Getting a breather from the hustle and bustle of city life once in a while is refreshing. A quick escapade to somewhere peaceful and relaxing is what each of us yearn after a week’s worth of exhausting toil. Though there’s sheer excitement in thinking about restful days, the enthusiasm is oftentimes put off by the idea of tedious planning, long commute and costly accommodation.

But did you know that there’s a paradise that’s perfect for a quick getaway without going outside the city? Let The Lifeaholics point you to the right direction!

The Lifeaholics lists down 10 great reasons which make Montebello Villa Hotel a perfect staycation destination in the city.

1. A Home Away from Home

A seemingly secret nook hiding behind the concretes of the city, Montebello Villa Hotel is a place that you can call “a home away from home”. Despite the restless urban jungle in close proximity, the garden resort hotel maintains its serene energy as it features general low-rise buildings which creates a picturesque upper-class country house and homey ambiance.

Owned and run by the Alvarez-Borromeo family for over four decades, Montebello continues to be a well-kept promise of comfort and tranquility being the only garden hotel in the city. It is a restful garden resort steeped in forty-four years of tradition yet thoroughly contemporary.


Montebello Villa Hotel is a perfect blend of business and leisure. It carries an atmosphere of luxury and comfort while in total commune with nature.

2. Spacious and Newly Renovated Rooms

Swift to adapt to the changing times, Montebello Villa Hotel has brought awesome changes that reflects its commitment to steadfast growth. Travellers can experience the grandiose blend of charming heritage and contemporary chic with their extensively refurbished rooms situated amidst the lush greens and scenic gardens.

For more details about Montebello Villa Hotel’s accommodation, you can check : The Comfortable Choice in Cebu City Garden Hotel


3. Picturesque Poolside and Elegant Cabanas

Montebello’s iconic poolside is a perfect place to cool down, relax and spend lazy afternoons enjoying cocktails and having casual conversations with your friends, family or your SO.

Beside the picturesque poolside, along Montebello’s lush garden. modern-designed cabanas are exquisitely positioned to give you some solitary rest or for the quality time you would like to spend with your family. The Cabanas give you the right amount of intimacy and privacy to  be with your friends, your partner or you family in a rather openly exclusive space.

The classic “country club” canopies were designed to create a nostalgic, elegant, yet cozy atmosphere.




At night, as a handsome plus, you’ll enjoy the luxury of seeing the blue glow of the swimming area while listening to the sweet ebb of jazz and/or acoustic music played from across the pool.

Montebello offers live entertainment with their Acoustic and Jazz Nights from Wednesdays to Saturdays, 6:30PM – 9:30PM.


4. Delicious Food and Exciting Beverages 

From healthy breakfast to sumptuous lunch and lavish themed dinners, Montebello’s La Terraza is sure to satisfy your appetite . To make your dining more gratifying, you can opt to dine with a charming view by the poolside or inside the cabanas for a more splendid banquet.


The morning after last night’s exuberance, to the delight of everybody, La Terraza prepared a healthy breakfast for us. We  enjoyed a healthy kickstart of Yogurt & Granola + Mango Bits, Porridge with Banana Compote, Broccoli and Feta Omelette with Toast, Egss Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes.

To complement our breakfast, we also tried La Terraza’s healthy and refreshing beverages that are not only thirst quenchers but also energy boosters :Sweet Sensation (a pleasant combination of carrot, mango, apple and pear)Stress Buster (an invigorating blend of fresh apple, carrots and cucumber)Goddess (an ethereal concoction of pineapple, apple, orange, carrots and watermelon); Energy Booster (an energizing mix of tomato, orange, apple, pear and lemon) and Veggie Delight (a stimulating fusion of carrots, tomato, cucumber, broccoli and celery stalk)



For lunch, we were served a mix of healthy options and best picks from La Terraza’s Corner. We had Mixed vegetables, fruits and nut with honey and balsamic dressing, Pesto pasta with candied walnut, Grilled chicken in tortilla wrap and Pan Grilled Salmon with Pineapple salsa. We also sampled Gambas Al Ajillo, Fried Vietnamese Spring Roll, Calamares, Frito and Seafood Truffled Pesto Pasta from La Terraza’s Corner.

To cap off our exquisite lunch, we were served their newest mouthwatering dessert selections : Creamy Temptation, Ube Cheesecake and Chocolate Crunch Mousse Bar.




5. Yoga by the Garden

Slowing down on weekends is good for the mind and body. One effective activity that you can try to free your mind from stress, anxiety and burn-out is yoga. Every Sunday at 7:30AM, Montebello offers Yoga by the Garden. Commune with nature as you breathe in the good and exhale the bad vibes. The activity is free for registered hotel guests, P110 for Montebello Swimming Pool members, and P150 for walk-ins.

For inquiries and reservation, you can get in touch with Montebello’s Guest Service Associate at 231 3681 local 4027 or 560 from 8am to 5pm. Reservation is highly required at least one day prior to the scheduled activity.




6. Wide Variety of Activities Available for the Whole Family

Your stay in Cebu’s only Garden Hotel will never be boring as it offers a variety of activities that are available for the whole family. For the health buffs who just have to get their workout done, even while on vacation, Montebello has just opened their gym last May 2016. It’s situated behind the lush garden which gives you a good view of the poolside and the cabanas. You can also jog around the wide expanse of greens, go on picnic with the kids and enjoy sunbathing by the pool while enjoying the warmth of the sun. You can also try fishing by the lagoon and star gazing at night. Other recreational activities that you can indulge in are  frisbee, mini-golf, pingpong and billiards.


7. Everyday Happy Hour

Enjoy your stay at Montebello even more with their delicious cocktail concoctions. If you’re a mojito fanatic, you’d be delighted with the their Mojito Mania that’s available at their Pool Bar. It’s your favorite classic mojito with a twist. You can choose from Watermelon Mojito, Mangojito, Cucumber Mojito and Blue Mojito at P260 per glass.

From 2PM to 6PM, in-house and walk-in guests can also enjoy their “buy two take one” promo on local beers and some cocktail selections.



8. Great Deals and Exclusive Offers 

For BPO, teachers and government employees, Montebello Villa Hotel will make your garden breakfast buffet dream a reality for only P299 net/person. For a more fun and enjoyable experience, take advantage of their breakfast buffet that includes the use of swimming pool the whole day for only P500 net/person. To avail of this exclusive deal, just present your company ID. Every employee with ID is entitled to a maximum of two companions with the same rate. Breakfast is from 6AM and pool use is from 8AM to 5PM.

Here are other great deals offered by Montebello :

Buffet Breakfast + Pool use : P650 net/person with 20% off (cash) or 15% off (credit card) on a la carte orders at the La Terraza or Pool Bar

Day use + Food and Beverages :  P500 net/person on weekends or P450 net/person on weekdays with P300 food and beverage consumable

Day use + Room : P1,799 net maximum of three persons with P200 food and beverage consumable


9. Family Friendly Spaces

Kids  and kids at heart will equally love Montebello as much as the grown-ups do with its wholesome and family friendly spaces. They have a mini playground complete with a swing and a slide. Kids can freely run and roam around the wide expanse of the garden hotel’s lush greens.


10. Excellent Personalize Service and Warm Cebuano Hospitality

Aside from bringing the nostalgic feeling of old world charms, Montebello Villa Hotel also stands by its promise of warm and genuine Cebuano hospitality. Upon check-in, you’ll be greeted with Montebello’s signature welcome drink, a delightful concoction of ginger, lemon grass, and calamansi, served by their friendly staff.

From the front desk staff to the bell boy staff who helps you with your luggage to your room, everyone was helpful, always smiling and accommodating. Montebello’s well trained staff is outstanding. They would go out of their way to make sure that your requests are reasonably granted.



For more information about their room rates and promos, you can visit their official website or follow their Facebook page @montebellovillahotel