Photo Review: St. Giles Makati

Christmas & New Year in the Philippines flying Turkish Airlines Business Class

For the second time after three years, I celebrated Christmas and New Year in the Philippines, together with the Singelresor group. We were a group of 16 although I guess it could have been more. Our program started in Manila, the capital city and after that, we flew to Cebu to explore the oldest city in the country. Then we had four nights in Panglao where we visited the famous Chocolate Hills, the Philippine tarsier, and did the Loboc River Cruise among others and of course enjoyed the white sand beaches of the island. Then, we flew to Boracay, the world's best island for 2016 according to the readers of the Condé Nast Traveler where we celebrated New Year 😍 From there, we flew back to Manila and took the long bus ride to Banaue to visit the 2000 year old Banaue Rice Terraces. Finally, on our last day in Manila, we visited the famous Pagsanjan Falls before taking our evening flight back to Stockholm. Unfortunately, the snow chaos in Istanbul Airport caused us to have an extra three nights in Manila where we were accommodated in the Belmont Hotel Manila. No doubt, it was one of the best Christmas and New Year celebrations I've had lately and would celebrate it here every year if only I could 😉

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St. Giles Makati superior room

Date of stay: January 6-7, 2017
Address: Makati Avenue Corner Kalayaan Avenue, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila
Nightly rate: Group rate


Hotel reception


Elevators, ground floor

Superior Room

Double bed

Work desk, free wifi, flat screen TV, complimentary bottles of water

Safe, iron/ironing board, slippers

Complimentary coffee and tea


"Greener Earth"



View from the room

Bayleaf Restaurant & Bar (Breakfast Buffet Restaurant) 

Buffet spread

Rooftop Pool & Gym

Rooftop pool (open from 6am to 10pm, level 35)

Top level gym

View from level 35 (rooftop)

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