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“Nice resort, but bad beach”

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Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 32 Hotels in Lapu Lapu
Reviewed 21 September 2007

I spent 5 days this september. Everything was good (the rooms, the swimming pools, the buffets, the service...). The worst thing about Maribago is its beach because it is very small and dirty. Once you have seen it you take all your baths in the swimming pools. If you want to swim in the sea you must hire a boat which takes you to some islands that are very near and they are nice to swim.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 September 2007

This resort is a nightmare. Very deceiving when you look into the internet. Dirty- I do not recommend it. We stayed in their royal bungalow. It was so bad. Their airconditioning unit was not working properly and they have to do the work while we were there. It was a waste of our time. Also we lost a bag of "treats" for our relatives. We reported it to the front desk but they don't care.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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4  Thank AMPMLosAngeles_CA
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Reviewed 28 June 2007

Being a Cebuana and leaving abroad, I am very impressed to find a place like Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort very well maintained. Rooms were clean, food was good. Staffs in general were friendly. My husband and i love the surrounding because it's few of the places where you can still find resorts still with the native touch. It's not the usual high rise concrete buildings. We had a very relaxing stay and would definitely stay there again. I can highly recommend the place for a short break in Cebu. Also, i left my Tommy Hillfiger slippers at the room and the housekeeping staff kept it till i was able to collect it again the next day.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled with family
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4  Thank marisaromer
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Reviewed 13 June 2007

I just returned from a 2 night stay at the resort, I was there with my family. We were very disappointed at how small the beach is and how green and dirty the water is. Local boatmen constantly call out to people at the beach offering them trips to other islands. They did not stop approaching my son every time he went to the beach to swim. The resort should not allow this! This is very annoying! One just wants to relax and not be HARASSED! So we opted to spend more time at the swimming pool.
The resort offers a buffet lunch everyday which is very expensive, the price of 5 star hotel buffets in the city. The a la cart menu is VERY limited and the portions very small.
There are so many mosquitoes in the resort, I have lived in many asian cities and have never seen so many mosquitoes in one place.
Service at the front desk is not very good, the ladies there are not very fluent in English.

I would definitely never go back to this resort and do not recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled with family
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4  Thank gracieZaandam
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Reviewed 20 May 2007

This property is wonderful. They have 3 swimming pools, a beach, a dive shop, a 24 hour gourmet restaurant, and pizza/pasta restaurant, a seafood restaurant, and several bars. The property is peppered with various native trees and plants and just looks wonderful. The garden pool has a circular water slide for the children and there is a swingset and treehouse for them to play in as well. Free bottled water is provided along with a buffet breakfast in the price of the resort. We enjoyed snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing (they contract out the parasailing with Shangri-La). They have several places on the property to get massages, facials, pedicures, manicures and other services. They have a sauna, gift shop and separate small island for special occassions such as weddings and the like. You can bring guests in to go swimming for the entire day for 500 pesos (about 10 dollars). Most evenings we opted for the gourmet buffet dinner which had a huge variety of courses and desserts for about $20 USD. Everyone was extremely polite and courteous. Once inside the property everything you consume or partake in can be charged to the room with the exception of parasailing. This completely eliminates the need to worry about loosing or carrying cash while enjoying your day.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled with family
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2  Thank abester
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Reviewed 4 May 2007

My wife took me here for my birthday what a beautiful place. The lobby is very tropical ethnic filipina, round outdoor open air building. the service at check in was very smooth and everyone treated us respectfuly with a smile and generous greeting. The check in went very smooth.
We went to a new walk way they where still in construction building more rooms so we where able to stay in a new room. We stayed in a deluxe double queen room ($160), the room seemd to be much larger then your average room. Everything in the room was very clean and new. Worth double what we payed for the room. The bathroom was a very large zen feel. The bath tub was surrounded by a stone walk way surrounded by small stones, and the faucet in tub was in a style of a water fall along with the shower. The bed linens where very clean and very smooth. The bed was a very nice pillow top mattress that we melted in.
The resort was very beautiful tropical feel with many different ponds with fish including one large pond with 3 smaller white reef tip sharks. There where many very nice swimming pools i think 3 there may have been more i did not see all of the resort.
after the last pool it starts a long sand beach lined with private beach cottages. the beach has a volley ball area ,beach side giant chess board and many water activites. there is a dive center that can arrange dives and a activities center that can arrange island hopping, jetskis, parasailing, sea kayaks , and many other water activities. the beeach is very beautiful and very comfortable and relaxing. the only problem with the beach was the water. I think the water just flows into the bay and settles with pollution the seaweed is very slimy and the sand also is very slimy the only bad part of this resort.
I was not sure if there was two seperate restuarants but they where next to each other one indoors one out. The breakfast buffet was very good and had a wide variety of choices filipina food (fish, pork, and tropical juices), american ( waffles, pancake, omelette, and eggs cooked to order), and european (bread, danish and other pastries) choices and was inclusive.

  • Stayed: September 2006
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Reviewed 24 April 2007

Safe (surrounded by a wall and gate, only guests and others authorized can enter), beautiful (everywhere you look everything is perfect), peaceful (quiet, sound of waterfalls), tasty (delicious food at all meals and snack bars), clean (no bugs or dust bunnies), luxurious (try the spa services), white beaches/clear water, amenities galor (we snorkelled, rode a ski-doo, played pool and pingpong, swam, etc.), close to shopping malls and airport, friendly (a smile and "hello, ma'am" from everyone), catering (mango shake brought to the pingpong table), comfortable (best bed I've every slept on in the world), cool (air-con in the room and some restaurants), uncrowded, secure (used the safety-deposit box), easy (charged everything to my room), relaxing (no hurries, no deadlines, great attitudes), helpful (calling taxis, packing breakfast for an early flight), "unboring" - so much to do, helpful (mailed my postcards for me), inexpensive. I can hardly say enough good things. I'm going back every year !

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with friends
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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: £74 - £175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Maribago Bluewater Beach Hotel Lapu Lapu
Hotel Maribago Bluewater Beach
Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort Cebu Island/Mactan Island

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