Inside Manila’s historic walled city, we found this contemporary boutique, slightly out of place, but offering luxury in the heart of the heritage zone. The hotel’s staff were a friendly, charming bunch and we felt extremely welcome in this great base to explore the city. An early dinner and drinks on the hotel’s Skydeck was a highlight, a relaxed vibe to take in the sunset-bathed skyline backed by some sultry, live Pinoy music.

www.thebayleaf.com.ph