Five Reasons Why Plantation Bay Mactan Is Not For Everyone

Want to stay at one of the most distinctive resorts in the world? Then Plantation Bay Resort and Spa (resort info) just might be the one for you, or not.

Resort Map and Personalized Welcome
Resort Map and Personalized Welcome

When I received the reservation confirmation via email from Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, I read that they had a room guarantee.


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“Just Don’t Like It” Guarantee

If within four hours upon your arrival you come to realize that the resort is just not for you, you can inform the management and they will cancel any room charge for that day, refund any unused advance payment, and give you free transportation to another hotel in metropolitan Cebu.

And I was like, “Really? That’s amazing customer service. Is there another resort in the world that offers this same guarantee?”

Lobby at Plantation Bay
Lobby at Plantation Bay

This just goes to show how confident Plantation Bay (resort reviews) is with their offerings. But what I failed to ask was, “Has anyone took advantage of this money-back guarantee yet?”

You Just Can’t Please Everyone

After spending two nights at this resort, the only thing that bothered me was this, “Who in their right mind would say no to this beautiful place?”

Lagoon View Room at Edo Hall
Lagoon View Room at Edo Hall

As they say, you just can’t please everybody. There’s going to be at least one in seven billion people who’ll bluntly say no even when offered the experience of a lifetime.

Plantation Bay Is Not For You If…

Well I guess it’s safe to say that Plantation Bay Mactan is not for everyone, most especially if:

1. Theme park inspired resorts just bore you to death

You’ll be handed a map for you to explore every nook and cranny at your own pace.

Kalesa at Plantation Bay
Kalesa at Plantation Bay

You could choose to walk, ride tandem bikes, rent a segway scooter, hail a horse carriage on weekends or ride the 24-hour electric carts to get to your desired point on the map.

Pitch and Putt at Plantation Bay
Pitch and Putt at Plantation Bay

I don’t know about you but the wild imagination of the kid in me actually lit up upon receiving this ‘treasure map’ during the check in process.

Paddle Board Yoga at Plantation Bay
Paddle Board Yoga at Plantation Bay
Pedal Boarding at Plantation Bay
Pedal Boarding at Plantation Bay

And boy oh boy was I not disappointed. There are indeed a number of instagrammable spots with breath-taking views if you just know where to look and oh, bring your camera at all times.

2. Gastronomic creations won’t excite your taste buds

You can choose from four diverse restaurants within the resort:

Fiji, with a panoramic view of Galapagos Beach, is known for its Japanese offerings.

Baja Boat at Fiji
Baja Boat at Fiji
Interiors at Fiji
Interiors at Fiji

In here we were able to try their Salmon Sashimi Sunrise, Baja Boat and their gigantic Prawn Tempura. These dishes tasted as good as they were presented and were best paired with their signature cocktail.

Prawn Tempura at Fiji
Prawn Tempura at Fiji
Salmon Sashimi Sunrise at Fiji
Salmon Sashimi Sunrise at Fiji


Signature Cocktails at Fiji
Signature Cocktails at Fiji

Savannah Grill and Lounge on the other hand claims of having the best burger on earth.

Powerhouse Burger at Savannah Grill
Powerhouse Burger at Savannah Grill

Since the restaurant was undergoing renovation, we never lost hope and decided to call in room service for their Powerhouse Burger. Guess what? It was so good that it made me smile from ear to ear.

Interiors at Palermo
Interiors at Palermo

Palermo Café and Bar boasts of their tapas and pastas: Gambas, Deviled Eggs, Jamon Bellota, Spaghettini al Nero and the best steak I’ve had in my entire twenty seven years of existence, the Kagoshima Wagyu Sirloin. This is by far my favorite gastronomic moment at Plantation Bay.

Tapas, Pastas and Steaks at Palermo
Tapas, Pastas and Steaks at Palermo
Interiors at Kilimanjaro Kafe
Interiors at Kilimanjaro Kafe
My Breakfast Buffet Plate at Kilimanjaro Kafe
My Breakfast Buffet Plate at Kilimanjaro Kafe

And last but not the least, Kilimanjaro Kafe is the go-to restaurant if you want a great view of the lagoon. This is where breakfast is served and is also the only restaurant that never closes up shop.

Lunar Eclipse at Alien Abduction
Lunar Eclipse at Alien Abduction

If you’re looking for some nightlife, on top of Kilimanjaro is Alien Abduction where you could listen to live music while eating your favorite Lunar Eclipse ice cream.

Jazz Nights at Galapagos Beach
Jazz Nights at Galapagos Beach

You could also try Galapagos Bar’s Sex on the Beach cocktail while listening to jazz hits by the beach.

The resort also hosts themed dinners at Orion Beach during high occupancy and I was able to witness their Viva España on-stage production while enjoying a good selection of Spanish dishes.

3. You couldn’t care less about Filipino hospitality

Smiles are indeed contagious. This was what I noticed from every staff who I came across while exploring every inch of the resort.

View from my veranda
View from my veranda

There might be a dark cloud hovering above your head because of problems at home or at work, but seeing friendly strangers greet you just leaves off an assurance that everything’s going to be alright.

Viva Espana Themed Dinner Live Performance
Viva Espana Themed Dinner Live Performance

The staff at Plantation Bay also goes the extra mile when it comes to your convenience. To cite an example, they actually have multi-lingual front desk staff to entertain non-English speaking guests and also restaurant menus written in other languages.

One personal experience was when I actually called Kilimanjaro Kafe directly and ordered my breakfast to be delivered straight to my veranda. Instead of rejecting my order, forwarding my call to room service and repeating the process again, the guy on the other end of the line took the initiative of informing room service of my transaction while I continued sipping my cup of coffee and getting some work done.

4. Healing massages and soothing treatments won’t impress you

Experiencing a full body massage at Mogambo Springs actually made me understand why there was the word ‘spa’ in the name Plantation Bay Resort and Spa.

Jacuzzi at Mogambo Springs
Jacuzzi at Mogambo Springs

Immediately upon entering, you’ll be transported to an ancient Japanese village with a Zen-like atmosphere that will surely take your stress away.

To fully prepare yourself for a night of relaxation, you’ll have to immerse your whole body in four different types of springs which typically ends with you sweating all those toxins out in a sauna.

Ancient Japanese Village at Mogambo Springs
Ancient Japanese Village at Mogambo Springs

You will then be led to a private villa of your choosing where you’ll be pampered with utmost care and comfort. Be on the lookout as I’ll be writing a separate article on Mogambo Springs.

5. Staying in your room all-day pleases you

Why not? My lagoon view room on the second floor of Edo Hall is more than sufficient for a lazy day with its picture-perfect veranda, complete room amenities and a marble bathtub. However, that’s not how you spend your days at Plantation Bay.

Archery at Savannah Park
Archery at Savannah Park

There’s plenty of fun things to do: Pedal Boarding, Firing Range, Wall Climbing, Pitch and Putt, Archery, Table Tennis, Billiards, Foosball, Video Games and Swimming, obviously.

Game Room at Plantation Bay
Game Room at Plantation Bay
Indoor Firing Range at Plantation Bay
Indoor Firing Range at Plantation Bay

Guess what? That’s only a quarter of the available sports and recreation facilities provided for the resort’s guests. These activities definitely made every second of our stay truly unforgettable.

Final Thoughts

After reading this article, you’ll definitely agree with me that Plantation Bay Mactan is not for everyone.

Ride bikes around Plantation Bay
Ride bikes around Plantation Bay

But for someone who experienced everything first hand from the delectable offerings to the remarkable hospitality up to the part where I had every bit of fun under the sun, it’s just undeniable;

Plantation Bay Mactan truly is comparable to none.

Getting There

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa is located in Marigondon which is just a few minutes from Mactan Cebu International Airport. If you’ve already booked your stay in advance, you can arrange for the resort to pick you up from the airport or if not, you can also personally avail of a taxi service.

Electric Shuttle Rides at Plantation Bay
Electric Shuttle Rides at Plantation Bay

Plantation Bay Mactan (Book Online via Agoda)
Address: Marigondon, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu
Telephone: (032) 505 9800

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