Cebu city is an exquisite mix of history, leisure, urban development and natural beauty. The Queen city of the South never fails to make me smile and relax. Travel buddy and I took a weekend off from the rat race to unwind in Cebu at the Shangri-la Mactan resort. Last time I stayed here was about 2 years ago for my birthday with the family.


The Mactan Shangri-la is one of the premiere resorts in Lapu Lapu city. The establishment is a large expanse of different areas that have something for every guest. For the kids, there is the kiddie pool with slides, a kid centric fun zone that has air hockey and other video games, activities such as diving lessons, nail art and hair braids for the young kikays and even a snorkeling expedition!

Adults have several restaurants to choose from, a couple of pools to jump into and a really cozy beach to swim in. There’s also a gym, yoga classes, water sports and the luxurious Chi spa. There’s almost no reason for you to leave the resort!

The jewel of the place though is the beach and the wildlife that can be found just a few feet from the shore. We had an amazing time snorkeling the whole day!

The food and the service was also another element to be noted. The Filipino fiesta buffet was excellent and provided options that were definitely local and regional.

The Mactan Shangri-la is definitely a luxurious and magnificent place to be at when in Cebu. Check out their website for promos on the rooms!