Where to stay when in Cebu
Cebu has become a destination City for conventions and major events for quite sometime . Next to Manila it is the main Philippine city that can host and stage big name performing artists in the showbiz world or sports events like big time boxing and basketball. Cebu has an international airport and sea port that makes it possible for her to accommodate thousands of guests arrivals at any given time. It is only but natural that the Cebu Resort and Hotel industry grew side by side with this development. There is quite a number of 4 to 5 star hotels in Cebu and Mactan that offers world class amenities and services.
Cebu has been the home of the big name hotel chains in the world whose amenities and standard of services are known wordwide and does not need any introduction. Such as, Marco Polo Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Radisson Hotel, Cebu Waterfront Hotel, Mandarin Hotel, Hilton Hotel.
Some of the well known star studded resort in Mactan are as follows:
Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa
From the Cebu International Airport the hotel is just 10 minutes away by private transportation. Like most of the other Shangri-la hotels around world the Cebu Mactan Shangri-la has a stylish design, sleek modern and contemporary furniture and fixtures, and state of the art in-room communications and digital media amenities.The Philippines’ premier five-star resort, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Cebu is nestled in a lush garden forest looking environment condusive to a vacation away from home and family retreats. This Cebu luxury resort has a special devoted children’s play ground, well-equipped gym, the best spa, tennis courts and wide selection of food outlets.
Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
One of the pioneering A-list resort that established in Mactan in the early stages of the development of tourism in Cebu. Ideally situated in the tipmost part of Marigondon tucked in between Mactan Olango chanel clear blue waters and rocky themed surroundings with Spanish era 1800’s architecture. Guests can enjoy the sport facilities in man-made cliffs and pools where you can choose between sea and fresh water in oversized lagoons. A variety of restaurants are available for guests to satisfy their food cravings. The rooms are well appointed while the bathrooms are elegant with mactan stone and marble finishing.
JPark Island Resort and Waterpark
(Formerly Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa) is one of the biggest luxury Cebu beach resort in Mactan Island, Cebu Philippines.With moderate traffic it takes to 12 minutes from theMactan International Airport. The resort feature is its waterpark, consisting of wave pools, water slides, and other fun activities for all ages. A total of 557 lavish rooms with custom interiors, each room is unique and offers five-star setting. A Greek – Mediterranean architecture featuring state of the art amenities, the guests can truly experience one of a kind luxury and leisure at the same time.
Crimson Beach Resort and Spa
The Resort is a breath taking 6 hectare property that features first rate accommodations with amenities and facilities that exudes brilliant styling that can compete with what the best of the world can offer. It features a multi-level infinity pool, beach front cabanas, fitness center, water sports activities, indoor badminton courts, children’s playground, function rooms, two restaurants, a sports bar. Contemporary Filipino furnishings and fixtures makes the spacious rooms truly a pride of Filipino talent interior design and styling.
Be Resorts Mactan
BE Resorts is in Punta Engano, Mactan Island in Cebu. Be Resorts Mactan has a white powdery sand beachfront and is an ideal destination for vacationeers looking for an escape from the cement jungle of a big city. The resort provides great tropical experience, big and spacious rooms and international standards of service.
Discounted rates for your accommodation in Cebu
The high end resorts in Mactan similar to what are listed above, used to be patronized only by foreigners who had the money to spend. Not anymore today. With the rapid growth of the purchasing power of many locals, more and more Filipinos avail of the luxuries that these resorts can offer. They normally stay 4D3N and combine this with tour packages that allow them to experience the unique sites and learn about the rich history of the place.
The popular tour packages that guests avail of while they stay in the resorts are: The Mactan Island Hopping tour; Cebu Twin City Tour; Kawasan Falls Tour in Badian and Southern heritage Heritage Tour and the Bohol Day Trip From Cebu (Bohol Country Side Tour) In between guests go around looking for local restaurants that offer unqiue Visayan delicacies. Some highly suggested restaurants to try in Cebu are: Golden Cowrie Restaurant, an authentic Filipino restaurant ; Cafe Laguna an awardee restaurant for excellence serving Filipino dishes; Chickaan Restaurant, serving mostly Visayan culinary cuissine; PINO Restaurant own and operated by the prestigious Lhullier Group of companies, Grand Majestic Restaurant, Sea Food City and of course the big time Manila based restaurants that are located in the malls.
Travel agencies can package the accommodations in these hotels with transfers and tours which will bring down the rates considerably. The reason is that travel agencies like Green Earth Tours and Travel, enjoy contracted rates which can be passed on to the guests if they also avail of the tour packages that the agency offers. Take for example a guest and his group would avail of a 4D3N package in BE REsort or Hilton Hotel, including tour and transfers. The 15% commission that the travel agency enjoys(sometimes less sometimes more) can be forfeited by the agency in favour of the guests since the travel agency already makes profit from the tours.
It is not always correct to say that guests will get cheaper rates by going directly to the hotels via the internet or booking agents like agoda because of the contracted rates that travel agencies enjoy. Also because even if Agoda looks cheaper at a glance, but if you continue clicking you will discover that in the end after adding taxes and plus other charges, the rate is much higher compared to the rates of the travel agencies.