Tune Hotels Cebu City

We only had a night in Cebu City so we wanted to stay somewhere decent but still within our budget, and that’s when I came across Tune Hotels (now Hotel Red Planet Cebu).
 
From the airport, we just hailed a cab, and after about an hour or so of being stuck in traffic, arrived at Tune. It’s fairly easy to find and the cab driver is familiar since it is located within Cebu Business Park.
 
The building looks really new and there’s a convenience store in the parking lot.

The bellhop took our bags and ushered us to the spacious lobby on the second floor. Check in was also a breeze. I just had to present the printed reservation form and was handed our room key card, the television remote control and bags with towels and toiletries.

Our room was at the 5th floor. Everything looked really clean and new, and the hallway was well-lit.
 
The housekeeping staff was also very courteous.
As expected, the room was quite small but what’s important is it’s clean and the amenities are in good condition. There’s enough space for two people to move around.
 
There’s a wall-mounted flat screen TV, fold-away side table, and enough power outlets for charging your gadgets. We even had an in-room safe. Additionally, there’s a ceiling fan should you opt out of the air conditioning service.
 
 
The bathroom was spotless, and has hot and cold shower with rainshower head. And yes, they have a bidet, too.
 
Adjacent to the bathroom is a full-body mirror and a built-in hair dryer.
 
Just a minor concern, though, is the bathroom door which is made of frosted glass. You can still somehow see the other person inside.
 
Casa Verde’s David Dean’s Tenderloin
Single USDA steak on top of a mound of mashed potatoes and topped with cheese. Served with brown sauce and garnished with fried onions and roasted almonds.
 
Anyway, dining options are aplenty since it’s just a few minutes walk to Ayala Center. We went there for dinner and to meet up with fellow bloggers.
 
I was surprised The Terraces look a lot like Greenbelt where most yuppies hang out. There’s lots of shops and restaurants, and some were even starting to put up Christmas decors. Reminds me I should check out Zalora’s Christmas Bazaar really soon.
 
 
What’s unique about this hotel is you can actually choose which amenities you want to pay for. For example, if you will be out most of the time, you have the option to just pay for 12-hour air conditioning instead of 24 or maybe opt out on the TV service. You can also opt out on toiletries and towel and/or WiFi.
 
We booked through their website and opted to get the ‘Cozy Package’ since it is cheaper than just adding the add-ons piecemeal. We paid only a little less than Php1,900* for 2 persons.
 
 
36 Archbishop Reyes Avenue
Cebu City
Tel. No.: +63 32 2320888
 

*no breakfast

Allegro Restaurant of Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort

Aside from our gorgeous room, guess what else we enjoyed about our stay at Bluewater Maribago? Why, the sumptuous food, of course!

We had our buffet dinner and breakfast at Allegro Restaurant which is centrally located within the resort with a view of the main pool.
Recreational Bar

We arrived too early for dinner. Who’s excited? 😉

Allegro offers a variety of themed dinners and entertainment throughout the week. We were very lucky that the theme that night was Fishing Village! 😀Fresh local catch of the day grilled to your liking

Some mains (Beef Mechado, Chili Crab, Fish Fillet with Tausi), side dish and soup that night.

And I just realized I forgot to take a picture of the carving station, but the roast pork was insanely delicious!

I also noticed they have an extensive selection of appetizers, salads and desserts.

Notable ones are Breaded Pugapo and Prawn Filled with Cheddar and Dalandan-Tartare Sauce, Tomato and Kesong Puti, Bacon Shrimp and Pineapple Salad, Food for the Gods and the Pandan Brazo de Mercedes.

Then at 7:30 pm, the show started with a Tahitian dance followed by the Fireball Dancers. The performers were really good. And on their last set, they even asked the audience to join them. Well, the foreign guests were more than happy to be part of the production number. 😀

And the buffet breakfast? It was equally impressive.

For breakfast, guests can choose to either dine al fresco at the patio or inside this air conditioned hall
Variety of noodles and you get to choose the ingredients you want
Breakfast spread consists of cold cuts; salads; some Korean fare; a French toast, crepe and pancake station with a variety of sauces; assortment of rolls, and spread and cheese; dimsum; the usual tocino, ham and longganisa; an omelet station; and even a congee and champorado station 😀
Assortment of cereals and dried fruits
Breakfast of champions. I loved everything! 🙂
 
Clockwise: Danish pastry, sticky roll, bacon; chocolate de batirol; French toast, mini burger, a shot glass of strawberry yogurt; blueberry pancakes and mango crepe.
 
Not included in the picture is an omelet and a plate of siomai that Endette and I devoured! It was so good – comparable to the ones made in authentic Chinese restos in Binondo. 😀
 

But what made our dining experience more enjoyable was the superb service. The staff was not only attentive, but they anticipate your needs. You don’t even have to ask them to refill your water and will even volunteer to get the coffee/hot chocolate for you. They also greet foreign guests in their respective language and are particularly very fond of children.

It’s no wonder guests have a lovely stay at Bluewater Maribago.

 

Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort

The minute we experienced Cebu City’s traffic, we wanted to get out of it as fast as we could. Thankfully, we only had to stay there for a night and we were off to Mactan the next day.

Photo credit: Endette Mendoza

Our real vacation started at Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort – one of three properties under the wholly Filipino-owned Bluewater Resorts chain – located just 30 minutes away from Cebu’s business district
Front desk/Lobby
Official photo from Bluewater Maribago


Upon arrival, our attention was immediately caught by the thatched lobby in the middle of the resort. The vibe was very laid-back yet fast-paced. Guests kept pouring in, but everyone was attended to.

I approached the front desk to present our reservation and was asked to fill-out the guest registration slip. After this, the staff handed me our room key (with a couple of stubs that we can present should we need to borrow beach towels) and a map of the resort. We were also provided some cold towels and drinks while waiting for the buggy that would take us to our room.

Our Premier Deluxe Room (right)Official photo from Bluewater MaribagoContemporary Filipino design

Someone was jumping for joy when we entered the room. 😀

We had 44 square meters of floor space, 2 Queen ‘floating beds’ (a Bluewater trademark designed by Benji Reyes), a well-stocked mini bar, cable flat screen television, telephone, and complimentary coffee & tea plus White Chocolate Chip Cookies from their bakery. As if that’s not enough, we have our own veranda looking out into the beach and man-made island.Our sky-lit bathroom with freestanding tub and separate shower

It’s been weeks, but I still can’t stop raving about the bathroom. My photos doesn’t even do justice as to how gorgeous it is. I just wish they have a bidet. Nevertheless, it was like having your own spa inside the room. All that’s missing are angels descending from the heavens serenading you with their harps while you enjoy that warm bubble bath/shower.

While it was very easy to give in to the temptation of just staying inside our room, there’s still a lot more to see inside this 7-hectare property.

Let’s start with the other room types available.

The resort has 158 well-appointed rooms (5 Royal Bungalows, 20 Premier Deluxe, 50 Amuma Wing Rooms and 83 Deluxe Rooms).

Amuma Spa Suite with al fresco shower and bathNewly refurbished Deluxe Room at the Garden Wing

 In terms of facilities, they have 3 lagoon-type pools – one of which has a kiddie slide – and all pools have lifeguards too. There’s also a playground near the main pool which makes for a kid-friendly vacation.
Main pool near Allegro Restaurant
Amuma Spa Swimming Pool
Garden Wing Pool – lots of families frequent this pool

Don’t miss the free shark/fish-feeding session every 4:00 pm.

If you’re feeling a bit stressed and long for some pampering with your partner or just want to have a ‘me’ time, there’s the Amuma Spa – aptly named because Amuma is a Visayan term which means ‘to pamper’.

The spa center has 2 suites with private jacuzzi, steam bath & veranda, 3 single treatment rooms with veranda, men’s and women’s locker rooms, gym and health club, hair & beauty salon (with a view! See picture above), a spa boutique and the Amuma Juice Bar which serves healthy fare and fresh juice concoctions.

Outdoor treatments can also be done in the Hilot Pavilion, Beach Gazebo and Garden Gazebo. In-room massage can also be requested.

Clockwise: The Cove and Oyster Bar

Guests have plenty of dining options, too. There’s Allegro Restaurant serving Filipino and international cuisine; The Cove (Live and fresh seafood restaurant); Oyster Bar (Cocktail bar by the beach); Molto Italiano (Italian restaurant); and Amuma Juice Bar (Healthy fare). 

Allegro Restaurant also has themed dinners with performances for guests’ entertainment! I will be writing a separate post about our dining experience at Allegro. 🙂
Views from Oyster Bar/The Cove

Aquamania – Bluewater’s in-house aqua sports facility.

Water activities do not stop at swimming in their pools and/or the beach. There’s a variety of water sports guests can avail like snorkeling, island hopping, Jet Ski-ing and SCUBA diving.

The man-made island: Picture perfect for tropical weddings, private functions and beach outings.

When not rented for private functions, guests can go to the man-made island via kayak or even by foot during low tide.

Aside from lounging at the thatch huts with beach beds, guests can also play chess (using the life-size chessboard) and/or beach volleyball.

110-meter beachfront of pristine sand

From the minute you check-in until you leave, you will feel pampered. Everyone from the front desk staff to housekeeping are very courteous and cordial. We’ve observed the way they interact with their guests and they make sure that their job doesn’t stop at just providing the service, but making sure that you will have an enjoyable stay.

These days when most resorts either want to look Thai- or Balinese-inspired, it’s refreshing to see that Bluewater stayed true to their brand of the Filipino lifestyle experience – not only in terms of aesthetics – but one that is also creative, warm, friendly, attentive, caring and relaxing.

Everything you’ll need for a relaxing vacation is here.

Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort

Buyong Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City

Cebu, Philippines 6015

Phone: (632) 492-0100

Fax: (632) 492-1808

www.bluewatermaribago.com.ph