New Imperial Residence in Manila is Fit for Royalty

Manila, the capital of Philippines, has a mix of Spanish colonial architecture and modern buildings. Windstar Cruises will make a maiden call here in 2018.

The new Imperial Residence of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza features a 10-seat formal dining room, fully equipped kitchen with Meile ovens, spacious living room with 72-inch flat-screen TV and wrap around balcony with panoramic views of Manila and its bay. The residence is comprised of five spacious suites, which guests can book separately or as a whole. When booked as a whole, guests have the option to convert any room into a customized special-purpose area of their choice, such as a gym, office, spa, yoga studio, or game room.

Goran Aleks, general manager of Sofitel Philippine Plaza, calls the new addition "The kind of place you dream about long after you've finished sleeping in it."

Imagined by former Philippine first couple, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, the Imperial Residence is suited with mother of pearl inlaid doors, capiz lighting fixtures, custom leather wall paneling, and grand sculptures crafted by local artists. The master bathroom boasts an ensuite bath with central therapeutic tub, Japanese bidet, multi-shower system with color therapy, 50-inch flat-screen TV, Bose surround-sound speakers, and Hermes amenities. Japanese interior design firm, Spin Design Studio, outfitted the Imperial Residence in deep earth tones such as gray, maroon, and gold. Guests receive VIP treatment including access to personal shopper service, helicopter landing pad, in-residence massages, and a private chef upon request.

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A select group from Manila's high society was invited to celebrate the launch where attendees were treated to a champagne tower, an assortment of chocolates, and a performance by harpist and singer Noelle Cassandra.

As the only 5-star hotel with a resort setting in Manila, the Sofitel Philippine Plaza is in a prime location, adjacent to the iconic Cultural Center of the Philippines and within 15 minutes of the international airport, Mall of Asia, and historic Spanish walled city of Intramurous.

“If you're going to pay $10,000 per night, you’re going to know what it’s like to be treated like royalty,” said Aleks. “This space is like nothing else in the Philippines.”

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