REVIEW: Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island in Cebu

Hotels, The Philippines

Whether you want to admit it to yourself or not, there are times when, after visiting one place, over and over again, you just become a bit bored, and your interest in visiting it once again wanes.

Cebu is a little bit like that for me. After visiting it for more then 20 times already for events, and business meetings over the past 13 years, it has become a very boring place for me and begged off some opportunities to come visit it again.

But all that changed when I had the chance to visit the city and stay at the luxurious Movenpick Hotel in Mactan Island.


I have heard only wonderful things about the hotel and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience it for myself.

Needless to say, I had high expectations but I was also realistic.

Thank God that Movenpick exceeded all my expectations and then some.


Located at the quieter side of Mactan (Punta Engano), Movenpick is miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, giving you that much needed peace you crave for. Surprisingly, it is only 7 kilometers or about 30 minutes away from the  airport.

It is about 22 kilometers though from the the Cebu City and the usual shopping areas in the city.


From the moment I arrived at its breezy, open air lobby and saw the grand sails hovering above and the comfy, colorful sofas, I was instantly in love. It was a nice contrast to the overall white color and Mediterranean feel and inspiration of the hotel.

The staff was very attentive and assisted me every step of the way until I checked into my spacious room.


Deluxe Room. Photo courtesy of Movenpick

Again, I was in Cebu for a business engagement, so I had the chance to check out its amenities for MICE and I was satisfied.

For three days, I had my meals at The Sails, Movenpick’s main all day dining restaurant. It had limited choices but the food was good and the ambiance was cozy.




What really made me fall in love with Movenpick is the Ibiza Beach Club and Churrasco Grill. They made sure that after a whole day’s worth of heavy work, I was able to unwind at the comfort of my own hotel, and that there’s really no need to go downtown to have a party.


And since this is a 5-star luxury hotel, the clienteles were mostly businessmen and more discerning and affluent guests.

Movenpick is a bit pricey but the rooms are excellent, the amenities are satisfactory and the overall experience is topnotch. I think it’s definitely worth your money’s worth. And without any hesitation, I would surely come back a second time.


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