My boyfriend and I decided to stay at the Crimson Resort and Spa for our two week stay in the Philippines. We chose this hotel for it's overall excellent reviews from previous vacationers/customers. We were attracted to its beautiful infinity pool, the fact that's it's a new property, included a daily breakfast buffet with stay, free shuttle to the city multiple times/day and it's overall excellent reviews of Crimson staff. Hands down, they were all very hospitable and pleasant. The hotel also offersdaily evening cocktails at their Tempo Tea Room from 17:00-19:00H where you can get free juices, tea, coffee as well as a variety of small (but very yummy) portions of sandwiches and pastries.
Check in went very smoothly. We had welcome drinks given to us. We also received a very kind letter from the General Manager, Mr. James Montenegro, welcoming us as their guests. We were informed that we were the longest staying guests at that time and were given a few perks: 20% off food and beverages, 20% off sports activities, 40% off Spa service, complementary daily laundry services and free airport shuttle. This was a very nice gesture Mr. Montenegro. Thank you.
BREAKFAST BUFFET: Breakfast buffet was excellent! They had unlimited fruits: sweet yellow mangoes, papayas, pineapples, fruit juices, sausage, bacon, eggs, vegetarian and meat diets, tons of yummy pastries, yogurt, cereal. When we requested for something (napkin, water), staff brought it right away. When our plates were done, our tables were cleared quickly. The restaurant service staff were superb. Breakfast never got crowded for us since we were early birds. There was one occassion where it was busy since it was the weekend. Restaurant staff opened up another room upstairs to service additional people for breakfast.
INFINITY POOL/BEACH: The infinity pool was just awe-striking. It makes you feel like you're part of the whole Pacific Ocean as you look out into the horizon. The resort also provides warm towels to dry yourself off. The deepest the pool went was 5 feet, which was just perfect for me and my height. If you want more depth, go to their beach. Although a little rocky when you go in the water, you can find several spots to swim in that is not rocky (left side of the beach when you're facing the water) is smoother. Perfect time to swim to minimize the number of rocks would be in the morning 8am-11am. The rocks in the water also holds some very good value for the vacationer, as they are homes to so many beautiful and colorful fishes. You can actually feed the fish from the walking board near all the rocks. Dozens of fish will be swerming to your feet as you wade them in the water and drop bread for the fish to eat.
On one occassion, a large structure washed into the shore. I was impressed by the quick action by the beach boys staff to immediately dive into the water to retrieve the structure and to spend a good amount of time scanning the waters afterwards for any leftover objects.
The beach is kept pristine.. Although the sand looks artificial, the beach was very clean.
INTERNET/WIFI: internet connection was slow in our room, but they have a business room where you can use their computers and the connection is pretty fast there. This is the same room you can get free evening cocktails!
HOUSEKEEPING: Was excellent! The staff did a very fine job cleaning our rooms and doing beddings daily. They place flowers on your bed and make swans from the towels :) They do a good job making sure nothing is left out of stock (new towels, kleenex..). This is one sure thing I will miss. I loved coming back to an airconditioned room with my bed already made so I can drop on it to lay down after a long, but fun :) day.
We had such a great time at the Crimson Resort and we will stay here again in the future. At check out, we were given coasters, made of mother of pearl, from the staff/management at the hotel. I gotta give it to them. They did everything so perfectly. THANK YOU! for a wonderful stay and your beautiful resort with your warm staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Synonymous with luxury and personalized service, Crimson Resort and Spa is the new destination and resort to experience. Nestled in one of the country's most prestigious tourist destinations, this exclusive piece of paradise is just 15 minutes away from the Mactan International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crimson Resort And Spa, Mactan Hotel Lapu Lapu
- Crimson Resort And Spa, Mactan Cebu Island/Mactan Island