My Love Affair with Shangrila Mactan

I've been declaring that the best resort in Mactan is Shangrila, and yet, I have never written about it. And I'm frustrated that after looking through all my pictures, I don't have much on Shangrila. This recent visit with my family was the only stuff I have. For some reason, when I'm in Shangrila Mactan, I forget about my camera.

Goes to show that when I'm in Shang Mactan, I really get to have a vacation.

There are several reasons why I love Shang Mactan. One is of course the setting. The resort is sprawling with gardens, coconut trees and even a forest. There are outdoor lounges everywhere, facing the gardens, facing the sea.

I also love its beach. Though it is already "enhanced" and manicured, the beach feels very natural. This makes it the best beach in Mactan next to Maribago Blue Water.

The beach get so many beachcombers though, all wanting to spend an entire day on its sands. It is also the best swimming beach in Mactan, as the waters are clear and clean. I suggest you visit the beach during high tide, if you want to swim. The waters can go down to the reef during low tide, making it hard for anyone to swim.

Third, I like how easy and convenient it is to do water sports. In fact, our overnight stay included free use of non-motorized water sports like kayaking.

I also love the food in Shang Mactan. We had a lovely dinner in one of my favorite restaurants in the country, Cowrie Cove. Though expensive, I felt every peso was worth it, because of the spectacular ambience (especially during sunset) and superb dishes.

But most of all, what sets Shang Mactan above the rest of the resorts is its people. Their friendliness, attentiveness and service put them at the very top of the crop. And this is perhaps why I keep coming back to Shang Mactan. Upon checking out, the receptionist smiles genuinely and wishes to see me again.

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