Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa

Ah, Shangri-La Mactan. This gorgeous resort in Cebu served as my sanctuary on our last night in the Philippines. We knew we were in good hands from the moment our airport shuttle pulled up to the security check. Our time in the Philippines was going to end on a good note after all.

A nasty flu slapped me in the face towards the end of our Philippines journey. When I finally saw my GP after week 3 of nonstop coughing, he said I would’ve gotten pneumonia if I didn’t recover from laryngitis by week 4 (yikes!). Anyway, after suffering from high fevers for 3 days straight in El Nido, I was relieved when we landed in Cebu. We were to stay here for one night before flying back to Taiwan.

First Impressions

Similar to other Shangri-La properties, this one is grand; it was like walking into a palace. We were welcomed by staff in gorgeous uniforms (that’s right, even their outfits are spot on!) and sipped on yummy welcome drinks while checking in. A bell boy, full of smiles, then walked us to our room. We don’t know his name, but he picked us out from the crowd the next morning to say bye to us!

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Room

Perched on the 9th floor, our massive room offered a beautiful view of the coastline. The king-sized bed is the most comfortable bed we slept on this entire Asia trip.

The staff even surprised us with fresh fruits, wine, chocolates, and a cake to celebrate both our birthdays! We had reservations at Cowrie Cove, one of Shangri-La’s onsite restaurants, but had to cancel because I was just too weak. When we ordered room service later in the evening, they surprised us with 2 more cakes! That was such a sweet gesture. The service and attention to detail here is just impeccable!

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Food

To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Filipino food. I don’t like rice nor do I eat meat, so I didn’t have many options in the Philippines. The food at Shangri-La Mactan, however, is a different story. The vegetarian bibimbap I had for lunch was and the breakfast buffet was the best thing I ate that whole week. The cuisines they offered included Filipino, Western, Japanese, and Korean. There was a fruit bar, salad bar, dessert bar, and even a gluten-free zone! There were also plenty of vegetarian options too- I was in heaven.

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Amenities

With its own private beach and onsite spa facility, Shangri-La Mactan has something for everyone. Fitness training, snorkeling, beach volleyball, jet ski, tennis, yoga… the list goes on and you’ll never run out of things to do. It’s the perfect place not only for couples on a romantic getaway, but also families with small children. They even offer nail art and hair braiding for kids!

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Thoughts

It’s a shame that we weren’t able to indulge in everything the resort has to offer. We would’ve loved to have a romantic candlelit dinner or try some water sports, but I just wasn’t physically able to do anything. Thanks to Shangri-La Mactan’s luxurious comfort and service, though, I was finally able to rest up and recharge my body.

We’ll be coming back- and next time, we’ll be treating ourselves to a spa treatment after cruising on jet skis!

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Disclaimer: We received a discounted rate for our experience at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa. However, these are our own honest opinions and we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves! 

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17 Comments

  1. October 19, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Shangri La do a lot of great resorts. We’ve been to a couple and been impressed every time. They seem to have a lot more in Asia where we don’t go very often (but that could change!). Good thing that you didn’t get pneumonia – that’s serious stuff!

  2. October 20, 2016 / 1:48 am

    Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well. It’s such a bummer especially when you are traveling. The hotel seems lovely and I like they had several types of cuisines to choose from. I love Korean food, so I probably would have picked that 🙂

    • October 23, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      thanks Candy! I was reallllly craving non-Filipino food by the end of it so I was so glad they had that!

  3. October 20, 2016 / 2:30 am

    Sorry you weren’t feeling your best — but thank goodness you had a nice place to relax. I agree the extra special touches really make a difference. This Shangri-La location does look awesome!

  4. October 20, 2016 / 4:05 am

    Sorry you were so sick, but at least you were somewhere comfortable with beautiful views! That resort has amazing views, and a private beach sounds amazing. I’ve never been to Asia but I’ve heard Cebu is so wonderful with stunning beaches. I’ll keep this property in mind.

    • October 23, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! YES you must go! Make sure you spend a few nights in Moalboal- that was our favourite place in Cebu. We did sardine runs (snorkeling with hundreds of sardines!!) right off our house reef and it was life changing. Swimming with whale sharks in Oslob was AMAZING too

  5. October 20, 2016 / 5:21 am

    This sounds like the perfect stay! Aside from your poor health, it sounds like the Shangri-la did everything they could to ensure a comfortable stay, from the birthday goodies to the vegetarian options. Good customer service is always a win in my book!

    • October 23, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      a little gesture on their part has such an impact on the guests! 🙂

  6. October 20, 2016 / 9:34 am

    We are actually in this same resort as we speak and we love it! I love that you got to celebrate your birthday here as mine is next week! How crazy! Anyways, the hospitality and amenities at this resort are unlike anywhere else we have been! Glad to see you had a wonderful time too!

    • October 23, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      What a coincidence! Happy birthday!!! Hope wherever you’re staying now went the extra mile in making your day extra special 🙂

  7. October 20, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    So, it’s true what they say about Filippino food not being particularly vegetarian friendly. Shame!
    I’m jealous of that view! <3

    • October 23, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Hahaha it wasn’t for me that’s for sure 😛

  8. October 20, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Aiiiiii! Getting sick is never fun, but being in a place you enjoy and feel as comfortable as the feeling that you`ve ended up in a heavenly home.
    I`ve been through a similar experience in Morocco. I couldn`t move but I still wanted to visit everything! And when I got a little better, I decided to visit a roman ruin… even though it was raining, which got me even more sick.
    Long live the pharmacies around the world and the pills who sound similar! haha
    Shangri la Mactan sounds like that place that will change my mom`s mind about travelling and she would be able to enjoy it!

    • October 23, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      I feel you, I still went island hopping in El Nido (swimming in the ocean, kayaking) even though I was boiling with a fever! I got even sicker just like you in Morocco haha. No regrets though, right? 🙂 Your mom would definitely enjoy Shangri La Mactan- my mom’s really picky when it comes to travelling but when we showed her our stay she said she’d go with us next time!

  9. October 21, 2016 / 1:29 am

    OMG I LOVE that little birthday cake! It is so cute. Also, I think you had me at private beach. I love a good private one!

  10. October 21, 2016 / 7:27 am

    Ohhh.. really really sorry you weren’t feeling well, shangrila mactan is such a very nice place. And food is massive as well there I love their breakfast too.

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