The trip to Cebu was planned on short notice. This meant less time for research and negotiation which had me very uncomfortable. I finally booked our stay at the Crimson Resort and Spa.

Side note: I usually avoid resorts when I travel as resorts are family friendly and hence could be noisy. Crimson Resort too was noisy, but they cleverly managed to have higher noise levels at one central area near the pool. 

If you have kids it is a great place to be with several activities at the kids’ centre and if you did not have kids…Crimson Resort still managed to be great. As you see in the video, the room is spacious and great for a couple. You could also stay at the villa that is closer to the beach but it could be a noisier part of the resort. Our room was an 8-minute walk to the beach.

We spent a lot of time at the beach as it was quieter and less crowded. They have a nice beach bar where you can pick up drinks and laze on your beach bed. In the evenings the beach area was converted into a nice candle lit restaurant with either a movie night or a live band. 

The resort can also arrange trips to Oslob where you can swim with whale sharks. For this you have to leave at 5.30 a.m.. We did not do this trip. Instead we went snorkeling to the nearby islands which was also fun as we got a private boat.

The highlight of our stay was their spectacular Spa. Once you book yourself a treatment you are allowed to use the spa facilities (steam, sauna, open air jacuzzi and relaxing pool) for free all day. They recommend that you come in before the treatment to enjoy these facilities. We booked our appointment on the last day and it was a great end to a very relaxed stay at Cebu.

Cebu Island (Mactan or Lapu Lapu) largely has only resorts and if you can not afford to stay at the Shangri La or Abaca Boutique Resort then Crimson Resort and Spa or Movenpick Hotel should be your best options.

This was the first time I used Airbnb to book a place for my holiday.

My stay at Villa Polly started with a little confusion as I had not indicated the exact time I would arrive at the villa. Instead I had given the range…so there was no one at the villa and I did not have the keys. Perils of a first time Airbnb user.

But Wayan (day tour operator) and Ngurah (driver at Villa Polly) were extremely helpful. Wayan waited till he was able to reach Michel (villa owner) who immediately sent Ngurah with the keys.

The Villa is fabulous. It is clean and is exactly as the pictures shared on airbnb and their website. Villa Polly is a 10 minute walk to Jl. Kayu Aya which has lots of places to eat, drink and shop. It is also a 10 minute taxi ride to Ku De Ta, Potato Heads or La Lucciola.

Agung and Ngurah were courteous and helpful. We had a lovely time at Villa Polly and sure hope to go back soon!

Thanks to a sales conference, I stayed at the Ayana Resort & Spa in Bali for 4 nights. The conference kept me super busy and I just got one free day to explore the resort and the spa (yes, I never miss my chance).

Ayana scores high all thanks to its spectacular location on the edge of the cliff. The sunset at the famous Rock Bar is definitely worth a visit. Be sure to make your reservation well in advance.

The video shows you the room I stayed at. I wish I had more time to enjoy my room, but trust me on my last day at the resort I made up for lost time. The spa at Ayana is also worth the hype. I got the most expensive foot massage here which was really elaborate and relaxing. After all the walking in heels at the conference that is all my body demanded!

If your intention is to explore Bali, then do not stay at Ayana as it is rather far from Kuta and Seminyak. Staying at Ayana means that you are in Bali to laze, relax, soak in the sun and not move around much. Ayana has 2 beaches, many pools and restaurants that will keep you occupied. The villas at the resort are large and have private pools. Great for bigger groups.

I recommend Ayana Resorts & Spa for anyone who is visiting Bali for their honeymoon or a romantic holiday. It is the best getaway!

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