Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat reminded “staycation hotels” to follow the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) guidelines and protocols to provide a pleasurable and safe staycation for visitors who are taking a break after months of quarantine.
The tourism chief went to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bonifacio Global City to assess the hotel’s health precautions.
“While we all want to have a little fun with the family,” Puyat added, “hotel operators must ensure that the health and safety of their visitors and personnel is not jeopardized.”
The Grand Hyatt, Makati Shangri-La, Okada, Shangri-La at the Fort, Nobu Hotel COD, Joy Nostalg Hotel and Suites, EDSA Shangri-La, Solaire, Hyatt Regency COD, and Nuwa COD are among the 10 star-rated hotels with the DOT’s certificate of authority to operate (CAO) for staycation as of Tuesday (Oct. 13).
In Metro Manila, there are now 28 DOT star-rated hotels: 16 five-star and 12 four-star.
“We’re moving forward,” Hyatt General Manager Gottfried Bogensperger said. “Safety is the most important component of a staycation, and we want to make sure that our guests feel completely safe when they come here.”
The Department of Transportation (DOT) updated its staycation hotel standards to include hotels in general community quarantine (GCQ) regions outside of Metro Manila that have received at least a three-star rating from the DOT.
“To ensure that the staycation quality standards for health and safety protocols are in place, only hotels outside of the National Capital Region (NCR) with at least a three-star rating from the Department of Transportation (DOT) can accept guests for staycation, while hotels in Metro Manila should at least be four-star,” Puyat said.
Puyat recently signed an administrative order revising the requirements for hotel operations for staycations under alert level 2.
Those with underlying medical issues or who are currently pregnant will not be allowed to enter the facility,” Puyat warned.
Contactless and cashless interactions for taking bookings and payments are also required to promote minimal physical contact between staff and guests. Authorized hotels must create staycation packages that are tailored to the current market demands and conditions.
A staycation is defined as a leisure activity that includes at least one overnight stay in a lodging establishment that is not an obligatory COVID-19 quarantine facility.
Check out the list of hotels below for hotel staycations under alert level 2
Grand Hyatt Manila
Spectacular Hyatt Manila, a Fort Bonifacio-based hotel, offers nothing short of a grand staycation. Guests are promised a luxurious staycation with top-of-the-line amenities and rooms that exude mid-modern elegance.
Okada Manila Hotel
Okada Manila is a destination in and of itself, featuring a hotel, casino, and retail mall all in one area, providing guests with a diverse range of activities.
With opulent facilities, superb service, and boldly richly furnished rooms, the Okada Manila Hotel will pamper you rotten. From the two world-class retreat spas to the uninterrupted views of Manila Bay from your suite, a staycation here is synonymous with opulence.
Boracay Sands Hotel
The Boracay Sands Hotel is a lovely Mediterranean-style hotel on Boracay Island’s Station 3. An indoor pool and massage services are available at this coastal hotel. In public locations, free Wi-Fi is available.
Boracay Jetty Port is a 10-minute drive from Hotel Boracay Sands, which is a 20-minute boat journey from Caticlan Jetty Port. It takes about two hours to drive to Kalibo International Airport. It takes ten minutes to walk to D’Mall.
The rooms are well-appointed and thoroughly air-conditioned. They are big and feature comfortable beds, a minibar, iPod speakers, and a coffee maker. In the private bathroom, there is also cable TV and free toiletries.
The international cuisine at Sands Bar Restaurant is available. At the bar, guests can get refreshing drinks.
Nobu Hotel City of Dreams
Nobu Hotel’s modern suites reflect a Japanese flair that will make up for those postponed excursions, perfect for those thinking of Japan. The hotel also has cutting-edge amenities like a 23.2m infinity pool, an on-site spa, and the property’s famed Nobu Manila restaurant.
EDSA Shangri-La Manila
The EDSA Shangri-La radiates a level of luxury that no other hotel chain can match. This hotel is more than just any hotel; it has become a famous landmark in the city, making it an excellent choice for those considering a staycation.
EDSA Shangri-La is a sure bet for a much-needed respite in the city, with beautiful panoramic views and dining options from one of the greatest kitchens in town.
In the long run, the government’s rigorous restrictions are for our own safety. We were able to overcome the tough battle against COVID 19, and now we just have minor constraints to keep us from living our lives to the utmost.