Abaca is a pleasant surprise amidst the many hotels that line Punta Engano Road in Mactan. From Shangri-la, we transferred here not knowing that to expect, as I did not do my advance research. There is no front desk, just a lovely restaurant, where we had lunch while waiting to be checked in. This is a small property, with only 9 accommodations ( 6 suites and 3 villas), so it is really private and quite. We stayed in the remaining available Oceanfront Spa Villa. I can throw in all the superlatives about the villa ~ large, modern, high ceiling, beautiful design, lovely interior ~ but what impressed me the most was the excellent service, the best we've come across so far. The staff are very attentive and does well in anticipating everything, and I mean everything, you might need!
Food was great. The complimentary cheese and bubbly before dinner was a nice touch. Breakfast (included in the room rate) was superb. Lunch and dinner were wonderful.
Staying at Abaca is like having your own private resort. There is no proper beach, but there is an infinity pool, where you can enjoy your free drinks. Complimentary coffee and tea, available through out the day. You can have your massage in the cabana by the pool, or try the more private and tranquil spa. More add ons: really refreshing welcome drink, nuts and cookies in your room, free local drinks in the fridge, unlimited bottled water, in room iMac, complimentary airport transfer. You can make any request, as long as reasonable and possible, and they will gladly do it for you.
Abaca is on the pricey side, but I would say is all worth it. You can check out their rates on their website online. We got lucky with the lower rate we got, all the more that we enjoyed our stay there.
If you want a cozy private retreat, great food and excellent service, then this is definitely worth a try.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Abaca Boutique Hotel Lapu Lapu
- Abaca Boutique Resort Cebu Island/Mactan Island