May 28, 2018

Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Havana By The Sea at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark

I've visited Cebu three times in the past, but for me it was always only just a jump off point to Bohol or Siargao. I would just usually spend a day or day and a half in the Queen City of the South and I was not really able to experience this vibrant city. Cebu is probably the other city state outside of Luzon that is urbanized and equally progressive as Manila.

Although it is a metropolitan area, what I like about Cebu is that destinations where you can enjoy nature is easily within reach. Mountainous areas like in Busay is just a few minutes away from the city, world-class beach resorts in Mactan Island is just an hour away while Bantayan Island, Moalbal (diving site) and Oslob (whale shark watching) are just a few hours away.

So when I had the opportunity to go on a weekend trip to Cebu, even though it was somewhat unplanned and instantaneous I grabbed it in a heartbeat. Getting to travel early on this year excited me, it’s my first trip of the year, yey! Plus this will be the very first time that I'll get to really experience Cebu. I flew with fellow blogger and friend, Bettina via AirAsia.

After our wonderful and luxurious stay at Bai Hotel we transferred to another equally luxurious and wonderful resort in Mactan Island: Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark. I was excited that I’ll be able to get my feet on sand moreover to enjoy the sea and sun. It will be a shame not to visit a nearby beach; after all Cebu is also well known for its beautiful beaches. Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark, is the only 5 star resort and waterpark in the country that is owned by a local family. The resort rolls out the red carpet for guests in a vibrant sun, sea, and sky setting and boasts as a quality single destination in Cebu. There are a lot of things to do (or not to do anything at all, basically up to you) inside this resort and waterpark.

Jpark houses 8 restaurant restaurants and bars to satisfy your every food cravings as these 8 dining options offers the world’s most-loved flavors. These are: The Abalone, Ching Hai, Olive, Coral Seaside, Maru, Aqus Pool and Island bars, JLounge and Havana by The Sea. We got to try The Abalone, Ching Hai, Olive, Coral Seaside and Havana by The Sea but I will blog about those restos on separate posts. 

If Mövenpick Beach Hotel has Ibiza Beach Club, Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort has Oyster Bar and Crimson Resort and Spa has Azure Beach Club, Jpark Resort and Water Park also prides itself with its own over-water restaurant/lounge/bar: Havana By The Sea

Havana by the Sea is an open-air restaurant and bar built along the shoreline of the resort that makes the most of Mactan's spectacular coastal views. I can't help but sing Camila Cabello's "Havana" song whenever I remember this place. I seriously want someone to "Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na, Take me back, back, back, Ooh-ooh-ooh, Ooh-ooh-ooh, Take me back to my Havana..." I'm not kidding... Hahahaha!

Over at Havana by the Sea, guests may enjoy dynamic music and dance performances in a cozy and soothing picturesque setting. It is the ideal place to unwind in the middle of a busy Cebu metropolis as this place occasionally hosts rave parties and live band performances. 

It has the qualities of both being is trendy and cozy making it a great spot inside the resort to relax with a cocktails and great food to end the day and start the night.

Nothing beats lounging by the beach whatever the time of the day it is. But my personal favorite times are usually during sunrise and sunset. Nothings calms my restless soul but just being on a beach watching such from the distance. It was our last day in Cebu and at JPark, it was bitter-sweet to say the least but that final few moments seating there by one of the lounge chairs while passing time just before we head to the airport was one of those moments I get to say to myself that "Life is good and it will be better."

Jpark Island Island Resort & Waterpark
M.L. Quezon Highway, Brgy.Maribago
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines
Contact Nos:  +6332.494.5000
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Read more of my Cebu 2018 trip: 
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Bai Hotel, Mandaue City
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Cafe Bai at Bai Hotel
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Twilight Roofdeck Lounge + Bar at Bai Hotel
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Marble & Grain Steakhouse at Bai Hotel
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Oqtagon
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Cebu Original Lechon Belly
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Pyramid
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, Mactan Island
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Abalone at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: The Olive at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Ching Hai at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Coral Sea Side at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Havana By The Sea at Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark
Cebu 2018 Travel Diary: Temple of Leah

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