Typhoon Haiyan was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, just last month, in November 2013. I visited Cebu, Philippines earlier this year, and was happy to hear that the Shangri-La Mactan resort were I stayed was not damaged. The resort and nearby Cebu airport are functional and visits to the area contribute to the local economy. Shangri-La Hotels launched “Bayanihan for the Philippines,” a public campaign to support its Relief, Rebuild and Rehabilitate for two villages on the island. You can read more about the their aid efforts on the dedicated website Shangri-La Cares.
Shangri-La certainly stands for it’s name, a paradise on earth – especially when one is traveling with kids. We have stayed in two other Shangri-Las before – but in city setting so they are not fully comparable, bar for the two common facts: the most amazing breakfast buffets ever and fantastic service! I stayed with my three children the last leg of our solo adventures in Philippines in the Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa, and I did I wish we could have stayed there longer!Pretty deluxe room with a sea and pool view. The rooms are furnished with traditional Filipino style, and in Ocean Wing they are even more luxurious
The hotel minibus collects the guest from the airport, which is just a short drive away and the concierge smoothly checks the guests in while refreshing drinks are being served for the newcomers. Staff shows the guests to the rooms and tells about amenities available and events of the day. I already start feeling more relaxed for flying solo with three little children is no easy feat.It might sounds trivial, but small details such as children’s toiletries make a huge difference when one is traveling for a longer period, or with a carry-on only, as there is no space to carry everything and air travel has liquid restrictions