Family Celebrations at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel!

Every June, our family celebrates two special occasions. R's birthday and BOS and I's wedding anniversary which we celebrate a day after each other, June 11 and June 12 respectively. Last year, I was able to buy a promo for a resort in Cebu which we planned on using for this special occasion but I couldn't get airplane tickets for the weekend of June 10-12 so I had to move our trip one week later. Since we will have our "official celebration" a week later, we weren't planning on going anywhere. Then, I got an invitation for our family from AG New World Manila Bay to spend our weekend with them! I asked if our staycation can be arranged to be on the exact date of either R's birthday or our anniversary. We had instant celebration! This staycation was one of best staycations we had in the city, amazing view, big room and service was superb. And I LOVE their Residence Club Living Room!

AG New World Manila Bay Hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Malate, Manila, with 376 guestrooms, suites and executive accommodation designed for your comfort, convenience and efficiency!
Since we were booked in a Residence Club Room, our check-in is at the Residence Club Living Room. We got to enjoy complimentary services and benefits of the Residence Club Living Room. While we were waiting for our room to be ready, we got to hang out first at the living room. It was big and spacious. It's overlooking Manila Bay and Roxas Boulevard.

 While waiting for our room to be ready, we played Monopoly and Scrabble. There are other game boards available for guests to use.
 We were served beverages and snacks.
 The kids didn't want to leave if I didn't tell about the pool. Haha!
 Chocolate Cake for my sweet tooth!

We stayed in a very luxurious Residence Club Premier Room, which is 74 square meters room with separate living and dining areas, views of Malate, Manila and Manila Bay. What a perfect room for a special weekend my with loves.
We always request for a king-sized bed for our family.
A big living room with a large writing desk and a 50-inch flat screen TV with international channels. 
We had a Nespresso Machine! I really want one for our home! There's also a mini bar below this coffee and tea table.
There's also a dining area. We were welcomed with cupcakes, chocolates and stuffed toys!
I loved how our welcome card says "Bos Sio" Heehee!
Cupcakes for the kids which Y ate all by herself. Haha! Thanks New World for going the extra mile and making our weekend special!
I love the bathroom! It's huge! There's a bath tub, shower area, and it has two sinks. BOS and I and the kids did not fight over who will brush our teeth first. Haha! Love the Essential Elemis toiletries too. It smells good and it's one of those times that I actually used what was in the bathroom and not what I brought from our house.

After settling down, what else is on every kid's staycation agenda? Swimming! The swimming pool is located at the 8th floor, you have to pass through the hotel's gym, the Oasis Club, to get to the pool. The pool area is quite big. They have a  25-meter outdoor lap pool, children’s pool and relaxing whirlpool. This momma had her monthly period during the staycation so I wasn't able to swim with them. Good thing was there was a kiddie pool (but I don't remember seeing any lifeguard)! BOS and I hung out at the lounge chairs while we watched the kids swim. 
My happy kids enjoying the water! We stayed for about an hour at the pool before going up again to our room to get ready for cocktails.
If the kids' agenda was swimming, BOS and I's agenda was food! After swimming, we all took a shower before heading down to the Residence Club Living Room for evening cocktails. Residence Club Living Room serves a complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments, afternoon tea and evening cocktails. From all the executives lounges we've been to (there's 4 only including this) and New World Manila Bay's Residence Club is one of the best (IMO) lounges. The food was good, selection is great for both food and drinks, the lounge is really nice too!
Ready to eat!
My kids were happy with the unlimited drinks offer. I was too haha!
This momma was a happy momma because I get to have my happy hour. Haha! Taking a selfie for IG stories haha!
A rare photo of myself and myself with R!

After our evening cocktails, it was time for dinner! BOS and I were looking forward for our dinner at the Fireplace. Our friends have been raving about the steak at the Fireplace and they've been telling us to try it out and we were able to try it last June. Finally! 
The place is super nice! It is a date place but families are of course welcome. We have been celebrating our anniversary with the kids every year. We only got to celebrate it as a couple last year when my MIL was in town. It really doesn't matter if we celebrate it separately or with the kids, we look forward to it every year!
We were served bread for starters
And we were also served this Seared Tuna, which I really liked.
We ordered wine to celebrate our 9th Wedding Anniversary! BOS rarely drinks, so I was pretty surprised when he also ordered a glass.
BOS likes to start his meals with soup. He ordered the Soup of the Day which was Pumpkin Soup.
While, I had the Traditional French Onion Soup, with Gruyere cheese on top, so good!
The kids wanted pasta but there was none in the menu. Our server told us we can request for it and the chef would gladly cook it for us and they did!

While the kids are enjoying their pasta, our server suggested that we try The Fireplace's Australian Long Fed Tomahawk and the Beef Takaki. We ordered the Tomahawk (200+ days grain fed) because BOS and I love steak and it has become a tradition that we celebrate our birthdays and anniversaries with a good steak. Actually, pwede siyang birthday cake namin! We also ordered side dishes to go with our steak.
I had the Seared Scallops.
While BOS ordered Foie Gras. YUM!
We also ordered Hand Cut Fries for the kids
 and Roasted Veggies to balance with the steak!
This was our first time to try an Australian Long Fed Tomahawk (1.2kg). We like our steak cooked medium rare! This was seriously one of the best meals we've had EVER. It is perfectly cooked and every bite melts in your mouth!
 As much as I wanted to devour (read: MATAKAW! haha!) the whole thing, we weren't able to finish it. We had it wrapped and had it for dinner the next day. Heehee!

R even had a little surprise from The Fireplace's servers! They gave him a birthday cake and even sang him Happy Birthday! I was not expecting it and he surely was as surprised as me! Haha! Thank you so much New World Manila Bay and The Fireplace!
He got so uneasy when the servers began singing haha! But he was happy deep inside. Heehee!
He was happy na after haha! And Achi Y ate the cake. haha!
Thank you The Fireplace for our very lovely lovely dinner! Here's a blurry family photo! We went up to our room, watched movies on the cable and slept late. I really like staycations because I don't get to do any chores after feeding the kids. Haha!

The next day, kids woke up in time for breakfast. They always wake up early when we go on to staycations, they didn't want to miss the chance of going to the pool again! But this momma has got to drink her coffee first and eat breakfast. Haha! Breakfast buffet is served at The Marketplace. My Amma used to frequent The Marketplace with her amigas and I would always join them because I am the designated driver haha! BOS and I also spent one of our anniversary dinners here too!
There's Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American stations. Lots of dishes to choose from! The kids ate a lot, they enjoyed the pancakes and taho! As for me the BOS, I'm happy with freshly brewed coffee, bacon and eggs!

After breakfast, kids went on another round of swimming session at the pool! And would you believe the weather turned from this sunny...
 To this gloomy and rainy weather?
After showering and packing all of our things, we went down for some dimsum lunch. This time, we ate the Li Li which serves authentic Cantonese dishes using the freshest ingredients. Li Li is famous for its Unlimited Dimsum Lunch! I love love dimsum and we've eaten here before so I knew we were going to have happy tummies after! Their Unlimited Dimsum is available everyday from 12NN to 2:30PM.

Ordering is easy, they will give you a paper with a list of dimsum available for the unlimited dimsum. Just tick off what you like and they will serve it!
 Steamed nuts, pickled veggies and century egg which Y loved!
We ordered the usuals: Chicken feet, all kinds of siomai in the menu, har gao, xiao long bao, steamed ox tripe, beancurd roll, sweet and sour pork and more! We didn't order a lot because we were still full from breakfast but we made the most out of our appetite! Haha!
Chicken feet is a staple for BOS every time we eat at any dimsum place.

My staples (yes, with an S) are siomai, har gaw and beef balls (but they don't have that).

Y's new favorite is Xiao Long Bao!

Another staple is Sweet and Sour pork! So good with rice!
 Ended our meal with this glutinous balls with peanut inside!

After our lunch, it was time for check-out. Check-out is also at the Residence Club Living Room! Everything was so easy and smooth and we got to hang out again at the living room. The kids didn't want to leave yet, so we played another round of Monopoly and Scrabble!
Thank you New World Manila Bay for the very lovely stay! This has been one of the best staycations we had! If your budget permits, book a Residence Club Room, the service is super worth it! We can't wait to stay here again! Planning on a Christmas or New Year staycation already!

AG New World Manila Bay Hotel
1588 Pedro Gil cor. M.H. Del Pilar Manila, Philippines, 1004
+63 2 252 6888
Instagram: @newworldmanilabay
Twitter: @newworldmanila

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