Pag-asa has just announced that the rainy season has started. Have you had your summer getaway? We have, in the city jungle that is.
While a number of our neighbors went to the provinces for a vacation last Holy Week, our little family opted to take advantage of the Easter Kids Staycation Camp package of Holiday Inn & Suites Makati. The hotel situated above Glorietta 2 offered a sulit package which was perfect for a short summer escapade for the family.
For a minimum of two nights stay from March 24 to 27, guests got these inclusions:
- Deluxe room accommodation for two adults and two children
- Complimentary membership to Holiday Inn Kid’s Club for up to two children
- “Visita Iglesia” for the adults on Good Friday (will start early morning)*
- Film showing and Wii tournament for children*
- Trip to KidZania Manila for two adults and two children (scheduled on Saturday morning)
- Access to Easter Egg Hunt activity (scheduled on Sunday afternoon)
- Rate is inclusive of buffet breakfast (Flavors Restaurant)
* We were not able to join these
We checked-in on Good Friday and as expected the traffic was smooth from Quezon City to Makati City. We brought along our old-but-trusted-and-reliable car and entered the parking entrance of the hotel near Healthy Options on Palm Drive - which is the same parking entrance for Glorietta - then followed the directions leading to the designated space for hotel guests. The security guard guided us to the lobby floor (4th floor).
There were a few guests checking-in when we arrived; the front desk was able to respond more quickly than I had expected. Together with our key cards, they also gave us the Kids Club kits of Little V and Baby Z. We were also informed of the schedule for our trip to Kidzania the next day.
|Kids Club kits of V and Z|
Our home for the weekend was the nearest from the elevator. In fact, our door is 3 steps away from the service elevator - which was convenient when we went to and fro the pool. I've read in some reviews to stay away from these rooms as the noise from the people walking along the hallways can be heard. But in our case, we didn't experience any noise from other guests.
Thanks to my momnesia, I forgot which floor our room was. Haha! But we were quite high and our view was facing Palm Drive.
Our 32 square meter room had a king-sized bed, a flat screen TV, a study desk, sofa, and a toilet and bath.
Let me show you the room:
|soft and firm pillows|
|Awww... no bath tub :(|
Amenities of the room:
- Cable / Satellite TV
- Work Desk w/ Lamp
- Wireless and Wired Internet available
- Bathroom / Personal Care
- Private Bathroom
- Coffee Maker
- Mini Bar
- Mini Refrigerator
- Tea Maker
- Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
- Iron / Ironing Board
- Separate Hanging Closet
We requested for a baby cot for Baby Z and they provided it at no cost to us. I really liked that their crib was big and sturdy. Also, they provided the baby a firm mattress, unlike other hotels that just offered the same matt that originally came with the crib. The sheets were clean and my child slept soundly in it.
|Chicco baby cot/playpen|
After a quick afternoon nap of the kids, we visited the swimming pool at the roofdeck. Our little baby turned 8 months that day and we gifted her her first swim. Oh how much she loves the water!
|Clockwise from top left: Baby Z checking out the pool; Mama and Baby; trying the baby floater with Baby Z and Little V on yellow and green rashguard|
We didn't get to try the adult pool since the 2 kids were with me while Hubby took our pictures.
The attendants and lifeguard were alert and courteous. They also provided us towels, of course.
Also on the same floor was the spa, gym, and a bar.
Malls were closed for the holidays so we decided to have dinner at their buffet restaurant at the lobby floor. We were greeted by the easter bunnies on display at the entrance.
Tip: Always call in advance to reserve a table. Our waiting time was lessened because we reserved our table ahead of time.
|Crowded on a Good Friday night|
It was crowded that night.
The food selection was OK, not too extensive which was fine to me since I can't/don't eat that much.
I would have to commend the restaurant and hotel for being child-friendly. They have food selections for kids, I didn't have a hard time choosing for my picky preschooler. But for the baby, of course, her 'allowed' food is limited.
|She didn't want to wear a bib!|
Have I mentioned that kids eat here for free? Yup. Didn't pay a single centavo for the kids' meals.
Their high chair is another Chicco brand, which I hoped they cleaned thoroughly (OC mom here!). They also provide kiddie plates, cutlery, cups, even a WATERPROOF BIB and SIPPY CUP! Top that!
We also had our breakfast buffet in this resto and the mornings were less crowded than dinnertime.
When we got back to our room from dinner, we were surprised to find Easter treats and milk on the table. So cute!
|Too cute to eat!|
The next morning, we woke up early for breakfast and prepared for our trip to Kidzania. On Little V's first trip there, he was with his aunts - officially, this was our family's first field trip.
We gathered at the ground level near the concierge and waited for our transport. Families were then ushered to the 3 hotel vans outside.
The vans had complimentary bottled water for us.
When we got to Kidzania, we fell in line on a special lane for Holiday Inn guests.
Little V was able to do the jobs he was not able to do so on his first visit. There were still a lot of jobs he wasn't able to cover. I reckon you will need at least 5 visits to do all the jobs in this place!
One of the activities the children did at the Easter Kids Camp of @himakati is their visit to @kidzaniamanila Little V finally got a chance to try the activities/jobs he wasn't able to do on his first visit last Christmas. More than anything else, we are glad that our son learned how to line on queue, take turns, respect others, and "earn" through hard work. #easterkidscamp #holidayinnmakati #mommybloggersph #petitemommasworld #momswhoblog #kidzaniamanila #certifiedbloggers #homeschool #homeschoolph
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At 2pm, we were picked up by the vans and went back to the hotel.
In the afternoon, Little V went for a swim.
The malls were already open that day so we chose to have dinner at Glorietta that night.
Before hitting the sack, a hotel employee visited us and brought the kids each a goodie bag filled with treats.
On Easter Sunday, it was time to head back home. The Easter Egg Hunt activity would start at 2pm so we requested for a late checkout.
Before 2pm, we checked out and went to the venue at the lobby floor. The event started with a game for the kids and then a dance from the mascot of a multivitamin for kids. The kids (and adults!) were amazed at how great a dancer the mascot was. Reminded me of Jollibee's dance showdown! Haha!
Anyway, there were confusion on the egg hunt and a lot of parents pushed their way for their kids to get a head start. I mean, seriously, do you really have to meddle? Let the kids play on their own!
It was our son's first time to attend an egg hunt and I'm glad he was able to get 2 eggs despite the crowd of bigger kids around him. Good job, kid!
|Clockwise from top left: Little V with event backdrop; small pool where the toddlers hunted their Easter eggs; with Cherifer Boy; getting his first Easter eggs; distribution of loot bags; games before the hunt|
We had a great weekend spent at the Easter Kid Staycation Camp! Our hotel stay was more memorable because of the activities, it was as if we had a major summer getaway, just more subtle - which is perfect for families like ours who have smaller kids and babies!