Antara Wellness Spa, Manila

The Antara Wellness Spa located in Manila offers an affordable price but a high-quality service for the massage, scrub, and foot and leg treatment.

It’s been awhile since I got myself a beauty or wellness treatment. So, when I got an invite from Aldous in Antara Wellness Spa, I was overjoyed… overjoyed at the fact of de-stressing by having a massage. Based on research, the massage therapy helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and chronic back pain. Luckily, I have all those mentioned so this treat was really sulit for me.Antara Wellness (3)-1024x1000

The Antara Wellness Spa, located in between the border of Manila and Makati, has a concept of Indochina so it did not come as a surprise to me when the praying-Buddha-statue hailed me as I entered the spa. The place is dim with draping curtains within the waiting area.Antara Wellness (5)-1024x1000

Massage

Swedish massage (1 hr) – P350

Shoulder Head and Face Massage (30 min) – P300

Shiatsu Massage (1 hr)  – P350

Antara Signature Massage (1 hr & 20 min) – P400

Hot Pack Massage (1 hr & 30 min) – P600

Body and Foot Massage (2 hrs) – P700

Slimming massage – *new

I had Antara Signature Massage and I can say that this one is truly special because the masseuse has her routine that I don’t usually get from the other spas I tried. I asked the masseuse and she said that Antara Signature Massage is a combination of Swedish, Thai, and Shiatsu. Back in the day where I had the luxury of going to the spa regularly, I usually get the Swedish massage to feel relaxed. It’s just oil and strokes so that explains why I like Swedish. Thai massage surely makes me feel that my muscles loosen up because of all the stretching but I just really feel tired after. Shiatsu, on the other hand, is all about pressure points. It feels great that Antara had these three kinds of massage in one service. Lastly, they gently whipped me the bamboo sticks before the session ended. By the way, the yellow and green ones are hot packs which are also included in their Antara Signature Massage.Antara Wellness (18)-1024x1000

Body Scrub/Treatment

Dead Sea Salt Scrub (45 min) – P600

Body Foaming Wash (20 min) – P250

Four of their seven scents were showed to us for the dead sea salt scrub treatment. More often, the guests choose the strawberry scent. Lavender is also a great choice if the guest wanted to have a more soothing feeling!Antara Wellness (17)-1024x1000

Foot and Leg Treatment

Foot Reflex – P350

Medicinal Foot Reflex – P400

It’s amazing that this green water where my new-found friend had her feet soaked became gel-like after a few minutes. Please see the picture below. I cannot entirely get into details but as I know, it’s a way of detoxifying.

Facilities

They have 9 rooms that include the couple room and the scrub room.

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Products

Their products are made locally and are saved for the charity. Room and linen perfume, collagen soap, papaya soap, honey oatmeal soap, and papaya tea tree soap below.

Package

Aside from the services mentioned above, they have package deals.Antara Wellness (1)-1024x1000

The world could be overwhelming because of our concern about our daily lives. At times like this, we need to get in touch with our body once in a while to feel rejuvenated. With that, visiting a spa like Antara is a treat that our inner soul will love.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to write positive comments.

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Antara Wellness Spa
1289 Zobel Roxas Avenue Malate Manila Manila, Philippines 1004
0917-118-8272
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Mama Lou’s, Ayala the 30th

Homey and warm, this is how I would describe Mama Lou’s Restaurant as soon as I enter the dining area. Its French windows painted in green colors and the walls made of bricks already implies that the restaurant offers Italian cuisine even without looking at the menu yet.Mama Lou’s Restaurant

As the name suggests, Mama Lou’s is a family business who’s behind is a woman sharing her craft in delivering scrumptious food. However, the restaurant did not start out purely as an Italian but French-Italian. It was then they discovered that Filipinos are closer to Italian and so they stick into it that makes Mama Lou’s what they are today.

Appetizer

Bacon Poutine (P230) was served to us, bloggers, to whet our appetite. It’s French fries topped with brown gravy. It’s not the gravy I certainly would not expect to the fast food chain because of its authentic flavor.
Bacon Poutine

Thinly sliced beef is the meat of our Carpaccio di Manzo (P375) flavored with olive oil and balsamic vinegar that tap our healthy options.
Carpaccio di Manzo

Pizza

Their pizza is thin, surely the crust is cooked in a brick oven. We tried the Quattro Formaggi Large (P425) where the toppings are bursting in colors of orange and yellow made of tomato, mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese, and brie. I would suggest ordering this if you are a fan of CHEEZZEEE! Meanwhile, the Bianca Large (P395) is less intense as it’s made of cream, mozzarella, mushroom, and bacon.
Quattro Formaggi Large

Pizza Bianca

Pasta

The drool-worthy Vesuvio (P495), was the first pasta served to us and so I think is the star of the night. The name itself would leave you clueless what it is but it’s a rigatoni positioned vertically arranged in round shape. The dripping ricotta adds to the beauty of this dish. The taste is also beautiful, I would say. It’s perfect – beautiful inside and out.
Vesuvio

The Truffle Mac & Cheese (P325) left us all in awe as we spooned to try it. Just lifting the spoon already satisfied our hunger because of the sticky melted mozzarella.
Truffle Mac & Cheese

The Spaghetti con Tuyo Filleto (P295) certainly has oil but surprisingly it is not oily. It is topped with our favorite tuyo, tomatoes, and arugula. Mama Lou’s observed to offer fresh ingredients!
Spaghetti con Tuyo Filleto

All of the three plates of pasta served are recommended. I cannot choose which of the three is the best as they have their own charm.

Meat

The Chicken Marsala (P390) sauce is made up of marsala wine but the dish is saltier because of the caper sauce. It also has ham and mozzarella with mashed potatoes on the side.
Chicken Marsala

The Rosemary Lamb Rack (P695) has an intriguing green sauce which would make you think it’s wasabi. By looking at the picture below, you would notice that I focused it less to the meat since I want you to see the green sauce that appealed to me on the dish. It has a hint of mint which makes me devour more of the grilled New Zealand lamb with rosemary.
Rosemary Lamb Rack

Risotto

The Risotto Tarfuto Funghi (P325) has the wild mushroom and truffle cream. It has the same taste of Vesuvio pasta.
Risotto

Seafood

They also let us try their seafood dish which is Prawns Thermidor (P695). The head of the prawns was made as the plating then the flesh was chopped in cubes drowned in creamy sauce. The dish has the taste of coconut milk.
Prawns Thermidor

Dessert

To end our exploration of Mama Lou’s, they let us try the Italian Tiramisu (P160). The cake is not that much impressive as compared to the second dessert served to us which is the Take the Cannoli. The plating is very much presentable. The homemade cocoa-marsala shell is filled with Italian mascarpone cheese that plays the hard and soft texture in my mouth while savoring it. I definitely recommend this.
Italian Tiramisu

Take the Cannoli

The Mama Lou’s Iced Tea (P75) is very unique. It has a mint after taste that cleanses our palate. I think it also detoxifies me since I kept on peeing. LOL. Or maybe it’s just me.
Mama Lou's Iced Tea

As I have mentioned, the place is well-ventilated and it was full-house when we got there and there are some diners who are patiently waiting at the reception area. The interior has a painting of Mona Lisa, a portrait of Marilou and a display of plates in the pastel color. The price is reasonable to the taste and serving of the food. The waitstaff accommodated us as fast as they can and were friendly. All of the dishes tasted great except for the Chicken Marsala and the Tiramisu. I would definitely want my parents to try this restaurant and so should you. What are you waiting for, try and visit their fourth branch here in Ayala the 30th!

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Taste: 4.5/5

Disclaimer: This review was sponsored but not swayed to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Address1605, 30 Meralco Ave, San Antonio, Pasig, Metro Manila

Hours

Open today · 11AM–10PM

 Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rita’s Italian Ice, Mall of Asia

Because the weather here in the Philippines is either hot or hotter, Filipinos would want to have to make their senses feel cooler. The people often go to the mall just to beat the heat or go to their favorite ice cream parlor or iced drinks to chill out. The first and only Italian Ice and Frozen Custard concept in the Philippines, Rita’s Italian Ice, is a place to chill and grab some cold bites!
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Look at the colorful ice creams!
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Here is the happiness guide of Rita’s in case you are having a hard time to choose. Remember, happiness is a choice! LOL
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Rita’s Italian Ice is having new products called “stuffed blendini” and “frozen drinks”.

Stuffed Blendini

  • Blended Italian Ice, Frozen Custard, Toppings with your choice of core filling (Hot Fudge, Peanut Butter, Caramel, Strawberry).image1

Frozen Drinks
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1.Lemon Cooler

o A delicious and satisfying blend of Lemon, Guyabano and Cucumber

  1. Green Apple Quencher (Coming Soon)

o A perfect combination of Green Apple, Juicy Pear and Almond Extract

  1. Almond Lychee Delight (Coming Soon)

o A tasty blend of Lychee and crushed cherries

  1. Kiwi Slush (Coming Soon)

o Be engulfed with the whirlwind of fresh, fruity flavor of Kiwi, Strawberry and Juicy Pear

  1. Pineapple Splash (Coming Soon)

o Be reminded of relaxing on a beach with the luscious blend of Kiwi, Strawberry, Pineapple and Juicy Pear

  1. Pineapple Pear Refresher (Coming Soon)

o Dazzle your taste buds with just the right combination of Ginger, Honey, Cucumber, Pineapple and Juicy Pear

  1. Mango Watermelon Freeze (Coming Soon)

o Get whisked away to a lush tropical island by a blend of watermelon, mango and Georgia peach

 

I was able to try the stuffed blendini. The staff of Rita’s handed me a stuffed blendini with hot fudge flavor at the core. It’s exuding on its thickness that blends well with the soft Italian ice and custard.
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With all of the new products to be offered soon, I am sure you would feel excited to be few of the people to try first the “coming soon” drinks! Go now to the nearest Rita’s Italian Ice at the following stores:

Alabang Town Center, Greenhills (closed to give way to the renovation of Greenhills Shopping Center), UP Town Center, SM North EDSA The Block and SM Mall of Asia.rita's 3

Thanks to Miss May of What to Eat PH.