While the Philippines is now an emerging prime travel and leisure destination in Asia, the government is committed to create a multi-billion dollar leisure and entertainment zone that will entice more tourists to visit the country.
The place is called “Entertainment City,” a multi-billion dollar project that spans 961,937 square meters at the bay area of Paranaque City plus 141,250 square meters at the Aseana Business Park and Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
Four world-class integrated resort complexes are set to rise at this highly-anticipated entertainment district and each one has a minimum production cost of $1 billion to develop tourist attractions that will rival the best leisure hubs in the Asian region.
The first one to break ground is the 8.3 hectare five star integrated resort complex called “Solaire.” It’s a project of renowned Filipino businessman Enrique Razon in partnership with Global Gaming Asset Management (GGAM), the company which has played an integral role in the evolution of integrated resorts throughout the world and known for marvelous projects like “The Sands” in Macau and “Marina Bay Sands” in Singapore.
“Solaire” opened its doors to thousands of anticipating locals and tourists last March 16, 2013. Being one of those who witnessed the event, I must say that it was very successful. The architectural and interior components of the casino, the restaurants and the hotel are quite impressive. The design is cohesive, all of them complementing the Manila Bay vistas and the radiant sun, hence its name.
The architecturally stunning lobby is highlighted by a glass ceiling, and Asian-inspired facades, intriguing art-pieces, and indigenous landscaping.
The vibrant outdoor-themed casino offers more than a thousand of the latest slot machines and nearly 300 of all-time favorite table games including Baccarat, Roulette, Blackjack, and Money Wheel. Aside from the floral appliques and other interior marvels, the use of natural light in this area provides an ambiance of excitement.
Fine dining in Manila, on the other hand, is being redefined by Solaire’s signature restaurants headed by world-renowned chefs. Each one features stylish interiors and exquisite cuisine. The four signature restaurants are:
Strip Steakhouse – This restaurant offers prime cut meats from USA, Australia and Europe and lavish selection of seafood. It also boasts of over 3,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines on its glass-covered cellar.
Red Lantern – This restaurant offers authentic Cantonese dim sum, sea food and other Cantonese delicacies. It features 5 private dining rooms perfect for small or big celebrations and special family gatherings.
Yakumi – As what the name suggests, this restaurant offers the finest Japanese cuisine. It has a sushi and robatayaki counter and large selection of sakes managed by a sommelier.
Finestra – For those who are craving for authentic Italian food, this restaurant is the perfect place. It serves classic Italian pasta and pizza made of the finest ingredients imported from Italy. It also offers an Antipasto buffet for lunch.
And for those who’s just into casual dining, there’s “Fresh,” an international buffet served daily for breakfast, lunch or dinner; “Lucky Noodles” for those who are craving for Asian comfort food; and the “Food Court” which features six food stations that offer an array of Asian and Western quick-serve choices.
BARS AND LOUNGES
Looking for places to unwind? Then check out Solaire’s three exciting bars and lounges:
Eclipse – A bar with pulsating atmosphere and an innovative cocktail list. It features live entertainment every night.
Dragon Bar – With the magnificent dragon centerpiece which was made of 84,000 crystals, this bar is the excellent venue to see and be seen. It offers light breakfast in the morning and pastries and finest collection of imported teas and coffees throughout the day.
Sunset Bar and Grill – This outdoor bar offers the resort vibe with its exclusive cabanas overlooking the Manila Bay.
Soon to open is Solaire’s 1,470-square-meter grand ballroom which provides a modern, column-free space that can hold 1,200 guests.
For those who are looking for luxurious accommodations, Solaire features 500 beautifully appointed deluxe guest rooms, suites and bay side villas that offer every desired indulgence in elegant and comfortable setting. The 15-stories glass encased hotel tower reflects the hues of the nearby ocean.
Opening soon is Solaire’s recreational facilities which feature an expansive 72-meter swimming pool, a fully-equipped spa and fitness center, a 24/7 spa which offers Hamam wet scrub in six single rooms and three couple rooms; a technogym equipment, an exercise room and a relaxing steam room.
Aside from all the elegant design and state-of-the-art amenities, Solaire also promotes the outstanding “Filipino Service” by hiring our Kababayans working in hotels and leisure hubs abroad and bringing them back in the country and let them work with similar compensation without leaving their families behind.