Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015
The gorgeous Lama Pool

5 - S T A R



As the former farming district of Alabang pumps out a new urban elite with its business and commercial centers, Vivere Hotel has managed to find its pioneering spot in the landscape of Muntinlupa City. The sought-after 5-star deluxe hotel, with its towering posture of 31 storeys, seems to dwarf its neighbors. At its roof deck restaurant, The Nest, the view is a stellar confirmation. The movers and shakers of the area opine that you have not experienced the luxurious ascent in life if you haven't stepped into the elegant lobby of the 200-room establishment and scaled its height.

For a 3-day weekend getaway and visit of the newly-opened restaurant, Tu's Clay Pots and Skillets, I chose to book at a Deluxe Room of Vivere Hotel. As expected of high-end hotels, a complimentary car service drove me to my early dinner appointment. In a different engagement, I had the convenience of riding another shuttle of the hotel for lunch at a nearby mall. There's always a ride for guests as I noticed.

Ongoing promo for September, 2015
Hotel lobby
Poolside at the fourth level of the hotel
My booked Deluxe Room

Engaging Work Space

Since I was also on work mode during my stay, I brought my laptop with me and found the broadband Internet access of my booked room to be highly reliable. My device also suited well with the fabulous work space where a desk conveniently has a set of power outlets for convenience. I adored the essential corner of my weekend crib because it's next to a generous glass window. At night, I had the curtains flung open for a spectacular view of the district's electric hustle. By day, I left it open for the bedroom and the other rooms to catch natural light which rendered the whole space a glamorous ambiance that still felt like home.

The Nest at the 31st floor
Pleasant Check-In

Every aspect of my check-in was pleasant from dealing with the courteous front desk to stepping out of the elevator. Falling in love with my booked room was easy as the hotel's welcome gesture of various fruits (apple, mango, and orange) conveyed the fond affection at the room's living room area.

Charming Deluxe Room and More

The bedroom's design was contemporary in style. It exuded an adorable relevance that was not aggressively chic and off-putting. To my delight, the mirrored closet doors bounced off every prism of natural and artificial light, especially during the day. They also made the room looked larger than 35 square meters aside from giving me the convenience of not getting off the bed for a quick reflection check. My room view was of an unobstructed patch of green, so I had the luxury of moving about in my skivvies sans prying eyes.

High-rise roof deck dining at The Nest
My buffet breakfast plate
A stunning view of Laguna Lake from The Nest
(top) hotel shuttle; (bottom) reliable internet access inside the room

There are a total of 15 guestroom types at the hotel with one of the Penthouse Club's suites having a spectacular view of the Laguna Lake.

Some amenities I found to be useful were the in-room safe, the stocked minibar, an extra pillow inside the closet, and the complimentary daily replenishment of bottled water, plus daily local newspaper. The bathroom had all the essentials I needed including extra ones like a comb and bubble bath for the bathtub.

Lounging At The Lama Pool

Soon, after an hour of bathtub time, I was ready for a larger and longer soak -- at the 4-feet-deep Lama Pool of the hotel. Located at the fourth level, it allowed me a mid-rise view of the bustling business district and the fancy experience of being in my swimwear surrounded by towering buildings. Lounging there at a recliner under the heat of the sun, I felt I somehow scratched off a layer of the upper echelons of cosmopolitan Alabang.

The fourth level of the hotel where the Lama Pool is
The Nest dining area

Dining At The Nest

I got a whiff of more of that high-end ambiance at a breezier level of the hotel -- The Nest. The roof deck restaurant was a sensational high-rise dining experience for me, especially during dinner when I sampled a plate of the venue's popular Frozen Brazo De Mercedes. Although I was alone, the scenery was romantic 31 floors up. I immersed in the special spot by simply gazing at the star-studded sky that blanketed the expanse of the lit grid below as I tore into my dessert. It's one nocturnal activity that I'd repeat for a revisit soon.

My breakfasts at the hotel's restaurant were as sensational as my nighttime visit. They were buffet-style and had me sample different offerings in two succeeding mornings. The variety in the roster appealed well to me because I prefer experimenting with different flavors on a daily basis. Catching the sunrise there for breakfast was real calming as the space allowed me an expansive view of a side of Muntinlupa City and the distant Laguna Lake. There was also a charming lagoon that accentuated it. The non-obtrusive glass wall that decently fenced a part of the restaurant proved to be smart and classy. It was not as breezy as I expected up there and I had high-rise breakfast panorama for a change.

Read more about my dining experience at The Nest here.

The bedroom and work space
Hotel lobby
Poolside at the fourth level of the hotel
My work space inside the room with a spectacular view
The gorgeous Lama Pool

More Hotel Features

The hotel also has the Vivere Spa & Wellness Center to soothe tired bodies and the Fitness Edge Gym to keep the stamina of the guests in check. For guests with children in tow, the Kid's Club will prove to be useful.

After two restful nights at Vivere Hotel, I realised that such luxury is more than just a gentrified experience of being entitled to bespoke luxury. Its 2014 TripAdvisor merit for being one of the top luxury hotels in the Philippines with exceptional service is more than lip service. I noticed that most of the signage at the hotel are decent in size enough to be easily seen and understood by a guest of any nationality. Not hidden away in a stiff and brazen cold corporate level, the hotel's Business Center is just right next to the lobby which was downright accessible and added opulence to the floor. And more than looking attractive, members of the concierge proved to be quite helpful which laced real hospitality to the glamour of my stay. The connection of home was so palpable that I don't mind having a longer stay next time.

Vivere Hotel

Official website of Vivere Hotel
Quick link to room rates

Address: 5102 Bridgeway Ave., cor. Asean Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines 1781
Phone: (+632)771-7777
Fax: (+632)771-0158

Read more about The Nest here.

More Photos Below:

The view from the Lama Pool
The poolside at the fourth level of the hotel
The classy Front Desk
Vivere Hotel from afar
Hotel lobby
My booked room's decent living room area

Bathroom essentials and bathtub

The view at The Nest at night


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