5 Elegant Cebu Hotels For A Lavish Staycation


There’s a reason Cebu is called the Queen City of the South. All across this bustling provinces, you will find beautiful, empty stretches of white sand, a collection of the Philippines’ best-tasting lechon, and fit-for-a-queen luxury hotels.

If you are into lavish staycations, then this list is for you!

Here, we take you on an Epicurean journey through Cebu’s decadent accommodations, including hotels where you have your own butler, and a loft that costs ₱110,000 a night.

1. Be Resort (Mactan Island)

At Be Resort in Mactan Island, you can choose rooms according to who you want to be: Be Chic, Be Cool, and Be Classy. All prices start at ₱4,500+, the rooms are adorned with playful pastels and hip decor that complement the hotel’s contemporary vibe.

Be Resort Mactan Island, Cebu

Enjoy curated en-suite bathrooms and sink into plush, chiropractor-approved mattresses while enjoying an expansive view of the beach from your room.

Be Resort’s beach strip is among the most spacious in Mactan Island, and it’s absolutely kid-friendly! (Don’t miss lounging on their ultramodern sunbeds while enjoying a cocktail from the beachside bar. It’s an experience in itself.)

Be Resort Mactan Island, Cebu

If the beach isn’t enough, you can wade in three pools on site, including a free-form pool, a jacuzzi, and a children’s pool. After swimming, head to the leisure room to play billiards. Kids also enjoy complimentary use of in-house children’s toys.

Be Resorts Mactan

Punta Engaño Road, Mactan
Lapu Lapu City, Cebu

+63 32 239 0888



2. Cebu City Marriott Hotel

Seated just next to Ayala Mall and mere minutes away from the Cebu City Industrial District, Cebu City Marriott Hotel is well-suited for both business and leisure travelers.

Cebu City Marriott Hotel, Cebu City

Staying here means you’ll get to sleep in Marriott’s signature pillowtop mattresses and duvets, as well as enjoy a marble-lined bathroom with a tub, complimentary high-speed WiFi, a 32-inch LCD TV with premium channels, and 24-hour room service. Not to mention exclusive access to a modern fitness center, sauna, and pool.

Cebu City Marriott Hotel

This Marriott establishment is also well-known for its impressive Grand Ballroom, corporate function rooms, and three dining facilities. There’s the all-day al-fresco Garden Cafe serving Asian cuisine, a poolside bar for snacks, and the Palm Lounge (Great Room), where you can sip on a martini while enjoying live entertainment.

Not bad for ₱5,000 a night, yes?

Cebu City Marriott Hotel

Cardinal Rosales Avenue
Cebu City, Cebu

+63 32 411 5800



3. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Cebu

One of the biggest hotels in Cebu, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Cebu offers 13 hectares of prime beachfront space with more than 500 rooms spread out into two wings.

The Main Wing hosts rustic-style rooms while the pricier Ocean Wing features beach-inspired rooms with sea-viewing balconies. Guests in both wings are afforded the same 5-star tropical holiday experience, complete with access to a 6-hole golf course, a health club, and outdoor pools.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Cebu

However, Ocean Wing vacationers receive extra perks, including private access to the Ocean Club Lounge, where they can make use of a personal concierge and a private pool.

Shangri-La’s Mactan is well set up for traveling with kids, too. On site, there’s a beautiful man-made cove, as well as three children’s zones suited to different ages. One is designed for toddlers, another houses a multiple-level playground, and a third one is an entertainment zone for children who want to play soccer or arcade games.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Cebu

Rooms here range from ₱10,000 to ₱15,000 a night. Non-staying guests are allowed to dine in any of the hotel’s seven restaurants.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Cebu

Punta Engaño Road
Lapu-Lapu, Cebu

+63 32 231 0288



4. Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

If you have money to burn and high expectations to fulfill, then book a night at Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu.

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

This upscale Mediterranean-themed resort offers sea-fronting rooms with private lanais and bath tubs starting at ₱8,000, and a two-tiered beach loft that can house 10 persons for ₱100,000+ a night (You read that right. ₱100,000.).

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

What’s with the lofty rates? Apart from its spot in Punta Engano (which enables guests to explore a private marine sanctuary exclusively), Movenpick also prides itself in masterfully crafted amenities and rooms designed by the Philippine design’s crème dela crème: Manny Samson, Fred and Butch Valdes, and Cynthia and Ivy Almario.

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

In store for guests are two palm-fringed outdoor pools, a deluxe spa and health club, and four thematic restaurants serving diverse world cuisine. Out of the four, Ibiza, seated at the hotel’s private marina, is the most popular because of its vibrant, Ibiza-inspired clubbing atmosphere.

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

Punta Engaño Road
Lapu-Lapu, Cebu

+63 32 492 7777



5. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

For those who have less to spend but still want an indulgent vacation, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino is a great choice. Priced at an average of ₱4,000 a day, its rooms are equipped with staycation essentials like ultra-comfortable beds, free WiFi and cable TV.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Those billeted in the more luxurious Ambassador floor get additional privileges such as complimentary buffet breakfast and butler service.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino
Waterfront provides complimentary rides to nearby commercial establishments like Ayala Center and Cebu IT Park. But if you would rather stay in, there are plenty of leisure activities in house.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Go window shopping at their boutique and duty-free shop, play in the casino, swim in the pool, go to the salon, or sample dishes from 11 restaurants.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino

Salinas Drive
Lahug, Cebu City

+1 800 10 937 6688 / +63 32 559 0888



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Gretchen Filart

Gretchen is a mother and freelance editor and travel writer by day and a secret poet by night. She weaves travel stories on her blog, filipinaexplorer.com. Her work also regularly appears in print and digital publications.