Thursday, May 31, 2012

Staycation at The Bellevue Hotel in Alabang

I ♥ the weekend!

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.

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We were given a Corner Grand Deluxe room (Php. 6,000) at the new Tower Wing. The room was HUGE! After staying in hotels for 4 consecutive weeks, this comes 2nd to my Duplex Suite in Beijing, China and definitely 10 times bigger than our cozy little room in Seoul, Korea.

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!

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Going back to our room, it truly felt like a real staycation as Paul and I enjoyed our big comfy bed. How I wish our beddings are just as fluffy back home. Will definitely shop for more linens and beddings soon.

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Beside our bedroom is our spacious bathroom. I love the big bath tub and the rain shower head too! They have also installed a bidet for the toilet as well. Outside the bathroom is a walk-in closet! Can I something like this at home please???

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We laughed when we saw the clear glass window that allows you to see the full view of the bathroom and vice versa. For those who are not so comfy that your room companions can see you in your full bathing glory, they have blinds installed to cover the window up. 



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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.

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The hotel has two pools -- one at the Main Wing and another one at the Tower Wing. At the Main Wing, there's a gym for those who wants to run on the treadmill or lift some weights. 

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.

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The next day, we woke up excited for breakfast. We had to go down to the ground floor and cross over to the next wing where Cafe d'Asie is located. This is the hotel's main restaurant and is also where they serve their daily breakfast buffet. As I've had breakfast in 3 different hotels weeks prior to my staycation at The Bellevue Hotel, I honestly wasn't expecting much after having not so satisfying breakfasts the past weeks.

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Well, Cafe d'Asie blew me away! I love the wide spread of breakfast options from all types of breads and pastries, salads, cheeses, sushi and sashimi and a lot more! Paul loved the bacon, adobo and garlic rice. I enjoyed the quiche and cheeses available. We tried our very best to control our servings as lunch was just a few hours away...

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.

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Lunch was also delicious! We headed back to Cafe d'Asie for lunch and it was jam-packed with families enjoying the buffet too. We went on Mother's Day and our friend Irene got some goodies being handed out by the hotel staff.

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:

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Platter of hand-rolled maki and spicy baby octopus

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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.

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We got the Relaxing 1-Hr Body Massage (Php. 1,000) and I really liked how well my massage therapist was able to hit the right pressure points without hurting my back muscles which normally happens to not-so-good therapists. I also do not like being overly covered in oily that I makes me feel so greasy after a massage. Here at the Mandarine Spa, they would wipe you with a hot towel to remove the excess massage oil away. This is perfect especially for those who would like a quick 1-hr massage in between errands.

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.

2 comments:

  1. Whoa it looks awesome! Sige na nga, sasama na ako kay Spanky!

    haha!

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  2. I'm glad you finally came & visited the South! Too bad you weren't able to tour The Palms Country Club. Like I told you before, their ensaymadas are TO DIE FOR! ;) Alabang Town Center has grown -with new wings & restaurants popping up left & right. I hope you & Paul will come back to the South again soon -and hopefully I'll bump into you for a photo op! I am such a fan. ;)

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