I used to post with long segues but this time I would cut it short. Disclosure. This is a long post filled with awesomeness. You may start counting awesome word now.
The last few days of school year were stressful for my two daughters. I told them to just carry it on because long summer awaits since school year will start in July. Our staycation at F1 Hotel came in perfect time to kick off this year as it happened on the first weekend of vacation. Hurray!
The hardest to do when you travel is packing and unpacking as it always takes a lot in preparation but in this travel, I was relaxed and spared myself from it. I did not cook for our baon and bring only a few clothes in our bag. Because we would stay in a hotel, extra towels and toiletries were not anymore my concern.
F1 Hotel is the first hotel to open in Bonifacio Global City. It is near several establishments such as world class hospital and shopping center. A luxury hotel with homey feel perfectly fits its description. It has 243 chic rooms including 99 suites and 3 loft suites.
We were already at the hotel at around 9:30am. Pau Esmedilla, Marketing Coordinator of F1 Hotel and Spanky Enriquez of Juice.ph welcomed us at the Premier Lounge. They made us feel comfortable and offered us a drink. We then headed inside the conference room and met other bloggers for briefing on what activity awaited us that day.
I always tell my friend Joy about this group online. I have been blogging for more than five years now and seeing these awesome people that I look up to in the world of blogging overawed me. Short conference followed for our staycation. Did I hear it right? We will stay at Suite Room?
Chef Sau del Rosario gave us few details of F1 Hotel food for Lent which made me even more excited that day. Read on for my complete dinner before the end of this post.
As soon as the staff gave us the key cards, we proceeded to our room and this awaited us.
The Fort Suite
And what surprised us more is the suite where we stayed in. When I posted this photo in my IG account with a caption, "our home for the weekend," my friends started to send me messages. "that suite is too big for three." And I replied, "Yes, it is quite big that we can even play hide and seek."
Our room has a king-size bed, two 32" flat screen LCD TV, iPad docking station, personal electronic safe, high speed wireless internet, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker and complimentary items.
My daughter was overwhelmed and jumped into bed as soon as she went inside the room.
Coffee/Tea Maker, Refrigerator and Mini Bar
This is the suite's bathroom with glass door that separates the shower room. It has rain shower head and another handheld one.
The bathroom mirror delighted the eyes of my daughter literally because it gave her convenience while putting her contacts. :)
After unpacking we then headed to F All Day Dining located at the 3rd floor for lunch. We had some photo ops first before we headed to buffet table.
I couldn't count all the food, there are too many that deserve a separate feature. The problem is when I am seeing a lot of food, I really don't know where to start. Should it be dessert? Appetizer? Soup? Or main course? I wish I could eat more and fit them all in my stomach. I am having some gluttony problem here. Half kidding. I might be hungry and craving for food but I made sure I only get what I could take in my plate.
When I proceeded at Luzminda, my eyes feasted over Pinoy dishes. Here's just a few at the buffet. I wanted to taste all the seafood but I could only pick what my tummy can handle. In my first plate, I had Paco Salad, Lobster and Oyster.
Baked Oyster with Inasal Hollandaise
and more Pinoy food at Luzviminda Festival
Then I went to the show kitchen for main course. There are Foe Grass Sisig, Balbacua, Bringhe Stuffed Bagnet, Deep Fried Crabs in Alavar Sauce and more.
The Sisig Foie Grass
I was already full when I decided to have some more. And when I came back for my second round, Balbacua, Bringhe Stuffed Bagnet and Sisig Foie Grass filled my plate.
Sisig Goie Grass is a must to taste. Sisig with a twist that is.
Are they serious when they said I shouldn't worry because the hospital is just near and would only take me a few steps to make? Lol. I wasn't scared at all. I included a plate of fresh fruits in my meal anyway.
Bringhe Stuffed Bagnet
By just looking at the photo, you could tell how crispy it is. I could hear it cracking while the Chef sliced one for me. Don't dare say NO to Bagnet or miss half of your stay.
There's too many sweet too! Cakes, cookies, pastries and more..
Brazo de Mercedez Cake
Mango Creme Brulee
but our children headed at make-your-own-halohalo corner.
However way it is made, I just love it to bits. I love the garbanzos, kaong, nata, macapuno and jackfruit. Perfect!
There is no doubt halo-halo is summer's favorite!
While our family went up to the room for rest, Joy and I chatted with this fine lady at the dining. Her name is Grace. She's very warm and attentively attended all our requests.
This is at the third floor near F, the hotel's all-day dining restaurant while the door near the concierge will lead you to the pool area.
In every corner, there is selfie to capture the view and hashtags that say it all.. hey guys, we're here at #F1Hotel for staycation. #family #fun #relaxation #weekend #happiness #soblessed #thankful
Joy and her family were checked-in at the same floor. Her kids stayed with us and watched movie together while most of my hours were spent online. I took advantage of in-room high speed broadband.
And my daughter made sure she gets enough rest in the most comfortable bed. She said, I counted the blessings and not the sheep to sleep. She was happy as I figured it out in her face.
Hey look.. shoooopping!!!!
Canary Lounge is an outdoor bar located at the 3rd floor of the hotel.
Be mesmerized with timeless songs this April every Thursday and Friday at the bar together with family and friends.
For 5 thirsty and After 6 April promo, please check the link below for the package and published rate.
Children's pool, Lounge pool and Infinity Lap pool.
The Children Pool
Infinity Lap Pool
The gym operates 24 hours. The view of the pool is refreshing while sweating out to burn some calories.
LUSCIOUS LENTen DINNER
And now for the best part. I was like a queen being served only the finest for dinner prepared by Chef Sau del Rosario.
I couldn't imagine I would have this one of a kind treat from F1 Hotel. Imagine this out of the world pleasure. Our meals were prepared by seasoned chef and everything was awesome.
For my appetizer/salad I had Organic Arugula and Micro Sprouts, Citrus Vinaigrette. I made sure I slowly savored every bite of it.
Tuscan Style Tomato and Basil Pesto for my soup was served next. It was heaven. I wish I could do this at home but I think it's too complicated for me. The soup reminded me when I worked with the richest family in Europe where we served only the best meal.
AND THIS! Steamed Baby Lapu-lapu Fillet, Mini Ratatouille, Lemon Capers Butter Emulsion, Saffron Potatoes cooked to perfection. Truly tempting and mouth watering. I made sure all my taste buds were involved while I savored the goodness to the last bite. I just want to experience my meal to the fullest. It was really good.
And now for the dessert..
Toasted Almonds, Vanilla Ice Cream
What more can I ask for? I've tasted F1 Hotel's best Lenten dishes.
After dinner, we squeezed in some time to walk along Bonifacio High Street together with Mendiolables.
We were already about five streets away when I remember my scheduled spa at 10pm so we immediately headed back to the hotel.
The next day was too quick. Time passed by much too fast. I snuggled down in a comfortable seat for a while before we proceeded to dining area for buffet breakfast.
It seemed I haven't had enough. I had to go for the next round of extra rice. When I went back, garlic rice platter was already empty but then I saw the chef preparing again so I waited till he's done. Patience is a virtue, right? :)
There you go.. It looks like I wasn't contented so I put more fried garlic and spring onion for toppings. Tadaaaaa.. perfect!
Good friends, good coffee, warm people, nice hotel ambiance.
You could tell here how happy our children are. Our F1 Hotel weekend is one of the best vacations we had. What a good way to start our summer! Did you actually count the word awesome? Now, define AWESOME.
And here is F1 Hotel's endless amusement this Easter Season for the whole family. Please check the website below for April Promo: Holy Week Reel Deal, Easter in Space, Luscious Lent, Merienda Cena
32nd street, Bonifacio Global City.
Twitter and Instagram: @F1HotelManila
omgosh im so jelous!!!! the hotel looks so nice and elegant!!! i love it!! and the foooooods!!!! hmmm yummmy!!!! makes me wanna go back there now!!!! i miss Filipino breakfast!!!!ReplyDelete
as my always reply, you're missing a lot here. :)ReplyDelete
nothing beats good hotel, good company and great food :) good luck on your next staycation! :)ReplyDelete
We've stayed overnight at F1 Hotel, too, and we really enjoyed our experience. We loved the food and their infinity pool!ReplyDelete
Oh wow, I can just imagine how much fun you had staying in F1 Hotel for the weekend. Hope to do this as well with my family soon.ReplyDelete
We also stayed at F1 hotel and had the best night ever! Looks like you had fun as well.ReplyDelete