The six places to hang out in Mactan while you avoid the traffic

With the traffic situation getting in and out of the island being the way it is, maybe it’s best you stay in Mactan. If you’re not up for spending the entire day at the beach (although, admittedly, that’s probably a great idea), check out the dining destinations that Mactan’s world-class resorts have to offer.

8:00 AM – Breakfast buffet at Tides

Tides Restaurant
Tides Restaurant

Whether you’re checked in at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort or you’re just in the mood for a hearty breakfast, the extensive selection at Tides is a stellar way to start off the day. From local favorites like danggit (dried rabbit fish) and suman (sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves), intercontinental staples like waffles and bacon, or even a refreshing bowl of cold soba—you’re bound to find something here that’ll get your energy up for the rest of the day.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa
Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu
www.shangri-la.com/Cebu

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10:00 AM – Stroll at the Mactan Shrine

The Lapu-Lapu Shrine
The Lapu-Lapu Shrine

Stand ground at the (supposed) sight where the country’s first hero battled and killed Ferdinand Magellan, if only for the photo op.

Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu

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12:00 NN – Lunch at Azure Beach Club

Azure Lounge Area
Azure Beach Club

Enjoy the sea breeze and have your midday right on the shore at Crimson Resort and Spa. The selection of modern Asian cuisine explores various flavors and influences—like the rich Tandooris, the spiced textures of the Angus Beef Asian Burrito or (this particular writer’s favorite) the strong Garlic Noodles with Rock Scallops. And because you’re on vacation, why not wash it down with a cocktail? We won’t tell.

Crimson Resort and Spa
Seascapes Resort Town, Lapu-Lapu
www.crimsonhotel.com/mactan

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3:00 PM – Souvenir shopping at Islands Pasalubong Center

Islands Pasalubong
Islands Pasalubong

Make sure to bring home a little bit of Cebu by visiting the island’s most extensive offering of souvenirs. From colorful shirts to the packed delicacies of otap and rosquillos, you’ll find something here everyone back home can appreciate.

Mactan Marina Mall

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6:00 PM – Dinner at Palermo

Palermo Restaurant
Palermo Restaurant

The newly renovated Italian restaurant at the Plantation Bay Mactan is a charming space to dine, its stained glass windows, dark wood furniture and quirky lamps create a charming ambiance. Start the meal off with some tapas—like the roasted bell peppers, calamari and Jamon Iberico—then pick a pasta or a steak for the main course. Being a carnivore myself, it’s US Rib Eye all the way, served with some of the most flavorful garlic potato wedges I’ve ever had.

Plantation Bay Resort & Spa
Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu
www.plantationbay.com

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8:30 PM – Drinks and a show at Ibiza Beach Club

Ibiza Beach Club
Ibiza Beach Club

With their own in-house dancers, Mövenpick Resort Cebu’s seaside outlet features a different theme every night for its shows—retro pop, Latin American dances, and movie favorites are just some on the list. Their list of cocktails are equally as appealing, as does the selection of Manny O wines. Of course, if you’re more of a sweet tooth, there’s always the selection of Mövenpick ice cream to properly cap off the night.

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu
www.movenpick.com/cebu

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by Shari Quimbo

Featured image from FoundersGuide.com

Shari Quimbo
Shari Quimbo

Shari Quimbo is the managing editor of Zee Lifestyle. In her spare time, she likes cooking for family and friends, and escaping to the beach on weekends. Follow Shari’s adventures on Instagram at @sharinuh.

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