Manila
Philippines
By Shaina Amienyi

Home to the famous Manila Bay and spectacular, one-of-a-kind attractions such the Mall of Asia and Manila Ocean Park, the capital of the Philippines has a lot to entertain travelers. Manila, built in the 16th century, has so much history and culture that it is a great destination for an introduction to the beauty and excitement of the Philippines.

WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to book your flight into Manila, which is served by Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). Please book your flight using the following link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). When you are booking accommodations, please refer to the hotel portion of WhatsCheaper.com to view our selection of top recommended hotels. You can access our selections via the following link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

WhatsCheaper.com recommends that visitors explore Manila’s historical buildings, such as Malacañang Palace, one of the most historic buildings in the Philippines. Located adjacent to the Pasig River, it is the official residence of the highest chief executive in the country. A wing in the palace is used at the Philippine Presidential Museum and is open to the public. San Augustin Church, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another historic building with a striking architectural design.

In addition to historic buildings, visitors should be sure to see Manila Ocean Park, the first marine-themed park in the Philippines. It has fascinating marine life exhibits as well as dining and shopping hot spots. Visit the Oceanarium and walk through Asia’s largest underwater tunnel. At the Marine Life Habitat exhibit, you can meet and greet South American sea lions as they put on a show for you. At night, see the park’s Musical Fountain Show, an incredible display of fire, music, and laser lights backed by animated marine characters projected on a water screen. WhatsCheaper.com urges you to see this one-of-a-kind marine park that also has a hotel, an eco spa, and a dining area where you can experience delicious Asian food and Singapore’s hawker style of dining. We at WhatsCheaper.com guarantee the Manila Ocean Park is a unique experience because of its marine attractions, restaurants, bars, lounges, and shops.

The Mall of Asia is another distinct attraction and one that offers some of the best shopping opportunities in Manila. The mall sells everything from books to jewelry to sporting goods to computers. It is also a premier entertainment venue with an IMAX theatre with an eight story high screen, a two-level science discovery center, and an Olympic-sized ice skating rink. When it comes to dining, the mall offers more than the average food court; its restaurants provide a variety of food including Filipino, Japanese, Mexican, and Italian. Whatscheaper.com encourages travelers to visit the Mall of Asia for a truly exceptional encounter.

For those interested in night time entertainment, many of Manila’s hotels have restaurants, bars, and casinos that put on live shows. However, we at WhatsCheaper.com recommend going to Malate, an area in which many of the city’s entertainment spots are concentrated. It is an artsy, bohemian neighborhood with old buildings dating back to the Spanish era. Once there, visitors can find restaurants, bars, clubs, and live music venues along Nakpil Road. Ermita is another district known for its party scene.

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a city bubbling with history, culture, and entertainment. It provides exceptional attractions, plentiful shopping opportunities, and diverse leisure activities. Please visit WhatsCheaper.com to book your flight to this thrilling city.

MUST SEE IN Manila LIST:

  • 1. Intramuros
  • 2. Fort Bonifacio
  • 3. Manila Bay
  • 4. Manila American Cemetary & Memorial
  • 5. Corregidor Island
  • 6. Fort Santiago
  • 7. Manila Cathedral
  • 8. Paco Park
  • 9. Rizal Shrine
  • 10. Taal Volcano

Manila EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Ati Atihan - January
  • 2. Bamboo Organ Festival - February
  • 3. Philippine International Jazz & Arts Festival - March
  • 4. Maundy Thursday - April
  • 5. San Isidro Festival - May
  • 6. Manila Day - June
  • 7. National Heroes Day - August
  • 8. Kalesa Festival - September
  • 9. Filipino Heritage Festival - September
  • 10. International Salsa Festival - November

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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines
By Rebecca Valley

The only 5-star luxury resort lodging in Manila, the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is a sprawling paradise located on the Manila Bay, only half an hour from the entertainment district of Makati City and 15 minutes from Manila's nearby airports. With a dash of French elegance and vibrant sunset views, it is the Eden of Manila.
    
Choose from one of 609 rooms and 46 suites, accented with modern, minimal tropical decor and outfitted with a jacuzzi tub, minibar, turn-down service and various other luxury essentials. Each room has the option of a king or two single beds, and is 42 square meters in size. Select the Superior Room for these comforts, or upgrade to the Luxury Room, with an elegant French bath and balcony over the bay. The Luxury Room Club Sofitel offers a similar room with the added benefit of access to the library, cocktails, breakfast, and personalized service throughout your stay. Finally, a room reserved for those desiring the ultimate paradise, the Junior Suite; at 84 square meters in size, this room is spaciously equipped with the same modern beauty and the added benefit of two balconies and a corner suite, offering a panoramic view of Manila Bay.
    
With 3 restaurants and 4 bars, including poolside refreshments, the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is not lacking in variety of entertainment. Relax at the Zen Institute Medical spa and beauty salon, or spend the afternoon at the 10 stall aqua golf range, 18 hole putting course. Sweat out your every worry at the fitness center and sauna, or blow off steam at the tennis courts. The Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila fulfills every desire, all while offering a taste of the tropical French culture of the Philippines.
    
Cleanse yourself of your daily woes and experience the paradise of Manila in comfort and luxury. Regardless of how you spend your time, it is a personalized paradise (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php). 

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