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Asia’s Best Awards 2022: Philippines’ Top Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and More

The votes have been counted for the first ever Asia’s Best Awards 2022 and here we reveal all your favorites in the Philippines.

Courtesy of Amanpulo

Jun 27, 2022

AFTER MORE THAN TWO YEARS of being closed to the world, the Philippines is fully open to tourism and is now more vibrant than ever. New establishments are opening on the daily and there is a palpable sense of optimism in the air and earnest willingness to bounce back from a tumultuous time. Notably, the beautiful and soulful Siargao has been slowly building back from the devastation of Typhoon Odette, and needs as much love and support we can send. In this light, we would like to note that Nay Palad and Inara both made it to the Top 10 of the Best Beach/Upcountry Resorts, and although they are currently under renovation, we still want to champion them, as we are certain they will be back very soon, stronger than ever! Read on for your favorites in the Philippines for Asia’s Best Awards 2022.Stephanie Zubiri

ASIA’S BEST AWARDS 2022:
BEST OF PHILIPPINES

Best City Hotels in the Philippines

1. Shangri-La the Fort, Manila

Premier Suite at Shangri-La at The Fort, Manila Asia’s Best Awards Philippines
Courtesy of Shangri-La The Fort, Manila

Centrally located in Metro Manila, at the heart of the bustling Bonifacio Global City, towers the sleek and sophisticated Shangri-La The Fort. The expansive and elegant lobby welcomes guests with warm smiles and that signature Philippine hospitality, so it’s no surprise that a voter remarked: “the place was so amazing and all the staff was so kind.” Rooms and suites are decorated in calming hues of champagne and dove grey, with luxe textured touches. Most have stunning views of the city and all of them have well-appointed and ample marble bathrooms outfitted with polished fixtures and thoughtful amenities.

It is also home to world class fitness center Kerry Sports as well as a kids’ activity center, Adventure Zone, making the Shang Fort perfect for jet-setting business travelers, wellness seekers and family vacationers alike. With seven dining outlets ranging from the chic Canton Road to the fun poolside Samba serving Latin fare and the classic Raging Bull Chophouse and Bar, Shangri-La at the Fort is also a destination for foodies. More importantly, this five-star property offers that efficient and personal service Shangri-La is known for, prompting at least one voter to emote “it still feels like home every time I come back.”

shangri-la.com/en/manila/shangrilaatthefort

Fairmont Makati Asia’s Best Awards Philippines

*Tie5

Fairmont Makati

Grand Hyatt Manila Asia’s Best Awards Philippines

*Tie5

Grand Hyatt Manila

Best Beach/Upcountry Resort in the Philippines

1. Amanpulo

Amanpulo Asia’s Best Awards Philippines
Courtesy of Amanpulo

Set against a cerulean blue sky are crystalline turquoise waters and powdery white sand. Pamalican Island is undoubtedly home to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Ensconced in vibrant and lush mangroves is Amanpulo, the luxury hospitality group’s only property in the Philippines. Individual casitas discreetly dot the property, offering unparalleled views of the sea, whether beach front or high up in the treetops. The island offers an overwhelming sense of serenity, as the pristine nature is a perfect setting for respite and reflection. The sea is teeming with marine life, swim with resident sea turtles or take one of their private excursion boats to dive in one of the nearby reefs. If sipping a cocktail by sunset is more your style, enjoy a G&T crafted with their local in-house Amanpulo gin cruising aboard a pontoon as the sun bathes the island in its golden rays.

The allure of Amanpulo lies in not just in its sheer natural beauty but in its exceptional and seamless service. Thanks to a meticulous attention to detail, personal touches and a variety of luxurious wellness and dining experiences, one voter described it as being “hands down the best resort in Southeast Asia! Your own private island paradise.”

aman.com/resorts/amanpulo

Plantation Bay Resort & Spa Asia’s Best Awards Philippines

6

Plantation Bay Resort & Spa
Mactan Island

Lihim El Dino Asia’s Best Awards Philippines

7

Lihim El Nido
Palawan

Inara Siago Asia’s Best Awards Philippines

8

Inara Siargao
Siargao Island

Favorite Hotel General Manager in the Philippines

*write-in category

Preet Singh, The Farm at San Benito

Preet Singh, General Manager of The Farm at San Benito Asia’s Best Awards Philippines
Preet Singh, General Manager of The Farm at San Benito. Courtesy of The Farm at San Benito

Best Restaurants in the Philippines

1. Wildflour Cafe and Bakery

Courtesy of Wildflour Cafe and Bakery (3)

Voters said:

“Great bread and pastries”

“Excellent food, good service, the ambience is great.”

2. Gallery by Chele, Manila

3. Toyo Eatery, Manila

4. Wagyu Studio, Taguig

5. La Picara, Manila

6. Hapag, Quezon City

7. Le Petit Cafe Fleur, Makati

8. M Dining, Manila

9. Mantra, Makati

10. Mecha Uma, Tanguig

Best Bars in the Philippines

1. The Back Room, Shangri-La The Fort, Manila

The Back Room, Shangri-La The Fort, Manila Asia’s Best Awards Philippines
Bee’s Knees Gin at The Back Room, Shangri-La The Fort. ©ALDWIN C.ASPILLERA 2017/SOURCE: 50Best

Voters said:

“They know my drink and serve interesting new ones that make me want to keep drinking.”

2. The Curator, Makati

3. Buccaneers Rum & Cocktails, Manila

4. Blind Pig, Manila

5. OTO, Makati

Best Pizza in the Philippines

*write-in category

1. Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza, Manila

Gino's Brick Oven Pizza Asia’s Best Awards Philippines
Courtesy of Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza

2. Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen, Manila

3. Da Gianni Cucina Italiana Manila

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