April and May are the hottest months of the year in Manila, with temperatures often rocketing into the high 30s, and tempers getting equally hot and bothered. From an extended pamper sesh to a boutique movie house, here are some tips on how to stay chilled in the Philippine capital.

Up the ante on movie date night at the swish VIP Cinema in Bonifacio Global City’s low-rise n’ leafy Uptown Place Mall. Screening Hollywood blockbusters and Asian flicks, the 83-seat auditorium features luxurious reclining loveseats plus unlimited popcorn and drinks – on Friday and Saturday they run 24-hour screenings so you can rock up at any time. Now that’s a way to beat the heat.

For museum hopping and high-end shopping, Makati’s Greenbelt is a one-stop. Located a mere shimmy from the Pen, you can easily lose yourself among the brand-name stores and local designer boutiques spread across five, verdant malls. Shopportunity aside, wander through the lush interior park or sip and sup at one of several upscale eateries, while culture hounds can check out the adjacent Ayala Museum. Set across six storeys, this is the motherlode of Filipino culture, history and art.

If that all sounds too much effort, simply ensconce yourself in the The Peninsula Spa for a spot of well-earned of rejuvenation. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, overlooking the refreshing outdoor pool the spa is the perfect oasis to indulge in one of the Asian-inspired treatments; we love the signature massage which uses banana leaves, coconut oil and lemongrass. And exhale…

VIP Cinema / 4/F / Uptown Place Mall / 36th Street / Bonifacio Global City / Taguig / +63 2 869 9029 / open daily / bgc.com.ph/cinema
Greenbelt / Legazpi Street / Makati / +63 2 7574853 / 11am-9pm daily / www.ayalamalls.com
Ayala Museum / Avenue corner De La Rosa Street / Greenbelt Park / Makati / +63 2 759 8288 / 9am-6pm Tue-Sun / www.ayalamuseum.org
The Peninsula Spa / Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues / 1226 Makati City / +63 2 887 2888 / 7am-10pm daily / manila.peninsula.com