It was in 2010 when I first tried staycation. After 3 years and 15 more staycations, it's very obvious that this my new favorite activity. Since the hotels and resorts in the city are kinda typical, it's time for me to take my staycation to a higher level. I booked a flight to Cebu just to have a luxurious staycation.
one luxurious staycation at Crimson Resort and Spa in Mactan
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan is a sprawling 6-hectare beach front resort with a first-rate spa. This resort has 40 luxurious and spacious private villas with individual plunge pools and 250 guestrooms that combine both comfort and style.
The resort started its operations last October 2011. It's always best to stay in a resort while it's still new.
one of the many locally made yet world class art pieces in the resort
The viewing deck in the reception area gives the guests a preview of this beautiful resort.
overlooking the reception area is the 3-tiered infinity pool
The 3-Tiered Infinity Pool
One word: grand. It features the kiddie and the adult infinity pools.
the beach club
Most tourist lazily spend all mornings and afternoons in the infinity pool or the lounge. By the way, Crimson Resort in Mactan offers a day tour which costs P2,500++ per person, inclusive of buffet lunch and an access to the infinity pool and the beach.
kiddie infinity pool which is connected to the main infinity pool
mommy and the alligator life buoy
Crimzone, the children's activity area
main infinity pool
Notice the nipa huts on each end of the pool? These are the spa area by the pool side with the view of the beach. Nice and refreshing.
Sole Revival treatment at Aum Spa costs P600++The Villa
After a quick tour by the pool area, it's time to check out our villa. Crimson Resort and Spa has 40 luxurious villa which measures 115 sq meters each. Yes, that spacious. The best part is, each villa has its own private plunge pool. *winks*
a villa with the ocean view
our villa for 2 days
around P19,000 per night, with buffet breakfast for 2
golf carts are out, this striking red shuttle cart is so in!
A welcome ritual was made upon our entry. I can't remember the name but the pretty staff washed my hand with water mixed with some oil essences.
a special welcome ritual
Not long after this, we finally had our first glance of the villa. Aside from the impression that the villa still looks new, the ambiance and the fragrance is really remarkable.
the spacious living area
each furniture is a knock out
i specially loved the laminated wood table
dining area with complimentary wine and fruits
the mangoes are so sweet!
Now the master bedroom. Like the living area, the bed, lamps, mirrors, table, and other furniture feature Cebu designer's creativity and craftsmanship.
a peek of the master bedroom
wow, pang-prinsesa ^_^
4 poster canopy king sized bed
finally, the plunge pool view from the bedroom
with easy access!
Now the master bathroom.
the master bedroom with an equally spacious master bathroom
very spacious and lovely bathroom
again, every detail is a pride for the Cebuanos
i love those lamps!
yes, the bathroom is the new photobooth!
complete with toiletries
Finally, the plunge pool. Actually, this is the first time I experienced a villa with plunge pool. I am so delighted!
our secluded plunge pool!♥
the water is warm and doesn't contain any chemicals
ready for a plunge
But of course, it's time for some pictorial first.
pictorial on our plunge pool
Since our villa is divided by the walls, we enjoyed a complete privacy. Goofing around this pool without worrying about any by-passers is the ultimate luxury. ^_^
Actually, the private plunge pool is just my 2nd favorite. What I appreciated most is how Crimson patronizes and promotes the elegant and classy furniture pieces with a unique Filipino touch. Every local and foreign guests in resort would surely be awed by Cebu's very fine creativity and craftsmanship thru the locally made furniture.
After this, local furniture can now be associated with the words elegance and luxury.
featuring Cebu's very fine creativity and craftsmanship
I saw some Murillo and Kenneth Cobonpue pieces, and I instantly wished I can have those pieces for our own home.
The Food at Saffron
Moving on. Rob and I had our buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Saffron's Cafe. Lunch buffet costs P1,000++ per person and dinner buffet ranges from 1,500++ to 1,800++ per person. Anyway, the buffet spread offers a lot of dishes. The service is excellent. Every staff had its own 5-star hospitality in assisting the guests.
Saffron Cafe restaurant
interior at Saffron Cafe
What I loved most were: penne carbonara, stir fired noodles, buttered shrimp, and the mango crepe. Oh, the waitress offered me to try their Bokchoy, a drink made out of Chinese pechay, pineapple, and honey. Super like!
some of the food offered at Saffron Cafe
Note: For villa guests, breakfast can be availed at Tempo, a classier restaurant on the 2nd floor. Go for it! There's not much guests and the view is awesome.
What's a resort without having a nice beachfront? Actually Crimson had a short shore and the sand is artificial. Nonetheless, the water is clear and very swim-able. As always, the color of the water is at its most tempting from 9am to 1pm.
beach lounge chairs
very tempting beachfront at Crimson Resort and Spa
classic crystal clear water in Cebu
Thank you Lord for the perfect weather. Prior to this trip, 2 typhoons were reigning all over the whole country.
It was already a relaxing and luxurious getaway, but the best way to top it off is have a soothing spa at Aum. The traditional Aum Spa costs P3,400++ for an hour of massage.
a night plunge first before going to the spa
Aum Spa features an array of invigorating services that promises to relax, restore and energize the mind and body.
complete pampering at Aum Spa and Wellness Center
with the award-winning designer Kenneth Cobonpue's chair?
The facilities are top of the class- clean and smells so good. There's also a pool, a steam and sauna rooms which Aum customers can enjoy.
my Transition to Transformation Massage started with a foot spa
I just loved the experience. Im not really into massages but this one's slowly relaxed and soothed my reflexes. It was indeed a sound sleep after I had this massage.
pool area by night
thank you Crimson for the ultimate staycation experience ♥
I'm actually overwhelmed with how beautiful this resort is. This is indeed one of the best resorts that I've been to. The villas and guest rooms are spaced well which made the whole area looked very pleasant. The beach is just gorgeous.
What I appreciated most is how Crimson patronizes and promotes the world class Cebuano design and art. It's another 'Im a proud Pinay' moment whenever local and foreign guests wowed upon the glamorous furniture pieces. Most of all, Im more than happy to know that this resort gives jobs to 400 locals. Cheers!
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan Promo 2013
Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan
Seascapes Resort Town, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines