How I Finally Let Loose in Best Western Sand Bar Resort in Mactan, Cebu

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Once upon a time, a hermit crab lived. He knew from an early age the world is full of danger, deceit, and favoritism. He's seen all of them, experienced some, that he's decided to never open up himself to the world while still co-existing with it in the ocean called life. For years, he's shifted personalities to cater to his fascination to improve, learn, live - all of these while maintaining a herd cover. Yes, my life had all been hiding these miniature sparks. But let me tell you something: Last week, I think I finally let loose in Best Western Sand Bar in Mactan, Cebu. Here are 5 reasons:

The Place
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Best Western Sand Bar Resort (yes, it's that long to read) is a newcomer in the resorts world. One of the most striking features of the resort is its curve-designed facade that looked as though the Roman coliseum had been restored and was plastered there. The design enables all rooms to enjoy views of the shoreline and the swimming pool. Minimalist yet smart, compact yet spacious.


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I think it is of European influence as it screamed modern Greece to me. Those types you see on travel magazines featuring Santorini. I'm not crazy about the color palettes though. People want their summer bright and colorful, something the resort forgot to consider. The rooms are luxurious and styled bearing the resorts obsession with minimalist theme.

The Red Team
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I'm usually very shy and rigid every time these team outings are announced. Making up excuses just not to join the games and humiliate myself, I used to despise company outings. I don't know what happened with this team building but I was having genuine fun for the first time in years.

The expected self-consciousness, awkward cheering, and dead air conversation didn't come. And I realized it's with the type of people around you. Nothing felt so good than to let go of all the inhibitions and fear that have been infesting inside you and stagnating your inner cool-guy for years. I swear I have the coolest team in the world! We won first place in the activities with the least number of members. Beat that.
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We had a game that needed someone in our team to do single-hand push-ups; I wouldn't, in hundred years, expect I'd be doing some of my legendary ninja seals in public!

The Sand Bar
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Playing volleyball ate most of our afternoon time so we didn't have the chance to visit the 'best' sand bar in the Western shoreline. But from a glance, the poor thing was a lonely place; a nipa hut was erected, complete with chairs and coverings. Exciting times? I don't think so. If it's Valentines, then it's a different story.

To get there, you either have to ride a boat or wait for the low tide. It isn't exactly a Moses-parting-the-sea experience but that didn't stop some of my team of going there. Too bad, the low in low tide wasn't Flo Rida's low as crossing the last leg towards the sand bar meant you needed to swim. Not everyone fancy a wet photo shoot, much more cursing a wet camera. 

The Swimming Pool

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Yes, I had to dedicate an entire post just for the all-important, flagship amenity, and Yahoo! homepage worthy deity of Best Western Sand Bar Resort's swimming pool. Until it's not.

While no one said it's gonna be wide as China's Olympic swimming pool, the resort's website presented its offering as though it could be a substitute to Tiger Woods' water estate. Imagine the dismay we felt seeing the swimming pool for the first time. Personally, it reminded me of the scene in one of NatGeo's documentaries where a group of Narwhals in the Arctic were trapped in an ice pool, clinging for life.

It was only a soft opening. I couldn't imagine the congestion when it's fully accessible to the pool-raping public.

On the good side, the best feature of the meek amenity is the slides. I had a blast with it, joining the children for countless times and trying different dive postures every time. Also, the shower rooms are well-maintained, clean, and the water coming out from the rain-like shower is warm and relaxing. Superb execution.
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As I roamed around the place, I noticed patches of wild grasses and idle land areas waiting to be exploited. I heard the management will add another pool, bigger and deeper this time to these areas next year. I will definitely check it out, for I'm a seal and I want my pool deep, blue, and full of sharks.

The Food
If it tastes good, it's good food. Best Western Sand Bar Resort's culinary offering is not tough to judge. One bite of its mixed sautéed veggie revealed how the chef had abandoned his indie gourmet roots and went mainstream to satisfy his public and not his culinary soul. It was bland to the point I could make the food served tastier if I were the cook. The beef, while tender and fresh, disappoints in the flavor department; seasoning was abysmal, tomato sauce not thick enough, garnishing so-so. Don't even ask me about the pasta, for Italians would have rallied at this point.

On the plus side, service was fast, polite, and approachable. Will give the staff a 9 for that.

Overall, Best Western Sand Bar Resort is a paradise. With a little shake in the Food and Beverage department (it's too late to change that loooong name so I've given up), it could become the next big thing in Mactan, Cebu. I love the experience so much that soon I'll be pulling a Gen. McArthur because "I Shall Return."