When it comes to glitz and glamor in the Philippines, Solaire Resort and Casino has quickly climbed to the top of the list after its opening in 2013. The first of four resorts to operate in Manila’s Entertainment City, Solaire first opened its doors on March 16, 2013, with 800 guest rooms, suites, and villas.
It currently holds the distinction of being the tallest hotel in the Manila Bay area, and features a column-free grand ballroom that can accommodate 1,300 guests, 8 function rooms and 2 boardrooms with audiovisual equipment, leisure, live entertainment, dining, and retail hubs, and the Theatre at Solaire, which houses 1,740 seats and a retail space of 60,000 square meters. Last but definitely not the least, Solaire also boasts an 18,500 square meter gaming area with 1,620 slot machines and 360 gaming tables.
Solaire Resort and Casino: Casino Gaming
As the first casino resort to open in Entertainment City, Solaire had big shoes to fill, and it met the challenge admirably. Its large gaming area houses a variety of table games, gaming clubs, and other offers that are sure to keep players entertained during their stay. High rollers also have the privilege of experiencing VIP treatment at Solaire’s luxurious lounge, where they can play in La-Z-Boy chairs while partaking of dishes from the exclusive VIP food service.
Solaire has a variety of table games, including:
- Super Six
- Double-Up Blackjack
- Dragon Bonus Baccarat
- Money Wheel
- Lunar Poker
- Blackjack House Pair
- Grand Sakla
- Busting Blackjack
- Lucky Ball Roulette
- Sic Bo
- Sabong Cards (Solaire Exclusive)
- Caribbean Stud Poker
- Texas Hold-em
- Three-Card Poker
- Double Zero
It also has several gaming clubs, including the Solaire’s Players Stadium and the Solaire Sportsbook. The Players Stadium is an exclusive gaming area with reclining seats and a refreshments bar, where gamers can play the latest and hottest electronic table games. These games include Baccarat, Sic Bo, Roulette, Derby Horse Racing, Money Wheel, and many more. The Players Stadium also includes a custom-made giant LED display which is exclusive to Solaire and also the biggest in the world.
For sports fans, Solaire has the Solaire Sportsbook, where gamers can experience double the thrill as they watch their favorite teams and players soar to victory. The Sportsbook features a wide selection of major international sporting events for players to choose from. Wagers can be placed over the phone or at the Solaire Sportsbook counter on the main gaming floor.
Besides these, Solaire also offers several promos for players to enjoy. These promos include a Solaire Rewards card, where gamers can begin their journey with Silver and progress to higher levels for rewards and a more exclusive gaming experience, as well as access to premium amenities at the Solaire Club. There’s also the Fortune Catcher, where Php 10 million is up for grabs every 20 minutes every Saturday in August 2019. Baccarat players can also get the best odds with bonus chips payout at the Banker Bonus Hours in the Baccarat Room and Bar. For the month of August, Solaire also offers the Super Hot Stadium, where players using the Solaire Rewards card have the chance to win prize amounts of Php 5000, Php 10000, or Php 20000. Finally, there’s the Turbo Rewards, where you can accelerate your Friday point earnings up to five times by simply playing from Friday 6:00am to Saturday 5:59am.
Solaire Resort and Casino: Fine Dining Restaurants
Even the most dedicated gamers need to take a break sometimes to refuel, and Solaire makes sure that that break time is worth it. They promise a 5-star dining experience at some of the best fine dining restaurants in the Philippines, with an array of cuisines from around the world that you can enjoy guilt-free.
For fine dining, Solaire has four restaurants that showcase different cuisines at the hands of expert chefs. Kiwa boasts authentic gourmet Korean barbecue, with cuts of meat that will melt in your mouth and make you wonder why you settled for anything less. With dishes made from premium ingredients and a stunning restaurant design, you can take a trip into the finer side of Korean dining at this restaurant.
Just in case you’re looking for that Italian flair, try Finestra Italian Steakhouse, which was recognized by the Philippine Tatler as one of the 20 best restaurants in Metro Manila for 2018 and 2019. Indulge in juicy cuts of Japanese Omi and US Snake River Farms Wagyu beef, paired with Italian classics cooked with a modern flair and prepared under the guidance of Chef Alan Marchetti.
If you’re craving authentic Japanese cuisine at its best, try the seamless blend of tradition and modernity at Yakumi. Top chefs skillfully prepare your meals before your very eyes, using only the best ingredients from Tokyo’s Toyosu Fish Market. You can also cap off your meal with their selection of Japanese sake, all hand-picked to compliment each dish.
And if you’re hungry for some gourmet Chinese cuisine, the dishes at Red Lantern will take you on an incredible gastronomic journey. Diners can try authentic regional specialties offered only on their exclusive menu, and delight in only the finest ingredients. With a finer spin on favorites like suckling pig, Peking duck, and homemade dim sum, you’re sure to go home well-satisfied.
Solaire Resort and Casino: Casual Dining Restaurants
Eating out at Solaire doesn’t always have to be a special occasion, and the resort offers a diverse range of casual dining restaurants that are great places to enjoy a family lunch, or simply grab a bite before heading anywhere else. Solaire has seven casual dining restaurants offering different cuisines and a variety of menus, all of which are sure to satisfy.
For special occasions out with family, Waterside Latin Inspired Cuisine offers a beautifully designed restaurant and menu with a sophisticated Latin flair. Make sure to schedule your visit in advance as the restaurant as specific hours of operation.
If you’re looking for some Eastern-flavored comfort food, you can head on over to Lucky Noodles, which is open 24 hours a day. Lucky Noodles offers diners a “Make Your Own Noodle Bowl” special, allowing customers to mix and match their favorites to put together the perfect noodle dish.
There’s nothing like treating yourself to a fantastic buffet, and you can do the same at Solaire by simply heading over to Fresh. Fresh offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets in a gorgeously-designed restaurant with loads of natural lighting, making for a relaxing gastronomic experience. Chefs around the world have come together to create a menu that is both diverse and satisfying.
Diners who want a little bit of everything can head on over to the Solaire Food Court, which guarantees a wide selection of America, Korean, and Pan-Asian restaurants. As one of the best food courts in the country, it’s sure to leave you well-satisfied.
Looking for a spot where you can eat, drink, and relax? Head on over to Oasis Garden Café for a spot of refreshment. Located in the Sky Tower Atrium, Oasis is a lounge that has a selection of coffee, tea, snacks, and artisanal finger sandwiches for light snacking and good conversation.
Solaire Pool Bar and Grill is one of the resort’s best-kept secrets. Here, diners can enjoy some of the best grilled meals in the Metro while watching the sun set across Manila Bay.
Finally, if you’re looking for somewhere chic and stylish to have a bite, Patisserie offers everything sweet under the sun with the guidance of Executive Pastry Chef Roberto Molleman. Try their cakes, pastries, and homemade ice cream and delight your sweet tooth.
Solaire Resort and Casino: Bars
If you need a break from gaming and just need a spot to grab a drink and have some good conversation, Solaire Resort and Casino offers two great bars. Dragon Bar is open 24 hours and allows customers to lounge in luxury. It serves delicious bar food, sweets, coffee, tea, and some of the best drinks and cocktails in the Metro. It’s also home to the Crystal Dragon, a centerpiece crafted with eighty thousand crystals that’ll awe you on sight.
For those who want to have a spot of fun while relaxing, Baccarat Room and Bar allows guests to play and indulge. It also offers a wide selection of drinks and some of the world’s finest cigars.
For more information about where to eat, play, and relax in the Metro, check out our primer on Manila’s Entertainment City.
James Gonzales is a Filipino-American travel enthusiast and writer currently based in the Philippines. After living and working in New York for 10 years, James decided he wanted to see more of the world and leave the city behind. In the course of saving up for what would become an epic trip across Asia, he wrote about previous traveling experiences for various travel websites and publications based in the Lower East Side.
James focused on journeying through the Philippines in the hopes of understanding his roots, and began Daydreaming in Paradise to share his thoughts and experiences. He’s always looking for like-minded travelers to trade stories and swap tips with, and he hopes you’ll join him on his journey.