Another event which I look forward to celebrating each year is our wedding anniversary. This year marks our 14th Wedding Anniversary and 18 years of being together!
It’s no simple feat, I tell you! My husband and I have shared countless bumpy rides, here and there, but have been able to surpass it all and fly high in the sky. And because he deserves a break, I cooked up a surprise for Mr. Drey!
I was originally planning on booking at a different hotel but a good friend of ours, Richie Zamora (of www.thepickiesteater.net), hooked me up with the amazing people of Marriott Hotel Manila for our anniversary staycation! Thanks, Rich! 🙂
An exciting surprise staycation at Marriott Hotel Manila
So, on the very day of our anniversary last March 24… as we headed to Marriott Hotel Manila, I was in constant communication with Aimee of Marriott. But, since Aimee had to step out of the property during the exact time we were to arrive, it was Hope who warmly welcomed us. After a quick hi and hello, Hope said we were going to start our “property tour” (READ: the property tour was all part of our surprise script!).
We also met with Marriott Hotel Manila’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Michelle Garcia who also welcomed us and unintentionally spilled the beans about our staycation. Hahaha! Needless to say, she was not aware of the surprise! But it was all good! 😉
The look on Chuckie’s face was priceless when he learned about the staycation! Little did he know that I already stashed some of his personal stuff inside the extra bag I brought along which he didn’t even notice. Too bad I wasn’t able to document it!
Marriott Hotel Manila made our anniversary staycation truly memorable! Just continue reading to find out how (and check the short video I made).
I immediately fell in love with the room the moment I stepped inside – A deluxe room with Executive Lounge access. Marriott Hotel Manila puts the luxe in the deluxe!
Look out the window and you’ll see the Villamor Golf Course and the pool. Truly a wonderful view which adds a refreshing vibe, making you feel that you are away from the bustling metropolis… even for just a little while.
This beautiful room provides a respite after a long and tiring day.
Our spacious room is equipped with a 40-inch TV, well-lit desks with ample plugs, minibar, coffee & tea making facilities and a safety deposit box.
The room also boasts of a super gorgeous and sexy see-through bathroom! If you’re a tad conservative, worry not! The bathroom sports electronic blinds for privacy as seen on the video.
But wait… there’s more! We were absolutely delighted to see this anniversary greeting posted on the wall! We couldn’t help but have a selfie with it! Sweet!
And when we came back from our surprise 3-Course dinner at Cru Steakhouse, we were delighted to see a chocolate lollipop on the bed that came with a personalized card as part of their turndown service. What a sweet way to end the night!
Before I tell you all about our anniversary dinner (will make a separate post on this), allow me to tour you around Marriott Hotel Manila.
Unlike other towering establishments, this 8-storey, sprawling world-class resort hotel offers the kind of comfort that you truly deserve.
Take the high-speed lift to the 2nd floor where Marriott Hotel Manila’s outdoor pool is located. It makes you feel as if you are somewhere else. The perfect spot to lounge and just de-stress.
The Pool Bar is just beside it. You can grab something to fill your hungry tummies.
On the same floor, you will also find the Quan Spa, health club and salon.
Need some swimming gear? They have it!
Feeling hungry? Not a problem! There’s the Marriott Cafe, Java+ and Eye Candy for some deliciously sweet treats.
On the 8th floor is Marriott Hotel Manila’s Executive Lounge where we checked-in.
It gave us privacy and an intimate moment with the staff who gave us a brief background on what’s in store for us.
The Executive Lounge gives you access to afternoon snacks and a wonderful panoramic view of the sunset.
See! Everything is here at Marriott Hotel Manila! No need to even worry about driving out to other entertainment establishments. The hotel is just a couple of steps away from the Newport Mall which houses the casino, a vast selection of restaurants, cinemas, theater and retail stores.
Marriott Hotel Manila’s service is impeccable and strongly embodies true Filipino hospitality!
A ton of thanks go to another lady who was also instrumental in setting up our “surprise” staycation – Aimee Lagman. She was on top of things, making sure that all was taken care of.
Of course, thank you to our good friend, the Pickiest Eater for hooking me up with them. Love! Love! Love! ❤️
Photo source: The Pickiest Eater FB page
The smile on Chuckie’s face says it all!
It was indeed a #FiftyShadesOfDrey staycation!
Thank you also to our good friends Owen, Joy, Archie and Mae of Resorts World Manila for this pretty anniversary cake! Such a sweet surprise!
No. 10 Newport Boulevard,
Newport City Complex Pasay City
Manila, Philippines – 1309
Sales: 63-2-9889999 ext. 8014
Sales Fax: 63-2-9889946
Marriott Hotel Manila