Forever 21 Brings Fast Fashion to Iloilo

September 26th, 2016

 

 

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They are finally coming to the City of Love! When SM City Iloilo opened its new wing, it was quite a buzz with high anticipation of fashion houses opening their stores in the region’s biggest mall.  In less than 2 weeks, Ilonggos will now shop for edgy, and fast forward fashion pieces at Forever 21.

More than a week ago, I attended the Media and Society Launch of Forever 21 together by fashion-minded Ilonggos and the crew behind Forever 21 Philippines.

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To cut off the chase, let me share with you their PR for fashion-forward news and information..

 

Since its opening in the Philippines in 2010, California-based retail giant Forever 21 has been warmly received by the Filipino public, quickly becoming a favourite among fashion lovers and shoppers.

NOW, FOREVER 21 VENTURES INTO THE CITY OF LOVE

Set to take over Iloilo’s fashion scene with the freshest takes on the latest trends and affordable basics, the brand’s 700-square-meter space in SM Iloilo’s bright new expansion wing will welcome fashionistas starting October 7, with a shopping treat for early birds.

The store boasts women’s, men’s, and women’s plus size fashion collections specially curated to suit the Iloilo customer. Forever 21’s newest women’s collections pair classic fashion trends including boho, military, perp, and sporty with ’90s street style. The latest collection features distressed denim, bomber jackets, and sleek trench coats.

Through its partnership with SM Retail, Forever 21 in the Philippines continues to update everyone’s wardrobe at reasonable prices.

 

I’m excited to put new fashionable and pretty pieces into my wardrobe. And personally, I’m excited for their plus size pieces ( 😀 ). Looking forward to their Store Preview and  Shopping Party with 21% discount for all items!

 

Thanks, Forever 21 and can’t wait to shop!

 

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Forever 21 opens at the Ground Floor of SM Iloilo’s New Wing on October 7 at 10:00a.m.; the first 200 customers in line get a special gift (1)Php500 gift card each upon opening.

 

 

 

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Luxurious Hotel Stays in Toronto and Montreal

September 20th, 2016

 

Toronto and Montreal are must-visit cities when in Canada. When in town, it goes a long way when you choose to book your stay in luxury hotels – best location, indulging amenities, modern facilities, and personalized service.

Let’s check out these properties.

Classy Business Trip

 

Photo via Hyatt Regency Toronto

The mere mention of “Hyatt” lets you know you’re in for a luxurious stay. Hyatt Regency Toronto is a 4-star hotel property in downtown Toronto. If you are coming to the multicultural city for business, you should book your stay here. From its lobby to its guest rooms, it’s hard to miss the modern, sleek, and sophisticated designs.

Hyatt Regency is within the business and financial district of the city yet strategically located in Toronto’s entertainment district. Therefore, business travelers will have the best of both worlds. Key attractions like CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada are walking distances from the hotel.

Staying at this boutique hotel Canada means enjoying downtown views and CN Tower from your guest room. If you don’t want to go out, enjoy its rooftop pool and 24-hour fitness center.

 

 

Fashion and Opulence

 

Photo via Park Hyatt Toronto

Park Hyatt Toronto is a 5-star property located in upscale Yorkville. This Hyatt hotel radiates luxury and contemporary design and style. Rooms have marble baths and its most luxurious accommodation, the Bi-Level Suite, provides views of the Toronto skyline. Some of the amenities offered by this luxury hotel in Toronto are complimentary car service, spa, and bicycle program.

For cocktails and drinks, head to The Rooftop Bar or The Rooftop Lounge. But if you want to explore the area, 5-star restaurants, as well as posh shops for some retail therapy, surround the hotel.

Urban Oasis

 

Photo via Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Hotels in Montreal bear elegant European themes and styles but one hotel stands out – Hotel Bonaventure Montreal. This luxury hotel is known for its 2.5 acres of landscaped rooftop gardens complete with water features. The effect is one-of-a-kind and “gorgeous” is an understatement.

After a long day in Montreal, its outdoor heated rooftop pool is a treat with the poolside bar offering the best concoctions. This hotel is a top venue for large meetings and conventions in the city. Major attractions are also nearby.

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal offers family packages as well as accessible rooms.

Old Souls Haven

 

Photo via Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

Montreal is a treat for history buffs and if you are one of them, stay at the well-appointed rooms of Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain. This 4-star hotel property is close to the city’s main historical attractions namely, Notre-Dame Basilica and the Old Port of Montreal. It also overlooks downtown Montreal.

All rooms of this beautiful hotel are newly renovated, complete with seating areas. If you want space, this is the hotel for you. Concierge Rooms give guests access to a private lounge with an unobstructed view of the historic Mount Royal.

For some stylish relaxation over drinks and food, head to their in-house restaurant, Samuel de Champlain or bar, Bar Le Senateur.

Luxury hotels like those in Toronto and Montreal will give every traveler a good start in exploring these destinations. Stay at any of the hotels mentioned above because they are all worth every single penny.

Tips for the Ultimate (and Drama-Free) EDM Vacation

September 14th, 2016

 

The post below was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on March 30, 2016.

So you’ve decided to spend your precious vacation time at raves and EDM festivals. You are undoubtedly in for a blast of epic proportions. Still, it’ll be helpful to employ a few strategies in advance of your trip in order to ensure that things go smoothly—i.e. sans epic meltdowns, lost friends, or bodily discomfort. Whether you’re heading to Electric Daisy Carnival in Tokyo or Electric Zoo in NYC, here’s how to prep for the ultimate EDM vacation so that you can enjoy it drama-free.

1. Read up on the venue in advance.

Once you’ve purchased tickets to a festival or rave, check out the venue’s website to learn if any items are prohibited from the grounds as well as what amenities will be on offer. (For example, some festivals have started going “cashless”—meaning festival goers can load money onto a wristband and leave the credit cards at home.) While you’re at it, print out the show lineup and a map of the festival grounds so you can plan your route in advance.

 

2. Pack layers.

EDM festivals involve lots of dancing and require being on your feet all day. Do your body a favor and pack layers that are comfortable, breathable, and appropriate for the weather. Even if the day starts out warm, it’s a good idea to bring along a hoodie or light jacket in case the night turns cool. If you have room in your backpack or fanny pack, it’s also a good idea to bring an extra pair of socks in case yours get wet or dirty during the show. Perhaps most importantly? Remember to wear comfortable footwear.

3. Eat and drink well.

Dancing for hours under the beating sun—it’s a blast, but it’s also tough on your body. Give your body the best chance at feeling okay by the end of the night by eating a nutritious meal before raves, packing healthy snacks, and staying hydrated while you dance the night away.

4. Bring the right toiletries.

While you simply won’t be able to maintain everyday hygiene at a show or festival, you can approximate cleanliness with a few key toiletries. Consider packing baby wipes for tackling grime on your neck, armpits, arms, and feet in addition to dry shampoo, sunblock (an absolute must for summer shows), and hand sanitizer for post-porta-potty cleanup.

If you’ll be camping at a festival, pay-per-use showers may be available—bring along flip flops, a bathing suit, and cash if you want to take advantage of these facilities. Also be sure to bring your standard toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, etc. And don’t forget to pack a basic first aid kit—stashing one of these in your pack can save many a headache (literally) in the event of minor cuts and bruises.

5. Accessorize smartly.

A few items tossed into a backpack or fanny pack can make a huge difference in your rave-going experience:

Once night falls, a headlamp is tremendously useful if you drop something on the grass or need to review a festival map in the dark.
Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from summer rays or the flashing lights that are common during nighttime raves.
Ear plugs will help protect your hearing so you can enjoy EDM for years into the future.
Plastic trash bags can serve as a poncho, a seat, or protection for your belongings in the case of rain.
A waterproof phone case will help spare you from the devastation of ruining your phone.

6. Make sure your phone has juice.

Before heading to a rave, make sure your phone is fully charged so you can take pictures and stay in touch with your group in case you get separated. It’s a good idea to put your phone on airplane mode while you’re at the show in order to conserve its battery. If the venue offers a charging station, then bring along your charger. You could also opt to bring an extra battery.

7. Secure your belongings.

Although it’s impossible to guarantee with 100% certainty that your stuff won’t get lost or stolen at a rave, a little vigilance can go a long way. Some festivals offer rental lockers, which can be a great idea if you’re willing to pony up the cash. If you want to keep your belongings with you, you can help secure your things by hiding valuables in unappealing packaging (such as a cleaned-out sunscreen bottle), keeping your items on your body at all times (i.e. dancing while wearing your backpack, fanny pack, or Camelbak), and making a pact with your friends to help look out for each other’s stuff.

8. Coordinate with your group.

 

Communicating in advance of a rave can do a lot to keep everyone in your friend group safe and in the loop. Before arriving:

Select a designated driver when applicable.
If you’re going to a festival where multiple artists will be performing, reach a consensus regarding which shows you’ll all see together and when you might split up.
Write your friends’ numbers down on a piece of paper and keep it with you at all times (in case your phone dies).
If you’re up for it, choose an identifier that can help you all spot each other in a large crowd—for example, you could all wear matching T-shirts or bring along a flag or a balloon tied to a pole so that people can find the group again when returning from food or bathroom runs.

Upon arriving at the venue:

Note where you all parked, where the bus station is, or where your taxi will pick you up (depending on your chosen mode of transportation). This is especially important for festivals that are held in remote areas where it’s easy to get lost.
Select a meet-up spot for the group so that if anyone gets separated, you all know where to find each other at the end of the night.

A little advance planning, packing some key toiletries and accessories, and coordinating with your group both ahead of time and at the rave will help ensure that your EDM vacation goes off without a hitch.

More Reasons to Shop at SM City Iloilo’s 3-Day Sale Sept. 16-18

September 13th, 2016

 

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Shop this September 16, 17 and 18, 2016 at SM City Iloilo’s    3-Day Sale and get a chance to win a brand new Suzuki Ciaz!

Every P1000 single or accumulated purchase within the promo period from any participating SM mall establishment entitles shopper to one (1) raffle coupon. except for the following : SM Foodcourt – Customer gets one (1) raffle coupon with every P300 single receipt purchase, SM Cinema – Customer gets one (1) raffle coupon with every single receipt purchase of four (4) cinema tickets and SM Storyland – Customer gets one (1) raffle coupon with every P300 worth of ride tickets. Customers automatically get double raffle coupons for Saturday and Sunday purchases during the promo period. Customer can also present their SM Mobile App to avail of extra 2 coupons.

Up to 70% discount on selected items are in store for the shoppers aside from various exciting offers from tenants and affiliate stores.

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Get additional 10% OFF in the 2-hour special of the SM Store and participating SM Affiliate stores on September 16 when using your SM Advantage, Prestige and BDO Rewards Card. Plus, join the biggest Zumba Party on the same day and get a chance to win exciting prizes when you present a P1000 receipt purchase and your advantage card.

A coffee treat from Starbucks for the first 100 shoppers on September 18 from 9AM – 10AM to present a single receipt purchased from September 16-18, 2016 only from any SM mall store. JCO also offers a free Iced Banana Chocolate for the first 100 customers on September 18 from 10AM—11AM…

There’s more! On September 17, a gadget will be given away every hour from 1pm to5pm. There will be two winners of Huawei Y6 and three winners of Huawei Y5 II.

The treat gets more exciting! On September 18 at 8pm, One winner of a 2N/3D stay at Henann Regency good for 2 pax and two winners of 2N/3D stay at Sheridan Villas good for 4 pax each, will be raffled off!

But that’s not all! On the same time on September 18,   Forever 21 will give away five shopping sprees worth P2,500 gift certificates.Forever 21 opens     October 7, 2016.

What a way to enjoy shopping! See you at SM City Iloilo on September 16-18, 2016!

Source: SM City Iloilo’s Press Release

 

 

Check Out These Top Boutique Hotels in California

September 12th, 2016

 

California has such a long list of hotels that it’s hard to know where to stay. To make your travel planning easier, take a look at these highly recommended hotels from Hollywood to Orange County.

Photo via Marriott.com

Business in the Breeze

An upscale boutique hotel in California can make any hectic business trip better. The Costa Mesa Marriott lies at the heart of Orange County’s business district. This all-suites luxury hotel has rooms with the perfect blend of hues to brighten your energy.

Take a break from errands to enjoy the scenic lake, or end your long day of meetings at the pool or at the 24-hour fitness center. Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the airport are just a few miles away. This hotel offers complimentary shuttle services to and from the airport.

 

Old World Suite Life

Guests will love staying at a hotel that mirrors the comfort of home. Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa/Newport Beach features rooms that embody Old World charm, from the furniture to the color scheme. Rooms also have modern touches, such as jetted tubs and lavish Ayres Celestial Sleepers Beds.

Other top-notch amenities at this hotel include heated outdoor pools, a business center, a spa, and a fitness center. Disneyland and Newport Beach Pier are just a short drive away.

Family-Friendly Splurge

Hyatt is a name synonymous with luxury, and if you want to bring the family along, stay at the Hyatt Regency Orange County hotel in Garden Grove. This upscale boutique hotel has 87 kids’ suites, perfect for a much-deserved family break. The hotel offers shuttle services and tickets to Disneyland, the in-house restaurants offer kids’ menus, and the hotel also accepts pets.

At the Hyatt, guests also receive a preferred tee time at Orange County golf courses. Want to enjoy the local beaches? This hotel is a short drive from Orange County beaches.

Photo via Hilton.com

Accommodations by the Bay

Want to enjoy the bay and the skyline without leaving the hotel? Then book your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge! Situated in the heart of Emeryville, this waterfront hotel property has one of the best locations in the area.

Rooms are spacious, and guests can enjoy features like the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry and shuttle service within three miles. Guests will love the outdoor whirlpool spa, perfect after a long day exploring San Francisco.

No-Frills Hollywood Stay

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly stay in Hollywood, rely on the comfort and safety of Motel 6 Hollywood. Here you’ll find inexpensive rooms in a place known for luxury and high society. The location is hard to beat, too. It’s only a few minutes from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios.

Rooms are newly remodeled to provide comfort and convenience without the cost. If you’re traveling with kids, Motel 6 offers a Kids Stay Free package, and some rooms have mini fridges. The Motel 6 is also a pet-friendly hotel.

Whether you’re on a business trip or a family vacation, these hotels will provide you with the right level of comfort, convenience, and hospitality.

This post is part of Hipmunk’s Boutique Hotels September 2016 campaign.

Spacious Hotels Near NYC in Weehawken, Jersey City, White Plains, and more

September 10th, 2016

The post below was originally published on TALES from a fork on June 16,2016 by Sarah Kim.

This post is part of the Hipmunk Hotels campaign.

If you’re traveling to New York City but want more space and amenities than the average Manhattan hotel, try opting for these accommodations. These spacious hotels are only a quick ride away from the Big Apple.

Photo of Manhattan from Weehawken by John Cunniff

Weehawken

Weehawken is one of the best destinations if you want to see a panoramic view of New York City, from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the George Washington Bridge. Once you’re done marveling at the expansive skyline from Hamilton Park or Gregory Park, you can head to New York City via bus, ferry, or train.

For history buffs, you can visit the infamous dueling grounds site of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, which occurred on July 11, 1804. The Weehawken Water Tower is also a sight to see as it dates back from 1884, which makes it the oldest in the state, and resembles the Plaza del Vecchio in Italy.

 

Jersey City

Jersey City is easily accessible to both downtown and midtown Manhattan through the PATH train, ferries across the Hudson, and busses. It’s close to attractions such as the Colgate Clock, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse, and gives you more bang for your buck with hotels like the Dharma Home Suites JC, which offers a grand view of Manhattan, a fitness center, and even a kitchenette. There are multiple boat companies for aquatic enjoyment such as boat tours, waterskiing, jet skiing, and speed boat tours.

 

White Plains

White Plains is a fashionista’s playground with more than 150 upscale stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Burberry, Gucci, and Brooks Brothers at the Westchester Mall. For culinary travelers, there’s Blue Hill restaurant, which is a farm-to-table fine dining restaurant focused on local and sustainably grown foods. After shopping, dining, and exploring the beautiful Kykuit gardens, moving on to Manhattan is easy because it’s only half an hour away.

Photo of Kykuit Gardens by Anne Hemond

Rye Brook

Rye Brook is a picturesque village that’s a brisk 30-minute drive or hour train ride from Manhattan. It boasts five parks and lush greenery wherever you go. Its number one activity is the Doral Golf Course, where you can get in a full round of golf and stay at the Doral Arrowwood hotel.

This hotel sits on 114 acres of woodlands, providing an all-around haven for relaxation and fun with a nightclub, indoor and outdoor pool, three different restaurants, pub with pool tables, and tennis courts. It’s only 3 miles from the Westchester County airport and includes an airport shuttle so you don’t need to deal with the long lines at JFK or LaGuardia.

Stamford

Stamford is a thriving metropolis located just 45 minutes on the train from New York City. It’s a popular destination for business travelers, but because of it’s rising influx of great restaurants and trendy bars, this place is becoming the next hotspot for young professionals in their 20s and 30s.

If focusing purely on food and drink isn’t your thing, and your aquatic side wants to shine, head to the Cove Island Park to enjoy the beach, Cummings Park to fish, or Chelsea Piers to swim.

The Top 7 Family Trips and Outdoor Adventures

August 27th, 2016

 

The post below was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on July 19,2016 by TheHipmunk.

When planning family trips, it’s best to keep kids busy with activities from crafting and music lessons to hiking and swimming. (No one wants to hear, “Mom, I’m bored” while lounging beach side with a cocktail in hand.)

Travel is one of the most fun ways for a parent to share the cultures and natural wonders of the world. These destinations are safe for kiddos, catering to the picky eaters, adrenaline junkies, nature lovers, and beach bums too. Not only will kids be welcome, they’ll find programs and excursions designed just for them on each of these global adventures.

Adventurous Resorts

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Koloa, Hawaii

While it may sound like a lazy beach vacay, this beautiful resort is on one of Hawaii’s most exciting islands – and one of the world’s top resorts for families. The resort offers tons of kid-friendly activities (think ukulele lessons and lei making) in-house. But families can also find breathtaking hikes, ziplines for the token daredevil, horseback riding and kayaking to name a few. For something more low key, splash in a two-tiered pool or the saltwater lagoon that meanders through the hotel’s property. By nightfall, kids will definitely be ready to crash.

River Kwai Floating Hotel, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

For the boy (and girl) scouts who are looking for a back-to-nature experience, this Thai getaway won’t disappoint. Thailand is one of Asia’s best destinations for kids. With a drive and boat ride to this hotel, they may start to feel a bit like Mowgli in The Jungle Book. Bamboo guest rooms float on top of the River Kwai and offer visitors a taste of Mon culture. It’s a bit rustic (as in there are wick lamps instead of electricity. But don’t worry, in-room bathrooms are a part of the deal). Kids love exploring the nearby jungles atop of a gentle elephant, or visiting natural wonders such as the Lawa Cave or the Sai Yok Waterfall. Get a few thrills without leaving River Kwai by river jumping or bamboo rafting — something to excite even the most adrenaline-seeking tweens.

 

Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Nicaragua makes for an affordable, and adventure-filled, Central American trip (and many parents are choosing it over the equally kid-friendly Costa Rica). Visitors won’t see nearly as many expats and will get a great taste of the local culture, plus tons of hiking and swimming! In a bungalow at Morgan’s Rock, guests are nestled in the treetops and have easy beach access. One of the more exciting excursions to make is to Ometepe Island, formed by two volcanoes, which can be reached by ferry. Explore ancient rock art and petroglyphs and brave the hike up the dormant Maderas Volcano. Parents will appreciate the beaches known for waves that are safe for first-time surfers, zip-line excursions, and an insider look at the lodge’s sustainable farm where kids get to collect farm eggs and milk the cows for an awesome family breakfast!

One&Only Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia

A trip to the Great Barrier Reef is an incomparable adventure. While a flight to the Aussie coast may not be ideal for many faraway travelers with tiny tots, the experiences offered through resorts like One&Only can change a nervous parent’s mind. If your bucket list includes snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, water skiing or a helicopter adventure above the reef (which is the largest living thing on Earth, mind you), then book a few tickets to Hayman Island. Of course One&Only also offers an entirely kid-centric program called KidsOnly full of excursions and meals from 9am to 6pm if parents need a break.

Traveling Adventures

Camping and cruising may appeal to families that seek adventure on-the-go. Many of these trips welcome first-time campers and those who are especially interested in learning the lay of the land, whether that’s in sunny California or rugged Maine. Nature lovers, budding botanists and eager explorers will get animal interactions, sparkling night skies and a new set of skills when signing up for one of these trips.

 

 
Appalachian Trail

For North Easterners, this trip will make an exciting escape from the bustling city, but any visitors will be in awe of the natural beauty of the Appalachian Trail. Eager hikers can find programs like the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Family Camps, which take families with kids as young as five years old around New Hampshire and Maine, near beautiful mountains and full of sleepaway camp-style fun. Expect canoeing, fishing, stream exploration and a classic campfire sing-a-long.

Galapagos Islands
While this isn’t exactly a family vacation, road trip style, there is so much kids can learn by a trip to this incredible archipelago. National Geographic is one of the few to organize a cruise to these islands near South America that is geared specifically at budding scientific minds. In the day, kids can snorkel in crystal blue waters and hike the shores among animals like giant tortoises and sea lions, all of which are completely unphased by the presence of humans. Parents will leave with zoologists and nature photographers on their hands.

Klamath River, California

This is a fabulous spot to dive into the world of camping as a family for the first time. Whether you’re interested in nesting up in an unassuming lodge or setting up a tent under the stars, a trip to this natural Cali beauty guarantees great views and swimming. Several programs like Orange Torpedo and Oars set up multi-day whitewater rafting ventures, but there are hikes to take and plenty of beach lounging to be done as well. On Orange Torpedo’s Klamath River Wild and Scenic trip, kids will get to swim in warm water and calm side creeks (the rapid on this trip is exciting, but never dangerous) and the guides will introduce anyone from five years old to the basics of both rafting and camping. These trips can also be as short as two or three days, ideal for any locals or those not wanting to commit to any extensive travel with kids.

The Best Hotels in Florida for Every Traveler

August 24th, 2016

 

 

Image via Flickr by Luca Sartoni

 

Eternal sunshine, sandy beaches, an energetic vibe, and great options for shopping, dining and entertainment: Florida is, without question, the best place to visit. When it comes to places to stay, guests can pick boutique hotels in Florida or stay at affordable rooms. Check out these hotels in Florida, from luxurious finds to inexpensive accommodations.

 

Family Meets Corporate

The Embassy Suites Boca Raton provides today’s family-oriented business travelers a place to find the perfect balance. This newly renovated property lies at the center of the business district, but family-friendly attractions are accessible from the hotel. It is also close to golf courses, shopping areas, and local universities.

Each unit consists of a two-room suite, which is perfect for a large group. This 3-star hotel in Boca Raton is famous for its renovated lobby, which features an atrium with a lush green lush landscape and water features. Guests will also enjoy complimentary drinks and free shuttle (within 3-miles).

Splurge and Enjoy while in Clearwater

When in Clearwater, stay in one of its luxurious hotels with private beaches. One of these is the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, which offers a long list of amenities and facilities to give guests the best getaway in Clearwater. Guests can choose from any of its four room types to accommodate their specific needs.

To name a few of its deluxe amenities, Sheraton Sand Key Resort has a beachfront swimming pool and a 13-acre private beach. For foodies, this upscale hotel in Florida has 5 in-house restaurants, including the award-winning Rusty’s Bistro.

 

 

Image via Flickr by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

 

 Stay at the World’s Best

Book your nights in a hotel hailed as one of the world’s best: the Sandpearl Resort Clearwater. Premium facilities include a climate-controled, zero-entry pool, spa, beachfront fire pits (lit at night), and sporting and leisure equipment. The resort is also home to the only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant in Clearwater: the Caretta on the Gulf.

Its secluded and tranquil surroundings is just one of the reasons why it is Florida’s best. Guestrooms embody the beach getaway vibe. Guests will wake up to the views of Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater’s coastline, and Mandalay Bay. The hotel offers twice-a-day housekeeping, while Junior Suites have separate Roman-style tubs with open views of the Gulf.

 

Inexpensive Beachfront Stay

Nothing compares to waking up to the view of the beach with the water just a few steps from your room. But these beachfront properties often come with higher rates. Not with the Mayan Inn, a budget friendly hotel at the beachfront of Daytona Beach.

As a no-frills accommodation, it offers standard amenities like microwaves, mini-refrigerators, and free Wi-Fi. Guests who want to whip up their own meals can upgrade to rooms with fully equipped kitchens. The Mayan Inn also has an outdoor pool and provides free parking and complimentary breakfast.

 

Peaceful Retreat

Want to stay in a hotel with a laid-back and nature-filled ambiance? Stay at Embassy Suites – Ft. Lauderdale/ 17th Street! Its poolside are surrounded with lush tropical plants. Relax by pool with its waterfall and guests will love its koi pond. No wonder, this hotel is an oasis in the area.

Those who love to bring to bring their pets will love this pet-friendly hotel in Florida. Families can enjoy nearby shopping and dining options, while key attractions like Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale Beach are minutes away from this hotel. To name some of its facilities, Embassy Suites has a heated outdoor pool, modern fitness center, and competitive business center.

Whether you love intimate boutique hotels in Florida or an all-inclusive resort, these properties will match your preferences, giving you the best vacation in the sunshine state.

This post is part of the Hipmunk’s Boutique Hotels August 2016 campaign.

Megaworld Launches 6th Residential Tower in Iloilo Business Park

August 18th, 2016

Property giant launches SAINT HONORE, a themed residential condominium showcasing French grandeur

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Megaworld, the country’s largest developer of integrated urban townships, is launching its sixth residential tower in the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park township in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

To be called SAINT HONORE, the 10-storey condominium will be an exclusive residential community inspired by the classic architectural designs of the shophouses, boutiques, museums and retail rows of the Rue Saint-Honore, a historical street in downtown Paris.

“Ilonggos will get to experience the world-renowned beauty of Paris with Saint Honore. Amidst all of its grandeur and Parisian lifestyle, future residents are assured of utmost exclusivity, privacy, and serene atmosphere in this first-of-its-kind residential enclave in Iloilo,” says Jennifer Palmares-Fong, vice-president for sales and marketing – Iloilo Business Park, Megaworld.

With a striking and elegant façade, the new residential tower will emanate timeless luxury in the City of Love, comprising only of 168 units ranging from studio to executive 2-bedrooms. Select units will have its own lanai or balcony with a magnificent view of the township or Iloilo skyline.

Capturing the laid-back, laissez-faire way of the Parisian life, Saint Honore will have its own lifestyle amenity deck on the third floor composed of a swimming pool, a pool lounge, a kiddie pool, a Jacuzzi, function halls, and a fitness center.

The atrium, located at the ground level, will serve as the centerpiece of the development, replete with garden landscape with trellised seating, while a strip of boutiques and retail shops will border the ground floor area of the property. The podium parking will also have its own driver’s lounge with washroom.

Future residents will also be assured of utmost security and privacy as the residential lobby with reception and lounge area will have closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras, video-phone security system in all units, and a centralized security command center for 24-hour monitoring of all building facilities and amenities.

Saint Honore will be a short walk distance to and from Richmonde Hotel, Marriott Courtyard Hotel, the Iloilo Convention Center and the Festive Walk Mall. Walkability around the township is a key selling point of this development,” adds Palmares-Fong.

Poised to be the biggest business and tourism hub in Western Visayas, Iloilo Business Park is a vibrant integrated urban township of Megaworld where everything is within easy reach. It is home to three condominium projects, namely, One Madison Place, Lafayette Parksquare and The Palladium; the iconic Iloilo Convention Center, Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, modern BPO office towers, and the Festive Walk Mall.

*Source: PR kit

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