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January 24, 2017 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Experiential luxury awaits guests at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu this year, as the five-star resort refreshes its transportation portfolio. General Manager René D. Egle formally announces its acquisition of a new lavish service fleet comprising of a yacht, speedboat, helicopter and luxury sedan.

“We are redefining the statement – ‘We have arrived’,” said Egle. “We want our guests to experience world-class comfort and sophistication even on transit, whether it is upon touchdown or departure, in a city tour or in an expedition across the islands.”

Leading the portfolio is a gentleman’s yacht, the Celandine, built in aluminum and steel by the oldest leisure marine company in the world, Camper & Nicholsons Shipyard, in 1960. It is one of only four yachts similarly designed and it has since received multiple awards for its unique heritage and classic aesthetics.

Following a complete refit in 2013, the Celandine was equipped with stylish teak decks, a reconfigured saloon, fresh exterior paint and new engines that have logged less than 500 hours. Its twin 180hp Cummins engines give her a cruising speed of 9 knots and a maximum speed of 14 knots.

The Celandine’s spacious interiors can house six (6) guests in three cabins with en suite bathrooms. Its top deck complete with sun awning can be configured in several ways, making it customizable for different kinds of gatherings. The yacht can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests for cocktail events and a maximum of 12 for set dinners.

As the name suggests, the speedboat Rainbow Runner enhances the guests’ touring experience as it cruises through the beautiful vistas of the Mactan Channel at a speed of 25 knots. Distinguished for superb performance, it can comfortably shuttle a maximum of 15 passengers per trip. The Rainbow Runner is used for airport transfers, departing from the Cebu Yacht Club to the Shangri-La Boat Jetty and vice-versa. It will also be deployed to transfer guests to Cebu City, significantly reducing travel time.

Zooming across the blue skies is the McDonnell Douglas MD500E helicopter, operated by the Asian Aerospace Corp., the Philippines’ leading private aerial transportation service renowned for serving a high-profile clientele. Powered by Rolls Royce Allison 250-C20R engines, it has a maximum speed of 240 km/h and boasts an impressive noise-reduced flight, being the helicopter to use NOTAR (no-tail rotor) technology in the country.

The McDonnell Douglas MD500E is ideal for airport transfers, city transfers and chartered trips to Bohol and Oslob, among many others. The operator has private hangars in prime tourist destinations in the Philippines that guests can visit and enjoy. The interior features a golden oak finish and beige leather seats that can securely seat three (3) passengers.

A BMW 5 Series rounds up the fleet. This is a luxury sedan prized for its stylish interiors and smooth cruising capability, is part of the new limousine service alongside the Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Fortuner and Toyota Grandia launched last December.

Fueled by the vision to deliver excellent service, the resort carefully handpicked the fleet which possesses premium safety features and more importantly, world-class comfort and sophistication for which the Shangri-La brand is renowned. In this plot of paradise, guests truly travel and arrive in style.

To know more about Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu’s luxe transport services, guests may contact (63 32) 231 0288 or send an email to For resort updates, they may log on to  and follow @shangrilamactan on Twitter and Instagram.

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