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Conrad Manila unveils its one and only Presidential Suite. Let’s pick up our jaws off the floor.


Images by Camille Ante

Video by David Clarence Rivera

A commanding, 180-degree view of the beautiful Manila Bay. An ultra-exclusive rooftop pool between sea and sky. Two terraces with heaven as your awning. Two bedrooms and a study room that are studies in understated luxury and state-of-the-art, integrated technology (watch the foot of your bed transform into a LED TV with a flick of a button.)

Conrad Manila’s newly launched Presidential Suite is so beautiful you won’t want to keep it to yourself. And thanks to its expansive 1,000 sq. m size—“the size of a ballroom!” says general manager Harald Feurstein—you can invite friends and family to an intimate, stylish gathering so you can share what we believe is Manila’s best view from a room.

Launched just last Thursday, the impressive suite already has a roster of clients waiting. Its first client booked it—for three days, mind—while it was still in construction.

“We’re not only pushing this as a presidential suite, as a place to stay, but as a unique venue that can hold about 50 to 60 people,” says Feurstein. (The place can actually accommodate four times that—but jostling for space is no fun.) The iconic architecture of the hotel, which also recently celebrated its first year anniversary, with its sweeping lines and nautical theme, is the inspiration for the interior design of the Presidential Suite, which was specially designed by Michael Fiebrich, a celebrated Singapore-based designer whose trademark aesthetic—timelessness, elegance, comfort, and functionality—are apparent in the curved lines, rounded forms, high-gloss timber and lacquers, and polished metal finishes that define the suite. Fiebrich has worked on the Crown Towers in Perth, including Nobu in Perth, and was in charge of renovating the suites of the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Checked in guests can, of course, enjoy all the usual trappings of a real lavish accommodation—hello, executive chef as your personal chef, but our favorite: a hydrotherapy shower experience in the beautifully designed bathroom, which features a whirlpool and in-mirror TVs. Yes, in-mirror TVs.

The price tag? P300,000 a night. Feurstein says, quite needlessly, “Our Presidential Suite is arguably the most impressive and stylish in the country.” —KRIZETTE CHU

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