N.B: This is a guest post from Austin Weaver, a fellow Guest Blogger from MBG.
Cebu is quickly becoming one of Asia’s up-and-coming hot spots. So, anyone who pockets millions by getting lucky (or a big jackpot win from any lottery) should turn to this tropical island in the Philippines for some serious relaxation and respite. While the pristine white sand beaches and sparkling blue water might be free, some of the local attractions and accommodations can cost a pretty penny. Here are a few of the best things any lottery winner can do in Cebu to celebrate their giant win!
Check into a fabulous hotel.
Nothing says luxurious seclusion like a hotel set on 1.4 private hectares, including the largest privately-owned waterways in the world. Having correctly guessed the Mega Millions winning numbers, you can clearly afford the Quantum Villa, a colonial suite with 4 separate bedrooms and a private pool, for $800 per night.
For those lottery winners with kids in tow, the Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa is the place to stay. The garden retreat not only has the most opulent spa in the region, but it also has a state-of-the-art Adventure Zone and mini golf for the kids; a great combination. Reserve a luxurious suite in the Ocean wing and benefit from a wide array of perks including a private concierge, access to the Ocean Club Lounge and the CHI spa.
For those looking to steer clear of the crowds, book ahead to reserve one of Abaca Boutique Resort’s 9 coveted guestroom. Request the Seaview Pool Villa for $630 a night and take in the stunning views of the Hilutungan channel and stunning Filipino-inspired architecture and design of a private, 125 square meter paradise, complete with personal infinity pool, garden and outdoor shower.
Eat the best dishes Cebu has to offer.
Those lottery winners who chose to check into Abaca Boutique Resort don’t have to travel far for some of the best cuisine on the remote island. The hotel’s onsite restaurant ranks among the top in the region, serving fresh California-Mediterranean fare by world-renowned chef Wade Watson.
But if you are really seeking to take in the local waters, head to Olio Bar and Restaurant for a taste of the world’s best oysters, served up 8 different ways. Opt for the 7-course prix fixe tasting menu to experience an unforgettable dinner filled with the freshest lobsters, scallops, beef tenderloin, lamb, seafood, strawberry sorbet and tiramisu. All that plus wine for only $48.
Or, if you want something more ethnic, you can try their PUSO (Rice cooked inside a heart-shaped coconut leaves. See photo above.) Enjoy the experience of eating a heart-shaped riced for the first time.
Have some fun!
With millions in their bank accounts, any lottery winner deserves to have a little fun on their Cebu getaway! That’s where Thresher Shark Divers comes in. Based on Malapascua Island, right off the northern tip of Cebu, this diving company sets itself apart by offering superb diving lessons and outings in the most stunning reefs. The company policy is to only take out 2-4 divers at a time to keep things intimate and give every diver the personal attention they deserve. So sign up soon for the scuba adventure of a lifetime.
Between beachfront resorts, 5-star restaurants and ultimate adventures, Cebu seems like the perfect playground for a recent lottery millionaire. I hope the lottery results tonight come out in your favour and see you in Cebu!Photo Credit: Jaypee David of http://www.enjayneer.com