Oj Jottings: Urban Resort Living at EDSA Shangri-la, Manila

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila continuous to be the city’s premiere city resort destination with its revamped key guest areas to new levels of luxury. Being physically linked to the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, where the posh East Wing now boasts iconic brands such as Herve Leger, Jimmy Choo and Givenchy, reinforces the hotel’s strength as the preferred leisure, shopping and dining destination.

Tower Wing Deluxe Suite Foyer
Tower Wing Deluxe Suite Foyer

Renovations of the Tower Wing began in the 2nd quarter of 2012. Leese Robertson Freeman (LRF) Designers Limited, Hong Kong, the same firm responsible for the interior design of other Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts properties all around the world, infused contemporary Filipino touches in the hotel’s overall design.

For the Tower Wing guest rooms and suites, a mixture of distinct local textures such as woven fibers and smooth wooden panels are evident in its furnishings and fixtures. This includes the anahaw leaf pattern by the flat screen television panels and mother of pearl appliqué on desks, cabinets and hardware. Lighter, yet vivid hues were used to achieve a soothing and elegant Oriental ambience.

Tower Wing Premier Room
Tower Wing Premier Room

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila’s Lobby Lounge design, as with the hotel’s guest rooms and suites, was inspired by nature. The color scheme of the grand hall includes golden yellows, reds and blues, complimenting the lush greenery of the garden area, visible through the lounge’s massive floor-to-ceiling glass windows. A major design highlight of the Lobby Lounge is the stunning trio of opulent Sampaguita crystal chandeliers. The Sampaguita is known as the Philippines’ national flower and is a symbol for purity, devotion and strength. Each chandelier is composed of 400 strands that hold 3,600 Sampaguita crystals. The custom-made carpeting reflects the Sampaguita pattern, as well as other Filipino design elements.

EDSA Shangri-la Manila's Lobby Lounge
EDSA Shangri-la Manila’s Lobby Lounge

Ricky Isidro, a famous Filipino painter, was commissioned to create a special artwork that hangs above the Lobby Lounge’s bar area. Entitled “Malakas at Maganda,” the painting is inspired by the famous local folklore that narrates the origin of the Filipino race.

The hotel’s pool and surrounding areas were also refreshed to achieve a stronger tropical feel. An aqua play facility, complete with rubberized flooring, water cannons, fountains and slides, was also constructed specially for children of all ages to enjoy.

EDSA Shangri-la Manila's pool at night
Swimming Pool and Aqua Play Garden Area Top View

According to the hotel’s  general Manager, Patrick Schaub,“We at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila are strongly committed to providing our guests with not only the brand of genuine and heartfelt hospitality that we’ve successfully been known for the last 20 years, but also to provide the best in guest rooms, amenities and facilities.”Thus, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila continues in its commitment to upgrade and revitalize its services, with renovations and innovations for the new Health Club and Bakeshop now ongoing.

For bookings and inquiries, please call (632) 633 8888 or email at reservations.esl@shangri-la.com. Guests may follow Edsa Shangri-La, Manila on Facebook.com/EdsaShangriLa, Twitter and Instagram through @edsashangrila. 

Oj Hofer
Oj Hofer

OJ Hofer is one of Cebu’s top fashion designers. He is also a poet, painter, an Ikenobo practitioner, 四段 (4th Dan) Shodō teacher, Taiji instructor, and an aspiring Bodhisattva, while serving as Zee Lifestyle’s columnist and fashion editor. Follow OJ’s adventures on Instagram at @ojhofer.

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