Saturday, July 21, 2012

Our Cebu Trip: White Sands at Maribago Beach

We stayed at Cebu White Sands at Maribago Beach for 3 nights during our vacation. FYI, this whole trip was c/o of my mother-in-law who booked our tickets months ago during a seat sale (thank you mom!). It was also her and my hubby's tita who chose and booked the hotel through (the rates there are so much lower than booking straight through them). Transfers were not part of the package so we ended up taking an Innova van for P500 from the airport.

We were greeted by a very accommodating staff and were served welcome drinks at the lobby.

The best part of this resort is really the pool area. The main pool was nice and big. The shallowest part of the pool was 2 ft. which was perfect for the kids. They also had a jacuzzi and another smaller pool near the spa area. There weren't a lot of guests when we were there so we had the pool almost to ourselves the whole time!

They also had lots of koi fish in the spa area. In fact, I think these were some of the biggest and most gorgeous koi I've ever seen! We really enjoyed watching them swim around, especially during feeding time.

Their beach front is really just a SMALL area so you might be disappointed if you're expecting a nice, long stretch of sand. But you can still do a lot of activities like island hopping, jet skiing, parasailing, or even ride a banana boat. The sand and water were clean so we were content just playing in the sand and chilling in the water looking for shells with the kids.

This was the restaurant area where they serve breakfast and have free wi-fi. We had lunch here and the food was good, although a bit pricey. What we did was walk to Maribago Grill outside the resort for dinner where you can get more value for money. The breakfast food was the normal spread of bacon, eggs, bread, cereal, and fruit.

The resort has many different types of rooms. I was surprised at how huge and spacious our room was. It was me, hubby, the 2 kids, and our yaya who stayed here. We really didn't need the extra bed, but the kids (especially Sabe) ended up enjoying the bed on the floor. The beds were comfortable although the blankets were super thin. I didn't like the TV since it was so small for the room and wasn't even a flat screen. Although it had all the cable channels so I could live with that. There were lots of mosquitoes though, so they provided the plug-in type of insect repellant. But all the electrical outlets in the room were the ones with round sockets. You had to ask for an adaptor to be able to charge anything. Weird! The bathroom also looked old for me and there was no hairdryer (you have to ask for it). But I have to say, we were comfortable during our stay.

This was the room of my in-laws. It had a single bed and a double bed. The bathroom was much nicer although it was smaller. All the rooms on our floor had a balcony.

All in all, we had a good time here. Like I said, the best part is really the pool area which was perfect for us since the kids enjoy swimming in the pool more than the beach. But when we do come back, I hope to stay in one of the hotels we ended up checking out, which I'll blog about next. =)

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