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Enjoying the beach

With year-round sunshine, the widest stretch of white sand beach on Mactan and numerous on-water and underwater activities for guests of all ages, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu is the ultimate venue for a fun, water-loving summer getaway.Kayak

At the centerpiece of any summer getaway is the resort’s 350-meter beach cove, where guests may enjoy a range of exciting sea sports, including paddle boards, jet ski,  kayak, banana boat, parasail, snorkel and scuba diving, supervised by qualified instructors who ensure guests’ utmost safety.

Guests can delight in the added thrill of swimming with the schools of tropical fish that make their home in the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary.  Spanning six hectares from the resort’s beachfront, the sanctuary is home to more than 100 species of aquatic life.  Among the fish species that have been spotted are angelfish, banner fish, blue tang, butterfly fish, clownfish, clown sweetlips, goldfish, lion fish, pipefish, puffers, rainbowfish and wrasses, and Fishfeeding at the Marine Sanctuarygiant clams.  Managing the sanctuary and keeping its occupants “under her wing” is Irene Tan, the resort’s resident marine biologist. Guests can truly enjoy the beauty of the marine ecosystem with scheduled complimentary activities, such as snorkeling tours and kayak safaris conducted by the resort’s sports and recreation team.

Another popular water-related activity, and enjoyed amongst friends or as a family-bonding exercise, is the fish-house-building activity conducted by Irene.  Here, guests learn how fish houses become artificial reefs or how human-made underwater structures are built to promote marine life.Deluxe Seaview

Using cement, broken corals and rocks, the completed fish house serves both as a refuge and as a nesting ground for the fish to care for their young.  Guests have the option to inscribe their fish house and participate in resting these in the marine sanctuary.

The resort has two pools for those who prefer swimming pools to the beach: a multilevel pool with a children’s area and water slide, and an infinity pool facing the beach.  Children can make a big splash with the resort’s brightly colored water slide, where they can enjoy the exhilarating rush of zooming down into the main pool.  Toddlers are not left out of the fun with the Aquaplay that includes three slides and a rainbow shower.

Marine SanctuaryTo sweeten the summer getaway, the resort offers a special treat for bookings for the entire month of March.  Guests who book a Deluxe Seaview Room or any higher room category enjoy a one-time complimentary lunch buffet (excluding drinks) for two at Tides, the resort’s newly refreshed all-day dining restaurant.  “Lunch on Us” is valid only for new bookings and available for local residents only.  Room rates start at P9,200++ for the Deluxe Seaview Room.

Pristine waters and an array of exciting water adventures topped with a complimentary buffet lunch as sweetener spell an extraordinary getaway this summer.  For inquiries and reservations, please call Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu at (63 32) 231 0288 or email

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