WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The 16-city cosmopolis of Manila is home to two (soon to be three) Shangri-La hotels. You’ll find the Makati hotel in the middle of Makati City, a prime shopping and dining district. It’s across the street from the destination mall known as Greenbelt and the Ayala Museum, which contains paintings by Philippine art stars Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo and Fernando Zobel, among quite a few other things.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: There’s only one place in Manila that can lay claim to the largest hotel room in the city, and that’s the Makati Shangri-La. Its Presidential Suite comprises almost 3,400 square feet of chandeliers, couches and ornate furniture, with a kitchenette and a window-front bathtub. It also boasts an unparalleled Google Earth’s–eye view of Manila’s bewildering sprawl.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: After avoiding mototaxis on Manila’s busy highways for a few hours, take a break at the Spa at the Shangri-La. The signature Hilot treatment combines massage and chiropractic manipulation—with a generous dollop of coconut oil—to thoroughly relax traffic-stressed muscles.