Philippine Travelogue: Plantation Bay Recalls a Bygone Era

Cebu Adventure Part 11

After spending two nights in Cebu proper, Michael Taylor heads back Mactan Island, where another resort hotel awaits. He is overwhelmed by the turquoise blue waters that beckon just steps from the porch of his spacious room.

If ever a resort hotel was aptly named, Plantation Bay is it. From the open air lobby – which is built atop a natural lagoon – to the porches and verandahs with ceiling fans to the off white louvers and ballustrates, Plantation Bay has plantation written all over it.

The elegant surroundings recall a bygone era when landed gentry spent sultry afternoons sipping cocktails on the verandah.

The only thing that is missing are the Panama hats.

Plantation Bay is a sprawling resort with two storey bungalows that encircle a collection of salt and fresh water lagoons.

Two Storey Bungalows

The mostly two storyed bungalows house 256 rooms and suites as well as four food and beverage outlets, a spa, a gym, retail outlets, and various other facilities.

Cebu plantatioin bay room 8

My room has a comfortable porch complete with ceiling fan. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

My spacious room has two queen size beds, a generous work space, a mini bar, a butler’s table, and a large bench on which to put my suitcase.

The bathroom is hewn from a stunning beige coral. That includes not only the floor, countertop, and sink – but also the walls and a bathtub that you can actually sit down in.

And then there is that magnificent porch overlooking those turquoise lagoons. There are two wooden armchairs, a table with two chairs, and a ceiling fan.

I tbink I’ll call room service in the morning and have my last breakfast in Cebu served to me there.

To Be Continued


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