If you find yourself in Cebu and for some reason have a surplus of cash, a visit to Plantation Bay is in order!
Mactan Island in Cebu is home to a large assortment of resorts of differing shapes, and sizes. There are those which cater to budget-conscious travelers, and there are ones like Plantation Bay which sits on the higher end of the spectrum.
Let’s get the biggest gripe people have out of the way first. Plantation Bay, all 11.4 hectares of it, is man-made. The lagoons have cement floors, the waterfalls have pumps working hard in the back, and more often than not, the rock work you’re marveling at is cement or even plastic. The white hand beach in the middle of the resort is man-made as well, together with a few fresh water lagoons.
This might be a deal breaker for some, but it’s fine by me. Actually, I like it even more. It’s easier to enjoy your vacation when you’re confident that everything is clean, and you’re not second guessing yourself about what lurks beneath. If you do decide on swimming in real, open waters, they have a small cove for you to enjoy.
The cabins and rooms feature colonial-plantation architecture (hence the name). Small pools are strategically located in the resort so that you don’t have to stray far if you just want to take a dip. If you want to experience the faux beach however, just go out and head straight for the center. You’ll be greeted with pristine white sand and sparkling clear blue waters.
To get to Plantation Bay, just hop on a plane going to Manila, then go straight to Cebu (some airlines have direct flights). The airport is in Mactan itself, so you should be in the resort enjoying yourself in 30 minutes or less! I hope you enjoy your stay as much as I did!