The resort contacted me to do a review, so Eva and I went there a couple of weeks ago. Some of the resorts in Mactan/Cordova are quite expensive, but Alta is in the lower end. It's located on Cordova, close to Mactan. Complementary pick-up from the airport about 15-20 minutes.
We were greeted by a welcoming staff serving us lovely fruit juice by the nice pool, then Larry the manager came by to welcome us. He has been here in Cebu 11 years, and is certainly not the kind of manager zipping beer in his apartment. He is always on the run, quite a tall guy, so we could describe him as the eye in the sky! He has done a good job with the staff. After a while it struck me that although their presence wasn't easily noticed, they were always there. You never waited for them to pour your empty glass, bring you a new cold beer and once your eyes looked up they were there to take your order. Just the way I like it.
Walking around with Larry, he tells me that the resort was originally a language school. Three years ago they refurbished everything and made a resort of it. They have different kind of rooms, some of them are decorated a chic boutique style. All were nice with aircon, TV, a well stocked minibar and a large bathroom. Wi-fi is included and available all over the resort - it worked out excellent for me.
The resort is much bigger than I thought, and it's nice to take a walk around the area. They also have a mini zoo and there's a private walking bridge down to a nice pavillion by the water. You will be able to watch the squatter area from the walking bridge, there is an orphanage which the resort sponsor and all the kids smiled and waved to us as they play around below.
The pool area is nice and clean, with a jacuzzi in the corner. There are nice beds, parasolles and some wonderful hammocks I really wanted to steal from them. They easily fit two persons, and they are so comfortable we almost fell asleep in one of them, watching the stars which seemed so much brighter here than from the city.
Before that, we had a nice dinner by the pool. They do have an a la carte, but we went for the nice marinated seafood barbeque. We chose a whole, large molmol(400 peso) and one stuffed squid each(200 peso). Food was good, and servings more than enough for us. Price is very reasonable for a resort. I am fond of wines, and I was happy to see they had a decent selection and even a proper wine cabinet, chilling the wine to the correct temperature. I chose a bottle, they brought it to our hammock and life was good. Breakfast buffet next morning was also good.
Sometimes in the weekends, they have a live band playing a couple of hours. Other times they have fire dancers performing. Otherwise, the place is quiet and relaxed. If you do want to start exploring Cebu, they offer diving packages, island hopping, trips to the beach, tours around Cebu - well anything of interest for a tourist. Sit back and relax, and let the resort handle everything for you. Ask and you shall receive.
They have a very well stocked gift shop for you as well.
Interesting, from their website: "Alta Cebu Resort also practices and promotes ecology friendly/volunteer activities and programs and offers guests the option to join us in building a better world with sustainable tourism. Our Resort also offers ESL (English) and jewelry classes to travelers who want to try something out of the ordinary from traditional resorts."
Staying here will cost about 4000-6200 peso a night per room(VAT and service charge included). There's a good discount if you stay longer. 2-3 nights you get 30 % off, 4 nights or more, 33 %. Rates and promos are subject to change, so check out their website for info. Good news is that the rate includes breakfast, wi-fi(which worked great for me), welcome drink, pick-up at the airport and free use of swimming pool and jacuzzi. I noticed they had free DVD-movies, chess and other board games, and table tennis.
It's also possible to stay here just as a day guest, using the pool. Price would be 200-450 per guest, depending on season. Contact the resort for prices. During our stay most of the guest were western couples, but Larry said they have all kinds of guests here.
Alta Cebu Resort would be a good start for someone who wants a peaceful retreat, and like to explore Cebu without any hassle.
(Some pictures used by permission from the resort)