Makati is the vibrant financial centre of Manila, where the main business buildings are located as well as some of the biggest shopping malls.
It is a contrast between the colonial Manila seen in Intramuros, the poor Manila seen in the suburbs and this part of the city.
Manila has some of the best spas. And pampering myself is a luxury I treat myself to once in a while. Hey, I work hard and I play harder, I deserve it! :D
All that touring, and shopping will surely take it's toll on your body. Reward yourself with some quiet time and let a professional work her magic on you.
My favorite spa is called "The Spa" . Yeah, not very imaginative , but wow, this is a piece of heaven on earth. There are lots of other spas to choose from, and usualy the bigger hotels have their own. Check out the link below for a list of some spas in Manila.
Pick your bliss:
Swedish, Shiatsu or Deep Tissue Massage
Twin Massage - where you have 2 therapists massaging you at the same time, oooh!, double the pleasure!
Different kinds of Facials
Indian Head Massage
Hair and Scalp Treatments
Javanese Royal Bath
Mud Body Wrap
Indian Ayurvedic Treatments,
Various foot therapies and treatments
And the list goes on and on and on....
What I love about this place is that they give you a robe, towel, slippers and free access to the sauna, shower and jacuzzi as well!
Finally, a clean and worthwhile outdoor market in Makati ! The Salcedo Market is only open on Saturdays from 7 am until 2 pm. It is located right smack in the center, on what serves as a parking lot on other days.
Shop for fresh produce, orgranic herbs, fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, homemade bread, flowers, plants, native delicacies from different parts of the country, specialties from popular restaurants in the area, fresh milk and yogurt, kettle corn cooked on the spot, paella etc.
It is also a place to see and be seen, where friends gather to shop, eat or just to chat . Tables are set up under tents so you can enjoy a nice lunch.
Try the Ineng's barbecue! Yum!
Vist the trendy and upmarket Greenbelt area.
There are many shops, restaurants and cafes and a number of interesting night spots with live bands at night.
It is also within walking distance of the major shopping malls such as Glorietta Mall, Rustams Department Store and ShoeMart.
Makati is the Business District in Metro Manila (other Cities in Metro Manila would be Quezon City, Manila, Pasig, Paranaque, etc.)...Though it can also be called the Gimmick/Night Life Spot or D PLACE TO BE for Yuppies (Young Professionals), Vacationers and the Family.
Here you can go to...
MALLS (Greenbelt, Glorietta, Landmark, SM, Rockwell Power Plant Mall, The Fort)
BARS (A LOT in teh Greenbelt area)
RESTAURANTS (A LOT...from local, budget, classy to hotels...take your pick)
SPORTS ACTIVITIES (bowling, badminton, swimming, go cart, wall climbing)
In Makati, nothing (except maybe the weather) really point to the fact you are in Asia. This is quite similar to any business district in any eastern city : huge malls and skyscrapers all over the place.
All the money spent here is a real contrast with the nearby townships you could see when coming from the airport!!
Makati is the financial district of Metro-Manila. One cannot be unimpressed by the high-rises that puncture the sky in this part of Manila. This is where money is made and spent in the Philippines.
The architectural style is decidedly post-modern with lots of glass and chrome. Its denizens are worldly and sophisticated, who unashamedly call themselves yuppies.
Makati CBD is worlds away from the shanty towns that dot the Manila landscape. Some of its elitist neighbourhoods, ironically called "villages", are so exclusive that guards secure their main entrances. Many of the county's embassies are located in these so-called villages. The most prestigious is Forbes Park.
Other areas of Metro-Manila are trying to replicate the success of Makati. Most notable is Alabang in the city's south and Ortigas in the east.
Visit the district called 'Makati'. This is the business and most cosmopolitan area of Manila. Here you can find modern office buildings, deluxe hotels, great shopping, trendy clubs and international cuisine.
If you want to do any shopping, head for Makati, the (relatively) modern, highrise-infected center of town. This is where you will find shopping centers, up-market restaurants, and cybercafes.
Photo: The central atrium of one of Makati's several shopping centers. They can't hold a candle to Singapore's or K.L.'s, however...
Four floors with modern and less modern art, but mostly known for a series of miniature scenes from key events in philippine history.
To get to Makati, alight at the Ayala MRT Station of the Blue Line. Walk towards Glorieta Mall or SM walkway. 3-5 minutes walk. Very fun and lots of shops
Greenbelt is the place you can enjoy yourself at night. There are so many nice restaurent, diffierent kinds of food. If you visit there at weekend night, I think it will be the best.