November 04, 2016

Birthday Staycation at EDSA Shangri-la

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.



50 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to check in here pero di ako maka tiempo ng promo :(

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    1. You should follow their FB page, they post promos there. :)

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  2. Nice padin ang EDSA Shang after all this time. Ok sya for a staycation kasi malapit sa mall. Ayaw na ayaw ko pumunta sa Megamall kasi ang hirap maghanap ng parking.

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    1. True, ang hirap maghanap kaya ang traffic lagi kasi dami waiting sa labas.

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  3. I want to experience a staycation in Edsa Shang, too. Check ko FB page nila para sa promos :)

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  4. We're thinking of a staycation too or a quick vacation for Charleys birthday this December.im gonna keep shang in mind, although nearer kami sa makati shang. ;)

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    1. Under renovation kasi pool ng Makati Shang last October, not sure kung ok na. Pero mas maganda yata room nila. :)

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  5. Edsa Shangri-La is so near our place, hope we could do a staycation too 😊

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  6. And here I was, thinking that Shang would have a bathtub. :( That's a big turn off for me and I was hoping pa naman to book a staycation there sometime next year. The room still looks great though.

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    1. Sad nga, there is no bath tub in our room. I'm not sure if you get an expensive room, baka meron bath tub.

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  7. EDSA Shang looks nice (except that there's no bathtub in your room) and their activities for kids looks very engaging. Sana we could do staycations too.

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    1. I'm sure Neo will enjoy the activities. :)

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  8. My last stay at Edsa Shangri La was like ages ago. Bagong bago pa yung hotel. The play pool and kiddie activities are new add ons and my youngest will surely love theses.

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    1. Time to visit again, till 11 yrs old yung activities. :)

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  9. What a great post! I love how family- friendly this hotel was. I shared it on my Facebook page. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, very family-friendly hotel. Thanks for sharing this post. :)

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  10. I've always wanted to stay in EDSA Shangri-la, parang ang luxurious kasi ng dating. Someday, we will stay there. Ang saya saya din ng activities ha!

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    1. Yes, luxury lahat ng hotel nila, lakas makasosyal. hehehe!

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  11. I was planning a staycation here for my daughter's bday next year. I'll check out their page for promo. I like the activities they offer for kids! Fun!

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    1. The Cubs Trainings are really fun and only available every weekend. :)

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  12. I'm sure you enjoyed your stay here at the hotel

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  13. Ang saya ng activities nila for the kids. Belated happy birthday to your little man. :)

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  14. Ang shala ng staycation experience at EDSA Shang. :) Nakakagutom rin ang buffet experience nyo, but I find it pretty expensive nga ang buffet price for kids. Lugi lalo na kung small lang ang appetite ng bagets.

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    1. True, expensive for the kids kaso halos same din pag nag ala carte siya.

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  15. We love staycations! I've always wondered what the inside of Edsa Shang looked like. Thanks for sharing this. Hopefully we'll get a chance to go there too!

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  16. Wow ang bongga sis. I wish we do staycation too. Kaya lang gahol lagi sa oras e. I want sana yun masusulit yun bayad, haha.

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  17. I hope ang mga kids ko hindi din mahilig sa malakihang bday celebration. I only intend to celebrate their bdays on their 1st yr though we can also celebrate a simple one. Staycation is the best idea to celebrate birthday because it is less hassle at andun na lahat ng needs mu. Belated happy bday kay bagets.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, less hassle compared to planning birthday parties.

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  18. That's cool of them to give cake. I have been wanting to try staying in Shangrila. Maybe on our next staycation will consider going there.

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    1. True, not all hotels or resorts give complimentary cake.

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  19. Never thought that having a hotel staycation would be that fun. :) My son, 4 y/o is really asking for a hotel staycation, I don't know where he got that idea. Will show this to hubby. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Wow, nowadays, kids love staycation.

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  20. Wow! Ang saya! We love Shangri-la too.

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  21. Ang cool at least may activities din cya nagawa. My little kulit loves to stay in the hotel also, but we were not able to encounter na may activities will check this out soon.

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    1. Yes, 4 activities din. Few hotels and resorts lang meron ganito kaya hirap maghanap.

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  22. Ang saya. Theyve got lots of activities for their guests. And they are truly thoughtful. Love the cake and the big happy birthday candle. Would also want my boys to experience this. Will check our their fb page then. Thanks.

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    1. True, hindi mabored mga kids sa dami ng activities. I brought the candle, bring your own candle. hehehe!

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  23. Wow oh wow! Our family love staycations. Next time maginquire din kami sa hotels na pupuntahan namin if may activities din ba sila. Here in Cebu kase, usually there are activities if may special occasion lang like Easter Sunday, Halloween or Christmas season.

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    1. We stayed in Crimson Mactan, they have activities everyday. I think Shangri-la Mactan has list of activities too. :)

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  24. Nice room! I love their pool area at EDSA Shangrila.

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  25. Gorgeous! It's so nice that they have activities so the family can do more than just watch TV and sleep all day

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    1. Yes, because staycation is not cheap so they need to offer something that will attract more guests

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  26. Ang ganda ng pool! I want to have a family staycation here soon.

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  27. I love the cubs training! Something to keep the kids preoccupied. Lagi bang meron nun?

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  28. I've seen this hotel once and it's nice to see you blog about it. Marami ang curious what these 5 star hotels look like inside.

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    1. Welcome. I'm one of those curious people, when I'm searching for hotel, I always look for blogs or hotel reviews for more pictures because most of the time, konti lang yung pictures sa hotel websites. :)

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  29. I love Edsa Shang :) It's been a while since I last had a staycation since the husband prefers to drive. Haha!

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