From the airport gate, I saw a guy from Bluewater Maribago holding a piece of paper with my name. I approached him and introduced myself. He smiled and greeted me warmly, and offered to carry my backpack. I thought that he’s going to drive me to the resort, but when I got in the car, I saw another person waiting in the driver’s seat. The driver handed me a white, small, wet towel and a bottled water. Immediately, I felt like I am somebody important. How can I not love staying in a high-end resort, where I’m treated like a VIP.
Bluewater Maribago is an approximately 20-mins drive from Mactan International Airport. People visiting Cebu island should consider staying in Mactan first before traveling around Cebu. It’s a good place to relax, away from the busy section of Cebu city. It’s close to the airport and there are a lot of restaurants and resorts by the shore.
The moment you enter the property, the first thing that you will notice is their huge, octagonal gazebo made of wood and nipa. There are wooden chandeliers hanging at the center of the reception area. The deep brown floor glistens, there are beautiful flowers at the center to complement the brown hues. There are comfortable chairs around where people are being served with free welcome drinks while waiting for check-in/out or for the hotel buggy cart that will bring them to their room.
I got a premier deluxe room close to the beach where a large glass window structure provides door access from my room to the outdoors. The window allows fresh air and natural light. The room has a contemporary design that is focused on space and comfort. The floating bed is one of a kind, something that is unique to this resort. The comforter is thick and irresistibly soft. The Air-conditioned, 36.15 sqm room has 2 double beds, minibar, cable television, private veranda, and coffee and tea service.
My favorite? It’s the shower and bathtub area. This is by far the largest bathroom I’ve ever seen in a hotel. It is separated by a wooden sliding door from the main room. There is a hand-wash basin and toilet on the right while the shower and cabinet are on the left side with a wicker laundry basket. In the center is a free-standing bathtub and a towel stand where fluffy towels are neatly arranged.
We started our day by having snacks at Delfinos, an Italian Restaurant that offers brick-oven specialties like its trademark pizza and pasta dishes. It also offers fresh salad, sandwich, desserts, and cool refreshments. Delfinos is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. I’m a huge fan of brick-oven pizza and I really loved their Quatro Formaggi or four-cheese. If you’re a tomato lover don’t forget to order their Tuscan Tomato and Bread Soup. And if there is one thing that you should not forget to try, it’s their Roasted Chicken Marinated with Rosemary, Garlic, and Lemon. This is the best tasting roasted chicken I’ve had so far.
There are various facilities to enjoy at Bluewater Maribago. It houses not only one but three swimming pools. You can play Foosball, billiards, badminton, beach volleyball, and their life-size chess board. There is also a children’s playground at The Grove and Kiddie Playroom at Dolpo Kids Club. Moreover, they offer water activities such as jet-skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and island hopping.
For people who just want to relax, you can enjoy lying on a hammock or under one of the nipa huts facing the clean white-sand beach while watching the sunset. I’m so amazed that you can find a peaceful and calm spot in Mactan, which is just a few kilometers away from the busy city of Cebu. If you want to take a break from the daily grind and get a massage, visit Amuma Spa. It offers a relaxing ambiance, contemporary native architecture, diverse amenities, and warm Filipino hospitality.
Aside from mouth watering food served at Allegro Restaurant, Bluewater Maribago’s main restaurant which offers al fresco dining by the poolside patios. What made the dinner here even more exciting is their live musical performance. This totally brings positive energy and enhances the ambiance of the place. It also provides an opportunity for their guests to engage with one another. I noticed people staying after dinner just to sing along with the performers. I recommend getting a dinner buffet to enjoy their wide variety of international and local food. There are plenty of ways to remember my dinner at Allegro Restaurant, but the desserts have got to be the most memorable for their wide array of crepes and cream, cakes, and fruits.
I woke up early to have breakfast at Allegro Restaurant. I’m not a morning person but I don’t want to miss this opportunity. When I opened the door, everywhere I looked, there are stacks of food. I was surprised to see a wide selection of bread, American, Asian and local cuisine. I didn’t know where to start first.
I walked into the serving room and enjoyed the aroma of croissants, toast, coffee, noodles, bacon and all other food you could possibly imagine. I remember filling my plate with a lot of tomatoes, potatoes, eggs, and dimsums. I also grabbed some rice with pork and tasted some pieces of bread with jam. Heaven is the exact word to describe my breakfast experience. Enough to start my upcoming adventures in the southern part of the island.
I loved my stay at Bluewater Maribago; it has everything I needed for a quick luxurious vacation. Relaxing beach resort yet close to the city, they also have their very own Oyster Bar where you can unwind and enjoy fresh oysters and your favorite drink while enjoying the panoramic view of the resort and the open sea, wide and great selection of dinner and breakfast buffet, excellent Filipino hospitality, impressive rooms, and overall beach resort’s design.