Global Wellness Day

Alexis Yap

OKAY, I’ve got to be honest. It could be the first time I am introduced to this movement called Global Wellness Day that started only in 2012 in Turkey. This day is celebrated with healthy food, fun fitness activities, and wellness tutorials. This is exactly what Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa especially prepared for us during our uniquely healthy slumber party.

Fresh fruits, juices, and pastries at the healthy breakfast spread at The Cowrie Cove.
Healthy, hot, savory dishes for breakfast. Hooray for vegetables and tofu!

It’s Shangri-la’s second year to pledge its all-out support and participation to this new worldwide movement with each of their properties showcasing complimentary offers unique to the destination and incorporating homegrown attractions and ingredients. This year, they encourage everyone to “Say YES to healthier lifestyles.”

Welcome dinner at Acqua.

Our welcome dinner was at the resort’s Italian outlet Acqua. Our curated vegetarian course was a culinary masterpiece by Chef Andrea Burzio who came to work even on his rest day just to prepare this feast especially for us. We definitely felt the love and all the flavors in every bite!

Breakfast was at Cowrie Cove with a healthy spread that looks too delicious to eat. But how could I resist the best muesli ever? Not to mention, the variety of fresh fruits, prawns, and yummy selection of hot, savory dishes like the Eggplant and Tofu Szechuan Style.

Insalata di Pomodori Bio Feta, Naturally-farmed tomato, crumbled feta cheese, cucumber, Kalamata olives, arugula, balsamic, and extra virgin olive oil.

Our healthy breakfast by the sea was followed by an exclusive tour of the General Manager’s Resort Rounds. We all had a taste of GM Rene Egle’s daily routine as General Manager of the five-star property including an exercise to spot what needs to be fixed and attended to all around the resort. It was a good hike and an interesting look at the “other side” of the luxurious Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa.

So many hotel guests enjoyed the Aqua Aerobics at the main pool. A high intensity workout at the FitZone was also available for the more advanced physical trainee, even a Fun Run with the resort’s very own Iron Man Team! A massage tutorial at CHI, the resort’s reputable spa, was also held for those interested to learn this skill, while a Sunset Yoga session at the Ocean Terraces was available for all.

Our group even had a nice personal encounter with Cebu’s very own Chocolate Queen, Raquel Choa, who shared her interesting life story, her burning passion for chocolate, and its health benefits.

Cebu’s very own Chocolate Queen, Raquel.
Cozy and comfortable accommodations to supplement the weekend’s wellness theme.

It was indeed a day of unique learning to embrace better lifestyles, and what better way to be taught than by the Shangri-la brand of warm hospitality. It was such a pleasant weekend at the resort. Our fond memories will truly help us continue making healthier choices on a daily basis.

The rewards of waking up early in the morning…
The stunning view (and fresh air!) from my balcony. Always a welcome change from the bustling city life.

Join the growing community by tagging #ParadiseWithin and #GWD2017 when sharing your inspirational stories online. In our own little way, we can help inspire each other to always choose healthy through the tips we share on social media.

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