The 2nd installment of my Cebu blog will mainly focus on Plantation Bay. Since we wanted to go to Bantayan Islands for swimming, we’ve decided to celebrate my son’s birthday here. We were budget-conscious travelers so we availed the Day Trip Package and picked Goldberry Suites as our main accommodation. For P2000 per head, you’ll get to utilize the following amenities from 9AM-5PM –lagoons & pools, wall climbing, bicycles, nip floaters or kayaks, access to their game room, children’s center and shower rooms. You are also entitled to a set lunch with a choice of drink, courtesy of Kilimanjaro Cafe.
We went straight to the registration area and were immediately attended by their staff. The receptionist was talking in straight English even though we were obviously Pinoys, their resort’s policy maybe. Payment settled, off we went to the pools!
We need to squeeze everything from 9AM-5PM
View from the reception area
Plantation Bay has man-made lagoons
Plantation Bay has several swimming areas –man-made lagoons, freshwater pools and beach. We chose our best spot and went for a swim. A friendly reminder, the man-made lagoon has decorative rocks that might cause injuries because they are not that obvious. There are parts too that leads you to deeper areas of the lagoon, so it pays to keep an eye on your kids. Kayaks are included in the package but for 15-minute use only.
Free 15-minute use of kayaks
They have a small beach, the natural one. They prohibit swimming that time because there’s no lifeguard on duty. The beach is clean and we easily spotted several kinds of fishes near the dock. We took advantage of the jet ski and took pictures of the guys aboard it! 🙂
There are fishes all around
After several hours of swimming and exploring the different areas of the resort, we went to Kilimanjaro Cafe to claim our free set lunch. Excited we were since we already researched about it and we already have our choices in mind. We ordered different sets of lunches so we will be able to share and taste a variety. So to start with the appetizers, bread and butter were served plus we had a choice of the following –mushroom soup, mixed green salad and chicken & beef satay. I recommend the latter if you are a heavy eater, very tasty!
Appetizer ~ Bread & butter
Appetizer choice #1 ~ Mushroom soup
Appetizer choice #2 ~ Mixed green salad
Appetizer choice #3 ~ Chicken and beef satay
For the main course, they only offer two choices from –Lechon Kawali and Roasted lemon chicken. The potato wedges are given in place of rice but since I wasn’t informed, I got both. Thank you very much for the consideration! 🙂
Main course choice #1 ~ Lechon Kawali
Main course choice #2 ~ Roasted lemon chicken
They offer ice cream (strawberry, mango, chocolate) for dessert, we had ours but my husband ordered coffee instead. No problem with them anyway. For drinks you can choose from –ice tea, mineral water, soda, local beer and fruit juices.
Dessert ~ Ice cream (strawberry, mango, chocolate)
We were so full and we can’t hardly breathe after eating lunch. So we rest a bit and went for a walk around the resort. We spotted an E-jeepney and was thrilled to try it out. The driver also took our group picture aboard the vehicle. After our round trip, the boys tried wall climbing and we brought the kids to the children’s center. The children’s center is air-conditioned, packed with toys and amenities that would cater the needs of the toddlers, babies and moms. They also have a washroom and diaper changing rooms inside.
Riding the E-jeepney
Free wall climbing
Children’s center – has fully loaded amenities
Archery and shooting areas are available but for a fee, so we skipped them. They also have a tennis court and mini golf area. We resumed swimming at the freshwater pool and opt to spend the last hour in the game room. Game room offers –billiards, darts, arcades and Wii area.
We really enjoyed our stay but everything has to end. To conclude, their service and amenities serve your money’s worth. So drop by Plantation Bay some time when you go to Cebu!:)
For inquiries, contact:
Plantation Bay Resort and Spa
Marigondon, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines