ROBINSONS Land Corp. (RLC) is entering the luxury resort category with the opening of Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu.

In a statement, the Gokongwei-led property firm said its first luxury resort, located in the northwestern tip of Mactan island, is being managed by Thailand’s Dusit International.

“We are proud of our real estate development experience, and are driven to constantly introduce new and exciting brands and concepts to this quality-conscious market. As the market matures in sophistication and as competition continues to increase, introducing a global brand will further fortify our presence in Cebu,” Arthur G. Gindap, senior vice-president and business unit general manager of Robinsons Hotels and Resorts, was quoted as saying.

David Baldwin, Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu general manager, said the resort will soon offer an exclusive water transfer service to and from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport located 11 kilometers away.

“We are building our docks so that we may offer water transfers for arriving and departing guests. The Marina is just a short ride from the airport, where guests will board a catamaran for a lovely ride to Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu,” Mr. Baldwin said.

The resort has an open-air lobby featuring stunning views of Magellan Bay and the hills and mountains of Liloan.

“While the scale and design of the see-through lobby gives a great first impression, our striking 100-meter Infinity Pool is already a guest favorite. This goes hand-in-hand with the beautiful sunset views, as we are the only western-facing resort in Mactan. This creates so many beautiful photo opportunities. There are no bad angles here, thus we’re sure to be a favorite spot for selfies,” Mr. Baldwin said.

The hotel has nearly 300 hotel rooms, including deluxe rooms with either garden or sea views, Dusit Club Rooms, and spacious suites. It also offers three-bedroom suites called the JG Suite and the Admiral’s Suite.

All rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, internet-ready television, coffee and tea-making facilities, among others.

To take advantage of the Cebu’s popularity as a destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions, Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu has six events venues. The 1,235 square meter (sq.m.) Dusit Ballroom, said to be the largest pillarless ballroom in Mactan, can accommodate 600 to 1,000 guests depending on the set-up.

The hotel has a number of food and beverage outlets such as Sea Breeze Cafe, the Sunset Bar, a poolside sports bar and gastro pub; and the Dusit Club Lounge.

“Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu combines the best of Filipino and Thai hospitality and grace, and we look forward to contributing to Mactan’s hospitality landscape. The growth of internationally-known resort brands like Dusit Thani in Mactan and the new international terminal at MCIA are strengthening Mactan’s position as the country’s top tourism destination. We are proud to enter the dynamic Mactan market,” Mr. Baldwin said. — Vincent Mariel P. Galang