Last weekend, we went to Solea Mactan Cebu Resort to experience the place for a day. My brother-in-law and his wife were in town for the weekend. For first time visitors, we brought them to Sto. Nino Church and to some tourist spots like Mactan Shrine, Temple of Leah and Taoist Temple. Aside from places, we had them indulged local foods especially the freshly catch fish from the province’s seas. Seeing their faces surely assured me that they were delighted 🙂 especially on tinolang isda. They also tasted the panga from Tinda Locale and even if its restricted from my brother-in-law’s diet, they still devoured it with gusto! hahaha Lami Gyud!
Knowing that Cebu is being surrounded with beaches and seas, we also thought that we would let them experience white sands and beaches and snorkeling and sardines. However, due to time constraints, this suggestion was not considered — but on second thought, since Mactan, is at proximity, why not visit one of Mactan’s beach resorts and let them peek the island’s beauty.
Mactan is a major tourist attraction in the province as it offers its pristine beaches. It also offers island hopping and deep-diving and because there are plenty of resorts in the place, additional water activities are offered just like jet skiing, banana boat, sailing or kayaking. Plus these resorts also put up swimming pools and kid’s water playground for another option of recreation. Sounds fun, isn’t it?
Last minute inquiries to some resorts brought us to Solea Mactan Cebu Resort. The only option with an affordable price compared to other luxury resorts. Here, we were able to enjoy a Day Use package from 8am to 5pm, priced at P1800 per person and P900 (50%) off for 5 – 12 yrs old.
Inclusions for a Day Use package (as of Feb 2017) were:
– Entrance Fee
– Access from all its amenities from 8am-5pm
– Beach Towels and use of Shower Rooms
– Access to the beach and swimming pools
– Access to kiddie aqua playground
– Buffet Lunch at Earth Restaurant
The resort is remotely located at Barangay Alegria, Cordova, one of the islands in Mactan. Indeed! it is secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city. We hired a taxi from Pacific Mall, Mandaue to the resort which amounted to P220.00 (metered) and an additional 40% of the total fare was given even though the driver didn’t ask for additional fee.
Receptionists were accommodating in giving lots of smiles to the clients. They gave me a detailed information on what we can avail on our Day Use package. No welcome drinks though (maybe not available for day use users, I haven’t got a chance to ask).
The resort has infinity pool, pool with lounges and kiddie pool with slides. Be aware that the tiles near the infinity pool is slippery that we have to tiptoe walking on it and be extra cautious. Though they have big fans that will help dry the tiles fast but then again, there’s no harm in being too careful and besides, children are not as mindful as parents, are they?
I personally like the pool with lounges. I stayed there enjoying while watching the father and son playing at the slide 🙂 For the kiddie pool, the kids love the slides, surprisingly the youngest is not afraid to use it. The best part was that its not too crowded that they can go back and slide again. We also checked their Aqua Playground and it was also a hit. Their lagoon was not available that day and because the beach is a bit far, we didn’t tried it.
Lunch buffet is available from 11:30 PM to 2:00 PM. Lots of food choices from salad, cold cuts, bread, pizzas, pastas, local dishes, chinese and korean dishes, sushis and sweet treats. Enough option to satisfy one’s hunger from swimming 🙂 Drinks are ordered separately though (not part of the lunch buffet package).
Overall, day use in Solea Mactan Cebu Resort gives a day of relaxation and enjoyment. Will definitely go back (if budget permits…hehehe) to try their rooms too for a much longer indulgence. Hopefully!
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