Thursday, July 08, 2010

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa in Cebu

Following our unforgettable and pampered two nights in Boracay, we flew to Cebu to continue our trip! We stayed at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa. Coming from Boracay, we set our expectations high...and we were disappointed because of that. It was crowded throughout our stay. We waited over two hours to check into our rooms, too. Granted, we arrived early; however we were told our room would be "ready soon." So we waited around and two hours later we were antsy and frustrated. If they had told us we were going to wait two hours, that's fine. We could have used the sunlight to go explore the city. But, no, waited because we relied on their word. Because of our first impression, it took us a gradual few days to enjoy our stay. Overall, the rooms were on the older side and in general the resort wasn't anything too special, especially for being a "five star resort." We eventually enjoyed ourselves at the resort as the crowds died down, especially at night.

The resort, which felt more like a hotel because of the building for the rooms, also had private beaches and a pool area. At night, the beach was so pleasant without the crowd and with the cool night's breeze. On one night, we even caught the last half of their cultural dance show. Ever since college, I love watching Filipino cultural dance performances! It was great seeing foreigners all being entertained, too.

After four nights and on our last morning, we even spent a few hours at the Chi Spa. A nice spacious facility and a great relaxing massage!

Here's a slideshow of the pictures we took during our stay at the hotel:
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2 comments:

Alvin said...

Wow, nice, speedy job and great recap of a fabulous vacation. Love the new picture galleries too!!!

cagayan de oro resorts said...

The resort really gets crowed during the summer months. If you prefer a more clam and laid back resort, you should check out resorts in Bantayan Island.