Apartment in Cebu for Dating Pinays | Calyx Residences
Samar loop from Calyx Residences rooftop
Calyx Residences is a modern high-rise apartment in Cebu City, great for getting dating site girls round to your place when you invite them over to swim at the rooftop pool. It’s also walking distance to Ayala mall.
28th floor infinity pool with view of the city and mountains
Calyx Residences Review
I just spent a few days there on AirBnB and liked it although it has some drawbacks. There’s another Calyx in IT Park which is better, will stay there next time.
This owner put in nice furniture, others might not
The studios are a little small (26 sq.m) like most Philippines condos – they try to cram as many rooms in as possible to make more money, and then 1 bedrooms are overpriced.
Studio room with A/C and decent PLDT Wifi
This was the room, about $40/day (2000 pesos) which is fairly good value compared to hotels. In the Philippines hotels are usually expensive for what you get.
Desk/ dining table
If it’s your first time on AirBnb sign up here for $35 off your first booking. The best rooms get taken early so you need to book a bit in advance. One thing I didn’t like was the shower water not being very hot, that keeps happening to me in the Philippines.
TV, fridge, kitchenette
If I lived here on a long term rental I’d try to get a room on a higher floor, this was on the 12th and there was a little bit of rooster noise. No noise from other rooms though, the plus of high-end apartments is fewer noisy Filipino neighbors blasting music.
Balcony outside the window, if you climb out
The internet was ok, fine to stream Youtube videos while working. Although I didn’t get much work done 🙂 If you move in long term set up a PLDT package.
Cebu’s first rooftop swimming pool with infinity pool
The swimming pool is probably the best thing about Calyx Residences, long and deep with a nice view. Shame it’s only open from 6am – 8pm, earliest closing time for a pool I’ve ever seen in Asia.
Separate kid’s pool
Overlooking the city out to sea
Next to the pool is a sky lounge chillout area with a bunch of fancy seating. If taking selfies by the pool isn’t enough. There’s also a conference / dining / function room.
Like a Chiang Mai coworking space
Again it closes way too early at 8pm
Close to Ayala Mall
Korean chicks at Ayala
Calyx Residences is 500m away from the main mall in Cebu, Ayala Centre, with tons of restaurants, supermarket and shopping options.
La Tegola Italian restaurant is good, at Ayala Terraces
After lunch with a Filipino Cupid date suggest popping over to your condo for a ‘movie’ 🙂 If it’s really hot outside it can still be a bit of an annoying walk having to cross the road several times.
Calyx Residences gym
Calyx Residence’s gym might not be enough for serious lifters or if you like to work out at night. It’s open 6am – 10pm. There’s an Anytime Fitness branch just down the road to the right.
Zumba ball, sit up bench, dumbbells
It just has a smith machine, no free barbell, and dumbbells only go up to 25kg. There’s a few benches, flat and incline, Zumba balls, and some other basic equipment.
Calyx cardio machines
There’s a couple treadmills, step machine, and exercise bike by the ground floor garden area. Both the gym and pool were empty the times I used them, which was nice.
Area is a bit dead
There isn’t a 7/11 or any kind of convenience store / shop / streetfood nearby Calyx Residences, or a restaurant on site. You have to walk the 500m over towards Ayala, and stock up on stuff.
After a long night at J Ave
At night after Ayala closes it’s even worse. Calyx IT Park is way better, as soon as you’re downstairs everything you need is steps away. Calyx Ayala would be good for someone who prefers to cook at home or use Foodpanda delivery.
Making new friends
On the plus side it’s a quiet area and feels super safe. No beggars, ladyboys or kids sleeping on cardboard boxes like you see around Mango Avenue. A family-friendly Cebu apartment. Didn’t see any sex tourists apart from myself.
Building opposite, pic from Calyx rooftop
It’s a nice place to live if you like jogging or aerobics outside, not many people around. Clean streets and a lot of green spaces / small park with a gazebo.
Annoying Security Checks
It’s girl friendly but every time you bring in girls the guard stops you, takes her ID and makes her fill out the guestbook, there’s no way to slip past them. Calyx IT Park doesn’t do any of that.
Walk of shame up to reception
Even though the immediate area around the condo is dead, Calyx Residences is well located in a sense for nightlife and other things to do, because it’s in the middle of everything. You just have to take $1 – $2 taxis.
Wishing there was room service
2km to the East is Mango Square, 3km West is MO2 club / Liv Club / Ferrari, 2km North is IT Park and Waterfront casino, and 3km South is the pier and Fort San Pedro. SM mall is 1km away.
Sea view to the South
Google site:airbnb.com Calyx Residences to find short term rentals, here are some other units:
For long term rentals (one year lease, or some owners allow 6 months) check Cebu Craigslist. Prices are about 25k pesos / month for a studio, or 45k for a one bedroom.
Calyx Residences Location
Remember there are two Calyxs in Cebu, ‘Calyx Residences’ and ‘Calyx Centre’. Calyx Residences is in Cebu Business park, South of Ayala mall. Not in IT Park where the other one is.
500m from Calyx (bottom right) to Ayala mall
Even when I told taxis Calyx Ayala they’d start driving towards IT Park 😀 So mention ‘Samar Loop’ off Cardinal Rosales Avenue, just past Chinabank (see top pic). Cebu taxi drivers don’t know most places.
Click here for the Google maps location.
Address: Calyx Residences, Samar Loop, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City, Central Visayas 6000