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10 days to X'mas: 7 Christmas treats in Makati

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by December 15, 2016 General

MANILA — Christmas is fast approaching and with it comes deals aplenty.

Urbanites don’t have to travel far, as the City of Makati, Ayala Land, Mastercard, and their partner hotels serve you up a bevy of holiday treats — from staycation choices, various sights, and activities to unwind, bond,and relax.

1. Buy 1 night, get 1 night free

A guest room at Holiday Inn. Handout photo

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati takes the “giving” part of the season seriously with its exclusive holiday promos for Mastercard cardholders. Every night stay availed on the Best Available Rate during the weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) will get an equal complimentary night’s stay in Holiday Inn’s partner hotels in Bangkok (Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukumvit22) or Singapore (Holiday Inn Express SG Katong).

This promo runs until December 31, 2016, while the complimentary night redemption can be enjoyed until March 31, 2017.

2. 2+1 buffet at Flavors

Running out of places to eat in Glorietta? Check out Flavors at the Holiday Inn & Suites.

The buffet as Flavors Restaurant of Holiday Inn. Handout photo

While the buffet is smaller compared to nearby hotels, the spread covers all the requisites from salad, Japanese (with fresh sashimi and rolls), main dishes that run the whole gamut from Indian, Filipino, and even French, a grill station, lechon, delectable desserts (including a version of Crepe Samurai by one of the previous chefs of the Intercontinental Manila, and a DIY ice cream station), and even a Mexican taco station. You get to taste everything and go back to get more of the things that you enjoyed the most, ideal for that business meeting, or family dinner.

For some holiday cheer, Flavors Restaurant offers the 2 + 1 exclusively for Mastercard holders, where for every two paying guests, the third guest gets to eat free. Perfect for those holiday get-togethers.

3. Bed and breakfast weekends

With your Mastercard, avail of Fairmont Hotel’s exclusive 50% off on its Bed and Breakfast Weekends package. The stay includes breakfast and lunch for two at the Spectrum Restaurant (except for Sunday brunch), and 50% off on all treatments at the Willow Stream Spa.

A guest room at Fairmont Hotel. Handout photo

Raffles Makati, meanwhile, offers 30% off when you use your Mastercard to book their Best Available Rates during weekends. A posh classic afternoon tea, as well as evening cocktails are included in the staycation at the Writer’s Bar.

Sip cocktails with your choice of tapas during Happy Hour at the Long Bar at Raffles and dine on delectable treats at the Spectrum’s buffet for lunch (except Sunday brunch) or dinner, with the Spectrum’s 3+1 package, where for every three paying guests, the fourth guest eats free.

Craft cocktails during Happy Hour at the Long Bar at Raffles. Photo by author

Relax and unwind with an automatic 30% off on all ala carte treatments at the Willow Stream Spa.

All promos are only available when you use your Mastercard. Book through the reservation desks of the hotels, or head on over to www.makeitmakati.com to book your packages.

4. Shopping rebate

Enjoy stress-free shopping at Rustan’s when you use your Mastercard, as cardholders get P500 off when you spend a minimum of P5,000 at Rustan’s Makati.

Platinum, World Elite, and World Mastercard holders also get additional perks like personal shopping, free delivery, and complimentary use of the VIP lounge.

5. Ayala Triangle Garden’s Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Photo by author

For a few years now, the Ayala Triangle Garden’s Festival of Lights has drawn crowds for its spectacle of light and sound.

Hailed by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the Seven Most Spectacular Light Shows in the World, this year’s presentation features not only features the now-classic tree-laden lights dancing to Christmas music, but laser light shows as well.

Already a Makati tradition, this light show never fails to astound and bring out the kid in all of us.

6. Circuit’s Christmas tree

The Circuit Christmas tree. Photo by author

Another sight only found in Makati, the Circuit’s Christmas tree rises up to 56 feet, fully laden with lights. It’s immersive, as you can step inside the tree and marvel at the lights from another angle.

7. Take up archery

Kodanda Archery at the Makati Cinema Square. Photo by author

Adventure can be found right at the heart of Makati at the Kodanda Archery Range located in Makati Cinema Square. For at least an hour, instructors will teach you to how to shoot with your bow and arrow. A fun and different bonding activity for family and friends, as you learn a potential zombie apocalypse skill.

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