Swept Away at Plantation Bay

Swept Away at Plantation Bay

I’ve been hearing a lot about Plantation Bay Resort & Spa in Cebu for long. But my interest was always in Boracay, Palawan, Batanes, among others. Never Cebu…until a promo fare nudged me to book flights in February this year.

Lagoon Daytime 2

Lagoon Daytime 2

So what’s in a name? Should I expect a pineapple plantation? Or mango, perhaps? After all, Cebu is known to produce the best dried mangoes in the world.

Plantation Bay at Night1

PIN ME! Plantation Bay at Night1

I did a quick check of the resort’s website and Facebook pages.  There were so many gorgeous photos! A premium property, with gorgeous resort facilities and state-of-the-art amenities. Little did I know there was so much more, Plantation Bay!

That beautiful Plantation Bay swept me away..

Plantation Bay Lobby Bar

Plantation Bay Lobby Bar

The four of us arrived an hour before lunch to meet Hannah the resort’s PR Officer.  We were dining with her at Fiji Restaurant so we could find out a little more about Plantation Bay.

From the moment we entered the 11.5 hectare property gates, there was a welcoming feel I could not explain. The lobby was a huge roofed structure. It housed a bar, separate check-in/checkout counters, car rental and bell service counters.

Plantation Bay Car Rental Counter

Plantation Bay Car Rental Counter

Just a few steps from the lobby the view was of a large turquoise lagoon. An elaborately designed carriage or kalesa crossed the wooden bridge. It was one of the passenger carts ready to take us to our room. The cart driver gave each guest a warm smile.

Transportation 1-Kalesa

Transportation 1-Kalesa

Hannah gave us a quick tour of the sprawling property. She happily handed us a map, keys, beach towel coupons and welcome drink cards. These come standard with all booked rooms.

Transportation 3-Passenger Cart

Transportation 3-Passenger Cart

Plantation Bay Map

Plantation Bay Map

Beach Towel Coupon and Dried Mangoes

Beach Towel Coupon and Dried Mangoes

We checked into our lagoon view room in the Nile Hall. Here we found two queen size beds with soft white linens, a mini-fridge, LED TV, toiletries, a complimentary welcome basket of goodies, bottled water, coffee.

Plantation Bay Our Room

Plantation Bay Our Room

Plantation Bay Complimentary Basket

Plantation Bay Complimentary Basket

Plantation Bay TV and Fridge

Plantation Bay TV and Fridge

Plantation Bay Toiletries

Plantation Bay Toiletries

A few minutes after entering our room, I received a phone call from front desk to ask if it was a good time to deliver a welcome pastry basket. Seriously! We were just in the middle of getting amazed by the room and the view. But of course, we wanted to see what a pastry basket looked like.

Plantation Bay Complimentary Pastries

Plantation Bay Complimentary Pastries

As I headed towards the door to take the pastries, I first took the beaming staff’s contagious smile. I observed him as he walked to another room. His smile was consistent.

Back to the pastry basket, it was an assortment of cake slices and small-shaped chocolates. They were all good!

Back Entrance - Lagoon Access

Back Entrance – Lagoon Access

Alright, Plantation Bay successfully set us up! After an impressive lunch at Fiji Restaurant, the well-appointed room, the frills and the view from our room, we couldn’t wait to saunter about.

Lagoon Daytime

Lagoon Daytime

After all, we were given a map. But alas! As we toured around, we realised how easy it was to find places as the names of the stops were in alphabetical order. At this point, I knew where the resort was getting at. Not customer satisfaction but anticipation!

Play Area Near Wall Climbing

Play Area Near Wall Climbing

Please forgive me if I will not be able to mention everything that is there to do in this resort. But it is worth mentioning that there are play areas and activities for kids and adults of all ages. All encompassed by a single resort complex.

Lagoon Daytime 3

Lagoon Daytime 3

With our two days of stay, we walked safely, biked around and rode the passenger carts ready to transport guests ANYTIME, ANYWHERE.

Swimming For Kids

Swimming For Kids

Archery For Kids and Adults

Archery For Kids and Adults

While some activities have corresponding charges, there are some great ones that can be enjoyed for free. Archery, wall climbing, 1-hour biking, billiards, foosball, air hockey, X-box Kinect – these should be enough to keep you occupied. All of the latter are free of charge!

Wall Climbing - Complimentary

Wall Climbing – Complimentary

Plantation Bay Gym and Game Room

Plantation Bay Gym and Game Room

Water sports? Yes, they have that, too. And they have four restaurants, a spa facility, daily themed dinner shows. I will share with you more about these in the next stories. So please stay with me if this story stimulated the wanderlust in you.

Parasailing

PIN ME! Parasailing

Staying for two nights at Plantation Bay was “moreish”. I think you will agree with me after you’ve seen all in the next stories. To me, this was an absolute hands down gourmet getaway. This was the exact moment I had wished Julie could teleport to where I was.

Kilimanjaro Kafe Menu

Kilimanjaro Kafe Menu

Breakfast was not part of the room charge. The management believes that guests must be given the option to not pay for compulsory breakfast incorporated in the booking fee. Guests can dine out, dine in one of the resort’s restaurants a la carte or avail of the breakfast buffet at Kilimanjaro Kafe. For Gourmet Getaways, they had us sample the quality of breakfast they serve. Plus a bonus lunch!

Breakfast Breads

Breakfast Breads

Regular readers will all remember Julie’s Ensaimada (Brioche). I will declare with all honesty that in my years of eating Filipino ensaimada everywhere (except for Julie’s as I had not sampled it yet straight from her oven), this is BY FAR THE BEST. It was soft, creamy, milky, carried a sweet and salty balance I have never tasted in any other cafes or bakeries. This I told Mr Manny Gonzalez, founder of Plantation Bay Resort & Spa. “The secret”, he shares, “is to use margarine.” In his opinion, …”there is no other way to bake a great ensaimada!”

Breakfast Pasta Etc

Breakfast Pasta Etc

Breakfast Buffet

Breakfast Buffet

For lunch in the same restaurant, Kilimanjaro Kafe, we were offered one of the tastiest Kare-kare’s with thick peanut sauce and tender beef.

Kare Kare 1

Kare Kare 1

Kare Kare 2

Kare Kare 2

One of the lightest and crispiest lechon kawali…

Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali

A dark and dry adobo that I always prefer…

Black Adobo

Black Adobo

Kilimanjaro Kafe Lunch

Kilimanjaro Kafe Lunch

Anywhere we went whether indoor or outdoor, there was always reason to be delighted. Have a look at these mango labels.

Mango Labels

Mango Labels

Even the trash bins were carefully tagged and nicely presented.

Trash Bins

Trash Bins

The day we arrived was a Friday when the resort’s themed dinner show was Filipino Fiesta. We were also invited to this entertaining and filling buffet event.

Alien at Alien Abduction

Alien at Alien Abduction

After the show, Manny had walked with us to the newest attraction of the resort – Alien Abduction, a bar with the concept of getting lost in space. There was certainly some gruesome decor.

Alien Abduction Bar Staff

Alien Abduction Bar Staff

There is nightly singing with a singer-musician duo. Guests are invited to chime along. I had a shot of the Brain Hemorrhage which was a combination of baileys, grenadine and peach syrup.

Alien Brain Hemorrhage

Alien Brain Hemorrhage

As you can imagine, the glowing blue drink pictured above had a sweet flavour, but sure had a kick. I could have taken another shot of this, but it was time to call it a night.

Plantation Bay at Night2

Plantation Bay at Night2

Plantation Bay’s message to me as a guest was clear. The place, the signs, the service, the smiles – this was no ordinary resort. And the answer to what’s in a name? It’s like having your own plantation. The resort is all about YOU.

Plantation Bay Signs

Plantation Bay Signs

I had to ask myself several times if there was something missing in Plantation Bay. Something that was not there that should have been. It seemed they had thought of everything for the perfect.  In the end the only thing I could think of as missing was …my family, next time I will have to bring them with me.

Plantation Bay Boardwalk

Plantation Bay Boardwalk

From satisfaction to anticipation to delight, I will sum up the experience in two words. Simply put, I was SWEPT AWAY.

Plantation Bay Logo

Plantation Bay Logo

Gourmet Getaways stayed as guests of Plantation Bay Resort and Spa. The opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with Gourmet Getaways’ disclosure policy. 

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

Marigondon, Mactan Island
Cebu, Philippines 6015
T: +6332 505-9800
F: +6332 236-4821 

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About Alesah Villalon

I used to chase life as one would chase targets in their calendar years. Until someone came to say, "Do more of the things that you love, and share that love with others!" Now I'm slowing down a bit.

I try to write. I try to shoot beautiful images of places I love. I try to share wholeheartedly the things that I enjoy.

I hope you can share with me all the pleasures that life has to offer through my stories.

Contact me at alesah@gourmetgetaways.com.au

Comments

  1. You guys aways find the perfect Getaways. Love the activities, food and atmosphere. I am really close to the Philippines and really should book some holiday there soon before it gets too hot. Sharing, of course

  2. How lovely to be swept away by something you HOPED would be good. 🙂 So many thoughtful details were put into making your stay special. You found a keeper for sure. 🙂

  3. Looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  4. C’est le paradis ! Tu ne peux pas imaginer comme ça fait du bien voir ces photos !! Ici il fait froid et il pleut !! On voit bien que tu a passé des belles vacances ! C’est un endroit merveilleux !

  5. I reckon it’d be lechon o’clock all day if I were lucky enough to visit!

  6. Looks like my kind of place, love all the activities they have for their guests along with the food. Perfect place to relax!

  7. Not sure if reading this post before work is inspiring, or like being kicked in the shins with a high pitched ‘Ha-Ha’ sound being screeched in my ear. LOL! 🙂 Looks like another heavenly getaway, love the horse & cart, all the fun things you can do, the vibe, and the food too. (she says as she mutters under her breath, getting outta bed to get ready for work). Have a great day, see you soon. 🙂

  8. What a lovely getaway. This resort definitely sounds perfect! And the food looks amazing!

  9. Wow, it looks absolutely beautiful!!

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