Alabang hotels on ebookers are a gateway to one of Metro Manila's top well-to-do shopping and business districts. Not quite linked to the sprawl of the capital, the barrio is a designated barangay in its own right, and figures as a popular retreat for the city's entrepreneurs and elite. Many of the most acclaimed places to stay pepper the sides of bustling Alabang-Zapote Road, while others rise above the Festival Alabang shopping centre in the east, or the Madrigal Business Park in the west.
Alabang town centre hotels are well-located to offer the perfect base for exploring all the shopping and stylish boutiques, the international eateries and conferencing centres, of the area. You're likely to discover plenty in the way of high luxury in this out-of-city getaway for Manila's elite. Soaring hotels hide in skyscrapers, some boasting rooftop pools and exquisite suites with panoramic views over central Luzon and the Laguna Lake. Others have chichi cocktail bars on high, or relaxing garden spaces where palm trees sway in the breeze.
Alabang has risen and risen in recent decades to emerge as one of the premier fashion shopping districts of Luzon. It attracts big money spenders from Manila with its veritable host of malls, ranging from the colossal Festival Alabang, to the car studios of Westgate, to the SM Southmall. And while retail therapy is surely one of the top Things to Do here, the whole area is also peppered with business centres and important trading institutions, which, in turn, have bred chic eateries and bars, spas and thumping nightclubs by the bucket load.
Hotels in Alabang don't just offer a place to stay that's close to seemingly endless fashion shopping and boutique retail outlets, they also provide a base in one of Manila's most exclusive dining districts. That means they are the perfect choice if you're after a bout of bubbling French champagne and sturgeon caviar, or want to taste the delights of artisanal bakeries and barista-led coffee joints. Meanwhile, international flavours are centre stage in the bistros, with Italian pasta plates mingling with European brasseries that have celebrity-curated a la carte.
Alabang's wide streets and good urban planning mean that it's a far cry from the heady, intoxicating, traffic-choked heart of Manila city. Here, driving is a great way to flit between the shopping centres and the hotels. Alternatively, you could opt to ride the classic Filipino jeepney, which depart out of the local Alabang Jeepney Terminal and run regular routes all the way down bustling Alabang-Zapote Road – right through the heart of the district.