We had an interesting weekend about a month ago as we got to spend one night at one of Cebu’s five star Hotel, Plantation Bay Cebu.
This 5 star resort hotel is sitting on a sprawling 11.4 hectare property in Lapu-Lapu City, just 30 minutes away from the heart of Cebu City. It is the only Philippine resort that got winning scores in the 21st Annual Readers’ Choice Awards of 2008 in a survey conducted among 323 worldwide resorts. In the same survey, the hotel is ranked 16th out of 25 in the Top Asian Resorts category.
Since it is a five star hotel, you’d expect it to be pricey like your typical Vegas hotels, but interestingly the prices are somewhat reasonable. Add to the fact that they offered huge discounts during this time. (Perhaps to boost occupancy considering the economic crisis) What’s great about our stay is that one of my wife’s friends works here so we got 50 % of on room rates and buffet meals! Another great thing about this hotel is that it enforces a strict “no tipping” policy so you don’t have to worry on whether or not the bell boy thinks you are stingy. We arrived at the hotel at around 7 p.m. We had to attend the blessing of my wife’s office so we somehow missed the afternoon fun. (It was the opening of their summer Frolicks program)
Our first stop was of course to drop our gear at our room located at the Piazza Palermo I love the Italian inspired architecture. I’ve always wanted to live in Italy or somewhere in a European city where life is so much slower and where arts, culture and history abound.
Right across the Piazza Palermo is the Orion beach where we had dinner buffet. The dinner buffet was Brazilian inspired coupled with a Brazilian dance presentation which they interestingly dubbed as “Brazilian Fever” The food was great! I especially love the roast beef.
The show ran for about 30 minutes or more after which the emcee asked for audience participation by having selected people from the audience dance on stage. We of course were contented to just watch. It was interesting to know that the dancers who were performing were hotel staff and employees who were trained to do the presentation.
After filling our bellies we decided to go night swimming. We choose the East Salt water swimming lagoon, where some of the hotel rooms that were right at the edge of the lagoon were located. I wanted to see these rooms myself as these are the most sought after rooms in the hotel and is said to be the most expensive rooms of the hotel. Probably one of the reasons why these rooms are so expensive is because from the balcony of these rooms you can be in the water in 0-2 seconds.
After enjoying a good night swim, we decided to call it a night and returned to our room. We watched a late night t.v show and it’s off to dream land for the three of us.
The next morning, we wanted to see what the entire plantation bay cebu hotel complex looks like. Bikes are said to be available for free for an hour. But before engaging in an exhausting biking or walking tour a good buffet breakfast is a necessity, so we had one at the Kilimanjaro café.
After a sumptuous breakfast, the water looked very tempting so I decided to take a dip while my wife proceeded with her bike tour. We left our son to play games at the game room. I wanted to try out the giant slides, but was disappointed to learn that it was not open until 9 a.m. So I aborted my planned swimming adventure and opted to go biking instead.
Unfortunately they ran out of bikes, so I have to settle for a walking tour. I walked around the complex and took pictures.
At some point in my walking, I ran across my wife. We decided to the gaming room and joined our son. We played ping pong for a while, then it was time for me to fulfill my desire of going down the giant slides.
The giant slides were located at the North Salt water swimming lagoon. I tried both slides out and tried swimming in several other lagoons. (I wanted to know if the water feels the same in all lagoons hehehehe)
After that we had our final tour and walked around the hotel complex. Of course we wished we could take the entire plantation hotel complex with us, but the only thing we could take are good pictures, so we just snapped away.
Well all good things must come to an end and it was time for us to check out. We bid goodbye to this wonderful place bringing the good memories with us.
You might be wondering where is the “disappointment” part of our stay here. Well indeed this is a very disappointing weekendbecause we only got to stay for one night!. With all the good things, the wonderful sights and sounds that the hotel could offer, I wish we could stay for a week! We will be probably be back for their Hawaiian Luau!
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