Our long-overdue romantic getaway to Abaca finally pushed through in late 2011. We only had time for an overnight stay and were very upset to find out that our 3:00 pm flight was delayed to 6:00 pm. That left us less than 24 hours to enjoy Abaca. We imagined having cocktails while watching the sunset from a cabana and ended up eating fast food in a box while watching the sunset in the airport. Sigh.
After venting my frustations to Analyn (reservations staff) and relaying the flight schedule changes, she told me not to worry and assured me that they will take care of us when we arrive – and they definitely did!
Edwin, the head butler, whisked us from the airport to the resort in no time at all. Glenn, the resort manager, was there to welcome us as soon as we stepped out of the hotel's car. Understanding how upset we were about the delay (which was not their fault at all), Glenn surprised us with an upgrade from the Garden View Villa to the Seaview Pool Villa. Seeing that beautiful villa was a great way to "reset" our trip and enjoy the rest of our stay – private pool, iMac, wifi, daybeds, spacious bathroom, thick and fluffy towels…
The much-touted Abaca Restaurant lived up to the hype. We had three lovely meals during our short stay and everything we ate was good. The pizzas are a must-try. We loved their breakfast which included the skillet omelette we can't wait to eat again! Breakfast, by the way, was a la carte and served while we were lounging in one of their spacious cabanas beside the infinity pool.
One of the questions they ask in their comment form was - how well have they anticipated your needs. Arron, the butler who took care of us when we were by the pool, is the answer to that question. Before you can say "more iced water please," our glasses were constantly filled up or replaced. They had “chick lit” waiting for me in our cabana. Staff is always present around the pool in case you need towels, drinks, food, whatever. They also call you by your name, not just by a generic Ma'am or Sir. They’re there, but not obtrusive – which is the way it should be.
Abaca is quite pricey but it’s worth every penny. This is our new weekend hideaway, a perfect place to recharge tired minds and souls. An hour’s flight from Manila, 15 minutes from the Mactan Airport , good food, peaceful surrounding, cabanas overlooking the sea, service par excellence - I don’t think I can ask for more.
If you want a nice beach, you should choose another part of Cebu ☺
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abaca, one of the most exclusive boutique resorts is located in the beautiful central Philippines on Mactan Island. Abaca is a tropical hideaway that offers the tranquility of very private deluxe suites set in a lush tropical oceanfront retreat. In addition to the spacious suites and villas, guests enjoy full luxury spa and restaurant experiences. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abaca Boutique Hotel Lapu Lapu
- Abaca Boutique Resort Cebu Island/Mactan Island