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Pack your bags—your shopping bags, to be exact—because Makati, Philippines, is one of the premier shopping and eating destinations in the Manila metropolitan area. Add ancient ruins, gorgeous gardens and easy access to the country's capital city, and Makati holidays offer a mix of historic experiences and a whole lot of swag.
Finding hotels in Makati is as easy as finding a designer handbag. Seriously, there are lots of both in this city. Waterfront views are available if you’d like to gaze over the Pasig River. Extend your holiday with accommodation in the Philippines on other islands, too.
You’re probably going to take home something new from Makati’s many malls, so why not start your holiday with something old? The Guadalupe Ruins, located south of Pasig River, dates back to 17th-century Spanish influences. For a tour of Makati’s past and present, visit the collections at Ayala Museum, featuring indigenous Filipino arts and artefacts. Stop for a picnic in the park at nearby Ayala Triangle before browsing the galleries at Yuchengco Museum—just look for the silver, cone-shaped building on the northwest side of town. Once you’ve taken in some new cultural sights, you may finally shop. If designer boutiques are your thing, zip through Alaya Center. International brands can also be found at Glorietta, Greenbelt and Power Plant Mall. But if you want to sample the fashions and flavours of the Philippines, rest up in one of the cosy Makati hotels and go to the Salcedo Weekend Market early in the morning.
Touch down at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila, just 7 km southwest of Makati. From there, hail a taxi or take one of Wotif’s car hire options out for a spin.
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Hotels in Makati start at AU$50 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.