By Kimberley Pratt
Looking for a tranquil island retreat for the whole family? Look no further than Cebu in the Philippines. Bordered by palm trees, flawless beaches and crystal waters, this island is the real deal for all ages.
Shangri-La Mactan resort and spa has the perfect facilities that accommodate families with children of all types. Their adventure zone - a multi-level indoor playground - has daily activities divided into three age groups. Depending on the level; 3 and under, ages 4-8 and ages 9-12, craft or sporting activities are on offer four times daily at 9am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm.
Meanwhile, there is a safe and spacious toddler zone for younger travelers, a screaming and jumping children-specific pool away from guests seeking tranquility and an E-zone full of video arcades, table soccer and other facilities for shared family fun.
With this many activities on offer you will never have to leave the hotel, but if you do, consider a day trip by ferry to Bohol Island’s Chocolate Hills, the Philippine Tarsier Foundation and lunch on the Loay River Cruise.
Chocolate Hills is a geographical formation of at least 1,260 hills in Bohol Province. The hills are covered in grass which turns brown during the dry season giving them their chocolaty name. Endemic to the Bohol Islands is the world’s smallest primate, the Philippine Tarsier, which is currently an endangered species. So do your part to help save the tiny creature by visiting the Philippine Tarsier Foundation on this unique family pursuit.
Not-to-be-missed is the Loay River Cruise. Spend your afternoon on a catamaran-style vessel, with a buffet lunch, floating passed masses of beautiful, tall coconut and banana trees. The tour is topped off with live musicians playing traditional Filipino folk songs.
Cebu and neighboring Bohol Island is an exciting family retreat. The heavenly white beaches, unique wildlife and children-friendly resorts will have you coming back for more.
Classic Travel October Holiday Package:
Sep 29 – Oct 5
Stay at the Shangri-La Cebu Mactan Resort & Spa
7 days/6 nights price from RMB11,600
For more details visit classictravel.net.cn or call 400 820 6113.