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Moevenpick Hotel, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines

A five-star Mediterranean-inspired beachfront hotel that combines a true lifestyle experience, cool vibe and relaxed chill out spaces.

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New 7 Wonders of Nature: Underground River and Puerto Princesa City's Other Wonders

The Cleanest and Safest City in the Philippines, behold the beauty of Puerto Princesa City with it's Undergound River proclaimed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Experience Honda Bay Island Hopping, Balayong Festival, City Tour and more!

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Truly Asia!

Formerly known as Jesselton and now often referred as 'KK' within the country and internationally, Kota Kinabalu is a popular destination for most travelers visiting Sabah and Borneo region, offering so much of Malaysian attractions...

FUNtastic Gibitngil Island, Medellin, Cebu, Philippines

Cliff Diving? Beach Zipline? Kayaking? Well, you can experience these in this newly discovered Tourist Destination in Northern Cebu - Funtastic Island in Gibitngil Island, Medellin, Cebu, Philippines! Read my review about the place, the rates, how to get there, etc.

Boracay Island Escapade

Get some sun-kissed skin within this beautiful paradise found in Aklan, Philippines. Named as one of the Best Beach and Island Destination in the World by known Travel Magazines and Sites, Boracay Island's White Beach tops on my list!

Discover the Beauty of Bohol

Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, Prony the Python, Loboc River, Panglao Island - everything in one place, Bohol, Philippines! Discover the beauty of one of Central Visayas' top tourist destination with lots of eco-adventure as well. See my shots!

Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, Philippines

One of the Grandest Festival not just in the Philippines but in South East Asia - Cebu City's Sinulog Festival! The Queen City of the South welcomed thousands of visitors from different parts of the world just to experience this one-of-a-kind event in the Philippines!

October 2, 2016

Mactan Newtown Cebu: Affordable Condo for Weekend Staycation with Infinity Pool, Gym, Beach Access and more!


PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Cebu's Affordable Condo for Weekend Staycation with Infinity Pool, Gym, Beach Access & More!

Mactan Newtown in Lapu-lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines is a mega-community that combines top-grade office sites, first-class commercial strips, upscale hotels, and a reputable academic institution in one premiere beach setting. It is also home to luxury residential condominiums, which offers Condo for Short stay rent in affordable rate. If you are visiting Cebu for short stay near the Mactan Cebu International Airport or some vacation for Sinulog Festival or attending the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, then this one is the right place for you! Traveler's Couch shares to you Mactan, Cebu's Newest Weekend Destination to relax with family and friends!

Condo Units Available for Short Stay Rent (Staycation) at the Mactan Newtown:


STUDIO ROOM UNIT - 38.7 sqm
Condo Rental Rate: Php3500/night


1 BEDROOM UNIT - 49.7sqm and 51.10sqm
Condo Rental Rate: Php4000/night

(Traveler's Couch Tip: The availability of the unit will be dependent on the date of desired booking. The demand is getting higher here so might as well book a month in advance at least. I recommend to choose 1 Bedroom Unit for groups with 5-7 guests)

INCLUSIONS:

Important Update as of October 16, 2016:
Traveler's Couch received a notice from Mactan Newtown Condo staff that only maximum of 4 Guests can stay overnight while additional 1-3 guests for day-use and can stay until 10PM only.

- 4 ADULT GUESTS PER UNIT can stay overnight only.
Traveler's Couch Tip: You can actually invite additional guests, maximum 3 extra heads for P200.00/guest for dayuse until 10PM. Please refer to below rental rate with respect to the unit type & number of guests.

STUDIO ROOM UNIT
4 Guests (Rate: Php3500) = Php875/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay
5 Guests (Rate: Php3500 + Php200) = Php740/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 1 Guest day use
6 Guests (Rate: Php3500 + Php400) = Php650/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 2 Guests day use
7 Guests (Rate: Php3500 + Php600) = Php585/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 3 Guests day use

1 BEDROOM UNIT
4 Guests (Rate: Php4000) = Php1000/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay
5 Guests (Rate: Php4000 + Php200) = Php840/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 1 Guest day use
6 Guests (Rate: Php4000 + Php400) = Php733/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 2 Guests day use
7 Guests (Rate: Php4000 + Php600) = Php657/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 3 Guests day use

Clearly, maximizing the number of guests would lower down the expense/person and Bedroom Unit is slightly higher than the Studio Unit since it is more spacious than the latter.

- SPACIOUS UNIT
(Traveler's Couch Tip: Area of the units are bigger than the usual condo. I haven't seen the studio room unit but for bedroom unit, it has good space for maximum 7 guests. Plus, try to request for a corner unit to have a better view of the property)

- COMFORTABLE FURNITURES
WIFI available
Cable TV Available
Air conditioned unit
(Traveler's Couch Tip: Some utensils are provided like spoon, fork, glasses & plates. Refrigerator is also available for use but if you want to cook using burner or microwave, there is an additional charge. Pans are not provided so you may want to bring your own when planning to cook. The Bedroom Unit has sofa & dining area, with separate comfort & shower room.)

- FREE USE of Condo Amenities: INFINITY POOL, SPA & GYM
(Traveler's Couch Tip: You can also have FREE access to the newly opened Mactan Newtown beach, just inform the condo staff ahead. The condo unit is just walking distance to the Newtown Beach with entrance fee of 150 weekdays and P200 weekends, Mactan Alfresco with restaurants list provided below, Mcdonalds, 7/11, ATM Machines, Mr. Donut, Coffee Shops, etc. Mactan Newtown also host shows every weekend at the Alfresco.)

Restaurants in Mactan Alfresco:
Ayer's Lechon
Cebu's Original Lechon Belly
Ana's Lechon
MexiMama Cocina Latina
Orange Karenderia
Choobi choobi
Mama Linda inato BBQ & Seafoods
Manang Sayong
Conching's Native Chicken


HOUSE RULES:


- No Pets Allowed
- No Smoking inside the unit
- Strictly notify the condo staff before check in and check out for inspection. If there are damages to the unit, you are entitled to pay a fine or buy a replacement depending on the damage done.


REQUIREMENTS:


- Government Issued ID
(Traveler's Couch Tip: The person which unit is reserved will have to email a scanned copy of the ID to the condo staff upon reservation. Also, he/she will have to surrender a Gov't ID as well during check-in and will be returned upon checkout.)

- Security Bond: Php2000 Cash
(Traveler's Couch Tip: They will only accept cash as security deposit, this will be returned to you if no damages has been made in the unit upon checkout. Nearby ATM machines are available in case needed)

- Names of ALL the People staying in the unit must be listed down, children and age must be declared in the logbook condo lobby frontdesk

- FULL PAYMENT NEEDED to reserve the Unit
(Traveler's Couch Tip: Payment can be coursed through Bank transfer - BPI, BDO, Metrobank or Unionbank or through Kwarta Padala. I paid through BPI's Mobile App 'Transfer to Anyone' feature which is more convenient. I was kinda hesitant at first to transact with them as I didn't know much about this property firm but I just did and I can confirm that this is not a scam and indeed a legit transaction as we enjoyed our stay.)


PHOTOS:

Here are the photos taken in Mactan Newtown - Condo for Rent/Staycation Experience
(Kindly click the photo to enlarge):

PHOTO: Mactan New Town - Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Condominium Tower 1 & 2 Frontdesk
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Condominium Tower 1 & 2 Lobby
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Condominium Tower 1 & 2 Lobby
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Condominium Tower 1 Hallway
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Condominium Tower 1 Elevator
PHOTO: Living Room (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation 
PHOTO: Bedroom Area (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Dining Area (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Window View (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool viewed at the room terrace (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation 
PHOTO: Panoramic View at the room terrace (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation

PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Gym Area - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool at night - Mactan Newtown Cebu for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool at night - Mactan Newtown Cebu for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool at night viewed at the room terrace (Bedroom Terrace) - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Mactan Alfresco - Mactan Newtown, Cebu, Philippines
PHOTO: MexiMama & Orange in Mactan Alfresco - Mactan Newtown, Cebu, Philippines
PHOTO: Weekend Night Show at Mactan Alfesco - Mactan Newtown, Cebu, Philippines
PHOTO: Weekend Night Show at Mactan Alfresco - Mactan Newtown, Cebu, Philippines
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Cebu at Night


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Ms. Vanya Contreras

Mobile No.: +63 916 519 1511
Email Address: javacebu@gmail.com


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July 24, 2016

Cebu to Siquijor and Dumaguete, Philippines: 3 Days, 2 Nights (3D2N) Travel Guide, Itinerary, Budget, Photos and more!



Siquijor Island and Dumaguete City are just two of the many most visited places in the Philippines. 
Known for being a mysterious other-world of witchcraft and mountain-dwelling mangkukulam (healers who used old, traditional way of healing), Siquijor also offers natural wonders beyond beauty and enchantment while Dumaguete City serves as one of the gateways of the former.

Traveler's Couch shares to you an ultimate guide from Cebu to Siquijor and Dumaguete City for a 3-Day-2-Night (3D2N) Adventure trip.

July 12, 2016

SINULOG 2017: A Guide to Cebu Philippines' Grandest Festival! (Schedule of Events, Winners, Venue, Photos, Videos & More!)



Welcome to the GRANDEST FESTIVAL in the PHILIPPINES - The Cebu Sinulog Festival!
This is your ultimate guide for 2017's most attended celebration in the country.

July 10, 2016

15 Attractions in 2 Days: A Travel Guide to Camiguin Island, Philippines! (Itinerary, Rates, Photos, Tips)


Known as the Philippines' "Island Born of Fire", this well-endowed Camiguin was formed from volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that even submerged one of its old town (Catarman) below sea level. It is situated off the northern coast of resource-rich Mindanao and considered the second smallest province in the Philippines in terms of population and land area, just next to Batanes. But never belittle this pearl-shaped island province of Camiguin as it considered one of the most diverse destinations in the Philippines, with rich cultural heritage, traditional craftwork abundance and beautiful natural wonders that keep visitors around the world coming.

Traveler's Couch shares to you a Travel Guide to achieve that great 2-Day Adventure Trip in Camiguin Island, Philippines.

February 21, 2016

4 Things to Enjoy in 1 Day in Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines


PHOTO: Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines

Cebu is a prime destination in the Philippines for the past years, for both business and leisure travelers. In February 2016, world known National Geographic (NatGeo) considered Cebu as One of the Destinations to Backpack this 2016. Here's a snippet from the article:

"Cebu City can be a little overwhelming, but it does offer a jumping nightlife scene at least, especially in the trendy Lahug district. It’s also the jumping-off point for coastal hot spots all around the country’s ninth largest island. Outstanding diving awaits at Malapascua Island, off the north end of Cebu Island, and nearby Bantayan Island offers laid-back seaside resorts on pristine beaches."

One of the spots highlighted is Bantayan Island, an island located in the northernmost tip of Cebu mainland which is known for its massive white sand beaches and stunning crystal blue waters. It is composed of three towns: Sta. Fe, Bantayan and Madridejos.

February 6, 2016

Download: Disney Love Medley feat. Kirstin Maldonado & Jeremy Michael Lewis (Free MP3 - 320kbps HQ)



Having grown up with Disney movies, this hit mashup is worth posting (good to listen while traveling). "Disney Love Medley" is an adorable medley of Disney hits performed by Pentatonix's Kirstin Maldonado, whom happily joined by her beau Jeremy Michael Lewis, along with acapella group Voctave.

Click here for FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD "Disney Love Medley" by Voctave feat. Kirstin Maldonado & Jeremy Michael Lewis.

PHOTO: Kristin Maldonado and Jeremy Michael Lewis performing "Disney Love Medley" with Acapella Group Voctave

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January 8, 2016

Scape Skydeck: A Taste of Mactan Cebu's Premier Sky Lounge and Restaurant with Awe-inspiring Views!


PHOTO: Scape Skydeck - Mactan, Cebu, Philippines' Premier Sky Lounge and Restaurant

Nothing completes a dining experience the way a perfect view does (aside from good dessert of course). Consider adding this in your Must Try list now, as this newly opened sky lounge and roofdeck restaurant in Mactan, Cebu, Philippines will be a big hit for food lovers - enjoying glorious views and delicious food at the same time!

Scape Skydeck is a rooftop restaurant, situated at the13th Floor of Azon Residences Condominium
in Pusok (along ML Quezon Highway), Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. This is just few distance away from Mactan Cebu International Airport and Marcelo Fernan Bridge, so might as well pay a visit if you are in Mactan Island.

PHOTO: Scape Skydeck - Map Location in Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines