Guests looking for a luxurious holiday destination this year should try a paradise island getaway in the Philippines. With the Summer Sojourns offer, Shangri-La’s resorts in Mactan and Boracay both offer sensational summer promotions that give even more incentive to relax in paradise. With direct flights to Manila, stopping over in this bustling city full of character for a night or two becomes easy. Guests may then take a domestic flight to such islands as Cebu and Boracay.
The Summer Sojourns offer is available at all Shangri-La hotels in the Philippines and includes several benefits (varies with each hotel). Alternatively, guests who want to spoil the whole family may opt for the Funtastic Family Holiday at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines. They can enjoy a family getaway with endless fun.
Set amid 13 hectares of lush tropical greenery, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu offers 530 lavish guestrooms and suites. Spectacular views of the Mactan Sea and the surrounding Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary and islets can be enjoyed from the rooms. Located in the exclusive Ocean Wing, Ocean Club Rooms offer an enhanced level of comfort with a private balcony facing the shimmering waters of the Mactan Channel.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa is located in Lapu-Lapu city, which is connected to the main island of Cebu by bridge. Cebu is both one of the Philippines' most developed provinces and a place of enormous natural beauty. Beaches, nature preserves and parks can be found throughout the island. The province of Cebu is famous for its natural beaches, sweet mangoes, rattan and buri furniture.
The Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary spans six hectares from the resort’s beachfront. It teems with over 160 species of fish, clams and coral. The waters allow for all kinds of activities such as diving, snorkelling, kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, sailing or deep-sea fishing. Flat seas guarantee ideal conditions for cruises and excursions. For diving enthusiasts, more than 20 dive sites teeming with marine life are within a half-hour boat ride from the resort.
Children of all ages are provided for with kids’ clubs tailored to different age groups. Adventure Zone is the place to be with its many activities and facilities. Children aged three and below may play in the safe and spacious Toddler’s Zone. There is also a children’s pool and an E-Zone featuring video arcades, table soccer and other opportunities for shared family fun.
An alternative holiday destination is the stunning island of Boracay. Shangri‑La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines is the only luxury resort on the island. Guests arrive at the resort’s exclusive welcome lounge at Caticlan Airport, where a host escorts them to Shangri-La’s exclusive jetty port and on to a private speedboat. In less than 30 minutes of cruising along the white beach of Boracay, guests will reach the shores of the first and only deluxe resort on the beautiful island.
The resort consists of 219 rooms, suites and villas, all designed with modern facilities. It boasts extensive leisure facilities on a 12.5-hectare location that include seven restaurants and bars, a health club, two tennis courts, an indoor playground and Adventure Zone, an entertainment centre, sprawling gardens with coconut trees, hammocks and lounge areas, a large, free-form swimming pool, a lap pool and CHI, The Spa Village with 10 treatment villas.
For the ultimate family holiday, guests can book the three-bedroom Pool Villa comprising two luxury villas connected by a small gate in their backyards. The villa can accommodate six adults and four children below 12 years old or a maximum of nine adults and one child.
Sirena, the cliff-top seafood restaurant, and Rima, the Italian dining room, both offer fantastic locations for dining. A variety of world cuisines awaits guests at Vintana, while an al fresco dining experience can be enjoyed by the poolside at Cielo. Chef de Cuisine Hamed Ghayedi ensures a selection of Arabic cuisine is always on hand specifically for Middle Eastern guests.
The resort offers a variety of activities to suit both adults and children. Dive into water sport activities or enjoy walks along nature trails while appreciating abundant flora and fauna. The stunning waters of Boracay allow for all kinds of water activities. A variety of exciting water sports is available, from kayaking to deep-sea diving. The island is surrounded by more than 20 dive sites abundant with colourful marine life, each within a half-hour’s boat ride from the resort. This includes the resort’s very own marine sanctuary, just a few strokes away from the private beach. The calm seas are perfect for cruises and excursions.
Getting to both of these paradise island resorts is simple, especially when teamed with a city stopover in the bustling city of Manila. Makati Shangri-La, Manila is located at the heart of Manila’s central business district and situated at the crossroad of the country’s most prestigious business address – Ayala Avenue – and the corner of Makati Avenue.
Makati has a central location in the heart of the country’s financial centre and is an eclectic neighbourhood, within walking distance to a modern museum (Ayala Museum), a Heritage Library, shopping malls (Greenbelt and Glorietta entertainment complex), a retail building called The Link, which also houses an annual Art Fair every February; neighbourhood parks and weekend outdoor markets in Salcedo and Legaspi Villages. It is also close to the Spanish-built walled city of Intramuros and is a short cruise ride to Corregidor, the last bastion of the American forces during WWII.
Edsa Shangri-La, Manila is found within another flourishing commercial centre, Ortigas Centre in Mandaluyong City. It is part of the Shangri-La living concept and connected to the Shangri-La Plaza Mall. The family-friendly, unique city resort is surrounded by exclusive residential subdivisions and as shopping centres. Aside from Shangri-La Mall, the country’s largest mall called SM Megamall is also a five-minute walk away and houses an emporium of vibrant international fashion brands. Edsa is also a short drive from Greenhills Shopping Promenade, a vast shopping area where South Sea pearls can be purchased.
Both hotels are easily accessible from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila. Once guests have enjoyed a city stopover, there are several flights per day to either Cebu (for Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu) or Caticlan (for Shangri‑La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines).
The Summer Sojourns offer is available at all Shangri-La hotels in the Philippines and includes several benefits (varies with each hotel), such as daily breakfast, spa or dining credits or discounts and transfers. Full details and inclusions may be viewed at http://www.shangrila.com/offers/shangrila/details/global/summer-sojourns-at-shangri-la-philippines/ .
Guests who want to spoil the whole family may opt for the Funtastic Family Holiday at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines. Guests can enjoy a family getaway with endless fun that includes daily breakfast, round-trip island and speedboat transfers, food and beverage dining credit, video game hire, unlimited access to Adventure Zone, three hours’ babysitting service, recreation activities and Internet access.
Full details may be viewed at http://www.shangri-la.com/boracay/boracayresort/offers/details/rooms-suites/funtastic-family-holidaypfam .