The province of Cebu is a popular destination for travellers looking for an island getaway. It comprises more than 150 islands, with Cebu Island and Mactan Island being the more notable ones. Whether you’re on a honeymoon with your significant other or a vacation with your family, these islands boast plenty of top-notch resorts that will cater to your needs. You can enjoy snorkelling with the fishes, diving among the tropical reefs, and sunbathe on the beachfront while watching the sky change its tint with your hotel right behind. Filter through these 10 beach resorts in Cebu and look forward to spending some quality time with the people around you.
Situated on Mactan Island, Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel ticks off all the boxes that you’ll expect from a quality resort for good value. It offers a private beach, where you can indulge in activities such as snorkelling, cycling, diving and beach volleyball, along with two outdoor pools to enjoy a dip with the family. The buffet breakfast provides a variety of good food to supplement your energy for the day. An indoor playroom and playground equipment to ensure that your children will never get bored, along with friendly and approachable staff, makes this beach hotel an ideal location for families.
Nestled by the sands of Mactan Island, Crimson Resort & Spa is an immaculate five-star resort that offers an infinity pool, a private beach and a superb spa facility. The rooms, pools and facilities are well-maintained, and the restaurants and breakfast feature a wide diversity of food that is highly rated by guests. You can participate in enjoyable activities organized by the resort, such as water sports and yoga classes. You can even join an island tour to get your feet moving. The welcoming and professional staff will ensure that you get the best experience out of your stay.
Quo Vadis Dive Resort rests on Cebu Island facing the Panagsama Beach, and as its name suggests, is an extremely popular go-to spot for diving and snorkelling. If you’re staying at this resort, your itinerary would most definitely include a trip to the diving centre and to prepare for a day spent among the sea turtles and coral reefs. Most rooms offer spectacular views overlooking the sea. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and a beautiful garden area with hammocks for you to enjoy and relax.
Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark Cebu is another lovely resort on the island of Mactan, boasting a variety of top-notch facilities such as a waterpark bursting with fun slides and warm pools, a private beach area for relaxation and fitness and spa centres. Aside from sleeping on the comfortable beds and having a blast at the waterpark, you can take part in water sports, go for a city tour, take your kids to golf or go-karting, and watch an array of entertaining evening performances. Your enjoyment is guaranteed with an abundance of activities that will fill up your itinerary to the fullest.
A relatively new resort situated in Moalboal, Pescadores Seaview Suites is highly regarded for its comfortable and spacious rooms. It is conveniently located beside the beach and within walking distance from a wide range of bars and restaurants. Perhaps the best amenity it has to offer is the free snorkelling equipment with masks and life vests that enables you to roam among the reefs to your heart’s content. If you’d like a break from the water there are board games, table tennis and billiard tables readily available at level two, along with great massage services.
Cebu White Sands Resort and Spa is another fantastic resort on the island of Mactan. It features two outdoor swimming pools and a beach area with the availability of water sports. There is also an exuberant garden and a lovely pond on the compound that are home to a variety of birds and big koi fishes. With a 10-minute drive to attractions like Mactan Shrine and a 5-minute walk to the nearby supermarket and restaurants, the location couldn’t be more convenient. You can also treat your body to a long, relaxing massage at the spa.
Located in Santander, Watersport Beach Resort is a new three-star resort that offers a year-round outdoor pool and direct access to the beach. Diving is also available at the beach. You can choose to have a garden view or a sea view from your room, both of which are beautiful. The resort provides a cosy ambience and an intimate setting with a group of incredibly helpful staff, making it an ideal spot for couples to enjoy a short getaway.
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is a five-star resort in Mactan that offers an outdoor swimming pool, fitness and spa centre, and an immaculate beach with magnificent scenery. As with all other island resorts, snorkelling and diving are readily available. Some rooms overlook the alluring beachfront, and all rooms are fitted with air conditioning, an LED TV, and a fully-stocked minibar. Your evening plans should definitely include the popular Ibiza Beach Club for a night of authentic food, wonderful drinks and good entertainment. There are also babysitting services and activities such as the Little Birds Club that will ensure your kids are safe and entertained, while you spend some free time as a couple.
Blue Garden Resort is a two-star resort located slightly off the beaten track in the island of Mactan. The location does provide a quiet and tranquil atmosphere, and the beachfront resort offers an outdoor pool and an in-house restaurant that serves a diversity of cuisine. You can also opt to go diving and snorkelling or rent a car from the property to explore the nearby attractions.
Granada Beach Resort is situated in Boljoon and boasts a private beach area with an outdoor swimming pool. The air-conditioned resort rooms are spacious, comfortable and are even equipped with complimentary water dispensers. The snorkelling equipment are free to use, and you can enjoy a day of diving in the reef right in front of the resort. The hotel also offers organised tours, where you can visit the whales, sharks (and even learn how to swim with them), the waterfalls, and the surrounding scenery. The staff are friendly and professional, and since this resort provides adults-only exclusivity, it is the perfect setting for couples to spend quality time together.
The perfect beach retreat
Beach resorts in the tropics are synonymous with relaxation and fun. If you’re spoiled for ideas, the list above should provide a good head-start. Who says you can’t choose more than one?
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