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[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Did you know that tourism in Cebu started in the late 1980s when then Governor Emilio Osmeña started selling Cebu as an island in the Pacific to entice tourists to come here?

Cebu is now a popular destination largely due to its beautiful beaches. If you are planning to visit Cebu this year, here’s a list of ESCooped’s TOP CHOICE for “Cebu’s Beach Resorts” :

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20. Nalusuan Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary

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Nalusuan Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary located at the Olango Reef in Cordova, Cebu is very near the Mactan Island dive spots and the Olango Wildlife Sanctuary. It has 14 rooms, including a family room and stilt cottages that enables guest to have a view of Mactan and other nearby islands.

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19. Kasai Village Dive & Spa Resort

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Kasai Village Dive & Spa Resort is the resort in the southern town of Moalboal. Near popular dive spots, including Pescador Island and Sunken Island, the beach resort Aside from  is best for diving and snorkeling. Guests could also enjoy canyoning, river climbing, trekking waterfalls, hot springs and motorcycle riding.

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18. Kota Beach Resort

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Kota Beach Resort, is  located at the heart of Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island and has gained popularity because of its long white powdery sands and pristine blue waters.

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17. Las Flores

Las Flores, patterned after a Mediterranean Villa, provides guests their much needed seclusion from the pressure of daily life. It offers various water sports as well as biking, badminton and croquet.

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16. Tepanee Beach Resort

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Tepanee Beach Resort, located in Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu, offers a fantastic view of the sea and a stretch of white-sand beach. TripAdvisor cites the resort as Travelers’ Choice in 2016 and awarded it the Certificate of Excellence in 2015. It was also a top choice for Lonely Planet. “There’s a lot to like about this Italian-run hillside resort on Logon (Poblacion) Beach, starting with the sturdy concrete cottages, which feature soaring Balinese-style thatched roofs, solid wood floors and excellent beds draped in mosquito nets,” says lonelyplanet.com.

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15. Blue Orchid Resort

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Blue Orchid Resort, in Moalboal, Cebu is a good place to stay and dive. The resort also has a 30-meter long private beach and has its own swimming pool. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has awarded the resort Certificate of Excellence in 2015.

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14. Eden Resort

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Eden Resort, located on a beautiful coral reef in Liloan, southernmost town of Santander, is at the middle of popular dive sites like Pescador Island, Apo Island and Balicasag Island, among others. The resort was awarded the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Travelers’ Choice in 2016. Here’s a review on the resort: “This gem of a place is great for R and R, prompting me to tell Phil and MAX as soon as we got in our room, that I wasn’t going to come back with them to Baguio and that I was going to move here. Phil said he’d love to join me too.”

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13. Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort, another resort located on Malapascua Island, is at the center of Bounty Beach. It has 20 rooms with views of the sea and the garden. The resort received TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2013, 2015 and 2016; TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2013 and 2014; and 2015 Agoda Golden Circle Winner award. In his blog for the outoftownblog.com, Karlo Pacana says, “I believe that Ocean Vida Beach and Dive Resort (check rates) is one of the best in the island. When you see the sun-colored lovechairs and rattan hammocks on its beachfront, you will absolutely fall in love with the place.”

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12. Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Malapascua Exotic Island Dive & Beach Resort, it is the first-ever dive shop to open on Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan in 1998. Owners Dutch national Dik de Boer and Filipino wife Cora put up the resort after falling in love with Malapascua. It has been the recipient of the TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence award.

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11. Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort

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An easy escape off the coast of Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu, the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort provides refuge and immediate relaxation to its traveling visitors. Surrounded by hues of blue, the resort provides ultimate relaxation away from the busy metropolis. Things you can do here: dive, Butanding Whale watching, relax.

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10. Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, an 11-hectare resort in Mactan Island, is just an hour from Cebu City. It’s been known as having one of the world’s largest privately owned waterways. The resort won TripAdvisor Travelers Choice for 2013 and 2014. It was also named as one of the Top 25 Resorts in Asia in 2008 by Conde Nast Traveler, the most prestigious travel magazine in the world.

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9. Amihan Beach Cabanas

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Amihan Beach Cabanas, a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2016 winner and 2015 Booking.com award winner, is a small resort at the center of Santa Fe, Bantayan Island. It offers water sports facilities. An article posted mentioned this resort as one of the  “10 best beach side stays in tropical Asia.”

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8. Pulchra Philippines

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Pulchra Philippines, is located 43 kilometers south of Cebu City at the town of San Fernando. Pulchra gives much emphasis on tranquility and being in harmony with nature. Pulchra is one of TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2016 winner. “This is place is more for people who just love to relax near the beach, be one with nature, and those type that wants a relaxing get-away after a troublesome day at work. It sure is a hideaway you can’t forget,” says blog.goodhacker.asia.

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7. Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel, one of the popular resorts on Mactan Island, Costabella has 156 rooms designed with Spanish colonial influences and with natural homegrown materials. Booking.com has awarded the resort as the Most Booked Resort in Cebu for three consecutive years from 2013-2015 and the 2015 Excellent Choice for Couples and Best Content for its quality and highest content score for 2015. 2015 Excellent Choice for Couples and Best Content for its quality and highest content score for 2015.

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6. Moevenpick Hotel

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Moevenpick Hotel, this 5-star, Mediterranean-inspired beachfront hotel has 245 rooms and suites that is perfect for both leisure and business travelers. The resort was among the recipients of the Agoda.com Golden Circle Award in 2014 and 2015. The blogger talesfromthetummy has nothing but praises for the resort, “The views from the ocean front rooms are to die for. Don’t you wish you could wake up to that everyday.”

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5. Kandaya Resort

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Kandaya Resort is a resort that boasts of a white sandy beach in the northern town of Daanbantayan, Cebu. It has 22 villas and 18 contemporary-designed rooms. It also offers watersports activities such as kayaking, riding Hobie cat and jetski, diving and boat cruises. Kandaya won the the Best Hotel Interior Design award in the Philippines Property Awards 2015

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4. Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort

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Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort, belonging to a wholly Filipino-owned chain of resorts, prides itself as a showcase of the best of Filipino culture. The resort is among the top 10 winners of the ASEAN Green Hotel Award. Dencio.com has this to say, “It was my first time. I have been to several Mactan Island Resorts prior to this and my expectations were a bit high already – but Maribago delivered.”

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2. JPark Island Resort & Waterpark

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

JPark Island Resort & Waterpark, an 8-hectare water park resort, it offers 508 spacious and luxurious rooms and suites in five buildings. It also has 48 lifestyle villas as well as outdoor functions spaces. But its best feature is the Waterpark that has 6-themed pools, three waterslides and a private white-sand beach. A twomonkeystravelgroup blog says the resort is a ”good choice for family vacations. Rooms are excellent and spacious with good interior. The pool is perfect for family bonding. The view outside the balcony overlooking the sea is perfect.”

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3. Crimson Resort and Spa

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Crimson Resort and Spa, a 6-hectare deluxe beach resort on Mactan Island, has 40 private villas with individual plunge pools. Guests can spend a day at the spa, take a hobie cat or visit nearby marine sanctuaries. Some of its awards are TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2016; and, Global Winner and Continent Winner for Luxury Thallaso & Spa Resort, World Luxury Hotel Award 2014 and 2015, respectively; Country Winner of Luxury Beach Resort, World Luxury Hotel Award in 2013 and 2015; Continent Winner in 2015 and Country Winner in 2014 of Best Luxury Resort Spa, among others.

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1. Shangrila’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa

[TOP CHOICE 2016] Best Beach Resorts in Cebu

Shangri-la’s Mactan has been a favored venue for world class events, including the ASEAN Summit and Ministerial Meetings in 2015. Its attractions include a private beachfront, a marine sanctuary, landscaped gardens, swimming pools and spa services. Among its awards are Top Luxury Hotels – Philippines, TripAdvisor Travellers Hotel Choice (2016), Best Resort Hotel for Business Events in Asia Pacific, CEI Asia Readers’ Choice Awards (2015), and Top 25 Resorts in Asia, Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards (2015).

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If you want to hang out in beaches, do snorkeling or scuba diving, swimming or just lie and bask in the sun, then Cebu is a perfect destination for you. After all, Cebu offers you a lot of choices. If you want to stay at a tropical paradise but keep in touch with your family or business, then come to Cebu, an island in the Pacific.

CONGRATULATIONS to the properties who made it in our list for 2016!

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Written by Ruben Licera

Ruben Licera Jr. is a father of two awesome boys, a full time digital marketing strategist and blogger, a social media strategist, a new media influencer,  community lead, servant leader, social good advocate,  a voluntourist and a full-time diaper changer. Read more about Ruben here.

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