As the world adapts to COVID-19 safety measures, ZEN Rooms assures its guests that it is already prepared. Safety has always been a top priority for us and our hotels reflect the efforts. From mandatory body temperature checks to implementing WHO guidelines and government regulations, ZEN Rooms is always one step ahead. 

Sanitization and hygiene standards remain our top priorities across all hotels but to raise the safety bar even further, we have introduced ZEN Safety Assurance Program where selected hotels will be subjected to even more enhanced safety and sanitization. The list will only grow.  

ZEN Rooms COVID-19 Safety Measures

1. Hotel Sanitization & Hygiene

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As part of our ongoing effort to protect the safety and health of our guests and staff, we are making sure cleanliness and hygiene standards are at maximum level. The precautionary measures taken by our hotels include:

• Using high-quality disinfectants for hotel sanitization

• Deep-cleaning of every room upon check-out

• Sanitizing public areas every hour, with special attention to high-risk spots (e.g. counters, door handles, elevator buttons)

• Re-organizing lobby areas to create extra safe space for guests

• Strictly regulating access to elevators

• Properly and carefully segregating linen and disposable trash 

2. Check-in Safety

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At ZEN Rooms, we value and understand the process, right from check-in to the happy review at check-out, therefore to ensure there is safety at the very first step, we are implementing the following: 

• Mandating body temperature checks for everyone

• Ensuring receptionists and hotel staff is equipped with PPEs at all times

• Maintaining strict social distancing at the front desk

• Equipping front desk and other parts of the hotels with hand sanitizers

3. Guest-On-stay Safety

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But as you know, safety measures don’t just stop at the front desk, they actually begin. And to ensure guests’ are safe inside the hotel and during their stay, the following measures are also being taken: 

• Implementing strict restriction for outsiders

• Providing in-room sanitization kits 

• Posting safety infographics and reminders across the hotel and in rooms

• Imposing social distancing via clear signages for everyone to see

4. Hotel Staff Safety

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We consider our staff as modern-day heroes because, despite the risk of working amid a pandemic, they make sure that their service is of the highest standards. We care for them that is why we are making sure they’re protected with the following safety measures:

• Proper training for COVID19 safety and how to handle an emergency  

• Equipping them with modern PPEs

• Ensuring they stay inside the hotel during and off duty to maintain social distancing and safety. 

ZEN Rooms is fully committed in providing the best COVID-19 safety measures for its guests. We are proactively adding more hotels under ZEN Safety Assurance program and to know which hotels qualify before you book, all you need to do is check for the following:

1. Look for ZEN Safety Assurance tag on hotel display image 

2. Filter by collection and select ZEN Safety Assurance while you’re on the hotel listing page

We are doing everything to #StaySafe so we can all #StayZEN

Your safety is ZEN Guarantee.

 

 

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Who doesn’t love vacations? For sure, if we’re given all the time in the world, we would probably be found sunbathing at our favorite beach or doing the most thrilling activities. The problem is, it’s (kind of) impossible. Because with all the work we do, the stacks of files we need to face, and the meetings we need to attend to, how can we really take the long vacation we’re always dreaming of, right?

But sometimes, vacations are not what we’re expecting it to be. Sure vacations are nice and sound so relaxing but they can also be an energy-killer with all the planning and budgeting we have to go through because it gets exhausting.

Good thing, there is an alternative way to relax— a staycation.

Staycations and vacations offer the same things, but because they don’t involve long traveling, staycations cost you a lot less, not just in financial savings but also the time and stress of planning, that typically make up the preparations for a vacation.

Here are the 7 reasons you should take staycations often!

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1. It restores your whole being 

A small study from the University of Vienna found that after taking time off from work, vacationers had fewer stress-related physical complaints such as headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities, and they still felt better five weeks later.

2. It is faster and easier to plan 

Unlike vacations, staycations don’t need much planning as it does not involve so much planning and can even be arranged within a day. There’s no need for packing many things too, so less stress for you to aim that deserved rest.

3. It helps you master your area 

Being busy with work, we tend to overlook the places around that may help us with our daily needs. Like some stores that are cheaper than the usual stores, we buy our supplies. This is a perfect time for you to get updated and discover newly built places that would be helpful to lessen your expenses. Do remember that the nearer ones to your home, the lesser it would be to your expenses.

4. You can save money and time

As mentioned in #3, if your hotel for your staycation is just near your place, there’s no need to spend much on transportation. It saves time as well from long hours of travel. More time for you to rest.

5. Best for bonding

This is perfect for your family, friends or your significant other. Since the travel time got lessened, there are more hours to bond. For families, being away from home is your time off from daily chores then you get to focus more with your kids knowing their new interests that update you on how to guide and support them.

6. Contributes to productivity and creativity

Rest or proper sleep has been overlooked by many. Do remember that having some time off is beneficial for your work. Quality time outside work fuels energetic resources on the job, reflective time is critical to producing solutions and creative breakthroughs. 

7. Amenities of the hotel can add value to your rest

Gym, spa, pool, play area for kids, etc. are the amenities that you can take advantage of while having the staycation. Additional activities that you can do for more bonding, health or relaxation. A change venue of the usual amenities of your condominium or village is something beneficial for your mental health that can give you a different perspective after your staycation.

Everyone deserves a break. That’s why staycation is there to cater to the ones who are not ready to travel long and far yet.

 

 

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Holy Week in the Philippines is the best time to travel and spend a fulfilling getaway with your family. This prestigious holiday takes place on Palm Sunday, April 5 and ends on Black Saturday, April 11. While Holy Week Philippines 2020 serves as a break from the fast-paced lifestyle in the city, it also serves as one of the longest and most anticipated holidays in the Philippines.

People all over the country perform rituals and traditions in celebration of his death and resurrection. Deciding where to go this holiday is a cause for much excitement, so we’re giving you a number of churches to visit and traditions you can partake in while enjoying your week-long vacation.

1. Simala Church, Cebu

If you wish to get far away this holy week, Simala Church in Cebu is a great destination. Simala Church is a prestigious castle-like structure in the heart of the province. Home to the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, people from all over the world flock to this pristine church to witness traditions and religious gatherings.

Not only will you find yourself seeing some of the prettiest churches in the Philippines, but you’ll also be greeted by a number of beaches and activities you can do during the trip! It’s no doubt you can enjoy Holy Week Philippines 2020 and summertime here all at once!  

2. Moriones Festival in Marinduque

Marinduque’s Moriones Festival is one of the most colorful festivals in the country. It is an annual week-long commemoration of the life and death of Jesus Christ every Holy Week.

In this folk religious festival, locals wear costumes and masks replicating biblical Roman soldiers, reenacting scenes from the Passion of Christ. The festival also celebrates the life of Saint Longinus, the half-blind Roman soldier who speared the crucified body of Jesus. Longinus is believed to have regained his vision when Jesus’ blood hit his eye, restoring his vision.

It does not only serve as a tourist attraction but also a good way to remember the suffering of Jesus Christ.


3. Laguna Province

Another popular Holy Week destination in the Philippines is the province of Laguna because it is home to historic and remarkable churches built during the Spanish Colonial era.

Many devotees opt to do their Visita Iglesia in Laguna because it is just a short drive south of Metro Manila.


4. Quiapo Church, Manila

Most people fast during the Lenten season, while others attend mass every day. Quiapo Church is worth the visit this Holy Week if you’re planning to stay in Manila. This grand church is home to the famous shrine of the Black Nazarene. This church is usually packed during Maundy Thursday, where a large group of devotees carry crucifixes and recreate the scenes of the crucifixion.


5. Via Crucis at San Fernando, Pampanga

Every year on Good Friday, tourists flock to San Fernando, Pampanga to witness the world-renowned staging of Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) for Holy Week. Devotees imitate the suffering of Christ and participate in real-life self-flagellation, Passion Play which culminates with the crucifixion penitents.

Re-enacting the crucifixion is a way for devout Catholics to express their faith in the most extreme way.

Witness this reenactment for a one-of-a-kind Holy Week Philippines 2020 experience.


6. Baguio Cathedral, Baguio City

If you’re in Baguio City for Holy Week, there are several churches for you to visit while enjoying the cool climate and the fresh scent of pine trees and highland flowers. These include Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral which is just located at the city’s most popular street, Session Road and the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church in Burnham Park.


7. San Pedro Cathedral, Davao

The oldest church in Davao City, the San Pedro Cathedral is now recognized as a National Cultural Treasure. It’s famous for its architectural structure, a curved roof reminiscent of the traditional vinta— a traditional outrigger boat from the Philippine island of Mindanao. This is one of the many churches that people visit when celebrating Holy Week.


8. Tukon Church, Batanes


If you want to reflect on things and just have a retreat, Batanes is the perfect place. Its scenic views and peaceful surroundings make up a tranquil retreat. The best place you can visit in Batanes is the Racuh A Payaman, Tayid Lighthouse and the Tukon Chapel in Basco.


9. Mt. Apo, Davao

For those who want to have a different type of pilgrimage, climbing Mt. Apo in Davao is something to try. It usually takes two days to reach the summit. While the trek can be challenging, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous sights like the 150-feet Tudaya Falls and a breathtaking view. It’s perfect for those who want adventure while showing their devotion to tradition.


10. Manila Cathedral, Manila

The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, also known as Manila Cathedral, is the cathedral of Manila and basilica located in the historic walled city of Intramuros. Aptly honored as the Mother Church of the Philippines, one should not hesitate to visit this pristine church during the holidays. You’ll find yourself admiring the beautiful structure, especially its religious mosaic art that can be found inside. It should definitely be one of the churches that you and your family will be visiting this Holy Week!

If you wish to travel to these holiday destinations this Holy Week Philippines 2020, don’t hesitate to book ZEN Rooms in Davao, Bohol, Manila, Cebu and Baguio City!

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Make the most of your summer break with these ZEN travel ideas in Southeast Asia. It’s time to go out of your comfort zone and take your summer plans to the next level! And if you’re looking for the best things to do in Southeast Asia in summers, we’ve got you covered!

Here are the 13 most fun activities to try this summer!

1. Jump into the pool in Bali, Indonesia

Find yourself in an indoor paradise when booking ZEN Rooms on your next trip to Bali, Indonesia. Relax, unwind and get into that bikini vibe as summer rewards you with an endless supply of calm, peace and comfort! There’s no better way to spend the summer than to slip into a zen mode and float on a pool of peace and serenity. Click here to view other properties that offer a relaxing indoor pool.

2. Enter the underwater world of the S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore

Home to more than 100,000 marine animals, with over 1,000 different kinds of species found across 50 habitats, this aquatic conservatory hosts the latest conservation efforts and promotes a unique underwater experience to its visitors. Adventure-seekers can swim just inches away from some of the ocean’s stealthiest predators in their Shark Encounter program, and try a once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking and breathing freely underwater in their Sea Trek adventure.

3. Feast on Penang, Malaysia’s street food

The abundance of street food in Malaysia can be overwhelming, yet satisfying. Stalls upon stalls can be spotted in Penang, and the same dishes repeat themselves but never falls short of delicious. However, this is where you can find the entirety of the authentic Malaysian cuisine. The streets of Penang City are known as a food paradise mainly due to its diversity in ethnicity, culture, and religion. From noodle soups to laksa, and Indian curry to crepe-like snacks! There is a wide variety of food options that’s definitely worth the visit! Don’t miss this as this is one of the best things to do in Southeast Asia in summers.

4. Witness installations in the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands

The ArtScience in Marina Bay Sands beautifully pushes the boundaries between art and science. When technology and knowledge are fused with art, a wide range of innovative designs emerge from the ideas of world-renowned creatives. A multitude of works from the arts and creative fields are displayed, which features eye-catching exhibitions and installations that perfectly demonstrates the possibilities of technology when combined with art. Visitors can immerse themselves in a dynamic 1,500-square-metre digital universe of interactive art installations revolving around the themes of Nature, Town, Park, and Science.

5. Go kayaking in El Nido, Palawan

If there’s one thing that tops the list of things to do in Southeast Asia in summers, it’s the combination of kayaking, sight-seeing, and snorkeling all in one hot summer day! It wouldn’t be a summer worth reliving without a sweet escape to the beautiful island of El Nido, Palawan. Surrounded by limestone karsts protruding from the sea, you’ll discover lagoons and giant rock formations that can only be accessed by hidden entrances and secret passageways. This island is full of hidden gems under the sea and on land.

6. Go shopping in Hong Kong

There’s no doubt that Hong Kong is a popular shopping district among fashion lovers and designer brands. From high-end luxury items to street bazaars with reasonable bargains, this shopping haven offers a wide variety of shopping districts and avenues that are certainly worth visiting and spending money on! Like walking straight into a fashion catalog, this city meets the standards of those with lavish lifestyles and designer dreams.

7. Climb Sigiriya in Sri Lanka

One of the “Eight Wonders of the World”, Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. This ancient palace and fortress complex has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year, mostly for its story and the breathtaking view when you reach the top. Sigiriya rock plateau, formed from magma of an extinct volcano, is 200 meters high in the jungle. Its view astonishes visitors with its unique harmony between nature and human imagination. Missing this adventure is like ditching the best things to do in Southeast Asia in summers.

8. Visit the magnificent Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Northern Bali, Indonesia

A summer trip to Bali isn’t complete without visiting its temples! Ulun Danu Beratan Temple complex is located on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul and looks as if it is floating on water. Due to the importance of Lake Bratan as a main source of irrigation in central Bali, the temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese lake river goddess Dewi Danu. This hidden gem in the north continues to attract visitors for its sacred waters and shrines, finding harmony between man and nature in one magnificent complex.

9. Pass through Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand

Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand is a backpacker’s trail and a traveler’s perfect stopover. You can find cafes, bars, restaurants, massage parlors and market stalls along its vibrant and colorful streets. You might even find yourself listening to tales of traveling and become inspired to take on a random adventure around the country. Tourists can definitely feel the openness and infectious vibe of this road, for it is popular among locals, foreigners, and art students. Spend a culture trip, eat some food, and buy yourself some souvenirs upon passing through this lively avenue and include this to your list of things to do in Southeast Asia in summers.

10. Escape to Phi Phi Islands in Thailand

Summer days would not be complete without the sand, beach and the sea! Featuring tropical beaches, stunning rock formations, and vivid turquoise waters, this paradise in the Phi Phi Islands of Phuket, Thailand is one of the loveliest places in Southeast Asia. The islands are teeming with rich and vibrant marine life and provide a great choice of tours and activities to vacationers. This picturesque nature destination is the ultimate tropical getaway for a sweet summer vacation.

11. Shop for souvenirs in Little India, Singapore

Radiant and lively, you can immerse yourself in the ethnic district of Little India in Singapore for a colorful and festive vibe. The busy streets of this brightly-colored neighborhood are filled with malls, jewelry stores, and tailor shops that are perfect for souvenir shopping. Discover tasty Indian cuisines, Indian ornaments, Hindu temples, spice shops and so much more. It’s always a treat to dive into the culture and traditions of different countries and bring a little piece of it back home for the memories.

12. Bask in the beauty of The Sam Poh Tong Temple in Ipoh, Malaysia

Malaysia is home to dozens of astonishing temples, one of which is the Sam Poh Tong Temple, also known as the Three Buddhas Cave. Built within a raw limestone cave in the mountains, it is the oldest and the biggest Chinese Buddhist temple cave in Ipoh, Malaysia. Until today, nuns and monks who dedicate their lives to Buddha still occupy the Sam Poh Tong. Statues of Buddha are displayed among the stalactites and stalagmites. It is brimming with spirituality and is considered a work of art between man and nature.

13. Watch the sunset in Boracay

It wouldn’t be a summer worth remembering if it doesn’t involve a beautiful sunset at the end of the day. Sit back, relax and enjoy a stunning, colorful sky on the island of Boracay, Philippines. You can peacefully watch the sun bid farewell to the ocean and its seaside lovers, while enjoying the view of sailboats and tourists ending the summer day with a beer on one hand, and a phone to capture the natural beauty of nature. It’s time to party afterwards, or maybe stargaze as the ocean welcomes a warm, summer evening in paradise. It’s definitely one of the best things to do in Southeast Asia in summers!

If you wish to travel to these destinations at a low price, we’ve got budget hotels that can cater to your travel needs! Book now at www.zenrooms.com!

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