Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
World-class facility and service. If you are looking for a place that is beautiful, relaxing and peaceful, you've got it here. If you want to get-away from the crowd and noise of the city, go to Alegre! I would definitely recommend this place to my friends and co-workers. Thank you for making our stay (me and my hubby) a very enjoyable one.
I had such a good time at your resort. It is worth every penny.
I can't wait to go back - and hopefully - this time, it's on my honeymoon with the man that I love.
Alegre is so romantic. I am so blessed to have had the chance to stay there in this lifetime.
This place is a perfect gateway for relaxing and fun. The place is quite and very relaxed and the beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. You dont need to swim far and the staff is everywhere to assist you. The food is great and always with a nice presentation. It was low season when we were there but i love it than crowded. Rooms are very luxurious with plenty amenities. The bed is very comfortable which is very important to me. Linens and towels are clean all the time.
“excellent service by happy and helpful staff”
Beautiful grounds, nice rooms, fabulous staff a bit outdated main restaurant building. Staff makes this stay extremely enjoyable. They all seem so happy to work at Alegre and are very friendly, service focused and helpful. Beautiful settings with one of the few natural beaches of Cebu. Very nice beach bar with good cocktails, dining on the beach. Reasonable prices. Worth while the 90 min trip from the airport.
“Beautiful and serene”
My friend and I went on a road trip up north of Cebu last weekend. Our drive took us and ended up in Alegre Beach Resort and Spa in Sogod, Cebu. I think its around 80kms away from Cebu City.
I have heard a lot about the resort but I never had a chance to stay until last weekend. I expected a lot from Alegre knowing its a triple-A resort. Fortunately, they didnt let me down with my expectations.
When we arrived we were greeted by friendly staff. The lobby has a light atmosphere with very Filipino design. We were given welcome drinks and cold towels to freshen us up. We were also given a map for us to navigate the whole resort. The whole resort is a total of 7 hectares and you could get lost.
After checking-in we were ushered to our rooms, and one of the staff was very helpful and brought our bags. I was so glad one of the staff helped us with our bags, the walk to our cabana was quite a trek. I felt like I already had 30mins on treadmill.
The villa where we stayed was not at the beach front, you have to pay more to get a beach front cabana. But the view was ok. The cabana was big, with separate toilet and bath, and a big bath tub. Outside it has a porch with a table and chairs. It also has a lounge chair where you can relax. The only thing is, we werent given complimentary water. I think forgot about it, as well as slippers. Good thing was the room has wi-fi!
The resort also has 3 coves where you can lounge and swim. It has a big swimming pool but I think when we swam the water was too hot, it felt like I was in a jacuzzi.
The beach was beautiful, the sand was so fine and white. There were always lifeguard ready. What I didn't like was that since it was on a terrain, the stairs were getting annoying. Everytime we have to go to the restaurant we have to climb down and climb up the stairs. My legs really hurt the following day.
But overall I loved the beach and the service.
“Posh hideaway in Cebu”
I must say that my stay here last year was quite pleasant and restful. Alegre Beach Resort is around 2 hours north of Cebu City by private van, so it's a bit far from the city, in the town of Sogod. That's part of the charm - you are away from the maddening crowds. The property is huge, and the grounds are well-manicured. I love the individual villas each guest is put in, with an invitingly large bathroom, where you can soak all your stress away. They have a huge pool, and several steps down brings you to their private beach, which is also a marine sanctuary. The waters are alive with tropical fish, and because the place is so exclusive, most if the time it will only be you and the fishes. The beach and the water is clean and tempting, so you have not choice but to take the plunge.
Since you're so far away from everything else, you have no choice but to eat there. Food is expensive, but the choices are numerous, and the preparation well-executed. Breakfasts are divine, and lunch and dinner buffets are plentiful, with lots of fresh, sweet Cebu mangoes. The dessert section is divine, and I just love their chocolates!
It's a worthy splurge to spend a couple of days in this blissful resort. Better bring along a loved one to make the most out of this experience!
Room Tip: All of the duplex villas face the sea. But choose the ones closer to the shore, as the ones out back...
What a beautiful place! Reasonably priced, staff were helpful but unintrusive, personable but not familiar. This place could easily rate 5 stars. Only drawback is that there are no external dining opportunities in the area. All meals had to be taken at the resort. The food was of good quality and reasonable price but I like variety and being able to experience life outside.The rooms were excellent. I reserved a garden villa but this was located as were all the others one level up the hill and between the two sea view villas so you actually had a great view of the sea. Snorkelling was excellent. Saw Nemo and Marlin which the kids loved.We used the tennis court which was good basket ball court was so so.
“Perfect for a relaxing break”
The resort is stunning. The beaches are lovely and the pool is beautiful. Even thought the resort was fully booked over Chinese New Year we were often the only people around the pool!
The rooms are spacious and clean with a huge bathroom. All the usual things like TV, DVD, tea/coffee etc.
Breakfast was good with a range to choose from. The freshly cooked waffles were particularly nice. Don't get there right before breakfast ends as most choices will have run out!
The food in the restaurant was nice with a wide variety. The special pre-order meat dishes that are cooked in clay were beautiful. Well worth spending a little extra on. The beach BBQ was great. Lots of choices.
The service in the restaurant was a little slow at times but not too bad. We were there at the same time as the reviewer below and we certainly didn't experience service as bad as he/she described. It was usually drinks that we waited for, not so much the food. The waitors/waitresses were all really friendly.
The resort is pretty isolated so if you want to go out exploring and trying different bars/restaurants then this resort isn't fo you. If you just want to sit back and relax for a few days then this place is perfect. We were there for 4 nights. One week could be lovely, 2 weeks would probably get boring.
Arrange the transfer with the hotel. It's a 90 minute drive on some pretty hairy roads.
“Excellent place for a family”
Alegre is located about 1 and half hour from Cebu. Very nice large swimming pool, with 2 smaller pools for kids. The beach is clean and ideal for snorkeling as it is a marine reserve. It is also quite shallow so good for snorkeling with kids. The service is very good and the restaurant food is quite diverse and good quality. We liked the buffet breakfast which offered a mix of local and western food. Especially the spicy soups!
The bungalows were very large, including a huge bathroom with shower and bath. Definitely a lot of space for a family of 3. Nice view of the ocean as the bungalows are on a cliff.
Would definitely recommend this resort.
“A relaxing haven not too far from the city”...
Cebu City is a bit too busy for my taste so when we had a three day gap to fill in before returning to the airport, we headed to Alegre. The drive took over 1.5 hours but was quite interesting and we realised on arrival that it was well worth it.
The resort is on a lovely curved bay with rooms on the hill on one side and the restaurant, bar and a pool on the other hill. The rooms were fabulous, well decorated and with gorgeous huge bathrooms. In room facilities were good and our only concern was that they were a bit close together. They put us in room beside a family of four so we asked to get moved. All rooms are attached to a second one as well, so might be noisy if you got noisy neighbours.
There are no restaurants nearby so we ate in. Food was very, very good, wine and beer were pricey. They have a spa (not used), a dive centre and watersports facility (seemed OK but the staff weren't very friendly) but we had a lovely time swimming and walking on the beach.
We booked Alegre Beach Resort as part of a CXHolidays package. No problem meeting the driver at the airport, it took about 80 minutes to get to the resort. Staff were very friendly, room was good (with huge bathroom), very peaceful and perfect for a quiet get-away. Beaches are groomed every morning and snorkeling off the beach is pretty good, particularly further out.
Food was great, and service at breakfast was particularly outstanding. Dinner service was a bit patchy at times but absolutely no complaints about the selection or quality.
It's spread out over a large site so be prepared for a bit of a walk between your room and the resturant or pool. We never ventured outside the resort for a couple of reasons - we were perfectly happy lounging about by the pool or beach, plus it's quite remote with not much close by (not recommended if you want to go clubing or shopping every day).
Would definitely come back if we visit Cebu again.
Very secluded, you will find peace and quiet at this resort if that's what you're after. Its an hour and a half (nearly two including a bit of roadworks) away from the city centre but well worth the drive. Its not the newest resort but well-maintained to its current standards. Staff have a good command of English and are highly trained. Food is also well presented. Alegre Beach Resort is a little on the pricey end but its overall excellence could easily drag me back.
Everything was perfect! Beautiful resort, beautiful room, accommodating staff, buffet food...
Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
Beautiful is the perfect description for Alegre.
The grounds, rooms, beach, pool, restaurant and staff are of 5 start quality in my eyes.
Upon checking in, we were supplied with a complimentary drink as we over looked the pool and restaurant area from the lobby. I was in heaven from the beginning.
Check in was of ease, with a bell boy called to assist with our luggage as we made our way to our room.
Possibly one area Alegre could improve on is having a golf buggy available to transport guests around the resort as the grounds are enormous. Unfortunately our room was one of the furthest away from the lobby, restaurant and pool area (near the stair access to the water sport beach). Walking between these on a hot day can be tiring.
The room is very spacious with your own private outdoor seating area and huge bathroom.
The buffet breakfast was exceptional. Lots of hot dishes, fresh fruit, bakery goods, juices, salads etc..
Alegre is picturesque. The grounds of the resort immaculate, the beach stunning.
Restaurant staff are lovely, always willing to be of any assistance, offering to take your picture for you. Grounds staff were always pleasant, wishing you a good morning as you passed by, always stopping what they were doing to give your right of way. Not something I expect but it was nice to be made to feel like someone important.
Unfortunately the beach is a little too rocky (shells) for my liking but the beach front it's self was splendid. Plenty of beach lounges available, hammocks under trees and beach massages made the stay even more enjoyable.
We enjoyed ourselves jet-skiing and snorkelling one day which was lovely. The prices are also quite reasonable compared to the Western world.
The one thing I found quite odd was almost every night whilst making our way back to our room from dinner the power would suddenly cut off, making it impossible to see anything. This is something they should make you aware of when checking in, providing you with torches or something.. Although it only happens for a couple of minutes, when on your own this is quite frightening.
Initially we were quite doubtful of Alegre after hearing the resort was booked out during our travel dates but boy were we wrong. The only time we saw groups of people was at breakfast which was perfect as it left our holiday feeling relaxed.
Overall, my partner and I found Alegre unbelievably stunning and can't wait to return on our next trip to the Philippines. Do yourself a favour and get down to Alegre to see it for your own eyes.
I was one very happy traveller.
going to Alegre has become one of our family's regular summer activity. The food is excellent and affordable, the staff are courteous and very accommodating. But the best this resort can offer are it's white beach and spacious rooms with the marble baths. Too bad, you can't enjoy both at the same time :)
Stayed June 2011
“Relaxing. A hidden paradise.”
Rooms are spaceous. I love the bathroom!!! Old but it adds to the native charm. One must be prepared to spend $$$ on food though; bringing in your own is not allowed. The nearest town market is 30 mins drive away. Sneaking in some snacks won't hurt. The property is vast. location is calm and quiet. The beach looks lovely though the sea surface is "corally". Tip: Request that a table be set up at the gazebo for a special sunset dinner. I did this on our last evening, I paid only 550php for the rent.
Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
“THE BEST LUXURY ESCAPE IN THE VISAYAS”
We live in Cebu and have stayed at the Alegre Beach Resort many times, because it is close to perfect. Transportation (2 hrs. north) from Cebu City is included, the white sand beach is exclusive, clean and very swimmable, the coral is growing, the pool is great, the cabanas are spacious - with marble baths, the dining is fine, overlooking the sea outdoors or with air con, and the gardens are wonderful! Staff are well trained and friendly. Time to make another reservation!
“A surprisingly undervisited gem”
I went with my family (wife, 3 daughters 7, 4 and 18 months) for a 5 day stay earlier this year. We'd booked through CX (Cathay Pacific) holidays and got an amazing deal. The complimentary 90 min drive from the airport is a bit of a pain, but well worth it. Away from the craziness of the main city, the resort is set in an idyllic location with 3 private white coral beaches. The rooms are in little 'huts' set within palm trees. I was amazed at how few people there were even though it was the school holidays. We had the beach to ourselves much of the time, meaning the kids could play in the shallow waters. There's a reef just off the shore with low cost snorkel rental. The beach bar's mango daquiris and fresh fruit juices were well priced and refreshing. Food was good - a mix of international and filipino dishes. Staff were lovely with the kids and very helpful. The rooms could do with a bit of a refresh, as they're a bit 80s design, but they were clean, airconditioned, big enough to fit a family of five and ours had a great view of the ocean. Baby sitting is very affordable and reliable, so we could have adult time including visits to the spa and beach dinners. Highly recommended.
Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
“Well-maintained resort that's a good place to get away from it all.”
I was able to stay here in 2002 and again in June 2011. The rooms are pretty much the same now as it was 9 years ago. It is very well-maintained and spacious. The bathroom is almost the size of the bedroom. It is a nice place to get away from it all. We found the breakfast buffet adequate and restaurant prices reasonable. What I can suggest though is for the resort to invest in several golf carts to transport guests from the rooms to the reception/restaurant area as it can be quite a trek and an uncomfortable one if you have to do it mid-day. We were told that they have one but recently broke down is still being fixed. The resort has a tennis court and spa but we didn't get to try them as we were only here for a night. The resort earns top marks though for service and friendliness!
“If relaxing in a friendly place is what you're looking for, Alegre is the place to go.”
We stayed in Alegre for 2 weeks and was I glad we did. The resort gave me and my husband the relaxation we needed, and the kids appreciated the privacy and friendly ambiance. Staff was genuinely warm, attentive and courteous. If one is looking for a place that has a full day's schedule of activities then this is not the resort to go. They have a selection of what guests can do but it will be up to you if you want to do so and they will make the necessary arrangements. That's a set-up my family wanted. Perfect! Vacation for us means NO schedule because we have that at work, school or even at home. At Alegre, we bonded more as a family because there is no 3rd party to entertain our kids but just us. My kids are 12 and 7 yrs old and none of them complained of boredom. The spa was wonderful! My husband. went diving and my kids dove as well. My daughter took the junior course and my son did the bubblemaker session (4 meters underwater) and both were well attended to and watched out for. I felt safe with the aquasports staff. The cabanas/rooms are beautiful and spacious. I will return to Alegre because my personal experience here has been wonderfully relaxing. My 7 yr old didn't want to leave.
Stayed July 2011