Being a family that loves to travel, we are very intimately aware of the preparation it takes to go on trips with a little one. Aside from the actual vacation planning — from putting our vacation leaves in order to getting the flights, booking the hotels and making sure we have money — bulk of the prep work is getting the kid ready to travel. Packing for a baby or a toddler means knowing what part of the daily routine to keep or to break to ensure that my daughter is comfortable but we keep within practical limits. So, for times when we have something to celebrate but do not have the time to prepare for a big out-of-the-country trip, we choose to staycation.
Basically, a staycation is a vacation in your area. This can be in the country where you live, in the same city or even right there in your home. Aside from aiming to take an out-of-the-country trip at least twice a year, we sporadically go on staycations to take a break from the daily grind.
There are a lot of benefits of taking a staycation:
1. It allows you to rediscover your area — whether this be a new local attraction or that hotel you’ve always wanted to explore, you get to support your local businesses and maybe even discover something new close to home.
2. It’s the cheaper alternative to travel. You don’t spend money on airline tickets or on gas for road trips.
3. Less time on the road or in flight means more quality time with the family. Just going to the airport and waiting on your flight — even for local ones — takes a good 3 to 4 hours of your time. With a staycation, you reach your destination faster and spend the same time you would’ve in transit, bonding with your family instead.
4. You have more energy to do fun things. Let’s face it, travel can be physically draining. More so if you are doing it with a kid. Skip on the exhausting part of the vacation and head straight to the good times by staying in the same area.
5. Emergencies and packing mistakes are easier to handle. You’re probably already familiar with the area so you know where to buy food for your baby or milk (if you bottle feed), you don’t have to pack your entire house because you can get anything and everything you need from a nearby mall or convenience store.
Just this weekend, we decided to have another staycation in one of the newer hotels in Metro Manila. Nobu Hotel in City of Dreams was launched just this year. This Japanese-inspired hotel has Robert De Niro as one of the co-owners.
We did a quick visit before during the launch of City of Dreams and then again when we went to DreamPlay. Just a quick tour of the lobby a few months ago made me decide that I’d eventually want to stay here to celebrate one of our little family wins. So, this weekend, we finally had that opportunity.
I love everything about the hotel. From the great service starting at the valet down to the actual chocolate brown and cream color scheme of the room.
These have got to be among the most comfortable hotel beds we’ve slept on in the past 3 or 4 years. Staycations mean sleeping in and we did get a lot of that.
Too bad we weren’t able to do much swimming — really because we spent most of the time sleeping in and talking and eating.
Nobu Hotel is one of three hotels inside City of Dreams Manila. It is located at Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Paranaque, 1701, Philippines.