Cebu-Bohol Adventure: Crimson Resort and Spa

A beach resort was first on my list when I was planning our Cebu-Bohol adventure.  Among those that were recommended by friends were Shangri-la Mactan, Crimson Resort and Spa, Moevenpick, and JPark.  Since my considerations were for the resort to be kid-friendly and budget-friendly, we opted for Crimson Resort and Spa in Mactan.

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Reviews from TripAdvisor mention that some lost their way going to the resort.  Even some taxis where said to be unfamiliar with the location.  Getting lost with two kids in tow would be quite terrible so I decided to arrange for transport from the airport to Crimson Resort. We had to pay more than double than what a regular taxi fare would cost but the convenience was worth the extra bucks. Upon arrival at Mactan Interntional Airport, we were welcomed by a hotel representative who then ushered us to our car. The drive to the resort took around 20 minutes only.

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Check-in time was at 3 pm but we were told that a room would be available right after lunch. We were free to use all the facilities though while waiting for our room. We took our bag with our swimming gear and left the rest of our luggage with the bellman. We had to rent lockers near the fitness hall to keep our clothes and valuables in. A deposit of 500 pesos for each locker was required but was returned also after we surrendered the keys.

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Feeding Frenzy at the Beach

After changing into our swimsuits, we headed straight to the beach. The beach front was smaller than I pictured it to be. And true to the reviews I’ve read online, the beach was quite rocky.  Still, we enjoyed our REALLY SHORT dip in the sea – really short because the little girl freaked out when schools of fish swam around us. It was fish feeding time when we hit the beach.  There was a basket of bread available and the li’l boy and I were happily throwing bits and pieces of bread around us.  I was truly enjoying our real-life feeding frenzy, so it was with a heavy heart that I left the beach.

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Infinite Fun in the Infinity Pool

We spent the rest of the morning in the three-tiered infinity pool. Two pools were 2-ft deep while the third one was 4-ft deep. Since the kids had their floaters, we were able to stay in the last pool which had a spectacular view of the sea.

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The water was pleasantly warm (hubby wished it were cooler though) and I could have stayed there all day long.  There are scheduled pool activities throughout the day.  There was aqua zumba both in the morning and in the afternoon. Hubby and I joined both although I had to keep an eye on the two kids swimming (uh-oh…helicoptering still!).  A game of water polo was also offered but there were only a couple of swimmers who wanted to play.

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I found out the next day that there were also activities for kids in the kids’ pool. Had I known about those when we checked-in, I would have brought the kids to the other pools instead.

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Cebu-Bohol Family Adventure

Four Days. Three Nights. Two Provinces. One Great Family Adventure.

So, I wanted a HK Disneyland trip to celebrate the little girl’s seventh but hubby wasn’t able to renew his passport. And even if he was able to, he insists on taking the kids to local destinations first. I may not have gotten what I wanted but I’m not brooding. Our trip to Cebu was WONDERFUL! Cebu really opens up to the other parts of the Philliphines, so it’s great to know when and how to the travel, luckily for us there were services like OceanJet online booking so we didn’t have to worry much about it.

I’d love to tell you all about our Cebu-Bohol family adventure in great detail but we’re cramming with back-to-school preparations so these collages would have to do for now. Promise I’ll blog about everything next week. 🙂

First plane ride was “awesome” “amazing” “spectacular” according to the little princess. 🙂

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An overnight stay at the Crimson Resort was not enough to fully enjoy all that the resort has to offer. I’d stay here for a week if I could afford it. 🙂

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Why stay at Summit Circle? For one, the people from Summit Hotels are really wonderful. Then, Summit Circle is right in the middle of the city which makes going to the different tourist spots so easy.

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The city tour was EXHAUSTING but we learned a lot about our history and culture.

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Wasn’t able to squeeze a Cebu food trip in our itinerary but managed to try three of their famous foodstops.

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All aboard! First ferry ride for the kids also. Next time, it’ll be on a cruise ship! (crosses fingers)

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They found the tarsiers “so cute and cuddly”, the Chocolate Hills “nice”, the Zipline and Cable Car ride both “terrifying and exciting”…but they loved the Loboc River Cruise most! After all “we’ve never eaten in a moving boat ever before!”

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There’s definitely more to share about our trip to Cebu and Bohol that one blog post won’t be enough. Watch out for my series of posts where I’ll be including our detailed itinerary, breakdown of expenses, and tips for those taking little kids on their adventure.

AMBAY BEACH RESORT: A Haven of Wellness, Pure Beach Fun

Summer’s halfway over and if you still haven’t been to the beach, now’s the time to take your entire family or your barkada for some fun in the sand.  Boracay may be the first thing that comes to mind when we hear “beach” but it can get pretty crowded during this season.  Our country has 7,107 islands and miles of beaches so there are really plenty of other choices.

AMBAY Beach Resort offers light-hearted fun that warms the soul and rejuvenates the weary city dweller.  With ukelele playing in sync with the sound of the waves beating on the shore, this place is definitely for those looking for a relaxing vacation and not for the party-going beach lover.

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A Place of Serenity

The resort has a rustic appeal to it.  There’s none of those modern hotel facilities sprouting in popular beaches.  Which means there are also no blaring sounds from bars or intoxicated beach bums.  What you get instead is that homey-feel  in perfect commune with nature.  There’s vast area of sand, clear blue waters, and fresh air.  Add great company to that and you have all that it takes for a wonderful vacation at the beach.

A Haven of Wellness

Ambay Beach Resort encourages guests to join the yoga sessions held during sunrise and sunset.  Really the perfect way to start and end your day!   There’s also no need for you to worry about food as Ambay serves healthy vegetarian dishes to all guests.   Non-veg’s would actually be surprised at how good the food tastes. You won’t even realize that the sisig, barbeque, and kare-kare in the buffet table are all veggie.   Stay here for the weekend and you’d be on a good start to detoxifying your body.  Since Ambay advocates wellness and clean living, drinking and smoking are discouraged.  Guests are welcome to be intoxicated with happiness though. 🙂

Clean Beach, Clean Fun

A stay at Ambay Beach Resort is far from boring.  Its vast shoreline provides ample space for a game of ultimate frisbee or beach volleyball.  There are also surf boards, boogie boards, and skim boards for those who want to have some fun in the water.  This resort would be a perfect venue for team building activities and seminars.

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How To Get There

Ambay Beach Resort is located at National Road, Binoclutan, Botolan, Zambales. For inquiries and reservations, email ambaybeachresort@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/AmbayBeachResort.

For a truly different beach experience, book on a full moon weekend and join the bonfire ukelele jam.  Oh and that book that you’ve been wanting to read but have never found the time – bring it with you!