Our stay in this resort was arranged at the last minute due to our flights from Boracay to Palawan being cancelled by Seair. I only found out about the cancellation 2 days before we were due to leave Boracay so I was forced to find accommodation on Mactan Island (which is where we decided to go) at very short notice.
I purchased a map of Cebu from the airline office on Boracay & had to make a decision without knowing anything about the place. My map at least showed that there were a cluster of resorts/hotels to the south of the airport.
All of the usual booking sites on the net came up 'No Vacancy' at any of the hotels I had chosen from the map.
As a last resort I tried the Rates To Go site which I had never tried before.
Bingo! They showed the Maribago having just 2 rooms left!
I quickly booked one of these rooms even though it was way over my budget & was not really the sort of place I would usually book into. (By this time I was thanking God for credit cards & netbook computers!)
Upon arrival at the Mactan International Airport I noticed a fellow with a sign which read 'Maribago Bluewater Resort' He had our names on a list but told me that we had not booked our transport through the hotel. He then gave both of us a shell necklace as our welcome to Cebu.
He was quite willing to include us in his vehicle for around 500 pesos if we were agreeable. I thought that I would rather try a meter taxi, believing them to be cheaper.
I knew from my map that the resort was only about 10 to 12 kilometres from the airport so I thought that a taxi would charge way under 500 pesos.
Even though I had refused his offer, this fellow escorted us to a waiting taxi & instructed the driver to take us to the resort. This was a nice, personal touch & I began to think that we had indeed made the correct decision to book into the Maribago.
Upon arrival we were given a refreshing drink & the booking procedure went smoothly.
I asked the clerk how much I was actually going to pay (having booked the room in US Dollars) & he did a quick conversion into pesos which I then converted into Australian dollars. This young fellow told me that if I had any problems I could approach the administration office the next day & they would explain the details. He also explained that we had been given a room in the Amuma Spa wing of the hotel & that we had been upgraded. This didn't mean much to me at the time but I thought that I was being treated extremely courteously & was able to relax, having had quite a trying few days previously.
Our bags were loaded onto a golf cart type transporter & we were driven to our room. I say room but it was like a suite. The room was spacious & the toilet & wardobes were at the back of the room through some wooden louvre doors. You entered the bathroom through sliding doors. The bathroom is actually in the open air but totally secluded & private. I suppose it is a Japanese type design because the floor is comprised of pebbles & the shower cascades like a waterfall.
This was luxury on a scale we had not yet experienced in the Philippines & it was just what we needed.
The pool was right in front of the room & the main breakfast area was about 100 metres away. (Breakfast selection was as good as it gets & plentiful, as you would expect but get there early if you want to sit in the airconditioned room.)
There was free WiFi in the Amuma Spa coffee shop as well as a free desktop internet connection in the gift shop.
The resort boasts its own private beach & there is a fresh fish restaurant at the end of the private jetty as well as the Cove Bar on the same jetty.
Like most resorts of this class, the food prices are usually outrageous compared to what can be found outside.
With service charges & taxes on top of the cost of food it can become quite expensive to eat in the resort, which probably explains why a great proportion of this resorts' guests found their way to the Maibago Grill restauarant (just a short walk up the road) for their evening meal.
Here could be found wonderful food for a reasonable price in an Al Fesco setting.
We ate there every night for 4 nights.
The Maribago Bluewater resort is typical of 4 to 5 star resorts & has what it takes to ensure that a comfortable relaxed ambience is enjoyed by its guests. If this is what you are after it is certainly one to try.
If you are after a great massage, try the little place just adjacent to the main gates.
Can't remember what it is called but those guys & gals can sure fix your aching limbs.
(Much cheaper than the resort also)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine the sweetness of doing nothing and the satisfaction of doing everything. It is an art you can discover and perfect at Bluewater Maribago, a lush 7-hectare tropical paradise of pure intimate pleasure. Here we put thought into every details of your stay, from the moment we greet you "Mabuhay" to the time we bid you "Farewell".Here, your options are countless: 158 well-appointed rooms, 110-meter beachfront of pristine sand, a private island, 3 lagoon-shaped swimming pools with waterfalls, children's playground, recreation and water sports center, full-service restaurants and bars and the pampering treatment of Amuma Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maribago Bluewater Beach Hotel Lapu Lapu
- Hotel Maribago Bluewater Beach
- Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
- Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort Cebu Island/Mactan Island