Billion-dollar 'Las Vegas' hotel casino to rise in Manila
Alixandra Caole Vila (philstar.com) - July 20, 2016 - 2:57pm

MANILA, Philippines — A $24-billion integrated resort is set to open at Entertainment City in Parañaque this year. Okada Manila, owned by the  Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment of Japanese billionaire/gambling magnate Kazuo Okada, promises to capture imaginations by providing the grandest amenities and most spectacular entertainment.

Tiger Resort president Steve Wolstenholme said the Philippines is the perfect place for the next entertainment, gaming and tourism destination in Asia.

"It has the potential to compete with the entertainment and gaming giants from across the region with its best natural resources—its hospitality and warmth," he said.

Wolstenholme believes that the Japanese's economic prowess combined with Filipino hospitality will result in extraordinary service.

Nothing but elevated and complete experience in hospitality and entertainment, the gaming resort plotted on 44 hectares of land, aims to be an icon, to change how the world will look at the Philippines and attract tourists and investors in the Philippines.

Local partner Tonyboy Cojuangco, meanwhile, said the project can also lure investors from all over.

"Once people see something great in the country, people will invest and go here, which is why me made this so grand. So investors would notice," Cojuangco said at the launch Okada Manila on Tuesday,

The magnificent structure will be the cherry on top of Manila's very own Las Vegas Strip.

Below are some details about the entertainment resort:

Unique structure

Quite unique to Okada Manila is its Y-shaped hotel that gleams a bright gold color against the sunset. According to Wolstenholme, gold is one of the key themes of Okada Manila. "Naturally, it symbolizes abundance and, at the same time, represents the hue of Manila Bay's famed sunset," he explained.

The two wings of the hotel, Pearl and Coral, will be connected by two sky bridges and will have 15 floors each.

Biggest fountain in Asia

The most iconic of all of its features will be the dancing water display and light show of The Fountain. The Fountain will be a one-of-a-kind venue for special events and concerts.

Largest casino resort

For one, it will also be the largest casino resort in the Philippines, with up to 500 table games and approximately 3,000 Electronic Gaming Machines (EGM).

Spacious accommodations

Guests will surely enjoy with a total of 993 rooms ranging from spacious 60 sqm to luxurious 1,400 sqm villas. A most stunning display also awaits guests, as all rooms will feature awe-inspiring views of either the Manila Bay or the hotel's majestic dancing waters, light and fountain display.

Foodie destination

Foodies' cravings will also be satisfied with its 21 self-operated restaurants for casual, buffet, and international dining. There will be K.O. Dining, which carries signature restaurants by Michelin-starred chefs as well as other dining outlets such as The Sky Casino, Sports Book & Bar, Yu Lei, Catch Live Seafood, Fujishiro, Museum Café, Enbu, Goryo Korean Barbecue, Imamuraand Ginza Nagaoka.

Shopping and spa facilities

Shoppers will definitely have the best time of their lives, as the best local and international brands will have space at Okada Manila, with a total floor area of 8,409 sqm, and over 50 premiere and luxury brands.

It also has spa facilities that indulge all the senses. Expect a world-class spa that features luxury treatment suites, foot spa thrones, relaxation rooms, spa gardens and aqua therapy facilities.

Night life

Not to forget the night life, it will be the most happening place for clubgoers. Its 9,000-sqm entertainment venue will be enclosed in a glass dome (100 m in diameters and 30 m in height) and will have 33 cabanas and bungalows equipped with amenities such as private jacuzzis, dining rooms, media and karaoke rooms, and hotel-inspired private restrooms.

Indoor beach

With a maximum capacity of up to 4,500 guests, The Cove (indoor beach) also features real white sand beach, lily pads, daybeds, luxurious locker and shower room facilities for all guests, UV protected beach club, a sunset deck overlooking the bay, a 700 sqm butterfly pool, two expansive stages and five distinct bars offering unique artisanal cocktails for a more modern resort feel. It is the largest indoor beach club in Southeast Asia.

Okada Manila is set to rise 3 kilometers away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and is at the foreshore of Manila Bay, so visitors can catch a great view of the one of the world's most beautiful sunset.

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