Manila is a vibrant cosmopolitan city that attracts visitors from all over the globe. One of Manila’s biggest draw cards is the mega malls that dot the cities of Metro Manila. When choosing where to stay in Manila, it’s hard to go past Makati. Filipino’s love to shop and the shopping in Makati is next level. In order to do the Makati shopping malls justice you’ll need a comfy bed to fall into each night. Savvy shoppers will choose a hotel near Greenbelt Makati and the Fairmont Makati is absolutely perfect. This luxury hotel is literally across the road from the Landmark Makati and within a few minutes walk of everything that matters. Read on for all the details …
Shopping In Makati
Shopping in Makati is not for the faint hearted. If you can’t buy it in Makati, you probably can’t buy it anywhere. The Landmark Makati, Glorietta Makati, Greenbelt Makati and SM Makati are the juggernauts of Makati shopping malls. They dominate prime Makati real estate and cover a few city blocks. These retail behemoths are so large the biggest are divided into sections to make navigation easier. Note I said easier, not easy! Those that lean towards the finer things in life will find all the best global luxury brands at Greenbelt Makati. The prices are similar to Sydney so don’t expect any huge bargains here but H&M on the top level provides some relief from all the zeros on the price tags. Glorietta Makati aims to garner the mid level shoppers with a host of international and local brands. It’s a bit of a rabbit warren and more than once I had to turn on Google maps to find my way. Yes inside the mall itself! Step across the road to find Landmark Makati which is a huge department store that houses just about everything possible under one roof. Beware of the sock section. The ratio of sales people here is high and they are all eager to help which is somewhat overwhelming. When you find yourself in need of sustenance skip the fast food stalls and get a real burger and a half way decent cocktail from Fatburger Makati. Linger just long enough to muster strength for the next round of shopping. Those looking for a super bargains will need to hit the sales or step outside Makati and head to one of Metro Manila’s many markets. May the force be with you!
Fairmont Makati Overview
When you have had your fill of the Makati Shopping Malls stroll across the road to the sumptuous lobby of the Fairmont Makati and check yourself in for the night. The Fairmont is one Manila’s premier 5 star hotels. In a city this size you would think you would be tripping over luxury hotels but the Philippines capital has surprisingly few. I couldn’t be more thrilled that we chose the Fairmont Makati and we felt like very special guests every step of the way. The Fairmont Makati was our first stop in the Philippines and we were greeted on arrival at NAIA by the hotel’s driver. Using Uber in Manila is also an option. We were very glad he was still waiting after our flight on Cebu Pacific from Sydney was delayed. Patricia met us curbside on arrival at the Fairmont Makati and guided us through the amazing lobby straight to our room. I’ve stayed in a luxury hotel or two in my time and I can honestly say this is the very first time I have been able to check in from the comfort of my room. How cool!
Fairmont Makati (like all of the Philippines) is a smoke free zone except for designated smoking areas (DSA’s). The Fairmont takes care of the outcasts with a rather pleasant area where you can indulge in your habit just off the sweeping drive. The service at Fairmont Makati is flawless. They clearly put customers first and don’t skimp on the staffing. Everywhere you walk there is a smiling face, a cherry greeting, doors being seamlessly opened and an ever-present offer to assist. Nothing is too much trouble and your every want is satisfied of with ease.
The Fairmont Makati has a rather impressive swimming pool and taking a dip on a hot humid afternoon is a must. For those that lose track of time shopping in Makati, never fear, you can swim until 10pm. The pool bar is the perfect place to quench your thirst on a humid day.
The 4th floor houses a large fully equipped gym but the Willow Stream Spa was more my speed. The free WiFi signal is strong throughout the hotel and it only requires one log in. Guest safety is a priority at Fairmont Makati and sniffer dogs have your back. I know these guys do a serious job but I couldn’t resist a pat and they lapped it up!
Fairmont Makati Rooms
The first thing I noticed on entering our deluxe king bed room (641) was the stunning chocolate art. This little boat is made entirely out of the finest chocolate, including the base. The ‘passengers’ of rich truffles, fruity macaroons and choc dipped mango didn’t last long. The decor was refined and the 10ft ceilings added to the feeling of space. There is no overhead lighting in the bedroom and this would normally irk me no end but the Fairmont Makati has you sorted with multiple lamps throughout, including super bright reading lamps on both sides of the bed. These lights, and everything else in the room, are controlled by state of the art docks which let you adjust everything at the touch of a button. I’m still on the fence as to whether the free cable was a blessing after we struck a Star Wars marathon. The Hubs is a fan (but I really don’t get it) which made it that much harder to drag him away from our opulent surrounds. One of the coolest things in our deluxe room was the top draw of the bedside tables which fold down to reveal a hidden power point. A power point near the bed is a necessity in my book because my phone is always flat at the end of the day and I like to keep it close while on overnight charge with the alarm set. Walking to the other side of the room when the alarm goes off to hit snooze is not fun. I am constantly surprised how so many hotels get something so simple so wrong. Did I mention all the power points take multiple countries plugs? Brilliant idea! Hotels the world over should embrace this stat! Every Fairmont Makati room comes furnished with a super comfy Stearns & Foster bed. These beds are a dream and when I laid down to watch a little TV on our first night after a long day of travelling I couldn’t fight sleep and was dead to the world by 11pm. As a night owl that rarely turns in before 1am, this was a whole new experience for me. The flip side of that was that I was wide awake at 6am on a Sunday morning, well before the rest of the city had shaken off its slumber. The stylish arc of the desk was so impossibly cool you’ll hardly think it’s work while seated in the plush leather chair and the decadent velvet lounge chair is perfect for reading that trashy novel you never get the time to do at home.
The modern bathroom will satisfy even the most discerning of guests. Grab a bath bomb from Lush (Glorietta Makati) to make the most of the deep soaker tub. Guest rooms at the Fairmont Makati are serviced twice daily and each time the towels are replenished. I often think the shower in a hotel room sets the scene for your whole stay. I have spent way too many days dealing with errant nozzles, hot blasts and erratic pressure so I really appreciate when a hotel nails it. The shower at Fairmont Makati was gold. Big enough for two, the generous cubicle made shaving my legs a breeze and the firm pressure was bliss.
One of my absolute favourite things about the Fairmont Makati is the gold lounge on the 7th floor. The day starts with an exclusive breakfast fit for a king. Grab a quick bite from the buffet or order à la carte from the tight menu. My pick is the pancakes. Seriously yum! When the sun dips below the horizon head back to the gold lounge at 6pm for hors douvers and an open bar until 8pm. The buffet is packed with goodies and I highly recommend the wedges, goats cheese tarts and carrot cake. And of course the prosecco! The Fairmont Makati gold Lounge is open from 6am to 12am daily and is only available to guests who choose the upgrade on booking.
Breakfast @ Spectrum Fairmont Makati
If the breakfast in the gold lounge is not to your liking you head to Spectrum instead. This is one of the most extensive breakfast buffets I have ever seen so bring your appetite. Make sure you try the special locally produced hot chocolate. It’s sublime 🙂
Nearby Makati Shopping Malls
Want to know just how close you are to the best Makati shopping malls? Just look out the window. That’s Greenbelt Makati right there and Glorietta Makati and Landmark Makati are equally close. Most shops are open to at least 10pm so your shopping in Makati is not restricted to daylight hours but the air conditioning is a welcome relief in the heat of the day. How cute are these emoji pillows from Landmark Makati? I couldn’t resist grabbing a couple as gifts.
The Final Word
If you are looking for a luxury hotel in the heart of Makati, Fairmont Makati should be at the very top of your list. Exceptional service, plush rooms and outstanding facilities meant we had an incredible stay and we were sad to wave goodbye but we didn’t go far. For our last night in Makati we moved next door to the Raffles Makati which was equally amazing.
Do you fancy a few days exploring the Makati shopping malls? I’d love to hear your thoughts on Fairmont Makati in the comments below.
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