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View from the third floor

Review: Best Western Sandbar Resort Day Tour Experience

Looking for a weekend getaway? Read on. The King of Sinulog is off to the the beautiful island of Mactan Cebu to avail of the day tour package of Best Western Sandbar Resort (hotel info). Just 12.2 KM or 15 minutes away from the international airport, the resort is ideal for travelers looking for a quick yet value for money destination at the same time fit for functions and seminars.

Best Western Sandbar Resort Gate
Best Western Sandbar Resort Gate

Facilities and Amenities

The resort has the Waves Restaurant serving Filipino and International dishes, two outdoor swimming pools (Kiddie and Adult Pool), function rooms (Alegria Grand Ballroom, Alegria 1 to 3), aqua sports (jetski, kayak, island hopping, tour to isla romantica), foreign currency exchange, free wifi, souvenir shop, game room and karaoke room.


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Entrance
Entrance
Directions
Directions
Building
Building
Ceiling
Ceiling
Chess pieces
Chess pieces

Our Best Western Sandbar Resort Day Tour Experience

Arriving at the resort, we went directly to the front desk to confirm our reservation and were given the necessary information regarding the day tour package, which includes what we can and cannot do. Since we went on a Sunday, the rate was at PHP 850 per person. That includes a waived entrance fee to the resort, lunch buffet (without drinks), use of swimming pool from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, use of public shower and changing rooms.

Random model
Random model
View from the third floor
View from the third floor

We were impressed with the vast area of the resort, the sea breeze kissing our cheeks and the beautiful view of the lagoon and the coconut trees. We immediately went to the pool. Since we were not in the mood to swim, we just relaxed and decided to try their free WIFI which had a two-bar connection just enough for quick browsing.

Picturesque view
Picturesque view

We asked for their poolside menu and decided to order the Club Wrap at PHP 185 for breakfast comprised of tortilla, chicken, bacon, mayonnaise, cucumber, tomato, lettuce, mango and side salad. From these ingredients alone, you’ll know that it was mouth-watering.

Club Wrap
Club Wrap
Chips and fries
Chips and fries
Burberry Peach and Pink Lemonade
Burberry Peach and Pink Lemonade

For our drinks, we tried the Burberry Peach at PHP 150, a mixture of vodka, peach schnapps, serrano chili pepper, lime juice and sprite. Yes, the signature cocktail was spicy, a unique experience indeed.

Hammock
Hammock
Love chairs
Love chairs

We got bored so we decided to roam around the resort. You can’t help but admire the strategically placed lounging chairs and romantic love chairs by the lagoon and the white sandbar. We took pictures of other guests enjoying the kayaks.

Kayaking
Kayaking

It’s not included in the day tour package so there’s an additional charge if you decide to avail of it. We just decided to take a random photo shoot for fun while in the resort.

Carbonara
Carbonara

We found out that the resort just recently hired a new executive chef from the Middle East by the way to run the restaurant, a Filipino by the name of Chef Dexter Saludar whom I had the opportunity to meet and talk to in person. Since it was almost noon, we decided to go inside Waves Restaurant for our lunch buffet.

Waves Restaurant
Waves Restaurant
Table setup
Table setup
Grilled Squid Salad
Grilled Squid Salad
Main Course
Main Course

The lunch spread consisted of these delectable offerings: Primavera, Rosemary Chicken, Pork Green Curry, Roasted Mackerel, Grilled Vegetable in Season, Yakisoba and Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Assorted Mini Cakes
Assorted Mini Cakes
Breads Station
Breads Station
Pasta Station
Pasta Station
Dessert and Fruits
Dessert and Fruits
Watermelon Salad
Watermelon Salad

Other sections include the salad bar (mixed green salad with thousand island dressing, grilled squid salad with parmesan cheese and crab salad with honey balsamic dressing), dessert station (leche flan, mango bravo, raspberry panna cotta and assorted mini-cakes), pasta station (fresine, penne and linguine with toppings such as bacon, ham, cheese, mushrooms, onion and garlic), grilling station (pork, fish and chorizo), fries and chips, and bread station.

Grilling Station
Grilling Station
Roasted Mackerel
Roasted Mackerel

Our favorites include the roasted mackerel, the carbonara with unlimited toppings, the leche flan and the deep-fried chips.

Grilled Chorizo, Fish and Pork
Grilled Chorizo, Fish and Pork

Yum! Chef Dexter also gave us complimentary Pink Lemonade drinks to gulp everything down. By the way, walk-in guests could also avail of their lunch buffet on weekends at PHP 350 per person.

Karaoke and Gaming rooms
Karaoke and Gaming rooms

Since our stomachs were full and it was blazing hot because of the afternoon sun, we decided to cool ourselves off at their karaoke room. At PHP 250 per hour, you can sing your hearts out inside a soundproof air-conditioned private room.

Other accommodations
Other accommodations

After our concert, we decided to do an ocular inspection with the available accommodations escorted by Chef Dexter himself. The resort offers 63 guest rooms, 56 deluxe rooms, 3 suite rooms and 2 sets of connecting rooms. Oh how I wished we stayed at their suite room as it was indeed glorious. Well, maybe next time when they are not fully-booked.

The King of Sinulog Turista Shot
The King of Sinulog Turista Shot
Gym
Gym

Overall, the King of Sinulog had a quick but fun time at Best Western Sandbar Resort. If you’re looking for an instant getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life, then look no further and book a stay at Best Western Sandbar Resort. Later!

The King of Sinulog Loves Sandbar
The King of Sinulog Loves Sandbar
The King of Sinulog with the Sandbar Team
The King of Sinulog with the Sandbar Team

Getting There

Getting there
Getting there

From SM City Cebu V-Hire Terminal, you can ride a van for hire for Cordova with a base fare of PHP 35 per person. The route ends at a 7-Eleven in Cordova and from there you can ride a motorcycle, tricycle or pedicab to the resort at PHP 20 per person.  From the airport, you can hail a taxi or request for a private transfer from the resort. As for us, we went to the resort via private transportation.

Best Western Sandbar Resort (Book via Agoda)
Address: Wahing Street, Barangay Alegria, Cordova, Mactan Island Cebu
Trunkline: 517 – 9998
Email: info@sandbarcebu.com
Website: www.bestwesternceburesort.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cebusandbarresort

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