Christmas 2016

8 chill ways you can make Makati your place-to-be this holiday season

Makati has a lot of surprises fit for everyone this Holiday season. In photo is a gingerbread Christmas display at Fairmont Makati. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

Makati has a lot of surprises fit for everyone this Holiday season. In photo is a gingerbread Christmas display at Fairmont Makati. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

While Makati has been known to be one of the metro’s business districts–where towering buildings stand side by side, and people wearing corporate suits always seem so busy—the city has places to go to for a reprieve, and even celebrations for the Holiday season.

As a city that makes it all happen, Makati has something in store for everyone to make it the destination-to-be this Christmas season. From staycations to trying a new adventurous sport, Makati City, Ayala Land, Mastercard, and partner hotels is making it all happen for you.

Here are some of the activities to enjoy at Makati this Holiday season:

1. Get that well-deserved staycation with your family.

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's Flavors Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Make It Makati.

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati’s Flavors Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Make It Makati.

For those who want to spend a well-deserved holiday break away from the madding crowd, spend a staycation with your family at Holiday Inn & Suites, Fairmont, or Raffles.

As a treat, Holiday Inn & Suites Makati is offering a complimetary stay at a chosen Holiday Inn partner hotel abroad. For every night stay on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with the best available rate, guests get a complimentary one-night stay at either Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit 22 or Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong.

Stay period is until December 31 but the complimentary night redemption at the partner hotel can be availed from November 1 to March 31, 2017.

The hotel’s Flavors Restaurant also has a 2 + 1 offer on buffet lunch or dinner, which means for every two full paying guests, the third person can eat for free.

It is also worth it to check Holiday Inn & Suites Makati’s Tinsel’s Candy Factory where guests can create and personalize their Christmas hampers—a perfect gift for loved ones this season.

On the other hand, one can avail themselves of a 50% discount on Fairmont Makati’s bed and breakfast offering, which includes a daily breakfast for two at Spectrum, complimentary high speed internet and local calls, 1 + 1 lunch buffet at Spectrum, and 50% off on regular treatments at the Willow Stream Spa.

Raffles, meanwhile, offers a 30% off on best available rates package during weekends, which includes buffet breakfast for two at the Spectrum, complimetary high speed internet and local calls, a classic afternoon tea and evening cocktails for two at the Writers Bar.

2. Unwind and enjoy happy hour or afternoon tea at a discounted price.

Unwind with some drinks at Raffle's Long Bar. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

Unwind with some drinks at Raffle’s Long Bar. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

For non-hotel guests, Long Bar and Spectrum is still worth a visit with the former giving one complimentary choice of tapas when they get the Happy Hour offer or the 3 + 1 package on lunch and dinner buffet at the Spectrum.

3. Treat yourself to Fairmont spa’s signature massage.
For pampering, avail yourself of the 30% off on regular spa treatments from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays at the Willow Stream Spa in Fairmont.

4. Enjoy exclusive privileges at Rustan’s.
Rustan’s is giving away exclusive privileges when you book at Holiday Inn & Suites, Raffles, and Fairmont using your Mastercard. Shoppers who spend a minimum of Php 5, 000 when shopping at Rustan’s Makati, get a Php500 off voucher.

Other privileges include a personal shopping assistance, free delivery, and complimentary use of VIP lounge for Platinum, World Elite, and World Mastercard holders.

5. Don’t miss the Festival of Lights.

See the Festival of Lights, which has been named among Conde Nast Traveller's Seven Most Spectacular Lights Shows in the World. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

See the Festival of Lights, which has been named among Conde Nast Traveller’s Seven Most Spectacular Lights Shows in the World. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

An annual tradition, Ayala’s Festival of Lights, with the lights and sounds show as the main attraction, has truly been a spectacle to behold. For this year, the show promises its audience an “immersive experience” with its three distinct medleys.

(Read: http://www.interaksyon.com/lifestyle/video-forget-the-traffic-festival-of-lights-makes-makati-a-delightful-christmas-destination)

6. Immerse inside a giant Christmas tree.

The view inside the 56-feet giant Christmas tree at Circuit Makati. Photo by RomsanneOrtiguero, InterAksyon.

The view inside the 56-feet giant Christmas tree at Circuit Makati. Photo by RomsanneOrtiguero, InterAksyon.

Circuit Makati’s giant 56-feet Christmas tree is not just towering and brightly lit. It is an immersive Christmas tree installation where one can stay inside and marvel at the colorful lights while sitting on a patch of grass-like floor.

7. Channel Katniss Everdeen and learn archery.

Kodanda's instructors teaching the basics of archery. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

Kodanda’s instructors teaching the basics of archery. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.

For those who wanted to try a new activity or polish their archery skills, visit Kodanda Archery Range in Makati Square along Chino Roces Avenue. For Php580 per person per hour, one can learn the basics of this sport with a guidance of an instructor.

8. Have your creative photos taken at the Miracle Art Exhibition at Happyworld Museum.

Take a lot of selfies insidethis fun and interactive museum.  Photo courtesy of Make It Makati.

Take a lot of selfies insidethis fun and interactive museum.  Photo courtesy of Make It Makati.

The museum features highly interactive three-dimensional paintings and different forms of optical illusions that can make one appear as part of the artwork when photographed. Visit the museum at Circuit Makati this season.

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