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‘Sinigang’ with shiro miso, ‘palabok’ udon, Japanese pancake– ‘Nobu-fy’ your weekend


Have a Zen staycation amid the hustle and bustle of the city.
Like its predecessor Nobu Las Vegas, which is part of the Caesars Palace casino resort complex, Nobu Hotel Manila is within the City of Dreams (COD) gaming destination. More than gaming, COD promotes itself as a dining and nightlife destination.
Flanked by Hyatt COD and Crown Towers, Nobu sets itself apart with a modern nod to Japanese culture and subtle drama. Nobu’s poolside and guest floors are a soothing sanctuary, a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The suite—like all rooms in the hotel—transports you from the overcrowded city life  into a well-appointed Japanese retreat. Nature is brought indoors through sleek plants and glass walls that display landscape views and welcome the sunlight.
In place of a colorful floral arrangement are fresh white or purple phalaenopsis orchids that exude simplicity and calm. There are no heavy draperies, just delicate patterned shades.
A dividing wall between the living room and bedroom is covered with mottled matte gold, suggesting the translucency of a shoji screen found in most Japanese homes. Carpets are woven with origami patterns while the bedroom’s accent wall is painted with cherry blossoms.
The suite’s neutral earthy tones evoke the wood and stone finishes of a Japanese house, lending a calming effect.
In the bathroom is a black marble top and state-of-the-art cleansing seat with intuitive controls to make hygiene rituals a pleasurable experience. The toiletries, from Natura Bisse, a Spanish luxury brand, exude a white tea and rosemary scent. As in other luxury hotels, Nobu offers more amenities such as evening moisturizers and makeup cleansing pads.
Every detail defines luxury—the quality of the note pads, the plush bathrobes, thong slippers, a black minimalist mini bar stocked with premium spirits and the coffee machine that comes with gourmet coffee pods.
The hotel staff welcomes you with a tray of artfully plated, delicate, mildly tart Yuzu pound cake and a chewy cookie with sake. Nobu’s signature black orchid tea is served in a  simple white cup and wooden saucer, with a fresh orchid as a delicate touch. Yet another staffer brings in another spray of fresh orchids. The fruit bowl is replenished the next day.
At the Nobu Lounge, which maintains the Japanese aesthetics of sheer drapery and woods, the food is served in lacquer bento boxes.
The access on the second floor leads you to the heart of the complex—more gaming tables and slot machines, 20 restaurants such as the popular 24-hour Red Ginger, known for modern Asian cuisine; DreamPlay, the world’s first interactive Dreamworks-character-themed park; Pangaea Ultra Lounge and CenterPlay for live gigs.

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