Aside from all the new restaurants plus a newly opened food court serving affordable fast meals, Solaire also has 488 hotel rooms (deluxe and grand deluxe rooms, suites) and bayside villas.
The reception counter is located inside the bustling lobby.
Nothing like a brand new hotel room, you can lie down on the carpet
Bathrooms the way we like it—clean, simple, modern
Let’s not forget what’s in the heart of Solaire—the casino.
Solaire Club offers high-limit tables and slots for VIPs who want to play big and win bigger.
Photos were taken pre-opening. It was pretty busy the night we were there
As you can see, they mean business
If they cut corners, it sure didn’t show
As for the rest of the folks, there are many gaming options
It’s more fun in the Philippines as Rustan’s partners with PNB in its Journey Into Summer promo.
Take home free Samsonite premium items or win free stays at some of the country’s top resorts with a minimum single-receipt purchase at participating Rustan’s stores (all Rustan’s department stores, Rustan’s Red Tag outlet store, and Rustan’s brand stores at Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila) from now until April 15, 2013.
Choose between a Samsonite foldable tote bag or duffle bag with a minimum Php 10,000 single-receipt purchase.
A minimum Php 50,000 single-receipt purchase entitles you to a Samsonite Headline 3 Backpack.
And if your single receipt purchase amounts to Php 100,000 and up, you’ll get a Samsonite Cosmolite Blue 55cm Spinner.
But if you use your PNB/Allied Bank Credit Card to purchase, you can get your Samsonite gifts for less!
Spend just Php 9,000 instead of Php 10,000, Php 45,000 instead of Php 50,000, or Php 90,000 instead of Php 100,000, to get your corresponding gift.
To redeem your Samsonite gift, present your receipt to the Concierge desk at Rustan’s department stores.
Please note that qualified purchases do not include merchandise from cosmetics, perfumeries, toiletries, SSI brands, Debenhams, Rustan’s Flower Shop, as well as purchases of Rustan’s gift certificates.
Win free stays at top resorts
From March 15 to April 30, 2013, every Php 3,000 minimum purchase at participating Rustan’s stores entitles customer to one raffle ticket.
A total of 24 winners will be drawn:
Four winners will win 3D/2N stays at El Nido Resorts
Five winners will win 3D/2N stays at The Farm at San Benito
Five winners will enjoy 3D/2N stays at Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa
Five will win 3D/2N stays at The District Boracay
Another five winners will each receive a three-piece set of Samsonite luggage.
Grand raffle will be May 9, 2013 at Rustan’s department store, Makati. Per DTI-NCR Permit No.2464 Series of 2013
It’s been almost 1.5 years since I last had fresh lychees.
I bought these in Singapore last December 2011.
They were so expensive. And perfect.
Since then I’ve been searching for fresh lychees in Manila, Hong Kong and Singapore and have not found any.
I remember many years ago, Mich Dulce and I were in Hong Kong. She bought fresh lychees on the street and was savoring them in the hotel room. Now even in Hong Kong I can’t find lychees anymore.
Where have they all gone?
Health benefits of lychees:
• According to a Chinese book, the nature of the flesh of the lychee is warm and can help improve the blood.
• The Chinese believe lychee has the ability to relieve pain and shrink swollen glands.
• Studies conclude that lychee prevents the growth of cancer cells. Flavonoids found in the lychee fruit pulp were found to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells and appeared to be especially effective against breast cancer.
• Lychee is a rich source of Vitamin C and can benefit those suffering from colds, fever and sore throat.
Last week everyone was talking about the opening of Solaire Resort & Casino at Entertainment City along Manila Bay.
They say it’s Las Vegas in Manila. Because I missed the opening and media previews, I asked to be invited to a more intimate tour with Solaire’s marketing group.
It took us more than an hour to get there from Pasig on a Friday night.
Upon arrival, I was imagining what it would be like if our international airport looked like this.
Since it opened only last March 16th, I was quite surprised to see the place buzzing with activity, though some of the photos might not reflect that.
Our tour began with a dinner at StripSteakhouse
We met Katrina Razon, lovely daughter of Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon, Jr.
My dinner consisted of the freshly baked bread from Solaire’s in-house bakery
Grilled Hokkaido scallops
and this 350-gram ribeye steak, which Jeroen helped me finish
All the head chefs in Solaire are imported, including baker, pastry chef, and many food items.
After dinner we began the walking tour to burn some of the calories we ingested. Yakumi Japanese restaurant was right next door.
We met Japanese chefs Norimasa Kasaka and Shinobu Endo.
Prior to working at Solaire, Mr. Kasaka (L) has prepared sushi for celebrities like Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Schumacher, Naomi Campbell, and Nicole Kidman.
The fact that Nicole Kidman came back for more and Naomi Campbell didn’t throw chopsticks at him, probably means his sushi is worth a try
Busy that night
I was quite interested on who would get to taste this giant Hokkaido crab (Hi Ana!)
At Finestra Italian fine dining restaurant, we met Executive Chef Salvatore de Vicentis (L) with Finestra manager Giulio Gongarini
It felt like walking into a dream—or a movie set
My first thought upon seeing this was: We’re not in Kansas anymore. Seriously it felt like I had traveled abroad.
Red Lantern, the Chinese restaurant next door, brought me back to earth
with beautiful flowers flown in from the Netherlands
There’s the Lucky Noodle Bar
and the popular Fresh buffet restaurant
Very affordable compared to many buffet spreads in Manila
Some of the offerings: cheese spread
Here’s Chef at work
Celebrity sighting: Liz Almoro and Victor Aliwalas