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.
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.
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.
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.
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 beach club
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.