5 Hour Activities


PINTO ART MUSEUM
Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo City
+632-697-1015
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ESCAPE TO A HILLTOP MUSEUM

  • View one of the largest collections of Philippine contemporary art
  • Roam the grounds and galleries of a Mission-style mansion
  • Relax on a peaceful rooftop with amazing city views

Retreat from the central-metro crowds and heat to find solace at the glorious Pinto Art Museum, perched high on a hilltop above the city. This cloud-white, Mission-style adobe mansion was established as a museum by patron and collector Dr. Joven Cuanang; today it houses one of the largest collections of Philippine contemporary art in the country. Brightly painted antique doors connect hushed courtyards that lead to surprisingly expansive exhibition spaces. Get lost in riotously colorful large-scale murals, dazzling bronze sculptures, and powerful photography exhibits throughout the galleries. Stop for Thai bagoong fried rice or a cappuccino at one of the museum’s three cafés. Stroll the three acres of tropical grounds dotted with reflecting ponds and sculptures. Or head up to the museum rooftop and claim a lounge chair with a skyline view. For maximum peace and quiet, visit on a weekday: the workday traffic may be a chore, but the reward of a nearly crowd-free day at the museum is worth it.

The route from the Conrad to the Pinto cuts through office and commercial districts in Metro Manila, which can bring traffic to a crawl during peak hours: on weekdays the drive can take upwards of two hours; on weekends it should take just under an hour.

PINTO ART MUSEUM
Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo City
+632-697-1015
facebook.com/pintoartmuseum

ANTONIO’S TAGAYTAY
Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Luksuhin-Mangas Road, Alfonso, Tagaytay City, Batangas
+63918-899-2866
antoniosrestaurant.ph

PHILJETS
Working with our preferred partner Philjets, the Conrad concierge can book a round-trip helicopter transfer from Metro Manila to Antonio’s helipad (including on-board champagne and an aerial tour of the city or Taal Lake), allowing for a three-hour meal at the restaurant.

BUZZ OUT TO THE COUNTRYSIDE

  • Splurge on a helicopter ride for a romantic getaway
  • Sip cocktails in a tropical garden
  • Feast on hyper-local dishes in a colonial-era mansion

Antonio’s Tagaytay is one of the very best restaurants in the Philippines, set in a colonial-style mansion cocooned deep in a tropical forest. The journey here from the Conrad takes around 90 minutes by car—a perfectly lovely drive through the countryside, if you’re up for it—but we suggest saving time and splurging on a helicopter ride. (The Conrad concierge can arrange this through our preferred partner, Philjets.) No matter how you travel, your lunch or dinner will be a memorable one. Start things off on the lush garden patio and treat yourself to a signature TB Martini (with a splash of the chef’s own housemade limoncello). Then adjourn to the handsome dining room, with its dark-wood plantation shutters, wooden chandeliers painted white by local artisans, and floors of hand-painted Spanish tile. The menu—dry aged steaks, tender lamb, fresh fish—leans European, but with a discernible local accent. Chef Tony Boy Escalante and his wife Agnes were farming this land before they opened their restaurant, so you’re just steps from the source of their fabulous meat and seasonal produce. Insider tip: the lechon de leche, an organic suckling pig roasted to fall-off-the-bone perfection, is a Filipino classic, and must be ordered in advance. Don’t miss it.

Antonio’s is typically a 90-minute drive from Conrad Manila, though it can take up to two hours on weekends. Come for a weekday lunch or dinner if you can.

ANTONIO’S TAGAYTAY
Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Luksuhin-Mangas Road, Alfonso, Tagaytay City, Batangas
+63918-899-2866
antoniosrestaurant.ph

PHILJETS
Working with our preferred partner Philjets, the Conrad concierge can book a round-trip helicopter transfer from Metro Manila to Antonio’s helipad (including on-board champagne and an aerial tour of the city or Taal Lake), allowing for a three-hour meal at the restaurant.

STA. ELENA FUN FARM
Barrio Malitlit, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
+63920-913-1349

SET OFF ON A FAMILY ADVENTURE

  • Take a ride on a water buffalo
  • Fish or feed the animals in a sweet petting zoo
  • Ramble around a natural playground with swings and mini-ziplines

After even just a few days in fast-paced, hyper-urban Manila, you and the kids might be inclined to beat the retreat, if only for a day. Fortunately, less than an hour’s drive from the Conrad is a great spot where a family can shift into the slow lane. (Indeed, Manila’s expat parents swear by the place.) The Sta. Elena Fun Farm makes a perfect escape for all ages: you and your brood can cast lines for fish, feed goats, cows, and pigs at the petting zoo, and saddle up for rides on a carabao (water buffalo). Of course, children may decide to ignore all that the farm has to offer and just do what comes naturally: running wild across the estate’s lush, rolling grounds. There’s a natural playground of carved wooden see-saws and hand-hewn log swing sets, a network of trails to explore, and mini-ziplines between the treetops that even the bravest of toddlers can enjoy. There’s also a casual café with kid-friendly snacks and sandwiches. The whole excursion can easily be done in 5 hours round-trip. It’s best to plan your visit for either the morning (before the mid-day heat sets in) or the late afternoon (from 3 p.m. till dusk). Either way, the ride home will be a peaceful one as your blissfully exhausted kids conk out for a nap after a restorative day on the farm.

Sta. Elena Fun Farm is 45 kilometers south of Conrad Manila, an easy 50-minute drive without traffic. Take the South Luzon Expressway; the farm is right after the Santa Rosa Exit. Avoid Friday afternoons and holiday weekends.

STA. ELENA FUN FARM
Barrio Malitlit, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
+63920-913-1349

LIT
G/F (in between Larry’s Cafe and Powerbooks), Serendra, Bonifacio Global City
+63917-510-0014

ROCKET ROOM
G/F Quadrant 4, Bonifacio High Street, 9th avenue, Bonifacio Global City
+632-621-3222
facebook.com/RocketRoom

BANK BAR
Inside the 7/11, G/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 25th and 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City
+632-801-4862
momentgroup.ph/bank-bar

THE PALACE
9th Avenue at 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio Global City
Valkyrie Club: +63917-680-8888
The Pool Club: +63917-689-8888
Revel: +63917-550-8888
thepalacemanila.com

PAINT THE TOWN RED IN BONIFACIO

  • Hit the heart of Manila’s red-hot nightlife scene
  • Warm up with Japanese single-malt whisky
  • Seek out an exclusive Champagne den, hidden behind a 7-11

These days, Manila has enough commercial, culinary, and creative energy to rival many other Asian megacities. But if you really want to see what makes the capital so dynamic, you’ve got to hit the town after dark—ideally over a long evening of club- and bar-hopping in Bonifacio Global City. This gleaming new hub of development occupies only a single square mile, but it jams a whole lot into that minimal space, not least with its nightlife options. Get warmed up at LIT, a refined lounge with the largest collection of Japanese whisky in the country and a focus on creative cocktails using Japanese spirits (think shochu and sake).  The attentive and knowledgeable bartenders will prescribe the right pour for your mood. Next make a stop at the Rocket Room, a bright bar with a wall of skyline-facing windows. Pair a zippy Rocket Fuel cocktail (silver tequila, house-infused jalapeño vodka, Cointreau, and fresh lime) with the crispy pork belly “chips” or the wood-fired Merguez meatballs. Now here’s where the night takes an interesting turn: First, locate the 7/11 convenience store at the RCBC Tower. Step inside, walk purposefully past the Slurpee machine, and enter the storeroom. Surprise—you’ve found the secret entrance to the exclusive Bank Bar. Turn on the charm for the doorman (tables fill up after 9 p.m., so have the concierge reserve one in advance), and once you’re inside, order a round of Champagne to go with the truffle-oil-and-parmesan-spiked French fries. When midnight strikes, stroll over to The Palace. Split up into various clubs-within-a-club, the entire complex can accommodate up to 10,000 people. Have bottles ablaze with sparklers paraded to your table at glitzy Valkyrie, or cozy up in an intimate booth at Revel for a more sophisticated last call.

>LIT
G/F (in between Larry’s Cafe and Powerbooks), Serendra, Bonifacio Global City
+63917-510-0014

ROCKET ROOM
G/F Quadrant 4, Bonifacio High Street, 9th avenue, Bonifacio Global City
+632-621-3222
facebook.com/RocketRoom

BANK BAR
Inside the 7/11, G/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 25th and 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City
+632-801-4862
momentgroup.ph/bank-bar

THE PALACE
9th Avenue at 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio Global City
Valkyrie Club: +63917-680-8888
The Pool Club: +63917-689-8888
Revel: +63917-550-8888
thepalacemanila.com