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The BEST of Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort

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During our Sinulog Experience in Cebu, we stayed at the Bluewater Resort in Maribago. 

We enjoyed the food, the Benji-designed rooms, and the island beach resort feel away from the city.

Here are our favorites...

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1. Bluewater CLAMBAKE Dinner Buffet

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Bluewater Clambake Dinner Buffet (P1,250 nett/person from 6pm to 10pm).

Each night, Bluewater hosts a special themed dinner buffet with a dance show. I'm not really fond of buffets but Bluewater's signature Clambake Buffet is one of the best Filipino buffets I've ever tasted.

This is usually held at the beachfront, but when it rains, they move it to the Allegro Poolside.

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The buffet is accompanied by a Fireball Dance Show, which starts at 7.30pm.

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We started with a serving of fresh Seafood Ceviche with lime and a little chili.

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We loved this Smoked Fish Salad with their signature Guava dressing.

(How I wish they'd start selling the Guava Dressing and Jams in bottles as pasalubong!)

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Most of us raved about these crispy slices of pusit. It's best eaten hot off the pan with garlic rice and sukang pinakurat.

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It's always a treat having fresh seafood grilled to perfection right before your eyes...

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...and then paired with the spicy pinakurat mixed with the native soy sauce with garlic and onions.

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The Crispy Pork Belly was too yummy to resist.

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Instead of the traditional lechon, they served Lechon Kambing as part of the buffet. :)

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For dessert, we ended with a refreshing glass of halo-halo with homemade ice cream and fresh fruits.

2. The Cove Fresh Seafood Restaurant

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The Cove is Maribago Bluewater's beachfront restaurant that serves fresh seafood sourced from the best islands in the Visayas.

Starters, Salads, Soups, Main Entree, Meats, Desserts | Oysters, Scallops, Clams, Crustaceans, Fish

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Oysters (P240 for 6 pieces). Baked with Lemon Butter.

Rache loves oysters! Nothing beats getting it fresh and cooking it with a little butter.

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Scallops (P220 for 6 piecs). Baked with Garlic Butter Sauce.

Fresh scallops from Bohol -- they taste as good as they look! :)

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Pugapo (Grouper) (P210 per 100grams). Steamed and served with Ginger and Sesame-Soya Sauce.

This fish is popularly known as Lapu Lapu, but here in Cebu, they prefer to call it Pugapo. It's very fresh and meaty!

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The seafood is cooked live from their Fresh Seawater Aquariums!

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The man behind The Cove's yummy seafood dishes is Bluewater's Executive Chef Allan (formerly of Masas Filipino restaurant).

3. Breakfast Favorites!

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Every morning, we feasted on a Cebuano breakfast of Danggit, Crispy Squid, and Fish Tocino with garlic rice and white omelet.

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We couldn't get enough of the salty crispy squid so we asked some for take-out (to bring as pasalubong to Manila). :)

4. Benji Reyes-Designed Rooms

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There are three wings in the resort: the Garden wing (with its own pool), the new Amuma Spa wing (with its own pool) and the Beach wing (near the main swimming pool and the beach). 

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The pools are newly renovated and shallow -- designed to be safe for kids to play. 

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The best accommodations are the beachfront rooms. (Make sure to get the renovated ones.)

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Designed by Benji Reyes, the rooms reflect his signature take on Modern Filipino architecture.

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They also have a spacious bathroom with a bathtub that the kids would enjoy. :)

5. FUN Activities!

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The resort takes care of a few baby sharks, which you can feed at 4pm everyday.

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The Amuma (which means "Pamper" in Visayan) Signature Massage is best enjoyed in the comfort of your own room.

Go for the 60-minute Full Body massage or the Pik Pik Kawayan sa Siki (Foot Massage using Bamboo Poles). The massages range from P600 (for 30 minutes) to P2,000 (for 90 minutes).

Tip: Look for Lovely. :)

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Every Sinulog, the resort offers a Fluvial Procession Package for P2,500 nett/person with Breakfast and Sinulog Dancers on board, with boats provided by Islands Banca Cruises.

Boarding time is 4.30am on the Saturday before the Grand Sinulog Parade.

Check out this blog post about Sinulog Fluvial Breakfast!

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MARIBAGO BLUEWATER BEACH RESORT
Buyong Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines 6015
Phone: +63 32 492-0100
Email: [email protected]

MANILA SALES OFFICE
Rm. 704 Cityland Herrera Tower, Rufino cor. Valero Sts., Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines
Phone: +632 817-5751 / 887-1348

WebsiteMaribagoBluewater.com.ph

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Oh I am loving the Filipino inspired rooms! We already have a set place for Cebu this summer, but hey, maybe this is worth a visit next time :)

Do they accept walk-ins into the buffet?

are they related to Bluewater Day Spa's in Manila?

They are not related to BLUEWATER Day Spa and they are also not related to Fairways and BLUEWATER. They owned the BLUEWATER trademark.

Yes they do accept walkins. But if you are coming from Cebu City, It is a bit far and this is nearer the airport.

Anton

So may issue sila ? :)

Hi Anton, just want to ask, how did you come to stay at Maribago? Did you look at the other resorts there like Costabella Tropical resort? If you compared, what are the good points of Maribago when compared to the other resorts? I cannot decide which hotel to go to when we go to Cebu soon... Hope you can help. Thank you. :) God bless!

P.s. We met last November at Mercato (Taste test) thru our common friend, Raymond So. :)

Has the resort ownership changed since before?
You mentioned the newly renovated ones are by the beach, which room type is that?
Are you planning to take the kids back here?

Also i read something about a vegetarian chef, hows the vegetarian food there?

Hi Andre, I don't think this particular resort changed ownership.

The newly renovated ones are just beach front rooms and most of the updated rooms have the same layout.

Yes, we plan to go back :)

They usually have one in the spa and usually on weekends. I have not tried it.

k so it was Marigbago beach resort before and now its Bluewater Maribago.

Hows the beach for swimming with kids? ive read that because of the waves some along that coast arent good for swimming like the new Crimson Resort

Hello, was researching on Maribago's themed dinners online when I found your review on your site and then also stumbled upon this page: http://ruelbaby.blogspot.com/2012/01/best-of-maribago-bluewater-beach-resort.html. I don't know if this dude has permission from you to repost (everything, including your watermarked photos), since there wasn't any info re: source/s, just giving you a heads up. Have a nice day!

P.S. the link above doesn't seem to be working. It's http://ruelbaby.blogspot.com/2012/01/best-of-maribago-bluewater-beach-resort.html

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