This place is a STAR
Meili is the best mid-range resort out of 6 resorts I have so far visited on Cebu and Panglao (Bohol) islands - and surprisingly the cheapest. Meili is a place that saved my holidays from a heartbreak.
Rooms are fantastic. They are constructed in a smart way, flow of fresh air can constantly circulate and the rooms do not get moldy smell like in so many other places. They are very cosy, they have luxurious feel. They are very comfortable, with lots of natural light, big windows. They have everything you need - wardrobes, table, chairs, small tables next to beds, small lamps next to beds. Beautiful curtains in windows. There is a small kitchen with all you need to prepare a meal or tea/coffee.
Large beautiful wooden bed, soft, comfortable. Soft pillows. You get a sheet to cover yourself, and an extra thicker sheet in case you were cold. Impeccably clean.
Big, with lots of light, immaculately clean, glass shower cabin, glass shelves above the sink. A beautiful bathroom. Warm water anytime.
LOCATION & THE PLACE
The town, Alcoy, is quite nice. Meili is away from the main road, away from any noise, away from the locals. It's a quiet, tranquil place at the sea. For me personally, this was a big plus. It's an away place, but not too far from the village. I arrived with a habal-habal as I only had a small luggage, a few minutes ride from a bus stop and 1-2 euro to the driver. Easy to find. If you do not have your own transport I believe the resort is always willing to help out and arrange a pick up if you ask. At Meili Beach Resort you are sure to breathe fresh air, unlike places next to roads all over Cebu island or in the whole Philippines.
There is a bus stop in Alcoy where you can catch a Ceres bus (or other bus) to/from Cebu city (130 pesos, 3-5 hours drive depending on traffic).
Apartments are situated in a nice garden, with trees and flowers. It's kept looking amazingly. There are always people (employees) working to improve the place and keep it tidy.
Meili has a small private beach, there is sand, however inside the sea there are soft plants and it's stony. Some guests swim, others don’t and they use swimming pool instead. There are small black rocky cliffs around which makes the small beach look a bit wild and dramatic. It is also nice just to sit on the beach or collect the hundreds of sea shells the sea brings every day. For those who love big sandy beaches there's a Tingko beach nearby, one of the famous beaches of Cebu, just minutes ride by a tricycle or motorbike.
Food is good and at same price as at other resorts, not more. All the mid-range resorts have very similar prices, they are comparable to European prices, despite being in a poor country. You can surely eat cheaper food on the street, but I am not sure if I would. At Meili, its all homemade food, including Mrs Elisabeth’s (the owner) homemade brown bread and pizza dough. Really good.
Meili is one of the rarer resorts I visited in Cebu and Bohol islands that instructs their staff how to treat a customer. All other places I stayed at, staff were lost, afraid, or indifferent. Jessica, the receptionist and manager, is fantastic. Smart, polite, professional. The owners are very friendly, personal, they give all their love to the place. I haven't experienced this in any other place.
There are employees always around, doing maintenance, taking care of the garden, the swimming pool etc.
Meili Beach Resort looks better in reality than in photos uploaded by the resort itself.
It takes 1-1,5 hours to get to the Kawasan falls on a motorbike through the mountains. It's a spectacular trip with great views. Oslob (shark whales watching) is another trip one can make from here.
WHO WILL MOST APPRECIATE THIS PLACE
Family with kids (very safe)
People who seek a relaxing quiet small resort
People seeking privacy
Those who appreciate quality accommodation
Those who dislike traffic and polluted air
Solo travelers or couples seeking a retreat
WHO WILL NOT APPRECIATE THIS PLACE
Noisy guests who want to stay in an alive place full of people
Those who want to stay at a big sandy beach
Solo travel - Feb 24, 2017