We stayed in an Ocean Club room in the Ocean Wing of the resort. An Ocean Club room gets you on a more private side and you get access to a quieter breakfast and cocktail lounge which serves snacks and desserts in the afternoon and cocktails/beverages throughout the day. It is a good benefit for those who don't like rushed breakfast crowds. It is also nice to have a private check-in by the lounge so that you can sip a cool drink while they work on getting you checked in. At first, we were given a room with a pool view although we were supposed to get an oceanview, However, they switched us without complaint. The view was amazing and picturesque, but the room was pretty standard, nothing very fancy in my mind for the price we paid. It was clean and had good French toiletries but it was rather small and the TV was outdated. The service is above and beyond, and everyone was friendly.
As for the not so positive side of the resort, there is a lack of good restaurants on the property, especially Filipino food. Since it is a resort, you cannot really walk anywhere outside of the area. As everything was pretty expensive, I felt that there needed to be more casual places to eat onsite. However, the breakfast buffet is very tasty and filling, and if you plan right, you probably won't need to eat lunch at the hotel anyway. Filipino breakfasts are quite heavy by American standards, as the a common breakfast is to eat rice, eggs and fish or sausages, then follow that with fruit and pastries and more coffee. They had a lot of variety and there are Filipino, Chinese and Western choices. However, if planning for more casual or cheaper fare, plan on visiting one of the numerous shopping malls for lunch or dinner. The shuttle buses run frequently to these places from the hotel.
I also visited the Chi Spa - what a lovely experience! First, my mother and I were picked up in the evening in front of the hotel with a golf cart (yes, the Ocean Wing is a bit of a distance from the spa area, especially in the heat of the Philippines!). and we were transported to a very serene, zen-like place. The spa grounds were designed as a Japanese garden, lit up with glowing red, ambient lighting and flowing creeks that ran between small huts and pagodas. We were told to change into robes and shower if we wanted to, which we did and then we sat outside under a pagoda, sipping scented green tea. We then were brought to a large couples room where they would massage us in tandem. The massage was heavenly, and my mother fell asleep snoring, it was that good! hehehe... I had to mention the spa, as most people coming to Shangri-La are there on a special occassion such as a honeymoon, so this spa is not to be missed! You could also eat a "healthy meal" at the spa under the pagoda if desired. There are also private pools for his and her to bathe au naturale. You can tell that this place caters to the ultra-pampered guests. It was pure luxury, and a highlight of our trip!
As for the beach, while small, was not crowded at all, but we were in the off season of September. It had beautiful white sand, a few rocky formations to climb up on to get some more views, a shallow shore (with some rocky areas, so you should try to wear beach shoes in the water), and nice snorkeling. There aren't much waves here, so if you're planning to "surf" this is not the place to be at. They had a really good beachside cafe where you can order some appetizers, desserts and drinks, but it is really tiny. They also had several swimming pools. I was rather surprised, but the water temperature was pleasantly "cool" and I was rather thinking it would be very warm water. This is fine in the heat and humidity of the Philippines!
Overall, it was a pleasant, luxurious experience, with few things to complain about so long as you don't mind the price that comes with it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked in lush tropical landscape and with a crystalline coastline, Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu is the premier, award-winning deluxe resort property in the Philippines. It has won acclaim from both domestic and international travelers for its spacious and well-appointed 530 guestrooms and suites, the variety of its dining, entertainment, sports and recreational activities offered in its paradise-like setting and as home to CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, one of the largest spa villages in Asia.Nestled amidst 13 hectares of lush greenery, landscaped gardens and with a 350-meter white-sand beach, Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu is the quintessential modern-day paradise. It is an exciting refuge for nature lovers and a favorite among holidaymakers, as it combines rustic surroundings, modern conveniences and genuine Asian hospitality that are distinctly Shangri-La. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri-La`s Mactan Hotel Lapu Lapu
- Shangri-La`s Mactan Resort And Spa
- Shangri Las Mactan Hotel
- Shangri La Cebu
- Shangri La Mactan
- Shangri Las Mactan Lapu
- Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa Cebu Island/Mactan Island