My memories of Cebu City zero in to Sinulog, the shopping Malls (both in upper and lower towns they call it) souvenir shops and the sutukil stores. Little did I know (before) that this city also boosts magnificent resorts. I come from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental and Cebu is just a 2-hour travel by boat but it never became accessible to me because I preferred Bacolod City which is a 3-hour travel by land.
Fast forward to working in Makati, Cebu City became my focused target market in the Visayas, occupying some parts of Mindanao because of its international airport. The accessibility Cebu City offers is so convenient that it almost became my second home. But checking the resorts was not always part of my itinerary. The nightlife had a good share of the pie. Cebuanos are party people. They are eloquent and gentle. They are good with etiquette and good manners.
When I joined the academe two years ago, my life took a total turn. I became less of a travel person but my travel experiences were so useful in my lectures. And two years after I decided to quit teaching (as full time professor) for soul searching – travel and writing are two of the things I decided to focus on.
Just before the fathers’ day celebration, I got an invitation from my best friend for a short trip to Mactan, Cebu. Although my initial reaction was a bit excited because I just came from a 3-day visit in Ibajay, Aklan and felt restless because of the demise of my uncle, I packed my things again for Mactan trip. We arrived in Cebu with the wholesome smiles of the Cebuanos. Their distinct twang when they speak tagalog makes them more endearing. We were met by the hospitable staff of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa and took a 15-minute drive from the airport to the resort. And with ease and comfort, excitement suddenly slithered in my spine.
Words are insufficient to describe the beauty of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa. Although I know the resort is pricey, but money becomes immaterial with its amenities, service and splendour.
I knew it was fathers’ day celebration and so I took my private spot in the beach, grabbed a bottle of beer and whispered a prayer for him…wishing one day we will swim together with the fish and spend a lazy afternoon at the beach of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa. But that calls for a big saving.
Truly, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa is a Shangri-la.