Photos by Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort and Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Cebu, an island province situated in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. It is known for its many natural attractions, tours, and activities, the Sinulog Festival, as well as its location near other top destinations in the Philippines. The coastal areas and surrounding islands house numerous coves and white sandy Cebu beaches with clear azure waters. Cebu’s diving sites that are rich in underwater marine life are also renowned globally. Being home to some of the best beaches in the Philippines, Cebu beachfront resorts are also some of the best in the country.
There are numerous top-rated Cebu hotels and resorts, some of which are some of the best 5-star hotels in the Philippines, located in the city and near the airport. But there are also highly-rated ones located along the coastal areas and surrounding islands of the province. This article will help you learn about the best Cebu beachfront resorts found in Mactan Island, Malapascua Island, Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, Badian, Oslob, Moalboal, and Dalaguete.
Here are the best Cebu beachfront resorts in top tourist destinations:
Mactan Island is the home of Cebu’s International Airport. The Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge connect Mactan to the main island of Cebu. Mactan also covers two administrative sections, Lapu -Lapu City and the Cordova Municipality.
Aside from being a transport hub, Mactan is also a top Cebu travel destination because of its historical spots, soft coral beaches, outdoor activities, and world-class Cebu beach resorts and hotels.
Mactan is also the home of renowned Philippine guitar markers. As a coral island, Mactan has rich marine biodiversity and maintains a couple of marine sanctuaries. Some of the best Cebu diving spots and snorkeling sites are located just off the shore.
Photo by Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa
Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa is one of the most luxurious Cebu beach resorts in Mactan and one of the top Philippines luxury resorts. It covers 12 hectares of land, surrounded by lush scenery, beautiful gardens, and a 350-meter long sandy beach. Travelers come to Shangri-La Mactan Resort to experience a private beach, relaxing environment, world-class facilities, and leisure opportunities.
Shangri-La has 530 rooms and suites, which showcase a fresh and contemporary design. These spaces offer views of the gardens and the sea. Shangri-La Mactan has onsite restaurants, bars, lounges, a spa, a gym, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a marine sanctuary. Located on Punta Engaño Road, Shangri-la is only about 8.5 KM from Mactan International Airport.
Photo by Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan is another award-winning Cebu beach resort in the Philippines worth checking out. This beachfront resort occupies 6 hectares of land that faces a private beach and is covered with tall palm trees. Crimson promises personalized service and is perfect for families and couples looking for a romantic and elegant spot.
The resort has 40 luxury villas that come with plunge pools and designer wood furnishing. It also offers 250 modern guest rooms with a private balcony. Crimson’s facilities include an infinity pool, four restaurants and bars, and a spa facility. The resort’s own Azure Beach Club is a chic lounge area and restaurant to enjoy dinner, cocktails, and beach panoramas.
While at Crimson, you can enjoy various water-based activities like snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, and banana boat riding. Crimson Resort and Spa is located in Seascapes Resort Town, which is around 10 kilometers away from the Mactan International Airport.
Photo by Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Nestled in Punta Engaño, Mactan, Movenpick Hotel is one of the premium Cebu beach resorts near the airport. This private beach property is only about 6 kilometers away from Mactan Cebu International Airport. It features a Mediterranean look and feel.
The resort is ideal for travel groups and families as it maintains a Family Programme and kid-friendly facilities called the Little Birds Club. It is also great for those who would like to have a more active holiday as it offers various outdoor activities and water sports.
Aside from having a white sand beach, the property is also equipped with gardens, a spa, a swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for social events and functions. Movenpick Ibiza Beach Club is a widely popular dining and nightlife spot.
Photo by JPark Island Resort & Waterpark
JPark Island Resort and Waterpark is the ultimate leisure center on Mactan Island. The resort promises guests a 5-star family-friendly holiday experience. JPark encompasses 16.5 hectares of land and maintains a total of 568 rooms, villas, and suites. These rooms are spacious, ranging from 76 to 110 sqm.
This beachfront property is a one-stop entertainment center that operates a fitness center, a casino, a dive shop, an activity zone, and watersports activities. Jpark also has six themed pools and ten dining venues. While here, you can have buffet meals or beachside dinners. But the real highlight of this property is its impressive water park that features a lazy river pool, an island pool, and three waterslides.
JPark Island Resort is located along M.L. Quezon National Highway, Maribago. It is about 11 KM from Mactan Cebu International Airport.
Photo by Dusit Thani Mactan
Dusit Thani Mactan is another prominent 5-star luxury Cebu resort located on the island of Mactan. Dusit Thani is well known for its recreational amenities and world-class service. It is a hotel chain that showcases the signature Thai hospitality.
The Dusit Thani Mactan property overlooks a beautiful beach and has a total of 272 well-designed rooms. The property overlooks a sandy beach. It also maintains a boardwalk promenade and a 100-meter infinity swimming pool. There is something for different types of guests.
Visiting families will appreciate the resort’s kid-friendly 500-sqm Fun Zone, while those who wish to relax can spend time at the onsite spa. Fitness fanatics will love Dusit's DFiT Fitness Centre that features TechnoGym equipment.
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Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel is a Filipino-Spanish designed resort located in Buyong, Mactan. This beachfront resort is composed of several buildings that house the rooms and facilities. It is the oldest operating resort on Mactan Island.
Costabella offers a cozy and comfortable feel. The resort’s ceilings and floors exhibit Filipino-Spanish architecture, but the rooms and suites carry a more modern look.
Costabella caters to active guests who long for fun and entertainment. The resort manages various sports and recreational facilities like a tennis court, beach volleyball, win surfing, table tennis, and snorkeling. It also has a sports gear shop, a spa, and conference facilities.
Costabella is only about 10 KM away from the Mactan Cebu International Airport. The resort has two onsite alfresco-style restaurants. It also has a pool bar that serves alcoholic drinks and tapas (Spanish snacks).
Malapascua Island is about 7 KM off the northernmost section of Cebu Island. It is widely known for its Monad Shoal, one of the best diving sites in the Philippines and in the world where thresher shark viewing is available all year round.
Travelers come to the island to experience Malapascua diving. If you are a beginner scuba diver, you can take further certification lessons while in Malapascua. If you are not planning to dive or snorkel, you can spend most of your time enjoying the island’s white-sand beaches.
A Cebu beach resort overnight experience in Malapascua can be short as the island measures 2.5 KM in length and 1 KM in width. You can expect a smaller tourist crowd and an authentic Filipino island culture at Malapascua.
Most parts of the island are commercially underdeveloped and have maintained their raw tropical beauty. Malapascua resorts tend to exhibit a laidback and low-key beach vibe.
Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort
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Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort lies on Bounty Beach, Malapascua. A stay at this beach resort means enjoying wonderful ocean vistas throughout your visit.
The resort has two types of rooms. The first type is the Garden room, which faces the garden and is nestled in a quieter and more private area. The second room type is the Ocean View Room, which has a private balcony, a spacious bathroom, and panoramic sea views. They also give guests that rare opportunity to enjoy both the sunrise and sunrise.
Ocean Vida manages a bar and a restaurant, which serves Asian and European dishes. As a dedicated dive resort, Ocean Vida collaborates with the 5- star Sea Explorers Dive Center to book unforgettable diving expeditions in Malapascua
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Tepanee Beach Resort is one of the small yet charming north of Cebu beach resorts. This resort treats guests to an intimate and warm holiday experience. The resort features a collection of 27 eco-friendly rooms and cottages that are mostly powered by solar electricity. As a guest, you can choose to book a room that overlooks the property’s lush gardens or the Pacific Ocean.
Tepanee works with the best diving center on the island. It can arrange various diving courses, technical diving, free driving, and day and night diving. If you don’t like diving, the resort can also arrange snorkeling and boat tours.
Tepanee Beach Resort is a beachfront property. It operates two restaurants, a fitness center, and a spa facility (Frangipani Spa), fitted with a hydromassage pool.
Bantayan Island lies west of the northern tip of Cebu Province. Even if Bantayan is accessible via a ferry ride from Cebu Island, it is not a highly commercialized tourist spot. Some still consider it an off-the-beaten-path destination. Nevertheless, Bantayan impresses its visitors with its long white sandy beaches, coves, lagoons, caves, and mangroves.
At most Bantayan Island resorts, you can just go on a relaxed pace and enjoy the island culture. You won’t bump into huge crowds while here. Diving, beach hopping, and island tours are some of the most popular activities and attractions in Bantayan Island. Bantayan’s fishing communities and old churches are worth a visit too.
Photo by Kota Beach Resort
Kota Beach Resort is one of the top Cebu beach resorts north of the province. Situated in Santa Fe town, this property sits on a beach of the same name. Kota Beach is one of the best swimming beaches on the island. Surrounded by coconut trees, this beach features white powdery sand, a picturesque curved shoreline, and a sandbar that appears almost every day.
Kota Beach Resort features 20 bungalow cottages and 15 rooms. These spaces exhibit a combination of native and modern architecture. The main facilities at Kota Beach include an onsite restaurant and bar (Kadlawon Restobar), a playground, a game room, barbecue facilities, and massage services. You can also arrange a bike rental, tours, and sports activities with the resort.
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Amihan Beach Cabanas Resort is a three-star boutique resort in Barangay Poblacion, Santa Fe. The resort maintains a private beach area, a garden, a terrace, and barbecue facilities.
Aside from having a gorgeous location, Amihan also charms its guests with its nine Filipino-style cabanas. These cabanas are designed with bamboo and local materials to celebrate Filipino culture. But they also aim to provide utmost comfort by offering western-style room amenities like a study desk,flat-screen TV, private bathroom, free Wifi connection, and a fridge.
Amihan Beach Cabanas maximizes the beachfront experience by putting little huts with lounges for guests to relax in. The resort maintains a bar and a restaurant that serves American and Asia breakfast but also specializes in seafood dishes.
Badian is a municipality situated about 97.6 KM southwest of Cebu City. Blessed with waterfalls, hills, and beaches, Badian is known to be one of the top adventure destinations in the Philippines. It is the gateway to the famous Cebu canyoneering activity and the Kawasan Falls.
The municipality is the jumping-off point to Pescador Island, a snorkeling and diving site. Badian is blessed with gorgeous sandy beaches like Lambug Beach. It is also home to several South Cebu beach resorts with pools.
Photo by Badian Island Wellness Resort
Badian Island Wellness Resort is unique among all Badian resorts. This property sits on Zaragoza Island (Badian Island), which lies off the coast of Badian municipality.
The resort has a private beach, a bar, and a restaurant. It provides yacht tours and arranges water sports activities like banana boats, snorkeling, windsurfing, and paddle boating. Staying at Badian Island Wellness gives you easy access to the beach and views of the beautiful Badian Bay.
This 4-star luxury resort offers high-speed internet, a variety of massage and treatments, and prepaid meal packages for a more worry-free stay. Badian Island Resort specializes in massage and body treatments like Thalasso, Deluxe Four Hand Massages, seaweed massages, and hilot (local massage). The resort’s spa amenities include a sauna and pools with ionized seawater.
To reach Badian Island Resort, you will need to take a short boat ride from the Badian municipality, southwest of Cebu Island.
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Located in Malabago Badian, Cuestas Beach Resort is one of the top south of Cebu beach resorts. Cuestas’ fantastic location gives guests easy access to outdoor adventure destinations. Kawasan Falls is only 3.8 KM from Cuestas while Kanlaon River is about 9.8 kilometers away,
As a waterfront resort, Cuestas offers fantastic views of the ocean and a relaxing environment. Compared to other accommodation options in this list, this resort is more affordable although it still possesses standard amenities like a large outdoor pool, a spacious garden, a terrace, and a restaurant and bar.
The rooms at Cuestas have a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a balcony on top of other standard room amenities. The balcony overlooks either the sea or the mountains. Guests can easily ask the resort to arrange outdoor activities like whale shark watching, hiking, diving, snorkeling, and canyoneering.
Camotes Island is one of the top outdoor holiday spots in Cebu. This island group is teeming with beaches, caves, waterfalls, and lakes. Located east of Cebu Island, Camotes Islands is composed of four islands: Poro, Pacijan, Ponson, and Tulang.
Visitors can explore Poro and Pacijan Island conveniently as a bridge connects the two islands. Santiago Bay is arguably the most famous tourist spot in Camotes. This long and unspoiled powdery white sand stretch impresses everyone who visits it. Another notable site in Camotes is Lake Danao, which is the largest natural lake in Cebu province.
Camotes Island resorts tend to be more budget-friendly compared to other accommodation options in prominent areas of Cebu.
Photo by Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort
Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort is an upmarket resort situated in the tranquil spot of Mangodlong, Camotes Island. This resort maintains 27 rooms with a mixture of Asian and modern architecture. It has a private beach and an infinity pool, which is the only one of its kind on the island.
Despite being on a small island, Mangodlong Paradise has decent amenities and facilities. It has a gaming room, a restaurant (Bamboo Cafe), a pool bar, and a sunset beachside bar.
Mangodlong Paradise also maintains outdoor space and a private function room for special occasions and events. Mangodlong Paradise also offers local-style massages conducted in an outdoor small hut setting.
Photo by Mangodlong Rock Resort
Mangodlong Rock Resort is another scenic resort found in the fishing village of Mangodlong, Heminsulan, Camotes Island. This resort’s most outstanding feature is its natural setting.
Mangodlong Rock covers a 2 -hectare land area that is filled with coconut trees and gardens. It fronts a fine white sand beach with clear turquoise waters. The resort also built small cottage huts on a nearby coral islet so that guests can enjoy the stunning beach scenery up close. This islet is connected to the beach by a sandbar.
The rooms at Mangodlong Rock are simple yet comfortable. There is an outdoor pool and a restaurant. There is a motorbike rental shop just outside the resort.
Mangodlong Rock promises a relaxing and carefree holiday. But if you wish to be active, you can arrange activities like kayaking and snorkeling. You can also sign up for tours and classes at the resort's dive center.
Moalboal is a coastal town located in the southwest region of Cebu Island. Although small in size, Moalboal has become a famous destination among diving enthusiasts. The town’s surrounding waters are home to marine sanctuaries like Ronda Marine Sanctuary. Tongo Marine Sanctuary, and Tuble Marine Sanctuary. Pescador Island tours, another popular diving spot, are also a must-do when in Moalboal.
The main tourist attraction in Moalboal is the sardine run. This refers to an underwater event where millions of sardines gather close to the shore of Moalboal to feed. Moalboal is considered to be the only place in the world where the sardine run occurs consistently throughout the year. Moalboal’s sandy stretches like Panagsama Beach and Lambug Beach, are home to the fantastic south of Cebu beach resorts.
Photo by Cebu Seaview Dive Resort
Situated in Sitio Talisay, Cebu Seaview Dive Resort is one of the best diving Moalboal resorts in the market. This resort provides amazing panoramas of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape as it sits right on Panagsama Beach.
Cebu Seaview owns a 2-story building and a collection of bungalows surrounded by gardens and a green landscape. Some of the rooms come with amazing sea views.
One of the main facilities at this resort is a PADI 5-star dive center that offers diving tours and certification classes. Cebu Seaview is equipped with a swimming pool, seaside restaurant, and a pool bar. It offers motorbike rentals, a parking area, and free Wifi.
Photo by The Blue Orchid Resort
The Blue Orchid Resort is located on one of Moalboal’s white sandy beaches. This property is in a very scenic location as it is close to attractions like the Bas Dako (Big Sand) Beach and the “mag payong” (umbrella stones) tidal rock formations. The resort also provides easy access to a house reef for a great snorkeling experience.
Blue Orchid aims to provide guests a place that is warm, friendly, and cozy. The resort only has 16 rooms, but they come in varying room types to fit different kinds of travelers. Other major facilities in the property include tennis courts, a restaurant, a pool, and an activities center. Blue Orchid also has a PADI Dive Center where you can book diving classes and deep dive tours.
Oslob is a coastal town located on the southern tip of Cebu Island. Over the years, its name has been synonymous with whale shark watching. In fact, Oslob is one of the few places in the world where watching whale sharks is possible.
However, viewing whale sharks aren't the only activities that you can enjoy while in Oslob. It is blessed with Oslob tourist spots such as beaches, caves, mangrove forests, historic ruins, and diving sites. There are many waterfalls that you can visit in this town but the most popular one is the beautiful Tumalog Falls. Oslob is also the gateway to one of the country’s most stunning sandbars, Sumilon Island.
Photo by Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort’s location stands out from other Cebu beach resorts south of the main island. This particular resort is located on Sumilon Island, off the coast of the Oslob region. Sumilon Island has a land area of 24 hectares and is known for its clear aquamarine-colored waters.
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort has a range of accommodation options, from deluxe rooms to family villas. The resort offers a glamping site for those who would like to be closer to the beach.
Staying at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort means you can get to enjoy Sumilon Island’s many natural attractions like a lagoon, a mangrove area, and white sand beaches lining up the coast. The surrounding waters of the island are a declared marine protected area and a fish sanctuary. Thus, Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort is an excellent place to organize diving and snorkeling excursions.
Photo by Seascape Beach Resort
Featuring fresh and modern architecture, Seascape Beach Resort is easily one of the most picturesque Oslob resorts. This 3-star resort is located right in front of a beach and treats its guests to a romantic sunrise vista. Entrance to this resort is right along the Natalio B.Bacalso S National Highway.
Seascape’s main building and rooms are very striking looking. They are all whitewashed to create a powerful contrast to the blue-colored sea and infinity pool. Seascape Beach Resort only has 12 rooms, but all rooms are beautifully designed and offer outstanding views of the sea. The resort also maintains an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and a restaurant that serves Western and Filipino food. Management provides free use of kayak and snorkeling equipment.
Dalaguete is another prominent municipality that has the best beachfront resorts in Cebu. Most land areas in Dalaguete are protected and remain unspoiled. Its terrain is hilly and mountainous and has many watersheds.
Many visitors come to Dalaguete to trek to the top of Osmeña Peak. Although the mountain is technically a part of Badian, Dalaguete possesses the trails that can access the peak.
Dalaguete borders the coast and is around 84 kilometers south of Cebu City. The town’s main beach is a white sand stretch sitting on the eastern coast. Dalaguete also has lagoons, natural springs, and numerous private swimming resorts.
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The Beachhouse is one of the more distinct Dalaguete resorts you can stay in. This property lies along Natalio Bacalso Avenue and is about 85 kilometers from Cebu City.
The Beachhouse is a boutique hotel with a more rustic and casual feel, It overlooks a beautiful sandy beach. It is equipped with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a restaurant, and a bar. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a terrace where guests can enjoy amazing sea panoramas. They are also spacious and designed to accommodate a maximum of 4 people. Some of the room amenities include a private bathroom, a minibar, and a 50-inch flat-screen TV.
Aside from having an onsite restaurant with a set menu, The Beachhouse also has an in-house chef, who can cook dishes based on the guests’ request and availability of fresh ingredients.
Photo by Ocean Bay Beach Resort
Ocean Bay Beach Resort is strategically located within Dalaguete’s provincial park. Owned and operated by a local family, this resort offers a private beachfront holiday experience and features a Filipino Spanish design
Ocean Bay offers guests 30 accommodation options. Each room comes with a seating area, blackout curtains, and premium bedding, Some of the standard facilities and amenities the resort offers include a seaside restaurant, a hot tub, outdoor pool, indoor pool, and a spa room. Ocean Bay also aims to cater to families by maintaining a playground, a kiddy pool, and a waterslide.
The resort maintains a certified Dive Shop that regularly offers diving lessons and certifications. It owns two boats capable of taking guests to various dive points. Ocean Bay is located along the National Highway that starts from Cebu City South Bus Terminal.
Escape to These Beachfront Resorts in Cebu
Cebu is easily accessible to both domestic and international tourists. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Cebu's main transportation hub, accommodates daily flights. Getting around the province is also easy as there are enough buses and ferries to transport passengers to major towns and islands.
Cebu beach resorts in the Philippines are the busiest during the dry season, from May to early June. The rainy season usually starts from July to September. You may plan your beach holiday in most months of the year as the weather remains favorable.
With its diverse culture, cuisine, and stunning island scenery, Cebu will not disappoint visitors. Its beaches, diving spots, and beachfront resorts are some of the best in the Philippines.