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Paradise Found: The Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort

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Consistently named among the best islands in the world, Mactan has a new ace up its sleeve: the Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort.

The island of Mactan in Cebu offers so much to travelers, from those seeking sea, sand and sun to those eager to learn about its rich history and local culture. With the fast-approaching opening of the Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort, discriminating travelers will be further spoilt for choice.

Owned by Robinsons Land Corporation and managed by Thailand’s Dusit Hotels & Resorts, the five-star beachfront resort is located on the northwestern tip of Mactan Island, in the picturesque barangay of Punta Engaño.

“Teaming up with Dusit Hotels & Resorts, a well-established international brand, is a step in the proper direction for the company,” says Arthur Gindap, the newly appointed SVP and Business Unit General Manager of Robinsons Hotels and Resorts. “We are proud of our real estate development experience, and are driven to constantly introduce new and exciting brands and concepts to this quality-conscious market. As the market matures in sophistication and as competition continues to increase, introducing a global brand will further fortify our presence in Cebu.”

Once a quiet seaside fishing village, the resort’s ideal location has developed in recent years into one of the prime resort and residential destinations in Cebu.

It’s also very easy to get to the five-star paradise–being only a short drive away from the recently opened Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Guests can also take the more scenic route, via the resort’s exclusive water transfer service. Whichever you choose, it’s a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Guests arriving at the property will be greeted by the inviting architecture of the resort’s main buildings, three low-rise structures that effortlessly blend in harmony with their surroundings. After being ushered inside the open-air Grand Lobby, a sense of wonder takes over. The eye is immediately drawn to the sweeping views of Magellan Bay, with the hazy hills and mountains of Liloan, Cebu, in the distance. Sure to be the hands-down favorite spot to unwind is the resort’s signature 100-meter long infinity pool, which seemingly merges into the sea.  The dramatic pool is complemented by the boardwalk promenade below, beautifully landscaped and perfect for sunbathing or a leisurely stroll. These unique features overlook the resort’s exclusive beach, offering exceptional views and an unparalleled experience to every guest.

From this point, guests make their way to their accommodations, with several room types to choose from. These include the cozy Deluxe Garden View or Deluxe Sea View rooms, and the well-appointed Dusit Club Rooms, the medium-sized suites (Governor’s, Captain’s, and Executive), and finally, the majestic three-bedroom suites: the JG Suite and the Admiral’s Suite. Each of the resort’s almost 300 rooms has complimentary wi-fi, internet-ready TVs, coffee and tea making facilities, comfortable beds, and many other thoughtful amenities and modern conveniences. Guests may be tempted to stay in, though they’d be missing out, as there’s much more to see and experience at Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu.

Some may choose to combine business with pleasure, so for that there are six event venues that can host celebrations, meetings, or seminars. The largest of these is the 1,235 sq.m Dusit Ballroom–the largest pillarless ballroom in Mactan–which can comfortably seat 600 guests for banquets or up to 1,000 guests for cocktails. At 500 sq.m, the Pre-Function Area can host cocktails for 400 guests, while the four smaller Salons, ranging from 95 to 100 sq.m., can seat a maximum of 60 guests for dinner or 80 guests for cocktails. Let’s not forget the versatile Sky Garden, which has a sweeping view of the sea, the resort’s pool, and the beach. This scenic area is perfect for teambuilding sessions, outdoor receptions, or health and fitness-related activities.

To complement these facilities, the resort also offers the TechnoGym-equipped D-FiT Fitness Center, the Namm Spa for relaxation, the Indoor Kid’s Zone, a World Class Dive Center, plus a wide variety of Water Sports and Activities, and more.

After a day’s worth of activities, resort guests will surely savor replenishing those burnt calories at Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu’s world-class restaurants, such as the Sea Breeze Cafe featuring an international buffet; Benjarong, Dusit’s signature contemporary Thai restaurant; the Sunset Bar, a poolside sports bar and gastro pub; the open-air Lobby Lounge, and the upscale Dusit Club Lounge. With tall coconut fronds swaying gently overhead, laze away the afternoon here with a refreshing drink in hand, and get ready for possibly the best sunset view in all of Cebu. They say that no two sunsets are alike; travelers surely wouldn’t mind coming back again and again if only to prove that it’s true.

“Graciously Dusit by caring people,” says the resort’s General Manager, David Baldwin. “Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu combines the best of Filipino and Thai hospitality and grace, and we look forward to contributing to Mactan’s hospitality landscape. The growth of internationally-known resort brands like Dusit Thani in Mactan and the new International Terminal at MCIA are strengthening Mactan’s position as the country’s top tourism destination. We are proud to enter the dynamic Mactan market.”

Robinsons Land has other developments in Cebu with its 3 malls, 3 office projects, 7 residential buildings, 2 subdivisions, as well as 2 other hotels.

For inquiries, email Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu Resort General Manager David Baldwin at
dtmc@dusit.com.

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Holy Week Must-Haves

Going on a trip? Look stunning and stylish on your Holy Week trip with these must-haves.

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There are plenty of ways to spend the Holy Week. Some people prefer to stay at home and fast while some people prefer to go out of town to spend the week. Contrary to the belief that traveling during this time is risky because of the superstition that evil spirits are lurking amongst us, most people actually enjoy going to beaches or mountains to have a fun and relaxing time with their family or friends during the long holiday.

Of course, planning the trip took some time for you and you’re cramming on your shopping on what things you need to bring with you on your vacation. That is why we listed a couple of things that you must pack with you on your trip because we want you to look good and stylish during this Holy Week.

 

Benefit Gimme Brow Gel and Bad Gal Bang Mascara

Waterproof makeup is a must when going on beach vacations. The Benefit Gimme Brow Gel and their Bad Gal Bang Mascara are best brought when it comes to trips like this. Have fleeky brows using the Gimme Brow Gel with its formula that is created with microfibers that makes your brows full-looking. Their Bad Gal Bang Mascara also makes your lashes pop with their gravity defying formula that even after a long day, your lashes will surely still have that volume. Both of these products are water-resistant and long lasting so you don’t have to worry of having to retouch while you’re enjoying your day.

Origins Vitazing SPF 15

One thing we’re all worried about when going on vacations is how we can protect our skin from the sun. The Origins Vitazing SPF 15 will surely come in handy when going to vacations. It’s a moisturizer, a foundation and a sunscreen, all in one product. The Origins Vitazing SPF 15 will help you look fresh and clear while protecting you from damaging your skin from the sun exposure that carries UV rays.

 

Maryan Mehlhorn ‘Fusion’ (Hibiscus) Underwired Bikini

This swimwear by Maryan Mehlhorn will definitely bring you that confident vacation vibe this Holy Week. The luxurious bikini is designed with a mixture of prints that will make you look stylish and fashionable as you enjoy swimming in the waters or sunbathing in the sand. Made and designed to fit all shapes, this swimwear will surely make you look and feel elegant yet sexy once you wear it at the beach.

Lilly Pulitzer Castilla Cover Up in Resort White

If there’s anything you can’t be without when going to a beach, it would be a cover up. Cover ups always create the look, especially on photos. There are many kinds of cover ups available but this one from Lilly Pulitzer just looks so stunning with its flowy cloth and tassel designs which would really add the beachy vibe to your outfit. Plus, it matches the Maryan Mehlhorn swimwear mentioned earlier.

 

Dolce and Gabbana Butterfly Acetate Glasses

Look classy throughout your vacation with Dolce and Gabbana’s Butterfly Acetate Glasses. These square-shaped glasses would not only protect your eyes from the sun, but it would also make you look stylish and cute when you wear this at beach. Definitely, it will match any outfit that you choose to pair it with.

 

Cult Gaia’s Gaias Ark Bag

The Ark Bag from Cult Gaia is a staple and a classic to the brand. This bag from Cult Gaia is made from bamboo and it displays its iconic arc shape that not only is stylish but is also easy to carry with you wherever you go. It’s also very spacious and it can carry all your beach essentials such as sunblock, sunglasses and your camera.

Lapin House Straw Sun Hat

Known for its style and function, a vacation look is never complete without a cute floppy hat. Lapin House’s Straw Sun Hat would really look cute on you with its white ribbon band on top that would totally match the Lilly Pulitzer Cover Up or any outfit that you’ll be wearing. It’s also big enough to protect your face from direct exposure to sunlight and we want none of that.

Lady Rustan Dei Thin Cross Strap Sandals

A simple yet stunning sandals would complete your vacation look and adding a Lady Rustan sandals in leather should do the trick. These sandals would be perfect with any outfit that you have in mind and it’s good for walks on the sand. You can either get the brown one or the white one for the perfect beach look.

 

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

A polaroid camera is always a must when going on a vacation. Capture precious moments with Fujifilm’s Instax Square SQ6. It’s better than your regular polaroid camera because it prints bigger films that will capture the beauty of every scene that you take, may it be a landscape of a place or it can just be a picture of you and your loved ones that you went to vacation with.

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Enjoy a Funtastic Easter Sunday with the Kids at Rustans

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Easter is just a skip away, and for kids it’s really a super fun holiday.

Egg-citing treats and surprises await them at the Rustan’s Easter Party on Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m. at the  Rustan’s Children’s Department, Ayala Center Cebu. For a minimum single receipt purchase of  P 3,000 from the Kids’ Department, come and enjoy the following:

Food Carts

Sure to delight kids are a selection of food carts filled with yummy sweet and savory snacks. 

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny hid many colorful Easter eggs at the barnyard for our precious little hunters to find. Hop along and join the search for a chance to win special prizes from our different kids’ brands. Each participant also gets a Kinderjoy egg!

Easter Egg Decorating

Kids get to design and take home their one-of-a-kind egg creation at the Easter egg decorating station.

Crayola Art Activity

Let your kid’s inner artist shine. Make a splash with pastel shades, bright patterns or rainbow colors. 

Lego Building Contest

Fancy building an Easter bunny or a giant Easter egg? Let kids’ imaginations take flight with the Lego Building Contest at the Lego Corner. Exciting prizes are in store for those with the most creative and imaginative Lego creations.

It’s going to be a very hoppy Easter celebration at the Rustan’s Department Store.

For more information and updates, visit https://rustans.com.ph and @rustansph on Facebook and Instagram

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Here’s What Cebu’s Restaurateurs are Preparing for Easter Week

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The arrival of Holy Week often means a mass exodus out of the city—whether it’s for a trip back to one’s hometown or an opportunity for a vacation. That being said, food choices during this time are often limited, with restaurants cutting down hours to prepare for the holidays, or creating menus that suit the season.
 
While it’s interesting to know what these food spots will offer, we’re curious about what the people behind them prepare at home. To satiate our curiosity, we asked some of Cebu’s notable chefs and restaurateurs what they’re cooking up this week.
 
 
“For Most Holy week days, we’re most likely out of town. But buona pascqua is huge in Italy. So when we’re in town, we’re spending Sundays around the kitchen. We do gnocchi in all sorts of forms. We’re rolling it, then pan frying, adding reduced liquid , adding meat. Using cauliflower to make it healthier. And how can Easter be without a sweet? A Burnt Caramelized mini “otap” Tart with pear is our choice.” —Kate Anzani, Anzani
 
 
“One day this Holy Week, it’s going to be ribeye, mashed potatoes, puttanesca pasta for dinner and homemade tacos & margarita for the afternoon. Other days, we dine out.” —Jan Rodriguez, Weekend 

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