Sunday, March 13, 2016

Erica's Travels: Discovery Primea Staycation Part 1

Before I left for Paris, I made sure to take time to enjoy and pamper myself because once school starts for me here, I know it's going to be all work and hustle. After my Palawan trip, I immediately checked into Discovery Primea, where I was again treated ( more like spoiled! ) by the ever thoughtful people behind Discovery Hotels.

I love this! I was greeted with a bouquet of flowers, a platter of "Welcome Home" chocolate and another personalized "FatKitch-SkinnyKitch" platter of sweets! I was supposed to be with Ananda, but she followed the next day, so guess who got first dibs on all of this? Again, I love how Discovery personalizes everything- and this goes for ALL Discovery hotels. Just because I want a break from my real home, doesn't mean I don't want a suite that's just as homey, albeit a little bit more fancy ( Umm, do you do home service for this set up so I can have this every time I come home to Manila?)

One thing I love about this hotel- the pool! Not only does it have a great view, it is also HEATED. Yes, heated! Usually when pools are on higher floors it can get really cold. I should know, my condo's pool is on the 9th floor and I never swim because it's freezing all the time. This pool was at the prefect temperature and I wish I had more time in it. I spent about an hour and a half enjoying it before I had to go up to start on dinner. I invited my parents and some friends over for a small despedida dinner where I was going to cook! For those looking for a home away from home that really feels like home- with a kitchen and all, this is the place for you!

I made mussels with a white wine and thyme sauce, braised beef shank and roast chicken stuffed with blue cheese. Since the rooms don't have an oven, the hotel kitchen was kind enough to roast my chicken downstairs. All this without the pots and pans that I'm used to and in a hotel! Pretty cool right?

Next entry about Discovery Primea, I'll talk more about my favorite thing ever.... food of course! :) Stay tuned!

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