Sunday Buffet at Sofitel Manila
by: Manila For Kids
Sofitel Manila is the only 5-star luxury resort hotel in Manila. The food is excellent, the interior feels luxurious, and the view is simply stunning. You wouldn't dream of taking the kids here for a 3 hour lunch, right? Yet, we do.
Before we had kids, we loved having long brunches on Sundays. We would go to a nice restaurant, eat, read newspapers, talk with friends, eat again, and generally take it slow. It would usually take several relaxing hours.
With kids it is a totally different experience.
Sunday is yaya’s day off. So the brunch is...less relaxing. Kids get bored. At some point that magic device has to come out of the bag. We will simply give in, and let them play on their screens as much as they want...Ya, I know.
One of our favorites is the Spiral Sunday Buffet at Sofitel Manila. They got to have the biggest Sunday buffet in Asia. It offers 21 food stations, or ateliers as they call it. Just look at this list:
Salad and Appetiser , L’Écailler, Sushi Sashimi, L’Epicerie, Hot Japanese, French Stove, Rotisserie, Wood fired oven, Churrasco, North Indian, Asian Noodles, Peking Duck Oven, Chinese Wok, Steam Baskets, Filipino, Thai, Korean, La Boulangerie, La Patisserie, Chocolaterie, Creamery.
Sofitel Manila buffet with kids
Last Sunday we were again craving for the buffet at Spiral. We brought the iPads and phones, all fully charged and ready to take out when needed.
This time however, all gadgets remained in the bag and not once did they ask to play with it. Barely even saw my kids for the good 4 hours we were there!
Sofitel Manila has been working on something, and it is exactly what kids and parents need…
Spiral Kids Corner
They’ve created the cutest kids corner, just next to Spiral, at the Veranda. My children were busy building blocks, drawing and colouring, painted on canvases and relaxed with a book in one of the comfy bean bags.
Books and bean bags for some quiet time
Paint and canvas, ready for use
A balloon artist was also present
They started off with some coloring
There's unlimited popcorn and snow cones. My son must have had 8 bags of popcorn and as many snow cones.
Snow cone addict
Popcorn and snow cone corner
Then, the chefs came out with a surprise...cookie dough! They rolled the dough and cut out cookies and had them baked.
Ready to bake the cookies!
There were two lovely attendants looking after the kids, they played with them and kept them entertained the whole time. The ladies wrote down our names and contact number, and checked where we were seated so they could bring the kids to our table whenever they needed something.
So, we had the most relaxing Sunday brunch buffet in a very long time.
At NO extra charges!
And the kids got to take their cookies home.
Thank you Sofitel Manila! This is what we were looking for!
Taking a sip in between painting sessions
She loved the blocks
Aside from the Spiral kids corner, there is also an outdoor playground with slides, swings, seesaws, climbing wall and a spider web. If it’s too hot they can go to the air-conditioned Kid’s tent with art & crafts (additional fee).
Yet another option is Gymboree, as Sofitel houses one of the most well known places for kids to learn through play (additional fee).
Accor Plus Discount
I must warn you, the buffet does not come cheap. But, you get about 50% off with the Accor Plus card
. You can purchase this card upon arrival, it is valid for one year and you can use it immediately. You actually get a very good deal as the card comes with one complimentary night at a Sofitel Hotel in Asia. For more benefits, read here
Will we be back at Sofitel Manila?
Definitely! My kids said "it was really, really fun at Sofitel today".
In fact, the kids are now telling us we should go again! We enjoyed the good food, had nice uninterrupted conversations with our friends, and the kids were entertained and had a great time. Sunday brunch old style.
Now, go book your table for next Sunday. I would advise to make a reservation, as this place is popular. Especially now more families will want to spend their Sunday at Sofitel.
The Sunday buffet starts at 12 and ends at 3. Take your time, and enjoy all the good food! Spend a lot of time in the cheese room. That room is like our candy store. And since you have to treat yourself every now and then, why not pair it with free-flowing champagne for just a bit extra? Do go with the whole family, a bunch of friends, and get a private room! Catch up, enjoy, knowing that the kids are having a great time too.
After all that pigging out, make sure to take a stroll in the garden and check out their beautiful pool. Relax in one of the comfy seats overlooking Manila Bay, take a sundowner. They have the most beautiful sunsets.
At the end of the day you go home recharged. Promise. You'll be ready for the new week. Or, why not stay, and use your complimentary free night? No card? Just click here for the latest promotions of Sofitel Manila.
Make a reservation
Bring or purchase an Accord Rewards card to avail of the huge discount
Eat slowly and try everything
Make use of the Spiral kids corner
Go watch the sunset
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard
Every Sunday from 12 NN-3 PM
About PHP 2000-4000 pp depending on your discount and extra's
Free for kids 4 and below
Kids 5-11 years old half price
Tel: (+632) 551-5555
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