If the promise of a hotel on its own private lagoon entices you as much as us, then this is for you. Secluded in the picturesque island of Mactan, Plantation Bay Resort is the ultimate island playground. The hotel is built amongst the towering palm trees, and the only thing between the temperate lagoon and the ocean is the golden stretch of Mactan beach.
Mactan is a relatively small island, but is accessed easily from Manila. The flight time is just over an hour, and from touching down on the island you are just 20 minutes from the Plantation Bay Resort. The resort itself is perched on and around lagoon waters, making its location truly unique.
You room will be fittingly decked out colonial-style. For true romance, we’ll book you in to ‘Waters Edge’ Villa, where you can rise from your luxurious white cotton bedding, step out onto your balcony and immerse yourself into the waters of the lagoon.
Why we like it
The resort is built on 11 hectares of privately owned turquoise lagoon – who wouldn’t want to swim from their suite to the cocktail bar? Or for something more wholesome, take a yoga class on a paddle board then float back to your private retreat. There is so much to do here; paragliding, swimming with whale sharks, diving amongst the coral, swaying over the bay in your hammock… if you hadn’t noticed, we’re a little bit enamoured with Plantation Bay.