• Take off on a city-surveying helicopter ride
  • See Manila’s rapidly growing skyline from above

Manila is experiencing a major growth spurt. Throughout the city, construction cranes perch on buildings like flocks of slender-necked birds, and the skyline of just five years ago is a fuzzy memory. This breakneck expansion is best appreciated from above. Climb aboard with Philjets for a 30-minute helicopter tour around Metro Manila and glittering Manila Bay. Our advice? Take off at dusk, and time your aerial tour to catch the showstopper of a sunset over the bay as it magically turns the glassy skyscrapers gold.

From Conrad Manila it’s a 15-minute drive to the Philjets hangar during non-peak hours. Or have the Conrad concierge inquire if Philjets can arrange for a pickup at a helipad closer to the hotel—such as the one at the nearby Solaire Casino.

PHILJETS AERO SERVICES INC.: AAOP Hangar 2, Manila Domestic Airport, Domestic Road Corner MIAA Road, Pasay City; +632-851-0369;