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This Aesthetic New Hotel in Metro Manila Will Instantly Transport You to a Japanese Vacation

You could even take a relaxing dip in their hinoki bathtub!
This Aesthetic New Hotel in Metro Manila Will Instantly Transport You to a Japanese Vacation
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You could even take a relaxing dip in their hinoki bathtub!

There’s a reason why Japan sits at the forefront of budding travelers’ bucket lists. With the island country’s captivating combo of history and contemporary culture, we can speak for many when we say that we’re itching to witness them firsthand. While border restrictions slowly ease its way back to normalcy, in the meantime, Japanophiles can dip into the experience without stepping into an airport–just head over to Newport World Resorts’ latest addition to its roster, Hotel Okura.

What to expect at Hotel Okura, Newport World Resorts’ aesthetic Japanese staycation spot

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Passports and visas aren’t necessary, but visitors will be transported to the Land of The Rising Sun in a quick blink. The hotel’s atrium lobby is a peek into the Japanese influences that fills its halls, starting from the structures and prominent natural elements made of wood and stone. Visitors will be welcomed by a glass pagoda reception era, where a minimalist rock garden and a mountainous landscape encircles the atrium.

Accommodations

With 190 guests rooms in the luxury hotel, Okura doesn’t run short when offering five-star-worthy comfy stays. Each personal space comes with a luxurious bed, bathtub, rainfall shower, flatscreen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, multimedia room controls, and a Nespresso coffee machine.

Deluxe Room
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Hinoki-Yu Room
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Palace Suite Twin
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But what makes the stay quintessentially Japanese? None other than the bathroom. Toilets are equipped with a state-of-the-art high-tech bidet–because this is Japan we’re talking about! The centerpiece, however, might just be the Hinoki-yu room’s round wooden bathtub made of Hinoki or Japanese cypress. These ultra relaxing tubs were handcrafted by artisans, delivered straight from Nagano prefecture’s mountainous Nagiso town. Transporters might not exist yet, but this could be the next best thing to an instant visit to a Japanese hot spring.

Deluxe Room Twin Bathroom
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Hinoki-yu Room Hinoki Tub
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Palace Suite Twin with Hinoki Tub
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Amenities

What’s a vacation without plunging into a pool somewhere? At Hotel Okura’s topmost floor, a 20-meter heated swimming pool awaits in-house guests. The added bonus? They can swim while taking in the view of Manila’s gorgeous skyline.

SORA Rooftop Pool
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Outside of swimming, visitors will be able to take their fully-equipped fitness center for a spin, as well as Okura’s jet baths, steam, and soothing sauna rooms.

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Food

The Japanese experience isn’t complete without taking taste buds for a journey, too. And as a treat, its culinary hot spots are a league of their own–including a Michelin-starred restaurant! 

The hotel has two dining options: Yamazato serves signature Japanese fine dining and is the ideal spot for private business meetings and more intimate gatherings. Its Amsterdam outpost bagged a Michelin star back in 2002, and the Philippine version is also one to watch out for as it dishes up kaiseki, a traditional multi-course dinner with strictly quality ingredients.

Yamazato entrance
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Yamazato's private Teppan room
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Yamazato's Autumn/Winter kaiseki first course
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Want something more laidback? The location also has Yawaragi, an all-day dining spot that fuses both Western and Asian culinary sensibilities. They also serve high tea and cocktails, plus diners can eat to their hearts’ content at the robatayaki counter!

Hotel Okura Manila is located at Newport World Resorts, 2 Portwood Street, Pasay City.

Deluxe Room rates start at PHP 12,500+++ per night, inclusive of a welcome amenity, breakfast for two persons, and exclusive access to the hotel’s facilities. All room rates are subject to 12% VAT, 10% service charge, and local city tax. For room reservations and further information, please call +63 2 5318 2888 or email reservations@hotelokuramanila.com, or visit hotelokuramanila.com.

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