Oh how I value those two precious days where I get to stay in bed longer, go out for brunch or coffee with friends, watch a movie with Paul, run errands (pay our bills! ugh) and on certain weekends, go on a road trip. This is what makes the Philippines amazing. We have three big islands surrounded by various bodies of water (hello Pacific Ocean, South China Sea and a lot more) yet it is actually possible to go from north to south and back with just a car. Thanks to the RoRo, there has been a number of "cross-country" races that has been done to prove that this is indeed possible. Tiring and nerve-wracking but possible.
One weekend, Paul and I joined our favorite eating and travel buddies -- the Co Family for a weekend staycation at The Bellevue Hotel in Alabang. Living at the center of Metro Manila, the farthest that most of us would frequent in the South would be Makati. Thus, upon accepting an invite to visit The Bellevue Hotel, it surely feels like we're heading out of town already.
The Bellevue Hotel has a total of 459 rooms and a total of 13 room categories spread out between the Main and Tower Wings. The rooms at the Tower Wing is bigger compared to its counterparts at the Main Wing. I also love the minimalist and bright interiors of the Tower Wing lobby. They did away with the old-fashioned reception counters and instead have 3 smaller, stand-alone counters instead. Very modern!
Bellevue stands for beautiful view in French..well here's the beautiful view from my room!
The room was really beautiful and I can definitely stay here all day long. More features includes a flat screen TV, an iPod dock, WiFi access for two devices, a bar area, a safety deposit box and a complete set of premium toiletries. Totally living a life of luxury here. :)
Since we had to get ready for some serious eating, the group headed down to the swimming pool to do some laps. I love how the water was not too hot nor too cold. It was also big enough for us to swim laps and hang out while we chat and chat and chat. The friendly staff will also gladly hand you a towel when you get up from the pool.
For dinner, we went down to the hotel's signature Chinese restaurant called Phoenix Court to eat. I shall tell you more about that in my succeeding entries.
After breakfast, we headed to the Alabang Town Center which is a 3 minute drive away from the hotel. It was time to walk off the calories gained from our lauriat dinner and hearty breakfast. Who am I kidding?! We ended up having some shakes at Jamba Juice after! Oooh boy.
This time, I enjoyed the grill station where I had lots of delicious grilled prawns and fish.
Here are my two plates for lunch that day:
Platter of hand-rolled maki and spicy baby octopus
Grilled prawns, roast beef, smoked salmon and more spicy baby octopus!
To cap our staycation at The Bellevue Hotel, Paul and I availed of a massage treatment at the Mandarine Spa located at the Tower Wing. Luckily we were able to get the Couple's Room which has a big bath area with steam bath, two massage beds and a flat screen TV. I'm glad that Paul chose to turn the TV off for the both of us to be able to enjoy our relaxing massage to the fullest.
What a lovely stay at The Bellevue Hotel. I love how well taken-cared and pampered we all were. I heard they also have delicious pastries which I sadly wasn't able to try yet. We enjoyed our stay that I told my Mom that this makes a good staycation alternative should we find it too far to head to Tagaytay for a weekend break.
The Bellevue Hotel is located at the North Bridgeway, Filinvest Corporate City Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Call them at 771-8181.