Petra | Jordan. A rose-red city half as old as time
San Vicente | Palawan. Counting solitary strides.
Taj Mahal | India. A teardrop on the cheek of time
Catanduanes Island. Postcard-pretty slideshow.
Keep Kalm (at Kalanggaman Island | Leyte).
Nikko | Japan. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil in this UNESCO heritage town.
Counting temples in Bagan | Myanmar.
Chasing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.
Where to Stay? | Luxury, Backpacking & Glamping
Inaul Festival | Maguindanao. In homage of a weaving tradition
Rishikesh | India. a morning walk inside the Beatle's Ashram
Cairo | Egypt. a surreal moment at the great pyramids of giza

An Example of a Well Assembled Space: Azumi Boutique Hotel


A series of flashing bulbs always lit up inside my brain each time I hear the term 'boutique hotel'. As a veteran of sleeping in dingy hotels devoid of management's proper planning and an architect's imagination, I welcome the idea of staying in a fancy nest. So, coming to Azumi Boutique Hotel in Alabang on the day of the 2014 Globe TattAwards (where this travel blog was a finalist for the third straight year), my expectations are sky high. House and hotel interiors always look better in pictures, so I was curious to see how Azumi would look like in actuality. 

Monnette Santillan

Opting to walk than get baked inside the jeepney under the hot sun on a torrid traffic jammed Alabang - Zapote road, I saw the towering Azumi from a distance. The dark colored building exterior with a rubber and plastic green lawn outside immediately ignited a spark of approval in my head. The interior is much more impressive, the lobby ranks among the best I've seen of any hotel I've ever been to. (and I've been to many hotels the past years thanks to the perks of being a travel writer)

Monnette Santillan

The post-modern furniture and couch are carefully chosen and are styled with a fusion of an industrial and royal theme. The space are maximized perfectly highlighted by the shelves filled with framed pictures of visually enticing photographs. The 'photographer'-wannabee in myself felt instantly right at home. The transaction at the front desk was clock-work. I handed my passport since I've no other ID's and people would easily mistake me for actor Liev Schreiber. So the receptionist, instead of addressing Mr. Naomi Watts, just simply said "Welcome Mr. Mark(y)...." and quickly handed me my key card.

Cat Trivino

Up on the 14th floor, I discovered a more spacious room than I expected. Because budget and other minuscule boutique hotels offers just enough space to stretch your legs and put your backpack down. Inside my room spread out a well ensemble space  complete with a fridge, a sink, microwave, a big closet, a working station and a see through bathroom that has all the aesthetics, design and planning that my architect brother would approve of.  

Trisha O'bannon

My room has a balcony opening to a view of the city with the Alabang Town Center clearly visible as well as fancy lofts in the neighborhood. Azumi's in-house dining place is the cozy and stylish Romulo Cafe, whose walls proudly displays framed images of the late Carlos P. Romulo. iPhone generation who doesn't have any idea of who he was, better brush up on your history pronto!

Eileen Campos

My girlfriend and I tried the Filipino breakfast buffet and it's nice to sit around a fancy place taking your time digesting all those Pinoy comfort food and sipping a hot coffee while surrounded by tidbits of Philippine history. There is a rooftop swimming pool which is ideal for a few laps of swimming, but unfortunately I wasn't able to take a dip on it. The water and the view atop looks inviting though. 

Azumi Boutique Hotel

Over-all my short stay at Azumi was a very relaxing one, aside from being caught up in the dreaded Alabang traffic on my way to MOA for the Globe TattAwards, I was so glad that we came back to a very comfortable place to rest and cap the night. Right now, I already miss the bright Earth colors of my room and the visually stimulating lobby which as I've said is one of the best I've seen. Azumi Boutique Hotel definitely deserves to include the word 'boutique' in its name. Hats off to the all the minds who contributed to the finished look of this place. 


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