Cebu: Queensland Beach & Crowne Regency Hotel

February 17, 2016

Ah, Cebu -- the world's Lechon Capital, Queen City of the South, and the oldest and first capital of the Philippines. I'd stopped counting the number of times I attempted to fly to this  region, but last month, the universe finally allowed the trip and I got the chance to explore this beautiful provincial island for 5 incredible days.

I couldn't help my excitement when I landed, and only adding to the thrill was the fact that it was my first time to travel outside of Luzon on my own! Although I'm privately keeping most of my adventures there, here is the first half of some of the ones I got to share with Justinmy bro from Manila who now resides in Cebu, and a couple of other newly met friends.

Topping my to-do list was, of course, the beach. Queensland is on Punta Engano Road, Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City. Unlike the typical beaches that you can find in the Philippines, this one does not feature a sandy shore, but it does take pride in their dive shop, a manmade pool (which is only visible at low tide), a breathtaking view of the sparkling ocean, and boats -- lots and lots of boats -- that can take guests up to 10 nearby islands. We rented one to take us out a few kilometers into the deep blue to snorkel. Since Mactan is a coral island, it offers some of the best water activities in the country including diving, jet skiing, island hopping and sailing. I badly wanted to go diving but I have yet to earn my license! 

Queensland's manmade pool & the boat ride to the snorkelling spot

The next adventure I'm sharing with you happened at a place called Crowne Regency Hotel & Towers, the tallest building in Metro Cebu. You might have heard of the popular Sky Experience Adventure, where you can thrust yourself into different heart-pumping activities, such as walking around the glass floor panels of the building on the 37th floor (Sky Walk), zipping across two buildings almost 500 feet in the air (Tower Zip), or hopping on the Edge Coaster which goes around the top of the building while you are locked onto a rail seat! I came to do the first two. They were really fun but I have to say, not being afraid of heights was a slight drawback for me -- I'd expected to feel more rush than I got!

Maybe you can skip the Sky Experience Adventure if you're not quite the adrenaline junkie, but if and when you do go to Crowne, make sure you don't miss going to the rooftop. Up there you can have the most fantastic view of Metropolitan Cebu and the south of the island, and I most recommend going there at dusk.

Skywalk Extreme, Tower Zip & Edge Coaster
After walking and being tied up in the air came my favorite part of my night at Crowne: dinner! Sparkz Restobar is open daily from 6PM to 12 midnight and offers sumptuous international cuisine -- perfect after such an exhilarating afternoon! The buffet has a range of local specialties and other South East Asian food, as well as Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and other Western dishes. For one dinner, I was able to unleash my inner fatty and sampled out a lot from the menu. My favorites were the Japanese soba, seafood pasta and the different asian vegetable dishes! 

Sparkz is just one of the several restaurants in Crowne Regency. Guests have the luxury of choosing between bars, lounges, and cafes as well as places for recreation such as (black-lit) game rooms, spas, theaters, and even a club for indoor shooting!
International dinner buffet at Crowne // Bottom right: Sto. Nino made out of bread!
Dessert section | Top: Pinoy Halo-halo | Bottom left: cakes & pastries | Bottom right: fresh fruits at the salad bar
There's still a handful of other things I did in this gorgeous place that I can't wait to share, so I hope you're enjoying my Cebu story so far. Stick around -- part 2 will come shortly!

Meek x

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