You don't really have to go to the beach in order to enjoy the seaside. In Metro Manila, there are still many places along Roxas Boulevard where one can get a clear, unimpeded and free view of the sea and a typically majestic sunset at Manila Bay. After a destructive storm surge a few years back, which destroyed much of Manila sea wall, the area has been rebuilt and is now a favorite for joggers, walkers and just about anyone who wants to wile away the time.
The Sofitel Philippine Plaza is one if not the only remaining place in Metro Manila where you can still enjoy dining outdoors. It's Sunset Bar offers a full menu that's okay for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. Of course, there's the hotel's Spiral restaurant and its impressive buffets but this time around we decided not to "pig out" but instead enjoy our stay by heading outdoors and enjoying our food and drinks in a less crowded area of the hotel.
It helped that the weather was excellent and temperatures were cool when we stayed at the hotel last month to celebrate the wife's birthday over a weekend. There were no stinky smells from the sea. The comfy temperatures and low humidity surely contributed to this and made the outdoors very pleasant. We thought that it was a pity a lot of people stayed indoors instead of spending some time outside to enjoy the nice weather and surroundings.
|Hotel staff have the seaside cushioned mats and tables ready for guests. The buildings in the horizon are of SM's Mall of Asia. On a clear day, one can see the province of Cavite further on.|
|Here's a view of Manila Bay towards the direction of Bataan and Corregidor.|
|The hotel is relatively near the airport and the flight paths of aircraft takes them near the area of the hotel.|
|The coconut trees added to the ambiance as aircraft flew above us.|
|Our Filipino breakfast of tapas and longanisa (local sausages), eggs and fried rice were served by staff. Not pictured are our drinks - juice for me and coffee for the wife.|