Sick from the morning commute, office blues, and the hustle-bustle of modern living? Here’s your prescription for the week: a ticket to Cebu, Philippines, where you can white out the noise on white sands beaches. Here’s what to do.
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SLEEP Plantation Bay Resort & Spa
Head straight from the plane to your “water-edge” room at Plantation Bay where king-sized beds are placed within rolling distance (you not the bed) from the lagoon. Order a breezy drink and put your feet up: Plantation Bay is a no-tipping resort so you don’t have to deal with the stress of being too stingy or too loose with the dosh.
EAT Abaca Restaurant
With its understated ambiance and gorgeous sea view, Abaca offers a variety of California-Mediterranean dishes. Order the fresh seafood blended with vegetables as an appetizer being sure to leave room for their famous enormous roasted prawns. Suitable for sun, seafood, and romantic sunsets.
SEE Santo Nino Basilica
Take a trip to the oldest church in the Philippines, Santo Nino Basilica, built in 1565. The architecture and history is just fascinating and the interior belays that sense of wonder from its construction oh so many years ago.
SHOP Carbon Market Cebu
Still going strong, Carbon Market has been the largest public market in Cebu since the 18th century. Stalls with food, fish, handicrafts, souvenirs, and wares of all types are focused here. Ironically, the only thing you can’t buy is carbon.
Get active with Bugoy Bikers Bicycle Tours for excursions all across Cebu. Channel your inner Armstrong (no comments re: doping) to bike to the mountains, rivers, jungles, and any terrain you can roll yourself up. Itineraries can be package deals or tailor-made to suit your needs.
Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
Marigondon, Mactan Island Cebu Philippines 6015
+ 63-32-505 9800
From US $220 up
Punta engano road, Mactan island, lapu lapu city 6015 Phillipines
Santo Nino Basilica
Osmeña Blvd Downtown
MC Briones Street, Dakbayan sa Sugbu 6000 Philippines
+ 66 53 302788
+63 (032) 231 6348