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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Abaca Boutique Resort + Restaurant: What Tropical Dreams Are Made Of

(All photos from Iphone 5s)

Luxury means exclusivity for most of us. The feeling of utmost privacy is what we actually pay for when we go on "luxury" vacations. It is true that there's a considerable premium for these resorts but at the end of the day, if you can afford it, it will be worth every penny.

During our recent convention in Cebu for the International Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, we stayed in Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa. That was the most obvious choice since this was the venue for the International Convention. However, if it were a different occasion, I would have wanted to Stay in the Abaca Boutique Resort, also located on the beautiful Mactan Island. I had heard a lot of good things about the resort. It was high time that I made a visit. 

Abaca Boutique Resort is a tropical hideaway that offers all of the things I want when I travel. As you all know, I have a profound obsession with small luxury hotels or boutique hotels. I like the idea of the having all of these while on vacation: 24-hour butler service, almost-empty infinity pool area, In-House Spa, and Chefs serving gourmet food. In short, I want to feel like I am home but still on vacation.

I called Abaca a few days before my trip because I wanted to get a tour of the whole property. Since Sunday was my time away from the convention, I chose that day to have lunch with my co-residents at the award winning Abaca Restaurant. Their resident Australian Chef, Wade Watson heads the full-service Kitchen. Abaca Restaurant, which has been included in the Miele guide, serves California-Meditteranean Cuisine. 

Abaca Restaurant.

I enjoyed every single dish they served! Well done, Chef!

ICEBERG + BLEU. Smoked Bacon + Herbed Tomatoes and Mustard Dressing (P445)
The famous Abaca Original Flat Bread.  Prosciuttio di Parma. Roasted Onion. Arugula. Reggiano. Chili Flakes. (P465)

Prawn Spaghetti. Chili. Roasted Garlic. Tomatoes. Greens. (P945)

WOOD FIRED CHICKEN. French Beans. Roasted. Garlic Mash. This was the group's favorite.

ABACA BURGER Angus Beef. Smoked Salmon. Emmental. House Pickles. Bacon. (P675)
HERB PAPPERDALLE. Braised Veal. Fresh Herbs. Mushroom. Parmesan.

My day isn't complete without a glass of mango-banana smoothie.

Thank You Abaca for the complimentary platter of desserts. I loved them all, especially the Chocolate Pot de Creme. The Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brûlée was also a revelation!
The Accommodations.

With only 6 deluxe suites and 3 spacious villas (some with their own pool), nothing can get more exclusive than this in Cebu. I was only able to check two since the rest of the suites and villas had guests who were enjoying Abaca.

Oceanfront Spa Villas
Look at all that space. I noticed that they added a lot of ethnic decor/touches to complete the whole look.

Living Area.

Master Oceanfront Villas

From your balcony, this would be your view.
I am already thinking about my next trip to Cebu so I could stay here. CANNOT WAIT. This is all just a preview of my future vacation here in Abaca. 

Abaca Boutique Resort and Restaurant would certainly be my number one pick when it comes to luxury accommodation on Mactan Island. If it's a honeymoon you are planning, Abaca would make sure that your vacation will never run out of romance. 


Unknown said...

Wow Cebu! summer is calling! I wish to visit a beautiful place like this too! ganda :))

deobaraanmd said...

The best in Cebu! :)

mercedes said...

Thanks for posting this amazing Abaca resort. I will put this on my bucket list.

Joy Calipes-Felizardo said...

Would you care sharing us how much you spent for an overnight accommodation at Abaca Resort? Thanks.
- Joy of www.gastronomybyjoy.com

deobaraanmd said...

You'll spend at least 15K per night. We Stayed in Shangri-la, Joy.