It wasn’t a joke when Patrice came up to me and asked with a serious look on his face, if I was ready to get cooked? I was on the sun deck playing chess with Divin. We were in the middle of our trip when we had decided to check into Fantasy Lodge in Cebu.
Patrice, who owns this resort and his team were prompt in responding to our queries which made it super easy for us to reach Fantasy lodge as soon as we landed in Cebu Airport.
Fantasy Lodge is a special place for those looking for an out-of-the-box experience. As the name suggests our stay in Fantasy Lodge was filled with real fantasies. For the first time our massage was overlooking the sea with the relaxing sound of the waves hitting the shore. And then we were cooked alive!! I didn’t know this was even possible.
It’s quite obvious for you to wonder what is that I am talking about. Well let me introduce you to the Hot Kawa Bath, a very unique activity that you can experience at Fantasy lodge.
The kawa is a large kettle used as big hot tubs. Wood is burnt below the Kawa to heat up the water mixed with virgin coconut oil and essential oils (Jasmine, Lemongrass, Vanilla, Orange or Lavender) in it. Flowers plucked from their garden are added in the tub.
All you have to do is simply immerse yourself in scented water, inhale the aromatic steam for 45 minutes to unwind, ease tensions and heal pains in your body. Though you are sitting right on top of fire it never gets too hot to burn you.
Cost: 500 PHP for 45 minutes Kawa Bath
With a view to kill we couldn’t ignore but treat ourselves to a good Massage. Have you ever fallen asleep to the sound of the waves during a massage? A massage as good as this will definitely relieve muscle tension and has a lasting effect on your mind and body’s well-being.
Cost: 800 PHP for 1 hour massage
How can I not talk about our favourite place the Sun/View Deck with a panoramic view of the sea and Negros Island. We spent more time here than our room. With our bottoms glued to the sun bed we lost count of the number of cocktails that went in. We occasionally played board games and never missed watching the sun set.
This garden resort opens up to a Private Beach called “Pebble Beach”. This beach might not be the friendliest to swim but do try kayaking or snorkelling. Or choose your quite spot to swing by the beach. However going to the beach doesn’t come easier, there are few steep steps and climbing back could be hard.
Bar & Restaurant is located by the sun/view deck and pool area. Even though I was asked to pre-order every meal, I relished everything I ate. For a resort with real fantasies the restaurant pricing was apt. Only downside was that dinner is served by 8 PM every day which we dint really mind.
The Swimming Pool is nearly 9 feet deep, reason could be because they offer diving lessons. We stayed in the standard room which was spacious and comfortable, just a little short of being luxurious. Take a look at their much talked about Dome Room made from bamboo in their website.
• There Is So Much More To Do In South Cebu •
Just 30 minutes from Fantasy lodge is Oslob where you can come face-to-face with massive Whale Sharks. South Cebu is popular for water falls and the well-known Aguinid Falls is just 10 minutes from the resort. Hidden Falls, Dao Falls, Ginatilan Falls, Tumalog Falls are few others you can visit from Fantasy. Badian well known for canyoneering is 1 hour away. These trips and outdoor activities will be arranged by fantasy lodge at additional cost. If you wish to do these on your own, you can rent two wheelers or flag down buses that ply right in front of the Lodge.
• Getting To Fantasy Lodge Cebu •
By Bus: From Cebu airport we took a white coloured meter taxi to South Bus Terminal. From the bus terminal, I asked for buses going to Samboan. There are both AC & Non AC Ceres buses. I took the Non AC bus as the AC bus was full and asked the conductor to drop us at Fantasy Lodge Cebu. Buses to Samboan leave every 30 minutes and it took around 4 hours to reach Fantasy Lodge which is located just along the highway. If you have a choice I recommend you take AC bus as they have limited stops and comfortable seats.
By Taxi: On request Fantasy Lodge will arrange pick up & drop for their guests from anywhere in Cebu (at additional cost).
Website: http://www.fantasylodgecebu.com/ Email: email@example.com
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