Cebu is an excellent gateway to the Philippines, as the airport is small with no queues – a refreshing change from the terrible Manila international airport. From Cebu, the island of Bohol and Alona Beach are only a 2-hour ferry ride away, and many other beaches and diving sites are also easily accesible.
Abaca is an intimate small scale resort, offering only six deluxe suites and three private villas. Cool, contemporary suites showcase the work of renowned local designers alongside ethnic touches from the Philippines’ archipelago, warm, dark wood and soothing stone. All rooms include personal butler service that will make you feel at home. Free WiFi, complimentary minibar and large LCD TV are some of the amenities in the room. Rates include return airport transfers, welcome drink, à la carte breakfast, evening cocktail and butler service.
The restaurant at Abaca is California-Mediterranean inspired, featuring an Australian Chef, Wade Watson. It is very popular with local foodies. The 30m black-tiled infinity pool overlooks Hilutungan Channel towards nearby Olango Island. Grass-thatched cabanas with day-beds provide welcome shade. Access to the sea is available for protected salt-water swimming.
Unlike Thailand which has a long-standing tradition of boutique hotels, most hotels in the Philippines tend to be chain hotels that do not offer the personalized boutique style service. The Abaca is a nice departure from the hotel scene in the Philippines, and hopefully more people will set up sophisticated boutique hotels to meet the growing demand from local and foreign tourists for more exclusive accommodations in this beautiful country.
Abacá Boutique Resort
Punta Engano Road, Macatan Island
Lapu Lapu City 6015 Philippines