Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A happy beach holiday at the Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, a luxury resort in Cebu

There's nothing better than a beach holiday in a luxury resort, with great weather, a wonderful spa and good food. We found all these at the Shangri-la's Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu, the southern capital of the Philippines.



Perfect beach holiday at the
 Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa,
the best luxury hotel in Cebu


From the air, Cebu seemed engulfed in grey clouds, making us worry that our much-awaited holiday at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa would be muddied by the weather.

Fortunately, it seems the sun always shines on this little piece of heaven by the sea at the tip of Mactan Island. It was indeed overcast upon arrival at Mactan International Airport; but when we reached the Ocean Wing of the Shangri- La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, just 20 minutes away from the airport, the clouds had disappeared and the sea had turned a glorious blue from the private terrace of our 72-square meter Panorama suite.


THE BEST WAY TO START
A BEACH HOLIDAY



Perfect beach holiday at the
 Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa,
the best luxury hotel in Cebu


Of course, we just had to jump into the water as soon as possible. It was a short walk through the gardens of the Ocean Wing of the Shangri- La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, which is a more private section apart from the main resort, to the resort’s secluded beach, where golden sand and warm waters awaited. Here, the beach center  offered a full menu of water sports activities, along with plain old lazing in the sun.

“Let’s go snorkeling,” I suggested; within minutes we were outfitted in aqua shoes, life vests, and snorkeling gear, and heading towards a garden of corals where hundreds of colorful fish happily spent their days. This marvelous underwater spectacle was a most fitting start to our holiday.


DINING CHOICES AT 
THE SHANGRI-LA'S MACTAN RESORT AND SPA



The live show at Shangri-la's Mactan Resort and Spa

There are many restaurants at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa; but as it was such a nice evening, we booked a table by the beach for an outdoor barbecue and a live show featuring the best of Visayan culture

We selected the food to be cooked on the grill, including marinated pork and fresh fish, found ourselves a table at the side so that we had our feet in the sand and the sea breeze on our faces, and watched the colorful spectacle of Southern Philippine songs and dances.


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Perfect beach holiday at the
 Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa,
the best luxury hotel in Cebu


“Life sure can’t get better than this,” I said, but it actually did. After dinner, we walked hand-in-hand around the vast estate until we stumbled on the Cowrie Cove, a restaurant-bar playing cool music at the very end of the property. It was obviously our lucky day because the best seat in the house had just been vacated by another couple: it was a private gazebo way out in the water, accessible only via a narrow path from the bar.

So this was how we ended our first evening – listening to chill music while drinking champagne and dessert in the most romantic place in Cebu.



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