Although Misibis Bay has the potential to be a great spot, the resort is currently undergoing major construction and I would avoid it in its current state at all costs. It is highly irresponsible of the management not to alert guests to this fact. The construction was loud and intrusive and many amenities featured on the website were not available because of it.
That great looking stretch of sand you see in the photo on their profile? It doesn't exist right now, its a pile of construction dirt and dump trucks are plowing back and forth across it all day long. The construction is right at the center of the resort so the sound of backhoes and heavy machinery is all you will hear at the restaurant and in the infinity pool. The restaurant was also under construction during our stay which added the sound of chisels and chainsaws and meant we ate dinner at picnic tables arranged in what appeared to be some kind of lobby. Music was played on an iHome. Dozens and dozens of construction workers were walking through the resort and around the pools all day making it somewhat uncomfortable to be sitting around in a bikini. The stretch of beach that was open was nice enough, though small and quite pebbly. The beach bar and swim up bar were both not in operation during our stay.
On the last evening of our stay the resort threw a large party for its staff on the beachfront. Everyone on the staff was unfailingly kind and they absolutely deserved some kind of celebration, but the way in which it was organized was really unfortunate. We were given no notice of the party prior to booking or during our stay. We had a beachfront room and woke up one morning to find them setting up sub woofers and a dance floor outside our window. Setting up the event took up all day meaning that construction workers were not only around the pools and restaurant, but at the beach too. The party went until 1am and we had to try to fall asleep with laser lights flashing into our room and thumping bass playing right outside our window. We stayed at Friday's in Boracay immediately before coming here. The resort hosted a very small wedding with only 3 guests while we there and the resort contacted us as soon as we booked to make sure that we wouldn't mind. Misibis should have extended the same courtesy.
The resort was in no way worth the prices they charge, it felt half-finished and thrown together. Not at all luxurious. The staff were the one bright point. They truly were kind and tried their best to make our stay enjoyable. Unfortunately smiles alone cannot drown out the sounds of heavy machinery. The resort is undergoing a massive expansion and will likely be under construction for years to come. Acres and acres of new houses and rooms are in the works and given their inability or unwillingness to balance their need for construction with the needs of their guests I would recommend avoiding Misibis for a long time. If you do choose to go I would recommend that do some thorough research into the state the resort will be in at the time of your visit. This resort was a big splurge for us and a big disappointment.
- 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