Living The Dream: A Luxurious Staycation at Marco Polo Ortigas
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Living The Dream: A Luxurious Staycation at Marco Polo Ortigas

Living The Dream: A Luxurious Staycation at Marco Polo Ortigas

Travel | August 9, 2022
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From international fare to local eats, Marco Polo Ortigas elevates the dining experience with its choices—perfect for the discerning foodie.

Though trips to the stunning islands of Palawan and Boracay or to the culinary mecca of Bacolod in the Western Visayas are high on the wish lists of many Metro dwellers, the hassle of planning and traveling there can put people off.

But what if we told you that you can have a luxury vacation while also indulging your inner foodie—all without having to board a plane? By booking a staycation at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, you get that much-needed rest and relaxation while feasting on a wide selection of delectable dishes. 

At Marco Polo Ortigas, the rooms are exactly what you’d expect from a five-star hotel chain—with mattresses that contour to your body, plush pillows to sink your head into while sleeping, high thread count linens, bathrooms larger than most bedrooms, and every amenity you could possibly want or need. So if you want to bring your kids and make it a group staycation, you can book a superior suite that connects to a deluxe room and have one big space to enjoy. 

Superior Suite Bedroom

International Eats at Cucina

Though it may be tempting to stay in bed and sleep the day away, missing out on Marco Polo’s culinary adventure would be a crime. The seasoned culinary team behind this 5-star hotel will treat your taste buds to something new and exciting every time you step into one of their posh establishments.

Cucina Restaurant

Twenty-four stories up at the newly-reopened Cucina Restaurant, the culinary journey begins with buffets for all three meals of the day—accommodating guests who prefer to dine early in the morning or late in the evening. What’s more, an ala carte menu is also available for those who prefer to keep their portions in check.

Dubbed “The World’s Kitchen”, this restaurant lives up to its name by serving delectable dishes from all over the globe—including dishes inspired by cuisines as diverse as those of Asia and Europe. The talented chefs at Cucina will take your suggestions into account when preparing your dish as part of an interactive dining experience, too! 

When you combine excellent service with an elevated all-you-can-eat menu, you have a recipe for an unforgettable dining experience.

Cucina’s Seafood Paella

High Tea or Afternoon Coffee at Marco Polo Ortigas

For those looking for a light snack while squeezing in some work during their R&R retreat, there is a smaller but equally delicious food haven on the same floor as Cucina. Beautifully appointed as both a business center and a lounge, The Connect Lounge serves a dual purpose as both a spot for afternoon tea and mid-day drinking.

Connect Bar and Lounge

If you are a fan of traditional English tea, then you are in for a treat! The Connect Lounge serves High Tea for guests who want to live their Bridgerton dreams. Guests can indulge in a variety of cakes, mini sandwiches, and other pastries with coffee or tea, which are served in a beautiful three-tier stand. There is also the option of adding dim sum to the menu for an some Asian flavors.

High Tea at Connect Bar and Lounge

On the other hand, champagne, smoothies, and iced tea are among the upgraded beverage options that you can enjoy. Look into the bar counter—where all the food is being prepared—and tell the staff how you would like your food to be served. What’s more, tranquil view to the east from this haven makes catching up with friends all the more pleasurable.

Want a quick spot for business meetings or perhaps to chat with friends? Partake in a cup of coffee with some delicious pastries at Café Pronto—located on the ground floor.

Café Pronto

Indulgent Cantonese Favorites From Lung Hin

Take the elevator to the 44th floor to reach Lung Hin—an elegant and spacious Chinese restaurant whose Hong Kong-experienced chefs have curated a menu that offer a modern take on traditional Cantonese cuisine. Truly a gastronomic feast to satisfy foodies who dine in this spot!

Lung Hin Restaurant

A Marco Polo Ortigas Manila-exclusive restaurant, Lung Hin’s signature dishes include crispy roasted suckling pig, black pepper roasted baby duck, and baked slipper lobster with supreme sauce. And in true Chinese tradition, you can partake in a delectable selection of classic dim sum dishes such as dumplings, buns, and spring rolls.

Larger groups can reserve a private dining room for a more intimate setting and select from a curated menu set, which feature the restaurant’s best dishes. There are even vegetarian options available for those with dietary restrictions. While it is pricey compared to other establishments, both hotel guests and Ortigas locals believe that it is worthwhile, as Lung Hin is almost always fully booked.

Lung Hin Dim Sum

Vu Sky Bar and Lounge: Drinking With a View

In case you thought the wine and dine journey ended on the 44th floor, you’re in for a pleasant surprise: the Vu Sky Bar and Lounge is located just one floor above. While there are hundreds of bars throughout the Metro—each with its own distinct ambiance and style—Vu is the first sky bar to offer a 180-degree, unobstructed view of Metro Manila.

Cityscape views at Vu Sky Bar and Lounge

Here, you can sip their signature cocktails and nibble on delectable hors d’oeuvres. You can even enjoy the happy hour specials while watching the sun set beneath the buildings, or opt for a nightcap, while taking in the city lights. Plus, every Friday night—from 9 PM onwards—this venue hosts a live music showcase featuring performances by local musicians for those who want some live tunes while enjoying a drink. 

That being said, what are you waiting for? Book your stay at the Marco Polo Ortigas today if you’re in search for the perfect staycation in Manila. Its location as one of the Metro’s food havens, combined with its five-star amenities, guarantees a memorable stay that will leave you craving for more.

Drinks at Vu Sky Lounge Bar

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Marie Field-Faith, mom of 3, is a former Oil and Gas Engineer with a degree in Chemical Engineering from UP Diliman and MBA from the University of South Australia. She moved back to the Philippines with her family in 2013 and started her kids decor brand as she focused more on her little ones. Now, she continues to work as an entrepreneur, a content creator, a digital show host and part-time model. Marie is also a fitness enthusiast and is the co-founder of Fit Moms Project PH, an advocacy aiming to encourage more moms to start their fitness journey. Growing up in Palawan, she always seeks the outdoor and life by the seaside so she often takes her kids around on road trips to discover staycation finds, boutique resorts and family adventure, which she shares as Marie’s Discoveries.
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