This was our second stay at the resort. The first was when the developers were just starting to build structures (early 2008 I think) and the second was two weekends ago where we stayed for two nights. Contrary to our nightmare stay back then (due to the noisy karaoke singing all day and till early evening), this time, we had the most relaxing weekend.
Generally, Misibis lives to its reputation of being a small luxury hotel. Like any establishment, however, it has its own flaws, if we are critical of everything about the place. But I'd rather focus on the positive experience we had.
A van picks up guests from Hotel Venezia to transfer to Misibis. Aside from the driver, a cheerful guide provided a general overview of the place you would pass through. He also offered cookies and cold bottled water as soon as you board the van. It was scorching hot when we arrived but there were two ever-smiling Ibalong dancers providing entertainment to arriving guests. Complimentary drinks were provided as soon as we entered the reception. Check-in was a breeze. We took a golf cart to our villas and our luggage followed without delay. Butlers did not seem to wait for any tip after they dropped off our luggage. The villa was huge with complete amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel.
Food was great and carefully selected. You could exchange plesantries with the waiters and they seemed to exude a certain comforting character. I guess it adds up to the good ambience that the restaurant already posseses.
Guests have the option to take their food near the beach and it didn't seem to bother them to set-up tables and all. A romantic breakfast or dinner indeed. On a lunch (and then a dinner), however, we were told that they only had a prepared set of menu (considering the very low occupancy that time) and not a buffet. To our surprise, the food they prepared for me and my husband could feed five more guests!. It was unbelievable; we ended up not touching some of the plates at all.
One thing I really liked was that they offered unlimited bottled water wherever we went: beach, hobie, zip line, snorkeling...The staff are commendable with their friendly but not-over-eager-to-please-approach to guests. Unlike other resorts where bottled water is limited to two a day in your fridge, as long as you are still billeted, you could ask for a dozen a day and they will gladly add more.
It was also good to note that the resort has put up solar street lamps along the road, making it a truly eco-park in the near future.
The island faces the Pacific. Thus, it is directly vulnerable to typhoon. But, the Philippines being a tropical country, typhoon is a way of life. It only comes during the season anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a tropical hideaway where luxurious seclusion meets wild natural beauty. This verdant, beach-fringed island offers sophisticated pleasures on land and water – from a relaxing foot wash, welcome upon arrival in your villa, to splashing, sailing or diving in the jewel-like sea and in the pristine lagoon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Misibis Bay Hotel Cagraray Island
- Misibis Bay Resort Philippines/Cagraray Island, Bicol