Kandaya Resort (Daanbantayan, Cebu)

Going north of  Cebu but you do not want to ride a boat going to Bantayan Island or Malapascua island? Then there is Kandaya Resort for you. It is situated at Daanbantayan approximately 3 hours drive via Transcentral Highway. You can got here thru tourist vans, bus  or the resort can also arrange transportation for you.

We celebrated Valentine’s Day 2015 there. We left the city at around 8 in the morning going to Daanbantayan and arrived at the resort around 11 in the morning. They have spacious parking space and strategically located near the front office. Their front office is a different building away from the resort rooms and villas.


Although the standard check in time is 2 P.M., we were lucky that our room was already ready. The best part is that we were upgraded from De Luxe Room to a Premiere Room! They made our Valentine’s Weekend Get away perfect.

Hotel lobby.

Hotel lobby.

Our room is located at the 2nd floor.

Our room is located at the 2nd floor.

A great welcome for our staycation is the view from our upgraded room.

View from the Premiere Room.

View from the Premiere Room.

The building at the right is the restaurant.

The building at the right is the Kusina Restaurant and Kusina Bar which offers happy hour and free live music everyday from 4:30-6:00 P.M.


Going to the left side are the Ocean Villas.

Our welcome spread! (Bouquet of Flowers from JT)

Our welcome spread! (Bouquet of Flowers from JT)

They have spacious, comfortable rooms with King sized bed and living room inside the room.


I am one happy coffee lover with the complimentary nespresso.

I am one happy coffee lover with the complimentary nespresso.

awesome view!

awesome view!

We spent the day enjoying the view from our room. Late in the afternoon, we strolled around the vicinity of the resort.




They have scheduled activities like Sunset Yoga, Core Class, Beach Volleyball or you may opt to do water activities like island hopping, jet ski and the like. They also have Kuwadra, if you love horse back riding and there is a pony too for the kids.  We took our time savoring the beauty of the resort. They have sprawling organic garden near the Kusina Restaurant which is the basis for their menu creation.

It was a very relaxing evening.  When we went back to our room, the hotel staff left strawberries dipped in dark chocolate just perfect for the Laduree champagne that we brought. IMG_1572

We had room service dinner, the food was great and the service was very efficient. For our night cap, we stayed at our own private balcony.



When we asked  lemon for our Tequila, the hotel staff gave us sliced american lemon, iodized salt and sliced apples too. I am impressed with their service.

Early the next day, we were given a list of activities.


Rise and shine!

Rise and shine!

Sweating out before the big buffet breakfast.

Sweating out before the big buffet breakfast. The resort gym with a beautiful ocean view.


Brunch! They have wide array of yummy and healthy treats to choose from their buffet.





The rest of our Sunday was spent basking under the sun before we head back to the city. It was a very memorable Valentine’s weekend staycation and it was made even more special by the Kandaya Resort staff. I would truly recommend this to my friends and readers who are very keen on resort service and value for money. I salute the management and staff for their impeccable and world class service. Even the check out process was fast and the transfer of our things was quick. They truly lived up to their promise of having a friendly and efficient team of hospitality people that ensures a fun filled and healthy vacation in the Philippines.

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