But not at Abaca. This tiny, unassuming Cebu resort hides behind tall walls and discrete staff, creating a tantalising citadel of solitude, where the champagne is always chilled, the infinity pool vacant, and the villa’s walls sound-proofed. With only nine rooms (three villas and six suites), it’s very easy to mistake your surrounds for your own Hefner pad (butlers stand with Cristal and smoking jackets at the ready). Villas feature plunge pools, a bed so large you’d need to be a sprinter to catch your lady love, a spacious shower and free standing soak bath and even an iMac with broadband. The award-winning restaurant regularly serves Filipino A-listers and the day spa uses locally sourced ingredients to poke and prod you into submission.
After all, a vacation is a rest for the body as well as the soul.
Punta Engano Road, Mactan Island Cebu, Tel: +63 32 495 3461
The Nuts & Bolts: There’s discretion and relaxation at Cebu’s top boutique resort, Abaca.
A piece of paradise at Abaca resort
Why is it so difficult to get some good old peace and quiet when you’re on holiday? After all, you’re paying for the pleasure of being somewhere warm, sunny and in close proximity to the eye candy buffet of a tropical beach. Yet invariably your little piece of paradise becomes a toddler roller derby for other people’s kids, a concert ground for sub-burnt backpackers with knock-off iPod speakers or even the epicentre of a full-blown Russian package-tour vodka picnic.