Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015


I N   T H E 


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.

From my seat at the edge of its curve, I sipped a glass of welcome drink for finally arriving at the district. With the sky's golden hour on cue, the dining venue unraveled itself as something that embodies the infinite possibilities of luxury. Up there, sans the wonderful high-rise view, you'd think that you're just at a hip restaurant in the middle of a tranquil meadow with neighboring establishments that seem to be thousands of miles away. Thanks to the modest blue lagoon that's flanked by a towering steeple-like element and the rest of the venue's facade, the space is a cocoon of an escape from the bustling grid below.

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.

Spectacular View

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.

Dessert Romance

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

For a whiff of Alabang's high-end ambiance, visiting The Nest was a satisfying journey 31 floors up. My sense of satisfaction was the only limit.

Read more about my wonderful stay at Vivere Hotel here.

Photography by Josua Chan and Karl Ace

The Nest

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
Phone: (+632)771-7777
Fax: (+632)771-0158

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


  1. Wow, just goes to show how long it has been since I've been in the South and dropped in Vivere. Very nice view. I remember going up to the restaurant where the grand piano was, but I don't think I've ever looked at the view back then.

    1. The grand piano is still there, May. Still looking so grand.


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