Premised on wellness and sustainability, The Westin Manila is a luxury hideaway and will be fully operational come July
The Westin Manila is ensconced in the Ortigas CBD in Mandaluyong, gateway to the metro’s corporate centres, dining and entertainment hubs, shopping malls, and healthcare establishments. It is 15 minutes on foot to MRT Shaw Boulevard Station and a half-hour drive to Manila’s international airport.
Varying in size from 41m² Accessible and Deluxe King rooms to 68m² Westin suites and 124m² executive suites, all 303 keys have posh amenities and fixtures.
Arriving tired and grimy from the outskirts of the metro, my room was a cosy cocoon of calm, comfort and warm minimalism, just what I needed. Done up in a neutral colour palette, the room had functional furniture, and a glass panel separating the open wardrobe area.
The pièce de résistance is the Westin trademarked Heavenly bed and bedlinens, a holistic approach to well-being for a great night’s sleep. It was cool under the duvet although the aircon was turned off throughout the night, and the lavender aromatherapy balm by the bedside was unused.
The Heavenly bed and linens are made with bamboo and eucalyptus instead of cotton polyester, said general manager Alexander Dietzsch, explaining that bamboo and eucalyptus are sustainable materials which grow very fast and need less chemical treatment.
The bathroom has an inviting bathtub and rain shower, White Tea bath amenities and the softest Heavenly towels and bathrobes. The dental kit is also sustainable, with the bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste in biodegradable paper. Even the shower cap film is made of compostable materials.
All-day dining Seasonal Tastes features a live interactive kitchen, with a well-curated buffet station, fresh and savoury offerings ranging from the soft bread roll and desserts to the laksa, fish and meat entrées.
The Lobby Lounge boasts an extensive gin library, including artisanal cocktails. Debuting in July, the Tapas Bar on the 32nd floor rooftop will offer authentic Spanish cuisine.
Executive chef Rej Casanova shared that seafood is sustainably sourced while organic herbs, vegetables, teas and chocolates come from different regions of the country in support of local farming communities.
Healthy menu for both kids and adults are available.
On-site are the Executive Club Lounge, 24/7 Workout Fitness Studio, and 25m outdoor pool with a dedicated kids’ pool for families.
The hotel’s Workout Gear Lending Programme lets guests borrow the latest hi-tech recovery and total body strength training equipment to optimise their fitness.
When it opens, the Heavenly Spa by Westin will offer sensory spa experiences in four rooms with private shower areas and a couple’s room with jacuzzi.
Six function rooms are available for business and social events with a combined space of 1,063m² and seating for up to 550 pax, including the elegant ballroom with an LED wall and customisable cove lighting.
The staff know their stuff. Each answered correctly when asked separately about the morning routes of the RunConcierge, whether all the plants at the towering vertical garden lobby are real (they are) and another even brought me to The Residences at The Westin Manila.
The Westin Manila delivers on its brand promise to empower well-being while travelling. High marks for embracing sustainability without compromising luxury, and for the quality of its culinary offerings.
Tel: +632 82562020