Staycation in Manila: Azure Urban Resort Residences

Unless you’d been living under a rock, most likely you’re familiar with Azure Residences. For a long time, its marketing billboard featuring hotel heiress Paris Hilton has graced the length of EDSA, promising luxury in the middle of the city. Well, what do you know. My friend Queenie happens to manage one unit in Azure Urban Resort Residences 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.)

What can I say about it? Surprisingly, it wasn’t the luxurious stay I had in mind. It remains acceptable however, and the locations is really convenient for groups who want to take a little breather in the city.

Here’s a little bit more about my short staycation in Azure Urban Resort Residences.

Azure Urban Resort Residences: Affordable & convenient stay

I was expecting an exclusive-vibe high-rise residence, somewhere I would be uncomfortable in that I’m-in-a-high-end-place kind of way. When I stepped foot inside, it’s clear that the marketing for Azure Urban Resort Residences is a little misguided.

There are several condominium buildings inside the compound, surrounding the pools. There is nothing fancy about them, to be honest. Queenie and I both agree that this is best for middle-class locals and vacationers. Indeed, I later learned that it’s popular among those who are organizing high school reunions, team outings or even small family gatherings for birthdays or graduations.

The main draw of staying in Azure Urban Resort Residences is its affordable rates and convenient location (it’s literally walking distance away from SM Bicutan). Here you can rent a 1-bedroom unit overnight for P2000-2500 or a 2-bedroom unit for P3500-4000. Can you get a better deal than that?

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

Welcome to Azure Urban Resort Residences.

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

It currently has three pools: 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 sand. It’s best for children though, since the water is only 1-2 feet 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. During my stay, I noticed an athlete doing a tryout while a coach watches in the corner. I appreciate the fact that the water here is 4 feet only, since as you can tell I’m short and most lap pools aren’t designed for short people like us.

Azure Resort is known for its man-made beach.
More close-up look of the beach.
Playground and the kids’ pool.
Enjoying a morning swim in the lap pool.

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. Most likely you won’t use any of these anyway except for the movie lounge, but it’s nice to know that these are available when needed.

If it’s your first time to visit, make sure your host gives you a tour.

Cafeteria.
Lounge area.

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 open until 10PM.

The rooftops have a lovely view.

As for the units, 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. If you want to score a good deal, you can find her information below.

Practical info: Azure Urban Resort Residences

Azure Urban Resort Residences

Azure Urban Resort Residences is a worthwhile choice for a staycation in Metro Manila, as long as you’ve leveled your expectations. Some people get disappointed because of all the nice pictures online and end up booking during holidays or long weekends, which is never a wise choice given the overspilling population in the capital.

As I’ve said above, Azure Urban Resort Residences ideal for group gatherings and also for those who work Monday to Friday and can’t afford to do more intensive planning for the barkada.

Aside from those I’ve mentioned already, one other 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 easy to do a quick drive to try out a new dish or come back relaxed and pampered.

Looking for other staycations within or near Manila? Read about Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa in Antipolo and Vista Tala Resort in Bataan.

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 gives promos every now and then on her Facebook page. You can also find her in AirBnb 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 to know before booking a room:

  • Each room is decorated differently according to the owner’s taste, 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.
  • It’s best to bring your own food or get a delivery; the restaurant’s meals are quite expensive.
  • It’s best to book during weekdays to avoid the crowd.

 

Note: My stay was provided for free. However, all thoughts and opinions are mine. 🙂

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