Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Virtual Tour of Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort in Mactan, Cebu (With HD Video Clip)

Along the rustic streets of  Buyong Maribago in Lapu-Lapu City, lies a four-star rated tropical resort that offers luxurious accommodations, good food, top-notch spa services and a relaxing swim to both day visitors and guests alike.


Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, that's what it is continued to be called by the all-Filipino-owned corporation that conceptualized it in July of 1989. 

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort


It was in December 2011 that we were blessed enough to be there and with that indigenous Christmas tree as a centerpiece, I immediately knew that it would be a stay worth remembering for years to come.

                                              Comfy Reception Area at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort 

                                                                         Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

It was the second time for the whole Luistro clan to go out of town and quite interestingly, our own family's first plane travel within the Philippines after a decade or so.

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

I absolutely loved the resort's signature drink: Lemongrass Juice which was served as soon as we arrived. It was so refreshingly good! 


Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

In an interesting twist, after checking-in, we were billeted to our room which was a mere three minute walk from the reception area. A kind staff was on stand-by with an umbrella in hand to protect us from the sudden rains.   

                                                     Lovely Cabanas at Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort


                                                                             Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

When I saw the rooms' beautiful facade, I had the sudden urge to run upwards and see how our assigned room looked like from the inside. 


                                                                      Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort 

A private veranda welcomed me and the Balingkis.


                                                                        Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

When I turned to the right, I saw a half-opened capiz shell door which sort of teased me to take a peek. 


                                                                         Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

There it was! Our elegant home away from home for the next three days!


                               

                                                                           Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

The room was filled with indigenous-styled furniture in soothing earth colors.


                                                                         Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
                                                                 
A mini bar in hiding...


                                                                                   Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
                                                         
And a fairly large closet to boot.


                                                         
Free coffee and tea. Well, as expected, the snacks weren't.


                                                                      
There was a vanity set on the right...


                                       
...and the door beside it led to the posh bathroom in cream and gold.


                                                        Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort 


    
Featuring the standard freebies: Bottled water and some toiletries. 


                                                           Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

A charming shower plus a bathtub inviting me to take a hot soak.


                                                             The water closet...


                                                      ...with a towel holder hanging on top.


                                                                               Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

Here, Tutapel is shown doing what seemed to be his favorite past time during our stay- a never-ending opening and locking of the door. Toddlers! 


                                                                          Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

A wonderful view overlooking the private veranda. 


                                                  Bala and Tutapel having a grand time at Maribago!


Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort


                                                                              Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort 


                                                        Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

                                       Not a bad thing to wake up to every single morning...


                                                                            Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

The garden wing was accented by several dark and indigenous beach lounge chairs which graciously complemented the rooms' signature brown hues.

Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

Since we there during the Christmas season, several lanterns were put up in this particular portion of the resort. 
                                                                             Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

During the day, these decors looked festive enough. 

                                                                            
                                                                              Tutapel with his Kuya RJ and Ate Erika

But at night, the lanterns provided a veil of mystery and a degree of solemnity to the area.

                                                      Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

My stay there was marked with some rare alone time which I treasured very much.


                                                                           Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

When I saw this particular fixture, I remember being fascinated by its symmetry and form which somehow gave an illusion of a tunnel with a unique and traditional twist.



                                                                           Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort



                                                                                     Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort



Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort


Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort


Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

I noticed that the resort was also filled with a number of marine wildlife lagoons that never failed to make me smile every time I'm in front of them.  


Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

As a true toddler, Tutapel loved running around the resort much to Bala's exhaustion.


Allegro Restaurant @ Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

Aside from running, Tutapel also loved the food there. There was even an overflowing buffet breakfast which not only piqued his interest but also the rest of the family's. I'll make a separate post to prove this.

                                                                                    Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort 

                                                                      Bala and Tutapel struck again!

                                                                         Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

                                                                         Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort


Beside the Allegro Restaurant, there was another lagoon shaped pool  which boasted of a cascading waterfalls-inspired fixture. Really cool! I don't know why, but it sort of reminded me of that pool in a Thai hotel featured in my all-time favorite Korean Drama Full House featuring Rain and Song Hye Kyo.


                                                        The whole clan @ Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

The best part for me was to see Tutapel having the time of his life swimming with his Dada and cousins in the kiddie pool! 


                                                                               Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort 


Although not that elaborate, the kids, Tutapel, RJ and Erika, still had fun at the playground. 


                                                                               Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort 


They even demonstrated a flair for the arts when they visited the resort gallery!
                                                                       
My wonderful nephew Rj with sis Erika @ Maribago


                                                                             Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort 


                                                                         Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

A few meters from the playground, I saw a private island accessible to resort guests only and not to day visitors, for some reason. I don't know why, but I felt that it bore a striking similarity to the Dakak Beach Resort in Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte where we had the privilege of visiting years before.

Anyway, here's my version of the private island caught on video. Please press the HD button for better enjoyment.


                                                    Taken from my YouTube Channel


Moving along, I also saw the resort's Amuma Spa which offered a variety of signature therapies like Hilot and several Western and Eastern Massage techniques such as Water Shiatsu (WATSU), Swedish, Namikoshi Shiatsu, Duot, Hot Stone and Travel Revive Fusion.


                                                                             Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort 


For some reason, there was a a generous foreigner who gave Bala three free massage certificates. She wasn't able to make full use of them and so she generously gave them to the first person she saw- who else, but my hubby who was just busy running after Tutapel. That night, Bala and his siblings R & R availed of the freebies.  When Tutapel and I met up with Bala an hour after, he looked more relaxed than usual. Oh, bless that foreigner, whoever she was.





Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort
Address: Buyong Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan, Cebu 6015
Phone: (63-32) 492-0100
Fax: (63-32) 492-1808
Email: maribago@bluewater.com.ph

Manila Sales Office: (Prices maybe a lot more expensive)
Rm. 704 Cityland Herrera Tower Rufino cor. Valero Sts. Salcedo Village, 
Makati City, Philippines
Phone: (63 32) 817-5751 / 887-1348
Fax: (63 32) 893-5391

Overnight Stay: 
Between PHP 4,000 and PHP 9,000 per room/night

Day Tour: Entrance Fee with Food 
Sunday to Wednesday: PHP 1,200 
Thursday to Saturday: PHP 1,500

Day Tour: Entrance Fee only:
Sunday to Wednesday: PHP 700 
Thursday to Saturday:  PHP 800



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6 comments:

  1. I've been to Cebu so many times, but I've never been to Mactan. it looks nice. Will bookmark this :)

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  2. This places seems nice! Especially if you seek for privacy. The price list is also reasonable. I've never been to Cebu (yes, how unfortunate >__<) but I'll definitely consider staying here. :)

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  3. Hi Ayzee! Oh I'm sure you'll enjoy the privacy and the food! Thanks for the visit!

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  4. A beach vacation can be a rewarding and soul inspiring experience. A day at the beach provides the opportunity to experience being in the moment. You would also enjoy the physical pleasures of the sun and wind while on your beach vacation. So just go for it..

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  5. Good day Kaye, just wondering? did you stay at the Garden Deluxe Wing? Iam planning to go to Maribago soon but not sure about the bathroom pictures that I saw from other travelers. But when i saw your pictures.... i was kinda relieved.... what floor did you stay so that i can request for the same room/floor.. dont want to get the room with the ugly bathroom.. thanks

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  6. Thanks for the pictures. if it weren't for these pictures, i wouldn't have know that they have renovated rooms. good thing!

    had a wonderful time and the staff there are very friendly and accommodating. would highly recommend for tourist to book on weekdays.... weekends there are a bit too noisy because of the events at the beach area. poor tourists who want a quiet stay. stay there pref. mondays to fridays,......

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