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“Nice place, not so nice food (they're great at apologizing)”

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Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 30 Hotels in Lapu Lapu
Manila, Philippines
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“Nice place, not so nice food (they're great at apologizing)”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

The place itself is very beautiful. Warm and friendly staff, lovely property.

First problem we encountered was that it took more than two hours for us to check into our room.
Once we got the room though it was very nice. Comfy beds, large space, great lighting. We liked that each room got their own outdoor table and chairs, the drying racks were a nice touch. Water temperature of the shower was erratic and the actual holder of the shower was loose, which meant you had to hold the shower head the entire time.

Second problem was the food. A lot of nice things - primarily their baked goods, pastries, bread (some of the best I've had). We had ordered sandwiches twice on different occasions, and both times the fries were stone cold (even when we specifically requested upon ordering that they make sure they're hot)
The seafood buffet at Allegro was not so great; the raw fish selections for grilling had an off putting smell, and the chopsuey they served had actually gone bad. The manager apologized and we ended up getting comped.

A lot of ups and downs with the food; if you must eat at the resort then stick with the pizzas - they're really good! Also they don't ban outside food or drink, so that's a huge plus for them. There's a store right outside of the resort property and an SM SaveMore that's a 5 minute walk from the place.

Staff were really friendly, helpful and accommodating. Grace from their main restaurant was fantastic. Everyone who passed by greeted us with a smile.

I'd probably stay here again just because the place is so nice, and I'd stock up on the breakfast buffet (which is actually really good) and have a pizza for dinner.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

check in with 1 adult and 2 kids, the pools are great, kids enjoyed it very much, our room an amuma suite, was okay, the bathroom was nice, but the bed's hard, same camplaint as other review, why there is only 1 toothbrush in the room and the stone steps in the shower room:(
buffet breakfast was very gooodddd.....for me:) overall stay, was very nice will be back if i can catch promo for their rooms:)

Room Tip: choose amuma's side rooms, very quiet and exclusive...:)
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

I will give a very good rating for this resort. We arrived there at already 10pm cause of the delayed cebupac flight from manila. What a blessing, since the hotel was fully booked, they upgraded our room from a spa suite to premier deluxe. The staff were accomodating, clean pools, nice beach, good buffet breakfast and free wifi. There were only few things that needs improvement like only 1toothbrush since the reservation was good for two persons, few lights during night time so it was dark outside and the food in thier restos were expensive. Try to dine at Maribago grill which is a few steps away from the resort. Over all, we enjoyed our stay and will recommend this resort.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Davao City, Philippines
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Upon arrival at the airport, I already saw my name printed on a piece of paper and it feels great after a stressing flight that our airport pick up was early. My family of four were the only passengers and the driver was very friendly. The ride was a bit long going to the resort but frustrated to see lots of people at their reception. I lined up for check-in and when it's my turn, the receptionist told me that we have to wait to an hour for our room to be available. It's was 3pm and standard check in was 2pm and they are asking for another hour? I told the receptionist that my kids are tired and no more chair at the reception. Maybe she understood our situation and she let us stay at the pool bar and served us complimentary coffee and bread. Very sweet. The rooms are awesome. Spacious and clean with big beds. Even though we're near the pool, it's very quite at night and we have a good sleep. Tried their buffet breakfast and lunch and it was ok but not excellent. Better try buffets because their ala carte was a bit pricey. Overall, it was a great vacation experience for me and my kids.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

From the airport getting there is one bumpy ride. And as always checking in on time can spell the difference between having a good time or not. Waiting area was packed and no staff bothered turning on the ceiling fans until someone complained. We were finally given the rooms almost one hour and just like that. No explanation about how a/c works and the room amenities, etc. But inside the room is a feedback from which asks if the staff has shown you the room and its amenities. Redundant and a dismal exercise. Are they even aware of this?

But you can forgive them and forget their lapses for the features of the resort. The rooms are actually spacious and comes with a tub and a walk-in closet/wash area. The downside is there are no curtains in the door (sliding wooden door with glass-like mini windows) so the light shines through in the morning which is a nightmare if you want complete darkness. Also, avoid rooms near the pool as it can be noisy with the children splashing there. Speaking of pools, they are very good and kept in excellent condition. There are at least 3 of them spread all throughout the area and with lifeguards on standby. The beach area is small by resort standards so it can get pretty crowded in the daytime. There are helpful announcements on time of high tide so you can adjust your sched. The island in front of the beach area can be reached by walking/wading through the water during low tide.

Allegro, their restaurant is good. Variety is there especially for their Asian clients (Japs and Koreans). The staff are helpful and are smiling at all times. On some days there are dinner shows.

So, yeah, but.....

Room Tip: Avoid rooms near the pool because that area is noisy
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Maribago is a mid-range resort in Mactan Island. I picked it for our second night in Cebu. Just to try their amenities - free breakfast, the beach, and just because were just too pricey for a group of 7.

First impression was great! We even got welcome drinks. The suites are modern filipiniana, which was so impressingly clean and well kept! Even the breakfast was ok. The pool was right outside our suite.

Everything was cool except the beach. We got to spend 2 hours in the afternoon after check in.

Beach is available only from 1:00pm-5:30pm. If it's important for you to go for a swim, be aware that the water is low until 1pm. Since we only stayed for 1 day, our beach time was short which was the afternoon we checked in. The morning after, sea urchins were abound the waterless beach. They did mention this upon arrival but I didn't think it was the whole front part of the beach.

If it weren't for that everything is above average!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

We had our dinner at their mini-island and since it's low tide, we walked and the staff helped us cross and upon arriving, there's water to wash our feet & clean towels. It was a nice set up. The reggae band that perfomed for us, they were Great!

Good food however for desserts, I would suggest to have more options because it's the same I had for lunch (watermelon, pineapple, torta bread, ube maja, etc.) Since it's almost summer, I was expecting to see some mangoes or bananas.

I did enjoy their cultural show and the local food they served for dinner brought back memories from my younger years. (Buko ice drop, polvoron, fishballs, kikiam, etc.)

Stayed at room 217 & it's near the pool. I slept well (thank u neighbors). Oh! Before I forget uhmm... no bidet in our restroom ;)

  • Stayed March 2014
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Property: Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort
Address: Buyong, Maribago, | Mactan Island, Lapu Lapu 6015, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Mactan Island > Lapu Lapu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Lapu Lapu
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Lapu Lapu
#7 Romantic Hotel in Lapu Lapu
#9 Spa Hotel in Lapu Lapu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 166
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imagine the sweetness of doing nothing and the satisfaction of doing everything. It is an art you can discover and perfect at Bluewater Maribago, a lush 7-hectare tropical paradise of pure intimate pleasure. Here we put thought into every details of your stay, from the moment we greet you "Mabuhay" to the time we bid you "Farewell".Here, your options are countless: 158 well-appointed rooms, 110-meter beachfront of pristine sand, a private island, 3 lagoon-shaped swimming pools with waterfalls, children's playground, recreation and water sports center, full-service restaurants and bars and the pampering treatment of Amuma Spa. ... more   less 
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Maribago Bluewater Beach Hotel Lapu Lapu
Hotel Maribago Bluewater Beach
Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
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