...continued from Part 1 (The Executive Suite)
After settling down, I went around Vivere Hotel to check what other amenities they had. I asked one of the managers I ran into where the pool was and she told me that it was on the 4th floor. When the elevator opened, I saw this dark walkway and thought I was lost.
I walked through it anyway until I saw this sign and knew I was in the right place.
After walking through that dark walkway, I was surprised to see this pretty pool area which has a lot of tables, as well as comfortable sofas to lounge on.
There are also four beach chairs on each side of the pool.
The pool is just the right size for swimming laps.
It was a Wednesday afternoon and no one was around. After an uber hectic past few weeks, all I wanted was some quiet time, a Dalandan Slush (P155+SC), and to catch up on my reading.
What I didn't know, however, was that all of the facilities were closed for the rest of week so I wasn't able to visit and take photos of the playroom, the gym, the jacuzzi, and the Forest Stream Spa. Bummer. So for the next few days, I had no choice but to stay by the pool. No complaints here though. T joined me as well.
You can order food and drink from The Nest, Vivere's restaurant on the 31st floor, and ask it to be delivered to the pool area. I'll have a separate blog entry about the restaurant but for now, I'll share with you dishes that we ordered during our visits to the Lama Pool.
I got a Croissant Club Sandwich (P460+SC) which features a large flaky croissant overstuffed with delicatessen goodies: salami milano, grilled chicken, brie cheese, apple slices, strawberry jam, and alfalfa sprouts, dressed with honey Dijon mayonnaise. The sandwich also comes with fries and coleslaw.
I really love this sandwich. The croissant is nice and flaky, the brie cheese goes perfectly with the strawberry jam, and the alfalfa sprouts add a unique twist to the whole dish. No wonder this is one of the dishes marked as "Chef's Recommendation".
T got the Manila Burger (P350+SC) composed of a flavor-packed meat patty served on a sesame bun laced with special burger dressing, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. It also comes with fries and coleslaw. T liked this very much and ordered the same thing the next day.
T also got a Mango Slush (P155+SC) because it was so hot.
The next day, the pool was where T and I hung out again since everything was closed.
Aside from The Nest, there's a new place in Vivere called Cafe Arts. I wasn't able to take photos of the interior because the cafe was closed during my entire stay. But the Concierge said it's like a European pub but artsy, and it's a sports bar as well so I'm sure T would've liked it. We'll probably visit it one of these days just to see how it is.
To view Cafe Arts' menu, click HERE.
continue to Part 3 (The Nest)....
Staycation Date: 16-19 April 2014
5102 Bridgeway Avenue
Tel No.: (02) 771-7777