January 18, 2017

Review: Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel

Christmas & New Year in the Philippines flying Turkish Airlines Business Class

For the second time after three years, I celebrated Christmas and New Year in the Philippines, together with the Singelresor group. We were a group of 16 although I guess it could have been more. Our program started in Manila, the capital city and after that, we flew to Cebu to explore the oldest city in the country. Then we had four nights in Panglao where we visited the famous Chocolate Hills, the Philippine tarsier, and did the Loboc River Cruise among others and of course enjoyed the white sand beaches of the island. Then, we flew to Boracay, the world's best island for 2016 according to the readers of the CondΓ© Nast Traveler where we celebrated New Year 😍 From there, we flew back to Manila and took the long bus ride to Banaue to visit the 2000 year old Banaue Rice Terraces. Finally, on our last day in Manila, we visited the famous Pagsanjan Falls before taking our evening flight back to Stockholm. Unfortunately, the snow chaos in Istanbul Airport caused us to have an extra three nights in Manila where we were accommodated in the Belmont Hotel Manila. No doubt, it was one of the best Christmas and New Year celebrations I've had lately and would celebrate it here every year if only I could πŸ˜‰



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Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel

Date of stay: December 25-26, 2016
Address: Buyong, Mactan Island, Cebu 6015
Nightly Rate: Group rate with breakfast

Hotel Exterior

Hotel exterior


Hotel Entrance

Hotel entrance with fountain

Hotel Lobby

Hotel lobby, guest service and internet station

Hotel Reception

Hotel reception

Premiere Deluxe Poolside Room

Twin bed

Work desk

Flat screen TV and lounge chair

Safe, slippers

Complimentary bottles of water,coffee, tea, Minibar

Bathroom

Bathtub

Toilet

Bathrobes

Private balcony with view of the pool

La Marina Restaurant & Patio (Breakfast Buffet Restaurant)

La Marina Restaurant

Beautiful capiz chandelier

Soup station

My yummy soup πŸ˜‹

Buffet spread

Local desserts and hot chocolate

Swimming Pool

L-shaped swimming pool

Pool deck, free form swimming pool with slide

The resort also has an exercise gym, internet station, library and facilities for different sports like table tennis, billiard, darts, etc.

Private White Sand Beach

Protected swimming area, coral reef/snorkeling area

CONCLUSION

Having stayed at Marco Polo Hotel the last time I was in Cebu, I was curious to see how this stay would differ as Costabella Hotel has its own private beach. Indeed, this hotel is a great choice since you have easy access to the hotel's own white sand beach. The room we got was very nice and had a nice view of the pool from the balcony. Complimentary wifi was a big plus and I was able to get some work done. We actually had our dinner at Brisa Pan Asia Restaurant (the evening we arrived) and really enjoyed the food and live music. The food selection from the breakfast buffet was extensive and tasted very good. I specially loved their soup and the hot chocolate πŸ˜‹ Of course, the staff were all very friendly and always willing to be of help. Overall, the Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel is a very nice hotel with nice rooms, a private beach, very good restaurants and friendly staff and I would highly recommend it to everyone 😊


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