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“Found Peace at Sun Xi Resort” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sun Xi Mountain Retreat
Ranked #151 of 213 Hotels in Cebu Island
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“Found Peace at Sun Xi Resort”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2008

Recently I traveled to the island of Cebu, Philippines.

Cebu with the Philippines is one of the upcoming tourist destinations in Asia. I assume as this is, in comparison to Thailand or Malaysia, pretty untapped.

Being in Asia, the island has a number of beach holidaying destinations. On this occasion I visited a place that sang a different tune. A mountain resort. Usually you hear about mountain resorts in the snowy mountains of Europe so I was intrigued to find out what it was all about.

Sun Xi Resort, a very new establishment, claim to be at 2,200 ft above sea level.

They are situated in the quiet “Barangay” (village) Lepanto, which is part of the municipal Alegria.

Upon arriving at Cebu, Mactan airport. I was met by the Sun Xi Resort driver, who took my bags and put them in the back of their pickup truck, and I got in the cabin with the driver. I must say , this was not your standard shuttle bus to a hotel one maybe used too. Still to me, it added to the general character of Sun Xi.

The drive took about 3 hours and even though it was dark, It was interesting to see us getting more and more rural, till eventually we kicked in the four wheel drive, and started ascending the mountain.

When finally there, I had to climb up a tiring 128 stairs where the resort was finally waiting.

The entrance is a little left to be desired, but once inside the gates, the landscaping and view was truly quite breath taking.

I met with the young manager Tim, whose father is the main investor/
owner of the property. He explained to me the concept was a getaway for the white collar expats living in Asia to escape to for the weekend or longer.

The general atmosphere of the place is very casual. You feel like you are more staying as a guest of a house, as opposed to the usual, room service, front of house, restaurant etc. That being said, there is still housekeeping, a bar and dining area where simple foods were cooked, which all gets charged to the account.

It was a bit weird to get used to the fact that I couldn't readily use my mobile phone whenever I wanted. I was informed that there are only certain spots around the estate which have signal. I questioned as to whether that affects business or not. However, Sun Xi's marketing, is all about, total recluse, the “throw away your phones, burn the laptops” culture, and I see how it works for them.

A good place to come for honeymoons/romantic get aways. Catching up on a lot of reading/ self time. Stargazing (beautiful) hiking on natural paths. Generally to get back to basics.

A must visit, if you really do want to get out of the cities but still feel at home.

Still very new, so a few hiccups, but will be interesting to see how they develop.

  • Liked — All the Dogs! The mood, The staff
  • Disliked — 128 stairs!
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with friends
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Sunxi, General Manager at Sun Xi Mountain Retreat, responded to this review, 3 November 2012
Dear clintoneoconey, just wanted to say a big thank-you for your support of Sun Xi Resort and for the pioneering visit and stay you and your friends made back in April 2008. Wow, almost 5 years ago. It would be great if you can make a trip next April as we have a few developments which we will be officially launching and would like to share with you. Quite a lot has changed over the past 4 years, but also a lot is still the same - as it has been for the last 400 years, or more even. The scenery, atmosphere and magic will hopefully never change. Thanks again for your visit and the review. Look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Additional Information about Sun Xi Mountain Retreat

Property: Sun Xi Mountain Retreat
Address: Lepanto | Alegria, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #151 of 213 Hotels in Cebu Island
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,964 - ₹ 16,368
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The scent of an untainted breeze dancing, a serene chorus of rustling trees nursing landscapes waiting to be gazed upon. Feel nature's ambiance. Taste her elegance. Welcome.....to Sun Xi Resort. ... more   less 
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