This attractive boutique hotel targets active business types and travellers on the go. You’ll find bike racks in the rooms so you’ll never be far from your two-wheeled friend (bike-friendly elevators take guests to the four floors). Dotted with cocoon-shaped lounge chairs, the spacious roof deck with swimming pool is the main draw, with panoramic views of the city. Al fresco spin bike classes take place here, and there’s a fitness centre, sauna, whirlpool tub and Taichi Wellness Spa offering a range of treatments. It’s ideally located to explore the city’s duty-free shops and food outlets.
Through the 20th century, Subic Bay, about 100km northwest of Manila, was known largely only to US Navy personnel, having been until 1992 the site of a 262 square mile base the US had taken from the Spanish. Fast-forward to the 21st century and the area has reinvented itself as a popular tourist spot offering extreme sports, ocean parks, safaris and plenty of duty-free shopping – as well as excellent wreck diving. The old base is today the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a tax- and duty-free zone, with restaurants, shops and hotels located in the Central Business District. Tourist attractions – largely theme parks (Ocean Adventure, Tree Top Adventure, Zoobic Safari…) and beaches – are found a few kilometres south.
Thanks to its proximity to the capital, Subic is a popular destination among Manileños, offering a smattering of hotels largely in the mid-range bracket. Among them are a handful of standout spots though, from those aimed at cycling fans and families to spots with private beaches and bars in lighthouses. Here’s our pick of the bunch.