For this quarter’s short break, Paolo and I decided to give the booming Metropolis Cebu another try. We were only there last February for our South Cebu tour and it’s as if we never run out of reasons to go back in a heartbeat. We actually considered heading up north to Malapascua, but felt that the 4-hour travel’s going to be extra tiring, so we just decided to look for a staycation spot around the metro instead.
Looking for the perfect place to unwind can get pretty tricky since you wouldn’t want to encounter unfortunate surprises once you’re there. However, Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa is certainly one of the best ones. The hype is indeed for real, and it’s a must-visit vacation spot for anyone looking to get away from it all for a while.
We availed their day tour package, and what we got for our money was a great experience for a whole day in this veritable paradise on earth.
The following are what met us there:
Day Tour Inclusion
For P3,600 per person, you’ll get access to these things:
- Lunch Buffet at Tides Restaurant
- Free use of beach, pool, towels — you can use as many towels as you want
- Free use of Gym and Health Club facilities (sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi)
- 10% discount on Health Club and Salon Services for adults
- 25% discount on Dinner Buffet at Tides Restaurant
That is not a bad rate at all for a day in this paradise with this much access to everything in it.
This day tour package starts at 8 AM and ends at 9 PM, with lunch served from 12 to 2:30 PM.
If you need a bit of a workout, the Health Club has an assortment of gym equipment including treadmills, weights, and strength equipment from Life Fitness. Once you’re done with your workout, you can then relax in the sauna, try out the steam bath, and dip in the jacuzzi as you wish. You also get 10% savings on salon services that includes hair, face, and body treatments.
For even more relaxation, the spa has all the works. Different kinds of body massage, foot reflexology, hot stones, and many other types of treatments can help you take the edge off and de-stress.
Lunch Buffet at Tides Restaurant
This buffet is indeed the stuff of legend. Once the clock strikes 12 noon, you can go to Tides Restaurant and have a delicious lunch buffet (drinks not included) prepared by world class chefs. You also get 25% savings on the Dinner Buffet, excluding drinks. Yes guys, this was the best part of the day.
The centerpiece of Shangri-La Mactan does not disappoint at all with its beautiful view and really clear waters. You can just put on your goggles and go for a swim with the fish and corals. If you just want to hang back and take in some sun, then you can do so amid a gorgeous view. It’s one of the most beautiful seascapes on earth. I definitely enjoyed basking under the sun that I forgot to take pics of how the shore looked like. On the other note, we left our things in the shore, as there’s no locker provided for day tour guests, unless you’re using the spa. Thankfully though, none of our stuff went missing.
Facing the beach is the Infinity Pool, which stands out from the other two swimming pools that are available for people who prefer them to the beach. Instagram worthy view indeed! Pictures don’t do justice and it’s very hard to describe – you need see the place with your own yes!
If you just want to sit back in somewhere quiet, the common area has the perfect ambiance for you to unwind and hold some conversations. Coffee and tea are available here as well to better your momentary respite.
You can then take the shuttle back to Cebu City once the day tour comes to a close. Mostly, we used Grab and Uber to get around as there are a lot of available cabs and private vehicles nearby.
For a whole day, we get to experience the wonders that Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa has to offer with all the sights, comforts, and flavors. For sure, Cebu always holds a special place in my heart because this was where Paolo and I became ancouple, and lately where we’ve been engaged… ♥ So for our next Cebu trip, I’m definitely considering visiting this heavenly paradise of Queen City of South again in a snap!