Staycation in Manila: Azure Urban Resort Residences

I think most of us think of the word “luxurious” when talking about Azure Urban Resort Residences. For quite a while, it has been promoted by brand ambassador and hotel designer Paris Hilton in a part of EDSA. My friend Queenie happens to manage one unit in this condominium haven in Paranaque City, and she invited me for a staycation on a weekday.

(Hali as usual was quite busy and couldn’t come with me.)

Here’s what I have to say about staycation in Azure Urban Resort Residences!

Azure Urban Resort Residences: Affordable, convenient staycation

Possibly the best way to describe Azure Urban Resort Residences is that it’s affordable and conveniently located, in Paranaque City.

1-bedroom units can be rented overnight for P2000-2500, and 2-bedroom units for P3500-4000. It’s the perfect venue for reunions or group outings, even a short family vacation. It’s also easily accessible: it’s about a 5-10 minute walk from SM Bicutan.

Welcome to Azure Urban Resort Residences.

You noticed that I didn’t use the word “luxurious.” My friend Queenie and I agree that it’s best for middle-class urban vacationers, rather than for the rich. For one, the rates are just right and second, it doesn’t really have that “exclusive” vibe. I’d seen better condominiums and hotels.

So you can have a better feel of it, let me give you a short tour of the amenities in Azure Urban Resort Residences.

Azure Urban Resort Residences has several towers, and each room either gives you a city view or a pool view.

View of Azure residences from the rooftop.
Wide pool in the center of residence towers.
Beach pool (with real sands) for kids, including a playground set.
Early morning swim in the lap pool.

It has three pools (more pools are under construction as of this writing): a huge pool with waves, a beach pool for kids with a dedicated playground and a lap pool. The beach pool is perhaps its most popular swimming facility, since it has real sands. It’s a bit of a downer that the water is only a foot or two deep.

Of these, I like the lap pool the best. The water temperature is just right, and it’s invigorating to do some laps especially early in the morning. I also appreciated the fact that the water is 4 feet only, since as you can tell I’m short and most lap pools aren’t designed for petite people like us.

Since the pools are its best selling point, I was hoping for more space, more nature-filled ambiance. With several towers around the pools, it felt a little bit compressed. In this way, I like Chateau Elysee better (also located in Paranaque City).

Okay, moving on. Azure Urban Resort Residences also has a complete range of amenities — it has a cafe and restaurant, a playroom for kids, a gym room, a game room and a movie lounge that comes with new titles (it already has Wonder Woman; reservation required, seats up to 8 pax). All of these are accessible to guests as well. If it’s your first time to visit, make sure your host gives you a tour.

Cafe.
Lounge.

Lastly, there are the rooftops! The rooftops have great city views. They’re quiet and peaceful. It’d be perfect to stay in one with all the city lights, just drinking beer. The rooftops are opened until 10PM.

Roof top.

As for the unit rooms, each one is different. The one that Queenie rents out is a 2-bedroom unit with a hint of Arabian aesthetics, but minimally designed for the most part. It’s more practical than stylish, but it’s also cheaper compared to the regular rates in other units. (Please see contact information below!)

Guide to Azure Urban Resort Residences

Despite it not being the upscale haven I thought it’d be, Azure Urban Resort Residences is still a good choice for those who want to take a weekend breather with the most convenient option. This is especially true for those who work Mon-Fri and can’t afford to plan out an out-of-town trip for the barkada.

However, if you truly want a beach or nature vibe, I really suggest going out of Manila.

One thing that I like about Azure Urban Resort Residences is that it’s near Dona Soledad, which has dozens of restaurants for food tripping including a Paranaque branch of our beloved Kitchen Central and as well as my favorite massage spa — Earth’s Accent Day Spa (P250 only for a combination massage, very good service). It’s very easy to get a quick nip outside to try out a new dish or come back pampered.

Directions to Azure Urban Resort Residences

Azure Urban Resort Residences is a 5-10 minute walk from SM Bicutan.

Booking information

There are various units for rent in Azure Urban Resort Residences in booking websites or you can contact my friend Queenie. She also does promotions on her Facebook page here.

  • AirBnb room – P3500 for a 2-bedroom unit, overnight stay (weekdays or weekends)

If you’re going to get a room from Queenie, please say Hi for me!

If you’re not registered in Airbnb yet, you can do so using this referral link and get an initial P1100 credit for your account.

Things you have to know first:

  • It’s best to bring your own food or get a delivery; the restaurant’s meals are quite expensive
  • Book during weekdays to avoid the crowd
  • Each room is decorated differently, although most have a similar price range
  • Depending on the terms and conditions of the unit owner, you may need to bring your own towels as well as toiletries

 

Note: Featured image is from azure.com.ph.

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