Top beach at Shangri-La

CEBU, Philippines -- One of the Philippines' most luxurious properties, the Shangri-La Mactan Island Resort, with 547 rooms and suites, is situated on 30 landscaped acres and the best slice of beach on the island.

Guest rooms are furnished with tropical decor and contain works by local craftspeople. All rooms have balconies.

Recreational facilities are highlighted by two swimming pools, including a multilevel pool with waterfalls and slides, and a separate children's pool; a gym; and a spa. The Seasports Center offers a lineup of water activities.

The hotel has five restaurants: the Asiatica (Filipino, Thai, Malay and Indian), Cowrie Cove (seafood), Garden Patio (international fare) Paparazzi (Italian) and Shang Palace (Chinese).

Guests paying full rack rate are entitled to daily American breakfast; buffet dinner; use of nonmotorized water equipment; and broadband Internet access.

For reservations and current rates, call Shangri-La at (800) 942-5050 or visit www.shangri-la.com. -- J.S.

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