Manila, the gateway to the Philippines, is a vibrant, metropolitan city of buzz, traffic and dense population. It may be difficult to imagine how this chaotic city can have pockets of peaceful tranquility in it, but the Manila Bay is one of such rare spots. Featuring mesmerizing sunsets and breathtaking views, the Manila Bay area is also a burgeoning casino and entertainment district. In this issue, we discover the debut hotel of Hilton Worldwide in Manila – Conrad Manila.
This recent luxury addition to the seaside boulevard of Manila Bay is everything we imagined a 5-Star luxury bayfront hotel to be, and so much more. Pristine, luxurious and visually striking, the unique and outstanding architecture of Conrad Manila is inspired by luxurious cruise ships that sail over the bay. Seated right at the edge of the bay, some might mistake a stay at Conrad Manila to be an experience sailing the seas. Since opening doors in June 2016, it has become our top pick in the most romantic hotels in Manila. Read on to discover why Conrad Manila is now one of the top wedding venues and honeymoon destinations in Manila.
9 Reasons to host your Wedding at Conrad Manila
1. Be welcomed with breathtaking views of the Marina Bay
One of the most unforgettable moments we experienced at Conrad Manila was when we arrived into the 3rd-floor lobby. Our usual experiences with hotel arrivals would be seeing reception tables once we enter, but at Conrad Manila, the experience was quite different. The moment the lift doors opened, as we stepped foot into the spacious lobby, we were welcomed with a panoramic view of Manila Bay – azure blue skies, ocean waves and the iconic MOA Eye, the tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines. The view was nothing short of incredible and the arrival experience felt surreal. During your wedding day, I can imagine how your guests will be stunned by the magical welcome upon their arrivals.
Conrad Manila features modern and sophisticated interiors, exuding classiness at every corner. The award-winning design is beautifully complemented with its sleek interiors, plush furnishing and artistic showcases. The uncluttered, expansive spaces promote an open-concept and showcase artworks by local artists in the Philippines. Since its opening, Conrad Manila has been awarded Best Hotel Development, Best Hotel Architectural Design, and Best Hotel Interior Design at the 4th Annual Philippines Property Awards held in April. (source)
2. A romantic outdoor garden solemnization venue
On top of its mesmerizing sea views, Conrad Manila also houses a garden deck where you can have a romantic garden solemnization. Walk down the aisle to exchange your vows among lush greenery, with the bay as your backdrop. Watch a real wedding at Conrad Manila filmed by Mayad Studios below.
3. Experience the luxurious Presidential Suite for an intimate & posh celebration
The Presidential Suite at Conrad Manila is not just open for distinguished persons of high status, but you and your guests can experience it too for your wedding celebration. Featuring aesthetics of a posh liner, the Presidential Suite at Conrad Manila is a stunning and luxurious space that measures 1,100 sqm – 12 times that of a usual apartment in Manila! It comes fully furnished with interiors so luxurious, it is befitting of 5-star living. Indulge in the sleek design, carpeted floorings and luxurious amenities. The full-length windows reveal mesmerizing ocean views and much natural sunlight, giving the feeling that you are out at sea during your celebration. The suite can host 50 – 70 guests indoors. You can even adjust the ambience with mood lighting easily with a touch of a button.
Exchange your vows on the Rooftop Terrace
The Presidential Suite boasts a large roof terrace that wraps around the entire suite. Being on the terrace felt as though we were on a ship deck. The rooftop lounge is a perfect outdoor venue for your rooftop solemnization. Exchange your vows under blue skies and over the beautiful Manila Bay. The deck can host 100 persons.
Take a dip in the Private Pool
The suite comes complete with a private pool, 2-bedrooms, a study, a kitchen, and even a bar! A personal butler will be also on hand to take care of all your needs. The accommodations of the Presidential Suite are modern and luxurious, with thoughtful design and amenities. A hydrotherapy shower, whirlpool, and in-mirror TVs can be found in your Master’s bathroom.
Enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Lounge
The 5-Star experience also includes exclusive access to the Executive Lounge for your post-wedding day enjoyment. Here, you can enjoy delightful refreshments throughout the day and evening cocktails for you to further enhance your sunset viewing experience.
4. A grand & modern ballroom wedding
For grand occasions, the Conrad Manila’s ballroom is the ideal wedding venue for you. The pillarless Grand Ballroom is made up of 6 rooms that total up to 2,400 sqm, hosting up to 1,000 guests without compromising on the quality and experience for each guest. The modern ballroom boasts not only of spaciousness but elegance and sophistication. The plush carpeting, glass lights that hang from the ceiling and beautiful floral centerpieces are put together to ensure the ambience is at its finest for your wedding day.
The ballroom venue also includes usage of the foyer, which you can use to host your cocktails and registration. The ballroom and foyer space is cordoned off with doors, giving you the atmosphere of an exclusive private space.
State-of-the-art audio and visual technology, WiFi and drop down screens, built-in LCD projectors and intelligent lighting all work together to make your dream wedding a complete success. Organizing your big day is also easier with a convenient access to SMX convention centre via the walkway bridge.
5. View romantic sunsets at the C Lounge
After your wedding celebrations, we suggest you extend your stay at Conrad Manila to indulge in all its luxury offerings. One of our favourite activities was to go to C Lounge to admire the amazing bay view as dawn turns to dusk. Come sunset hours, the entire skyline lights up with a beautiful warm orange glow. Thanks to the full-length windows that cover the entire breadth of the lounge, you can enjoy the panoramic sunset view in indoor air-conditioned comforts, with a refreshing cocktail in your hand.
Alternatively, if you want to enjoy the outdoor breeze, there are comfortable seatings at the alfresco balcony.
6. Indulge in specialty dining at China Blue by Jereme Leung
It is not an exaggeration to label China Blue by Jereme Leung at Conrad Manila as one of the best Chinese restaurants we have dined at. The ambience is elegant and sophisticated, the service is warm and welcoming and most importantly, the food is delicious and innovative.
Dining in the restaurants’ posh ambience was remarkable, for they have comfortable plush sofa seating that you can literally fall asleep in. Hanging from the ceiling are glittering blue chandeliers. And consistent with the entire hotel’s design, floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow you to look out into the horizon and admire the views of the Manila Bay.
Chef Jereme Leung offers diners a modern interpretation of traditional Chinese cuisine, a gourmet experience that is quite frankly, unforgettable. Did you know that he is a Singaporean? Must-try dishes include the honey-glazed pork neck barbecue, the wok-fried U.S beef tenderloin cubes and the simmered snow-fish. These were our top favourites and left us with a lasting impression. Check out their extensive menu here. They also serve freshly prepared dim sum for your afternoon delight.
You can host a Chinese wedding here in their private room that can host up to 18 guests, perfect for intimate family occasions. The private room has one of the best views in the hotel, as it is situated on the corner of the building and has a 270-degree view of the bay.
7. Wake up to remarkable views
During your stay at Conrad Manila, look forward to waking up to remarkable views of the ocean or city each morning. We suggest the bay view rooms for the surreal experience of waking up to the ocean. Where walls usually are, is floor-to-ceiling windows. The curtains even automatically get drawn with just a touch of a button!
The rooms at Conrad Manila come equipped with intelligent technology, such as anticipatory arrival, mood lighting and energy saving modes. Seamlessly connect your personal devices to a Bluetooth technology to play your favourite tunes.
Even the bathroom has smart features, with tv screens on the mirrors. The spacious bathroom also reveals a soothing hydrotherapy rain shower (with water jets to massage you!) and a large tub for your relaxation needs. Wrap yourself in the plush towels and bathrooms that feel super soft to the touch.
Breakfast is served at Brasserie on 3, where you can continue to enjoy the sea views. All-day dining is also available here in its innovative menu. The restaurant emphasizes on using the finest seasonal produce, which means that all dishes are made from organic, locally and sustainably sourced ingredients. Be awed by the open kitchen and live cooking stations, which add to the vibrant atmosphere of dining here. You can also ask to be seated on the outdoor terrace for an alfresco setting. The restaurant also has two private rooms that can seat 12 persons each, for a more private and intimate dining atmosphere.
8. Indulge in pampering treatments at the Conrad Spa
The in-house spa at Conrad Manila offers you a unique pampering and relaxation experience. Here you can truly escape from the busyness of city life to unwind and rejuvenate, especially after the long preparations leading up to your wedding day. The spa has 6 treatment rooms (2 couples and 4 singles), soaking tubs and a private sauna and steam room. There are also sleeping pods here with oxygen concentrators for the ultimate recharge. And yes, they too have views of the Manila Bay.
Other facilities include the huge fitness centre which is open 24-hours a day that has a full suite of machines and equipment. If you are a fitness lover, you can sign up for their high-energy fitness classes, or even have a professional create an exercise routine tailored for you.
9. Enjoy warm service & hospitality
On top of the luxurious facilities, delicious dining and state-of-the-art event spaces, what we loved the most about Conrad Manila were the people in it. Throughout our visit, we experienced the warm and professional hospitality from the staff. Each time we entered the hotel, we were greeted with smiles and friendly gestures from the bellboy and security staff at the lower lobby. The staff at the reception and concierge were kind with our requests, and the service staff at the restaurants were always warm and inviting. The positive atmosphere made the hotel atmosphere feel vibrant and enjoyable. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Conrad Manila and would definitely want to return.
Conrad Manila is also very closely situated to the airport, just 15 minutes away and is easily accessible with the Expressway. The hotel also sits atop the two-level S Maison, a high-end retail mall that extends even more dining options for your stay. Conrad Manila is also just adjacent to SM Mall of Asia and the Mall of Asia Arena, for your shopping and leisure needs. There is also a carnival in front of Conrad Manila that stretches for about 20 minutes, for you to soak in the vibes and play vintage games. We had so much fun there reminiscing our childhood days. Click here for more nearby attractions. With so many things to do around Conrad Manila, it is definitely a venue you should check out for your wedding and honeymoon!
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