My Best Escape to the Beach Happened at Costabella This Summer


Cebu City, PhilippinesBeach is the best escape anyone can have. This ring true when I was invited to join in Costabella’s Summerific Day Out with Cebu Bloggers. In our lifetime, we have made friends and acquaintances that will be valuable as we veer on. The day was an epiphany for me since I made new friends at the beach.

How Costabella Came To Be

Costabella, which in Spanish, means “beautiful coast”, lies in the island of Mactan, a few minutes away from the Mactan International Airport.

Costabella Tropical Beach Resort has started from 16 rooms and then blossomed into 156 well appointed Spanish colonial architecture inspired interiors, it speaks of natural and homegrown materials. Carved wood, local artisan pieces, paintings and most of all, it has calm and zen-like peaceful gardens that one can spend time meditating or finding purpose in life.

Here are my reasons why Costabella Tropical Beach Resort is the place to be even if it is not summer season.

The Amenities

Its Spanish-Cebuano interiors speak highly of the owners [Alvarez-Arambulo Family] with whom the entire ambiance of the property was greatly influenced. They are a good mix of Spanish and homegrown Cebuano family to start with [Alvarez] and with the addition of the Arambulos, they are able to maintain the cozy and comfortable feels of the resort until today. The main lobby is reminiscent of a traditional colonial Spanish house that has a spacious receiving area with a grand chandelier.

La Marina Restaurant and Patio

The Main Restaurant of the resort, it offers casual dining, local tropical and internation food finds. It also offers an exotic blend of Malay, Chinese, Spanish and Continental cuisines. The open air set up of the restaurant allows free flowing air from the ocean to circulate at the dining area. The salty hint of the ocean breeze is enough to make your food more appetizing.


The resort boasts of two interconnecting pools that cater to the needs of the guests. Both the kiddie and the adult pools are welcoming and can definitely satisfy your yearning for the water. It is having mild hints of chlorinated water and has a slide that will entice you to go and have some fun.

Beach Front

The beach front is such a respite from the chaotic urban world we live in. The inviting and soothing ocean breeze complimented the soft sway of the coco trees, as well as the azure waters, will definitely let you relax. The saline fixes it provides for the weary traveler is enough for you to wish not to leave this beautiful coast. You get the best of the coast and various water-based activities can be done. Snorkeling, Kayaking, Jetski, Banana Boat and even Parasailing are just some of the things you can do at the beach. Even diving can be an option on any given day.

Luna Tapas + Bar

LUNA, the Spanish term for MOON, is the perfect place where you can unwind and enjoy homegrown heirloom Spanish Tapas with refreshing cocktails like the Sangria Rojo and the Sangria Blanco. The place is as cozy as can be with soothing music, beautiful and inviting interiors, as well as being a perfect refuge from the scorching heat of the sun.

Lema Spa

The traditional Filipino massage ambiance and the warm reception of the Spa Attendants made my visit quite a breeze during the Bloggers Day Out. I immediately noticed that the spa area was made of wood and that cool and warm colors made a balance. The relaxing notes of Lavender, Peppermint, and I think Jasmine, wafted in the air subtlely. I was tempted to spend more time with the Spa. The intricate patterns on the wall caught my eye as well.

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The Rates

Costabella Tropical Beach Resort offers room promotions and rates and of course, social media contests that are so irresistible. Here are the posters that prove it:

These are just snippets of what I had experienced last Summer. Truly, Costabella had paved the way for me to enjoy my summer under the Mactan Sun. I had discovered a lot about myself and I had discovered my own life story here.

Care to share your own story too?


Costabella Tropical Beach Resort

Buyong, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines
(032) 231 4244 | 231 3273 | 238 2700 | 495 1000 | #costabellaresort