Okada Manila’s Cove Manila is Manila’s newest clubbing destination that boasts no less than South East Asia’s largest indoor beach nightclub (with what I saw I personally think it’s the whole of Asia). With a massive dome roof that looks like a sunken pearl when seen from a Manila Bay cruise and inside it an enormous outer pool party area and an extravagant inner nightclub setup, Cove Manila sure does something that’s clearly unique to Manila’s booming nightlife scene.
Now partying may be a little bit over our budget here, but just a little bit of asking and planning may save you a thousand pesos or two (more on that below) and enjoy everything that is unique to this ultimate clubbing destination.
The Cove Manila experience
Cove Manila sits inside Okada Manila, one of the largest integrated luxury casino-resort complexes in Parañaque’s sprawling Entertainment City district. The $120M iconic dome venue spans at 9,000 square meters, enough to accommodate 4,500 guests at a time. Its enormous glass dome isn’t just for the looks either, because aside from its striking aesthetics, it is also UVA/UVB protected, meaning you can lounge and party all you want in a hot, tropical Manila afternoon without getting sunburned (the entire place is air-conditioned, in case you’re wondering).
The inner nightclub is just as magnificent as its dome, boasting of the most advanced technologies in lighting, audio, and video. The cove has one of the best sound systems on this planet installed – the Funktion-One high resolution sound system. The nightclub also has a six-ring kinetic centrepiece that can rotate and tilt to the music as well as produce up to 10,000 special light effects. And it doesn’t end there – in the nightclub is the largest screen in a nightclub in the world that allows for choreographed LED video mapping. Now how’s that for nightclub entertainment? Looks like Cove Manila spared no expense.
The pool club in the outer ring of the dome hosts a 780 square meter butterfly-shaped pool, perfect for swimming or lounging while a gig or a concert is going on – surrounding the vast pool area are some 29 private cabanas on three floors where you can have your own elegant private party complete with your own private butler, ready to pour your drink for you in case your glass is about to run out of that mojito.
Inside the private cabanas are five-star amenities, including spectacular art collections and modern furnitures, and also your own private bathroom with rainshower. You and your guests also have your own LCD screen where you have a live stream access of what’s going on in the DJ’s booth. Heck if that’s not enough, bigger cabanas also have karaoke machines and outdoor private hot tubs with a great view of the cove.
Sounds expensive? You bet. Private cabanas can cost up to P150,000 to P300,000 per night (consumable), depending on the event. That may be a lot of money to spend for just one night of partying, but if you’re a high-roller or you’ve just won the jackpot at the nearby Okada Manila casino, then the VIP experience you’ll get (plus the bragging rights on social), plus the fact that it is consumable anyway, it will be worth it.
Aside from being that perfect party place at night, the pool club also hosts “Sunset Sessions” daily where you can lounge and have a drink in the afternoon sun ’til dusk while you look over Manila Bay’s world-famous sunset. There is no door charge and discounts are offered during the “Sunset Sessions”, and sometimes they have a buy-1-get-1 on drinks.
Cove Manila has 5 bars where you can get your drinks from at Cove Manila, including a central swim-up bar in the pool club. The cheapest drinks you can get at Cove Manila are P440 for a Rum Coke cocktail and P180 for the San Mig Light beer (all time favorite local beer), but its extensive bar list can get expensive rather quickly, with their luxurious 30-Liter bottle of champagne called Armand de Brignac Gold Ace of Spades Midas topping the list at a cool SEVEN. MILLION. PESOS.
On top of Cove Manila’s usual shenanigans over the week with events played by resident DJs, Cove Manila also brings in the best local and international DJs and celebrity performers every weekend. Expect to see scantily clad performers that are suspended mid-air or on suspended cages, pole and belly dancers on ledges, and maybe even surprise unicorn appearances, just because we will never know what Cove Manila is up to to up the entertainment.
Getting in at Cove Manila
During Sunset Sessions and early on in the week door charges are not a thing, but on most weekend nights (Thursdays to Saturdays) when there’ll be famous DJs and celebs performing, it’s almost sure that there will be a door charge of P1,500 to P3,000 depending on the event.
To save on door charge, make sure you get your early bird tickets at CoveManila.com, because they give it out for P500 to P1,000 if you manage to score your tix early enough. If you’re not that early of a bird and you miss the discount, here is a better option: call them up in the number below to ask if there is a free guest list entry, because unless there is a major major star performing, sometimes if you’re lucky enough you can get in for free by means of the golden guest list just by asking.
Also if you get your own table or cabana, you’re spared of the door charge. The cheapest table they have is P7,000 on a regular Thursday night for 6 people (consumable), but if there is an event involving someone famous expect to pay up some more. Table reservations can go quickly, so if you plan to go give them a call to reserve asap.
Definitely bring an ID because they will check, and lastly, Cove Manila is a place where you would associate the words “luxury”, and “nightclub” with, so dress appropriately as they follow a strict dress code – that is, except for pool party events where you are encouraged to wear the least amount of clothing possible. 😉
|Address||Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque, Metro Manila|
|Contact Number||(02) 555 5757|