Enjoy the Lunar Chinese New Year and Spring Festival 2016 in Manila, the Philippines with unique traditions and rituals. Many Filipinos are Tsinoys who are people of mixed Filipino and Chinese heritage. That’s why Chinese New Year is a major holiday in the Philippines. In Hokkien language that most Chinese Filipinos speak, Lunar New Year greeting is Kiong Hee Huat Tsai. That means “Congratulations and Be Prosperous”.
Each year, the New Year celebration is associated with an astrological animal. 2016 is the year of the Red Monkey, also known as the Fire Monkey.
Manila offers beautiful celebrations of Chinese New Year. This year the celebrations will be even more magnificent because the Government of Philippines has announced a public holiday on the day of New Year. Chinese New Year is celebrated as an event of both Chinese and Filipino population. On the day whole city of Manila is decorated with red color and Chinese lanterns.
People try to wear red colors to welcome the good luck associated with New Year. Adults give gifts to children, which are wrapped in red envelope and a Chinese word ang pao is written on the envelope. These gifts are believed to bring prosperous life. Ang pao is also written and hung on the houses on the New Year.
Traditional Chinese dishes are prepared in many restaurants in Manila. Most of the time tikoy that is made up of sticky and glutinous rice is served in restaurants. Most stunning celebrations of Chinese New Year in Manila can be seen in lion dances and dragon dances during the Chinese parade. These dances and parade are observed in Binondo district.
This 2016, I have listed down hotel restaurants in Manila and major cities around the country where you and your family can enjoy authentic Chinese Cuisine, prepared by some of the best chefs in the country as you welcome the year of the Red Monkey. You can also complete the family bonding experience through a relaxing weekend Chinese New Year staycation in these hotels.
Nestled in one of the country’s most prestigious tourist destinations, Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan is a sprawling 6-hectare beach resort and spa with 40 luxurious private villas featuring individual plunge pools and 250 guestrooms that combine both comfort and style with its contemporary Asian style. A deluxe beach resort on the island of Mactan, Crimson is a 20 minute drive away from the Mactan International Airport.
Lounge in your private and luxurious villas. Play with your children at the pristine beach. Dine your way through all four restaurants. Take out a hobie cat or visit nearby marine sanctuaries. Spend a rejuvenating day at the spa. Whatever you choose, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, wishes you the joy of the authentic moments, in a delightfully unique location in Cebu.
CROWNE PLAZA MANILA
The functional Crowne Plaza Galleria offers 265 modern guest rooms as well as a tour desk, a safe deposit box and free parking. Built in 2004, the hotel is a combination of Chinese architecture and modern facilities.
A continental breakfast is served from 06:30 till 10:00 at the hotel lounge. The 24-hour restaurant serves contemporary dishes. The spacious café bar offers free Wi-Fi and live music.
Guests are free to use shiatsu massage, a wellness center and a sauna along with such sport activities as billiards and golf. The hotel’s fitness center has fitness classes and a gym.
Many Manila sights, including Ace Water Spa, Smart Araneta Coliseum and Cubao, Quezon City are 20 minutes away from the hotel. The venue is 3.4km away from Malacanang Palace, Ninoy Aquino Monument and Guadalupe Church.
Business opportunities in the banks and corporations nearby as well as a business center, a meeting room and computers on-site are available.
Ninoy Aquino Intl airport is 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
SOFITEL PHILIPPINE PLAZA
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is an iconic 5-star luxury resort nestled in an expansive tropical setting close to the largest convention center, theaters, museums, government offices and the Mall of Asia. 5-star accommodation includes 609 rooms and suites with balconies showcasing spectacular views of Manila Bay sunsets. The hotel attracts international and local travelers alike with its signature Filipino brand of hospitality and the French joie de vivre reflected in its service rituals.
RESORTS WORLD MANILA
Resorts World Manila (RWM) is the first and largest integrated resort in the Philippines. It is a one-stop, non-stop entertainment and leisure destination that features gaming thrills, world-class entertainment, unique events, and exciting lifestyle options.
Conveniently located across from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, RWM is the modern gateway to world-class Philippine hospitality. It is currently home to four lodging brands–the luxury all-suite MAXIMS Hotel, five-star MARRIOTT Hotel Manila, REMINGTON Hotel and BELMONT Hotel Manila. Also located within the complex is the three-story convention center housing the country’s largest hotel ballroom, the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Two more hotels, SHERATON Hotel Manila and HILTON Manila Hotel, are currently under construction.
RWM is also home to the NEWPORT Mall which features international luxury brands, state-of-the-art movie theaters at Newport Cinemas, an award-winning, and the ultra-modern Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT). NEWPORT Mall offers a variety of dining choices with almost 50 restaurant outlets offering a diverse selection of local and world cuisine, prepared by top Filipino and foreign chefs and paired with a wide selection of the finest wines and popular liquors.
SOLAIRE RESORTS & CASINO
Solaire Resort & Casino is a 5-star comfortable hotel offering spectacular views of Rizal Park and Grand Bay. Since 2013, it has been a prominent hotel in the center of Manila.
Chinese dishes are served in the signature restaurant. Coffee can be savored in the garden bar.
Guests at Solaire Resort & Casino can take advantage of a barber shop, a beauty salon and a garage and such services as ticket service, shoe shine and car rental.
The on-site spa center offers a sauna, shiatsu massage and a wellness center. For workouts the fitness center provides a gym and fitness classes.
Conveniently located in the entertainment district of Manila, in the proximity of World Trade Center Manila, Cuneta Astrodome and Embassy of Japan. The property is placed next to City of Dreams Manila, SM Mall of Asia Arena and SMX Convention Center as well as a mall, a concert arena and a shopping mall.
Business opportunities in the convention centers and a business park nearby as well as internet access, laptops and a photocopier on-site are available.
Due to the hotel’s panoramic location, it will only take you a 5-minute drive to get to the Ninoy Aquino Intl airport.
RADISSON BLU, CEBU
Stay at the five-star Radisson Blu Cebu, strategically located in the heart of the city near the international airport, scenic beaches and SM City Cebu Mall. Our hotel offers a wide range of room types like Superior, Deluxe, Business Class Rooms and Executive Suites, featuring such deluxe amenities as Free high-speed, wireless Internet. You can sample delicious Chinese, Asian, Japanese, Filipino, Mediterranean and Indian cuisines and desserts at Feria, the hotel’s award-winning all-day dining restaurant. Jump-start your day with the expansive Super Breakfast Buffet each morning. Plus, guests can truly unwind in the relaxing Spa Esc, take a dip in the city’s largest 800-square-metre, free-form swimming pool and enjoy deluxe amenities at the Business Class Lounge.
- MAKATI SHANGRI LA
Makati Shangri-La Manila is centrally located in Ayala Center, a shopping and entertainment hub within the Central Business District. It features an outdoor pool and 24-hour aromatherapy and massage services.
The Makati Shangri-La is within walking distance of the Ayala and Greenbelt Shopping Centers. Ninoy Aquino International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.
Featuring city views, rooms at Shangri-La Makati come with a 37-inch flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box and tea/coffee making facilities. Attached bathrooms have a separate bathtub and shower.
The well-equipped Health Club includes a fitness center, a sauna and tennis courts. The business centre provides a full range of office services. Shangri-La also has a shopping arcade and a tour desk.
Offering one of Manila’s most popular buffets, Circles Event Café features open kitchens. Other restaurants serve Japanese, Chinese and international dishes. Cocktails and live entertainment can be enjoyed at the open-air Conway’s bar.
Makati is a great choice for travelers interested in bars, restaurants andbusiness.
If you’re not up for facing huge crowds during Lunar New Year, you may opt to spend your holiday out of town instead. A popular season for travel among the Chinese, the Lunar New Year is the perfect opportunity for you to escape the office and get some much-needed quality time with your loved ones. So start planning your vacation now and beat the holiday rush!
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