It can’t buy love, it can’t buy taste, but I’ll tell you one thing money can buy: Space.
One consequence of urbanization is shrinkage: new condominiums are half the size of condos built ten years ago, but twice as expensive. You work hard and save your money so you can pay millions to own what is essentially a large closet. We have so much more to do today and so much less space to do it in.
Last week we got an invitation to tour Maxims, the new six-star hotel at the Resorts World Manila complex in front of the airport. We’ve been hearing the term “six-star” a lot lately, and Burj Al Arab in Dubai is often called a seven-star hotel, but what do the extra stars mean? Apparently there is no formal hotel industry definition of hotels above the five-star (luxury) rating, but the sixth star is awarded for luxury hotels that offer intensive guest care.
In the case of Maxims Hotel, which is the only Maxims Hotel in the world at present, six stars means the accommodations are all suites, and each suite has a butler assigned to it.
When you walk into the hotel you see a huge sculpture, Ballerini by Botero, casually plonked down into a plant box. There is no reception desk. There is a cafe, Cafe au Lait, serving coffee, drinks, and an excellent mango cheesecake. We caught a whiff of cigar smoke, which reminds us that we’re not in Makati anymore. It’s been years since we smelled cigar/cigarette smoke indoors (outside of a cigar bar); must alert our smoker friends.
The butler showed us to a Signature Suite, which has a living room and dining area, a bedroom and a bathroom that is vast.
All this space, which is big enough for an evening of ballroom dancing, with the butler and a wi-fi touchscreen console for summoning service, and–Wait, we forgot the balcony.
It is nearly as large as the suite indoors. Plus it has a jacuzzi with a view.
What does all this space cost? US$500 a night.
The Signature Suites are minuscule compared to this:
The Villa. 500 square meters, US$2,000 a night. You could go skating in it. Or organize a roller derby. Apart from the huge living room and dining room a Villa has two bedrooms, a well-appointed kitchen, an audiovisual room, two toilets, a vast bath with toiletries by Bulgari. There’s also a massage room.
Out back there’s a humongous balcony with its own pool, in case you don’t feel like sharing the big pool right in front of the Villas.
For inquiries and reservations call the Resorts World hotline, (02) 8366333.
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Kaos, the Las Vegas-meets-Broadway revue at the 1,500-seat Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila, has been playing to packed houses since it opened. Momelia will be reviewing the show for us next month. In the meantime, we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the May 13 evening shows of Kaos. Each pair of tickets comes with a stuffed toy Kaos lion.
Would you like to win two tickets to Kaos? Send us a list of things you would buy if you had ten million pesos. The catch is that you have to spend it all in 48 hours while staying at a Villa in Maxims. You can not buy more than two of the same item. Post the list in comments, and we’ll announce the winners on April 25.
Thanks to Archie, Karmina, Joy and Francis of Resorts World for the tour and the tickets.