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Coral Reef Hotel:
This was for many years the best and only hotel (by choice) to stay at on Mactan Island. The Coral Reef hotel is one of the very few resorts to offer guests their own private (due to its seclusion) beach. It was so busy and exclusive at one stage, many other hotels considered it more of a private club than a hotel. The hotel consists of one storey high buildings, and spread out in a horseshoe shape around the landscaped gardens facing the pool and beach. The staff is excellent and extremely hospitable. They would in any of the best 5 or 6 star hotels around the world. We highly recommend rooms 231 - 240 because they offer the best view of the beach and pool. There are also three rooms, which are outstanding in their location as they face towards the sea. These three suites are 221/222 (2 bedroom) 223 (1 bedroom), and 224/225 (2 Bedroom), the last being the best. There is also one other room, which is without a doubt the highest quality, room in Cebu, room 335. This room is amazing, well furnished, with a small living area in the bedroom, two queen beds, with mosquito nets, and the most incredible bathroom. The bathroom is separated from the bedroom by sliding doors that open into a large and very well furnished bathroom. It has separate shower, two wash hand basins, and a splendid large sunken bathtub with Jacuzzi that occupies the center of room. It is encircled by comfortable window seats. Wow! Unfortunately, the hotel seems to somehow have lost its way, possibly by trying to expand too quickly without concentrating on its existing product. This has sadly caused certain inconsistencies within the hotel. Staff has been cut, and the only restaurant at the hotel serves an extremely limited choice of food and beverages.
Maribago Blue Water:
This hotel to put it very simply, is great. The hotel product, the service, the beach, the resort itself is definitely one of, if not THE best resort in Cebu. Why? The hotel itself is well looked after and maintained, and the quality of the service is excellent, however the one factor which really stands out is the fact that it is so Filipino. The courteous smiles of the staff, the Philippine style uniforms and their attitude that everything is possible. They aim to ensure that your holiday is the best you will ever experience, which makes this a truly unique resort. The resort has two separate living areas, the garden view area that is slightly back from the beach and overlooks lush green gardens, and the beach section. Here the rooms, needless to say, are closer to the beach. An enormous and complete room renovation has just been completed in the garden view rooms, and they look great. They are divided in villas with four separate rooms per villa (two upper levels and two ground floor level), the villas enjoy not only the exotic foliage but also their own large swimming pool. This is the second of two pools that the resort offers guests. The two story villas are thatched and are covered in ivy, which creates a very exclusive, and almost club/homely feel. Each room within this newly renovated section comes complete with a queen and double size bed. The remainder of the hotel comprises of the beach area, A few rooms are literally on the beach (with nothing in front of you except sand and sea). They are the Deluxe rooms, numbers 36 A + B, 32, 33, 34, and 35, and 3 Royal Bungalows, numbers 1, 5, and 6. It is important here to mention that the beach side of the resort rooms only has twin beds (two single beds). The Royal bungalows all have queen size beds (except room 10). This hotel actually does use its guest questionnaires, not only to learn what improvements guests would like to see, but also implements the majority of these suggestions. This ensures that your needs and requirements are adhered to. Therefore, the hotel will, in the second or third quarter of 2001 is adding queen size beds in the rooms that do not at present have them. The Royal Bungalows are very large with a separate living area, and guest bathroom, very long veranda, and a nice size bathroom, these rooms are the equivalent of a suite. As the hotel offers a large beach area that faces out to what can be a typhoon infested sea, the hotel built a water break that has evolved and has now become a separate island around 200 meters off shore. This makes an ideal place to sun worship in absolute peace and quiet. You will not get bored at this resort, as they offer a whole range of amenities to keep you occupied if sun bathing alone becomes too much. Just a few of the choices are all including, mountain bikes, internet station, game room with pool and darts, Jacuzzi and sauna, a shooting range (with a wide variety of guns) which is the most advanced in Cebu, and tennis courts. For dining options, the hotel has one amazing buffet breakfast that would do a 500 room 5 star international hotel proud, they also offer an International style restaurant close to the pool that serves a la carte as well as buffet dinners, and a famous Seafood restaurant that serves live seafood from the end of a purpose built jetty. Great Choice.
What an outstanding and very unusual hotel. This resort is built in the style of an old colonial plantation village. It has all its rooms spread around an enormous lagoon and swimming pool, which is itself the largest pool in the Philippines. All the rooms are located in separate two story buildings each building has 16 rooms. No matter which room you are in, you are pretty much guaranteed splendid views of the lagoon and pools. This is the only hotel in Cebu we could find that uses comforters (or duvets) in their rooms for you to sleep under, instead of just sheets and/or blankets. The rooms are very well furnished and have a very relaxing and homely feel to them. Each room has tea and coffee making facilities, with some of the rooms having mugs made from the ash of Mount Pinatubo. The rooms also have remote controlled air conditioning, and separate shower, with separate bathtubs that are deep and even have an unusual seat in them to help you relax. The lower rooms offer directs pool/lagoon access and the upper rooms have small balconies. The hotel only uses feather pillows, but does have anti-allergenic available upon request. Service is a major part of the resort, with all 16 rooms having their own butler, who is there to tend to your every need. A lot of thought has gone into the small things, such as the sand used by the lagoon being specially made so that it retains its coolness during the heat of the day. If you need a resort that has it all, then this is a great choice, with a game room comprising of a small yet adequate gym, internet access, play station with a large choice of games, table ice hockey, two pool tables, pinball machine, darts, and even fishing in a special pond by the lagoon. If you catch your own fish you can eat it at the restaurant (you still pay for it though)! This is without even mentioning the numerous water sports that are also available to keep you busy. The hotel does have a small secret called "Windward Villas.” These eight villas are privately surrounded by a large wall that ensures the ultimate in privacy. The villas each have a small private pool and Jacuzzi, small garden, and outdoor dining area. These villas are extremely private and are highly recommended for honeymooners looking for additional privacy. Plantation Bay also offers a nice range of restaurants from its beach side seafood restaurant, its fine dining Italian restaurant, to its International Kilimanjaro restaurant, which is set in the midst of one of the lagoons. Very thoughtfully, the hotel has even gone so far as to place large mosquito nets around the dining areas to ensure that you are the only one dining, and that no annoying insect is enjoying a quick bite. Very nice hotel.
Part of the Internationally renowned Shangri-La hotel chain, this is a large 547 room hotel. The hotel has a wide variety of restaurants, including an Italian, Seafood, Chinese, and Asian restaurant. It has to be said that this is a lovely hotel with landscaped gardens, secluded beach, and a great swimming pool. The hotel follows along similar lines to any other International hotel, and even has an executive floor (or Horizon Floor as known by Shangri-La guests), where complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails are offered. The hotel offers tea and coffee making facilities in every room, and the rooms themselves are well appointed. With this hotel having more rooms than any other hotel they can even afford to have non smoking rooms. If you need large and an international name then this has got to be it.