By the next day, we vowed never to leave any nook unexplored in Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa. After breakfast, we took a stroll around the manicured garden and the swimming pools.

The poolside
The poolside
Manicured lawns
Manicured lawns
Every corner is beautiful
Every corner is beautiful

From there, we followed the narrow landscaped paths that led us to the breathtaking cove at the end of the property. The beach was such a sight, with its powdery fine white sand kissed by gentle waves from the deep aquamarine sea.

Pure beauty
Pure beauty
The water was a clear aquamarine
The water was a clear aquamarine
You can see fish swimming in the water
You can see fish swimming in the water

The water was so clear, you can see the schools of fish underneath. We were spellbound by beauty of the vast blue ocean so we spent most of our morning by the beach.

When we got hungry, we ordered lunch at Buko Bar, Mactan Shangri-La’s al fresco poolside lounge. I ordered pork satay; nothing spectacular about it because it was like regular barbecue. But it was filling, nonetheless.

Pork satay
Pork satay

After lunch, we decided to rest briefly and change into something comfortable. When we were well rested, my wife and I reckoned it would be enjoyable to take take a walk around the property.

Prepping for a wedding reception
Prepping for a wedding reception

We saw one area being prepped for a wedding reception. Interestingly, we also saw an open chapel near the reception area.

The open-air chapel
The open-air chapel
Stopping for a souvenir shot
Stopping for a souvenir shot

Not far away was Shangri-La’s signature Chi Spa. We took several photographs of the exteriors as well as interiors of Chi Spa.

Chi Spa, behind the bushes
Chi Spa, behind the bushes
Outside Chi Spa
Outside Chi Spa
Pathway outside Chi Spa
Pathway outside Chi Spa
The centerpiece inside Chi Spa
The centerpiece inside Chi Spa
Intricate chandelier
Intricate chandelier
Fountain outside Chi Spa
Fountain outside Chi Spa

From Chi Spa, our feet brought us to a dock which gave a magnificent view of the vast sea. We would, of course, never miss the opportunity for photographs to immortalize the beauty of the ocean.

A concrete pathway traversing the property
A concrete pathway traversing the property
The dock
The dock
low tide
We went down the beach again but it was low tide
Lanterns at the beach
Lanterns at the beach
Fireworks display
Fireworks display

Come dinner time, we decided to try Tea of Spring, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa’s Chinese restaurant. More of our dining experience in a separate post.

Up next, Day 3: Roaming around Cebu City.

Also read:

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  1. Day 1: Our Summer 2015 Officially Begins at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu
  2. Day 3: Visiting the Sto. Niño Shrine and Taboan Market in Cebu City
  3. Day 04: Spending our last day in Mactan Shangri-La
  4. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa’s Acqua Restaurant
  5. Dining at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa’s Tea of Spring

Author: Ivan Jose

Narrating stories from the perspective of two souls who are both devoid of pretensions or appetite for anything ostentatious. This blog is about living life, pursuing passions, realizing dreams, appreciating culture and history, and just being happy.

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