Travel: Seeing Cebu
Three weeks ago, Bigfoot Entertainent flew me out to Cebu, to star in one of their latest TV series. Don't you just love it when work and travel are combined? Between lounging around on white sand beaches and swimming in clear, sparking blue water, it is safe to say that I had a very pleasant time. Read on to discover my insider guide to resort hopping.
If you want to spend the day relaxing on the beach around Lapu-Lapu City, then you either have to purchase a day pass at a resort or hop on a boat to an island. I fully recommend the first option, as it's like stepping into a world of pure paradise. You get lunch and other freebies included, plus you don't have a bunch of scam artists trying to con you out of money, which will happen if you pick the second option.
By far, the best resort in the area is the Shangri La and also the most expensive. It isn't easy trying to get a day pass to this resort, as they don't often allow day guests because they are so busy. If you can secure entry, then it is definitely worth a visit, with a beautiful seafood resturant with a sea view, a cabana overlooking the beach and just a general luxury atmosphere.
I also spent the day at Bluewater Maribago. This resort has a really pretty tiki theme and is very large. I particularly loved the tiki bar, resting in the water. I spent a happy hour there, sitting on the sofas, looking out to sea... sipping my water.
But, as far as resorts go, my firm favourite had to be Movenpick, with its beautiful, elegant, white washed style, I felt as if I'd fallen into a dream and woken up in paradise. (I also got a free ice-cream with my day pass entry, anywhere with free ice-cream is excellent in my opinion.) Plus, the high level of service here added the cherry to the top of the cake.
The highlights of my day included: swimming out to a wooden platform in the middle of the sea, posing for photographs with a Japanese couple and having a conversation about Twilight with one of the staff. If you follow my blog, you'll know that one of my favourite pastimes is viewing beautiful scenery... and what's more beautiful than sitting on a raft, dipping your feet in warm, clear turquoise water, looking out on a white sand beach, surrounded by palm trees?
I spent a lot of time talking to the locals, which I love to do, as it really gives you an insight into life of different cultures. One kind stranger, even decided to pay for me to get back to my hotel. However, I did have to shake my head in disbelief when almost every person I met told me how desperate they are to have white skin. Just like the selves in Britain are lined with fake tan, the shelves in Cebu were lined with skin whitening products. People seem to be so desperate to be what they are not, instead of appreciating who they are. Maybe we should all put less emphasis on appearance and celebrate our bodies, it would make us all a lot happier.
Photographs of: Movenpick Resort
Thank-you for reading! ... So, where should I travel to next? Leave a comment :)