I have always believed in checking into the hotel where the event will take place to avoid unnecessary stress and easy access to the race venue.
Cobra ironman 70.3 held on August 3, 2014 was at the Shangri la Mactan.
You can inquire about their shuttle service to take you from the airport to hotel and vice versa. To see which shuttle time is most convenient for you. Even bike boxes are accepted as they have a separate vehicles for baggages.
You may also avail of their private car pick up for a certain fee.
I am very pleased to say that shangri la and its staff has mastered being an events venue. Despite the number of people (guests and non guests) in their hotel, they were able to keep the place in order and all staff on stand by and with fast and efficient service. You will never be neglected as a guest despite the many people checking in or have checked in.
The layout of the hotel requires you to do a lot of walking so its best to wear comfortable slippers or walking shoes. Especially on event day, you will do alot of moving around so it is best to be in comfortable attire.
There is a fixed ironman in room dining menu on the weekend of the event. Food is delicious. I most especially enjoyed their adobo.
Beach is open to everyone the day before the race so that they may practice their swim. (A bit of privacy can still be felt at the other half of the beach. Which makes it okay for guests) on event day the beach/swimmin in the water will open for guests at 10am. You are free to lounge by the beach though.
To monitor who guests are, bracelets will be given upon checkin and should only be removed upon check out.
Tides was under renovation so breakfast was moved to their ballroom. It was organized and had a lot of food options. Ranging from fresh fruits to rice to pancakes, yogurt, fish, eggs, etc... There is even a kids buffet section to make breakfast easier for the kids.
I have to commend shangri la for having such friendly and helpful staff. I am amazed by their energy and infectious smiles. Makes you forget you had a long day as a racer or a spectator.
Staying at the venue allows you to use your own bathroom when nature calls. You avoid the long lines where non guests have to go. You can rest in the comfort of your own room or freshen up while killing time, if your racer has forgotten something before the race begins, its always easy to retrieve from the room. And lastly, the walk back to the room after the race isnt too far.
The hotel has a sports massage service which you can book before hand to guarantee a therapist after the race at your given time. This will help alot for the racer.
If you have the budget for a few days in shangri la, i say book it. Its Worth every penny.
- 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 Resort And Spa
- Shangri-La`s Mactan Hotel Lapu Lapu
- Shangri Las Mactan Hotel
- Shangri La Cebu
- Shangri La Mactan
- Shangri Las Mactan Lapu
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