Picture yourself strolling along a sandy white beach, taking a boat across the sparkling blue ocean and diving into an aquatic universe filled with beautiful marine life. If that sounds like the perfect beach holiday for you, consider a destination from the archipelago of Philippines. Apart from the dreary monsoon periods of June and August, Cebu is a summertime destination all year round.

The island of Cebu is the place to go to for beautiful ocean-front resorts. Home to luxurious retreats from international brands like Shangri-La and high-end water-park resorts for the whole family to enjoy, Cebu is a stunning island destination worth the dollars for all beach-loving travellers.

We sussed out the most luxurious resorts in Cebu to book for your next weekend getaway.

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa is easily one of the most luxurious properties on the island. It is home to 530 guest rooms and suites, each intricately designed with traditional Filipino accents. Every room also features outstanding views of the ocean or its lush garden. For guests seeking a bit of aquatic fun, enjoy a diverse range of water sport activities from jet-skiing and kayaking to scuba diving and snorkelling, all available on a daily basis. Of course, there’s nothing better to do than to pamper yourself in a relaxing spa treatment on a tropical getaway. CHI, The Spa uses only authentic natural healing methods for guests seeking to revitalise their senses.

Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is renowned for its beautiful Mediterranean inspired interior. Located in the Lapu-Lapu area of Cebu, Philippines, it offers 245 elegant guest rooms and suites soaked in natural light, all fitted with captivating views of Mactan Island. The resort is also home to a private beach, an all-day restaurant, and the iconic Ibiza Beach Club, where you can treat yourself to DJ sets and themed dance performances for one of the island’s most unique experiences.

Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan

Realise your ‘Eat, Pray Love’ dreams as you sojourn on the island at Crimson Resort and Spa. This award-winning resort offers 250 guest rooms and for the fancier guests, 40 pool-side villas. All rooms come with plush four-poster beds and are decorated with locally-sourced Cebuano décor. Nothing says beach resort more than a picture at Crimson’s famous infinity pool. The view of the pool extending into the vast ocean is truly a feast for the eyes. Whether you choose to unwind and relax by the pool or perch yourself on a cliffside bar, Crimson Resort and Spa provides a breathtaking, luxurious getaway from Singapore.

Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark

If you’re looking for a bit of fun, Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark is a premium waterpark resort set on 16.5 hectares of land. The work of Dream Park International USA, this waterpark resort has three adrenaline-pumping water slides and five swimming pools to keep guests entertained for days on end. Did we mention they have a private beach as well? For those who want a break from the festivities, the fitness and wellness centre proves to be a comforting sanctuary for total rejuvenation and wellness.

Abaca Boutique Resort

Abaca Boutique Resort is a world-class tropical hideaway that provides the serenity of a private residence within a tropical oceanfront retreat. This exclusive beachfront estate in Cebu offers only nine accommodations — six suites and three villas — all beautifully furnished with a tropical ambience of dark wood, stone and ethnic touches. Unlike other resorts with a multitude of facilities, Abaca Boutique Resort takes pride in the privacy that the resort brings to guests, as well as the spellbinding views of the ocean.

Jocelyn Tan
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer. She's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.