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Sofitel counts losses from virus as tourist arrivals dip

SOFITEL Philippine Plaza has lost an estimated P20 million after the decline in tourist arrivals caused by the coronavirus outbreak, its top official said on Thursday.

Deceptively simple food

THAILAND’S CLIMATE — social and meteorological — makes for perfect culinary theater. Spices and herbs grow in abundance, while influences are gathered from high and low, from different regions like China, India, and Portugal through trade; to different classes: from the royal family itself down to the common people.

La vie française

WHEN YOU eat too much, you’re called a glutton. When you eat too much French food, however, you’re a gourmand.

Feast like a viking

RAMBLING THROUGH the lyrics of traditional drinking songs while sharing a huge plate of kräfta (crayfish) and downing a glass of beer is a unique experience to celebrate the end of the summer season (in the case of the Philippines, the dry season).

A little bit of honesty from wines

THE SOUTHWESTERN region of France has played host to many films, from the classic Grace Kelly-starrer To Catch a Thief, to the comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. But while they like to use it as a setting for movies about swindlers and con men, Thomas Dassé, Export Manager of Lionel Osmin & Cie, describes the people there as “more than honest.”

Taste of Vietnam

THE VARYING climate of Vietnam paves the way for lush growth, which is expressed in its cuisine, where freshness is paramount. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila,...

GSIS chief maintains unpaid rent by hotel

CORRECTING his previous figures, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Jesus Clint O. Aranas on Monday said Sofitel Philippine Plaza owed...

Hotel operator clarifies reported dues to GSIS

By Camille A. Aguinaldo SOFITEL Philippine Plaza owner Philippine Plaza Holdings, Inc. (PPHI) on Sunday clarified that the luxury hotel is not closing down following...

Accor Group hotels keep things sustainable

WHAT’S sustainability without solidarity? As in water, in order to make the ripples of change more apparent, more than a drop is needed to...

A throwback to happier times

A RECENT collection by designer Albert Andrada, famous for his pageant evening gowns, highlights the life led by one of Britain’s most memorable figures:...

Days of wine and… more wine

WINE IS entangled in French history and identity, and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila pays tribute to its French roots with its annual Sofitel Wine...

Spas in the city

A guide to pampering yourself. WORDS   JOSEPH L. GARCIA AND NICKKY P. DE GUZMAN No one can turn back time. We can, however, reduce the...