Travel Information · Manila, Philippines
Yoga Teachers College
Choosing Manila as a destination for teacher training was easy. The capital is the heartbeat of the Philippines. The beauty is obvious, as its modern infrastructure is effortlessly integrated into the natural beauty of the land, and being the country’s hub for culture and entertainment, it epitomizes the perfect place for discovery and growth.
DATES The published immersion dates include an arrival and departure day. This means you arrive on the first and depart on the last day of the course. Arrive and depart any time that fits your schedule. If you’d like to arrive early or depart late, that’s completely up to you.
BOOKING TICKETS Makati City, Manila (Philippines) is easily accessed from just about anywhere in the world via dozens of major airlines. These days, most of the big online travel sites are extremely competitive (meaning the prices are very similar), so we usually recommend you just pick a favorite booking site and find a flight that meets your needs.
Commonly used airfare sites:
Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA (MNL) is the international gateway to the Philippines. Formerly known, and still commonly referred to, as Manila International Airport, it serves Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area and is about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) south of Manila proper and southwest of Makati City’s Central Business District.
See all transportation options from the airport to the city here.
Rockwell Center – Shopping Mall in Makati
WHAT TO DO Makati is a city in the Philippines’ Metro Manila region and the country’s financial hub. It’s known for the skyscrapers and shopping malls of Makati Central Business District and for Ayala Triangle Gardens, an area dotted with trees and sculptures. Ayala Museum houses the Filipinas Heritage Library and craft collections documenting the country’s history. The Rizal Monument is a memorial to national hero José Rizal.
3F Cambridge Centre
Tordesillas cor. Gallardo Sts.
Salcedo Village, Makati City
We’ve compiled a list of resources to help make the process easier! From simple search engines to hotel partner discounts, you’ll find the perfect space to stay for your training period.
Fraser Place Manila – This upscale, extended-stay hotel is eight kilometers from both the Embassy of the United States and the SM Mall of Asia.
Featuring contemporary decor with clean lines and bright accents, the polished one to four-bedroom apartments come with free WiFi, a living room with a flat-screen TV, and full kitchen, along with laundry facilities. Some also have four-poster beds, a study area, and/or balcony with city views.
Continental breakfast and parking are free. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a sophisticated restaurant.
One Pacific Place Serviced Residences – A stone’s throw away from Ayala Avenue, this is your second home in Makati City, Philippines. Located 1.4 kilometers from Buendia train station, this modern, high-rise condominium hotel is also seven kilometers from the Embassy of the United States and eight kilometers from Manila Ocean Park, the first world-class marine theme park in the country.
All about comfort and convenience, One Pacific Place provides ample facilities and services for a hassle-free stay. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, an airy restaurant, and a relaxed cafe/bar. There is also a gym and an outdoor pool.
THE PERLA HOTEL – yoga+ has a special partnership with The Perla Hotel. By calling, making a reservation for the duration of the course, and saying you are a yoga+ student, you qualify for a special discount.
Call to make your reservation today!
+63 (2) 831-0049 or +63 (917) 655-5339
CITADINES SALCEDO MAKATI – Tucked away inside one of the many skyscrapers in the Central Business District, this high-end hotel off Makati Avenue is a kilometer from the archaeological Ayala Museum and the shopping and dining of Ayala Center. The area is teeming with a myriad of other lifestyle options, as well, such as yoga studios, an art auction house, and a weekend market.
Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with impressive city views, the airy, casual accommodations (from studios to two-bedroom apartments) have flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, and sitting areas. The WiFi is an additional charge.
THE PICASSO BOUTIQUE SERVICED RESIDENCES – Inspired by the creative genius, The Picasso is where vintage meets novelty, where a hotel experience is transformed into an affair with the arts. Located in the Makati Central Business District, this boutique hotel is the ideal starting point for exploring the vibrant energy of city life.
It is an 11-minute walk from Ayala Triangle Park, 7.2 kilometers from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and 10 kilometers from downtown Manila. The colorful, contemporary suites feature free WiFi, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs, plus partitioned living rooms, kitchenettes, and, of course, Picasso inspired prints and pillowcases.
AIRBNB – Airbnb is a great resource for finding accommodation to fit your budget.
TRIP ADVISOR – The well-known travel website has all the latest reviews on just about every hotel in the region. You can look at the map view and search for hotels near the location of the training.
BOOKING.COM – We’re sure you know what Booking.com is.
During the course, we’ll be moving, practicing, and teaching all day, so please wear loose yoga clothing—and you might want to pack two changes of clothes per day as you’re sure to sweat.
Clothing/gear to consider:
- Check average temperatures in Manila here.
- Yoga clothes, at least three outfits (more if you can)
- Comfortable walking/hiking shoes (we’ll move around throughout the day and probably take a hike)
- Layered clothing
- Backpack/shoulder bag
First/last day travel planning:
- All course dates include a first and last ‘travel day,’ meaning the start and end dates of every course are for arrival and departure.
- On the first day, we have orientation in the evening, but if you miss it due to a late flight, it’s not a problem.
- On the last day, there are no scheduled activities, just your flight home.