An orthopedic bed, a roasted beef, a simply heartfelt stroke of hospitality
Coined terms for socials like “intimate gathering” and “celebrate responsibly” prove that the pandemic mutated our ways on how to celebrate. Now that the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations are fast approaching, how do you plan to spend them?
“Resting on an orthopedic bed, waiting for the melt-in-your-mouth roasted beef to be served while feeling that simply heartfelt stroke of hospitality the entire time.” Well, if that imagery dazzles you, then this list of Yuletide offerings below deserves deliberation.
A merry appetite awaits with Acacia’s Holiday Flavours offered from Christmas Eve until December 26. The Christmas buffet spread features Western and Asian cuisine along with the luscious highlights at Waling Waling Café such as Lechon Roll, Roasted Beef Chuck Roll, and Roasted Turkey.
… AND AMERRY STAYCATION
A laid-back holiday fun? Gift yourself and your family that unforgettable holiday getaway with a genuine Filipino hospitality that is simply heartfelt!
A more affordable offer exists too with “‘Tis The Season” room package at Php3,888 nett per room per night which includes Breakfast for Two and a surprise Christmas gift.
NEW YEAR’S EVE DEALS
The trendiest and most functional accessory in the past two years takes center stage! Do not forget to dazzle your mask and win exciting prizes as we greet 2022. Acacia’s New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet is priced at Php 2,488 nett per person on December 31, 2021 at Aves Function Hall.
A fine dining experience on New Year’s Eve is also available! A 4-Course Set Dinner at Php 1,888.00 nett per person is offered at Acacia’s Waling Waling Cafe.
For a more budget-friendly option, “In With a Bang” room package at Php 4,288 nett per room per night entitles you with a Breakfast for Two and complimentary party hats and trumpet.
You will not see any chimney from afar looking at Acacia Hotel Davao nor any fireplace in any of its suites. But the warmth inside, especially this Yuletide season is different. Why? Because it’s simply heartfelt no matter how you would want to celebrate the Holidays. You deserve to get that holiday feeling.
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All are for Davaoenos and for Bakasyonistas as well.
Whether you are spending the Holidays 2019 with family, friends, or significant other, Park Inn by Radisson Davao has a Feel Good Deal for every guest. Choose among these yuletide offerings which will definitely make you feel good and at home.
Feel Good Deals : ACCOMODATION
Have a merry staycation with 3 packages to choose from. All are an overnight stay in a Standard Room with breakfast buffet for two.
Feel Good Christmas
An overnight stay in a Standard Room with breakfast buffet for two plus get holiday drinks for two, and an F&B voucher worth Php 500 for a minimum purchase of Php 2,000. It’s priced Php 4,700 nett per room per night until January 30, 2020 except for December 24 and 31.
The Magic of Christmas
Have a memorable Christmas Eve with The Magic of Christmas Package that includes an overnight stay in a Standard Room with breakfast buffet for two plus Christmas Dinner Buffet for two at the RBG Bar & Grill at Php 7,000 nett per room on December 24.
Midnight Cheers & New Year Wishes
Welcome 2020 with Midnight Cheers & New Year Wishes on December 31. Enjoy an overnight stay in a Standard Room with breakfast buffet for two plus get perks at the New Year’s Dinner and Party for two at Php 8,400 nett per room.
Feel Good Deals : BANQUET
CORPORATE CHRISTMAS PARTY : Colors of the Holiday
Companies and groups can also have a fun and flavorful party with banquet packages – Colors of the Holiday. Choose among three packages with rates starting at Php 1,000 nett per person for a minimum of 50. The packages are available until January 10, 2020.
CHRISTMAS EVE BUFFET : Flicks & Eats on Christmas Eve
Feast on homey Filipino buffet while watching feel-good Christmas movies at RBG Bar & Grill with the Flicks & Eats on Christmas Eve. Rate is at Php 1,499 nett per person on December 24, 6 PM.
NEW YEAR’S EVE BUFFET: Cruise to the New Year
Welcome 2020 with a nautical New Year’s Eve dinner and party with the Cruise to the New Year at Lanzones Room on December 31. Live it up for the coming year with surf and turf buffet, party vibes, and raffle gifts for Php 2,188 nett per person starting at 6 PM.
Feel Good Deals : HOLIDAY TREATS
A range of treats from holiday dips, cookies, and more starting at Php 60 are waiting for you at the Christmas Store at the hotel lobby. Take home some of these for your loved ones. Try the best-seller Park Inn Holiday Cake at Php 650.
So which Feel Good Deal are you getting this Holidays 2019? Whichever joyful treat you are booking, each is crafted to make your Holidays at Park Inn by Radisson Davao feel good and at home. All are for Davaoenos and for Bakasyonistas as well.
When you have been to Davao city recently, it makes sense to say that President Duterte’s hometown is championing its campaign to be the country’s top “Bleisure” destination (Business and Leisure). Acacia, a world class homegrown hotel brand with branches in Manila and Bacolod could not agree more to this. The hotel brand is expected to greet its guests “Madayaw!” with its heartfelt stroke of hospitality this November.
Acacia Hotel Davao adds to the charming bustling stretch of JP Laurel street as you traverse Lanang area. It is across the Carmelite church, sandwiched by SM Lanang Premier Mall and Davao-grown CrossFit gym, Madayaw North. The Tim Tebow CURE Hospital, Lanang Premiere Doctors Hospital, Inc. (opens soon) and seafood haven, Blue Post Boiling Crabs & Shrimps are just three buildings away. The Davao Museum of History and Ethnography at Insular Village is just a five-minute-ride away. The Island Garden City of Samal is just 15 minutes away. It takes 20 minutes to Francisco Bangoy International Airport.
Acacia Hotel Davao offers exclusive benefits and privileges in the Club Lounge when you stay in one of the premier rooms and suites for a more unique and personalized experience.
The hotel offers impressive views of the north. Fill your eyes with astonishment when you witness the immersive ocean view of Samal Islands from some of the 260-well appointed guest rooms.
Local and international cuisine with regional flavors await to both local and foreign guests. The Waling-Waling Cafe offers a wide selection of freshly cooked local cuisine and regional classics. Luk Foo Palace Chinese Restaurant serves high-end Cantonese specialties with distinct flavors.
Acacia Fit, the hotel’s gym is geared with updated equipment centered around wellness. The Venado Pool Bar at the 3rd floor serves refreshments and cocktails while enjoying the swimming pool for a perfect getaway.
Acacia Hotel Davao owns a Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 350 persons with convenient and functional facilities. There are also 9 smaller event venues perfect for memorable and intimate celebrations or even for business events.
Built with world class facilities, surely “Acacia” is soon to be a term used by the Davaoenos and Davao visitors to refer not just to that enchanting, colossal, endemic, shade-providing tree.
“Acacia” in Davao, pertains to that colossal hotel in front of SM Lanang Premier, with enchanting interiors and facilities, serving international dishes with endemic to Davao flavors. Uniquely, it bears a brand of hospitality that nurtures ultimate metropolitan rest and relaxation like a shade an urban tree gives on an extremely hot day for business, leisure or both.
Eden is also now an adventure seeker’s natural playground.
Life’s unicycle where we simultaneously juggle work, personal affairs and sanity, causes us to faint sometimes. If you happen to be in that part of your routine where you are losing balance, startle more that adventurous soul and try daring your circus skills. Get out from the unicycle for a while and treat yourself to face-warpingrides.
How about teasing your circus skills of balance, agility, motor coordination as well as showmanship and physical comedy? Yes, you can not control those funny facial grimaces from the extreme stimuli when suspended at a 60 feet high cable, from a tower in an elevation 3,000 feet above sea level. All these in a day at one of the most popular and most visited mountain resorts in the Philippines today!
Eden Nature Park and Resort, or more commonly known as Eden, is a member of the JVA Group of Companies based in the Davao Region. It is located in Barangay Eden, Toril, Davao City, about 30 kilometers from the city proper and is situated at around 3,000 feet above sea level. A superb tourist attraction that offers tons of activities and amenities for all ages.
The moment you enter the Eden Adventure Park, the topography and the horizon you behold add to the thrill, where the sky rides are seem theatrically arranged. It is like a natural amphitheater where the towers of the rides are constructed at the lower part of the property. When someone is trying any of the extreme sky rides, a majestic horizon is on the backdrop while the spectators from the higher part of the park watch the rider at eye level.
It is like entering a outdoor circus venue where you can be one of the performers of the daring acts at some part of the show or just one of the contagiously thrilled audience watching the other day tour goers trying the rides. The spectators scream with you especially when the 90-degree Skywing is released.
Extreme Sky Experience Rides
Safety is Eden’s paramount concern. Trained attendants and operators ensure your safety. Your safety is significantly enhanced by securing you a body harness and safety gears especially ordered in France.
SKYWHEEL : The “German wheel”-like ride you see from the circus.
You should be atleast 50 kilos. Three wheels are available to travel at the same time.
SKYSWING: It is like flying trapeze, only with harness because you are not a pro.
“After Eco-tourism and Agri-tourism, a third leg – what we call as Adventure Tourism – was added to the resort’s activities. This was to make Eden also cater to the younger and more adventurous generation.” -Brenda Ocampo, Director of Sales and Marketing
SKYCYCLE : Artistic cycling and Slackwire balancing acts combined!
With 6 more lines from 2 when it opened in 2013, this ride is obviously a hit where artistic cycling and slackwire balancing skills are combined.
SKYRIDER: An aerial straps act without the acrobatics.
Since it started operations in October 1997, Eden has evolved from a simple nature park to a Davao destination offering a spectrum of relaxing things to do to heart pumping rides to overcome. It is definitely not just a nature lover’s paradise but also now an adventure seeker’s natural playground or contextually, an aspiring circus performer’s safely harnessed theater. Dangle safely before going back to life’s unicycle!
I am comparing my extreme sky experience to several circus acts to let the readers feel more how every ride feels. This does not necessarily mean that you have to try these like a circus performer. Dangle safely.
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Picking a fabric with travel friendly features is a different story. It exudes your style but eludes you from a fat luggage. Are you ready for the next takeoff?
One of the most touristic things to do in the destination is to dress up like a visitor while being not too flamboyant to intimidate the locals. That garb which gives you comfort, function and the desired immersive vibe of your own flair of style while en route.
This series is dedicated to the sets of outfit one can get inspiration from while travelling. Every episode is also infused with ideas you can add in your itinerary like food and cafe stops, tourist spots, and tech solutions for services while traveling. Our first touchdown, South Cebu!
Macchiato Espresso and Bulgogi Pizza to kick off the trip! (The Pyramid, IT Park Garden)
A baseball cap, a vertically textured tee, jeans and my favorite tasseled loafer wrapped my touchdown-to-first-stop look. I also brought with me a jacket which complements the shades of the cap, the shirt and the shoes. The cap, the jacket and the jeans insulate heat while at the airport and during in-flights, especially during early morning flights. Easy to slip-on foot wear like this gives you less hassle during the airport security procedures upon check in.
Wandering around the Queen City of the South was made smoother using Grab Car. This was my first time to depend on the app all my transportation needs in a trip. (1) The rates are fixed no matter how heavy would the traffic be towards your destination. This also deters the possibility that your driver might try to take the longer route to charge you bigger from the ideal rate. That is very important to travelers who are new to the place. (2) The en route comfort and exclusivity. You seem to have a personal driver and own car. What is a few more tens in exchange of that convenience?
Food Trip at the Sugbo Mercado Weekend Food Market, IT Park Garden
HOT AND HOLY IN SOUTH CEBU
Hot Morning Stops : Whale Shark Watching and Tumalog Falls, Oslob
I chose a low U tank and a printed swimming shorts to enjoy both the ocean with the sharks and the cold spring from the waterfalls. I wore a long sleeve polo over the tank-short combo for both style and protection. The entire look shows a monochrome green tropical look finished with a dark brown Panama hat without its bow.
The long sleeves guarded the skin from the pinching sun, possible skin irritants from the air during motorcycle ride (had several experience from previous trips) and plant swords while trekking towards the falls. I easily rolled these sleeves when it got humid while it served as a bathrobe every after the water romance.
ROADSIDE LOCAL FOODS : Squid Adobo from a Carenderia, tropical fruits and the famous Lechon from Carcar Public Market
Holy After-Lunch Visit: Simala Shrine, Sibonga
Just like visiting in any religious tourist spot, we have to be in a respectful drape. Thus, I folded a pair of smart linen pieces for this church visit which was light to carry in my back pack early that morning.
This was my favorite outfit for this trip. The entire look showed a smart casual appeal made touristy because of the linen material. Fortified such appeal with the leather shoes and the same hat I used earlier that day, but now with a hankie that serves as its bow.
This was the most relaxing part of the trip. I thanked for the blessings and surpassed trials from 2018, both in the family affairs and corporate matters. I also asked for wisdom on my plans for 2019. I was relieved, thankful and confident after praying. The feeling was as light and breathable as the linen that touches my skin every time the wind blows as I strolled throughout the vast temple.
Spent few more minutes taking photos of the impressive European design of the church and of course some Gram-worthy photos of the place as my background.
LINEN IN THE CITY
The third day started late. After dressing up, we tried Gibb’s for lunch before heading to SM Seaside. The Spicy Honey Garlic wings were my favorites. Urban Cebu was hot and humid that day. Thus, I chose to wear another linen pair. This time, I opted a long sleeved linen shirt since part of our itinerary was to visit the Sto Niño Basilica later that day (but unfortunately, it was already closed by the time we arrived. TIP: Be there not later than 5PM).
Linen is a travel friendly fabric. Apart from it is light in your luggage, it is also easy to dry. I washed my linen pants that night as I arrived in my stay since it was stained with chocolates I ate during the long bus rides. Don’t judge me. Smirk.
I met with a close friend from high school at SM Seaside. My chum recommended “10 Dove Street Confectionery” so eagerly and persuaded me to catch up there over cakes and coffee. I loved the Mango Pandan slice.
A cream tee, jeans and the leather loafer sealed my last-stop-to-takeoff look. Accented it with a hankie-turned-to-scarf to blend with the French ambiance of La Vie Parissiene. Yes, Airport Looks tend to be with similar style pieces. Same material, same heat insulating purpose while inside a wintry airport and aircraft.
It was my second visit here. Chose the enclosed part of the restaurant this time. Enjoyed the night with Shanpelino and pizza. Shot some photos, did online updating and reminisced funny travel stories from the previous days with the team while sipping some Moscato in betweens.
We ended the night at 10 PM to prepare for our flight by 6AM. After packing up my things, I sneaked for some alone time with a cocktail at a nearby bar from our stay. Drafted my prognostications for 2019 on my phone’s Notes. On top of it was “Sell handsomely,Travel handsomely.”. Then, I Grab-ed our ride to the airport.
We all search for ideas of what to wear on the specific stops of our trip. Picking a fabric with travel friendly features is a different story. It is in fact a travel-style hack. It exudes your style but eludes you from a fat luggage. Are you ready for the next takeoff?
The ambitious vibe of the urban living is always arousing especially to the bold dreamers. But these aspirants also long for the beach vibe.
One of the guests I was able to network with during the Philippine Airlines event two months ago, told me about the ostentatious difference between today’s Davao city from his last visit four years earlier, “I am from Mandaluyong. I last visited Davao perhaps around 4 to 5 years ago. And it’s really very different now. It is like the renaissance of Digong’s turf, an infrastructure rebirth.”.
Over the past two years, Davao’s economic age is indeed on its puberty. Corporations which are used to be boxed in Manila, are starting to build their Mindanao offices around the Durian city. More obviously, as you commute around the city now, real estate properties sprouted creating seemly like a bar graph on your horizon.
May your choice be a condominium, house and lot or just simply a lot, I rest the decision on to you and to your affordability. My point here is, what if that peaceful Davaoeno neighborhood you aspire is now found in the soothing charm of the French Riviera?
A French Riviera-inspired community along the Davao Gulf. An aspiration, isn’t it?
Ocean Cove Beach Residences : A microcosm of a peaceful Davaoeno neighborhood in a French Riviera
Ocean Cove Beach Residences is an 18.3-hectare French Riviera-inspired seaside community located in Davao’s scenic Bago Aplaya, Talomo District. Only 12km from Davao City, it is highly accessible to both public and private transport via the access road leading to Mergrande Ocean Resort. It is your seaside home with typical lot cuts at 144-250 sqm. More details at https://www.filinvest.com/projects/ocean-cove/ .
Men U Open Collar Shirt : The supple seaside wear
The coastal vibe of Ocean Cove blends with a perfect seaside wear. Pieces which are made from materials which protect from the pinch of the sun but are light and supple for the breeze of the sea.
The infinity pool with the amazing landscapes of Samal Island and Talikud Island.
A fabric which moves with you when you are enjoying the shore vibe but seemly traces your silhouette when you are paused, staring at the horizon, waiting for the sea wind’s next blow.
The disposition of where you live is influential to a city resident. The ambitious vibe of the urban living is always arousing especially to the bold dreamers. But these aspirants also long for the beach vibe. That soothing chi of the shore, twice a week or even the hours after work, everyday.
May your stay in a seaside be frequent or forever, enjoy the seconds with perfectly matched wearables. Aspire a style that suits to the estate.