Our family is not into birthday parties so I was not surprised when my son told me that he wanted a staycation for his 8th birthday. He said, “Mommy, I want a hotel with playhouse”.
Read: 8th Birthday
I know he was not referring to a small play room. He wants a hotel or resort that offers activities for kids just like his experience in Crimzone. So it was really a challenge for me to look for a hotel or resort.
Read: CrimZone at Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
In addition, I don’t know if we can have a staycation because my husband is always out of the country so I can’t just book agad-agad tapos bigla wala pala siya. I have to wait for his October schedule, so when he said that he has no trip on 1st weekend of October, I immediately search for a hotel.
I was running out of time, good thing I saw the Festive Promo of EDSA Shangri-la so I checked their site. I learned that they have Wet Play Area at the swimming pool so I was sold already because I know my son will like it. It is one thing that we missed in our Singapore trip, so at least he can try it here in the Philippines.
I was glad that my husband was able to book a room day before our trip. Napapadalas na ang pagcram namin sa mga alis. Anyway, we’re so excited for our staycation because Shangri-la is known for good service. We’ve been to Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa before but I’m not sure if my son still remembers that trip.
Read: Day in Paradise at Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa
We left early to avoid the traffic. Just like other luxury hotels, the security is very tight. We know that 2PM is the check-in time but the receptionist offers an upgrade so we could check-in already (12NN). This is not free, we paid extra for it. Well, it is not really an upgrade because same size of room but according to the staff, the Garden Wing rooms are old na, ito bago na daw.
When we saw the room, it looks new and well-lighted. Our view is the swimming pool. Let’s have a room tour.
The sad part is, there is no bath tub. It is something that we always look forward in our hotel staycation. Two showers are available and they have a seat at the shower room.
Since this is a luxury hotel, I was not impressed with the toiletries. It is the usual toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, dental kit, vanity kit and shower cap.
After several minutes, they delivered a complimentary birthday cake for my son. Not just one but two. Good thing they gave another cake because the candle that I have was big. Hehehe!
We went to Shangri-la Mall for our lunch. When we went back to our room, we’re having a hard time with our keycard, nag-eerror sa elevator so we went back to the reception. It was a blessing in disguise because the staff informed us about the Cub Trainings. He forgot to give it nung nagcheck-in kami.
Better late than never, I’m so happy because this is one thing that my son looks forward to his staycation and meron pala sa EDSA Shangri-la every weekend.
2PM Plant & Garden
4PM My Kitchen Moment
6PM My Movie Time
8AM Kids Off the Couch
11AM Learn a Magic Trick
So I immediately check the schedules and hindi na kami umabot sa 2PM so my husband and son went to the pool while I took advantage the Free wifi, so nag-upload ako ng You Tube videos. :)
At 4PM, my husband accompanied my son to the Cubs Trainings area. The My Kitchen Moment activity is good for 40 to 1 hour so you have free time. They will just call you if the activity is already finished so you can pick-up your child.
We picked up our son and off we went to Shangri-la Mall for our dinner. There is a walkway that connects the hotel and mall so no need to cross the street anymore. We had early dinner at Pepper Lunch.
Read: Dinner at Pepper Lunch
After dinner, we went straight to the Cubs Trainings area again for the My Movie Time. They watched “Lady and the Tramp”, dalawa lang ang umattend maybe because the movie was not that interesting. Inantok nga ko. Hehehe!
The following day, we had early buffet breakfast at the HEAT (Healthy Eating Amazing Taste). Yun pala meaning nun, now I knew. Hehehe! The room package includes two complimentary breakfast so we have to pay for my son.
I have very limited pictures of the buffet area but we were very much satisfied with the buffet spread and taste. Di lang sulit sa anak ko na mahina kumain. Hehehe!
Breakfast P1540 adult | P770 kid
Then we proceeded to Santan Room for the 8AM Kids off the Couch activity, my son really likes to attend all the activities so we need to adjust our eating time. Hehehe!
When the staff called us, we brought swimming attire na para diretso swim na sa pool. My son had a pleasant time with slide and wet play area. Click here for the video. What nice about the pool, there are lifeguards everywhere and just like in Shangri-la Mactan, they provide towels even without asking.
My son attended the last activity which is Learn a Magic Trick at 11AM. He really had a good time in all the activities and he said we need to visit other Shangri-la hotels so he can earn more badges. Lol
When I saw the pool area of Shangri-la, feeling ko wala ko sa city so if you need a quick getaway without traveling far, I suggest you visit this hotel. We savored our weekend getaway. My son had a blast and memorable birthday staycation, I wish we could extend our stay but we need to go back to reality.