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5 Stunning Staycation Destinations in Cebu for a Happy Holiday

Gift yourself a holiday in these famous Cebu hotels.

By: Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon | October 01, 2020

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Due to quarantine measures in place, some of these hotels might enforce safety precautions or might be temporarily closed. Please contact the hotel before visiting.


Christmas hotel staycation in Cebu

Where to go for an unforgettable holiday in Cebu? Find the answers here!

Image: Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa Facebook Page

The ideal Christmas vacation is to get away some place new for the holidays. But the peak season travel rush and related expenses can be stressful, which is not a good thing for a time when days should be merry and bright. The next best thing is to spend Christmas on a staycation!

Staycations let you have the advantage of experiencing your locality in a new way without traveling somewhere too far. The good news is that hotels and resorts offer various deals to draw in guests for the coming holidays. Below are some of the best hotels in Cebu to consider for a staycation this coming Christmas season.


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1. Bayfront Hotel Cebu



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A comfortable room at Bayfront Hotel Cebu

Image Bayfront Hotel Cebu Website

Opened in September 2014, Bayfront Hotel Cebu is a mid-rise hotel with 168 guest rooms located in the North Reclamation Area. This place is ideal to stay in if shopping and having fun at nearby malls like SM City Cebu, APM Mall, and Robinsons Galleria Cebu are part of your holiday plans.



Facilities at Bayfront Hotel include Café Breeze, an all-day dining restaurant that serves Filipino and international dishes. Guests can exercise at their fitness room called Sweat Gym, or have a massage at Oriental Spa. A 7-Eleven convenience store can be found at the al fresco area of the hotel.

September 2020 Update: Bayfront Hotel Cebu is now open.


2. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa



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The sprawling beachfront property of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa

Image: Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa Facebook Page

With Cebu having been recently voted number five in the Condé Nast list of top 20 best islands in the world, it’s almost perfunctory to go to the beach when in Cebu. One of the places where visitors can get their dose of sun, sea, and sand while at the Queen City of the South is at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.

This luxury five-star resort has 530 guest rooms and suites spread across 13 hectares of beachfront property. Their numerous facilities include a spa, children’s pool, marine sanctuary, and golf park. There are also water activities like snorkelling and scuba diving, to name a few.

September 2020 Update: Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa is now open.



3. Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan



Christmas hotel staycation in Cebu

A serene view of the Crimson infinity pool plus the beach during sunset

Image: Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan Facebook Page

Lapu-Lapu City is home to many resorts, one of which is Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan in Seascapes Resort Town, Mactan Island. Crimson has 40 pool villas and 250 guest rooms in a six-hectare beachfront property. Facilities include a three-tiered infinity pool, fitness center, spa and sports bar. For water activities, guests can choose from kayaking, snorkelling, or scuba diving, to name a few.


4. Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu



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One of the best spots for a tropical vacation

Image: Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu Facebook Page

Another hotel in Lapu-Lapu City is Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu. This five-star Swiss hotel houses 245 Mediterranean-inspired rooms and suites. Facilities include a beachfront restaurant, bar, swimming pool, marine sanctuary, spa, and fitness center. Adrenaline junkies can go parasailing or jet skiing, while children can enjoy arts and crafts or indoor games like foosball or chess. Nature lovers can also go bird watching in nearby Olango island, which is located five kilometres away from the hotel.

September 2020 Update: Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is now open.


5. Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort



Christmas hotel staycation in Cebu

The inviting waters of one of the lagoon-shaped pools at Bluewater Maribago

Image: Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort Facebook Page

Rounding out this list of staycation getaway spots is Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort in Lapu-Lapu City. This seven-hectare property has 163 rooms and 110 meters of beach front. Facilities include three lagoon-shaped swimming pools with waterfalls, children’s playground, full-service restaurants, bars, and a spa. Guests can go scuba diving, snorkelling, or boat riding, among other activities



Visit Yoorekka to find more holiday destinations!


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on November 16, 2016.
Due to quarantine measures in place, some of these hotels might enforce safety precautions or might be temporarily closed. Please contact the hotel before visiting.


Christmas hotel staycation in Cebu

Where to go for an unforgettable holiday in Cebu? Find the answers here!

Image: Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa Facebook Page

The ideal Christmas vacation is to get away some place new for the holidays. But the peak season travel rush and related expenses can be stressful, which is not a good thing for a time when days should be merry and bright. The next best thing is to spend Christmas on a staycation!

Staycations let you have the advantage of experiencing your locality in a new way without traveling somewhere too far. The good news is that hotels and resorts offer various deals to draw in guests for the coming holidays. Below are some of the best hotels in Cebu to consider for a staycation this coming Christmas season.


Check out this video:





1. Bayfront Hotel Cebu



holiday

A comfortable room at Bayfront Hotel Cebu

Image Bayfront Hotel Cebu Website

Opened in September 2014, Bayfront Hotel Cebu is a mid-rise hotel with 168 guest rooms located in the North Reclamation Area. This place is ideal to stay in if shopping and having fun at nearby malls like SM City Cebu, APM Mall, and Robinsons Galleria Cebu are part of your holiday plans.



Facilities at Bayfront Hotel include Café Breeze, an all-day dining restaurant that serves Filipino and international dishes. Guests can exercise at their fitness room called Sweat Gym, or have a massage at Oriental Spa. A 7-Eleven convenience store can be found at the al fresco area of the hotel.

September 2020 Update: Bayfront Hotel Cebu is now open.


2. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa



hotel

The sprawling beachfront property of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa

Image: Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa Facebook Page

With Cebu having been recently voted number five in the Condé Nast list of top 20 best islands in the world, it’s almost perfunctory to go to the beach when in Cebu. One of the places where visitors can get their dose of sun, sea, and sand while at the Queen City of the South is at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.

This luxury five-star resort has 530 guest rooms and suites spread across 13 hectares of beachfront property. Their numerous facilities include a spa, children’s pool, marine sanctuary, and golf park. There are also water activities like snorkelling and scuba diving, to name a few.

September 2020 Update: Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa is now open.



3. Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan



Christmas hotel staycation in Cebu

A serene view of the Crimson infinity pool plus the beach during sunset

Image: Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan Facebook Page

Lapu-Lapu City is home to many resorts, one of which is Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan in Seascapes Resort Town, Mactan Island. Crimson has 40 pool villas and 250 guest rooms in a six-hectare beachfront property. Facilities include a three-tiered infinity pool, fitness center, spa and sports bar. For water activities, guests can choose from kayaking, snorkelling, or scuba diving, to name a few.


4. Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu



Christmas

One of the best spots for a tropical vacation

Image: Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu Facebook Page

Another hotel in Lapu-Lapu City is Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu. This five-star Swiss hotel houses 245 Mediterranean-inspired rooms and suites. Facilities include a beachfront restaurant, bar, swimming pool, marine sanctuary, spa, and fitness center. Adrenaline junkies can go parasailing or jet skiing, while children can enjoy arts and crafts or indoor games like foosball or chess. Nature lovers can also go bird watching in nearby Olango island, which is located five kilometres away from the hotel.

September 2020 Update: Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is now open.


5. Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort



Christmas hotel staycation in Cebu

The inviting waters of one of the lagoon-shaped pools at Bluewater Maribago

Image: Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort Facebook Page

Rounding out this list of staycation getaway spots is Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort in Lapu-Lapu City. This seven-hectare property has 163 rooms and 110 meters of beach front. Facilities include three lagoon-shaped swimming pools with waterfalls, children’s playground, full-service restaurants, bars, and a spa. Guests can go scuba diving, snorkelling, or boat riding, among other activities



Visit Yoorekka to find more holiday destinations!


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on November 16, 2016.

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Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

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