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One of the best things about getting back to the “old” normal is to return to the Raffles-Fairmont Hotel in Makati to enjoy its cozy Writers’ Bar, its long bar with a British colonial theme, the versatile Spectrum Cafe, French-inspired fine dining. – Mireio Restaurant and its romantic and breezy Mistral rooftop bar.

Fairmont Makati, along with its sister properties Raffles Makati and Raffles Residences Makati, recently celebrated 10 years of “turning moments into memories”.

I couldn’t agree more. I celebrated memories at the hotel and its sister hotel, The Fairmont (home to the Grand Ballroom).

Lottery is art and romance. Its Writers Bar doubles as the Lobby Lounge, but it’s private enough to have a corner to yourself while enjoying afternoon tea or a glass of wine while listening to soft tunes played by a live pianist.

At The Raffles, there are places to be quiet when you want an oasis of calm, and places to pulsate with energy. It’s a blend under one roof that Raffles won me over.

I love Long Bar’s high ceilings, complete with colonial-era punks, peanuts in little paper bags you can put shells on the table, and creative cocktails. My latest discovery is his crispy chicharon plate – a trio of chicharon stacks. One pile was flavored with wasabi, another with salted egg, and another plain. Recommended for people with no dietary restrictions!

Mistral gives you a panoramic view of the skyscrapers of the Makati Central Business District and it also boasts pulsating music. Truly a place to party or just soak up the scenery.

Mireilleau, on the other hand, now brings crowds to Cloud Nine (the restaurant is located on the ninth floor of Raffles) with its Sunday Brunch Society, unlimited French and other Mediterranean dishes, and “bottomless” wines and spirits. including champagne. I enjoyed the truffle risotto, raclette and fresh oysters. Its floor-to-ceiling glass windows on three sides of the restaurant also offer dining with a view. Awesome awesome!


I love the atmosphere of British colonial architecture, high ceilings, shuttered windows and doors, rocking punks. Also, staying in a Raffles suite is a pleasure as the colonial interiors are complemented by modern art and fixtures. Also, my husband and I have always been spoiled by van service.

I’m told that accommodation and dining at Raffles and Fairmont have returned to pre-pandemic levels, which Bernd Schneider, general manager of the Raffles-Fairmont Makati cluster and regional general manager of Accor Philippines, says is a demanding man. standards that it encourages its employees to meet.

Raffles Makati recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special commemorative event held in Mireyo.

Entitled ‘Affaires Artistiques’, the anniversary event is named for and inspired by art, one of the tenets of the Raffles brand. All forms of art have played an important role in the heritage of Raffles properties around the world, and Raffles Makati’s 10th anniversary was a perfect introduction to the history of art at the hotel.

Visual artistry was brilliantly represented by visual artist Joemarie Sanclaria, who joined the event and worked on a live painting of the celebration to capture and immortalize the anniversary and those who came to celebrate it. His painting Affaires Artistiques, an Impressionist interpretation of the night’s event, made a huge impression on guests, who were each gifted with limited editions of the masterpiece and individually hand-delivered to them as a memento of the event.

It’s not hard for Raffles to beat you!