Coolest Staycation Ideas in Mactan, Cebu

Escape Cebu's bustling city life by going on a staycation at any of these hotels and resorts in Mactan.

Contributed by hANnaeYTHING

Vacation in Cebu is always awesome mainly because it caters to almost everything you ever wanted in a holiday. From churches, historical sites, mountains, food trip and of course beaches. Just a few minutes from the airport, you will see the beautiful Mactan Island. It is located in Lapu-lapu City which is dubbed as the Historic Resort City of the Philippines, and true to its words, Mactan island has sprawling resorts all over the place. Here are some of the hotels and resorts that I had a privilege to stay at:

Also read: Insider’s Guide to Cebu: All You Need to Know Before Your Trip

1. Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa

This is one of my favourite resorts because they have the best customer service and the best breakfast buffet in the island. You know when you are in Shangri-La when you feel truly at home with the staff -- they accommodate all your requests!

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Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & SpaPanoramic view of Mactan Island at the Panorama Suite.

Shangri-La Ocean Club.

The best latte and view at the Ocean Club.

staycation ideas mactanAcqua Restaurant

Tides Restaurant

2. Abaca Boutique Resort & Restaurant

Abaca Boutique Resort & Restaurant

If you are looking for a resort with utmost privacy and a luxurious stay with personal butcher, then this is the best place for you.

Abaca Restaurant. They accept walk-in guests for their restaurant but I suggest you call for reservations since they prioritise in-house guests, and the restaurant guests are only allowed at the dining area.

3. Chateau by The Sea

Chateau by The Sea

This is a relatively new resort in Mactan with six very spacious rooms. They have a beautiful glass-walled function room with a sea view. The guests can choose where to celebrate weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations at the function room, pool side or the patio near the sea.

The main function room.

Outside our room, we have a place to have coffee and more chitchat.

staycation ideasTo my right is the glass-walled function room.

4. Movenpick Resort

Movenpick Resort

The highlight of this resort is their captivating Ibiza.

staycation ideasWhen you chill here, there are staff who will give you fresh cold towels and offer you head massage free of charge. It is such a treat!

Ibiza at night taken from our room terrace. Photo Credit: Euco Dale Gayrama

Pool at night

Ibiza at high noon

Also read: Talima Beach Villas and Dive Resort: A Tropical Hideaway in Olango Island, Cebu

5. JPark Island Resort and Waterpark

JPark Island Resort and Waterpark

Formerly Imperial Palace Resort and Waterpark, they take pride in their waterpark which both children and adults can enjoy.

Perfect place for afternoon chill at Coral Seaside.

JPark Resort Suite Room

JPark Resort Deluxe Room

Ching Hai Restaurant-Jpark Island Resort & WaterPark

6. Crimson Resort and Spa

Crimson Resort and Spa

Crimson Resort and Spa takes pride on their villas with private pool. Their restaurant, Azure is a perfect place to chill in the afternoon. They have yummy ensaymadas sold at the hotel Bakery. All of their breads from 7:00 P.M. onwards are sold at 50% off.

Image credit: Via Manansala

Image credit: Via Manansala

Chillin’ at Azure Beach Club on a beautiful afternoon.

Post-morning run breakfast at Saffron Cafe.

7. Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

This resort boasts of its 11 hectares of privately owned waterworks. One of the largest in Mactan Island.

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

8. SotoGrande Hotel & Resort

SotoGrande Hotel & ResortAfternoon run around the hotel with a scenic view.

We had a four nights staycation at this beautiful place. What I love about this hotel is that they have a vast place to have a morning run or afternoon run with a scenic view.

Room service dinner for our 4 nights staycation.

There you go! Here are my top resort picks at Mactan Island. There are resorts who are offering day time use too and accept walk in guests at their restaurants so you always have the options on how to spend your vacation. These resorts also offer water sport activities or island hopping packages so be sure to inquire at the front desk to thoroughly enjoy your holiday.

Also read: 16 Coolest Staycation Ideas in Manila


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