Travel can make or break a relationship.
On one hand, the shared experience can cement your bond for good, and the exhilarating satisfaction of discovering new cultures and new ways of life can help you realize that no matter where you are in the world, everything is better when you go through it together. On the flip side, the stress of planning and the pressure of navigating an unfamiliar place may prove detrimental to the relationship, and you might end up taking a break alright—from each other.
Traveling as a couple will always have its ups and downs (hopefully more of the former than the latter!), but if you can’t get away just yet, a staycation is the next best thing. An in-city escape, even if it doesn’t require you to pack your suitcases and update your offline maps, is still an excellent opportunity to create great memories over the course of a weekend.
With a wide array of relaxing stays in the metro, we help you zoom in on five options that are conveniently nestled in the centrally located Ortigas district, where an equally wide array of shopping, dining, lifestyle, and entertainment options abound to keep you occupied.
For the Stylish Pair: Astoria Plaza
Bask in much-needed quality time at your spacious, sophisticated suite with tasteful interiors by designers Ivy and Cynthia Almario. Grab a bite at all-day dining spot Cafe Astoria, or let expert therapists soothe you with the healing power of touch at their in-house spa. For dinner, get dressed in your Sunday’s best and take date night to the next level at sakura-inspired Japanese restaurant Minami Saki, where you can partake of crowd favorites such as torched sushi drenched in secret Aburi sauce.
15 J. Escriva Drive
For Inquiries & Reservations:
Sheila Cruz or Kyra Bartolome
(0918) 990 6017
(0917) 889 8277
For the Creative Couple: Privato Hotel
Young urbanites with a penchant for contemporary art will fall in love with this hotel a stone’s throw away from the charming, dynamic foodie paradise that is the Kapitolyo neighborhood. Teeming with inspiring and thought-provoking art, this stay’s elements feature National Artist Arturo Luz, Davao-based Ann Pamintuan, painter Ivan Acuna, and international artist Wataru Sakuma. Prefer nature’s painting as it tinges the sky in various hues? You can catch the sunset at the Verona Roof Deck Bar for a truly profound, romantic moment.
706 Shaw Boulevard, Pasig
(02) 318 5888
For the Au Naturel: Citadines Millennium Ortigas
Marry cozy luxury with going back to basics at this proudly green hotel. Shed all your anxieties as you sink into crisp, clean sheets and lounge around in your nature-inspired room. Prepare a healthy, organic meal in the fully-equipped kitchen or find peace and headspace at the Garden Deck. Here, you’ll discover that a quick detox from daily life not only nourishes your body, but your relationship as well.
Citadines Millennium Ortigas
11 Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center
(02) 814 6888
For the Laid-Back Duo: The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel
For the carefree staycationing couple who simply wants to go with the flow and enjoy each other’s company, this strategically located stay provides tons of room for spontaneity. Walk to the nearby shopping centers, embark on a food or pub crawl, take a leisurely dip in the pool, or get your dose of endorphins at the fitness center. Whatever you decide on, you’re ensured utmost comfort and relaxation that will allow you to truly focus on each other.
The Exchange Regency Residence Hotel
Exchange Drive cor. Meralco Ave.
(02) 312 9999
For the Young Mom and Dad: Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
Busy parents with full, frantic weekdays deserve a weekend off—even with their energetic little tikes in tow. At this beloved, elegant stay, your Grand Deluxe Room for 4 is jam-packed with family-friendly perks such as a Seven Corners breakfast buffet, Robinsons World movie passes, tickets to Kidzoona OR PlayLabPH, and 8 scoops of gelato at Seven Corners Express! Amidst all that activity, the hotel’s unparalleled service allows you precious pockets of time to sit back and unwind, reminding yourselves that it’s important to take a break and take stock of all the good things you’ve got.
Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
1100 Ortigas Ave.
Ortigas Center, Quezon City
(02) 633 7222
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This article was last edited on May 2, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.
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