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Alegre Beach Resort
Ranked #67 of 218 Hotels in Cebu Island
Manila, Philippines
1 review
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“Far away from hustle and bustle of the city”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

As the title suggests, we had a great time enjoying exclusivity in this hotel, they have around 7 hectares of land and only house 100 guests at a time so it's really very private and intimate.
The beach is nice as well although a bit rocky. There's some hermit crabs at the other end of the beach which are very entertaining for those kids and young at heart.

You have the option of dining by the beach (barbeque style) or by their modern dining area just a floor up from the beach.

Rooms were very Filipino and big as well. Think of it as a typical hotel room sans the edgy design. Welcome drinks were served as soon as guests were at the lobby. Every employee in the resort are happy and polite greeting each guests that pass them by.

It takes 2 hours to get here from Cebu City but the experience is worth the while so be sure to stay for at least 2 nights to fully enjoy the resort!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Me, my parents with my siblings and nephews visited this place last May 2013 and stayed for 2 nights and 3 days.. it was great experience for relaxing and gateway experience for us esp. if you come from a busy city. The place is nice, the view is perfect, nice scenery and quiet which is one thing that we like. Food wise, its ok.. price are quite expensive but in a way expecting it since the hotel is remotely and is located away from the city or main town. The pool is ok and clean as well the swimming gears like snorkling and kayak are perfect for an activity. The gym is small and rusty and is located in the same game room where videoke and billiards are. The staff are friendly, nice and professional and attentive. Total experience for us was enjoyable and relaxing which we needed that moment.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I am VERY TORN about what rating to give Alegre, please read below and I think it will become clear why.

This resort is beautiful, well managed, one of their best attributes is their staff -- they are friendly, knowledgeable and go the extra mile for their guests. For example, they only have one restaurant and unless they have a BBQ, they have a limited menu. We found that if you ask, the Chef will always try to accommodate special lunch/dinner requests. The wait staff really tried to please everyone -- for example if you say you like certain tables, they will reserve them for you without you even asking.

Our room was spacious, it is a bit dated though. There were tons of spider's and their webs in the bathroom -- so kind of gross!

The beach is beautiful, snorkeling was great they have a fairly good stock of snorkeling and diving gear. Only one jet ski though.

When you leave the Cebu airport and pass over the bridge, you will have to travel on about a 90 minutes to 2 hours of a nail-biting journey to and from the resort. There are cars, bikes, motorcycles, buses, pedestrians and dogs all over the road. Sadly, when we got into the van to leave Alegre, I asked the driver to please be careful and drive slowly as we had plenty of time to get to the airport and please watch out for the dogs. Not 10 minutes into our drive, he hit and ran over a beautiful healthy dog -- we heard the screams of the poor creature and those on the road, it was traumatic for all and it ruined what should have been a wonderful vacation. The only real blame I can assign to the driver is that he never even thought about slowing down.

My suggestion to the resort is to use a boat to bring guests to and from the resort, this will avoid what can only be described as an unpleasant journey through a very impoverished area.

Room Tip: If you go with friends, you might want to try for connecting rooms. Our room was a beach front, at...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Exactly what we were looking for. Quiet and very scenic location. Even though they were fully booked we felt as if we were almost the only ones there. Upon arrival we were met with a cold wet cloth to cool off with and a cold drink. We received a free upgrade to an ocean view room. The room was spacious with good air conditioning and very hot water.
The staff was very professional and very attentive to our needs. The staff at the restaurant, especially Serlyn, John & Christine, were very professional and made us feel as though they were our personal staff.
The grounds were very clean and beautifully manicured. Highly recommend the snorkeling and dinner on the beach. A little pricey perhaps, but a good deal for USA standards.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cebu City, Philippines
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Major changes have occurred this resort recently, all the Bar, dining area and some other building, have been destroyed then rebuilt in a new fashion style, less Native and less local....more like in any luxury Hotel in Cebu, which I find a pitty. Before it was going back in time, and entering a "colonial" resort....I loved it.
The resort is 2 hours drive North of Cebu city, by private car ($60), and applies the same rates and prices for food as 5 stars luxury Hotel in the center of town, like Radisson, Marriott and Marco Polo, which is unfair in my opinion.
For breakfast, Radisson and Marco Polo have a 100m exquisite perfect long buffet, dozens of cooks working on it, and it's worth Php 800/pp. Here ar Alegre, it's a small boring and disappointing breakfast buffet, charged the same price. 1 cook and few waiters.
Dinner and Lunch are a bit better. The pool is great, as long as the beach and watersports. But don't expect affordable stuff, except great discount for Room rates in July.
2 nights would be too short of a stay, 10 too long. 5 days to a week seems the correct timeframe to enjoy this remote expensive place.

Room Tip: take the rooms close to the beach or the restaurant. We are at the very far end, and it an issue, es...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Cebu City, Philippines
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Stayed on July 6-8, 2013. Even though I didn't receive a reply from email from them, i got the chance to book with Linda the front desk which was very helpful. Staffs were very courteous and professional. Room is spacious and bathroom is huge! Just a piece of advise-never keep the doors open coz during nightime, mosquitoes are everywhere! Food is great. If you're thinking of dining outside the resort, THINK AGAIN. That's what we did on our first night and we ended up driving back to Catmon (20kms away) and saw this native restaurant called Doko Doko which has an awful looking food! On our 2nd day we chose to have lunch and dinner inside the resort and to our surprise, the price is not that expensive coz the serving is good for 2 persons already. Didn't expect that cheaper price of food for this luxury resort. I love their shampoo and conditioner lol! Not like those cheap quality shamppoo you can get from different resort. How i wish I could ask for gallons of it lol!The resort is very clean, not crowded. It's like you own the whole place! Been to Shangrila, Plantation, Imperial but this one is just so serene, quiet and just sooo lovely! Definetely will come back again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2013

At first we were not sure what to expect. The website isn't the best, I had no replies to a couple of emails I sent and together with some mixed reviews I read I wondered if Alegre would be good for us. Well, from the moment we arrived until we left five days later we could not have been happier.

It's best asset is the staff. special mention to Elsie, the assistant f and b manager who also works in the restaurant. She was so lovely.My wife hurt her knee and Elsie was onto it so quickly. Organized the nurse, was so concerned that my wife had the knee sorted so she could enjoy her holiday. With the tablets within a day the pain had gone.Elsie was efficient in the restaurant, helpful, courteous and so nice always. Every hotel or resort needs an Elsie.
All the staff everywhere throughout the resort were just great.

The cabana's are huge and beautiful.Ours was a garden cabana and was perfect. Nicely settled amongst lush greenery with a peak of the sea. We had number 25 and liked that it was a 5 minute walk to the restaurant. Everything is so lush and so well manicured and we always enjoyed the walk to and from. The bathroom is great with a big bath, nice big shower area and lots of space.
The bed is big and very comfortable. Nice chase lounger. The best air conditioning. Immaculately clean. We loved sitting on the balcony with nice comfy seating and a table with a ceiling fan and lots of outdoor lighting.

We loved the beach and the pool area. I love swimming in the sea and mostly had the beach to myself. It is truly a lovely, white sand private beach with many loungers available.I could not have asked I more and swam there every day. A true tropical paradise. The pool area is nice and sois the surrounding area. We liked to sit amongst the trees overlooking the pool with our snacks and beer or in the viewing platform overlooking the beach.

The restaurant serves great Filipino food. Tosino, Kilaw, adobo, pancit, mango float- you name it. All fantastic. We thought the Filipino food was well priced to.That is what we like and that is what we ate. The drink menu we did not see. Had our own beer supply in the room.

Alegre Spa is excellent. My wife had 2 Massages and was very impressed. Lovely staff and well trained and very competent.

We will DEFINITELY be returning to Alegre and cannot reccomend this gem of a place more highly. We were also pleased with the Fiesta rate we had to.
Last but not least their buffet breakfast is fantastic to.

We will return.

Thank you Alegre for the happiest 5 days.

From Tim and Sandra.

Room Tip: We liked having a cabana further away from the main block as we liked the walk. 25 was great with a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Alegre Beach Resort
Address: Calomboyan | PO Box 1094, 6007, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Cebu Island
#17 Luxury Hotel in Cebu Island
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Cebu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Alegre Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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