While a majority of people fled to White Beach for #LaBoracay last Labor Day weekend,there were a few hotties who were tired of the same old routine year-after-year hit up the newly opened Palace Pool Club in BGC instead, sporting itsy-bitsy bikinis, cute cover ups, well-defined abdominal muscles that make you look thrice, and décolletage intended to swallow men whole, much like a Venus Fly Trap.
After the launch of The Palace’s superclub Valkyrie last November, Erik Cua’s group unveils their newest club concept within the complex – Vegas style day to night clubbing with a huge stage for DJs and international performances, a sound system that’ll make you weep, as well as a pyrotechnic set up that’ll make you gawk in amazement.
May 1 and 2 kicked off the same way, with chill beats and a cool crowd dressed in swimwear, cover ups or resort chic. Drink, socialize, flirt, swim, lounge on Havaiana flip floats, and dance were the agendas of the long weekend, and everyone was excited to see what the fuss was all about and if The Palace Pool Club lived up to the hype. Hint: It did.
#HMPhilippines had a big booth celebrating #HMLovesMusic, serving all sorts of refreshments for guests, at the same time showcasing their new summer collection. I am obsessed with their green and white caftan/cover up – definitely something I’m packing for my next out of town beach trip!
Refreshments anyone? The heat could get to you pretty quick – it was good thinking of H&M to provide flavored fruit water for those parched from the humidity.
A hit with the crowd was H&M’s ice lollies, which came in flavors like watermelon, buko, and chili tamarind. They were giving these out for both days, and were a pleasant cool down after an afternoon of puttering around the pool. What I liked to do was use them to add extra flavor to cocktails.
Restaurateur Erwan Heussaff and Chef Mikko Reyes are the duo responsible for The Palace Pool Club’s menu, put together with Mediterranean inspired dishes like this bowl of fresh and tangy Crab & Ricotta Croquetas (Php 295) served with a green aioli.
The Palace Mezze (Php 495) seems to be a popular choice with guests, with tasting portions of hummus, roasted eggplant and feta, spiced crab, cherry tomato and mint served with warmed pita bread. It’s simple yet satisfying and doesn’t make one feel overly full – the last thing you’d want to feel when in a skimpy bikini.
The International DJ Performances
The guests at Pool Club seem to transform from playful to smoking hot at night! It really is something else, seeing the day club transform into a night club. On May 1st, Fadil El Ghoul, better known by his stage name R3hab, took to the stage, spinning Dutch house music, a subgenre with a darker vibe sound and richer base.
On May 2, The Palace Pool Club played host to the Australian dance music duo, Knife Party, performing a lot more upbeat songs and getting the crowd dancing in their bikinis, drinks in hand, just having one helluva good time.
The Palace Pool Club’s Opening Weekend in one word? Wild! The weekend was tons of fun, with so much to do and so much to see. The very first day and night club in the Philippines is off to a great start, I’m looking forward to seeing what else they come up with!
The Palace Pool Club is located at 9th Avenue corner 32nd Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and is open daily from 3pm – 3am. For inquiries and Cabana reservations, please call +63 917 689 8888.
Photo Credit for R3hab and Knife Party: Daniel Tan Photography