Staycation at Discovery Primea



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One of the activities we love to do as a family is go on a staycation. Often when we travel, we do not get enough time to enjoy the hotel rooms. It’s usually just a place to crash in after a day of walking. But staycations let us enjoy the amenities and luxurious details. And it really becomes a relaxing vacation.

This weekend we were at Discovery Primea in Makati. This is a special staycation not only because it is the Chinese new year long weekend but also because it’s Sophia’s birthday. Plus, we have with us my parents who are visiting from Toronto.


I received a warm welcome from Discovery Primea’s Director of Marketing Communications, Mildred Amon.


Our suite was perfect for a family. I love that kitchen. It’s complete.


Sophia’s birthday surprise — chocolate cake and balloons. And yay, we finally gave her an iPhone. It’s an iPhone 6s, but she actually would prefer the smaller iPhone 4s. (The same one she lost in France last August.) Oh well. She is happy.


More surprises from Discovery Primea — our names in chocolate scrabble.


My closet was filled with the new collection of Melissa shoes, my site partners.


Sophia also got a present from Melissa.


I was tempted to just have fun. But the truth is I have so much writing to catch up on. This was where I hung out most of the time.


We loved the two-bedroom Primea Suite. (Lily had issues with her mouth so she couldn’t smile. She’s totally ok though.)


Stella would have stayed in the bathtub watching TV all day. But I had to be the party pooper.


My parents had a Business Suite just next door to ours.


On our first night, we had a special dinner at Restaurant Tapenade.


The celebration for Sophia’s birthday continued.


Our special menu.


The Salad Room at Tapenade is amazing. I had to pace myself because we had a lot of food coming…


That’s Sophia, Patrick, and my dad. They enjoyed the oysters.


Details matter.


Stone-baked feta cheese.


This ribeye was perfect!


Salumi pizza


I blinked, and she grew up. My Stelly-belly looks so grown up here.


Wearing K&Company and Melissa shoes at Gilarmi Lounge.


When we got back to our room, we found movies, popcorn, french fries and other snacks. The kids were thrilled at the idea of movie night.


Our movie choices. Guess what we watched?


More memories were made with Lolo and Lola.


The pool was gorgeous at night.


And so is my mother.


Lily loved the details from turndown service.


Good night.


The next morning — somewhere in there was Stella who snuck into our bed in the middle of the night. I love when my babies do that.


We had room service for breakfast.


Good morning, Stella.


Brioche French toast with fresh strawberries and chantilly cream is so delicious.


I was so delighted to see this beautiful chapel. When commercial establishments make room for spirituality, it’s a good sign. They had Sunday Mass with a lovely male chorale group.


There’s so much beauty in simplicity.


I can’t emphasise enough how wonderful their pool is. First of all it has that fantastic view of the city skyline. And secondly, it’s heated. .


Lolo and Stella.


Wearing my Melissa slides.


Spot the Lily.


Here she is. Coincidentally the name of the shop in Discovery Primea is Lily.


My parents were reminiscing about Makati and how this used to be the Gilarmi Apartments, the first serviced apartment in Asia. It was originally owned by Virgilio Hilario in 1962 who named the hotel after son, Gil and his wife, Armi Kuusela, the first Miss Universe. This is now owned and operated by  The Discovery Leisure Company.


Incredible view. Heated pool. I love it.


The family who wears Melissa together …


Another surprise on our second night. Happy Year of the Monkey!


For all the beautiful personal touches, thank you Discovery Primea for sponsoring our long weekend staycation.


For more information, visit or Discovery Primea on Facebook. Check out their current Valentine weekend package here. Read about our couples massage and Turkish bath at Terazi Spa here.

Also, you my readers are first to know that you may also get a chance to win a staycation at Discovery Primea through a special promo at Melissa shoe stores. Details will be up in my blog next weekend.


Leave a comment

  • – r@ch alarcon –

    Nice hotel! I look forward to the mechanics of the blog giveaway! 🙂

    You and your mom are both stunning! You can pass as sisters 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Oh wow. Really? It makes a big difference!

  • Raquel Nakila

    Wow! Marina Bay Sands pool is not even heated! It was so cold even at noon.

  • Elna Smith

    What a wonderful staycation experience! Great story and lovely photos. I’m convinced I need to plan about staying at Discovery Primea for a few nights on our next visit to the Phils. I love that picture of you and your Mom, both looking gorgeous, and with your girls all wearing Melissa shoes. Beautiful family!

  • Meikah Ybañez-Delid

    On my bucket list is Discovery Primea ha ha! And Daphne, I love your Melissa shoes! 🙂