Twin or King) priced at PHP 5,477 when you check-in at May 13 and at PHP 4,977 when you check-in at May 14. This package includes a daily buffet breakfast for two, guest perks (Griffins, Myra VitaWhite Lotion and Flawless Voucher), a 30% Discount on all spa services at The Ridge Spa, and additional discounts/perks at the Summit Ridge Promenade.

Have a lovely dining experience at the onsite restaurant, Sisterfields by Cravings at PHP 699 per head for in-house guests (PHP 799 per head for outsiders). Moms can get a free lunch buffet for every 5 persons who dine with her.

Other than being surrounded by the refreshing environment and overlooking a picturesque view of Taal Lake, Summit Ridge offers various services that add to the experience of a laidback weekend getaway. Treat your mom to a few hours of much-needed pampering at the hotel spa for 30% off of any of its services valid only on May 13 and 14, 2017.

Throughout the day, your family can explore all of Tagaytay’s must-see sites which are mere minutes away from the hotel, including Sky Ranch Theme Park, Bag of Beans, and the next-door commercial center Summit Ridge Promenade.

For some sand, waves and sightseeing: Summit Circle Cebu

Mother’s Day is also the perfect time to pack your bags and fly out of the city, even if it’s just to a local destination beyond Luzon. Cebu is one such place that’s perfect for the culture vultures, adventure seekers, and beach bums in your family. If you want to experience all that and more, Summit Circle Cebu should be your hotel of choice.

Conveniently located at Cebu’s city center, you are just a drive away from key attractions like the Magellan’s Cross and Basilica del Santo Nino to name a few. Give your mom some relaxing fun under the sun at some of Cebu’s pristine white beaches which are also just a stone’s throw away from the hotel.

For a taste of luxury in Cebu: Summit Galleria Cebu

Summit Galleria in Cebu is the place to spoil your mom with nothing but the best. Be one of the first to ever experience Summit Hotels and Resorts’ newest hotel which boasts of artistry, luxury and contemporary design. Here, you’ll receive nothing less than quality service and elegant amenities.

Bond with mom at the relaxing indoor pool or better yet, accompany her to the next-door Robinsons shopping mall for some retail shopping at international designer outlets!

There’s no better place to unwind than at Summit Hotels.

Show your mom how much you appreciate all she’s done and book your family a weekend stay today at www.summithotels.ph!

Rooms are subject to availability, and the promos are not valid in conjunction with other promos and discounts. Booking terms and conditions apply.

 

Fly fast and easy with Cebu Pacific App

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Rushing to the airport to beat the long lines at check-in? There’s a way to buy time and cut the hassle as Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ leading airline, makes check-in easier for everyjuan through its one-stop online check-in using the Cebu Pacific Mobile App.

Downloadable for free in iTunes and Google Play Store, the Cebu Pacific Mobile App allows passengers to check-in for their flights with just a few tap. After checking-in to Cebu Pacific with their smartphones, passengers can immediately proceed to the boarding gates to their next destination. These smart flyers just need to reach the boarding gates 30 minutes before their flight so they can get going.

“We try to make it easier for everyJuan to fly with Cebu Pacific. By offering this innovation in our check-in services, we give our passengers a more hassle-free flying experience, allowing them to maximize their vacation time in our destinations both within the country and worldwide,” said Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing and Distribution of Cebu Pacific.

Aside from the Cebu Pacific mobile app, passengers may also opt to check-in through www.cebupacificair.com and even print the boarding pass. Online check-in, whether through the app or the website, allows guests with international flights to check-in seven (7) days up to four (4) hours prior their scheduled flight, while those taking domestic flights can also already sign in up to one (1) hour before their departure.

Aside from checking-in, flight bookings are as easy as a breeze through the Cebu Pacific app. With a user-friendly design, the app displays an entire network of destinations worldwide and sets off all flyers from any of Cebu Pacific’s serviced locations. Every Juan can simply take their pick and book anywhere, anytime, and in just one sitting.

Start the easiest and most fulfilling vacation today by accessing Cebu Pacific’s online check-in services. For more information about this smoothest route to flying with Cebu Pacific, check out www.cebupacificair.com and download the Cebu Pacific Mobile App for free in iTunes and Google Play Store.

Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline.

CEB currently operates flights out of six strategically placed hubs in the country: Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Kalibo, and Iloilo. CEB enhances inter-island connectivity within the country and across the globe with a total of 37 domestic and 29 international destinations, operating an extensive network across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. The airline’s 60-strong fleet is comprised of four Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, seven Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500 aircraft and five ATR 72-600. Between 2017 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of one more brand-new Airbus A330, 32 Airbus A321neo, and 11 ATR 72-600 aircraft.App

Here’s 2 Going Places: GetGo and partners celebrate two years of #FlyForFree

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Here’s 2 Going Places: GetGo and partners celebrate two years of #FlyForFree

GetGo, Cebu Pacific’s exciting lifestyle rewards program, is not only celebrating two years of providing every Juan free flights to their dream destinations, it is also giving gratitude to partners who have made GetGo truly a rewarding experience for its members.

To mark its second anniversary, GetGo gathered its program partners for a night of revelry that celebrated their shared passion to provide Filipinos with the best ways to #FlyForFree.

Held at The Blue Leaf in McKinley Hill, the Here’s 2 Going Places: GetGo 2nd Year Anniversary and Partner’s Night event treated guests to a cheerful evening of recognition, tickets to free flights, exciting prizes, and a promise of stronger partnerships for more rewards offers.

“When we launched GetGo, we wanted to make it innovative—a driver of business and of fulfilling the Filipinos’ dreams to travel for free,” said Nik Laming, GetGo Loyalty Division general manager. “With the help of all our partners, we have delivered overwhelming results and we are grateful for all of the support, the business, and the hard work that helped shape this program and make it what it is today.”

Staying true to the concept of providing the most rewarding travel experiences through essential daily spend, the celebration also took attendees to a travel-inspired evening with creative destination photo walls, complete with awarding free tickets to Japan and a Coldplay concert to winners of the event’s social media contest and games. Special awards were also given to program partners whose efforts paved the way for more Filipinos to get into the GetGo lifestyle.

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Nik Laming offers a toast to the partnerships that have provided GetGo members with the most rewarding travel experiences.

Giving back on its 2nd year

GetGo sponsored several Cebu Pacific inflight games where it gave away 1,000 GetGo points each to winners. Grab promo codes were also awarded to inflight game winners in all Manila-bound Cebu Pacific flights.

A GetGo 10-pt Sale enabled travellers to grab the best travel deals to Cebu Pacific destinations. Holders of Cebu Pacific Credit and Debit Cards by UnionBank were also treated to an exclusive Beauty and the Beast screening at Robinsons Magnolia.

To date, GetGo has accumulated more than 3 million members and has given away about 47,175 and 20,115 free domestic and international flights, turning a simple loyalty rewards program into a lifestyle that most Filipinos now aspire for.

With the support of program partners such as the country’s leading banks, hotels, resorts, retail, product, and service establishments, GetGo has grown into a lifestyle program that gives value to people’s daily activities. And with more meaningful partnerships in the pipeline, members can only expect a more exciting and an even more rewarding GetGo experience, as flying for free and creating lasting travel memories become easier to achieve for EveryJuan.

“GetGo is an ecosystem that thrives when we add the right components, elements, and partners into it. With new partners come new earning and redemption opportunities, and that makes it even better for everyone,” said Mike Szucs, Cebu Pacific Chief Executive Adviser.

On its 2nd year, GetGo and its partners have transformed Filipinos’ everyday spending into the most rewarding of experiences. Do you want to #FlyForFree? Visit http://www.GetGo.com.ph or call +632 71-GETGO (43846) to discover how you can avail of a GetGo membership card, learn about the loyalty program, its partners, promos, and how to start redeeming rewards points. The latest updates are also on GetGoPH’s official pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

GetGo is the lifestyle rewards program by Cebu Pacific that gives its members free flights just by flying Cebu Pacific and from everyday spend.  Use the points to book your dream Cebu Pacific destination—for free!

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Go Hotels: Giving Smart Millennial Travelers More Reasons to Go

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Millennials, are now investing more on travel among other things. In fact, 78 percent of them would rather spend on experiences than the tangibles, according to a survey conducted by Eventbrite, an international ticketing company.

But despite their willingness to splurge on travel, millennials are smart spenders. They always make sure to get the best bargains when they go backpacking. And it’s important that these deals won’t sacrifice quality and experience, as they believe that saving money doesn’t mean settling for less.

With this in mind, Go Hotels gives millennial travelers more reasons to continue their travel adventures by offering affordable and quality accommodations at best value.

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Go Hotels is the first Filipino-owned hotel chain by Robinsons Hotels & Resorts which offers low-priced accommodations and essential services without compromising comfort. Staying true to its branding as “a place for every Juan”, Go Hotels opened its first branch in Mandaluyong, which was followed by more branches all over the country.

They offer low prices for services that cover the customer’s basic needs and just put charges for additional perks and services. “With this, people will just pay for what they need and save more money without sacrificing the quality,” says Elizabeth Gregorio, general manager of Robinsons Hotels & Resorts.

All of their branches provide smart facilities, including Windsor beds that have back support, high-thread-count sheets and duvets, chiropractic and hypoallergenic pillows, which you won’t find in any other budget hotels. Their hotel locations are easily accessible and some branches even offer shuttle service for cheap prices.

“Hotels account for about 40 percent of the travel.  And with Go Hotels’ affordability and accessibility, it’s a smart choice for millennials to enjoy their travel in comfort without breaking the bank,” adds Gregorio.

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Unlike other budget hotels, Go Hotels also offer convenient perks such as free wifi, super shower for a refreshing bath, safety deposit box for important belongings, LCD cable TV for unlimited entertainment and of course, a fun vibe during your stay. Go Hotels is also cheaper by par compared to its competitors.

Gregorio notes that, “Our room rates can go as low as Php 588 + VAT up to Php 3088 + VAT and every room comes with complete amenities, clean and comfortable facilities, and full security.”

Go Hotels now has 13 branches nationwide located in the country’s key cities: Lanang-Davao, Puerto Princesa, Bacolod, Butuan, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Tacloban, Otis-Manila, Ortigas Center, Manila Airport Road, Mandaluyong, North Edsa-Quezon City and now in Cubao-Quezon City. The company is set to open 3 more hotels by the end of the year, with the commitment to offer the same quality experience and convenient locations near top tourist destinations for each place.

You can easily book through their website, www.gohotels.ph. For more information, call +63 (2) 3988788.

Get Away from The City Hustle and Unwind at Summit Ridge Tagaytay

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The city is where everything happens — where life is a high-speed car chase to get to where you want to be. But being in the midst of the everyday hustle and bustle can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being.

We all need a break from the fast-paced lifestyle of the city every once in a while. Luckily, we don’t have to venture too far to enjoy life unhurried. Favored weekend destinations like Tagaytay are only a stone’s throw away from Metro Manila, making it an ideal spot for a quick rest and relaxation.

Among the plenty of accommodations you can find in Tagaytay, Summit Ridge Hotel is a welcoming respite for urbanites needing a quick break from the daily grind.

Only one and a half hours away from the center of Metro Manila, this cozy suburban hotel that sits along Aguinaldo Highway greets you with friendly and personalized service as soon as you walk through its doors. With hassle-free processes and Tagaytay’s tranquility emanating even from within, Summit Ridge immediately fulfills its promise of offering peaceful rest and relaxation to its guests, making it conducive for bonding and togetherness among groups.

Its 108 guest rooms are perfect for every type of traveler who can take in the fresh breeze and the picturesque view of Taal Lake through their own private verandas. Those who seek the most comfort from their hotel stay can book one of the 18 suites that feature a living area, kitchenette and two separate bedrooms.

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The recreational amenities available likewise add to the experience of a relaxed weekend getaway. Spa enthusiasts can relieve themselves of physical stress at the hotel’s own spa facility, The Ridge Spa, or opt for an in-room massage service. Guests can delight in the refreshing infinity pool set in the midst of Tagaytay’s lush nature and beautiful climate. Meanwhile, those who want to maintain or work on their figure even while on vacation can do so at the round-the-clock gym, or at the indoor basketball and badminton courts — facilities not found in most hotels in the metro.

When it comes to food, guests need not venture too far to indulge in mouthwatering treats. The hotel’s own onsite restaurant, Sisterfields by Cravings, serves sustainable cuisine that features a specially curated menu of comfort food dishes like Chicken Ala Pobre, Roast Beef, Crispy Kare Kare and Sisterfields Burger with quarter pound beef.

Summit Ridge also provides enough opportunities for its guests to unwind even beyond the hotel grounds with the various dining options, fun-filled parks and top must-see Tagaytay destinations all conveniently located and within reach.

Families can enjoy nearby spots like Sky Ranch Theme Park, Bag of Beans, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, and the next-door commercial center Summit Ridge Promenade. Couples who don’t mind splurging a little bit for an unforgettable vacation experience will delight in a fine dinner at Antonio’s or escape to hidden romantic spots like Chateau Hestia and Marcia Adams.

Barkadas can explore the city’s lesser known gems that serve healthy comfort food like The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms and Lime and Basil Thai Restaurant. They can also go on an adventurous trek to Taal Volcano and see the pride of Tagaytay up close.

Companies on their out-of-town retreats can make use of Summit Ridge’s state-of-the-art MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events) facilities and banqueting hall, complete with an efficient and attentive staff. During their free time, they can destress at Qiwellness Living, an Asian teahouse, bathhouse and spa, or play a few rounds of golf at the Splendido Taal Golf Club.

Indeed, there’s always something to do for every kind of vacationer.

Whether it’s a quick summer getaway or an affordable vacation, Summit Ridge Tagaytay is the ideal place to unwind with family, friends, coworkers, a loved one, or just on your own. With the beautiful weather you can relish just outside your window and all the leisure activities to enjoy within the area, you’ll definitely get the laidback vacation you deserve.

Visit www.summithotels.ph for more information and to book a stay today.

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5 Breathtaking Batanes Spots You Need To Visit

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Without any exaggeration, Batanes, an archipelagic province located north of the Philippines, is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places you will ever see.

The sun, the ocean and the astoundingly beautiful natural landscapes, complemented by the gentle winds that greet visitors, and the warm smiles of its locals, make Batanes a definite must-see.

I had great expectation of Batanes, and the place far exceeded all of them. lovingly called “Home of the Winds” because of its windy location, Batanes’ tourism highlights are just so breathtaking, that I was often left speechless.

The Islands of Batan and Sabtang are the most visited places in the province because of their otherworldly landscapes and unique traditional structures.

Here are some of the highlights of any visit to Batanes.

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Mt. Carmel Chapel

Spanish explorers settled in Batanes in the 18th century and they introduced catholic teachings to the locals, called Ivatans. This explains the abundance of churches and chapels all over the province. The construction of the Mt. Carmel Chapel was spearheaded by the influential and prominent Abad family who wanted to have a place of wroship nearby.The design and architecture followed the typical design of Ivatan stone houses, to make it strong against the many typhoons that ravage the province.

 

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Valugan Boulder Beach

This highlight is basically one of the most unique site you will see in Batanes. Historical accounts say that the mighty Mt. Iraya, a dormant volcano that dominates the entire Batan Island’s landscape, erupted in 400 AD with so much force and it spewed millions of andesite rocks. The lashing of the waves for thousands of years, have resulted to a beach surrounded entirely by millions of boulders.

 

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Vayang Rolling Hills

The most beautiful place in Batanes, at least in my humble opinion, is the Vayang Rolling Hills. And i am not alone with that opinion. if you browse through pictures of Batanes, you will almost always see it at the very top just because anyone who’s been there can attest to its beauty. Imagine, gentle green slopes, under the shadows of Mt. Iraya, on the edge of the Pacific and kissed by the vast blue skies. It doesn’t get better than that.

 

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Naidi Lighthouse

Another must-see in Batanes is the iconic Basco Lighthouse located on the hills of Naidi in Barangay San Antonio. It is one of three lighthouses proposed by the local government to serve as a beacon for fishermen, and to serve as a tourist destination. It has six storeys with the fifth floor serving as a viewing deck.

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Racuh A Payaman

Often called as Marlboro Hills, this place gives Vayang Rolling Hills a run for its money. Located in southern Batan Island, photographers call it a perfect location because of the presence of the mountain, the hills, Mt. Iraya, and the Pacific Ocean. Not to mention the horses, cows and water buffalos that graze in its hilly terrain. It is indeed a piece of heaven.

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Traditional Stone House in Savidug Village

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Sunset in Batanes

Other Places

Other places of interest include the Savidug Village in Sabtang Island, where you can still see traditional stone houses built by the Ivatans, the Japanese Tunnel and the 18th century San Carlos Borromeo Church in Mahatao Town. You can also check out Fundacion Pacita, the most premium hotel in the province, SongSong Ruins, and the Fountain of Youth in Diura town.