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The patrician space 31 floors up the 5-star deluxe Vivere Hotel deserves a pedestal in travel's iconography. Overlooking the expanse of Laguna Lake and the bustling Alabang, it's called The Nest. And for an exigent reason. It's where the new urban elite of Muntinlupa City and various foreign tourists wind down -- high up on the rise like sky's the only limit.
Fanciful Buffet Breakfast
I discovered The Nest as part of my luxurious 3-day stay at Vivere Hotel since a booked room at the latter is automatically a fancy buffet breakfast at the former. Having sampled different offerings in two succeeding days, I can honestly recommend it to discriminating guests. The variety in the roster per day appealed well to me because I prefer experimenting with different flavors on a daily basis. My plate for one morning was a hefty set of Korean Dak Gui (sweet and spicy barbecued chicken), classic corned beef, bacon-wrapped chicken casserole, and, uhm, more bacon. There was a lot to choose from for bread and pastries, but I only had a banana and cheese bread, maja blanca, and pancake. I skipped the attractive salad and dimsum stations as I was in the mood for more of the unlimited brewed coffee.
As for the view, I was just glad that the sunrise was visible from the roof deck for a couple of mornings during my stay. The non-obtrusive glass wall that essentially fenced a part of the restaurant's edge proved to be smart and classy. As a result, it was not as painfully breezy as I expected up there. And, for a change, I had a high-rise breakfast panorama after months of waking up in different beaches in the Philippines.
For dinner, since I was on dessert mode only, I sampled a decent-sized plate of the venue's popular Frozen Brazo De Mercedes. The tasty culmination was as sweet as the restaurant corner I chose to have it -- at the semi-secluded smoking deck where the city view was equally sensational. I might have been alone but the vibe was romantic. The foolish connection between me and my dessert was enough. I immersed in the special spot by simply gazing at the star-studded sky that blanketed the expanse of the lit hustle below. A few steps away from my spot was engaging music being played by the restaurant band. It's definitely, one nocturnal activity that I'd repeat for a revisit soon.
|The smoking section or deck of The Nest|
Read more about my wonderful stay at Vivere Hotel here.
Photography by Josua Chan and Karl Ace
Official website of The Nest
Quick link to The Nest's ala carte menu
Address: 5102 Bridgeway Ave., cor. Asean Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines 1781
More Photos Below:
|My buffet breakfast plate|
|The golden hour and my Frozen Brazo De Mercedes dessert|
|Unlimited brewed coffee for breakfast|
|My booked Deluxe Room at Vivere Hotel|