We both love to travel. The wedding proposal surprise happened in Singapore 5 years ago. We had our honeymoon in HongKong, and welcomed a new year in Macau, among others.
And as husband and wife, we celebrate special occasions by either going to somewhere we haven’t been to, or spend a relaxing staycation in a hotel or resort.
This year, for our 4th wedding anniversary, we decided to take it low-key and have a relaxing hotel staycation instead. Although we didn’t leave the city, we decided to stay in a more premium and posh hotel – Fairmont & Raffles Hotel in Makati City.
Choosing Which Hotel to Book
We were actually juggling different hotel options including The Manila Peninsula, the newly renovated Ascott Makati, and Fairmont / Raffles Hotel.
We scoured the internet to get information about the places, the hotel amenities, the rooms, and of course – the rates. It is also noteworthy to mention that a swimming pool and a steam room is pretty much a requirement for us.
We love lounging by the pool and the wet steam room is kind of a health practice for us to detoxify.
We usually read hotel reviews on travel blogs and Tripadvisor. For the hotel rates, we check out multiple booking sites as well. Interestingly, we read in one of our favorite travel blog about the recommendation of Traveloka, a relatively new flight and hotel booking site.
Being bloggers ourselves, we are curious to try new things. Although Traveloka has a website, we tried downloading the mobile app as well.
So to cut the long story short, we finally decided on booking Fairmont Hotel via Traveloka and we loved it! (Check out our extra story about booking at Traveloka at the latter part of this blog)
Fairmont Makati Hotel
And so Fairmont Hotel it is!
We were a bit excited about this staycation because it was our first time to stay in this hotel.
Located in the business district of Makati City (the Philippines’ largest business center) with which we are already familiar with, we know we’ll just stay indoors and enjoy the hotel room and facility for the whole day.
It was also interesting to discover that the hotel itself also just celebrated their 4th anniversary 3 days before our 4th wedding anniversary! It think this was a match meant to be! 🙂
So, last February 10, after a simple lunch date in a restaurant in Makati, we checkd-in at Fairmont at about 2pm. We immediately went to our amazing corner Deluxe Room with a swimming pool view! (Read and more photos of the room in another article on our travel blog Let’s Go Sago!)
As mentioned above, we love lounging at the pool area (or the beach), wherever we are. Staying at the 6th floor, we just had to go 2 floors down where the pool is.
The hotel gym and spa are also on the same level – the 4th. What’s interesting is that Fairmont Hotel and Raffles Hotel, which are literally attached, shares the same pool and wet area facilities. Both share the same premium ambience although Raffles is an all-suites hotel.
We hit the steam room after a lovely anniversary dinner date. The men and women have their separate rooms. The wet area are very clean and spacious as well. Aside from the locker room and the main wet area, there is a separate lounge with television where guests can relax. I can’t ask more from the steam room, while the jacuzzi had a good temperature at 41 degrees.
We didn’t get breakfast this time around but did some grocery the night before. We basically had a simple but lovely private DIY breakfast inside our own room. We hit the gym after.
Lastly, Wi-Fi was strong in any part of the hotel – from the lobby, to the rooms, and even at the pool area.
Snaps of Fairmont at Night
First Time Traveloka Mobile App Users
We didn’t do all this planning and booking in one seating though. We checked out different hotels via Traveloka on different days and got to know more about it.
Being a mobile professionals, we were more hooked with the mobile application. We’ve been tinkering around the app and was pleasantly surprised how easy it is to use. We also got to track the best prices from different hotels.
Booking Fairmont Hotel was also a breeze. Payment was done in a jiffy as well. You can either use your credit card or dragonpay through a number of payment centers including convenience stores. For my part, I used my PayMaya card for easier transaction.
Here are some more screenshots of how I booked via Traveloka. Some of our private information are obviously edited-out. 🙂
It’s good that hotel-booking applications like Traveloka are around nowadays to make travel life easier and more practical.