Our Fairmont Makati Hotel Anniversary Staycation Experience via Traveloka

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.

Fairmont Hotel Makati
Fairmont Hotel Makati

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.

Traveloka Mobile Application
Traveloka Mobile Application & PayaMaya-Visa Payment Option

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.

Fairmont Makati Lobby
Fairmont Makati Lobby

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)

Seats For Two
Mrs. Seats For Two enjoying the hotel

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.

Deluxe Room
Seats For Two @ Fairmont Deluxe Room

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!)

Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

Hotel Amenities

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.

Pool Lounge
Pool Lounge @ the 4th Floor
Hotel Spa
Hotel Spa Lounge
Fairmont Pool
Seats For Two Selfie @ Fairmont Pool
Staycation
Staycation Day 2
Wedding Anniversary
Seats For Two 4th Wedding Anniversary

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

Pool at Night
Pool at Night (open upto 11pm)
Greenbelt 3
Overview of Greenbelt 3

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.

Download Traveloka
Downloading Traveloka from Google Playstore
Traveloka Home Screen
Traveloka App Home Screen (LEFT)
Check-In Date
Select Hotel Destination and Check-In Date
Number of Rooms
Select Number of Nights and Number of Rooms
The Peninsula Manila
We first checked the option for The Peninsula Manila and then Fairmont Hotel!
Account Registration
If you don’t have a Traveloka account yet, you have to register for one first.
TravleokaQUick
TravelokaQuick” via “My Cards” enables booking payment in one click in a secure way
Hotel Booking
You can also view the details and amenities of the hotel you are about to book.

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. 🙂

Budget Hotel
We choose the most budget-friendly package in the list of options for Feb 10 – the King Bed Room (City View).
Contact Details
Your Booking: Upon confirmation, your contact details will be required.
Review Booking
Fill in the Details & Review Booking
Transaction Successful
Click Pay Now to confirm payment and you will be prompted: Your Transaction is Successful”
Hotel Vouchers
When promos are up, you can use your Hotel Vouchers through this function. (left) Booking Details (right)

It’s good that hotel-booking applications like Traveloka are around nowadays to make travel life easier and more practical.

Wedding Anniversary
Seats For Two 4th Wedding Anniversary

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In summary, we were very happy with our wedding anniversary stay at Fairmont Makati. We enjoyed our couple me-time together and the hotel amenities. We’d surely want to be back soon!

Jonel & Marjorie Uy
Mr. & Mrs. Jonel & Marjorie Uy are the blogger couple 'seated' behind SeatsForTwo.com, Know more about her at LivingMarjorney.com and him at JonelUy.com
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