Early this year, JM and I had a quick trip to Cebu, also known as Queen City of the South. It is an hour and half away from Manila by plane. Thanks to Cebu Pacific’s piso fare, we got our round-trip tickets for the very cheap price of PhP2,500 for two persons.

Since our airfare was so cheap, and this short trip was mainly for relaxation, we decided to book an overnight stay at Crimson Mactan – and it did not disappoint.

Three-tiered infinity pool
Upon arriving at the airport, the hotel driver was already waiting for us, and helped with our luggage. Check-in was a breeze, although we arrived a little earlier than the usual check-in time and our room was not yet ready. While waiting, we decided to have lunch at Saffron Café, where the buffet breakfast is also served. 

After lunch, we check out the nearby sports bar and played a few games of darts and pool. Half an hour later, the receptionist informed us that our room was ready and a buggy was already waiting to bring us to our room.

For a little over PhP9,000 a night (including taxes), we got a “Deluxe Garden King,” which is a 44 sqm room complete with a spacious bathroom with a garden view.

Deluxe Garden King Room

Spacious bathroom

Warm Welcome from the Cebuanos

There was no shortage of warm smiles and beautiful greetings from the Cebuano resort crew as soon as you stepped inside the resort. Everywhere you go, you are greeted with their sweet smiles, and should you need anything, they are ready and willing to assist.

Relaxing Ambiance and Beach Front

The cool wind and sound of the ocean almost brought me to a slumber while I was reading a book and lounging by the beach front. Crimson is also proud of their three-tiered infinity pool, which is picture-perfect, by the way. Pool water was warm, but at a uniform four feet, it’s on the shallow side for those who want to swim some laps.

Superb Furniture and Extensive Resort Space

As soon as you reach the hotel, you will immediately notice the façade and furniture used. It is not your average hotel building with a pool and a view of the ocean. The rooms are on a villa-type setting and is quite relaxing to the eyes. Most of the furniture used is made in Cebu. How amazing is that?

We walked around the property before dinner, and the place was massive. There are a lot of facilities and activities to be enjoyed by the whole family. They have a fitness center, a spa, and a play area for kids. They also offer water activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, island hopping, and the like. There’s something to do for everyone.

Good Food

We mostly ate at Saffron Café. Their food is good, especially the pizza and pasta that we had for dinner. However, as expected from hotels, menu prices are a little on the steep side.

Crispy Pata Php700

Prosciutto E Rucola Pizza Php550
Though our stay was short, we did enjoy the getaway to Crimson and I would love to be back one day.

Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Cebu
Seascapes Resort Town, Mactan Island, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu 6015, Philippines
Tel. No.: (+63 32) 401 9999 / 239 3900 * 


  1. Crimson is the best! Been there almost two years ago but I still remember our overnight stay there with fondness. Their staff is very accommodating and they really anticipate your needs. When we wanted to rent a DVD from their list, in 5 minutes nasa room na namin yung staff with the movie we wanted. :)

  2. One day, I'm gonna go there too! #WishfulThinking :)

  3. Thanks for visiting Rose! Kami din, when we needed scissors wala pang 5 minutes andyan na agad yung staff :)

  4. @Ma Concepcion Go for it! :)

  5. Kainggit naman ang plane ticket niyo. :) I also notice na hindi malamig yung pool nila.


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