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Locales: Beach Break

Sometimes in the heat of the summer, the only remedy is the sun, sand, and sea. Thankfully, Cebu’s Mactan Island provides enough destinations that are convenient respites from the season’s stifling city heat.


With 11 hectares of secluded grounds, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa feels like its own tranquil world apart from the rest of the island’s offerings. Large saltwater lagoons are flanked by villas and rooms in colonial-plantation architecture, complementing the overall feeling of being “away from it all.”

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa (Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2014)

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa (Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2014)

Take the escape even further by booking treatments at Mogambo Springs – situated in the middle of the resort but feeling like a destination on its own, the spa is inspired by an 18th century Tokugawa Japanese village and offers a wide range of relaxation and wellness packages.

The Mogambo Springs at Plantation Bay Resort & Spa

The Mogambo Springs at Plantation Bay Resort & Spa

Marigondon, Mactan Island
6332. 505 9800


With more than two decades of operation, Bluewater Maribago remains a favorite weekend destination for the consistently updated rooms and facilities, remarkable gastronomical offerings and warm Filipino hospitality.

Bluewater Maribago (Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2014)

Bluewater Maribago (Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2014)

A stay at the resort finds a wide range of dining options that will have your taste buds rejoicing at the holiday as well – the Allegro offers al fresco dining with Filipino; Asian and continental cuisine; The Cove is a live seafood restaurant that overlooks the resort’s private island; Molto Italiano is best known for its brick oven specialties; the Amuma Juice Bar and Spa Café offers light fare to complement the spa’s services; and the open-air Oyster Bar is a great place to unwind and enjoy fresh shellfish with cocktails.

The Cove Oyster Bar at Bluewater Maribago

The Oyster Bar at Bluewater Maribago’s The Cove

Buyong Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City
6332. 492 0100

Veronica Chiongbian free diving at Mactan Island's Freedive HQ

Veronica Chiongbian free diving at Mactan Island’s Freedive HQ

For the free divers at heart and the aspiring, this is the spot for you! It is my personal quick getaway from all the hustle and bustle in the city. They have one of the most beautiful and natural coral landscapes, so that makes diving a godsend. Freedive HQ employs champion SSI free divers for your utmost convenience. So get learning and get diving! Oh, and they host amazing trips to some of Mactan’s beautiful islands as well. What’s not to love? – Veronica Chiongbian (Zee Lifestyle Directory, November 2014)

Freedive HQ is an Scuba Schools International Diamond free diving facility offering SSI programs. For inquiries, click here.
Originally published in Zee Lifestyle Directory, April 2015. Like Zee Lifestyle Directory on Facebook.


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