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The Preview Girl's Guide to a Proper Staycation

We let Nobu Hotel teach us the art of doing nothing.
The Preview Girl's Guide to a Proper Staycation
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We let Nobu Hotel teach us the art of doing nothing.

Ah, I love a good staycation. Like many of you, I have a day job and bills to pay, so a total month long vacay isn’t in the picture (maybe in the long run). And like many of you, tuning out of social media from time to time calls to me, too. Staying in over the weekend is best, but why not amp it up? Nobu Hotel offers an awesome Celebrations Package that packs all your sleepover needs in one night – slumber party for one, yassss. BUT take note, you can always bring an SO or BFF as the package accommodates two people for all the included services. Here’s how I spent my mini vacation:

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2PM Checking In

Pretty smooth and easy check in. Plus, they bring you to your room for a more personalized service. Star Wars was on TV, so hey, let me enjoy the king-sized bed with dessert and some sake they left in my room! 

3-5PM Swim Time

Nobu is part of a complex of hotels, but it has its own lap pool. Late afternoon was best for a lowkey swim – the sunset reflecting off all the complex’s gold hotel buildings made for good lighting, so if you have anyone to snap your photo, here’s the perfect time. 

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6-8PM Dinner

After the requisite post-swim nap, it was time for dinner. The P3000 food and beverage credits are actually enough for a couple of people, but seeing as I eat, um, heartily, I decided to maximize the credits at Red Ginger, City of Dreams’ Southeast Asian cuisine restaurant (I fancied myself some sushi, too, but Nobu Restaurant has a very upscale and a higher price range if you’re planning to get full). You can actually use your credits at any COD operated restaurants like Red Ginger, Jin Ting, and Nobu Restaurant.

10PM Renewal Massage

Ahh, the most awaited part of my stay – the 60-minute renewal massage at the Nobu Spa. Your service begins with welcome drinks and a cool towel, and they ask you to fill out a form with a diagram of a body – encircle the parts you want to focus on, and draw an X on the areas you don’t want massaged. As a ticklish person, I appreciate this. Nobody comes near my knees! After you’ve specified your preferences, they let you choose your massage oil – there’s a eucalyptus and peppermint blend, a gingery, VCO-based Philippine hilot blend that has chili oil, a sleep-inducing lavender one, and an invigorating citrusy one. HONESTLY, this is the only time I was stressed in my whole stay. I mean, why did I have to choose, even?s Everything smelled amazing, and they blend the oils themselves. There is no sad, dead-flowers-smelling option. I took about ten minutes selecting what to be slathered with, but in the end I decided with the Philippine hilot one. Marinate me, please.


Then, the therapist finishes your lowkey foot scrub and wash, and leads you to the massage bed which has that usual peep hole for your face so you don’t have to worry about neck strain (my only issue with this was that the little window was cased in a rough fabric and if you have sensitive skin it may hurt you or leave wrinkles if you’ve been face down for 30 minutes). The massage goes like the usual, except it’s great to not have to pause to tell them not to massage wherever. I fall asleep midway, and wake up to the therapist wiping my arms and legs down with a hot compress – also awesome if you aren’t too keen on slip n’ sliding all the way back to your room. The sesh ends with some slightly spicy ginger tea, and I sauntered back to my room to pass out. 

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8AM Breakfast Club

Breakfast is Filipino and Japanese, so if you’re looking for your eggs and bacon or sausage, they’re there. If you’re looking for miso, it’s there too! The breakfast hall is pretty large and they have an egg station, waffle station (with taho on the side!), a bread section, cereals section… Oh, and the best part was all their coffee is from UCC

2PM Check Out

What a difference two hours make! You can ask for this especially if you’re staying over on a weekday, since they’re less busy. Between breakfast and goodbyes, there’s so much time to take another swim, soak in a bubble bath, sink into bed some more before you head home. The slow life is yours, even just for 24 hours. 

NOBU Celebrations Package starts at P14,700 for an overnight stay at their Deluxe City View room, and is only available for bookings made directly through the hotel. They are located at Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue Brgy. Tambo, Paranaque City. Contact them at +632 691 2882 or +63 26912885 or visit their website here.