where superlatives are sometimes just not enough. Among those is a recent work
trip to Cebu Island – specifically in Mactan and Cebu City – where I was schooled
on the luxury lifestyle: a life where a
single serving of sinigang costs P600,
a nightly stay can easily shave P100,000 off your wallet, and the casino is so
huge it feels like Disneyland.
dropped and my heart stopped every single time we visited for photoshoots and
meetings. For five days.
Movenpick Hotel Mactan
Mactan Island Cebu is now among the most coveted resort destinations in Mactan
Island, thanks to some serious remodeling by top interior designers Manny Samson, Fred
and Butch Valdes, and Cynthia and Ivy Almario – the design duo behind other
grandiose hotels like Midas in Pasay.
Mediterranean-themed luxury resort in Punta Engaño features 245 ultra-modern rooms and suites with
bathtubs, minibars, and private balconies or lanais fronting the beach or the
pool. Ranging from 33 square meters to a whopping 224 square meters, the rooms start
at P8,000 a night to as high as – wait for it – P110,000+ (Loft and
impeccable service and the hotel’s prime beachfront location in Mactan, guests
are treated to a slew of unique amenities – from a luxury health club and spa
to a private marine sanctuary beside the famous Ibiza, one of four in-house
themed restaurants. A seaside loft for 8 to 10 – the Ibiza
Loft – can be rented overnight too.
vibrant atmosphere of Spain’s party mecca. Bespoke cocktails are best enjoyed
here at sunset, while enjoying live entertainment or resident deejay picks. If
you want a quieter ambience, there’s Sails on the main building serving world
Be Resort Mactan
list, but it certainly does not feel that way. Youthful, hip, and laidback,
this Mactan Island resort offers beachfront rooms that let guests Be what they want to be: Be Classy, Be
Cool, and Be Chic.
decors, all rooms are equipped with chiropractor-approved mattresses,
fridges, en suite bathrooms, cable TVs, and a spanking hot view of the sea.
not hard to see why. The rooms (which start from P4,500+) offer sufficient
space for work and play. There’s a leisure room with a pool table and kids’
toys from the garden across the infinity pool. The beach is also among the
calmest and widest I’ve seen in Mactan, perfectly suitable for children. It’s
just a five-minute drive of family destinations like Mactan Shrine.
though, are their futuristic sunbeds, which afford one an unparalleled view of
the island without getting baked under the sun.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort
and Spa Cebu
Mactan Resort & Spa Cebu is a 5-star holiday resort with a lush tropical
vibe. The whole resort encompasses 13 hectares of land and over 500 rooms,
making it one of Cebu’s largest resorts.
features tasteful, native-themed rooms; and the Ocean Wing, home to elegant
beach-themed rooms with private sea-fronting balconies. Set in masterfully
landscaped gardens, this wing offers guests enhanced privacy and close access
to the beach. Guests occupying Ocean Wing rooms enjoy exclusive privileges,
including a private pool and access to the Ocean Club Lounge, where a personal
club concierge and Guest Relations Officer are at their disposal. In both
wings, accommodations average at P15,000.
equipped with a health club, a 6-hole golf course, two
outdoor pools, and a man-made beach cove. For children, there are three
kid-dedicated zones including one for toddler play, an adventure zone with a multi-level
indoor playground, and the E-Zone entertainment center, where they can grab a
bite and play video arcades and soccer.
Mactan stay are the mind-boggling options for indulgent fare in its seven restaurants,
each with its own specialty. Cowrie Cove serves family cuisine. Acqua is for
Italian dishes, while Tea of Spring whips up Oriental favorites. Tides offers
al-fresco dining, though the menu is a bit limited during the afternoon. Light
snacks and cocktails can be enjoyed at Buko Bar and the Lobby Lounge.
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino
affordable stay that’s near Cebu City’s industrial and commercial centers, Waterfront
Cebu City Hotel and Casino is an excellent option. This multi-awarded 4-star installment
lies just a few minutes away from Ayala Center, SM Cebu, and Cebu IT Park (free
shuttle service is available to these places), making it a good base for
business travelers. Housing a duty-free shop, boutiques, and one of the biggest
casinos and convention halls in the country, it seamlessly combines business
fitted with minibars, cable TVs, and free WiFi. Apart from an outdoor pool, a
fitness center, a FOREX center, a salon, and 11 dining facilities (Yes, you
read that right. 11.), guests can also indulge in 24-hour room service and
room at the Ambassador Floor and be spoiled with complimentary privileges such
as butler service, suit pressing, shoe shine services, buffet
breakfast, and all-day beverages, plus express check-in and check-out.