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Shangri-la’s Mactan Island Resort & Spa

$282 – $2,540

Outstanding resort set on a massive 13 hectares beautifully landscaped and is resplendent with all the trimmings of a bride-to-be. The doyen of the ‘Queen of the South’, has two bold and extremely large pools, private beach, dive centre, small pitch and putt golf course, games room, gym etc. Be prepared for a large ‘extras’ bill, as the restaurants, in-room internet ($15 per day), biz centre rates, laundry etc. is all over-priced when comparing to other hotels. In short, if you don’t mind splashing your cash, this is the place for you. If you want good value for money, best to pick something else in the “cheaper” categories and simply visit the Shang as a day guest.

Standard Rooms are large at 34 sq/mtrs.

The Presidential Suite (216 sq/mtrs) costs in this resort per night is a whopping $2540 and includes: breakfast, dinner, use of non motorized water activities (kayak, sailboat, windsurfer), free broadband internet, a $20 credit towards the spa. However, for that price, we expected alot more!

Tides restaurant arguably offers one of the best buffets in Cebu. One of the few in the Philippines where you will find an on-call sushi chef; producing exquisite california rolls, various sushi and other Japanese delights. There is also a grilling station attendant, a noodle station serving the freshest noodles in town, an awesome salad bar and a desert station complete with a real chocolate fountain. If your not impressed with this, we suggest your impossible to please, as there is something for everyone.

Another stand-out outlet is Cowrie Cove. An outdoor bar/ restaurant set on an elevated verandah above the sea, providing a bird’s eye view of the island of Olango, the beach below and the sea. Here you can enjoy happy hour whilst you watch day turn into night. Cool music, twinkling stars above and the gentle sounds of the sea caressing the shore below. On right on cue they bring out low-light emitting lamps to add a special ambience.

The Shangri-la boasts its own dive center. Run under ‘Scotty’s Dive Center, you will be impressed with the facilities they offer. Diving there is expensive, but hey – this is the Shang.

The best part about the Shang is the service. You will also not feel deprived if you don’t venture outside the compound during your stay – although we suggest you do. However, having said that, the pro-management team of the Shang, have simply thought of almost everything – for a price. Now, bring on the Wedding! Our last piece of advise, is to avoid the Shang at all costs during peak holiday periods and most weekends. Unless you don’t mind lining-up in breakfast cues, not being able to reserve your restaurant of choice and to be sharing the swimming pools with what seems – and is – hundreds of other guests.

SHANGRI-LA MACTAN ISLAND RESORT & SPA
Location: Punta Engano Road, Lapu-lapu City
Phone No.: (032) 231-0288
Email: rsvn@mac-shangri-la.com
Website: http://www.shangri-la.com

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