Hotel Update on Cebu in the Philippines


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Dusit International will operate the Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu, a five-star beachfront resort located on the northern peninsula of Mactan island in the Philippines.  This resort is scheduled to open before the end of 2018.

Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu will be the third Dusit Thani branded property in the Philippines. Other Dusit Thani properties include the 500-room Dusit Thani Manila and the 175-unit Dusit Thani Residence Davao, which is scheduled in open in late 2018.

Other properties in the pipeline include DusitPrincess Cebu City, dusitD2 Davao, and dusitD2 Resort, San Juan.

The Dusit Hospitality Management College, a unique fully-integrated hospitality school and hotel, will open in Manila in 2018.

Project Brief

Developed by Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), the Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu will be situated next to AmiSa Private Residences at the Punta Engano residential zone. Developed by the same company, the luxurious high-rise residential development opened in 2013.

The Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu will comprise three low-rise buildings with a total of 271 rooms and suites., a lobby lounge, three restaurants with al fresco and private dining, and an infinity swimming pool.

Other facilities will include a spa, a fitness centre, and more than 1,200 square metres of meeting space.


Mactan Island is connected to Cebu City by two bridges.

Location, Location, Location

Mactan Island is located about one mile from  the city of Cebu. It is connected to Cebu by two bridges. It is the country’s most densely populated island.

But don't let that put you off! Mactan also has some of the best resort hotels in  the Philippines!

With stunning beaches with pristine waters and lovely coral reefs, the island  is especially popular with water sports enthusiasts.

Snorkeling, scuba diving, jet-skiing, and sailing are all popular activities.

The provincial capital of Visayas, Cebu City is the oldest city in the Philippines and its first capital. It is one of the country’s most important centres of commerce, trade, education, and industry. Owing to its long history, Cebu is also home to many important heritage sites, with churches and fortifications dating back to the Spanish colonial era.

Where to Stay in Cebu Now

If you can't wait for the Dusit Thani Mactan to open next year, why not check out my first hand hotel reviews and head there now?

I have visited Cebu twice, and it is one of my favourite travel destinations.  I’ve stayed at a total of five hotels there, including three five star resorts on Mactan Island, one five-star hotel in town, and a budget hotel located near the airport.

Mini reviews of the Cebu hotels and resorts I have stayed at follow. Click on the highlighted links to read the entire review.

Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu - this is a view from my room at the Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu. Talk about decadence! There was a complimentary chocolate indulgence every afternoon in the lobby!

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa - this is the jaw-dropping view from room 5005 at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, where I spent three wonderful nights on my most recent visit to Cebu. It was one of the first five-star resorts in the Philippines and is still one of the best!

Plantation Bay – this low-rise hotel was a collection of plantation style bungalows surrounding a massive man-made lagoon. There were nightly national themes every night with lavish buffets and floor shows to match. Wish I could have spent an entire week to take in all of them!

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu - targeted primarily at business travelers, this lovely hotel was located across the street from a fabulous shopping mall. But the real attraction was the food. It had some of the best buffets I've ever eaten at. Loved those fruit-based tropical salads!

Express Inn Cebu - with an early morning arrival, I didn't want to waste one night's accommodation at a five star resort. So I booked a room at this budget hotel near the airport, and I was glad I did. The Internet connection was flawless, and the staff were very friendly!


Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu will be located approximately 30 minutes by car from Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), which is one of the busiest airports in the Philippines. It arguably has the best facilities.

The airport is served by five domestic and seven foreign airlines, including Qatar Airways, which offers service to its hub at Doha International Airport in Qatar by way of Singapore.

Other international travel destinations include Hong Kong; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Seoul-Inchon, Korea; Singapore; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo-Narita, Japan.

The airport is expected to handle 10 million passengers this year, a 12% increase from 2016.  The airport currently undergoing a major expansion, which will increase its capacity to 12.5 million passengers per year.

Dusit International 101

Based in Thailand, Dusit International operates 29 hotels and resorts  around the world.

There are currently 51 confirmed projects in the pipeline in the following travel destinations: Australia, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Dusit International operates hotels and resorts under the following brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, and DusitPrincess. The company also operates spas under the Dusit Devarana label. 

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