Cebu is probably better than Metro Manila for Digital Nomad status in the Philippines if you don’t require the services or commercial HQs of Manila. Located in the middle of the Philippines in what is known as the Visayas region, Cebu is the second major metropolitan location in the Philippines. You will find everything in Cebu that you will in Manila, however a lot of the corporate offices here are Beta locations, although you will find that other than that Cebu has it all without the congestion and overall chaos that can be found in Metro Manila.
The best thing about Cebu is that it is located right on the coast and you can actually swim in these coastal waters, unlike Manila Bay. You can be in the center of the CBD district during the middle of the day and get a Grab to a secluded beach resort within 45 minutes, you simply cannot do this in Metro Manila.
Cebu has a ‘second city’ vibe about it i.e. the people are a lot more laid-back and friendly, as a foreigner you will get more miles out of being from abroad with the locals here than you will in Manila as in Manila the locals don’t think you are anything special. Cebu is really developing its infrastructure quickly as the Philippine Government have centered the countries major tourism around the Cebu region i.e. the airport has recently been re-developed, you can fly to all the major international airports hubs from Cebu, as well as most domestic destinations. There are also a lot of the main Philippine tourist attractions located within a few hours travel of the city center, including Bohol Island which you can reach very quickly by ferry from Cebu harbor.
Because of it’s surrounding natural beauty and available infrastructure Cebu is our TOP PICK to be a Digital Nomad in the Philippines.
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|Accommodation options: High||Accommodation costs: Medium-High||AirBnb Availability: High|
|AirBnB Costs: Medium-High||Internet connectivity: Excellent||Cafes: 9/10|
|Restaurants: 9/10||Bars: 9/10||Nightlife: 9/10|
|Expats: High||Tourists: Very High||Potential employment options: High|
|Available infrastructure: High||Fun Factor: 10/10||Things to do in the day: Very High|
|Things to do at night: High||Minimum budget you’ll need per month: PHP35,000-45,000||Overall Digital Nomad Philippine Rating: 9.5/10|
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This hidden gem is located in the northern tip of the island of Cebu. It is where land, sea and sky meet and blend seamlessly to form the postcard-perfect backdrop of Kandaya Resort, an idyllic, luxury destination located in the coastal heart of historic Daanbantayan, which is approximately a 3-hour scenic ride from Mactan International Airport.
Be spoilt for choice at Kandaya Resort where one may either opt to engage in a variety of health and wellness, outdoor and sports activities or simply luxuriate and soak in the tranquility. A full range of amenities await those who prefer to stay active from a fully equipped gym, yoga studio, and mixed martial arts center as well as a multi-use court to play either basketball, tennis, beach volleyball and Kuwadra Horse Stable. Private nooks on the property’s grounds and lush gardens provide the perfect surroundings to revive the senses. Pamper yourself at the Daya Spa and let skillful, healing hands bring back a state of balance and well-being.
Located on Serging Osmeña Boulevard at the corner of Juan Luna Avenue, this Cebu hotel places guests in the middle of the oldest city in the Philippines. Just 500 meters from the International Port area, this South Pacific getaway proves to be the perfect starting point for exploring the island of Cebu and its 167 neighboring islands. Radisson Blu Cebu is situated just 11 kilometers from the Mactan International Airport. This property boasts 400 well-appointed guestrooms which come furnished with modern amenities. Each accommodation unit features a LCD TV, high speed internet access, telephone, and a private bathroom with hot and cold shower. The on-site restaurant offers Asian, Japanese, Mediterranean, seafood, and international cuisines. A swimming pool is also available on-site for guests to unwind after a long day of sightseeing in the city. Radisson Blu Cebu is a relaxing retreat center of the Philippines.
Situated in Moalboal, The Blue Orchid Resort is the perfect place to experience Cebu and its surroundings. The city center is 96km away, and the airport can be reached within 114 minutes. The hotel is about four hours away from the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, The Blue Orchid Resort is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like a shuttle service, airport transfer, family room, meeting facilities, and bar. Guests can choose from 10 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including an outdoor pool, water sports, tennis courts, and massage treatments. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at The Blue Orchid Resort.
Located in the Moalboal area, ZEN Rooms Basic Gerty’s Place Moalboal is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Cebu. Only from the city center, the property’s strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the property provides the best in services and amenities. Guests can enjoy on-site features like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas.
ZEN Rooms Basic Gerty’s Place Moalboal is home to 3 guestrooms. All are tastefully furnished, and many even provide such comforts as flat screen television, linens, internet access – wireless (complimentary), smoking policy – non-smoking available, air conditioning. The property’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. ZEN Rooms Basic Gerty’s Place Moalboal is a smart choice for travelers to Cebu, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.
Boasting an outdoor swimming pool, Mabolo Garden Flats 2207 provides accommodation in Cebu City with free WiFi and pool views. Guests staying at this apartment have access to a fully equipped kitchenette and a balcony. The apartment has a satellite flat-screen TV and 1 bedroom. The apartment offers a range of wellness facilities including a sauna and a fitness centre. A garden and a sun terrace are featured at Mabolo Garden Flats 2207. Ayala Center Cebu is 1 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Mactan Cebu International Airport, 7 km from the property.
Built in 2016, Big Dreams Residences is a distinct addition to Cebu and a smart choice for travelers. Only 1km from the city center, the hotel’s strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
At Big Dreams Residences, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, convenience store, daily housekeeping, taxi service, wheelchair accessible.
In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts. Many rooms even provide television LCD/plasma screen, clothes rack, complimentary instant coffee, complimentary tea, linens to please the most discerning guest. Besides, the hotel’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Big Dreams Residences is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Cebu.
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