After just two years since its inaugural, Solaire Resort & Casino continues its dominance in the Philippine gaming and entertainment industry through the opening of its new complex, the Sky Tower.
The Sky Tower is a majestic 17-storey luxury building that houses several thrilling new amenities and services offered by Solaire. Its overall design can be described as Asian-ultramodern, fusing some traditional art and colors with the avant-garde, even tapping the talent of some Filipino designers and artists. From multimillion-peso chandeliers to high-cost detailing, customers will be treated to elegance in every possible way.
At the ground floor is the Waterside Restobar, which offers some Pinoy favorites with a distinct Mediterranean twist. There are a variety of tapas, grilled entrees, and desserts to choose from. I would recommend its signature dish, the Paella Valenciana, which has a hearty, home-cooked taste and flavor. Also try the restaurant’s sweet-spicy humita and decadent chocolate tart with raspberry jelly.
Just beside Waterside is the Oasis Cafe, which serves coffee, cakes, and cocktails. Relax as you are taken aback by its cozy garden setting, complete with waterfalls on the side and some unique cabana-eque woodwork on the ceiling. It’s perfect for quick casual meetings.
At the third level is the Forum, a facility containing a grand ballroom, two boardrooms, and eight meeting rooms, which can be rented out for receptions, meetings, forums, and other functions. All rooms house modern presentation equipment and can be booked with full catering.
A short distance away from the Forum is the Theatre, a 1,760-seater for plays, concerts, and performances. Unlike other similar venues, it is designed to give the best audio-visual experience for any viewer, no matter where he or she is seated. It’s connected to a new multilevel parking facility and is easily accessible from Solaire’s casino area.
For its first major production, the Theatre offers “Chicago the Musical” from December 3 to 21, featuring renowned Broadway performers Bianca Marroquin as Roxie and Terra Macleod as Velma. Ticket prices range from Php 1,750 to Php 7,500. You can buy your tickets here.
Of course, the heart and soul of Solaire’s business is still its hotel and casino. The Sky Tower contains more VIP gambling areas for its patrons (10 new gaming salons with 66 VIP tables and 223 slot machines, as well as a 24-hour Chinese restaurant, House of Zhou) and 312 new luxury five-star suites, bringing the total room count to 800, costing from Php 16,000 to more than Php 300,000.
What’s next for Solaire? Coming in early 2015 are retail shops by signature brands. Construction at this point is still ongoing, but for now, there are a lot of interesting paintings (especially of Mona Lisa) on display from some of the owners’ personal collections.
There are also plans to begin construction and development of its Phase 2 complex, which focuses more on entertainment, particularly for kids – is an amusement center under way? One thing’s for sure, Solaire’s paving the way to revolutionizing leisure, gaming, and the arts.
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