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.

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