Resorts World Manila: The Philippines' Most Accessible Luxury-integrated Hotel and Casino by Scott Allford

Image credit: Resorts World Manila

Image credit: Resorts World Manila


Resorts World Manila has it all: the location, restaurants, and two-tier gaming rooms that are vast enough to host several tournaments at a time. Tourists who are looking for a great place to stay after a long flight, or those who are killing time waiting for their next flight to arrive, can wander around this amazing, upscale location that offers a mixed bag of entertainment and is conveniently only 10-15 minutes away from the airport. 

First of all, Resorts World Manila has restaurants owned by internationally recognized chefs. For one, there's Wolfgang Steakhouse, which is owned by none other than world-renowned Wolfgang Zweiner himself. The place prides itself on offering prime cuts of steak, fresh salads, and seafood that aren’t readily available in many Philippine-based restaurants. Ever since it opened its doors to the public, Wolfgang Steakhouse has been one of the most popular destinations inside the establishment. 

For those who fancy authentic Filipino food, Resorts World's premier Filipino Restaurant, Crisostomo, has dishes on its menu that represent the vast specialties of Philippine provinces. There's Lechon, which is usually served in barrios whenever there's a fiesta, Relyenong Bangus or stuffed milkfish, and different kinds of Adobo, which is the defacto Philippines' national dish (Lechon is technically the national dish but Adobo which is standard regular fare.)

After dining, guests can roam around the 4-storey mall in Resorts World Manila that houses both international and local high-end retailers. There are also several coffee shops for guests to hang out at, as well as cinemas that mostly feature Hollywood films. For guests with toddlers, there's an arcade area filled with top-of-the-line machines shipped straight from Japan and the U.S. 

Resorts World Manila, like any other casinos in the world, has been using restaurants, luxury boutiques, and upscale cinemas as its major attractions. Because of the materialization of online gaming providers, which usually offer bigger jackpots to keep their users ‘Playing Happy’, digital version of bingo games, slots and traditional casino games have greatly impacted Resorts World and the other casinos in the Paranaque area. To combat this shift in power, land-based casinos, like Resorts World Manila, are working hard to revamp their services, as well as expand their reach by offering guests world class dining, boutique retail stores and 5* hotels. 

Resorts World Manila has three surrounding hotels. For bookings, you may visit the establishment's official website. Resorts World Manila is located just across from NAIA International Airport Terminal 3

This is a contributed post.

Experiencing the historical splendor of Dwarika’s Hotel by Scott Allford

Our stay in Kathmandu was a cultural cocktail of ancient temples, wedding ceremonies, tales of intrepid mountaineers, and the hustle and bustle of Nepal’s capital. In the middle of it all we found a true sanctuary that was filled with heritage and charm at every turn. Although we loved Kathmandu, each day we couldn’t wait to return to our hotel. Here’s our review of Dwarika’s Hotel.

 

View from the courtyard 

View from the courtyard 

How to get there

We had just finished a trip around Rajasthan, which we knew was going to be hectic. So our plan was to head to Nepal for a few days to unwind and have a proper holiday. We jumped on a late night flight from New Delhi to Kathmandu, and we were met at the immigration counter by a representative of Yeti Travels who escorted us to our private transfer to Dwarika’s Hotel. Thankfully, Dwarika’s Hotel is only a 10 minute drive from Tribhuvan International Airport, so we were able to get settled in and have a rest right away.

Sadhu at Pashupatinath

Sadhu at Pashupatinath

Location, location

Although we were close to the airport and the main Ring Road, within the walls of Dwarika’s Hotel you are separated from the noise of the bustling city. The hotel is a 15 minute walk from Pashupatinath, which is considered as being one of the most sacred of all Hindu temples. Kathmandu’s famous Durbar Square is only a 15 minute drive away.

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Lobby and Reception area

Lobby and Reception area

Check in

The reception is housed in the oldest wing of Dwarika’s. The final touches of terracotta and woodwork on the building were completed in 1998 by potters and carpenters from the Kathmandu Valley. The staff were very friendly and showed us to our room and explained all of the facilities the hotel has to offer.

Spacious and comfortable

Spacious and comfortable

The Room

Continuing with the ancient Newari architecture of the Kathmandu Valley, the room was filled with carved wooden furniture and terracotta floors. It was quite spacious, with a sunken bathtub and separate shower. The morning view of the misty courtyard was brilliant as we gazed out through hand-carved window frames while sipping our coffee. The room also had additional touches, such as Nepali sweets when we arrived and a traditional Nepali board game named Bagh Chal.

Great atmosphere and food

Great atmosphere and food

The Restaurant

Each morning, a standard Western buffet breakfast with a few Nepali dishes is served in the main building. However, Dwarika’s Hotel is also home to Krishnarpan, which offers a traditional Nepali slow dining experience. You can choose meals that range from six to twenty-two courses. That’s right – TWENTY-TWO COURSES! We opted for the six course meal, and enjoyed the experience immensely as waitresses dressed to reflect Nepal’s diverse ethnic communities explained each of the dishes.

 

These water spouts were inaugurated by Prince Charles when he stayed at Dwarika's in 1998 

These water spouts were inaugurated by Prince Charles when he stayed at Dwarika's in 1998 

The Hotel Grounds

The great thing about Dwarika’s Hotel, is that it is actually an attraction in itself. Each corner has unique architectural features of a bygone era. Within this aura of heritage, Dwarika’s has added range of facilities for guests to enjoy, which include a swimming pool, spa, gift shop, library, yoga & fitness centre, and more. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the hotel so much that we spent most of our last day out in the courtyard.

Traditional wood carving

Traditional wood carving

The Verdict

Dwarika’s Hotel is a true gem in the Kathmandu Valley, and provides guests with an authentic taste of Nepali culture and history. The hotel offers an escape from the everyday stresses of life, and provides a level of service and comfort that left me wanting to return. All of this added to the hotel’s ongoing mission to preserve and uphold Nepali culture, make Dwarika’s an exceptional hotel in Kathmandu.

SCOTT ALLFORD, OWNER AND CO-FOUNDER THE NEXT ESCAPE: TRAVEL, ARTS, SPORTS AND LIFESTYLE