With the many travel possibilities available today, there’s always something for everyone.
So when making travel plans, don't settle for what everyone else is into just because it's easy. Make your trip to the Queen City of the South truly yours, and find the hotel that's absolutely right for the unique kind of traveler you are.
FOR THE SOUL SEARCHER
Hale Manna, literally the ‘house of good energy’, is the perfect sanctuary for weary travelers in search of some serenity. A two-hectare retreat right beside the shores of Moalboal, this quiet beach resort will surround you with fresh air, sea, sun, sand, and gorgeous gardens—the ultimate getaway for when you need to recharge and find your inner peace.
Hale Manna also prides itself on promoting sustainable coastal living, treading the fine line between providing the comforts of resort living with deliberate efforts to be environmentally-friendly, which includes rooms designed for optimum cross ventilation, solar power, and ecologically-correct drainage systems.
Hale Manna Coastal Gardens
Barangay Bas Daku
(032) 316 2603
(0922) 842 4939
(0917) 546 6929
FOR THE THRILL-SEEKER
Just because it’s a vacation doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do but sit and lounge around all day. For those looking for adventure, Bluewater Sumilon has a lot to offer. Being the sole development in Sumilon Island, this resort has the entire island as an amenity waiting to be discovered.
Of course, there’s the island’s famous sandbar that shifts according to the tide, but there are also nature trails of varying levels for those who want to go on a hike or a bike ride. Go on a kayak around the impressive lagoon right next to the resort’s restaurant, or take a plunge into the pristine blue waters nearby. For the ultimate outdoor experience, opt for glamping in one of their cozy decked-out tents. Still not enough? Oslob’s famous whale shark-watching site is nearby.
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Sumilon Island, Oslob
(02) 817 5751
(0917) 790 6260
FOR THE WEEKENDER
Sometimes, all you need is a weekend. Make the most out of a quick getaway with a stay at Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan. Spanning six sprawling hectares, this luxury beach resort is big enough for those who seek some peace and quiet, while still making room for some exciting water sports activities and culinary adventures.
Hole up in one of their luxurious private pool villas, or head to the award-winning Aum Spa for some much-needed R&R. Soak up the sun beside the gorgeous infinity pool or right by the beach, and celebrate happy hour while watching the sun set at Azure Beach Club. At night, dinner is a must at Enye, a contemporary Spanish dining concept by Chele Gonzalez, the famed chef behind Manila’s Gallery Vask. After all that, trust us: You’d be hard pressed to go back to real life come Monday!
Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan
Seascapes Resort Town
Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island
(032) 401 9999
(032) 239 3900
FOR THE ROMANTICS-AT-HEART
A romantic getaway with your significant other is always a good idea, and where better to go than somewhere you’ll feel you have the world to yourselves?
Such is the experience offered at Les Maisons d’Itac, tucked away beside a fishing community South of Cebu. Hidden from the rest of the world so much that not even a lot of locals know about it, this resort only has five accommodations—two suites, two studios, and one bamboo house—so there’s only a handful of people at a given time, leaving you to focus on each other. Time to take that romantic sunset walk on the beach you’ve always dreamed of!
Les Maisons d’Itac
Santa Cruz, Ronda
(032) 472 8001
(0917) 624 5774
FOR THE CITY SLICKER
A vacation doesn’t always have to mean going far away from urban life, as Montebello Villa Hotel proves. Touted as Cebu’s only garden hotel, Montebello is located along a quiet street, right in the middle of one of the city’s busiest districts. Here, you have the luxury of a countryside oasis while being conveniently near urban comforts.
Sprawled across a four-hectare landscape, Montebello reflects the Queen City’s historical heritage with its Spanish-inspired architecture. This, along with low-rise buildings and lush gardens, make it an otherworldly, picturesque home for your stay in Cebu. An afternoon of relaxing by their main pool, in one of their cabanas, will make you feel like you’re truly away from it all.
Montebello Villa Hotel
Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Banilad
(032) 231 3681
FOR THE SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY
If you’re keen on filling up the #travel hashtag with snaps from your vacay, why not start off with your hotel? Arguably the chicest accommodations this side of the capital, The Henry Hotel is picture-perfect in every corner—a guarantee that all your #OOTDs will be on point.
Priding itself on the unusual, each of The Henry Hotel’s rooms is brimming with bright colors and whimsical art, with a different mood for every room. The décor extends all the way to the lobby where the Red Man awaits a photo, and even to the hotel’s restaurant Rica’s, where the pièce de résistance is a dining table with Alice in Wonderland-inspired chairs. No two stays in this hotel will be exactly the same—unless you choose it to be.
The Henry Hotel Cebu
No. 1 Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road
(032) 520 8877
FOR THE BUSINESS TRAVELER
As one of the busiest cities in the Philippines, Cebu hosts a significant number of travelers who come for business. But just because it’s a work trip doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the best of what the Queen City has to offer.
Take it from Radisson Blu Cebu, one of the top business hotels in the metropolitan. Boasting several function rooms, including the grand Santa Maria ballroom, there’s a venue for all your corporate events. Its proximity to major business and lifestyle establishments and the Port is an added plus, while its spacious and fully decked-out rooms—with some of the best pillows in a hotel ever—ensure a work trip will feel like anything but.
Radisson Blu Cebu
Sergio Osmeña Boulevard cor. Juan Luna Avenue
North Reclamation Area
(032) 402 9900
(032) 505 1700
FOR THE FAMILY-ORIENTED
As Filipinos, a lot of our trips often involve bringing the entire family along. If you’re looking for a place where everyone can have fun, look no further than the expansive Plantation Bay Resort & Spa.
Famous for its saltwater lagoons and freshwater pools at the center of this 11-hectare property, there’s a lot of room to swim and kayak around without feeling overwhelmed by a lot of people. Other fun activities include biking around the resort, and going on island hopping trips to nearby Hilutungan and Pandanon Islands.
Plantation Bay Resort & Spa
Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City
(032) 236 9040
FOR THE PRIVATE PERSONALITY
When you want to escape from the world even for just a few days, the Abaca Boutique Resort in Mactan Island is your best bet.
One of the most exclusive resorts in the country, Abaca is a tropical hideaway comprising six deluxe suites and three private villas, all designed to give you the luxury of utmost privacy while giving you arresting oceanfront views. It is also home to one of the best restaurants in the city, the Abaca Restaurant, which serves wood-fired, oven-roasted meats and seafood, homemade pizzas and pastas, and more.
Abaca Boutique Resort
Punta Engaño Road
Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island
(032) 495 3461
(032) 236 0311
FOR THE EXPLORER
Befitting its namesake, the Italian explorer, those who are looking to discover new things in Cebu would find themselves right at home at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.
One of the most iconic landmarks in the Queen City, the Marco Polo Plaza has been a top choice of accommodations for travelers from all over the world. Its proximity to the city—albeit in a quieter area up in Nivel Hills—makes it ideal for first-time visitors. The BLU Bar & Grill, the hotel’s award-winning rooftop bar a thousand feet above sea level, also gives panoramic views of the city that will leave quite the impression.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Cebu Veterans Road, Nivel Hills, Apas
(032) 253 1111
FOR THE WELLNESS WARRIOR
As one of the most famous five-star resorts in the Philippines, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa is always a good choice. Romantic yet family-friendly, world-class with local flair, with Mactan Island’s renowned beachfront and amazing dining concepts taking center stage, Shangri-La has everything a traveler can possibly want in a manicured 13-hectare package.
That said, one of the highlights of this resort is easily the award-winning CHI, The Spa. When a wellness retreat is your ideal vacation, this is the place to be. CHI offers healing experiences for the body and soul, grounded on healing treatments prevalent in Asian cultures, including the Philippines. This is pampering at its finest.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa
Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City
(032) 231 0288
(032) 231 1688
FOR THE LUXE TRAVELER
Whatever your idea of the ultimate luxurious escapade is, you likely have Kandaya Resort in mind.
Situated in a quiet town in Northern Cebu, this relatively new resort takes pride in the most gorgeous infinity pool surrounded by 40 accommodations, including the exclusive pool villas. Get there via a private car, or splurge on a scenic helicopter ride if you must. Don’t miss out on the chance to check out the Kuwadra Stables, which houses well-trained horses in a variety of breeds. Take riding courses from a British Horse Society Instructor for the best experience.
(032) 260 6006
(032) 260 2513
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This article was last edited on July 15, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.
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