Hard to believe that half of 2014 is gone. North America is now enjoying summer while ours has passed and we are getting rainy days. Allow me to go back a couple of weeks to the time when we had a weekend “staycation” at Edsa Shangri-la. I love staycations because I love beautiful hotels, and we never get to fully experience the services of hotels while we are traveling. There are other things to see and do in foreign cities. But at Edsa Shangri-la we can totally feel transported into a resort destination in the middle of the urban jungle. And because we are natives of this town, we can totally stay in and enjoy all the amenities and services of this hotel.
We were welcomed by the General Manager of Edsa Shangri-la Patrick Schaub and Dianne Cancino, Membership Manager. I had recently been invited to be their Ambassador for Chi The Spa (more on that later).
We stayed in two rooms with an adjoining door. The kids are getting bigger. We all used to fit in a king sized bed. Now, they get double beds.
The rooms have recently been redecorated. There is a feeling of lightness and newness because of the silver, grey and blue colours.
Nice bathroom. All brand new fixtures.
Here’s the view from our window before sunset.
It was a weekend, so the pool area was busy with lots of local families also on staycations.
The kids loved the waterpark.
That water drop was crazy! I had so much fun myself.
At night we took the girls to a fancy but still kid-friendly restaurant.
Paparazzi is an old favourite.
With Chef Robert Cauchi.
I started with one of my favourite salads – this had candied walnuts and balsamic vinegar. Yum-oh!
Stella and Lily had spaghetti carbonara – which they said was the best! Look at all those bacon bits. Sophia had her usual, spaghetti bolognese.
Lily, fascinated with the huge pepper mill.
Then came our main course – osso buco. I’m getting hungry just by typing this.
For dessert, some really good gelato and tiramisu.
The best tiramisu ever. I’m not kidding.
The kids met the chef. They got to ask him a lot of questions about life as a chef.
It was such a lovely evening. And the kids behaved so well. Yay.
When the kids were tucked in to bed, Patrick and I went to the lobby to check out the Wine Buffet. (The kids were supervised, of course.)
This is what the newly-redecorated lobby looks like during the day.
There was a singer performing love songs. This looked like the champagne buffet. Yum.
Nuts and cheese.
Not a bad deal at all. P700 for all the wine you want to drink. And they even provide live music. I think I shall bring my folks here when they visit soon.
The next morning, we had breakfast buffet at Heat.
I love egg stations in breakfast buffets – I usually order omelet with everything on it. Haha.
Lily ordered a sunny side up and the cook invited her behind the stove.
I am looking forward to my one year as Chi, The Spa at Shangri-la Ambassador. I am a believer in taking time out to take care of our mind, body, and spirit. Sadly, massages and body treats were not always top of my list. But now, with Chi The Spa I can take that couple of hours and shut down from the world… guilt-free. Nestled in the hotel’s Garden Wing, Chi, The Spa has a separate entrance.
Chi The Spa Outer Sanctum is a luxury spa with a variety of single, double and specialty treatment suites. There are also outdoor bathing facilities, relaxation lounges, a library and a yoga studio with classes.
Couples Suite at Chi, The Spa.
We didn’t travel outside the country last summer. This staycation in Edsa Shangri-la certainly transported us to a place that’s fun for the whole family… with luxurious treats. Stay tuned for more updates on Chi, The Spa at Shangri-la.