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First Time in Cebu: Where Should I Stay?

Where should I book my hotel in Cebu?

It’s may be a bit tricky to find the right spot for your holiday on your first visit to Cebu. Firstly, Cebu is a province that counts no less than 168 islands and islets; the largest and most developed island of the group being Cebu itself. So where should you stay? Where should you book your hotel in such a complicated destination?

We’ve reduced the field of investigation to five destinations in Cebu province, to make your choice easier. These five areas, islands, and cities roughly cover the different options that are available in this splendid region. They also offer good standards of accommodation, each of them featuring hotels for all types of budget. Let’s start your travel in the cool Cebu group of islands here.

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Should I book my hotel in Cebu City?

Cebu City: How to decide…

The second most populated city of the Philippines, Cebu City is also the country’s oldest city and the first capital of the Philippines. Primarily an important commercial hub, Cebu City is also a prominent holiday destination that features a wide range of historical and modern attractions, as well as a great choice of sporting activities, both inland and at sea. Housing some of the largest shopping malls in the country, and a lively nightlife scene, Cebu City offers a great holiday destination in the Visayas Region of the Philippines.

Who is it for:

  • City lovers
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury travellers

What’s good:

  • Cultural and historical sites
  • Big city convenience with lots of dining and shopping options
  • Lively nightlife scene
  • Plenty of activities at hand

What’s not so good:

  • Heavy traffic and a lot of honking
  • Stories of occasional petty crime
  • Poorer air quality compared to beach destinations

You like Cebu City? Now pick the right hotel!

Cebu Hotels

All Hotels in Cebu City

Cebu, the country's oldest city, is located in the Visayas region, south of Manila. It is a good point for island Read More...

Radisson Blu Cebu

The 400 guestrooms including the Business Class Rooms and Suites are elegant, contemporary and functional.Guests staying at the Read More...

Best Western Plus Lex Cebu

Right in the heart of uptown Cebu rises the BEST WESTERN PLUS Lex Cebu, strategically located on Escario Street, the perfect Read More...


Should I book my hotel on the southern coast of Cebu Island?

South of Cebu Island: How to decide…

From Moalboal to Oslob, and from Tingko to Badian, the southern beaches of Cebu Island offer idyllic holiday destinations. Barely developed, these resort towns offer the perfect bases to enjoy activities such as snorkelling, whale shark watching, scuba diving, trekking in the jungle in search of waterfalls, and more. From Cebu City, it takes about three hours by road to get to the southern tip of the island. Each of these beach destinations features budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels.

Who is it for:

  • Beachgoers
  • 'Easy' adventure seekers
  • Honeymooners

What’s good:

  • Pristine tropical environment
  • Exciting activities at hand

What’s not so good:

  • Getting there can be a bit long and tiring

You like Cebu Island? Now pick the right hotel!

10 Best Hotels in Cebu Island

Our list of the 10 best hotels in Cebu introduces you the most commonly booked hotels and resorts on the island.  Read More...

10 Best Luxury Hotels in Cebu Island

Booking one of the 10 best luxury hotels in Cebu Island for your vacation ensures that your stay will be successful and Read More...

10 Best Budget Hotels in Cebu Island

The 10 best budget hotels in Cebu Island offer their guests all the required room amenities and facilities for spending Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Mactan Island?

Mactan Island: How to decide…

Mactan and Cebu Islands are linked to each other by two bridges. Mactan-Cebu International Airport is located to the northeast of Mactan Island. The island is divided into Lapu-Lapu City and the town of Cordoba. Despite the fact it’s densely populated, Mactan is one of the major tourist destinations in the Philippines. It’s a coral island that offers splendid snorkelling and scuba diving sites, as well as an excellent range of accommodation choices, from beachfront resorts to urban budget hostels to hotel-casinos.

Who is it for:

  • Families
  • Couples
  • Independent travellers
  • Luxury Travellers

What’s good:

  • Easy access to the airport
  • Good accommodation choices
  • Top-notch underwater visibility for diving and snorkelling
  • Calm waters all around the island

What’s not so good:

  • Only a few beaches for sunbathing as most of the coast is rocky
  • The island is overpopulated, poor, and polluted in parts

You like Mactan Island? Now pick the right hotel!

10 Best Hotels in Mactan Island

No doubt that the 10 best hotels in Mactan Island will meet your expectations for a memorable holiday in this renowned Read More...

10 Best Luxury Hotels in Mactan Island

The 10 best luxury hotels in Mactan Island all share a powerful dedication to the well being of their guests; you may Read More...

10 Best Budget Hotels in Mactan Island

The 10 best budget hotels in Mactan Island offer all the facilities necessary for you to fully enjoy a great vacation on Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Malapascua Island?

Malapascua Island: How to decide…

Lying seven kilometres off the northeastern tip of Cebu Island, Malapascua Island is a tiny tropical paradise – just 2.5 kmin size, it's renowned for its stunningly beautiful underwater sceneries. From coral gardens to coral walls, and from manta rays to thresher sharks, Malapascua Island is a prime scuba diving destination. Besides diving and snorkelling, the island is a barely developed haven of tranquility, that offers you the chance to get away from it all. From budget bungalow resorts to upscale beachfront accommodation choices, there’s a place to stay for everyone at Malapascua Island.

Who is it for:

  • Scuba divers
  • Honeymooners
  • Families
  • Beachgoers

What’s good:

  • Scuba diving and snorkelling
  • Peaceful stunning surroundings

What’s not so good:

  • Few activities and dining options at hand
  • Getting there can be a bit long and tiring

You like Malapascua Island? Now pick the right hotel!

All Hotels in Malapascua Island

Hotels in Malapascua Island come in all shapes and sizes. From budget favourites to 5-star luxury. Read More...

Blanco Beach Resort

With a stay at Blanco Beach Resort in Daanbantayan (Logon), you'll be minutes from Daanbantayan Ferry Port and Logon Read More...

Buena Vida Resort and Spa

With a stay at Buena Vida Resort and Spa in Daanbantayan (Malapascua Island), you'll be minutes from Bounty Beach and Logon Read More...


Should I book my hotel in Bantayan Island?

Bantayan Island: How to decide…

Bantayan is a rather large island – 110 km2 in size, it's located 12 km west off the north coast of Cebu Island. Covered with coconut trees, this pretty flat island – its highest summit stands at 60 metres – offers a serene destination for a holiday far from the 'real world'. From historical sites to pristine beaches, and from skydiving to snorkelling, a great range of things to see and do are on offer on Bantayan. The island is also home to a rich variety flora and fauna, and offers a great resting-place to nature-lovers. Budget and mid-range accommodation choices abound on Bantayan Island.

Who is it for:

  • Families
  • Honeymooners
  • Beachgoers
  • Adventure seekers

What’s good:

  • Good choice of leisure activities at hand
  • Good accommodation choices for any type of budget

What’s not so good:

  • Getting there can be a bit long and tiring

You like Bantayan Island? Now pick the right hotel!

All Hotels in Bantayan Island

Hotels in Bantayan Island come in all shapes and sizes. From budget favourites to 5-star luxury. Read More...

The Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas & Suites

With a stay at The Coral Blue Oriental Beach Villas & Suites in Bantayan Island (Santa Fe), you'll be minutes from Santa Fe Read More...

Hoyohoy Villas

With a stay at Hoyohoy Villas in Bantayan Island (Santa Fe), you'll be minutes from Santa Fe Ferry Terminal.Featured amenities Read More...


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