Hotels & Resorts

Montebello Villa Hotel Cebu

Located just a few minutes away from the bustling road of Gov. M Cuenco Avenue,  Montebello Villa Hotel is set in a 4 hectare hacienda that is surprisingly serene. Never knew a tranquil and quiet spot still exist in this area of Cebu, ’til we checked-in for an overnight staycation.

Cebuano hospitality is evident as smiles greeted my brothers and I the moment we stepped in at the lobby and at the reception upon getting our keycards; hinting us that our stay is going to be a cozy sojourn.

The Premier Rooms

Montebello Villa Hotel has  one hundred fifty (150) guest rooms and suites amidst gardens – giving a more relaxing setting and perfect for unwinding. Forty-three (43)  Premier Rooms,  located at the third wing of the hotel, have been fully refurbished and made available just February of this year.

We made ourselves comfortable in two (2) Premier Rooms – one (1) with two (2) double beds and one (1) with one (1) king sized bed. The complimentary hi-speed wireless internet access and the 32″ LCD TV with digital cable channels are basic amenities we took advantage the moment we settled in. The Premier Rooms also give thoughtful nicety from a fridge to keep our drinks cold, an electric kettle to fill my constant need for a cup of coffee or tea, an in-room safe and a hair dryer so I’d not be hassled of bringing my own. The bathroom is equipped with hot and cold rain-shower and toiletries.

The Premier Room is approximately 30 sqm. space with a refreshing, contemporary resort ambiance;  fresh, bright and warm – each having a color scheme of either chartreuse, terracotta, bougainvillea pink(fuchsia), blush pink and golden yellow. And one of the awesome things of staying at the Premier Rooms is you get the best view of the colorful Bougainvillea Garden.

Premier Room 2 Premier Room 1


Other MonteBello Villa Hotel room types: Standard, Superior, Deluxe, Poolside, Junior Suite, Premier Suite, Garden Suite and The Penthouse.


The Food

Montebello Villa Hotel offers four hotel dining venues to choose from –  La Terraza, Cafe Bouganvilla,  The Lobby Lounge, and at the comforts of your hotel room.

Right after we got settled in, we headed to La Terraza – MonteBello’s Asian and International Restaurant. The al fresco dining outlet offers a menu of signature recipes, Asian picks, Spanish fare and American favorites.

We were able to sample and enjoy some of the house’s specialties for our late lunch. Fat, juicy and fresh prawns sautéed in olive oil, garlic and chili, La Terraza’s  Gambas Al Ajillo is straightforward, deliciously good and one of my personal favorites. Another must-try at  La Terraza is the Fried Tilapia – fried tilapia fish with Asian spicy sauce and coconut milk. 

La Terraza is situated just beside the hotel’s main pool area curtained with lush bougainvillea, giving you that hacienda-ish and laid-back feel when dining. La Terraza is open from 6am until 2am everyday.


Montebello food 2

Monte Bello Food

Montebello Pool


Montebello Villa Hotel is conveniently nestled near the metro’s business and commercial districts, major shopping malls and entertainment. It’s pretty much a few minute walk from Gaisano Countrymall and Banilad Town Center – two (2) shopping complexes with restaurants, supermarket, pharmacies and retails boutiques. It’s about a 10-minute cab ride to Asiatown I.T. Park and around 20-minutes to Cebu Business Park.

University of Cebu is also a walking distance from the hotel. University of San Carlos- Technological Center is about 20-minute cab ride; while University of the Visayas- Gullas Campus is 15 minutes away by cab.

Ampersand at Banilad Town Center (5-minute cab ride or 15- minute walk), The Distillery at The Crossroads (10-minutes by cab), Sky Lounge by Blue Elephant at Apple One (20 minutes away by cab) and Liv Superclub at City Times Square (30 minutes by cab) are the most hip and happening night spots to chill and party near MonteBello Villa Hotel.

Amidst the active and bustling Cebu metropolis, Montebello Villa Hotel is an oasis in the city; a garden resort in the heart of this concrete jungle. Our staycation was an escapade – even without going out of the metro; indeed it was an escape within reach! Can’t wait for the next one. ‘Til we meet again Montebello. 🙂

Montebello Villa Hotel is located in Banilad, Cebu City. Visit for more information or to book an accommodation. Contact them through phone, 63-32-2313681.

Have you stayed at Montebello Villa Resort? Drop your review by commenting below. 🙂

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu


Five-star Mediterranean-inspired Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu gives both leisure and business travelers a fun and fresh appeal. Since its grand reopening in December 2012, the multi-million dollar transformation incorporating newly designed rooms, out-of-the-box dining concepts and the unparalleled beach club facility, unique to the Philippines, Ibiza beach Club.

The sea breeze welcoming you to the hotel upon stepping in the lobby makes you giddy to throw in your bags in your hotel room, put on your swim wear and hit the beach or the pool. But with all the excitement rushing through me, can’t help but notice the elegant and stylish lobby, seamlessly  blending white  with  soft blue, green and gray accents, emanating sophisticated elegance and contemporary Mediterranean style.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

The check-in process was a breeze and you get the local Mactan hospitality as a bonus from the hotel staff. After we were settled in our two bedroom suite, it’s time for lunch! We headed down to Sails,  Moevenpick’s all-day dining restaurant serving a wide range of Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and other international dishes. Click here to know more about the Sails.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

After lunch, we went back to our suite to rest for a bit before going swimming. Here’s a quick tour of our two bedroom suite.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan‘s two bedroom suite comfortably accommodates 4 adults and 2 children in a spacious 105 sqm room. There are two separate bedrooms adjoining the living area and dining area. Bedrooms are furnished with 1 king-size bed and 2 single beds respectively. The room features a private balcony which allows you to enjoy the full ocean view of Mactan Island. The two bedrooms are equipped with 32″ LED TV and a 42″ LED TV in the living room. There are 2 bathrooms and a jacuzzi at the Master’s bathroom.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

With my excited nephew and niece, we hurried down to the pool for an afternoon dip. Kids just love the pool, don’t they? It’s where we spent all our afternoon and waited for the clock to turn 6pm and prepare for dinner at the famous Ibiza Beach Club.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

We had an awesome dinner, indulging in authentic Churrasco grill accompanied by world class entertainment. (Click here to know more about Ibiza Beach Club)

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Ibiza Beach Club, Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

With great company, time seems to go so fast. We ended dinner at around 10:30PM and the kids need to hit the sheets. My friends who were also checked in at the hotel, gathered at our suite’s living room and enjoyed chit chatting over tequila and chips. ^_^ Ended up sleeping at 1:30am. With the kids wanting to go swimming at 6:30am, I should now retire and go to bed as well. zzzzzzz.

7AM, Kriiiing, the alarm rang and the kids were the first ones to go out of bed and wake everybody up for breakfast. We had breakfast at Sails, where we enjoyed a wide array of local and international breakfast. Enjoyed the pancakes and cream very much and paired it with a cup of local chocolate drink. After breakfast, it’s now time to go to the beach!

And with white sandy beach between my toes, I know it’s going to be one fine day! We enjoyed a bit of snorkeling and swimming at the beach for about an hour and a half, just the right amount of time to get a good sun kissed skin. ^_^ A short swim at the pool then followed before heading to the room and to have a bubble bath at the jacuzzi before checking out.

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

A wonderful overnight stay which I wish was longer. It was an enjoyable escape from everyday routine giving me a short breather from my usual daily program. Maybe a 3 day, 2 night stay would be more exciting? Next time. 😉

For more information about Moevenpick Hotel Mactan and for bookings, click here:

Hotel: Moevenpick Hotel Mactan Cebu

Address: Punta Engano Mactan Island, Cebu Philippines

Contact Number: +63 32 492 7777

Distance from sights and business spots:

– 900 meters to Mactan Shrine

– 6 KM to Mactan Export Processing Zone

– 18 KM to Cebu Asiatown IT Park

-15 KM to SM CIty Cebu

– 17 KM to Ayala Center Cebu


Alegre Beach Resort and Spa

Alegre Beach Resort and Spa

About 2 hours from the city of Cebu, Alegre Beach Resort and Spa is a great getaway with friends, family and loved ones. It is set amidst 7 hectares of lush tropical gardens and with 3 private beach coves ,  guests get privacy  and exclusive luxurious accommodation.

Alighting at the resort lobby,  we were welcomed by  usherettes with shell necklaces and then guided us to the lobby desk to check in. Welcome drinks and cold fresh towels were served while we wait for a hotel personnel to escort us to our room. My brothers and I stayed at Cabana 14, just a few meters away from one of the private beach coves, Aqua. The room is spacious and the bathroom is just divine! Alegre Beach Resort and Spa has all the convenience that one would expect from a five star resort.

Alegre Beach Resort and Spa Cabana

And settling in our weekend accommodation, we spotted a welcome letter from Alegre Beach Resort and Spa with sweet treats and a basket of fruits. Sweeeet! ^_^

Welcome letter and treats at Alegre Beach Resort and Spa

And who could resist the inviting tub! Relaxing mint mineral salt is readily available for guests in each cabana so you don’t have to request for it at the receptionist. That’s thoughtful. 🙂

After we had arranged our things in our Cabana, we then headed to The Pavilion for lunch. The Pavilion is beautifully located on top of a cliff with air conditioned and non air conditioned areas, serving international and Philippine cuisine, either ala carte and buffet style.

The Pavillion (Airconditioned Area)

The Pavilion also comes with a bar and lounge.

The Pavillion (Non-Airconditioned Area) The view!

An outdoor outlet at the Talisay Beach, one of Alegre Beach Resort’s private beach coves, The Cliff Seafood BBQ and Bar, serves special BBQs, barrio fiesta and a full menu.

Talisay Beach, Alegre Beach Resort and Spa

And if you’re just too lazy to go out of your cabana, room service is available! 🙂

Facilities and Amenities!

Alegre Spa


Swimming Pool

Billiard room



Alegre Beach Resort also has a tennis court, basketball court, kayaking section, dive shop and more. For more information visit their website or call the information counter.

Alegre Beach Resort also offers exciting packages for island picnics and diving at 2 of the Philippines beautiful islands. Calanggaman/Kalanggaman Island and Capitoncillo (

Off to an Island Picnic! ^_^

Calumboyan, Sogod, Island of Cebu, Philippines
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1094, Cebu City Philippines
Tel. Nos. +63 (0) 32 2549800; 2549811; 2549822
Fax: +63 (0) 32 2549833
Direct Line: +63 (0) 32 2556388; 3188408
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Nivel Hills, Lahug
Cebu City, Philippines 6000
Tel. Nos +63 (0) 32 2311198
Fax no: +63 (0) 32 2337944

Unit 1502, OMM-Citra Bldg.
San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center
Pasig City, Philippines 1605
Tel. Nos:+63 (0) 2 4779119 to 21
Fax: +63 (0) 2 6361584