I was over in Cebu during the weekend and stayed at Crimson Beach Resort & Spa, a five star hotel. Seeming popular among both locals and tourists, the resort is often bustling with activities. I had a good deal, paying the price for the garden villa but gotten a free upgrade to the private pool villa. My package also included 3 meals, round trip transfer to airport, 1000peso of beverage vouchers per night, 1 hour free billiard and some other miscellaneous promos.
The place was like a little island, reminded me of the resort I stayed at in Maldives. They have deluxe rooms, garden villas, private pool villas and those private pool villas facing the sea.
We were given the villa with the private plunge pool… really cool!
There’s a dining & living room area and then the main bedroom with a huge ass bathroom.
Like my Maldives villa, the bathroom had a bath rub & rain shower. But this one had a TV in the bathroom, good for those who want to enjoy a soak while getting carried away by their favorite dramas.
The beach is just a 5 minutes walk away from our villa. They have an infinity pool that’s usually very crowded. You can select a variety of water sports at the beach – jet skiing to snorkeling to enjoying a ride on the banana boat.
Dinner was something I often look forward to for the variety of food items and not forgetting the yummy seafood too.
Our hotel package also included a massage daily at their Aum Spa outlet.
It’s a beautifully decorated place that really makes one feel relaxed.
It’s separated into 2 sections – Ladies Zone & Men Zone. They have a pool, sauna facilities for both genders separately.
This is the changing & locker area for the ladies.
Check out the therapy rooms:
And each massage begins with a foot bath.
Only the Aum Signature Massage & Traditional Hilot Healing Massage were eligible for our package. My therapist mentioned that I had a stiff neck & shoulders. Lots of knots in my back, I should go for a massage monthly and at least drink 6 glasses of water daily. She also recommended drinking tea too.
On our first night of stay, we were lucky to experience fireworks by the beach.
What a beautiful sight!
You could also take the hotel bus down to the city for shopping. There were 3 stops daily and they would bring you to Ayala and SM City. I’v been to SM City in Manila and it’s a really huge mall. So I figured that we could try SM City, Cebu Mactan.
My trip would have been perfect if not for these 3 grouses –
1) Our initially allocated villa had no wifi and we had to call the front desk at least twice. They had promised to send someone over but it seemed to take forever. Front desk could have at least give us a waiting time so that we would know roughly when to expect someone over.
2) Front desk did not book a slot of us for the bus tour and we nearly missed getting a ride.
3) I had some questions over the bill and the manager wasn’t too patient with the explanation. I believe that he could have handled the matter better since I’m still the paying guest and I was not being rude or unreasonable.
Would I recommend Cebu to anyone? Perhaps… If you do not have the money to travel to Maldives or if you are not too particular about the water quality. It’s clear on some sections only but Maldives’ waters beat it hands down. You could try Boracay, Philippines instead as I believe their water quality should be better.
And so my quest for Project Beautiful Beaches continues. My next destination would be DANANG, VIETNAM 😉
Overall Rating: .5