Thursday, September 13, 2018

#PenMoments: A Weekend at The Peninsula Manila

History, art and elegance come together for a memorable weekend of  #PenMoments at The Peninsula Manila...

Since 1976, The Peninsula Manila continues to weave memorable and magical moments, that distinct and signature #PenMoments, to the metro's evolving landscape. The Makati skyline may have changed over the last forty years, but the historic landmark remains as elegant and grand as ever, timeless in its classic lines and enduring charm. And for one weekend, I get to immerse myself with its captivating and alluring spell...  

The Peninsula Manila just brings back so many memories of good times and milestones, and a weekend gives you a chance to relive these moments with that signature style and vibe that can only come from one of Manila's luxurious hotels.

Back at The Lobby, it's easy to see why the magnificent space remains one of the lasting images of any experience at The Peninsula Manila. Elegant marble and lush greens exude an old-world charm transporting you back to a time when elegance was more than just a hashtag, but a real and sincere expression of class. These are the subtle #PenMoments, in all its vibrant nuances, creating a continuous chain of memorable experiences during your stay at The Peninsula Manila. 

Guests can find art and beauty in every corner of the magnificent lobby, as the courteous staff greets you with a warm smile at every turn.

The stunning lobby features two majestic grand thirty-two step staircases leading to the Makati and Ayala Towers, framing the space for that picture-perfect snap. 

The sun always shines at The Lobby, with the magnificent "Sunburst" by national artist Napoleon Abueva dramatically set against an equally impressive sky-colored silver leaf-lined dome by renowned artist Paola Dindo. The massive 12-metre art piece with its elegant and graceful rays is just one of many reasons why The Lobby at The Peninsula Manila continues to be the most photographed spot in the metro for over forty-two years.

The Lobby is also the perfect spot for some indulgent afternoon treats (for more on The Lobby's offerings, see my post, Afternoon Tea with a Local Twist: The Fiesta Filipino Merienda Buffet at The Peninsula Manila and Meet You at The Lobby: New Dishes at The Peninsula Manila's Legendary Lobby). 

Or why not join a cooking class with The Peninsula Manila's top chefs? The hotel offers a variety of activities for a memorable stay (for more on their previous cooking classes, see my post, Thailand On My Plate: A Thai Cooking Class at The Peninsula Manila's Spices).

My Grand Deluxe Room with twin-bed configuration was my home away from home for a weekend at The Peninsula Manila. Other accommodations for the Grand Deluxe Room include King or Queen Bed layouts as options. The warm and calming neutral earth tones makes you feel at home almost immediately... natural light from the panoramic windows drape the space while providing views of the city's dynamic and evolving cityscape. A large flat screen TV with high-speed internet connectivity and fingertip room controls makes this your perfect sanctuary in the city. The spacious layout includes an executive desk just in case you need to get some work done, and an elegant marble bath with separate shower and bathtub for comfort.

Sunday morning brings with it a serene glow draping The Lobby with its slowly shifting light. Nothing quite like welcoming a new day at The Lobby...

...with a sumptuous breakfast at Escolta (for more on The Peninsula Manila's Escolta, see  my earlier posts, The World on Your Plate at The Peninsula Manila's Escolta from three years back and Prost! Oktoberfest at The Peninsula Manila's Escolta from 2016). Located at the lobby level, Escolta offers a lavish buffet breakfast guaranteed to satisfy any craving.

The impressive spread includes several stations, including live stations, offering fresh-baked bread, cheeses, charcuterie, seasonal fruits, cereals, and savory dishes including sausages, Chinese, Filipino, and Western breakfast staples. Simply grab a plate and enjoy the world's flavors... soft and crusty bagels draped in cream cheese and topped with smoked salmon and red onions. Just perfect.

Or why not have the station chefs prepare your Eggs Benedict a la minute? It's perfect starts like these that complete your weekend at The Peninsula Manila.

The morning hours gently pass, and The Lobby shines once more in that comfortingly familiar way since 1976. Over the decades, change has been a constant. But time stops at The Lobby of The Peninsula Manila. History, art, and elegance The Peninsula Manila. 

The Peninsula Manila is located at the corner of Ayala and makati Avenues, Makati City or call (632) 887-2888 for inquiries and more information.

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