1 Hour Activities


PHILJETS AERO SERVICES INC.
AAOP Hangar 2, Manila Domestic Airport, Domestic Road Corner MIAA Road, Pasay City
+632-851-0369
philjets.com

GET ABOVE IT ALL

  • Take off on a city-surveying helicopter ride
  • See Manila’s rapidly growing skyline from above

Manila is experiencing a major growth spurt. Throughout the city, construction cranes perch on buildings like flocks of slender-necked birds, and the skyline of just five years ago is a fuzzy memory. This breakneck expansion is best appreciated from above. Climb aboard with Philjets for a 30-minute helicopter tour around Metro Manila and glittering Manila Bay. Our advice? Take off at dusk, and time your aerial tour to catch the showstopper of a sunset over the bay as it magically turns the glassy skyscrapers gold.

From Conrad Manila it’s a 15-minute drive to the Philjets hangar during non-peak hours. Or have the Conrad concierge inquire if Philjets can arrange for a pickup at a helipad closer to the hotel—such as the one at the nearby Solaire Casino.

PHILJETS AERO SERVICES INC.
AAOP Hangar 2, Manila Domestic Airport, Domestic Road Corner MIAA Road, Pasay City
+632-851-0369
philjets.com

A11
2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay
+632-832-9972

AVELLANA GALLERY
2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay
+632-833-8357
avellanartgallery.blogspot.com

JOJIE LLOREN
2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay City
+632-641-9347
+632-401-1194

RECAPTURE MANILA’S HEYDAY

  • Explore refurbished midcentury buildings and a lovely garden
  • Shop for design pieces at A11 boutique
  • Browse work from emerging artists at Avellana Gallery

This city was utterly decimated during the month-long Battle of Manila in World War II—which made its post-war comeback even more impressive. During the mid-20th century the rebuilt and revived metropolis topped global jetsetters’ lists. Glamorous private compounds hosting daily cocktail parties on manicured lawns were all the rage. You can get a glimpse of the era at the 2680 Harrison Street Compound, wandering through a gorgeously refurbished mid-century mansion adorned with space-age sputnik pendant lamps and mixed-media pop art. Drop by A-11, local designer Eric Paras’ concept and retail store that is all about inspired eclectic style of living placed in a heritage house setting. Right next door is Avellana Art Gallery, known for discovering emerging contemporary Filipino artists, such as the late Naïve artist Tatang Bermudez. Bermudez left behind a massive body of work documenting daily life in the rural province of Negros Occidental. If you’re looking to make a fashion statement, don’t miss Jojie Lloren’s Atelier. Peruse his precise and sculptural ready-to-wear, or be fitted for a custom gown; the turnaround for the latter is about two weeks, and the atelier can arrange to have your frock shipped overseas.

The 2680 Harrison Street Compound is just under a mile from Conrad Manila, and should take only 10 minutes to reach by taxi or hotel car. Factor in an additional 10 or 20 minutes during peak hours (such as late afternoon). Traffic should be lightest around noon or right after lunch.

A11
2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay
+632-832-9972

AVELLANA GALLERY
2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay
+632-833-8357
avellanartgallery.blogspot.com

JOJIE LLOREN
2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay City
+632-641-9347
+632-401-1194

SOLAIRE
Aseana Avenue, Parañaque
+632-888-8888
solaireresort.com

PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT

  • Hit the casinos in nearby Entertainment City
  • Try your luck at baccarat

Lady Luck on your side? Then take your chances in neighboring Entertainment City. This complex of high-intensity casinos is big on glitz and glamour, and the fun never stops—quite literally, as the gaming floors are open around-the-clock. Perhaps a middle-of-the-night slot machine session or a bet at the baccarat table is just the cure for your jet-lag. Indeed, no one here would likely raise an eyebrow if you padded over in your pajamas, although men must wear shirts with proper sleeves—there are some rules in this otherwise anything-goes playground. The ding of the slots and bright glow of the massive chandeliers inside the Solaire Casino will wake your travel-addled brain right up. Keep the roulette wheel spinning and the cocktails flowing, and don’t blame us if you wind up staying more than an hour.

Entertainment City is just a five-minute car ride from Conrad Manila. You could walk, but the large busy avenues don’t make for a pleasant stroll. Ask the hotel about free shuttles and drop-off and pick-up options.

SOLAIRE
Aseana Avenue, Parañaque
+632-888-8888
solaireresort.com

MANILA BAY WALK
Roxas Boulevard between Manila Yacht Club and the U.S. Embassy

SLOW DOWN FOR SUNSET

  • Join the locals on Roxas Boulevard at dusk
  • Sample cheese- or corn-flavored “dirty” ice cream
  • Pack a gourmet picnic to enjoy by the bay

Manic-paced Manila rarely slows down—except for the stop-you-in-your-tracks sunset over Manila Bay. Join city residents in their collective pause along Roxas Boulevard as they drink in the pastel sky-show before their evening commute home. This Instagram-worthy moment is made even sweeter with some so-called “dirty” ice cream—an affectionate term for this cheap and much-beloved treat sold by street vendors along the shore. Also known as sorbetes, it’s a creamy blend of coconut milk and cassava flour, and comes in flavors both classic (mango, chocolate, coconut) and curious (corn, cheese, ube or purple yam). Believe us when we tell you that mango-and-cheese is an absolutely stellar combo—seriously! Alternatively, upgrade your sunset stroll with a gourmet picnic. The hotel can send you off with a hamper packed with finger sandwiches, cheese, a charcuterie platter, and sangria cleverly disguised in a to-go jug for the ultimate sundowner.

Have your driver drop you off near the Manila Yacht Club (by the intersection of Quirino Avenue and Roxas Boulevard), then stroll toward the U.S. Embassy. Stop when you find your perfect spot to perch on the sea wall. Travel time from the hotel will be 10 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic; Fridays are the most congested.

MANILA BAY WALK
Roxas Boulevard between Manila Yacht Club and the U.S. Embassy