(SPOT.ph) If you’re already planning for your summer getaways or the upcoming long weekends, you should definitely add Cebu to one of your must-visit places. One trip isn't even enough to marvel at this tropical paradise's many sights—from the white-sand beaches on Malapascua Island on the north to the cliff-jumping spots in Badian on the south—there's always a good reason to go back again and again.
If you find yourself booking a trip to this favorite local destination, here are awesome accommodations that won't disappoint.
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa
Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City
Contact: (032) 231-0288
Rates start at P17,000
Staying at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa is an indulgence worthy of every peso, especially with its luxurious facilities—from a suite with a view to a spacious spa village. It’s a perfect vacation spot if you’re looking to relax, but still want the option to go out and enjoy the sun and the sea. The hotel offers many activities like diving, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, sailing, or even deep-sea fishing. To wind down after a tiring day, book a spa appointment at Shangri-La’s famous The Chi or find your Zen while walking around the hotel’s 13-hectare garden.
The Henry Hotel
Paseo Saturnino, Cebu City
Contact: (032) 520-8877
Rates start at P4,700
Looking for an Instagram-worthy place to stay? The Henry Hotel is known for the works of art that add a dash of color to its walls, making sure that no two rooms are identical. You can even choose according to your aesthetic, whether you want a room that’s surrounded by vibrant colors and patterns or something more subdued. They even have a special package for artsy couples looking for a quirky place for their prenup photoshoot.
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Seascapes Resort Town, Lapu-Lapu City
Contact: (032) 401-9999, (032) 239-3900
Rates start at P6,800
If you’re the kind of traveler that loves checking out the hotel’s pool, then you’re in for a treat at Crimson Resort and Spa. They have a three-level infinity pool that’s unlike anything else in the province. The resort also has ocean-front villas with pools, perfect if you’re looking for privacy. But that's not even the end to Crimson's claim-to-fame as it's also the home of Enye by Chele Gonzalez, the celebrated chef who also brought us Gallery by Chele in BGC.
Radisson Blu Cebu
Sergio Osmeña Boulevard corner Juan Luna Avenue, Cebu City
Contact: (032) 505-1700
Rates start at P6,800
Just minutes away from the beautiful Mactan Channel, this five-star hotel has 400 spacious rooms that boast views of bustling Cebu City. It takes pride in its proximity to cultural attractions like the famous Magellan’s Cross and Colon Street. It’s also connected via walkway to a local mall, so you don’t even have to worry about your shopping (read: pasalubong) needs.
Ouano Avenue corner C.D. Seno Street, City South Special Economic Administrative Zone, Mandaue City
Contact: (032) 342-8888
Rates start at P3,500
Cebu isn’t all about Cebu City. You can also head over to Mandaue City, an up-and-coming destination in the province that will soon be the home of world-class casino resorts. For now, you can stay at Bai Hotel, the biggest city hotel in the Visayas with more than 600 rooms in the 23-storey property. It also boasts an Executive Club, which offers a three-floor private lounge, unlimited afternoon tea, and 24-hour butler service.
Duarte Street, Santa Fe
Contact: (032) 438-9042
Rates start at P1,800
If you’re looking to explore the beautiful Bantayan Island, Kota Beach’s laid-back vibe makes it a top option. Let the hours pass while you take a dip in its calming turquoise waters or go for a leisurely walk on the powdery white sandbar. Don’t forget to take selfies at the resort’s “Camp Sawi” arch. (Fun fact: Breakup-themed film Camp Sawi was filmed on Bantayan Island.)
Contact: (032) 260-6006
Rates start at P9,500
You're not likely to get bored when booked at Kandaya Resort. They have their own horse stable and arena where you can learn how to ride a horse or explore nearby coconut plantations with your new hoofed friend. You can even sign up for Mixed Martial Arts lessons or a relaxing yoga session. You can cap off the day at the resort’s private beach cove on Malapascua Island and just enjoy the peace while listening to the crashing of the waves on the shore.
Badian Island Wellness Resort
Zaragoza Island, Badian
Contact: (032) 401-3303
Rates start at P16,900
The Badian Island Wellness Resort may have been around for over 30 years, but it has maintained its reputation as a great place to stay for people checking out the south of Cebu. Its open-air Spa Village lets you experience a panoramic view of Badian Bay and surrounding mountains while enjoying some pampering in the outdoor pavilion. Don’t forget to avail of its signature massage and scrubs, such as the seaweed massage and ginger and nut scrub.
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Sumilon Island, Oslob
Contact: (032) 318-9098
Rates start at P16,000
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort is located in Cebu's best-kept secret: The white-sand beaches of Sumilon Island. They have a marine sanctuary where you can go snorkeling or freediving to better appreciate the creatures of the deep. After a busy day, you can go back to the hotel and experience their Amuma Spa, where they offer treatments with Philippine ethnic influences.
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Cebu Watersports Complex, Lapu-Lapu City
Contact: (032) 492-7777
Rates start at P10,300
Planning to experience Cebu’s nightlife? Five-star hotel Movenpick houses the popular dining and entertainment venue Ibiza Beach Club right along the beach. They frequently invite world-class DJs and bands to make sure that you’re down to party all night long. This Mediterranean-inspired hotel also has a 24-hour fitness center where you can work off all the fun you’ve had the previous night!