Flight was delayed making the short stint in Cebu City even shorter.  In an hour before midnight, we were fetched at the Mactan International Airport by a smiling staff of Maribago Bluewater Resort – our first transient abode for this epic Southeast Asian journey. 

We will be in Cebu City for an approximate of twelve (12) hours. For lack of sufficient time, we were confined at the comforts of the resorts’ vast property encompassing superb amenities and facilities.  But with Maribago Bluewater Resort, almost everything that one longs for a summer escapade is present that there’s actually no need to head out to the city center.

Despite the midnight check-in, the lobby and reception area of Maribago Bluewater situated at Mactan Island has been very busy yet checking-in was a breeze.

Then we were ushered to our Deluxe room (the Garden Wing) complemented by welcome drinks and cold towel.  Our native styled room with a sliding door made of capiz shells produced a relaxing vibe as if we were staying in a cabana built on the sea shore.  Despite being on the second floor, the private veranda gave us a tropical garden view and a vantage of the vast swimming pool as if mimicking the ocean and the rainforest that surrounds. (clickto check room types and rates)

Past midnight, we had our dinner bordering to breakfast at the said veranda.  Quality of service exceeded my expectations as the hotel staff’ were all courteous and attentive.  Our dinner was served direct to our private veranda as we ordered at the 24-hour Allegro Restaurant.

The Allegro Restaurant is the main restaurant of Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort.  Aside from beer, we feasted on burger, variety of salad dish, adobo rice and completed by desserts in the likes of leche flan and moist chocolate cake. My personal favorites were the adobo rice and the moist chocolate cake.  But if you’re thinking of the adobo simmered and marinated in soy sauce, then you’ll be disappointed.  Adobo, the Cebuano way is the lechon kawali that a number is familiar with – crispy deep fried meat.

Grilled Chicken Salad (PhP230.00)

Allegro Salad (PhP245.00)

Bluewater Cheese Burger (PhP550.00)

Adobo Rice (PhP410.00)

Leche Flan (PhP165.00)

Moist Chocolate Cake (PhP165.00)
Sensing that the sun was about to peek over the horizon any minute and greet us a lovely day, we decided to have our much awaited rest and off we had a deep slumber.

Unadjusted body clocks we have (adjusted for working hours), we woke up in time for the complimentary breakfast buffet at the Allegro Restaurant.  Offerings were a fusion of Filipino, Asian and continental cuisine.

The panoramic swimming pool of the hotel is adjacent to the Allegro Restaurant, further offering al fresco patio dining by the pool.  With such a view, a good day is indeed about to commence.

A number of amenities are available at the Maribago Bluewater Resort. Wellness, spa, water sports and other leisure activities are among those.  But we need to check-out immediately after lunch as we have a flight to catch.  Thus, we just wandered by the beach front and lounge on the bar and restaurant on stilts – Oyster Bar and The Cove.  

We had our lunch at The Cove with a perfect view of the private island and the open sea giving a glimpse of certain islands of Bohol.  Living up to the hotel’s name, blue water indeed surrounded us.

The Cove is a live seafood restaurant and claimed to be Cebu’s only restaurant in a hotel that offers the freshest sea bounty.  And my favorites graced the affair – the crabs, prawns and scallops.  Unexpectedly, everyone’s favorite was a fish – Steamed Pugapo with ginger-soya sauce.

L:  Scallop with Garlic Butter (PhP240.00)
R: Oyster with Garlic Butter (PhP260.00)

Lato and Guso Salad (PhP190.00)

Prawns (L-PhP695.00 for 3 pieces and M-PhP595.00 for 3 pieces)

Ocean Crab - PhP130.00 per 100 grams

Steamed Pugapo with ginger-soya sauce - PhP180.00 per 100 grams

Despite the short transient stay at Maribago Bluewater Resort, we enjoyed the scenery, the food and the company – a perfect combination to commence the Asean summer adventure of 2015.

Buyong Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City,
Cebu, Philippines
(63 32) 492 0100
(63 2) 817-5751 - Manila Sales Office

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  1. Shame, I've been living in Cebu for almost two years and I haven't been there.
    Looks like a fabulous retreat in the heart of bustling city.

    *I just hope they are not that pricey, though.