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A new hub at the 'New Makati'

The urban lifestyle in Makati City transforms anew when Alphaland's The City Club opens its doors to its exclusive members toward the end of the year.

The City Club is actually a part of Alphaland's newest project, Makati Place. This is a 55-storey residential building that will rise on a one-hectare property at the corner of Ayala Avenue Extension and Malugay Street, which is said to be the area for the Makati central business district's expansion-what Alphaland likes to call the "New Makati."

Once The City Club is erected, it will be housed at one of the tallest (if not the tallest) structures in the North Central Business District of Makati. The Makati Place is comprised of a proposed hotel tower and two residential towers atop a six-story podium, where the two-hectare city club and the mall are located.

The City Club is divided into three spaces located on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of Makati Place, and boasts of being the most dynamic business and leisure hub that has the most number of facilities and amenities (estimated at 54) as compared with what any other club could offer.

"Every place worth going to — whether it's for work, for play, or both — will be right here at The City Club, making it the go-to place for families, yuppies and executives living or working in the Makati area. You will have a dizzying array of activities and amenities to choose from, all in one place," says Joanna Duarte, Alphaland Corp.'s vice president for sales and marketing.

The main entrance to the City Club is on the fifth floor, which is also the dedicated space for the mind and body. This floor promises to be a true haven for sport and fitness enthusiasts as it will have two covered tennis courts, three covered badminton courts, covered basketball court, squash court, gym, table-tennis room, boxing ring, martial arts studio, pilots’ studio, aerobics and yoga studio, two dance studios, indoor golf simulator, Wii room, two music rooms, library, Internet cafe, beauty salon and barber shop, Pro shop, juice and salad bar, clinic and the club spa.

There are also facilities and activities made for children and for the young at heart. On the lower level (fourth floor) is the space dedicated for leisure and entertainment. The floor will have a bar/game room, three KTV rooms, lounge, main swimming pool, three lap pools, children's pool, children's locker room, seven hot tubs/whirlpool baths, pool sunbathing deck, poolside restaurant and al fresco area, pool bar, barbecue area, coffee shop, children's activity room, learning center, daycare, and roof deck with outdoor play area.

On the top level (sixth floor) is the space where one can do business in style. Duarte affirms that The City Club will only provide the best corporate amenities that can compete with first-class offices. The conference rooms will be equipped with Wi-Fi system, video conferencing tools and a state-of-the-art fiber optic network to ensure seamless connectivity. On the floor are also the business center, pre-function area, reception area and waiting lounge.

There is also a private elevator that will take guests from the basement to drop-off areas, ensuring privacy and security at all times. There are also two large function rooms that can accommodate corporate events and private parties or family gatherings. 

"The City Club is your home away from home, and your office away from the office," adds Duarte.

The top floor will also house eight specialty restaurants covering Filipino, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Seafood, Spanish, Italian and Tex-Mex cuisines. In fact, Terry's has already confirmed to be among the club's tenants. There will also be a dessert area, cigar divan and private wine cellars.

"So whether it's having lunch with your colleagues or bonding with the family, The City Club will give members a truly unique, convenient and delectable dining experience, with its ample and luxurious interiors, and sumptuous dishes prepared to perfection," assures Duarte.

Alphaland is optimistic that The City Club will be a key destination when it becomes operational. 

"It will be the place where New Makati plays," remarks Duarte. "Whether they live in Makati or not, members can come here and relax after work or even during their lunch break. It's the perfect place for waiting for traffic to clear." 

Membership to the City Club is now open and it's just a one-time payment of P1 million. This rate will eventually double when the place officially opens. The whole complex is designed with state-of-the-art building management, home automation, top-of-the-line furnishings, fixtures and appliances and energy efficient systems. The project is also registered under the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) rating system, which administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

"As with all our projects, we hope to set a standard for modern living," explains Duarte. "The concept is tailored to the demands and needs of the discerning consumer."

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