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[Photo of Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa]Five-star luxury in a tropical paradise puts Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa
in a world of its own

As if just being in Cebu isn't enough reason to celebrate, Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa celebrates its inclusion on the exclusive Travel + Leisure 500 list of the world's best hotels this month with a pamper party.

With rates starting at 6,500 pesos, guests can avail of a luxurious overnight stay at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, buffet breakfasts for two, access to the Health Club, and unlimited use of the resort's windsurfing, kayaking, and other non-motorized water sport facilities.

Each guest is also entitled to daily city shuttle transfers, broadband Internet access, and participation in scheduled complimentary recreational activities on the hotel's 350-meter stretch of exclusive beach cove.

For those who aren't into being a beach bum (why not?), there is also a 6-hole pitch and putt area as well as a tennis court. Although with the resort's Ocean Wing offering breathtaking views of the Visayan Sea, you might not want to leave the room at all.

The T+L 500, the result of a survey of the magazine's most discriminating readers, ranks hotels on five criteria: rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and value. Just being on the scenic island of Mactan makes for top scores, but Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa has seven bars and restaurants to offering everything from Italian and Chinese cuisine on the Garden Level to cocktails by the beach, and fresh seafood and luxe drinks at the Cowrie Cove and Chillout Bar overlooking the sea.

[Photo of Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa]Shangri-La Mactan has also been hailed by the tourism industry's World Travel Awards as Asia's Leading Beach Resort, and there is little doubt that the award is well deserved. From the richly-appointed rooms to the sprawling grounds surrounded by the emerald-hued Visayan Sea, the Mactan Resort and Spa is every bit Shangri-La.

When done exploring surf and sand, there is also the hotel's signature spa, CHI, for a journey into oneself. One of the largest and most luxuriously-appointed spas in the region, CHI offers personalized soothing and healing massages based on a guest's elemental sign. CHI combines ayurveda, Chinese acupressure, and Filipino hilot to bring each guest somewhere they may have never traveled: bliss.

This is how stress ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper of pleasure.

Print ed: 04/10


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