Bluewater Maribago is Very Filipino

Bluewater Maribago is Very Filipino

While we usually stick to more budget-friendly hostels, one resort in particular kept sticking out as we researched hotels for our upcoming trip to the Philippines– Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort.

Not because it had gorgeous beaches or a great design, although it did have those too, but because the resort prided itself on showcasing the best of Filipino culture.

With my ingrained appreciation and background in Asian culture, I knew I needed to experience this resort.

Their slogan “Very Filipino” perfectly describes our experiences there.

We were welcomed into the resort and checked in with an outpouring of yes ma’ams and okay sirs. I was a bit taken aback by just how friendly and polite the staff was. I’ve been to plenty of hotels where they are, of course, friendly at check in, only to become a bit more cold and distant during the remainder of the stay, but that wasn’t the case here. The staff at Bluewater Maribago were constantly laughing and smiling, checking in with how our day was going, and of course, following up every sentence with a sir or ma’am.

The general atmosphere of the resort was very warm and welcoming. We instantly felt as though this was a place we could relax at.

And then we were taken to our room.

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Each room has an outside porch with a large glass sliding door as the main entrance. At first I almost thought we were at the backdoor to our room!

It was certainly a unique feature, but I enjoyed keeping the door open (it did have a screen for bugs) flooding our room with natural light during the day and letting the fresh air in at night.

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I was shocked at how spacious our room was. We stayed in a Premier Deluxe, which was one of their cheaper room categories, but you’d have never guessed that from looking at it.

It took a lot to stop myself from instantly collapsing onto one of the two queen-sized floating beds, at least not before taking photos, since they looked so inviting.

We sipped our refreshing welcome drink of lemon grass and calamansi, a Maribago speciality, while examining our room.

As we pushed open the doors to the bathroom, I was again amazed at the size.

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The bathroom was almost as large as the other part of our room. Reminiscent of our stay at Kurumba, I had fallen in love with another bathroom design. There’s something about an open-air bathroom that I can’t get enough, and while this wasn’t exactly open-air, this skylit bathroom was, by far, one of my favorite features of the entire room, along with the giant free-standing bathtub with separate shower.

With such a busy schedule exploring downtown Cebu City and ferrying out to Bohol for a day, we sadly didn’t get as much time at the resort as we had hoped for, although we did spend a fair amount of time just walking around to enjoy the beauty of the property.

The reception, the recreation center, the dining– everything was open-air, which, as I said before, I love. The manicured walkways with small ponds and gardens had an intrinsically Asian feel to it. One of the ponds even had sharks residing inside, and every day at 4pm people would gather to watch them being fed.

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Then there was the beach.

The beach was one of the first things we visited, as it was only a mere few steps away from our room. Dipping our toes into the water it felt warm and was much clearer than I thought it would be.

A bit further out there is a small island that is owned by the resort. During low tide it is easy to walk out to the island, but otherwise you’ll need a boat to get there. Of course an assortment of paddle boats and kayaks are available on a complimentary basis.

We really wanted to make it out to the island, but unfortunately never got to. Although even from the shore we still saw an array of little fish, crabs, and that giant starfish.

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Philippines - Apr 2014

Each night they would set up a special dining area right along the beach. Surrounded by lanterns and a beautiful sunset in the distance, it looked incredibly romantic.

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Philippines - Apr 2014

While we didn’t get to try such romantic dining, we did get to try Allegro, Maribago’s main restaurant. Allegro is open 24-hours a day, and it’s where we got to experience all of our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

I thoroughly enjoyed their large assortment of foods for breakfast and loaded my plate with both Western and Asian food choices.

Dinner each night followed a different theme, and the food was set to match. I was especially fond of all the fresh fruits and delicious local delicacies like their adobo and lechon.

The entertainment also changed each night and involved anything from traditional Filipino dance to exhilarating fire dancers.

We even ordered room service one night when Johnny wasn’t up to going out, and we were surprised at how affordable all the a la carte options were. Not to mention, delicious!

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From the sincerely sweet staff, to the Filipino design and details, our stay at Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort left a lasting impression.

There were so many small details and gestures that really made the resort stand out, such as receiving complimentary beach bags at check in and a batch of freshly baked macadamia nut cookies upon checkout.

Bluewater Maribago helped us to have a great first impression of the Philippines, and is truly a resort we hope to one day return to.

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A huge thank you to Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort for their generous hospitality. We were guests of their beautiful resort, but as always, all opinions are our own, regardless of who’s footing the bill.


  1. June 29, 2015 / 6:30 am

    OH! Thank you very much for this Beth. Now I have an idea where we should spend our Family vacation this August. My son loves shark and other sea creatures. He will definitely love the Shark pond and the shore, definitely! I really enjoy looking at your pictures. The place looks peaceful.

    • Beth Williams
      July 10, 2015 / 2:25 pm

      I couldn’t recommend Bluewater more! It was a lovely resort and all the kids looked so happy. Plenty of great kid activities too!

  2. June 11, 2014 / 2:42 am

    Wow what a nice hotel! I think the one I remember most was during my stay in Kauai, Hawaii. The people were super friendly, there was a very large garden area with an even larger pool/waterfall/water slide feature. The beach was right out back and the resorts cocktail bar was perfect!

    • Beth Williams
      June 25, 2014 / 6:09 am

      Kauai sounds amazing! I’d love to visit Hawaii someday.

  3. May 31, 2014 / 8:48 am

    Wow–what a beautiful place! I would love to stay there if we visit. The dinner on the beach looks amazing! The room looks so spacious and pretty too. Great find!

    • Beth Williams
      September 28, 2014 / 10:23 am

      The room was crazy spacious for two people– we were really impressed!

  4. May 29, 2014 / 1:53 am

    wow! what a great treat from a hotel. This place looks amazing

    • Beth Williams
      May 29, 2014 / 7:35 am

      It was :)

  5. May 29, 2014 / 12:42 am

    A shark pond! Don’t think I’ve seen that before. I’m pretty sure I could fill myself for the day with that buffet’s offerings. Definitely a good spot in the part of the world, thanks for sharing your review.

    • Beth Williams
      May 29, 2014 / 7:33 am

      Yeah, definitely a step up from a koi pond :P

  6. May 28, 2014 / 8:32 am

    Whoa! I would really like to go there, specially because of those dancers :o

    • Beth Williams
      May 28, 2014 / 8:46 pm

      Haha! The dancers were very entertaining. They also did a lot of fire dancing too. :D

  7. May 28, 2014 / 1:17 am

    Wow this place is stunning! I’ve never stayed at a hotel that was right on the water (Cancun doesn’t count :/ ) and I love the decor of the rooms.

    • Beth Williams
      May 28, 2014 / 8:44 pm

      Why doesn’t Cancun count? Of course it counts!

  8. May 27, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    I love this bathroom. Would be great to stay there. Now I know why you enjoyed your stay that much.

    • Beth Williams
      May 28, 2014 / 8:43 pm

      The bathroom was simply lovely! (and huge!)

  9. May 27, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    This looks like an absolute dream! Sometimes its nice to be pampered for a bit. Definitely checking them out of if we get to the Philippines!

    • Beth Williams
      May 28, 2014 / 8:49 pm

      Especially after a lot of stress going on with work… it was certainly nice to be pampered ;)

  10. May 27, 2014 / 8:13 pm

    Looks amazing! I love the beach, the great bedroom and that giant bathroom… not to mention that delicious looking fruit buffet!

    • Beth Williams
      May 28, 2014 / 8:49 pm

      I think I mainly ate fruit for the entire trip. It was incredibly ripe and sweet!

  11. Wow, the bathroom is more spacious than the rooms I usually stay at while travelling (maybe bigger than some of the dorm rooms too!). The place looks amazing! And that starfish….

    • Beth Williams
      May 28, 2014 / 8:50 pm

      I was shocked at how large the rooms were! And ours weren’t even their largest rooms.

  12. May 27, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    Looks like a fantastic place. I’ve lived in smaller apartments. :) And that drink looks fabulous. :)

    • Beth Williams
      May 28, 2014 / 8:52 pm

      I’ve lived in smaller apartments too!

  13. May 27, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    This looks like a cool places to stay. I love the cushion seating on the beach.

    • Beth Williams
      May 28, 2014 / 8:53 pm

      It was such a great atmosphere. We wish we could have enjoyed it for longer.