Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Palm Sunday Weekend Staycation at F1 Hotel Manila

A Palm Sunday Weekend at F1 Hotel Manila...good times. 

And once again, it was great to be back at F1 Hotel Manila. And you too can enjoy a relaxing staycation at F1 Hotel Manila with huge discounts as part of the hotel's Anniversary Sale...

F1 Hotel Manila feels like a second home, and ever since my very first staycation at F1 Hotel Manila (see my previous post on my first ever staycation at F1 Hotel Manila here), there's nothing quite like seeing my familiar and comforting Fort Suite (R), with its separate living room and bedroom as my sanctuary for the weekend. 

And it was also great seeing the friendly staff, who've become like old friends, again at F1 Hotel Manila, like Khaye (L) at the Front Desk and the recently promoted Kevin (R) at the Premier Lounge. And just like my previous staycations at F1 Hotel Manila, this promised to be yet another relaxing weekend. 

And since that first staycation at F1 Hotel Manila, more followed (see my other posts on my Independence Day Staycation and a Christmas Staycation) with countless staycations for the culinary festivals at F All-Day Dining (see my earlier posts on the first LuzViMinda Filipino Food Festival, the LuzViMinda 2 Buffet, the LuzViMinda 3 Buffet, and All-American flavors with the United Taste of America Festival). That Palm Sunday Weekend, F All-Day Dining Restaurant's buffet spread was stocked with an impressive array of the freshest seafood, including crabs and slipper lobsters...

...and plump prawns on ice. Fresh oysters were also available, along with a wide variety of sushi and sashimi to satisfy any serious craving for seafood.

For the mains, F All-Day Dining featured several dishes including the savory Herb Cheese Stuffed Chicken (L) and the richly-flavored Harbour-Style Prawns (R), a personal favorite, along with other dishes including Orange-Glazed Duck and Spicy Szechuan Beef with Peppers.

At F All-Day Dining Restaurant's Carving Station, a whole Lechon Stuffed with Dinuguan Rice was one of the popular dishes at the buffet, with a never-ending line of diners.

Crabs, Slipper Lobsters, and Prawns sauteed in butter and garlic is always a good option at F1 Hotel Manila...

...followed by Baked Oysters with butter, cheese and garlic, all freshly prepared ala minute at the Live Stations. Simply hand it over to Chef Billy and he'll prepare it exactly the way you want it.

The layout of F All-Day Dining's buffet spread is easy to navigate, with everything you want within an arm's reach. The buffet spread also includes an equally impressive Dessert Station with a variety of cakes and pastries as well as a Halo-Halo Station

You won't run out of options to satisfy your sweet tooth at F All-Day Dining Restaurant...

...and kids will surely love the Cotton Candy Station tucked in a little corner.

And summer's definitely for the kids when you stay at F1 Hotel Manila. Check in or dine at F1 Hotel Manila during weekends and your kids get to play inside the newly installed Play Zone located at the reception area of F All-Day Dining Restaurant.

Puzzles, coloring books, building blocks and toys should keep the kids occupied for hours and for more updates on F1 Hotel Manila's fun Play Zone, simply call 928-9888 for inquiries or follow the hashtags on various social media with #Weekends, #FamilyFirstatF1 #LittleVIPs, #KidsRule and #F1HotelManila.

Summer weekends at F1 Hotel Manila are definitely for kids, as the little VIPs were treated to an animated film showing at the Pool Deck (L) followed by an exciting Easter Egg Hunt (R). F1 Hotel Manila has a whole list of activities for the Little VIPs, just gve them a call for a rundown on kid-centric activities lined up for summer. 

Later that evening, Executive Chef Decker Gokioco laid out another impressive spread at the Premier Lounge for an exclusive dinner, with Prime Rib Roast as the highlight of the feast.

Executive Chef Decker Gokioco also served his signature Salted Egg Wings, with crisp and juicy wings draped in a salted duck egg batter...

...and the Pig's Face and Soft Tofu, with crisp deep-fried strips of pig's cheeks, onions, and chili on tofu. Just leave it to Executive Chef Decker Gokioco to surprise you with his inventive dishes.

Other dishes served that evening included Freshly Grilled Baby Lobsters (L), and a favorite from the lunch earlier at F All-Day Dining, the Harbour-Style Prawns (R). 

Executive Chef Decker Gokioco (L) then carved the Prime Rib Roast as guests lined up for slices of the premium beef (more on F1 Hotel Manila's Executive Chef Decker Gokioco on my previous post here).

I start with Executive Chef Decker Gokioco's hearty and comforting Carrot & Fennel Soup topped with Popcorn...

...and dive in straight for the mains next with Prime Rib Roast, Grilled Baby Lobsters, Harbour-Style Prawns, grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes.

After dinner, it was time to get pampered at F1 Hotel Manila's luxurious Spa. A full day of eating and lazing around the pool can be serious work, and there's nothing like a good massage to straighten you up for the day ahead. 

And you too can enjoy a relaxing staycation at F1 Hotel Manila with their on-going Anniversary Sale offering as much as 60% discount on rooms and buffet dining. Here are some of the awesome deals from F1 Hotel Manila:

Deal 1: Overnight Stay in a Deluxe Room with Buffet Breakfast for Two
Published Rate: P 10,000 net
Discounted Rate: P 3,800 net
Your Savings: P 6,200 or 62% OFF Published Rate

Deal 2: Overnight Stay in a City Suite with Buffet Breakfast for Two
Published Rate: P 11,200 net
Discounted Rate: P 4,200 net
Your Savings: P 7,000 or 62% OFF Published Rate

Deal 3: Weekday Lunch or Dinner Buffet (Mondays to Fridays)
Published Rate: P 1,399 net
Discounted Rate: P 899 net
Your Savings: P 500 or 35% OFF Published Rate

Deal 4: Weekend Lunch or Dinner Buffet (Saturdays and Sundays)
Published Rate: P 1,399 net
Discounted Rate: P 750 net
Your Savings: P 649 or 46% OFF Published Rate

You can purchase your Gift Certificates starting March 14 to April 16, 2016, with GCs valid until September 30, 2016. You can order your GC by simply calling 928-9888 extension 6448 and look for Kan de Jesus. It's as simple as that, and you're on your way to a cool staycation at F1 Hotel Manila. For more updates, you can follow the hashtags #GCSale #F1HotelTurns4 #F1HotelManila on social media.

Early the next day, it was time to see what Chef Billy prepared for breakfast at F All-Day Dining...

Start with some Pancakes fresh off the griddle with Bacon and a pair of sunny side-up eggs...

...followed by some Garlic Rice, crispy Fried Biya, Pork Longanisa, Veal Chipolata and an Omelette prepared at the live station. Pair it with another cup of freshly brewed coffee, and mornings just can't get any better than that at F1 Hotel Manila. Thank you for another memorable staycation...

F1 Hotel Manila is located at 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City or call (02) 928-9888 for inquiries and reservations. For online booking and more information, please visit

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