A beach holiday need not be an unattainably beautiful daydream for us Cebuanos. Since we live in a place that probably has more beach resorts than most of us know about, here are two that you might want to add to your lists.
Palmbeach Resort and Spa
Looking for a quiet, relaxing place to enjoy the beach, go scuba diving or enjoy a delightful body massage? The beautiful Palmbeach Resort and Spa along Punta Engaño Road on Mactan Island might be just the place for you.
Palmbeach is a quiet and relaxing place by the beach that's conducive for a couple's getaway. Accommodations at this resort may be in the form of a standard room, a deluxe room or a suite. It offers rooms with kitchen and contemporary facilities to guarantee a comfortable and pleasant stay for its guests. The resort has providers that make it possible for guests to enjoy services like massage, scuba diving, water sports, and island hopping.
At this resort, you'll never know you left home, if your home happens to be a serene, attractive haven for out-and-out relaxation. Guests can bask in the following facilities that the resort offers:
- Two infinity pools plus kids' pool
- Massage spa
- Air-conditioned conference room good for 75 persons, with sound system and LCD projector
- Function room good for 100 persons
- Darts room
- Children's playroom
- Concierge service
- 24-hour front desk
- Wi-Fi Internet
- Gift shop
- PADI 5-star dive center (Sea World)
- Medical clinic
- Parking facilities
- 24-hour security, with CCTV camera
- Standby emergency generator
The resort is about fifteen minutes from Mactan Cebu International Airport. From Palmbeach, it takes around twenty minutes to reach the nearest mall in Mactan and forty-five minutes to get to the larger malls in Mandaue and Cebu City.
For reservations, you may call (032)238-5877, (032)239-5300, (032)495-1002, and (0922)858-5159 during office hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday. Alternatively, you may send [email protected] or [email protected] an e-mail message. You can check out the resort's Web site at palmbeachcebu.com
Hisoler Beach Resort
When you want a place to relax, feel the breeze, and chill out from your city-induced daze (perhaps for the upcoming Holy Week), another prospect you might like is the Hisoler Beach Resort in Nailon, Bogo. Nailon is a coastal barangay whose residents mostly depend on fishing for their livelihood and whose beaches are comfortable for swimming.
After a drive of about two hours from Cebu City, you could experience rejuvenation and a break from your usual hectic way of life, at the Hisoler Beach Resort, which is owned by Buddy and Evelyn Hisoler. It's along the same street as the other well-known beach resort in Nailon.
The mid-price Hisoler resort offers day-use kiosks or cottages constructed in a style similar to that of the Philippines' endemic bamboo-and-cogon huts:
- small - good for 8 to 10 persons maximum
- big - good for 25 to 30 persons maximum
The swimming pool at this beach resort is open until 10 p.m., and the day rate for kids (age 0-11) is appreciably lower than for adults (age 12 and above).
For your overnight accommodations at the Hisoler Beach Resort, you can choose from family rooms with twin beds (good for 4 to 6 persons maximum) or standard rooms with a single bed each (good for 2 to 3 persons maximum). You may have to pay an excess charge for an extra bed if necessary.
The family rooms have amenities like hot and cold water, air-conditioning and cable television. The standard rooms have air-conditioning and cable TV. Check-in time is 2 p.m. and checkout is at 12 noon. The resort offers Wi-Fi Internet for a daily fee. If what you really want is plenty of relaxation at more affordable rates, then you should probably visit the resort during the off-season.
Those who are seeking a venue for their social gatherings rather than just relaxation may be interested to know that this place has a function room that you may use, but only if you avail of Hisoler Beach Resort's catering services. Catering rates per head would depend on the menu that you choose.
The resort's entrance is on De la Viña Street in Nailon, Bogo. Contact numbers you may call for your inquiries about the resort are (032)516-2187, (032)416-1117, (032)434-8014, (032)346-1200, and (032)344-3641; look for Evelyn Hisoler. You can also send [email protected] an e-mail message or view many more photos of the resort and its facilities at the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000868426932
A. Palmbeach Resort and Spa, Punta Engaño Road, Mactan
B. Hisoler Beach Resort, Nailon, Bogo