Paradise on earth – Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa


A dream vacation on an exotic oriental island could take you to the Mactan Island in the Philippines. This is one of the little islands close to Cebu, a province in the Philippines. And nothing can compare to the magic of staying in the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa.

The phrase ‘a paradise on earth’ would aptly describe this five-star resort. It is situated in the city of Lapu-Lapu, which is connected to the mainland, Cebu, by two bridges, one being the Mactan-Mandane Bridge, and the other, the Marcelo-Fernan Bridge.

Lapu-Lapu has an interesting history because it is linked with the famous Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan had gone to these islands to colonize it. In 1521, he was killed by Lapu-Lapu, the chieftain of the island.

The Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa is set in luxuriant green tropical surroundings spread over 13 acres of land. The hotel has 530 suites and guest rooms which are unparalleled for the comfort they afford. Their motto seems to be ‘Go Green’ since all furniture is made of rattan and abaca and capiz. The rooms offer amazing views of the azure blue oceans and the marine sanctuary all around. The crowning glory is the Ocean Club rooms of the Ocean Wing. They have their private balconies overlooking the waters of the Mactan Channel.

What is unique to the resort is the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary. The beautiful white sandy beach leads to this place. Here one can be part of the underwater adventure. Scuba diving and snorkeling tours reveal the splendors of coral reefs with their breathtaking diversity of life under the sea. The clams and the different species of fish in abundance here are truly amazing.

The city of Cebu itself is worth exploring. It is known as the Queen City of the South. Spanish history is embodied in its museums and awe-inspiring churches.

The resort is the most relaxing when one chooses to use the spa. Chi, the spa, has exotic massages based on the five natural elements. This revitalizes a person and helps to shed the stress and strain of urban living.

The restaurants and bar at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, enhances the pleasures of the holiday here. The restaurant, Cowrie Cove, caters authentic native fare and, Acqua has the finest of Italian dining. The aptly named Waves Bar with its stunning view is a great place to relax.

The early birds, who cannot do without their workouts, can join the in-house Swim and Run session starting at 6 am. The Health Club further provides a half hour training session for fitness at 10 am. As far as sporting activities are concerned, beach volleyball in the excellent tropical sunshine is unbeatable. Indoor pool tables provide the billiards experience.

Evenings promise rollicking fun at the Buko Bar. The bar is totally transformed to reflect the Filipino culture. Native dancing and the sounds of their music fill the air.

What better than the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa for conferences and seminars. The two opulent ballrooms and convention centers afford the necessary space. The 350 meters of beach with its beautiful white sand also lends itself to memorable weddings in this romantic and exotic locale. Click Here for more images of the Shangri La Beach.