A Mövenpick Mactan Experience

We celebrated my Dad’s 57th birthday at the Mövenpick Hotel in Mactan Island. The resort was selling rooms for discounted prices for locals and it was the perfect opportunity to be able to experience this Swiss-owned resort and hotel chain which was previously under the Hilton chain.

view from our room
A view of the resort from our room
Birthday cake
Celebrating my dad’s birthday

Location
The resort-hotel is located in Punta Engaño in Mactan Island, about 20 minutes from the airport and 40 minutes away from downtown Cebu City.

Over the water
Mövenpick is located at Mactan Island
Sunset at Movenpick
Sunset view from the beach club

Room
We initially booked a Deluxe Ocean view room good for three but they later offered us an upgrade to the Premium Ocean Front for a reasonable price, so we decided to take it. That was a good decision because we were able to stay in a higher floor room with a good view of the Mactan Channel, the resort beach front, and the sunrise.

Inside our room
Our room (I slept in the extra bed)
Balcony of the room
Dad looking out the sea from our mini terrace

Facilities
Since we lived in Cebu and are frequent visitors of Mactan island, we did not really have to do the other activities like scuba diving or island hopping, but these are activities that can be arranged. They also offer jet ski use and parasailing, as well as packages to whale shark watching and tours in the city. We did snorkel around the lagoon (not much to see but it was a good swimming exercise) and take advantage of the pool. We also watched the sunset from the hammocks at the Ibiza Beach Club, which is free for hotel guests.

 

pool
Pool

 

Swimming area
Beachside
Mum at the Ibiza Club
Sunset at the Ibiza Beach Club
Inside the gym
An empty gym
Movenpick Mactan Lobby
The lobby
Movenpick Lobby
The lobby is bright and refreshing; with a complimentary daily chocolate hour!

Food
Instead of eating the Balearic-inspired, signature 15-course grill of the Ibiza Beach Club, we ate ala carte inside the restaurant (versus outdoors, because it can get very hot in the summer). The food was good enough for dinner. We also tasted some of their wines. At breakfast, we ate at Sails, which is a buffet. The food was pretty good and they had a good range of choices for the guests, which include Western, Asian, and Filipino spreads. The Lobby Lounge serves good food as well (their pizzas are very good) and there is a complimentary ‘Chocolate Hour’ every afternoon.

Inside the restaurant

Inside the beach club

Dad
Man of the day
Mum and I
Me and Mum
The resort at night
At night; the beach club at the top of the photo

Staff/ Management
Our stay actually started pretty bad: the check-in process was so disorganized. Plus, while the check-in was at 3 PM and we arrived at 4 PM, our room was still not available. This seemed pretty unacceptable but they made it up to us by letting us wait at the Executive Lounge and we had free afternoon snacks and coffee. Overall, the staff are what Filipino hospitality is all about and we definitely felt that we were treated in the best way possible. And it made my Dad’s birthday stay a truly unforgettable one.

The Buildings at Movenpick
The resort complex
Sunset watching
Thanks Mövenpick for the good weekend!

 

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