The Reef Mactan’s First Anniversary


I first learned about The Reef when I moved to Cebu and was looking to invest. A friend who is a broker introduced us to this property along with others in Punta Fuego, Mactan. What caught our attention was the impressive building, offering a fantastic view of the ocean and great amenities. We visited several times to enjoy dining and days by the pool, soaking in the beautiful scenery of Mactan, Cebu. Fast forward to November 29, 2023, The Reef Island Resort Mactan celebrated its first anniversary, reaching new heights as a luxurious retreat by the sea and sky. Dr. Scott Jahn and I were invited to the event, and I’m excited to share about the celebration, reflecting on a year of impressive growth, delightful culinary experiences, and the promise of an even brighter future.

A Year of Remarkable Growth:

Since opening its doors on November 2, 2022, The Reef Island Resort Mactan has experienced phenomenal growth. What began with 110 rooms expanded within three months to a total of 175, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the lap of luxury at this seafront oasis. The culinary journey has been equally extraordinary, with the resort now proudly hosting three distinct outlets – The Bakery, The Kitchen, and The Lounge.

The Reef’s dining experience is a celebration of Southeast Asia’s finest flavors, transcending beyond baked goods to offer an eclectic menu that includes pasta and sandwiches. The Lounge, famed for its handcrafted cocktails, complements its beverage offerings with a full tapas menu, ensuring a delightful dining experience for every guest.

A Haven for Relaxation and Recreation:

The Reef Island Resort Mactan is not just a destination; it’s an experience. Guests can unwind in a fully equipped spa, embrace an active lifestyle in the state-of-the-art gym, or indulge in family-friendly fun at the engaging Kids Club and Arcade. With a diverse mix of guests from Asia and Europe, The Reef proudly boasts the second-longest beach shoreline in Mactan, spanning an impressive 110 meters.

The Anniversary and Tree-lighting Ceremony

The Anniversary and Tree-lighting Ceremony at The Reef Island Resort Mactan was a joyous occasion that brought together guests from mainstream and digital media, local officials, valued partners, and cherished friends. The day was filled with celebratory energy and entertainment, highlighted by mesmerizing fire dancers that left a lasting impression. The program featured lively live music, with a choir adding a melodic touch during the enchanting tree-lighting ceremony. The general manager delivered a heartfelt speech, raising a toast to The Reef’s future, making it an unforgettable celebration.

Looking Ahead to the Future

As The Reef Island Resort Mactan celebrates its first year, the anticipation for an even brighter future grows. Two additional outlets are currently in progress, including the upcoming dive shop and additional recreation facilities slated for completion in the first quarter of the coming year. These developments promise to elevate the resort’s offerings, providing guests with even more reasons to choose The Reef for their tropical getaway.

A Year of Celebrations and Banquets

Throughout the past year, The Reef Island Resort Mactan has been the chosen venue for a myriad of celebrations, from intimate gatherings to grand banquets. Hosted on The Boardwalk and in the Amihan and Habagat Function rooms, these events have created lasting memories for guests, showcasing the resort’s versatility as the perfect backdrop for life’s special moments.

Parting Words

As The Reef Island Resort Mactan reflects on its inaugural year, gratitude is extended to the guests, partners, and the local and international community for unwavering support. The journey of luxury, relaxation, and hospitality continues, and The Reef eagerly anticipates welcoming both new and returning guests to the next chapter of this extraordinary story. I extend my warm congratulations to The Reef and invite you to be a part of the experience at this splendid resort, where every moment is a celebration, and every stay is an unforgettable adventure. Come visit and create lasting memories at The Reef!

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