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15 Best Hotels and Resorts in Cebu Philippines

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The province of Cebu boasts a wide array of tourist spots that tick the list of even the most particular lover of the great outdoors. From white sandy beaches and quaint islands to crystalline waterfalls, diving spots, jagged hilltops to go along with numerous charming heritage towns—Cebu province seems to have it all.

From its capital city of Cebu that burst with character, history and mouth-watering local cuisines and where the annual revelry of Sinulog Festival is held, one can spend additional unforgettable days exploring the picturesque countryside of this island province and come home with a sundry set of wonderful memories.

Of course, it is important to compliment your perfect holiday in Cebu province by finding a charming, stylish, and lavish home-away-from-home place to sleep, relax, and clear your mind. To give you an idea of where to stay, here are the best hotels and resorts in the island province of Cebu: 

15. Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort 

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Located on the island of Camotes dotting the waters of Cebu Strait 60 km from Mactan International Airport and the main island of Cebu, Mangodlong Paradise Resort is accessibly reachable by fast sailing ferry services.

Situated strategically surrounded by a scenic set of the great outdoors, Mangodlong Paradise Resort is 15 KM away from Timubo Cave, 28 KM from Busay Falls, and 24 KM from Lake Danao Camotes.

Spread over an expansive beachfront property sprinkled with towering palm trees and trimmed lawns, the resort comes with 28 rooms evenly spaced out throughout the spacious grounds, thereby providing added privacy to its guests.

Offering a variety of accommodation types of Paradise Suite, Two-Bedroom Suite, Two-Bedroom Cabana, Cabana A and B and Beachfront Room, the resort also lavishes visitors with an infinity pool that leads to the turquoise-colored waters of the beach.

A Pool Bar and a Sunset Bar completes your poolside meal experience—complete with on-call massage service—while the Bamboo Cafe serves a wide array of local cuisines fused with international flavors. 

14. Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort

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Situated on the white-sand resort island of Sumilon, Bluewater Sumilon Island is 24 KM away from Oslob, and 7 KM from Santander.

Set back on a short 12-minute walk from Sumilon sand bar, the property of Bluewater Island Resort features a relaxed ambiance of a beachfront getaway that embraces the meaning of the Visayan word "Amuma"—which means nurturing, tending and caring to the locals.

Offering first-class accommodation comprising of spacious rooms and villas spread over its 24-hectare property, guests can rest with comfort while regaling at the panoramic view of the surrounding blue waters.

A beautiful mix of natural attractions such as a natural lagoon, a marine sanctuary and lush mangroves surround the island while a lighthouse, a 19th-century watchtower and a protected park teeming with centuries-old trees complete the island vibe.

Elevate your fine experience by dining at the mouth-watering Pulo Restaurant where you can enjoy a tasteful pop of local and international cuisine and cap your day with a revitalizing pampering at Amuma Spa.

13. Badian Island Wellness Resort 

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Badian Island Wellness Resort situates 97 km from the city center, 54 km from Mactan International Airport, 2 km from Kawasan Falls, and 9 km from Osmena Peak.

Founded and set in a lush tropical setting to provide a fusion of luxury, therapy and holistic well-being to its guests, Badian Island Wellness dishes every bit of a tranquil and relaxing ambiance.

Offering first-class rooms and suites showcasing Filipino interior design and architecture, fine dining gastronomic delight at Panorama Restaurant, the beach-side Shell Beach Bar and Bangka Bar, exciting water-based activities, yoga classes and self-healing and pampering treatments at the all-organic Spa Coco, guests can experience a pleasant mix of exploration, leisure and wellness in this beachfront property.

The resort also features an organic garden, the popular Thalasso waterfalls—an ionized seawater pool, a coral reef garden, floating game houses. 

12. Kandaya Resort 

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Kandaya Resort situates in an idyllic location 137 km from the city center, 12 km from Dakit-Dakit Coral Reef, 14 km from Langob Beach and Bounty Beach, and 23 km from Sillon Island.

A luxury retreat nestled on a stretch of white sandy beach in Daanbantayan, Kandaya Resort lavishes guests with more than 40 tropical living inspired rooms and suites along with a bevy of features and activities to keep visitors enjoying nature and well-being pampering. Surrounded by a quiet and lush set of stunning nature, Kandaya provides the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of big-city life.

Other than calming one’s self, other things to do in the resort include; exploring the grounds riding a trained horse from the resort's Kuwadra stable, pursuing wellness at Daya Spa, thrilling watersports and dining at Dine by Design, a customized dining experience curated by the resort's in-house chef based on your gastronomic desire.

11. Bayfront Hotel Cebu

Room in Bayfront Hotel CebuPhoto by Bayfront Hotel Cebu

A mid-rise hotel overlooking Mactan Channel and situated near many of Cebu City's popular landmarks, Bayfront Hotel Cebu is 12 KM away from Mactan International Airport, 370 meters from the Temple of Leah, 1.8 KM from Ayala Center Cebu, 2.3 KM from Casa Gororodo Museum, 3 km from Magellan's Cross and 1.3 Km from Cebu Ferry Terminal.

Apart from enjoying easy-access to Cebu City's many attractions, Bayfront Hotel Cebu also dishes a wealth of amenities and features catering to both tourists and business travelers.

From relishing the relaxing and modern feel of its guestrooms to connecting to its fast Wi-Fi, working out at the Sweat Gym, pampering yourself at the Oriental Spa, discussing business at the hotel’s function and meeting rooms or simply lounging around at the numerous recreational corners, guests can effortlessly appreciate a stress-free environment while staying in this property.

For your culinary cravings, check out the hotel's Cafe Breeze for a serving of your favorite local and Asian food cuisines.

10. Lex Hotel Cebu

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Lex Hotel Cebu is another top accommodation choice in the business district of Cebu City. Located 9 KM from Mactan International Airport, 5 KM from Tops Lookout, 2.5 KM from the historical Colon Street, 2.8 KM from Basilica De Sto. Nino and 2 KM from Taoist Temple, it is an ideal choice for anyone looking to explore first the charms of Cebu City.

Carrying the fine tradition laid out by the Best Western brand, Lex Plus Cebu lives up to its billing as one of the leading business and leisure Cebu hotels in the city.

Aside from the modern rooms furnished with all the features one would need to relax and be entertained, Lex Hotel Cebu also has additional amenities that include a rooftop infinity pool, bar and terrace, a cocktail bar, a physical fitness gym, coin-operated laundry machines and an in-house restaurant serving a medley of local and international flavors.

9. Quest Hotel & Conference Center - Cebu

City view inside a room in Quest Hotel CebuPhoto by Quest Hotel & Conference Center - Cebu

Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Cebu is located 8 km from Mactan International Airport, 2.2 km from Yap San Diego Ancestral House, 2.8 km from Basilica De Sto Nino and Magellan's Cross and 300 meters from Ayala Center Cebu.

A favorite among business travelers because of its meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) amenities, Quest Hotel and Conference Cebu is also a top choice of travelers visiting Cebu city because of its good location right smack in the center of the city's tourism and commercial activities.

It features 427 modern rooms with amenities that include: a physical fitness gym, swimming pools for both the kids and adults, event halls and cozy corners all designed with inspiring concepts and state of the art technology. For the hungry travelers, the hotel's Puso Bistro and Bar provides a satisfactory all-day dining experience by serving a sumptuous set of buffet and ala-carte meals spanning local and international cuisines.

8. Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort 

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Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort is located on the island of Mactan and is 3.98 Km away from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, 600 meters from Mactan Island Dive Spots, 10 Km from Ayala Center Cebu, 4.79 Km from Mactan Export Zone, and 10.8 Km from Magellan's Cross.

Oozing with rustic character, Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort offers a variety of guest rooms with options for en suite private verandas, spacious suites, royal bungalow and Deluxe rooms that all comes with splendid views of the crystal-clear waters of the ocean.

Bluewater Maribago prides itself by incorporating native-style architecture and nature-themed materials in all its guestrooms. This includes creating an island vibe by ambient daylight through the room's capiz shell windows.

For your dining options, the Allegro Restaurant serves ala carte menu in a poolside al fresco setting. Other amenities include a physical fitness gym, a spacious pool, conference rooms and the blissful and relaxing haven of Amuma Spa.

7. JPark Island Resort & Waterpark

Aerial view of Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in CebuPhoto by JPark Island Resort and Waterpark

JPark Island Resort and Waterpark is located just 4 Km away from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, 4.2 Km from Mactan Island Golf Course, 3.77 Km from Sutukil Seafood Market and 200 meters from the popular Mactan Island diving spots.

At first glance before the wow factor sets in, you would think JPark Island Resort and Waterpark is a small city designed to provide its residents with never-ending fun. This resort spoils its guests with a vibe that overflows with luxury and delightful experiences.

Covering an area of 17 hectares, the property spaces out its 568 rooms, villas and suites around its six themed swimming pools, activity zones—which includes the kid-favorite Pororo Indoor Park—and ten restaurants serving various global flavors.

Looking every bit of its 5-star waterpark classification—the only one in the Philippines—other amenities include the Triton Ballroom that can accommodate 1,000 guests in a Banquet setting, and a private beach.

Going to the topic of food, worry not as the fabulous beachfront and outdoor dining nook of Havana, the satisfying feast at Abalone, the Japanese cuisine at Nonki and the family favorite Ching Hai will keep your food craving satisfied to the hilt.

6. Radisson Blu Cebu

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Radisson Blu Cebu is in one of the busiest sections of Cebu City just 6.5 Km away from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, 500 meters from the International Port, 940 meters from Weesam Ferry Terminal, 1.06 Km from Cebu Ferry Terminal, 1.5 Km from Cebu Provincial Museum, 150 meters from Sirao Flower Garden and 2.68 Km from Magellan's Cross.

Boasting 400 spacious guestrooms each furnished with modern amenities, the hotel is also a popular option for business travelers thanks to its large gathering halls perfect for conferences and meetings.

A swimming pool, fitness gym and stylish corners ideal for quiet time complete the features of the hotel. For an in-house culinary experience, Radisson Blu's roster of restaurants will pamper guests with a tasteful of offerings from the fine-dining Japanese specialty Tanoshi and the worldly cuisines of Feria which features Indian flavors, prime-cut beef dishes and a fusion of local favorites.

For alfresco dining experience, there's the Pool Bar and for nightly cocktails, one can head out to the Lobby Bar for a wonderful unwinding moment.

5. bai Hotel Cebu 

Beautiful rooftop pool of bai Hotel CebuPhoto by bai Hotel Cebu

bai Hotel Cebu is conveniently located 4 Km from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, 5.21 km from Colon Street, and 4.9 Km from Fort San Pedro.

Sandwiched by the bustling cities of Cebu and Mandaue, bai Hotel Cebu summons a jaw-dropping city view and harbor scenes to complement its modern facilities and an array of relaxing and entertaining amenities.

Comprising of more than 660 rooms and suites—all elegantly designed—and a mouth-watering collection of 8 restaurants, bai Hotel Cebu is a destination itself in the province known for its lovely sights and lip-smacking local cuisines.

Aside from spacious conference and meeting rooms, the property's facilities feature an outdoor infinity lap pool, a physical fitness center and the R Spa where you can enjoy a thorough pampering after a day of exploration.

Speaking of bai Hotel’s dining options, food connoisseur guests can never go wrong in choosing where to dine in as the Wallstreet Coffee + Bar, Marble and Grain Steakhouse, UME Japanese Restaurant, bai Food Express by Twilight and the Pool Bar, all serves delectable culinary specialties prepared to satisfy even the staunchest food critic. 

4. Plantation Bay Resort and Spa 

Villas and pool area of Plantation Bay Resort and SpaPlantation Bay Resort and Spa

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa is 4 Km from Lapu Lapu Shrine and Gaisano Mall, 6 Km from Mactan Airport, 9.7 Km from Museo Sugbo, and 9.6 Km from Sto Nino Basilica.

A picture of an oasis on an island teeming with splendid nature, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa stretches over 11 hectares of isolated greenery that includes one of the biggest privately-owned waterways in the world.

Dotted with guest rooms designed with colonial-plantation-inspired architecture built on landscaped grounds, this 5-star resort also comes with a bevy of features and amenities that makes wise use of the concept luxury of space.

Recreational activities include water sports, diving, island hopping, wall climbing, archery, golf pitch and putt, weights workout and outdoor tennis.  For your dining choices, there are five award-winning restaurants namely: Palermo Café Bar, Kilimanjaro Kafe, Alien Abduction, Fiji Restaurant and Route 66 Diner, all serving a diverse selection of local and global cuisines.

3. Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu 

Lounge area in Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island CebuPhoto by Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

Movenpick Mactan Island Cebu is situated 5.0 Km from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, 1.0 Km from Lapu-Lapu Shrine, 11.58 Km from the Temple of Leah, 13.50 Km from Colon Street, 4.15 Km from Mactan dive spots, 5.65 Km from Olango Wildlife Sanctuary and 5.57 Km from Cebu Yacht Club.

Packed with 5-star features that include a white sandy private beach area, Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island welcomes guests in each of their 245 cozy guest rooms and suites that come with splendid views of the sea.

Business travelers find the hotel's stylish and functional meeting rooms as perfect for big and small conference gatherings—and even intimate wedding events—while other guests can revel at the resort's signature brand the Ibiza Beach Club, where one can experience the fun atmosphere of the Mactan nightlife while partying against the spectacular scenery of the ocean.

Other amenities include a large outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, a game room, a play area for kids called the Little Birds Club and a revitalizing wellness facility called Spa Del Mar.

Apart from Ibiza Beach Club that also features a restaurant that serves a signature 15-course dinner and ala carte menu, you can also sample the mouth-watering dishes at the Sails, an all-day dining venue serving international buffet and the poolside the Forum restaurant for some light snacks and all-day drinks and cocktails.

2. Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan 

Stunning ocean view from the pool of Crimson Resort and Spa MactanPhoto by Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

Crimson Resort and Spa is located 4.4 Km from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, 1.6 Km from Mactan Shrine, 14.4 Km from the Taoist Temple, 14.6 Km from Tops Lookout, 12.2 Km from Magellan's Cross, 137 Km from Oslob beach and 2.3 Km from Mactan Island dive spots.

Crimson Resort & Spa Cebu sits on an expansive beachfront property stretching to six hectares surrounded by crystal-clear seawaters, white sandy shore and towering palm trees. Providing a laid-back and charming setting fit for all types of holiday merrymaking including romantic getaways such as a honeymoon, the resort offers 250 guestrooms—that include a villa with a private pool—designed with a Neo-Asian architecture and decorated with native accents.

Other amenities include two swimming pools: the beachfront infinity pool and the crimzone pool—both sprinkled with poolside lounge chairs perfect for a nap—a nearby coral reef garden ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, fun water activities and ballrooms for conferences, events and business meetings.

Recreational features also include: the award-winning Aum Spa, the playroom for kids called Crimzone for Kids and a Physical Fitness Center. Round up your impressive stay at Crimson Resort and Spa by gorging on an impressive array of local and international cuisines at Saffron Cafe, an all-day dining venue, or enjoy some simple bar-chow paired with wine and other cocktail drinks at Score Sports Bar.

For a relaxed evening and fancy dinner, head out to Azure Beach Club located inside the resort's premises while Enye is where you can try some of the best food on Mactan Island.

1. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa

Aerial view of Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa in CebuPhoto by Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa is located 4.7 Km from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, 12.6 Km from Ayala Center Cebu, 125 Km from Kawasan Falls, 12.6 Km from Casa Gorordo Museum, 12.9 Km from Basilica de Sto Nino and 830 meters from Mactan Shrine.

Tucked in a marvelous spot of oozing nature gem shrouded with lush greens, manicured gardens and an almost 400-meter white sand private beach, Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa dishes a worthy escape teeming with luxury, comfort, wellness, entertainment and then some.

The resort features 530 beach-side guestrooms and suites all furnished with a touch of Filipino interior design influences and an assortment of amenities such as event halls for business meetings, conferences and intimate happenings like debut and wedding receptions. There is also an outdoor swimming pool where you can witness best sunrise views.

For your wellness and physical activity needs, you can recharge your body by undergoing world-class treatment at CHI.the Spa, play a round of golf at Golf Park, and indulge in several thrilling water-based activities courtesy of the resort's sea and sport facilities.

Dining options also come aplenty in Shangri-La Mactan. The Acqua is where you can order classic Italian comfort food, while Cowrie Cove Seafood Bar serves a medley of seafood dishes in an alfresco seaside dining setting. Tea of Spring, meanwhile, is a sophisticated Cantonese restaurant serving extensive Chinese cuisines while Tides is where you can taste international flavors from its variety of buffet offerings.

For drinks and relaxing moments, you can head out to the resort's bars and lounges such as the Breeze Bar, the Buko Bar, E-Zone Snack Bar and the Lobby Lounge.

Explore Cebu from the Best Hotels and Resorts

Aerial view of Badian Island Wellness ResortPhoto by Badian Island Wellness Resort

The many wonders of the province of Cebu stretch outward from its capital city of the same name and are scattered all throughout the island in the form of picturesque rolling hills, white sandy shores, quaint islands, heritage towns, magnificent waterfalls, scenic hiking trails and culinary attractions.

There’s no wonder why travelers are always fascinated by the province and many find themselves going back to the island repeatedly—with each visit creating a unique and unforgettable experience.

The popularity of Cebu as a tourist destination has also paved the way for the emergence of a hospitality industry that is among the best in the world. These best hotels and resorts in Cebu mentioned in this article are evidence of the world-class friendliness and warmth of the Cebuano people.

What better way to upraise the quality of your holiday trip to the province of Cebu than by staying at one of these fine hotels and resorts.