Travel shorts: New branches of Go, Crimson, Karaksa; Emirates' special rates


Posted at Oct 23 2017 05:03 PM | Updated as of Oct 23 2017 05:11 PM

MANILA - Check out these new travel-related announcements and promos. 

These are not endorsed by ABS-CBN News. 

1. Crimson set to open Boracay resort

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Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay is set to open in the beginning of 2018. Claiming its space as Station Zero, where it boasts an undisturbed white sand beach, Crimson Boracay sprawls across 30,000 square-feet of tropical island.

The resort features a Presidential Villa, 22 villas each with its own plunge pool, 72 one-bedroom suites, 97 deluxe rooms, Saffron Café all-day dining restaurant, Mosaic Latin American Steakhouse, a pool bar, grand ballroom, the Crimzone Kids’ Club, three swimming pools, a fitness center and the famed Azure Beach Club and Aum Spa. 

One of its venues, the Pavilion, is built at 20 meters above sea level with its floor-to-ceiling glass doors and walls, offering a breathtaking view of the white sand beach and crystal clear waters.
2. Go Hotels opens new branches in Metro Manila

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Homegrown hotel chain Go Hotels has opened four more branches to cater to travelers in search for affordable yet comfortable accommodations in Metro Manila. 
The four new branches -- Cubao-Quezon City, Ermita-Manila, Manila Airport Road in Paranaque, and North Edsa-Quezon City -- are all strategically located near prime destinations and with easy access for guests. 

“We plan to open more branches in the metro with the emergence and increasing number of smart travellers—local and international,” said Go Hotels general manager Elizabeth D. Gregorio. 

3. 'Lost in the Philippines' shoots pilot in Baler

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"Lost in the Philippines" is an online travel show which aims to document an authentic Filipino travel experience. The show is created and hosted by three foreigners, Benjamin Gullick, Matthew Steley, and Edward Broomfield, and directed by Batangas-based videographer Lee Calasignan. 

The Lost in the Philippines team, with the help of social media, will host competitions for Filipinos who aspire to travel the country for free. Through their Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts, participants are encouraged to like and share content. The winners are chosen based on the amount of engagement and interest they express.

The pilot episode was shot in Baler, Aurora along with the crew and the first batch of winners. The group stayed in L’Sirene beach resort owned by actress Sam Pinto. 

4. The Cirque takes staycations to new heights

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Serviced residences newcomer The Cirque is looking to change the staycation game. Developed by premier property developer Ortigas & Company in partnership with leading serviced residences operator Hospitality Innovators, Inc., The Cirque at Circulo Verde aims to combine both staycation and adventure for a new experience.

“The Cirque is integrated to the whole Circulo Verde estate thus injecting it with possibilities beyond the usual staycation experience,” said Ortigas & Company senior vice president and COO Thomas F. Mirasol.

Each unit is tailor-made for brief staycations and extended stays for families, barkadas, corporate business travelers, and leisure travelers. Pets are also welcome to enjoy the property’s pet-friendly facilities. 

Inside the estate are sports, dining, and entertainment establishments like the Bike Playground, a hotspot for bike enthusiasts, and Ninja Academy, the country’s first parkour and free running facility.

5. Karaksa Hotel opens 2 new branches

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Japan's Karaksa Hotels, which is popular among Filipinos travelling to Osaka with its properties Osaka Shinsaibashi and Kyoto, has two new branches: Osaka Namba, right at the heart of the shopping district; as well as Sapporo in breathtaking Hokkaido. Sapporo has 177 rooms, while Osaka Namba has 112 rooms.

Karaksa Hotels are known for being simple, stylish and attuned to modern Japanese aesthetics. There are a variety of rooms to suit travellers’ needs, as well facilities to make one’s stay comfortable (such as a leisure space, massage chairs and a laundromat).

For twin rooms (two adults plus two children for a total of four) and triple sharing rooms (with three adults plus two children for a total of five) in the Sapporo property, the rooms offered are priced from P4,888 to P16,488 exclusive of VAT. For the Osaka Namba property, twin and triple sharing rooms are priced from P7,488 to P16,488 exclusive of VAT. These rates are inclusive of buffet breakfast. 

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6. Emirates offers special rates

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Emirates airline is offering until October 25 special rates to destinations like Dubai, Barcelona, Paris, Moscow, Athens and Vienna starting from $779 for Economy Class and $2289 for Business Class for travels until March 15, 2018.
The sale features discounts on travel to popular destinations through its global hub in Dubai. 

Emirates currently operates in Manila, Cebu and Clark international airports with regular flights to Dubai. For more information about Emirates or to book tickets, please visit