Bluewater Maribago: Cebu’s Beachside Oasis

28 February 2016

Arriving at Bluewater Maribago from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is like finding a cool, shady oasis from the hustle, bustle and heat of the Philippines. Reception is housed in an impressive open, wooden hut structure where you can take a load off, grab a lounge chair and be welcomed with a refreshing tropical drink. After check-in, a hotel golf buggy soon arrives to escort you and your luggage to your room, and you begin to realise the size of the resort itself.

Travel Inspiration Welcome to Bluewater Maribago. Image: Courtesy of Bluewater Maribago

Choose from Premier Deluxe or Deluxe Rooms with private veranda to the open seascape or a tropical garden view; a well-appointed Royal Bungalow with direct beach access and views of Bluewater private island; or the luxurious Amuma Spa Suite with its private setting and neighbouring location to the resort spa facility.

Travel Inspiration Schedule some spa time! Image: Courtesy of Bluewater Maribago

You could very happily spend a few nights to over a week here, lounging by the pool; reading a book in a hammock under a glorious tree; enjoying the fare at one of the five in house restaurants and cafes; getting into the water sports and leisure activities; enjoying Bluewater signature spa therapies; learning the art of Tai-chi; or tying your hand at the Filipino martial-art, Arnis.


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Travel Inspiration How inviting does that hammock look? Photo: Anna Howard

If you’re keen for adventure of a retail nature, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the hotel offers a shuttle service to the SM Mall or Ayala Mall for those in need of a different kind of therapy.

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Travel Inspiration Private beach access. Photo: Bluewater Maribago

Immerse yourself in water

Aside from the resort's three lagoon-shaped pools, you can splash around in the beach – all 110 metres of private, white sandy shores lined with coconut palms and beach beds. Dry off with a game of beach volleyball or sign up for more water experiences from jet-skiing to scuba diving, snorkelling or island hopping.

Travel Inspiration Pool day everyday at Bluewater Maribago. Photo: Bluewater Maribago

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between

Allegro Restaurant is the main dining option at Bluewater Maribago. Here you can enjoy daily buffet breakfast and lunch, and for dinner, ala carte or more buffet options. In fact, Allegro is open 24 hours a day, should a midnight snack craving arise. Every Saturday the restaurant hosts the Barrio Fiesta (Country Feast) with a dinner buffet of Filipino specialties and a live cultural show with song and dance.

The Cove live seafood restaurant overlooks the Bluewater Private Island and the open sea. At this cool and breezy location you can choose arguably Cebu’s freshest catch, prepared to your liking.

Molto Italiano serves up wood-fired pizzas, fresh salads, pasta and desserts from 11am-9pm every day. Try the Osso bucco!

Travel Inspiration Dinner seaside at  The Cove. Photo: Bluewater Maribago

For those on health kick while on holiday, make friends with salad and healthy juices from the Amuma Juice Bar.

For cocktail hour, there’s no better place than the open-air Oyster Bar. Unwind here at sunset with fresh oysters and happy hour drink specials!

Pamper time

‘Amu-ma’ is the Visayan meaning for pamper, to indulge with comfort and care.  Experience the Amuma twist on the classic Filipino ‘hilot’ style of massage; a full body experience where warm banana fronds are used to loosen tense muscles and native medicinal herbs help to cleanse and refresh.

Travel Inspiration Treat yourself to a spa treatment at Amuma. Photo: Bluewater Maribago

Above and beyond

Travellers with kids in tow will love the Dolpo Kids Club, open for children aged 4-12 years the club has a range of activities to keep little people engaged and excited.

For a little break from the outdoors, drop by the Bluewater Gallery and check out the resort collection. The gallery showcases Philippine artists and often hosts events and workshops for guests to enjoy.

The writer travelled as a guest of Philippine Airlines and TPBGOVPH

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Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.