Sometime before Christmas, my family and I got treated by Rockwell to an overnight staycation at Aruga by Rockwell. December was so hectic that I wasn’t able to book our room right away. We ended up staying at Aruga just a few days before Christmas. We loved it so much, we bought another night and stayed the whole weekend. I was able to do all my Christmas shopping done in Powerplant Mall.

It was lovely playing house with the kids at a place we already knew so well. We loved that everything was within reach. Aruga is connected to Powerplant Mall underground, literally 20 steps on foot. Let’s backtrack a bit. I didn’t even know Rockwell had serviced apartments. So it was a pleasant surprise to see that there is this option for visitors coming to Manila – 114 fully-furnished apartments with the same level of service, maintenance, safety and attention to detail as we have come to know about Rockwell developments in the past.


A lovely gift welcomed us at our two bedroom suite.


In it were treats from Aruga partners within Rockwell – treatments in Emphasis salon, movie passes, facials, yoga services and Kerastase hair treatments.


The living and dining room.


The kids took over the couch at night. Jumanji was on TV.


View from our window


Free golf cart shuttle service within the Rockwell compound…


… which the kids loved!


Before bedtime, we received another gift delivered by the staff – milk and cookies from Eric Kayser.


The view at morning.

The first morning, we had breakfast at Rockwell Club.


The second morning, we chose Refinery for breakfast.


My Fifi.


I did some last minute shopping at Powerplant Mall. I stocked up on DAPHNE Home Scents x Bench (yes, I buy my own products).


Shopping spree at Gingersnaps.


The kitchen was completely furnished. I cooked a couple of meals. The room also had a washer and dryer.


We had a two-bedroom suite. This is what the second bedroom looked like.


Bathroom amenities


Throughout the stay, I’d find random little notes Lily left lying around.


Lily got a letter from the house keeper.


After getting that note from Rin, Lily wrote this. On our way out, the kids saw Rin. They gave her a hug. I asked how they knew it was Rin. She said, they read her name plate.


I love turndown services. And Aruga does it so well.


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  • Xerez Vera Hernandez

    I adore the love notes by Lily and Rin! 🙂

  • Elna Loberiano

    Looks like a nice place to stay on our next visit to the Phils. The thank you note and chocolates for the housekeeper is very sweet. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      A nice place to consider… great location.

  • Anonymous

    Such good information for people like me who are clueless. Haha! We are looking for a place to stay, and nice hotels would just admit up to 3 guests unless I pay for 2 rooms, which price is ridiculous after adding them up.. I have 2 teens and this might be their last vacation to MNL with us. I want it to be as nice and as comfortable just like when they visited when they were young, 9 yrs ago. I want them to always have a good memory of their parents’ country. So they will keep coming back. 🙂 Does the 2nd bedroom got double beds?

    • Anonymous

      yes, 2nd bedroom has 1 double bed.