Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thursday, May 05, 2016
The Deluxe Twin Room at Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila
SM By The Bay



Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) don't have the luxury of frequent vacations in the Philippines. Whenever they're scheduled to have a long break from work, though, the vacation usually involves time with the family while enjoying the local scenery over traditional Pinoy food. In Metro Manila, the Bay City that lies in the fringes of Parañaque City and Pasay City has the SM Mall of Asia complex which is one such destination where Filipino families can have a memorable bonding getaway for two days or more.

Since most OFWs know that money can't buy happiness, the goal of a satisfying vacation in the Bay City is not automatically about expensive purchases and lavish services. What they deserve is a smart way of spending their short vacation with loved ones.

Here are three steps to experiencing the Bay City that any Filipino family can enjoy on a reasonable budget:

Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila
The comfortable bed at the Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila
The swimming pool of Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila
The view at the poolside courtyard of Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila

Spend The Night At Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila

To fully enjoy scoping the Bay City, it's best for tourists to stay at a classic hotel which has the basic amenities that can appeal to every member of the family. Past the Macapagal Boulevard and along Sunrise Drive next to the SM Mall of Asia complex is Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila. It's one of the first few remarkable structures that tourists can notice from their airport taxi cab windows upon entering the sprawling reclaimed area. The 281-room hotel is just 20 minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and a stroll away from the SM Mall of Asia.

Filipino families can appreciate the classic hotel for its basic amenities that include a swimming pool and a poolside courtyard. Its rooms have impressive features that can make any OFW on vacation feel like a king or queen. For a satisfying morning meal with kids and relatives, the whole family can enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast at the second floor dining area.

Dine Over Filipino Cuisine At J's Cuisine

What any hardworking OFW always looks for upon entering the Philippines is the delicious taste of the country's home-cooked local dishes. Fortunately, J's Cuisine is a restaurant that serves such specialties right across the location of the Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila. It's that accessible from the lobby of the hotel!

The dining attraction is also sought-after by many Filipino residents of the SM Sea Residences where it's located. The restaurant serves traditional Pinoy dishes in food court style at affordable prices. From lechon kawali, pritong talong to pork adobo, the local favorites are always a reliable source of comfort food in the area.

Lechon Kawali at J's Cuisine
The food court-style dining area of J's Cuisine
Pork Adobo at J's Cuisine
View of the Manila Bay

Watch The Splendid Sunset At The SM By The Bay

Before feasting over Pinoy cuisine for dinner, local tourists can have a leisurely stroll from the hotel to the Seaside Boulevard to catch the dramatic sunset at the SM By The Bay which Manila Bay is famous for. Lingering in the area is open to the public and is free of charge. It's where you can quietly sit down with loved ones, reminisce about old times, and share new experiences. Roaming around won't be a problem as well because the attraction is one long strip that's made for strolling. The whole family can also opt to spend more quality time trying out some of the attraction's amusement rides.

Seaside Boulevard
Amusement rides at the SM By The Bay
SM Mall of Asia by night
Shop For Souvenirs At The SM Mall of Asia

After viewing the Manila Bay sunset at the SM By The Bay, local tourists can cross a walkway over Seaside Boulevard to reach the SM Mall of Asia where they can shop for new clothes, shoes, and whatnot.

Enjoying vacations with loved ones at the Bay City can be this easy, affordable, and memorable.

Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila

Official website of Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila

Address: Oceanaire Bldg., Sunrise Drive, Central Business Park, Diosdado Macapagal, Pasay City, Philippines 1300
Phone: 02 505-3003 or 02 683-2888 local 1036/1037
Mobile: 0917-6713096

Read more about Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila here.

More Photos Below:

The poolside courtyard of Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila
J's Cuisine
Talong with ground beef at J's Cuisine
The view from the poolside courtyard of Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila


  1. I have never step foot on the philippine soil since 1985, i wonder what its like to have some vacation there. I left the Philippines in 1985 to be with my family in Caifornia


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