Last time we checked, “ber” months are supposed to be cold and breezy. Well, we guess it's not the case anymore since the “brrr” seems to have abandoned us, leaving us with nothing but this crazy hot weather. So next time you find yourself craving that poolside party with friends or simply wanting to chill with piña colada in hand, keep in mind five of our favorite poolside hangs that are all the rage in Manila today:
1. The Palace Pool Club (The Pool Club, 9th Avenue corner 36th St., Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig)
When the concept of a poolside bar became the next big thing in the Manila party scene, The Palace Pool Club sounded like the perfect excuse to have a good time with the gang. Expect two grand swimming pools with 4,000 maximum capacity, multiple bars, 12 lavish cabanas, satellite and mainstay DJ booths, shower and locker rooms, steam rooms, and a personal butler to assist your needs—quite the place party lovers can get used to.
The Palace Pool Club opens daily from 11 AM to 3 AM. For inquiries and reservations, you may call 0917 689 888. For more information, visit their official website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
2. Solaire Pool Bar and Grill (Aseana Ave., Parañaque, Metro Manila)
Solaire’s pool area is your schematic escape if you want a luxurious balance between thrill and comfort. Situated only within a 15-minute drive from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, take time off work and do laps at the pool or prop your feet up its lounge chairs and gazebos. While you’re at it, order a bottle of beer and revel in the beautiful Manila Bay sunset #likeaboss.
3. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila (CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City)
Those who fancy a more relaxed and tropical setting will enjoy Sofitel’s signature lagoon-shaped pool, unique with its refreshing turquoise waters, two giant slides, and cascading waterfalls. Guests can also look forward to local cultural shows and live bands performing regularly at the Sunset Bar while feasting upon their very popular adobo and bulalo or drinking their bestselling mojitos. On Friday and Saturday nights, celebrate outdoor barbecue sessions with hammocks and sunbeds to add much gusto to that tropical charm.
Sofitel’s amenities open daily for in-house guests from 6 AM to 10 PM. For inquiries and reservations, you may call (02) 551-5555. For more information, visit their official website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
4. EDSA Shangri-La (1 Garden Way, Ortigas Centre, Mandaluyong City)
EDSA Shangri-La’s free-form swimming pool surrounded by lush landscaped gardens could possibly be your most ideal staycation to date. As if cooling down by the pool isn’t fancy enough, its pool bar also offers a wide array of signature juices, cocktails, burgers, sandwiches, and pastas served with the perfect touch of exclusivity and luxury. No second thoughts—we’ll gladly take this any day, yes?
5. Marco Polo Hotels Ortigas (Meralco Ave., and Sapphire St., Ortigas Centre, Pasig City)
Popularly known for being a “private oasis in the city,” Marco Polo’s indoor infinity pool offers a breathtaking view of the Ortigas cityscape from the 22nd floor of the hotel—ideal for quiet nights or lazy mornings (6 AM to 10 PM) if you love city lights and skyscrapers as backdrops.