Hotel: Beautiful resort, incredibly beautiful. Oddly located, as you drive by shanty towns, and very poor villages, and then pull into the perfectly landscaped, no trash in site, resort exuding wealth and luxury. It is a stark contrast from what you see before pulling in. The resort grounds are breathtaking of tropical relaxation, and bright colors. The lobby is spacious and open to the outside. Service was excellent. There are basically 2 wings. The new Ocean wing which is newly updated, with indoor hallways that are air conditioned. We did not stay here, so that is as much as I can tell you. We stayed in the main wing, in which the hallways all surround the inner courtyard. Our room overlooked the ocean and the pool. Our room was spacious, clean, and a classy, modern, tiki beach theme. The bathroom was very spacious, with plush towels, and lavender smelling bath products. Large king size bed, pull out couch, desk, and small bar. The balcony had a table and chairs which were nice for watching the sun set. The beach is man made, and the sand is larger in grain, but very clean. There was a small man made peninsula with rocking chairs, and shaded by a large tree, which was great for watching the ocean, very peaceful. On the beach, there are complementary towels, activity hut with lots of things to do/rent: kayak, jet skis, snorkel, etc. There is also a bar with lunch, snack, and drink items to order. I got sick after drinking a milk shake, so beware if you have a sensitive stomach... Staff are everywhere and super friendly, but not intrusive. The other tourists at the hotel were mostly from Asia, or Australia.
Spa & Health club: We went to the Chi spa for a 1.5 hr. couple's massage. It cost roughly $200. The spa is beautiful and tranquil, very professional, and lovely environment, very Asian inspired. If you go early you are free to use the sauna, steam room, or vitality pool (tepid jacuzzi). We later learned that the health club inside the hotel has a heated jacuzzi, sauna, and massage rooms for much less, but you don't get the same environment. However, you may request a massage or other treatment, beach side in one of the beach side cabanas for a little more. There is a salon for beauty treatments in the health club as well.
Restaurants:There are about 4. A tea restaurant serving Chinese food (never ate there), Acqua serving Italian food (never ate there), a beach side seafood restaurant (never ate there), and a buffet restaurant (ate dinner and breakfast there). The international buffet was about 30$ per person, and had Indian food, korean food, Japanese food, fresh grilled meats, and a large dessert bar. The food was slightly over average, but nothing amazing in quality. The breakfast buffet had a lot of Asian food as well and also American style breakfasts, it cost about 20$ per person. It is indoor or outdoor, and drinks are not included. There is a nice view of the resort and pool.
Travel: It is about a 16 hour plane ride from California. Arrange for the hotel to pick you up at the airport. Remember it is a poor country, and with poverty comes crime. Some taxis will take you the "long way" to charge you more, or worse there have even been cases or taxis taking tourists elsewhere to rob them. Tip: if you do not have native friends or families with you, go with the hotel options of tours or shuttle bus.
There are 2 pools, a larger pool, with a kid section, a basketball hoop, a small waterfall. There is a second infinity pool, overlooking the ocean. There are new modern umbrellas and lounge chairs everywhere with staff waiting to serve you a towel or take your order. Often they would walk around with complementary fruit skewers. Great service. There is live music in the bar at night, and a cultural show several nights during a buffet dinner at an outside restaurant there. There is a convenient store where you can buy anything you may have forgotten, but it is expensive. We bought a small bottle of children's sunscreen for 18$!
Overall, this was one of the nicest resorts I have stayed at in terms of beauty, luxury, and service. However it was pricey. It reminded me of the resorts we visited in Maui, Hawaii, both in luxury and price. Most of the Cebu is very inexpensive, both in restaurants, tours and services, however this hotel was on the more expensive side.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked in lush tropical landscape and with a crystalline coastline, Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu is the premier, award-winning deluxe resort property in the Philippines. It has won acclaim from both domestic and international travelers for its spacious and well-appointed 530 guestrooms and suites, the variety of its dining, entertainment, sports and recreational activities offered in its paradise-like setting and as home to CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, one of the largest spa villages in Asia.Nestled amidst 13 hectares of lush greenery, landscaped gardens and with a 350-meter white-sand beach, Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu is the quintessential modern-day paradise. It is an exciting refuge for nature lovers and a favorite among holidaymakers, as it combines rustic surroundings, modern conveniences and genuine Asian hospitality that are distinctly Shangri-La. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri-La`s Mactan Resort And Spa
- Shangri-La`s Mactan Hotel Lapu Lapu
- Shangri Las Mactan Hotel
- Shangri La Cebu
- Shangri La Mactan
- Shangri Las Mactan Lapu
- Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa Cebu Island/Mactan Island