Hi everyone! I’m happy to announce my very first Green Lunch Diaries giveaway (and it’s a good one), but first, let me tell you about our recent staycation at the F1 Hotel BGC.
Sometime last month, Jane of Sugar and Spice invited me and my family to an overnight stay at F1 Hotel for the papal visit holiday. Jane and I had never met before this, but we get to “chat” with each other on Instagram, and I was so excited to meet her! I was doubly excited to find out that she had also invited Michelle, Tina, Cai, and Didi (unfortunately, Didi wasn’t able to join us).
Since John and I were still recovering from our yaya-less HK trip with 2 kids, we decided not to take the kids with us this time… and we had such a fun and relaxing time!
Upon arriving at F1, John and I immediately proceeded to the hotel lobby on 5th floor. And since we were booked in a Premier Suite, we were directed to the hotel’s Premier Lounge on the same floor, where guests can enjoy priority check-in.
Hotel staff take care of everything while guests sit back and enjoy the free wifi, books and magazines, a selection of mini sandwiches and pastries, fruit juices, and coffee.
The lounge also serves complimentary afternoon tea and cocktails for all guests booked in the suites.
Moments later, we were escorted to our room on the 14th floor. The Fort Suite is a really lovely and spacious 1-bedroom space, with a separate living room. Bathroom is a bit cramped, but very clean and tastefully done. The suite can accommodate up to 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 kids, given that there is a King sized bed in the bedroom, and a sofa bed in the living room. Fort Suite Features:
- King Bed
- Separate living room with sofa bed
- Two (2) flat screen TVs
- Mini bar
- Work desk
- Closets inside the bedroom and in the living room
- Complimentary snacks, afternoon tea, and cocktails at the Premier Lounge
F All Day Dining
Soon after checking in, we proceeded to the hotel’s main restaurant, F All Day Dining, for a buffet lunch.
The restaurant has all the usual dishes one would expect to see in a hotel buffet, but I zeroed in on their meatless and healthier food offerings.
I started with their freshly made dips — hummus, pesto, and sundried tomato. These were all really good, and a nice way to start a meal.
One of the buffet’s highlights is a Mongolian station where you can create your own bowl They’ve got lots of seafood and vegetables to choose from, and you just tell the Chef if you want it sweet, spicy, or salty, and if you want it all served over rice.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, F All Day Dining prepares a special Fit and Fab buffet with even more selections for healthy eats, including fish and seafood, veggies galore, and healthy grains.
For dessert, there’s a really cute candy buffet with a DIY doughnut station that the kids enjoyed. Since John and I had left our kids at home, the hotel staff thoughtfully gave us small plastic containers so we could take home some gummi bears and chocnut as pasalubong!
I am really loving all of F1’s amenities on the 3rd floor. The restaurant is bright and beautiful, with lots of natural light streaming in. They also have a bar called Canary Lounge out on the deck, where you can order drinks and snacks to enjoy poolside. And the pool area is fantastic! There is a wading pool for kids who just want to splash around, a moderate sized pool for families and older children, and a lap pool for serious swimmers. For those who just want to chill, the hotel has daybeds scattered all around the deck, where you can relax and enjoy the city view.
I had a really fun time hanging out by the pool with these mamas! Too bad Jane wasn’t able to join us here, she was already upstairs at the spa enjoying her massage. After hanging out by the pools a bit, I had a super relaxing massage at the hotel spa, then some valuable nap time before dinner. Eat, spa, sleep, eat… seriously, Jane, can we please do this once a week?
For dinner, the gracious F1 Hotel team prepared a wonderful poolside barbecue for us! I had grilled fish, squid, and prawns, with lots of rice, soy sauce, and atsara. Yum!!
Such a fun and laidback night. It felt just like a beach party, except with stunning views of BGC!
One of my favorite things about staying in a hotel is of course the breakfast buffet! I usually just have a bowl of oatmeal, a green smoothie, and coffee for breakfast on ordinary days, so hotel breakfasts are always such a treat.
John and I enjoyed reading newspapers over plates of garlic rice and tawilis + endless cups of coffee. F All Day Dining is the perfect breakfast spot, with gorgeous views and all the natural light streaming in.
F1 Hotel is right smack in the middle of BGC. John and I walked to Central Square and Bonifacio High Street for a bit of shopping, as both are literally just steps away. I can imagine spending the weekend here with the kids next time, maybe a make a trip to The Mind Museum, and soon, Kidzania! There’s so much to do around the area and you can just explore on foot.
Location is really key to a successful staycation, dont you think? Because what’s the point in staying somewhere nice if you have to exert too much effort or drive too far for good food and entertainment? At F1 Hotel, I guarantee you won’t have to!
Room Rates + Promo
Looking to book a staycation of your own? Check out F1 Hotel’s “Cheers to 2015” promo package for only P6,800nett for an overnight stay in a City Suite with buffet breakfast for two (2), roundtrip airport transfers, P800 dining credit, free WiFi, and complimentary use of pools and gym facilities.
Regular room rates at F1 Hotel start at P9,000nett per night, inclusive of buffet breakfast and taxes:
- Deluxe Room Php 9,000.00/night
- City Suite Php 10,200.00/night
- Fort Suite Php 12,600.00/night
Green Lunch Diaries x F1 Hotel Staycation Giveaway
Now on to the really good part… Green Lunch Diaries is giving away one (1) F1 Hotel Overnight Staycation package in a Deluxe Room with buffet breakfast for two (2) to a lucky reader!
** CONTEST CLOSED **
Many thanks to Mr. Tony Co, Twinkle Lacsamana, Paulo Esmedilla, and the rest of the F1 Hotel Team, for sponsoring our prize!
F1 Hotel Manila, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Phone (632) 9289888, (632) 908.7888, email: email@example.com