The Best of Cebu
Its entrance was just a simple bungalow look alike that when you have no overview of Plantation Bay, you would think of it as just an ordinary resort.
Me and my boyfriend initially went here to spend our 8th Monthsary, quite luxurious eh? As we entered we were both captivated by the clean elegance of colonial-plantation architecture. No adjective could describe this man-made beach, we were like inside a beautiful painting. They have 4 receptionists of different nationalities who are very accommodating that would cater the needs of tourists all over the world. We immediately checked in our luggage so we could start to explore the whole of it. We initially reserved the poolside room for its price (the cheapest they have per night which costs about 10,000 pesos or $200 plus tax) but was really disappointed. It has this isolated feeling as it's located at the end of the resort, but has a pool of its own - a bit far from the lagoon. So we changed our booking to the lagoon side room, (14,000 pesos or $240) which they describe as best for honeymooners that's located near the entrance and just a few steps from it (around 4 or 5), you'd be able to swim in their man-made lagoon. The room was equipped with a jacuzzi, a terrace of it's own, 2 queen sized beds and a basket of delicacies. It has this native style way far from luxurious rooms you'd expect from a 5 star resort. I would suggest that they should put an LCD TV instead of an ordinary one.
We were first given a map and 2 complimentary drinks and we were like, a map for what? Once we started walking, we indeed knew the reason why. The place was so huge that it would take one a minimum of 50 minutes to see the entire place. Set in 11.4 hectares of secluded grounds - what would you expect?
They have a mini-golf course, a gym & game room, bikes for rent free of charge for those who are checked in - and lot more. As seen below, Bebe and I did a lot of activities together and really enjoyed the day. You'll never get bored in Plantation Bay as you'll never ran out of things to do.
Their Spa was breath-taking! Mogambo Springs. They even offer accommodation for those who wants to be pampered any time of the day. And just like everything in Plantation Bay - Pricey, but worth it.
So after all the recreational activities, It was time to enjoy the water. We swam almost the whole day and was having problems on choosing where to swim. In the main lagoon, warm water pool? Ordinary pool? We wanted to try everything that we ended up getting tired of transferring from one pool to the other. Nevertheless, we enjoyed taking pictures. They even have this waterfalls, gigantic slides etc. If you get tired of swimming they have a floating bar wherein you can order a drink to quench your thirst ;)
We had most of our meals at Kilimanjaro, the floating restaurant where they offer American Food. Bebe and I never got tired of their burger and club house which we ordered for our entire stay. And also, we are sooo addicted to their iced tea. For some reason, it just tastes different, YUMMY!
* Food isn't included in the accommodation.
One thing I dislike about Plantation Bay is the "real beach". It's full of weeds and stones and there's no way I'd be swimming here. The view on the other hand was breath-taking. If I had been proposed to there's no way I would have said No.
It was nearly dark and we were still in the water enjoying the sunset. There were fireworks etc. Plantation Bay has a different vibe during night time, with its lights and everything, suberbly romantic! Bebe and I just cuddled while listening to the band, watching performers and enjoying our delicious dinner. The waiters were so nice that he offered to take our picture with fireworks. =)
So it was time for slumber and dreams - just like what I said earlier, I was like inside a painting, and most part is, I spent this once fantasy with my intimate other, which made everything perfect.
Unique Quality: * The Bell Boys were very friendly and accommodating and this resort is indeed a NO TIP zone even when we insist.
Pool, views, facilities, everything was breath-taking.
Cebu's 5-Star Resort
Plantation Bay is our venue for the family reunion on my mother's side. For P800/head, food is just so so. Marco Polo Hotel serves much better food for the same price. Food in Shangrila is very pricey but it's definitely better than the food served in Plantation Bay. The following day, some of the family members got an upset stomach. The place is good for kids coz there are plenty of activities offered with it's huge grounds & lagoons. My kids had much fun with the water slides. The rooms are okay. Bathroom is huge with bathtub, shower, toilet & lavatory. The only downside is the poor drainage. Rooms are pricey being a 5-star resort. Mosquitoes are also everywhere coz of the garden. You can jog in the morning with its huge grounds. They also offer spa treatments. As for swimming, I still prefer beach to a lagoon. So for this reason, I choose Shangrila Resort anytime than this resort. Shangrila has a nice beach with plenty of fishes swarming around you to feed. Plantation Bay beach is small & not that inviting. But for those who havn't been to Plantation Bay, it's worth checking out just for a single stay.
Unique Quality: Beautiful huge lagoons with water slides.
Directions: Hire a taxi to get there
The biggest pool I've ever seen
This hotel was amazing. The ground of the hotel span a whopping 12km radius!? and there are open air minibuses to take you around the grounds of the hotel. Originally when we got there our room had not been reserved - as we had not properly confirmed the booking on the internet before we arrived. Even though they were fully booked as it was peak time (January 2008) they arranged a zen room for us - which is a spa room they usually use for guest staying at the spa. We then moved to a regular room the night after and wer very pleased- the cable television had 60 plus channels, the room service was very good. The hotel is of old colonial style architechture, and each sepearte building which looks like a mansion and houses 6-8 rooms is named after something of english or spanigh heritage, with a board which details the history of each building type. very educational!
Unique Quality: The hotel has a salt water lagoon for swimming that goes right around the inside parameter of the hotel - basically a huuuge pool, and inside the laggon (imagine a giant loop) there is sandy mand made beaches with sun lounges and -yes another pool- although a chlorinated one which is more so used by small children. The main restaurant is also located near the pool. The Savannah grill has nightly karaoke challenges and live music- not to mention a 3 hour happy hour which provides all you can drink cocktails and beers for AUD $15 (500 pesos.)
The savannah grill serves american style fare such as burgers, ribs, buffalo wings.
We stayed in Cebu for 3 days and did NOT leave this hotel - there was so much to do - archery, gun shooting (yes there is a rifle shooting ranch there) snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving, mini golf, volleyball and so on! There is also a daily activities board, all of which are free to guests and many things foto keep kids busy - from drawing contests, to jewellery making, to playstaion and nintendo wii challenges, billiards challanges and karaoke.
There is an excellent day spa called the Mogambo springs which has a hot and cold jacuzzi, fresh waterfall, massages facials etc available on request. Mogambo springs is about the size of some smaller villa hotels I have stayed in! If Disneyland was a hotel, this would be it!
Directions: about 10 mins drive from Mactan international airport - trip should cost no more than 200 pesos by taxi.
One of Cebu's best hang out
Great experience and maybe a once in a lifetime chance to enjoy it's beautiful scenery. The landscapes are fulfilling to the eyes.
Unique Quality: the man-made lagoon very nice!!
Directions: few min drive ahead from Mactan Memorial Garden
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Plantation Bay Hotel
- Plantation Bay Resort And Hotel Lapu Lapu
Address: Marigondon, Mactan Island, Lapu Lapu, Cebu, 6015, Philippines
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Amenities at Plantation Bay
- Swimming Pool
- Room Service
- Fitness Center
- Beverage Selection
- Free Parking
- Business Services
- Kids Activities
- Shuttle Service
- Airport Transportation
- Bar / Lounge
- Free High Speed Internet
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