The Plantation Bay is an entirely man-made resort on Mactan. There's nowhere around it you can visit without taking a taxi, so you're pretty much locked into the resort and the whopping mark-up they charge. A coke outside - 10 pesos; a coke inside - 100 pesos. Etc.
That's pretty normal for resorts and would be fine if the resort was worth it. But this one isn't. It's pretty tired, if not to say tatty, and the big pools are all rather dirty. Some serious re-decorating and better daily upkeep is called for.
The one positive - the staff are very friendly, reflecting the naturally gregarious and cheerful Pinoy character.
But overall, there's not enough atmosphere to make this a special resort; not enough local character to make it representative of the Philippines; and so the place falls between 2 stools...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a resort in a class of its own. Set in 11 hectares of secluded grounds yet only one hour (when traffic is bad) from Cebu City, Plantation Bay offers one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world, with the clean elegance of colonial-plantation architecture. Decompress from life’s pressures in the healing tranquility of an environment that truly feels “away from it all.” If you have ever spent time at a tropical plantation, you know what we mean. If not, come and discover a refreshingly different Flavor of Life. Whether you’re traveling for a family vacation or romantic getaway, for business or pleasure, this is far and away your best choice in the Philippines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plantation Bay Resort And Hotel Lapu Lapu
- Plantation Bay Hotel
- Plantation Bay Resort And Spa Cebu Island/Mactan Island