5 Ways in 3 Days to Fall in Love with Iloilo – The City of Love

Have you ever fallen in love with the place not just for its natural beauty but also for its people and culture? The Philippines is blessed to be abounded by beauty in these sorts, but if you want to find that hub that basically consecrates all three, Iloilo is your place to go. Rich in culture, rich in natural beauty, rich in love – Iloilo isn’t called the Philippines’ City of Love for nothing.

Hang on as I take you to the must-go’s in the Heritage Haven of Panay Island.

1. Iloilo isn’t too far from Manila.

In fact, it’s only about an hour or so away by plane, around the same travel time as its neighboring provinces – Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Negros Occidental. As you get into a swift approach towards Iloilo International Airport, love at first sight begins by looking out your window – vast plains, glorious mountains and the mere abundance of grasslands will instantly make you forget the city.

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2. Iloilo isn’t a remote island nor does she crowd her people in her cityscape. She’s got a tender mix of both. Think: north and south Metro Manila in one. Iloilo City is well-balanced, so you get a feel of home in the busy urban life when you check in at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo. Here alone is the start of the ultimate treat to history richness – the area of the 12-storey establishment and its surrounding entities within Megaworld’s 72-hectare township – Iloilo Business Park – was once home to the former airport of Mandurriao in Iloilo. Indeed, the roads here were once ramps of landing and ascending airplanes. You can even see the former control tower nearby from your room!

What makes a hotel experience is its people. You could see the genuine lambing from the staff who’s ready to assist you in any way. It’s going to be a difficult time for you to leave as their friendliness is contagious.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo takes pride in its many recognitions over the past few years – including the Highly Commended Hotel Interior Design award during the 2015 Philippines Property Awards. This is no surprise as the hotel was designed by an internationally-renowned design company reputable for popular 5-star hospitality brands, Getty’s. What makes Richmonde Hotel Iloilo distinctly special is how its interior pays homage to the Ilonggo culture, history and lifestyle. A touch of home and a fusion of a warm culture such that of Iloilo’s will surely make your stay a pleasant one.

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WHEN IN MANILA was well-pampered and taken care of at the Deluxe Room.

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3. If you have that hangover from the pretty sight you saw upon your approach to Iloilo,  live that moment again by taking a dip at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s pool! Enjoy the brisk and the breeze seven floors up accompanied by refreshing cocktails and snacks as you watch the sun burst into hues of orange, pink and a deep blue. There’s no better seat in the house than this!

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