OKADA Manila: How to Experience the Best Family Staycation Ever @OkadaManila

❗️As featured in 20 Best Staycations in Manila of the Decade (2020)! https://flic.kr/p/2a1zp8X We love staycations in Manila, and this is our best staycation experience of 2018 so far! Dubbed as “Manila’s Grand Icon,” OKADA Manila in Entertainment City is a 44-hectare oceanfront Japanese Integrated Resort with a steel and glass facade. https://youtu.be/UzPKcQQpb40 It’s the flagship Okada Manila resort and the largest integrated resort in Manila, integrating a 993-room Y-shaped hotel, 10 restaurants, 4522 square meters of ballroom and function rooms, Asia’s largest ultra-luxury indoor beach club and the world’s largest multicolor dancing water feature in one massive complex. We celebrated Yugi’s 4th birthday weekend at Okada and here’s how to organize your own awesome family staycation: OKADA MANILA Address: New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City, 1701, Metro Manila, Philippines Telephone: +632 8880 7555 Email: RoomReservations@okadamanila.com RestaurantReservation@okadamanila.com HotelSalesAndMarketing@okadamanila.com SpaReservation@okadamanila.com FacebookOkada Manila Instagram@okadamanila Website: www.okadamanila.com Rates: The cheapest weekend rate for Premium King Suite: ₱ 32,000/night. Pricing changes based on day and availability so best to check out Okada Manila’s low rates and availability here: Booking.com | Okada Manila (9.3 Superb rating)* Agoda.com | Okada Manila (9.2 Exceptional rating)* OKADA Blog Series: • OKADA MANILA: How to Experience the Best Staycation Ever?! @OkadaManila • LA PIAZZA: Your Next Italian Romantic Date with an Awesome View of The Fountain @OkadaManila! • COVE MANILA: Southeast Asia’s Biggest Beach Club & Nightclub! @OkadaManilaCOVE MANILA: Sunday Brunch + Pool Party? @OkadaManila


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WELCOME TO OKADA! https://flic.kr/p/2ae66oo You’ll love the whimsical high-ceiling grand lobby with flowers of red and pink palatte that welcomes you during your stay at Okada. https://flic.kr/p/28ViPwg Some people just love to hang out even in the lobby lounge for a nightcap or reunion with friends. https://flic.kr/p/2acZAZW The staff is awesome and would go out of their way to be of service to you.


OKADA STAYCATION ROOM Deluxe Room (1550) https://flic.kr/p/2aij6UT Their basic deluxe rooms are quite spacious at 60 square meters with a maximum occupancy of 3. https://flic.kr/p/Lxn6Jc The rooms have their own jet tub overlooking the bay with separate bath and toilet areas. https://flic.kr/p/29cSY7u It has a walk-in closet and a pantry. And, yes, the room is in funky pink color.   Executive Suite (1565) & Premium Suite (1565) https://flic.kr/p/N9URvb We stayed in an Executive Suite (200-250 sqm) which serves as the Master Bedroom. https://flic.kr/p/LwgkKX We have our own luxuriously spaced jet tub with a view. https://flic.kr/p/28Uf7ZM Yes, we have his and hers bathrooms situated on the left and right side of the room. https://flic.kr/p/28UeMvr The hotel toiletries, by Roberto Cavalli for Okada, are definitely plush. https://flic.kr/p/2ad16PE The bathrooms have separate toilet and bath for efficient access. https://flic.kr/p/2ad1cBm There’s a spacious walk-in closet and make-up room ideal for preparing for an evening ball or a wedding reception. https://flic.kr/p/27ws2i7 The parents’ room is connected to a Premium Suite Double (120-200 sqm) which serves as the kids’ rooms with an extra bed. https://flic.kr/p/2ad39Rh Yugi was so happy sleeping with his Curly Mocha Okada Bears. https://flic.kr/p/29cPDNS Even if it is raining heavily outside, the kids can still enjoy swimming and hanging out safely in the jet tub. https://flic.kr/p/Lwg1Ht The bathroom has a large mirror and two sinks. https://flic.kr/p/28UeJYx The shower is also spacious, with marble tiles and seating set-up. https://flic.kr/p/29bNiRW The living room area serves as the reception for the room if you like to have more privacy during your hotel stays. https://flic.kr/p/LwhXUt All the windows and lighting are automatically controlled with a Digivalet unit. https://flic.kr/p/2ad2tCN We designated one of the common rooms as the entertainment room where we connected the PlayStation. https://flic.kr/p/N9WhxU There is also a special massage room where you can enjoy a relaxing massage in the comfort of your room. https://flic.kr/p/29bNKdh The Executive Suite has a long marble dining table where you can delight in some family time while enjoying the welcome fruit basket and chocolates in a cool flower set-up. https://flic.kr/p/27xA5Tw Yugi had fun celebrating his birthday with the boys and the family. https://flic.kr/p/29bQRH7 I enjoyed working from this table with a grand view of  Cove Manila dome, the Coral Wing and the magnificent Manila Bay. https://flic.kr/p/N9Xd4S The rooms are located on the Pearl Wing of the hotel, with wide corridors and geometric patterned carpet.


MEDLEY BREAKFAST https://flic.kr/p/2aiyLHu The breakfast at Medley was quite extensive and the same throughout our stay. https://flic.kr/p/28UieFM The boys loved the Japanese section with tempura stations… https://flic.kr/p/N9XmP7 …and eat-all-you-can sushi and sashimi. https://flic.kr/p/29bRPRj You can also start with the smoked and cured meats… https://flic.kr/p/N9Xq7j …or start with a healthy serving of fruits and yogurt. https://flic.kr/p/28UiTcZ There are lots of stations in the buffet set-up that you can tour first to check out what you want. https://flic.kr/p/LwjyuP We loved their bacon and sausage selections. https://flic.kr/p/29bRy47 You can check out this corner if you are craving for Korean for breakfast. https://flic.kr/p/2ahicmc They have a good selection of Chinese dim sum like pork and shrimp siomai, hakao, vegetable dumpling and siopao. https://flic.kr/p/28UiErD There’s also a classic Filipino breakfast section at the end of the buffet for your silog fix. https://flic.kr/p/2ahigH8 My favorite is the make your own noodles and soup section. https://flic.kr/p/29bRHLo Order the creamy laksa and specify if you like to have more spice and more balls added into it. https://flic.kr/p/28UivA2 There’s a good array of desserts and cakes. https://flic.kr/p/27wwaVj But I couldn’t resist the native treats like suman, kutchinta and pichi-pichi. https://flic.kr/p/2ahhwo2 There’s a large play area for kids and tv station where the boys can hangout while parents enjoy a lazy breakfast.


GORYEO KOREAN LUNCH https://flic.kr/p/2aijkpi The restaurant’s name is Korean inspired, derived from Goryeo—one of the Three Kingdoms in Korea: Gugoryeo, Silla and Baekje. https://flic.kr/p/2ae7F9C Ala Carte Menu: Meat- Beef, Pork | A La Carte | Rice and Stew | Snack and Noodles | Desserts With an interior of geometric designs with red, yellow and white patterns, its main highlight is the Korean Meat grill. https://flic.kr/p/NaYUSC Drinks Menu: Wine by the GlassChampagne, Sparkling, White Wine | Rose, Red Wine | Red, Sweet Wine | Classic Cocktails and Spirits |  Beer, Juice, Coffee, Tea They have a good selection of drinks which is the same across all Okada restaurants. https://flic.kr/p/LxnCPt We loved this table with a backdrop of the declaration of Hangeul (language) in 1464. https://flic.kr/p/29cTqFm This acts like a chef’s table because you can see the action in the open kitchen. https://flic.kr/p/28VjhHR You can also reserve private rooms for your confidential meetings. https://flic.kr/p/NaYDwC Start with a banchan of Kimchi, Potato Salad, Seaweeds, Potato Mochim, Chives Kimchi and Anchovies. https://flic.kr/p/29cTTQb Haemul Pajeon (Seafood Pancake) (₱ 700) Crusty pizza-shaped pancakes with seafood bits and vegetables that even kids love. https://flic.kr/p/NaYZQJ So-Galbi Jjim (Braised USDA prime beef short ribs) (₱ 1,400) Beef is tender and full of flavor with sauce that you can top over the rice. https://flic.kr/p/2ae6LuE Shin Ramen (Korean Ramen) (₱350) Sometimes, I like to start with a spicy soup to stimulate the appetite. https://flic.kr/p/2aijZj6 Ramen Bokki (Stir-fried Ramen) (₱550) Spicy ramen noodle with lots of cheese cooked table-side. https://flic.kr/p/28VjG7p Dwaejigogi Modeum Gui (Assorted Special Pork Set) (₱2,000). Samgyeupsal (pork belly), Moksal (pork neck), hanjhongsal (special pork neck), Jumuluk (pork belly) You can order the meat sets for your Korean grill. https://flic.kr/p/28VjSkR The meat can be grilled in front of you and I like mine cooked medium rather than well done. https://flic.kr/p/27xynDE You can enjoy the meat by itself or you can dip it in Sam Jang (soy bean paste), Yakiniku Salt or Pepper with Sesame Oil. https://flic.kr/p/2ae725w Sogogi Modeum Gui (Assorted Special Beef Set) (₱2,900). Galbi Sal (boneless short rib), Kkodeungsin (prime rib eye), Mapojumulleuk  (ansim beef tenderloin) The beef set is the best option with a serving of the best meat that you can share with the family. https://flic.kr/p/NaZR2u I like their charcoal system; you won’t smell like Korean BBQ after eating here. https://flic.kr/p/29cU9mA My favorites are the Galbi Sal for beef and Samgyeupsal for the pork. https://flic.kr/p/29cUx1J Yangnyeom Galbi (Marinated bone-in short ribs) and Japanese Eel You can also order a grilled duo of the galbi and the Japanese eel to have a variety of flavors. https://flic.kr/p/28Vkip8 For dessert, don’t forget to order the Korean Bingsu to clean your palate and have a satisfying sweet ending. (Note: The bingsu was a special treat during our visit and will be available soon) https://flic.kr/p/27xyEi1 I like to have more toppings than shaved ice plus a slice of cheesecake. https://flic.kr/p/2ae7mpJ

Thank you to Goryeo Chef Hak Jin Lee for the awesome Korean lunch!


PLAY https://flic.kr/p/29cVBNh PLAY which stands for “Purposeful Learning and Activities for the Young” is Okada Manila’s indoor playground and learning space. https://flic.kr/p/2aikRV6 You can play in the Sports Zone which tends to be the busiest area. https://flic.kr/p/Lxp2xx A 2-level play and slide area called Junguru. https://flic.kr/p/2ae87e7 Mini Steps is where you step on items in an interactive projected map. https://flic.kr/p/29cVsRQ Defeat the villains in Wiza, an interactive motion sensor game. https://flic.kr/p/2ae8gAJ Mini Me is a baby play area where the young ones can wait and enjoy. https://flic.kr/p/Nb1MkE Little Town is a learning mini-village with a bank, grocery and house. https://flic.kr/p/2ae8kah Kids Snack bar (menu) where you can buy rice toppings, sandwiches and pasta. https://flic.kr/p/Nb1rGb Game Play Stations. https://flic.kr/p/2aikYyg My Party Place is an open events area for birthday celebrations.


OKADA POOL https://flic.kr/p/28VmDaP The pool area is located on the ground floor of the Coral Wing facing the sea, which is a bit of a walk from the Pearl Wing. https://flic.kr/p/2ahmSaS There’s a shallow pool area for kids and an infinity pool for adults with an unobstructed view of Manila’s Sunset. https://flic.kr/p/28VmHzv Pool Bar Food and Drinks Menu You can enjoy the view with some snacks like Chef’s Salad (420), Tuna Wrap (300) and Marbled Cheesecake with Mango (160)… https://flic.kr/p/27xzQGW …over cocktails and drinks—Orange Juice (370), Watermelon (220) or Classic Cocktail (340). https://flic.kr/p/28VmyGF You can walk back to the 3/F Pearl Wing where The Spa and Salon are located.


THE SPA RETREAT https://flic.kr/p/2anjQko This is the best spa and relaxation oasis in Manila with Signature Massage Therapies, Body-Mind Healing and Wellness Therapies and His & Hers Spa Journeys (The Spa Retreat Menu). Best of all, it is open from 10.00 am until 4.00 am. We usually go to the spa after the kids are asleep at night. https://flic.kr/p/Pk6J85 They carefully use natural, organic and premium spa products like Ila Spa, SpaRitual and Deborah Lippmann. https://flic.kr/p/2bsZCP8 Inside is The Retreat Spa pool that’s open daily from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm for in-house adult guests only who are 16 years old and above. https://flic.kr/p/2bsZXaB Best to arrive 30 minutes before your treatment so you can hangout in the mobile-free Relaxation Zone. https://flic.kr/p/2ankcvj You can also exercise first in the 24-hour gym facility before your massage. https://flic.kr/p/Pk6pcu Check out the Wave Dream Lounge where you can relax with the sounds and projected images of rippling water. It’s the first in Southeast Asia to use the Wave Dream technology invented by Swiss physicist Helmut Eigenmann. https://flic.kr/p/MH4Ecr We used the Lian Couples Room with a twin massage bed, jet tub, showers and bath amenities. https://flic.kr/p/2bsZRST Our treatment started with a foot scrub and a relaxing backcial therapy. https://flic.kr/p/28GN5eu Then you have to take a shower together to rekindle the romance and intimacy. https://flic.kr/p/2bpcSFM Couples Connect (120 minutes). Spend time together, rekindle the romance and share a total spa experience with a scrub, backcial, massage and facial using exquisite oils for harmony and love. The last hour of the treatment focuses on a relaxing massage, a refreshing facial and ends with a holding hand ritual. https://flic.kr/p/2ank1Gq After the pampering treatment and couple integration, you can’t help but eat the forbidden fruit from the tree. https://flic.kr/p/Pk6CMA Admittedly, we were a bit hungry and dehydrated so we hung out for a while to eat some snacks and replenish. https://flic.kr/p/MDhw1z Before you go, check out their Hair, Make-up and Nail services (Salon and Barber Menu). This was the perfect barbershop to have Yugi’s first ever haircut after 4 years!


ENBU JAPANESE DINNER https://flic.kr/p/29cW9SS Enbu is one of the coolest Japanese places in Okada because of the good Japanese food, the 2,164-lantern ambiance and the private deck from which to view the Okada fountain. https://flic.kr/p/Nb2v7A The kids loved the bowl of a thousand paper cranes from which they could get some so they could play with these cute mini origami creations. https://flic.kr/p/29cWdhs Enbu Menu: Appetizers | Salad, Fried Dishes | Sashimi | Sushi | Robatayaki | Vegetable | Hot Dishes | Rice & Noodles | Desserts Enbu means dancing fire, and it’s fun to just sit on the bar with the red lanterns above you.  https://flic.kr/p/LxqBXc Grilled Toro Mackerel (₱480) The robatayaki menu is good, and you can get freshly grilled seafood. https://flic.kr/p/LxqGAk Tempura and Noodles (Prawns, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Mushroom) (₱550) If you are looking for good value then you can enjoy the udon noodles in a clear broth… https://flic.kr/p/27xATcJ … served with shrimp tempura with fried pumpkin, sweet potato and mushroom. https://flic.kr/p/2ainSsp Chicken Leg Teriyaki with Japanese Sansyo Sauce (₱680) Never fails to make the kids happy with its sweet teriyaki sauce. https://flic.kr/p/LxqWnt Aradaki (Simmered Salmon Head with Vegetables) (₱780) This is a good healthy pulutan or a light dinner if that’s what you want. https://flic.kr/p/2ae9JTN Enbu Drinks (Sake | Wine by the Glass | Cocktails with a Twist | Classic Cocktails | Whisky | Spirits | Coffee & Tea | Beer & Juice A good place to wind down and drink with friends. https://flic.kr/p/28Vn7ut The best way to enjoy the Okada Fountain is by viewing it from the private terrace of Enbu (or La Piazza on the other side). https://flic.kr/p/27xAo43 The Fountain at Okada Manila is the biggest in terms of size (50 Olympic-size swimming pools), with over 700 high power jets and more than 2,000 multicolored lights that can rival Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and Las Vegas’ Bellagio. Fountain Schedule: Mon to Thu, one song at the top of each hour (6:00 PM to 10:00 PM) Fri to Sat, two songs at the top of each hour (6:00 PM to 12:00 AM) Sun, two songs at the top of each hour (6:00 PM to 11:00 PM)  


FINAL THOUGHTS https://flic.kr/p/LwirKD Okada Manila is one of our family’s best staycations ever because they have the best rooms, the best spa, the best restaurants, not to mention an amazing fountain. We enjoyed relaxing in the room in between the food trips in their restaurants. The Casino areas are off limits for the kids so make sure to have a conversation with them explaining why. This is an awesome place to create lasting memories celebrating life’s milestones and special occasions in Manila.   M A N I L A ’ S  G R A N D   I C O N Carved on 44 hectares of picturesque oceanfront, Okada Manila is Entertainment City’s iconic integrated resort. Stay, play, dine, shop and relax—all amid the luxurious comforts of a one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece. An exclusive retreat where one can enjoy tasteful sophistication. Okada Manila offers its guests the kind of service and attention rarely found elsewhere. An astounding vision in steel and glass, the $2.4-billion integrated resort rightfully elevates the country’s stature as a destination of choice and the place to be! OKADA MANILA Address: New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City, 1701, Metro Manila, Philippines Telephone: +632 8880 7555 Email: RoomReservations@okadamanila.com RestaurantReservation@okadamanila.com HotelSalesAndMarketing@okadamanila.com SpaReservation@okadamanila.com FacebookOkada Manila Instagram@okadamanila Website: www.okadamanila.com Rates: The cheapest weekend rate for Premium King Suite: ₱ 32,000/night. Pricing changes based on day and availability so best to check out Okada Manila’s low rates and availability here: Booking.com | Okada Manila (9.3 Superb rating)* Agoda.com | Okada Manila (9.2 Exceptional rating)* OKADA Blog Series: • OKADA MANILA: How to Experience the Best Staycation Ever?! @OkadaManila • LA PIAZZA: Your Next Italian Romantic Date with an Awesome View of The Fountain @OkadaManila! • COVE MANILA: Southeast Asia’s Biggest Beach Club & Nightclub! @OkadaManilaCOVE MANILA: Sunday Brunch + Pool Party? @OkadaManila  


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  Live an Awesome Life, Anton Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com  * DISCLOSURE: This post may contain affiliate links where the site gets a commission if you decide to purchase from that link with no additional cost to you. We only feature awesome experiences on the site properly disclosed as sponsored or paid at our own expense. The commission will help the site continue our awesome service by paying for the website’s cost, maintenance and review expenses. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. Thank you for the continued support! We paid for our meal at Enbu and our staycation was courtesy of Okada Manila.  I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights. P.S. The best thing is that you can party all night at Cove Manila during your Okada Staycation! Cove Manila