Manifest the full potential of the most wonderful time of the year at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.
There are many things to look forward during the holiday season: imminent deluge of cheer, commerce getting in on the Christmas spirit, deafening mash up of Christmas carols and well, a general ease and relenting to the languid mood of the year. However, despite sitting in different rungs of the cheer meter, a common denominator that really sets hearts racing is the seemingly unending rations of food, nay, feast that is definitive of the holidays.
No matter how earnest or extravagant, the Christmas spread is something we look forward to during the merry month. A visceral imagination of a piping hot, multi-course dinner, made with lots of love and served with care colors your mind and tickles your fancy. Not too long after, your appetite is tenderly provoked, where each meal offered is a soul-satiating bite after the next. This is a scene that constantly charms, proving to be a highlight, along with the memories of time spent with loved ones, of course.
Drawing inspiration from this familiar sense of community, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila pulls out all the stops for traditional Art de Noël, an engaging celebration that combines live musical entertainment, themed-parties, lucky draws, whimsical installations, and of course, a curation of delectable culinary specials. This year, we are set to be taken to a passage of time, discovering the wonders of the holidays with the season- long offerings of The Enchanted Journey.
At the heart of this fete is the Spiral Holiday Special, where the famed buffet is set to whisk you away to a gastronomic expedition across its 21 dining ateliers. The world is yours for the taking, where you can quite literally eat your way through the map with regional delights such as the Japanese Dragon Roll Sushi by Chef Masaki Ishigawa, which is a burst of flavor in each bite, and the Thai Green Chicken Curry by Chef Romeo Malate that instantly takes you to the beautiful city of Bangkok with its refined mix of spices that seeps through the tenderness of the protein. For lighter fares, you can have servings of French oysters and Capelin caviar, before digging into the rich and hearty Truffle Mac & Cheese, which will definitely delight the kids and the kids- at-heart. While a clear contrast to each other, the highlighted Seabass Papillote and Beef Prime Rib serve as cursory mains that prepare you for a clear highlight, the golden Roast Turkey. Punctuating the savory and filling courses are a selection of pastries like a moist chocolate cake draped in silver fondant icing and cake pops in a variety of classic chocolate, white chocolate and match flavors.
Apart from the signature feast, there are other things to look forward to during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. At the Sunset Bar, you can enjoy a breezy yuletide dinner under the stars overlooking the relaxing view of the Manila Bay. The sumptuous outdoor banquet showcases traditional festive dishes, grilled specials, and fresh seafood that you can pair with free-flowing beer, wine or your go-to cocktail. Similarly, a New Year’s Eve Special is also in order where you can welcome the new year with a lavish bay side feast and a prime spot to enjoy an out-of- this-world display of fireworks.
Ushering in the eventual new year is also something that Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is preparing for. For its New Year’s Eve Countdown, you are set to be transported to the colorful and spirited locale of New Orleans with a Mardi Gras-themed party that is set to close the year and ring in a new one with flamboyance and flair.
With all your Christmas obligations taken care of, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila also puts the focus on you and your journey of self-love, as it offers a selection of wellness and aesthetic treatments that will make you look and feel good. Whether it be a treat for yourself or a necessary preparation for all the festivities you will have to attend, you can take your pick from the Christmas Specials offered at Le Spa & Nail Artisan, Vietura Aesthetic Lifestyle and Philippe Tordjman Le Salon.
With the flurry of festivities, along with the commercial hustle, social commitment and familial responsibilities, the reason for the season can get diluted or worse, forgotten. More than the physical wonders of the holidays, the food and the merriment, this is the time of the year where we are reminded that despite what we are led to believe, life, with all its ups and downs, is still pretty damn good. The sooner we realize this, the more this most wonderful time of the year opens up to its full potential to manifest gratitude, happiness, love, and of course, a heaping dose of cheer.
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