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Throw Back Thursday: Thunder Bird Resorts – Rizal Getaway!

8 May

Hi! It’s been a while since the last time I posted here in my blog…so busy and things are getting complicated for the last few months. Anyway, here I am trying to share some of my activities, experiences etc. etc. Actually, I have lots of things to blog about but the time didn’t permit me to do so. Now I’m thinking to have a series of Throwback Thursday blog entries, It will be posted every Thursday (obviously.. hehehe). I hope I can be consistent to do it weekly or else I should call this Super Throwback Thursday.

For the start I want to share to you our Staycation to majestic Thuder Bird Resort – Rizal. We went there during my last year’s vacation, October 12, 2013. I have booked directly in their website for 3,979 per night which includes breakfast for 2. We reserved 5 rooms for 16 pax, The rate is reasonable compared to a day tour (8 to 5PM only) which cost 1,500 per person, included in the rate are uses of the amenities and 1 light snack and lunch.

The Resort is located in the first-class municipality of Binagonan Rizal. Can be reach about an hour from our location in Pasig City.They provided free shuttle service for casino players and hotel guests from different pick up points in Metro Manila and Rizal. Check out their websites for the timings.

Thunderbird Resorts Rizal is one of the best resort to visit for a number of reasons. Aside from the breathtaking view of longest mountain range of Sierra Madre, they also offer superb amenities and activities to enjoy.

Mountain view

View from our room

Hotel facade

Hotel Facade

Rooms

The assigned room was huge and has 2 queen size beds, more than enough to accommodate 4 persons.  Imagine we’re only 2 in the room me and my daughter. We just actually shared  in 1 bed, another 1 empty… How I wish my hubby was with us too. They have provided toiletries and coffee making facility and complimentary bottled water.

Comfy Bed

Comfy Bed

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Happy Kiddos

Toiletries

Toiletries


Coffe making facilities

Coffee making facility

Infinity Pool, Jacuzzi, Pool Bar

The resort has infinity pool, kiddie pool and jacuzzi which we truly enjoyed.

 

Infinity pool

Infinity pool

Kiddie Pool

Kiddie Pool

Pool Bar

 

Pool bar 

We also ordered some beer for only 10 pesos and  yummy lechon kawali from the pool bar

Play Area

They have also play area for the kiddos .

Play Area

Play Area

Koi pond

Koi Pond

The Koi Restaurant

The package comes with free breakfast only. Since we want to maximize our stay, we opted to have our dinner in their restaurant too. Honestly the food was just so-so to me, nothing spectacular in the menu. They even serve the half cooked barbecue to their guests.

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With the gang enjoying the food

Fiesta Casino

The packages comes with complimentary Casino voucher which we  didn’t use since we need to shell out 300 pesos more to play. Nevertheless, we were so lucky to watch the concert of Erik Santos in the Casino for Free.

Casino voucher

 

Aside from the mentioned above there grand ballroom where events can be held. Just right next to the property is an 18-hole golf course, too.

Golf course

Golf course next to the hotel

Promotions

Thunder bird hotel offers promotions all year round. During our stay we availed the following:

Free Concert of Erik Santos at the Casino

October Fest – They offer a bottle of  beer for Php 10.

Eat all you can for 299 at Koi Restaurant

Sunday Funday – Lots of activities for the whole family such cake workshop and body painting for kids

Pomotions

Ongoing promotions

Cake Workshop

Sunday Funday 

Thunder Bird Resort-Rizal

website: www.thunderbird-asia.com

e-mail: rizalreservations@thunderbird-asia.com

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Eid Staycation: Al Maqta Hotel (formerly Rocco Forte Hotel)

7 Oct

Late post

Hotel Stay + Vacation = Fun

Every eid holiday, my family religiously organized a get together, a sort of relaxation for the whole family. Me being the leader of the gang assigned in  scouting for a nice hotel in a nearby place.  After looking for some several options, we finally chose Al Maqta Hotel.

I booked the hotel through agoda.com with the early booking rate of  AED 300 which is fairly reasonable since it’s peak season.

Al Maqta Hotel (formerly known as Rocco Forte Hotel) is a 5 Star hotel situated in the center of Abu Dhabi, less than 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi Airport or 10 minutes’ drive from Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre or 5 minutes from our home. Yes it is a stone throw away from where we live.

Al Maqta Hotel features a unique curved glass design, each room offer a stylish space to relax, complete with a mini bar and a flat-screen TV.

Ok,  Let me tour you around the hotel.

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Hotel facade

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Hotel lobby

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Swimming pool area

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Mom at the pool lounge

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Room lobby

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Our comfy bed

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Tangerine Couch inside the room

If you want to have a quiet and peaceful vacation, Rocco Forte Hotel is definitely for you. The amenities is great but not much activity for children. The interior is very minimalist there’s actually lot of open spaces. I think they need to re-design the interior especially the lobby and corridors to become more sophisticated and cozy. I like the room though,  spacious enough to accommodate kids, beds and pillows are very comfortable, the orange couch is my favorite.

I have heard that this hotel will be taken over by Hilton Management, so I’m expecting lots of improvement in the hotel in the future. Overall it was a nice stay, we enjoyed the pool area, the only reason why we stay in a hotel is because kids love swimming, so as long as the pool is outstanding our kids will be more happy.

Overall rate: 7.5 bananas

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Ramadan Staycation: Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

20 Aug

Hotel Stay + Vacation = FUN

I’m one of the lucky person who managed to avail the 48 hour Ramadan Sale by Rotana. It’s a 2 days sale valid only for stay during Ramadan. I booked the hotel for AED 250.00 (Regular rate AED 500) which include Complimentary internet and 30% discount on all food and beverages.  On the top of that they also upgraded our room into sea view room, ye’y so happy and excited it’s indeed a steal for a 5 Star Hotel.

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Khalidiya Palace by Rotana is located  5 km away from Abu Dhabi City Center (opposite the very famous Emirates Palace).  It offers a private beach, a very good restaurants, and the biggest swimming pool in Abu Dhabi.  Guests can enjoy top-class recreational facilities such as gym, spa, tennis courts, playground for kids, water sports activities. Please note that hotel doesn’t serve alcohol (sorry guys).

Okay, let’s take a look what this gorgeous hotel has to offer.

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Hotel Lobby

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View from our room… Isn’t it lovely?

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Our lovely room

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Kids Playground

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One of my favorite spot!

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Picture picture muna with my lovely daughter

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They really had fun swimming!

We enjoyed every minute of our stay in this hotel. This is so far  the best hotel for me to stay in Abu Dhabi. From room, staff, amenities, location everything is perfect. I will definitely coming back here.

Overall Rate:  9 bananas       bananas