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Abaca Boutique Resort
Ranked #1 of 32 Hotels in Lapu Lapu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 11, 2011

We stayed at Abaca for 3 nights having travelled to Cebu for a special family wedding. Abaca was a complete haven after staying in the city for the wedding. The service was absolutely outstanding, the staff anticipate your every whim. The room spacious and well appointed. The pool was perfect - with the choice of either being under the shade of a cabana or in the sun on a lounger. I really have nothing to fault this wonderful small hotel. I did have one or 2 (very minor) points which the manager responded to in person which is why this hotel is what it is - managed deftly and hands on. Mention has to be made of the food at the restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner for all 3 days were superb. The seafood in particular was so superbly cooked, the flavours of each dish sublime and quite frankly the food was faultless (trust me that's high praise from someone like me!!). The small gym was well equipt for such a small hotel with a good treadmill to run off those glorious meals. We loved the homemade ciabatta which was noticed by the staff so they gave us a bag of it to take home and freeze - what a lovely touch. Thanks Abaca!!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

Yes, another rave review for Abaca. Considering its mid-range cost, it beats the big end of town, hands down. It's easily better than what passes for luxury in this part of Asia - Banyan Tree and Shangri-la have nothing on this place.

Friendly helpful staff collect you, show you to your spacious and well appointed villa. I believe they are five years old, but they really don't look it. Huge well appointed bathrooms too.

Whenever you are out of your room it gets refreshed too, and there's no mistrust or nit picking you get in this part of Asia - no forms to get a towel at the pools, for example.

And what a pool... a cool black beauty and plenty of sun lounges and cabanas for everyone.

The Abaca restaurant is great too. We ate their 4 times during our stay and loved it all.

If you were to criticize this resort you would have to dig deep. Something as unimportant as the beautiful taps in the bathrooms actually bump into the gorgeous bathtub or basins.

Oh, and like the rest of this part of the world, the power cuts out during the night so you may need to restart the air con, and of course there's mosquitoes but the staff make sure their are mozzie coils aplenty.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank LookingLooking
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Reviewed February 5, 2011

We decided to book Abaca to celebrate Chinese New Year after reading the reviews on both Trip Advisor and Mr & Mrs Smith.

It was the best decision we have ever made!!

What a truly ‘amazing’, lovely, ‘romantic’ in fact it’s a ‘perfect!!’ hotel.

It’s the BEST hotel we have ever stayed in!!

Let’s start with the staff. Everyone is SO friendly and they all bend obvert backwards to assist you in any way.

The rooms are just perfect. Modern, contemporary, spotless and well maintained. It’s clear someone have given the decor a lot of thought.

Now, let’s talk about the hotel food. I read somewhere on the web that the owner is a chef...............well is comes as no surprise because the food is ‘out of this world!’ From breakfast, to lunch to dinner and all snacks in-between you won’t find better food anywhere in Cebu.............or maybe the whole Philippines!!

The hotel grounds are extremely pretty and again very well maintained.

To be honest I could go on and on about this hotel there are so many positive things to say but I’m going to leave it you to see for yourself.

Just one word of warning, there are only ‘nine’ rooms/suites in this hotel so if you want to stay here you need to book well in advance. We book our February 2011 holiday in September 2010.

If you’re looking for the perfect hotel in the Cebu, stay at the Abaca Boutique Resort. You won’t regret it............I promise!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Gmoney71
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Reviewed December 30, 2010

I booked this place (as opposed to the Shangri-La) because of the good reviews. We were travelling with a 9 month old and wanted a place to relax. The hotel did not disappoint. In fact I was surprised and I think many hotels can take an example of how this place is managed. We were picked up at the airport, cold towels, water, baby seat in the car. Everybody in the resort knew our names, especially my son's. Once we entered the room (check in was so fast and in the room as there is no reception per se) everything was already prepared, the baby cot, they even provided toys (excersaucer etc.), baby bath tub and high chair for feeding. We had a Poolside Oceanfront with pretty much instant access to the pool which we really enjoyed. When you are lounging at the pool they bring water and home made ice cream for refreshment. We were there for 5 days in total and only left the place once. We were amazed at the yummy food they serve at the restaurant and the breakfasts were amazing, no running around at a buffet, which I find particularly nice with a baby. This resort does not have a beach, but we did not need one. You can swim in clean ocean water right there or kayak over to the Shangri- La if you want beach. The resort has a lot of green so there are mosquitoes around, but they provide repellent and coils. I can recommend the foot massage at their spa. All in all, we really had a really good and relaxed time here.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank Marwari
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Reviewed November 11, 2010

Staying at Abaca resort is heavenly down to the attentive but unintrusive
service . Butlers just there to serve your every need from swimming
goggles when in the gorgeous infinity pool to cold lemon scented towels, cold drinks .
As there are only 9 huge villas/suites, this place is like having your own private oasis.
The restaurant is stylish/casual with devine food and again the service is faultless.
Guaranteed relaxation and sophistication on a holiday at ABACA.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank GoldCoastHellie
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Reviewed November 5, 2010

The resort looked exactly like the pictures on its website and in magazine articles. We stayed at the penthouse suite which was roomier than our villa in our Bohol resort. The bathroom was also roomy with a rainfall shower and a separate tub.

Our little 4 month old was not left out of the pampering and was given a playpen, toys, a dvd, a bottle sterilizer, bottle cleansing utensils and a bathtub for his personal use.

The food was delicious. I especially loved that their breakfast wasn't served buffet style. You could have it served in your room at no extra charge. Their breakfast menu was varied enough that the 3 day stay there did not see us repeating any breakfast items.

The pool area was beautiful, it was a shame we had no time to try out the pool.

Their staff was topnotch. The service was excellent and they went out of their way to accommodate our requests, such as an early breakfast at 6am. They also were prompt to respond to a slight problem we had when we found an insect on the bed. They changed the sheets and offered complimentary dessert and a bottle of champagne. They also waived the charge of our ride to the ferry port.

We loved everything about Abaca and we are certain to go back when we visit Cebu.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank Beanbun
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Reviewed August 17, 2010

Travelled here in eary August with the family, largely on the basis of the reviews on Tripadvisor, and Abaca did not disappoint. The warmth and helpfulness of the staff is exceptional, and we found having a butler to be extremely convenient particularly for our tour of nearby Islands. They don't put a foot wrong at this place - the food is superb, the accommodation is luxurious while remaining true to the personality of the resort, and the spa service and quality is outstanding. When we received our bill on check-out we were pleasantly surprised as it is rare to find this sort of value for money in what is truly an authentic luxury boutique resort. Most importantly, we spent 4 nights here and felt like we were the only ones at the resort.....this really is a gem.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank dcLondon
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Address: Punta Engano Road, Lapu Lapu 6015, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Mactan Island > Lapu Lapu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Lapu Lapu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lapu Lapu
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Lapu Lapu
#1 Family Hotel in Lapu Lapu
#2 Business Hotel in Lapu Lapu
Price Range: $337 - $595 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Abaca Boutique Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Abaca, one of the most exclusive boutique resorts is located in the beautiful central Philippines on Mactan Island. Abaca is a tropical hideaway that offers the tranquility of very private deluxe suites set in a lush tropical oceanfront retreat. In addition to the spacious suites and villas, guests enjoy full luxury spa and restaurant experiences. ... more   less 
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