Plantation Bay Cebu has definitely got to be one of the best resorts in the world! For couples and families, for business or personal vacations, it’s a destination where there is something for everyone who wishes to be bathed in great beauty and atmosphere.
I was in total awe when we were walking around the resort. It’s really a paradise in its own, like escaping from the world and being dropped into a beautiful island. We went to Cebu and headed straight to Plantation Bay. I thought that we would be able to head out and tour the rest of Cebu, but once you step into Plantation Bay, you quickly realize that you won’t have enough time because Plantation Bay has just so much to offer, and admiring the beautiful beaches, the different sections of the resort, and not to mention just walking around and taking in all the beautiful scenery will take most of your time.
This is the last of a series of posts that I will write about Plantation Bay. I have shared with you our experience that Plantation Bay has to offer in terms of their delicious food and not to mention their buffets! I have also written about the spa package that we availed of at Plantation Bay. But I just have to write a separate entry about the different areas of Plantation Bay Cebu as well as the whole experience itself. It was just so beautiful, so picture perfect! I just loved it! See for yourself as you browse through the pictures.
The Plantation Bay experience really starts out even as early as the airport when we arrived, we were greeted by a staff of Plantation Bay in the arrival/baggage area. We were then escorted outside of the airport and waited for the shuttle to Plantation Bay. The ride from the airport to Plantation took around 35 minutes.
Attention to detail and the great accommodating staff was just great all throughout our stay too. Minutes after we got settled into our Spa Indulgence rooms in Mogambo Springs, we were delivered some nice cold fresh coconut juice still in the coconut shell. Not to mention a letter right on our bed, welcoming us and explaining the package that we availed. Attention to detail, Plantation Bay really strives for it.
Now aside from being able to appreciate the wonderful scenery, swim in the salt water lagoon & fresh water pools, Plantation Bay also has vast other options for its guests. We were even given a small booklet titled Hitchhiker’s guide to Plantation Bay. The activities are as follows:
- Learn to Scuba Dive
- Read their building signages & actually win a prize if you take their namegame quiz afterwards.
- Do the Plantation Bay Duo-decathlon – swimming, rowing, biking & climbing. Challenging enough?
- Go Island Hopping
- Wall Climb
- Visit a World Heritage Bird Sanctuary
- Jump off their Dive Rock, located at the main swimming pool. Just make sure you can swim before you do this.
- Watch a vintage movie – we actually did this! hahaha! We watched Sleepless in Seattle & I remember it was our 1st night stay at Plantation Bay.
- Buy a Timex Watch – apparently Timex are made in Cebu, Mactan!
- Firing Range
- Experience the Giant Water Slides
- Pamper yourself with their Spa – We experienced this & never regretted that we spent most of our time here. It was very relaxing & enjoyable.
- Check out the secret cave in the main swimming pool.
- Sing your heart out with their private karaoke rooms.
- Play games – they have billiards, air hockey, foosball, board games, pinball machine & computer games in the gameroom.
- Take the botanical tour
- Go fishing or feed the fish
To go around the place, you can either ride the shuttle, the kalesa (yes the ones that we see in Binondo, Manila), ride a bicycle or just walk. Nick & I opted to walk as we wanted to see every part of Plantation Bay. We only took the shuttle bus when we checked in & checked out. Plantation Bay is circular in shape, and in the center there are the different portions of waters, pools, and mini beaches that you really must walk through to truly get the feeling of just how much a paradise it is. Walking through the boardwalks, the docks, feeling the sand underneath your feet, and seeing the tourists just enjoy themselves. A walk through Plantation Bay is really the only way to experience its beauty.
Plantation Bay Cebu is also well known to be one of the preferred places to wed, propose or have a romantic getaway. They actually give the best spots for guys to spring the most important question of their lives: “Will you marry me?”:
- volcano-looking island in the lagoon near Dune House
- the end of Galapagos Wharf (at night), it’s funny that they even mentioned to tell the guards to get lost hahahaha!
- the desert island in the lagoon by Havana House
- the rooftop of Leblon Hall (especially during sunset)
- dangling your feet in the water from the coffee shop island-annex
- triangular gazebo on Xanadu beach
And with all the many beautiful spots at Plantation Bay, it’s really just perfect for romance, rest, relaxation, or all of the above! And watching either the sunset or the sunrise is great too in many parts of Plantation Bay, in fact, the first picture you see in this post is where we decided to experience the sunset. We decided to start our scenic walk just before sunset, we arrived near the outskirts of Plantation Bay where we were able to walk out into the beach and towards their boardwalk that stretched out into the waters — then experience the beautiful atmosphere as the sun started to set.
Below shows the area where wedding receptions are held (which is where we had that memorable seafood buffet at). Just by the water side. Pretty cool!
How about arranging a romantic date at the Lover’s Rock by the Fiji Restaurant? You can just make prior arrangements with the Fiji staff and they’ll prepare one of the most romantic setting for you and your partner. As a trivia, the rock is actually 2 millions years old. Wow!
And so, by now, you probably understand why I had to write a separate post to provide you with a better look at the overall experience, give you a description of the other activities that Plantation Bay has to offer, as well as a glimpse of the many beautiful places within Plantation Bay itself. It seems, from sunrise to sunset, from the edges of the resort all the way to the front of the gates, behind every tree or beside each building, there’s really something so wonderful, romantic, and beautiful about this place.
The experience we had even just watching an old classic romantic movie, it’s always even just a bit more special in a place like this. The air is fresh, and the sounds of the waters, the beaches, and the people laughing and enjoying, you really feel the resort atmosphere all around you.
Our visit to Plantation Bay Resort & Spa was truly an unforgettable experience. To share those moments with someone special and at a place that I’ve always wanted to go visit, it’s really just so romantic. The room service, the spa, the waters, the beautiful scenery, the food, but most importantly the company. I’m so glad that Nick brought me there. I had the most wonderful vacation and I was with someone very close to my heart. There’s really nothing more perfect than that..
Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
Marigondon, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines 6015