From Chill Drinks To Foam Parties: Raul Manzano Checks Out The Local Luxuries In Cebu
Cebu is home to many travel destinations and spots. But do you want to know where the locals go to unwind and experience some luxe lounging around? Follow EIC on the Move’s Raul Manzano as he explores the local luxuries of Cebu.
KAYU: Kitchen + Bar
If you’re looking for a local kitchen established by a local chef, here’s where you should head first: KAYU: Kitchen + Bar. The restaurant is started by young and talented chef Izzy Sy, who comes from a family of restaurateurs. At 28 years old, he has already built KAYU as one of the go-to places for good food in the whole of Cebu.
KAYU is home to what the locals claim as the best salmon in town. The salmon dish is cooked via shallow poaching, submerged in Kayu’s signature soy glaze, and done to perfection.
Another must-try is the deconstructed clam chowder, served with a fried pan de leche that’s crispy on the outside but moist on the inside.
Crimson Resort and Spa, Mactan
Crimson Resort and Spa in Mactan is a fairly new player in the Queen City, but it certainly isn’t one to be ignored. Featuring Balinese-inspired décor and breathtaking views of the sea, Crimson Resort is your luxury home for the duration of your travel.
A key element of Crimson Resort is the way it incorporates tradition and Cebuano culture into its core. Every guest is greeted with a handwashing ritual, a handwash that contains eucalyptus oil and virgin coconut oil that moisturizes the hands. The villas are large and spacious, but are designed with local and wood elements.
It is also home to the Aum Spa, awarded by the World Luxury Spa Awards as the Philippines’ best resort spa. Even their signature massage is incorporated with local elements for a complete Cebu experience.
And if you’re done relaxing our chilling around, why not take a plunge into their pool and join the foam party?
Pig & Palm
Cap your night with signature drinks and cocktails at Pig & Palm, a modern tapas restaurant established by renowned British chef Jason Atherton.
Staying true to the local theme, the restaurant offers a modern European sharing menu that highlights local produce and flavors. Head Chef Karl Emsen says that they themselves go to the market everyday to see what’s around, what’s in season, and showcase these ingredients in their dishes.
Aside from their food offerings, Pig & Palm is also known for their cocktails. One of their most popular offerings is the Dill or No Dill, a gin-based drink that has started a hashtag on social media: #DealMrBanker.
Get a taste of Cebu or pattern your next itinerary to Raul’s local and international escapades by catching EIC On the Move on Mondays, 9 p.m., on Metro Channel, channel 52 on Sky Cable and channel 174 on HD. Catch replays throughout the week.