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Frequently Asked Questions


Why is there a breakwater wall?

It is really a “Swimmers’ Safe Haven”. Inside the walled area, power watercrafts are not allowed. This makes it very safe for snorkelers and waders, particularly playful children, to enjoy the waters without any risk from accidents of motorized boats or jet skis.

From an environmental sense, the breakwater protects the sand on the beach – thereby preventing coastal erosion.

Why does the ocean water “disappear” on certain times of the day?

In a nutshell, due to high tide and low tide.

Water level is up when it is high tide; and the water rushes back to the ocean and “disappears” when the tide is low. At times of the year, the difference in water level can reach up to 1.5 meters.

It is actually fun because during low tide, you can explore the exposed ocean floor for shells and play with small crabs.

Why do you have seaweeds? Is your water dirty?

On the contrary, the presence of seaweeds means that there is a healthy ecosystem. And a teeming marine life means more fishes, more plants. It is Nature’s way of telling us that the seawater is naturally clean.

Are there mosquitoes in the Resort?

There are mosquitoes almost everywhere in any tropical island like Cebu. You can almost say that mosquitoes are inherent to one’s exciting adventure in tropical and exotic Philippines. Of course, we control mosquitoes from biting our guests by spraying the surroundings with non-toxic insecticide and supplying guestrooms with mosquito repellant.

Are there ants in the room?

Ants will join you in your room if you invite them with unattended food in your premises. Food supplies are best kept in your in-room refrigerator.

Is there an Internet Desktop Station?

Two desktops by the Lobby are available at minimal cost.

Do you charge for Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is free.

Why is the Internet connection slow at times?

Unfortunately, the Philippines has an average MBPS of 3.6 which is ¼ the speed of many countries and ranks last among our ASEAN neighbors. Connection can be erratic and inconsistent but its performance has been getting better.

Do you have an area where kids can safely spend time playing?

The resort is a kid-friendly environment. Our Guest Service Team runs playtime activities every morning (Kiddie Hour, 10 – 11 am) and afternoon (Child’s Play, 3 – 4 pm).

Are taxis readily available?

Taxis are available on call, and depending on season or queue, may take from 5 – 30 minutes.

Why do taxis add a call fee of P 50.00 (about US $1.25)?

Taxi drivers call this their “on call charge” to cover the gasoline costs of driving out all the way to the Resort. This is quite reasonable considering that P 50.00 buys only about 1 liter of gasoline.

Are there other means of transportation?

Other options include a chauffeur-driven vehicle or our local all-around public transportation called the Jeepney.

For the more adventurous on shorter distances, you can take a motorcycle with a side car called a tricycle.

Is there a free city shuttle?

Complimentary shuttle service to Cebu City Malls (Ayala and SM) is available daily at 10:00 in the morning. Seating is limited and requires prior reservation.

Are there restaurants and supermarkets close by?

Yes, within 1.5-2.00 kilometers from the Resort.

How far is Costabella...

from the airport? 12 kilometers.

from the nearest mall? 11 kilometers to Mactan Island Mall.

from the Cebu City? 20 kilometers.

Do you have a spa?

Yes, LEMA Filipino Spa, a Maranao-inspired spa, offers the ‘Undisputed Best Ethnic Massage in Cebu’! You can’t miss this! Opens daily from 11 am – 11 pm.

What are the pool hours?

The L-shape pool is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, while the Free-form pool with slide is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Is there a pool dress code?

Only proper swimsuits are allowed.

What time is check-in and check-out?

Check-in time is at 3:00 pm and check-out time is at 12 noon.

How many can be accommodated in your room?

Maximum 2 adults and 2 children (10 years and below) for a Double occupancy; maximum of 3 adults for Triple occupancy (with 3rd person charge).

Is the room inclusive of breakfast?

You may reserve rooms with or without breakfast.

Can I check-in as early 6:00 am without paying additional room charges?

The standard check-in time is 3:00 pm, while check-out time is 12 noon. Request for early check-in is for a fee and subject to availability.

Can I still use the Resorts’ facilities after checkout while waiting for my flight?

Certainly. Our swimming facilities and shower rooms are available to you at no extra cost. Your luggage can be stored in the luggage room at the Lobby.

Can I have a late check-out?

Yes, subject to applicable charges and room availability.

Can I take visitors to my room?

To ensure security of all in-house guests, it is advised that visitors be entertained in the public areas. Some consideration is granted upon request - but only for two (2) hours maximum and not beyond 9:00 pm. Visitors will be requested to register at the Front Desk for your own safety and security.

Why are my visitors charged the Day Trip rate even if they do not swim?

Our Day Trip rate includes entrance to the Resort, use of swimming facilities, and a plated set lunch for the day. On Sundays, the set lunch is upgraded to a Buffet.

The Day Trip package allows your guest to enjoy all the facilities of Costabella to its fullest.

Is there an in-room safe?

Complimentary safety deposit boxes of various sizes are available at the Front Desk. Its security feature requires two (2) keys to open the safe – one key with the guest, the other with the Front Desk.

Is the water on the tap potable?

It is recommended that you refrain from drinking water from the tap. Each room is provided daily with 2 complimentary bottles of mineral water. You may also request for filtered water in a thermos from Housekeeping.

What is the in-room electrical voltage?

220 volts, 60hz.

Do you have a baby crib?

Complimentary baby cribs are available on a limited basis. Prior reservation is advised.

How soon can I have my laundry back?

Due to scarcity of water in the island, Laundry is done offsite. Rush jobs are delivered within 24-hours; regular jobs take two (2) days.

How soon can I have my pressed clothes back?

Rush jobs are within two (2) hours; regular jobs are within six (6) hours.

Can I request for a flat iron and ironing board?

Yes, subject to availability.

Is babysitting service available?

Please reserve with Housekeeping at least a day ahead. Rates and restrictions apply.

Do you have a 24-hour restaurant?

La Marina Restaurant is open all day, everyday.
Brisa Restaurant is open daily except Mondays from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Is Room Service available?

24-hours room service is available.

What dining entertainment is available?

A lively local Rondalla group performs at La Marina Music from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm except Sunday. Live Acoustic music at Brisa from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Sundays.

Do you allow guests to re-heat or cook their own food?

Re-heating or cooking food by guests on premise is not permitted for fire safety reasons. Likewise, having food cooked or re-heated in the Resort’s Kitchen is not permitted for sanitation and health reasons.

Why does my bill include a 10% Service Charge?

Service Charge is a standard incentive practice in the Hotel and Restaurant Industry recognized by law.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Cash, major credit card and debit card.

Can my Senior Citizen’s discount be applied on promo and special rates?

The Senior Citizen’s discount is applicable to regular rates.

When I dine my family and friends, can my 20% Senior Citizen’s discount apply to the total bill?

The Senior Citizen’s discount is applied on to the SC cardholder’s meal. Total bill is divided by the number of persons and discount shall be applied only on your share of the cost.

What kinds of credit card are accepted?

All major credit cards, e.g., Visa, MasterCard, etc.

I have a gift voucher that expired only yesterday. Can this still be honored today?

Regretfully, expired gift vouchers cannot be honored nor extended.


Looking for more than just good food, relaxing massages and quiet moments at the beach?

Tucked away in the charming island of Mactan, Cebu is your own little getaway offering a private white-sand beach, beautiful ocean-views and genuine caring service.

Book now. Come and discover your story at Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel in Cebu. 

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Resort: (6332) 238-2700

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