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Is the Shangri-La Mactan Island worth it?

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Is the Shangri-La Mactan Island worth it?

Hi everyone

I've booked my flight to Cebu in end November and am lnow ooking for a nice hotel to stay.

Is the Shangri-la Mactan the BEST hotel as what they claimed to be? They are having a promotion for their Ocean Club rooms at USD 206 ++. Am just wondering if it's really worth spending more than a thousand US dollars for a 4 night stay there.

This is my first visit to Cebu.

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1. Re: Is the Shangri-La Mactan Island worth it?

Hi there!

I love the Shang Cebu! But you are right, its a bit pricey specially if you'll be staying 4 nights. Maybe its a bit too long if you are just looking for a weekend break.

Its difficult to answer your question on whether its worth it. It really depends on what you are looking for. I mean if you will be going outside the hotel a lot to explore Cebu City, then maybe its best that you get a city hotel, since the drive is about an hour. But if you are looking for a relaxing, hanging out a lot inside the hotel, enjoying long breakfasts, the beach, reading a book by the pool, spa, sunset cocktails at the bar there (forgot the name), then maybe it could be worth it.

As for it being the best, yes i think its the best hotel by the beach in Cebu, but like I said earlier, its a different story if you want to be in the city all the time...

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I agree with Piccolita. Shangrila Mactan is one of the best hotels in Metro Cebu but if you will spend more time in the city, you might as well get a city hotel for convenience.

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3. Re: Is the Shangri-La Mactan Island worth it?

Hi there! I agree with all the replies. It is a bit pricey, yes, but if its the kind of place that you are looking for then go for it. Check out their website, the pictures are pretty much close to what it actually is.

Stayed at the Shang twice in the past. Tried the other Mactan resorts also, but stayed at the Shang during my last visit. And in two days. I'm very excited for my third short vacation there this coming October 16th!!! I figured they have changed a lot of stuff in 2 years (my last stay there was in 2004). With the opening of the Chi spa, am sure there's a lot more to look forward too.

If this is your first visit to Cebu but favor the beach and resort type environment, the Shangrila offers free scheduled shuttle service to the city. You can explore the city sampling the sites and must do's in a day, and get back to the peace, quiet, and luxury of the Shangri-la Mactan.

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Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort is simply paradise.

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6. Re: Is the Shangri-La Mactan Island worth it?

Got back last week for a short three day vacation at the Shang. It is still worth it. They've just completed renovations early this year and I've noticed the improvements a lot.

This time we stayed at a superior gardenview, Unless you are really picky on your view, this room aint that bad. Our view was of the immediate outside gardens and of the Hilton. I tried to recall if there was any difference from the time we stayed at an ocean club room - well, its just that then we can view if the pool was crowded (which never happens during our stay) and just to peek at the sea. But other than the view, you can do well with rooms of lower category. We paid less than $400++ for three nights stay on triple sharing with breakfast.

We were surprised that occupancy was high last week. According to the staff, about 80% of the guests these days are Koreans, and a few Japanese. Not to worry, after breakfast which becomes too crowded at times, these tourists go on island hopping and city tours. So we basically had the pool and beach to ourselves on both days.

We went on a Southern Heritage tour during our first day, for the first time visited Carcar. We arranged for a vehicle on our second day to bring us to the city for a quick stop to the mall and the souvenir shops and to grab a bite.

The sight of a lobby full of Japanese and Korean tourists upon our arrival didnt translate to poor service as we were escorted to the room in less than 20 minutes, and surprisingly at around 10am which was 4 hours than the regular check in time. On our second day we requested for a late check out as our flight was late in the afternoon and we were given up to 2pm. I don't know if this was courtesy extended to Golden Circle members, but if it is, well go ahead and sign up on line like I did (go to www.shangri-la.com for the link to golden circle club).

My only regret was not being able to check out the Chi spa, as, honestly, the prices were a turn off. But Chi aside, I'd always go back to the Shang. Unlike some reviews Iv'e read about the resort, well we were treated very well adn the staff were very welcoming, specially the recreation staff by the beach and the restaurant staff at Buko Bar which is the lovely restaurant right at the beach area.

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7. Re: Is the Shangri-La Mactan Island worth it?

Shangrila Mactan is definitely worth it! We spent 3 days there in the summer and it exceeded our expectations. Chi Spa is highly recommended. The Spa and the villa is quite impressive. We had so much fun at the resort.

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8. Re: Is the Shangri-La Mactan Island worth it?

The Ocean Club is the formerly Horizon Club rooms that they have. I heard that they have renovated it already and renamed it as such. If you are planning to get that room, i'm sure it's worth the price because as far as I know if you stayed in their Horizon Club rooms before you get to go their lounge which has complimentary cocktails on certain time of the day.

They have likewise renovated their italian restaurant, now called Acqua and is also open for breakfast. I've check the place and it's simply breathtaking to have breakfast there.

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If you haven't decided about your booking yet, I've posted a review of the Shangri-La Mactan (with pics) that should be up in a couple of days.

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10. Re: Is the Shangri-La Mactan Island worth it?

I stayed at Hotel Cesario in the Super Deluxe (34 USD/night) and the Marriott Cebu and (79 USD/night) and enjoyed both quite a bit - Vista/Cesario even supplied free breakfast buffet coupons (package) with the stay. The rooms were standard and I found nothing wrong with them at all.

Marriott Cebu was a little nicer, but the rates have already gone up, since typhoon season is over - I just got a quote of $155 USD, which is still cheaper than the Shangri-La

The more expensive adornments of the Marriott didn't provide me a better sleep or more relaxing shower - just one that was twice the price with a good location.

Neither location was anywhere close to the beach, but I was poking around and found White Sands at Maribago Beach that looked as nice as the Shangri-La at about 221 USD/night for the semi-suite which includes an in-room jacuzzi....

-c. c.