I have to admit, my expectation for Misibis Bay Resort was quite high. You can’t blame me though since it’s pegged as a tropical island getaway that offers a balance of relaxation and adventure. It’s definitely a want, but it’s a needed escape for an overworked individual (like me).
Okay, you might say…
“Me-An you left your corporate job to do blogging full time/ to be a freelancer. How come you’re worn out?“
Despite having a partner to rely on, he has a full-time high paying job. Thus, I do the majority of the behind the scene work. We also simultaneously attend events to establish and/or foster meaningful offline relationships whether be it with the PR people or with co-bloggers.
I love doing all the work related to blogging. Truly! I LOVE BLOGGING.
However, like a normal employee, I become fed up too from being glued in front of the computer most of the time. I, at times, also get sleepless nights and even work on weekends since I also have to do business on the side to augment my financial expenses.
So when I had the opportunity to experience a Misibis Bay Resort getaway via a familiarization trip organized by Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines (TPB), I didn’t let it pass.
I firmly believe that, for the hard work we are exerting, we have the excuse (if not deserve) to indulge ourselves with Misibis Bay Resort’s relaxing ambiance and varied fun activities.
Misibis Bay Resort
Address: Misibis Bay Resort, Cagraray Island, Bacacay, 4509 Albay.
An hour away by land from the Legazpi airport, I highly suggest that you avail the airport transfer of the resort since it is situated on an isolated island. Our journey going there was smooth and we got to enjoy the scenery along the way.
As soon as we stepped out of the van, we were greeted by two ladies wearing beautiful maxi dresses (what I don’t mind wearing) and were handed with customized “Misibis bay” bracelets. We no longer had to worry about our belongings because the staff would bring it to our rooms. All we had to mind for was checking-in.
We were offered concentrated four season drinks in shot glasses to be drunk as we wait for our respective room keys to be distributed.
By the way, we had the option to be brought to our room via their golf cart shuttle. I just chose not to. The cool weather was great for walking to our assigned villas. It was also a good excuse to peek at the other room offerings of Misibis Bay through the rooms of my fellow travel bloggers.
Premiere Villa/ Garden Villa
What was assigned to me was the premiere villa/ garden villa. Yup! I got villa no. 26 all to myself that is just a few meters from the beach and has a quick access to the Lagoon swimming pool.
At 50 sq.m. the room is already more than enough for an individual. There is a king-sized bed, a small daybed, and dining table for two.
The tall glass windows and sliding door in the room allows for daylight to come in. Nonetheless, blackout curtains are installed just in case one wants the ultimate privacy or wants to sleep in the dark
Upon entering, I was greeted by a handcrafted woven beach bag made by the local women. There is also a note that states Misibis Bay Resort offer a 10-min. complimentary foot wash available only upon one’s arrival from 9 AM to 5 PM. I no longer availed it since I’d feel awkward.
In the bedroom’s cabinet, one will find the following:
- Quality wooden hangers;
- Complimentary locally handcrafted abaca “in room” slippers;
- Safety deposit box;
- And there is even a flat iron and ironing board.
The room also has a 32″ LCD TV which I didn’t get to use, a Bluetooth speaker where I played my Spotify while taking a bath, and a coffee/tea maker.
Wi-Fi is free throughout Misibis Bay Resort which includes the rooms. During my stay, I couldn’t connect to the Wi-Fi when inside the room. The tech personnel was quick to address the issue by installing a Wi-Fi router in the room. I was thankful for that incident since, for some reason, whenever we try to connect in public areas and/or in other rooms, we can’t log in on our blog portals. It only works in my room.
The bathroom is admittedly huge. When a couple stays here, there will be no more fighting and morning rituals are more efficient. There are two sinks provided with an in-room dryer.
And then the bathtub, toilet, and shower room are in separate areas.
If you’re the type of person whose choosy with the bathroom, you’ll definitely feel comfortable using this bathroom. Well, especially with the toilet whereby both tissues and a bidet are provided.
Taking a bath is more than a routine with L’Occitane as its brand of toiletries. L’Occitane is well known for its ingredients based on natural products and for phytotherapy, which is the use of medicinal properties of plants for healing.
I personally loved using the L’Occitane shea butter extra gentle soap with milk. It has a light to no scent. Plus, it left my skin soft and hydrated while being a gentle cleanser.
The following are some of the activities you can do while on your Misibis Bay Resort getaway:
Have Cocktails at Misibis Bay’s Amphitheater
In a sunny weather condition, hanging out at Misibis Bay’s amphitheater is truly relaxing. One can sip on their signature cocktails (non-alcoholic drinks are also available) while chowing on their canapés and crackers. All while enjoying the view that is a wonderful fusion of man-made and natural beauty.
If drinking cocktails/ mocktails are not your preference, you can have a secluded romantic dinner or an intimate family dinner instead.
You can also just have a photo taken there as it’s known to be a pit stop location of Amazing Race Asia 4’s Philippine leg. It seems also like a nice area for a wedding.
Have Dinner at the Indoor Area of Spice Market
The interior of Spice Market restaurant is really homey and cozy with the soft illumination, comfortable seats, and small plant decors.
While inspired by the intensity and spices of local Bicolano flavors, the Spice Market also offers international cuisine from lamb chops to blueberry cheesecake.
Swim & Lounge at the Lagoon Pool Area
The lagoon pool is a winding, irregularly shaped pool that is in the middle of the two to three story building complex and villas. There are small bridges that either lead to a small “island” that has tables and chairs for lounging or one that simply serves as a passage.
What I like about this area is that there are parts that are shaded. So it’s a nice swimming place for those who don’t want to get a tan. It’s also a great place to just lounge on a floater. We, of course, have to be careful with our heads with the bridges in case we find ourselves underneath it.
Have a Boodle Fight at the Outdoor Area of Spice Market
We were supposed to dine underneath the palm trees in the garden. However, the rain ruined the setup so we ended dining at the outdoor area of Spice Market restaurant. It was nonetheless a good place to dine at.
The boodle fight style has evolved from a military undertaking to being accepted by most Filipinos as a way of socializing with friends and family. What usually happens is that, at a given signal, the participants aim for the choicest bits from a long table filled with food. Indeed, one enjoys the food in traditional Filipino kamayan which is eating food with bare hands.
Misibis Bay Resort gave consideration to my fellow travel bloggers who may not be accustomed to boodle fights. Thus, they separated the appetizers from the main meal.
A Filipino salad and baked mussels are definitely great dishes to whet one’s appetite.
Everyone will be happy to dig in a big plate composed of an assortment of crabs, squid, shrimp, grilled pork, and grilled chicken. It goes well with the fried rice. I don’t think we fought for food because their serving is more than enough.
Oh… By the way, crab crackers are provided for convenience in getting the juicy crab meat.
Swim & Lounge at the Infinity Pool Area
Misibis Bay Resort’s pool doesn’t seem to just flow seamlessly with the presence of a strip of manicured grass. Taking a plunge and dipping there though is still a joy because of the amazing view it offers. It can even be romantic when you’re with a significant other as seen with the couples in the photo.
Comfortable sun beds are available for the perusal of those who want to tan naturally. And, by the way, the small pool beside the fountain actually has a jacuzzi.
Sip Cocktails at the Pool Bar
For some, their ideal holiday is lolling and lazing on a sultry afternoon while quenching one’s thirst. Misbis Bay Resort can provide such desire in style. They have underwater seats in their pool bar. And they have a smiling bartender ready to concoct well known cocktails like Piña Colada, Gin Tonic, and many more.
Enjoy the Beach
The kilometer-long strectch of beach may not have fine and white sand like Boracay. However, it’s decent enough for playing beach sports and for swimming. Just make sure to stay within their prescribed area.
It’s also a perfect place for chilling or reading a book by the sea. Other activities you can do there are what Misibis Bay Resort offers daily to guests which are the following:
- Woven Hat Making from 2PM to 3PM
- Sand Castle Making from 4PM to 5PM
Use Non-Motorized Water Sports Activities
Make sure to maximize your time at the beach by trying out their non-motorized water sports activities. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try it all. Water sports activities that can be availed are the following:
- Hobie cat sailing
- Paddle boarding
I personally tried paddle boarding and windsurfing since I never got to try it before. I’m so happy with paddle boarding since I didn’t fall. Maybe because I was wearing aqua shoes and I could balance well. I just have difficulty in maneuvering it.
As for the windsurfing, I didn’t know that it could be that heavy especially when there is wind. I didn’t get too far since I tried it on a late afternoon whereby the breeze is calmer. Oh… By the way, I just noticed that this equipment is a bit rundown. I hope Misibis Bay Resort has already replaced it with a new one.
Have Cocktails and Stargaze at 5 Views
The 5 Views, a private hill of Misibis Bay Resort, is another great place to sip on Misibis’ signature cocktails or mocktails at.
There are the bar chow that goes with their private setup.
One can view the Mayon Volcano, a lake, and many more. It’s also a perfect place for stargazing or for a proposal dinner.
Have Dinner at the Beach Area
Last but not the least place where Misibis can do a private setup is indeed the beach.
They offer grilled meat and seafood with wine. Plus, live entertainment to make the dining experience lively.
Whether one is a morning person or not, one can’t say not to a good spread of breakfast buffet. Choices include the staples which are the following:
- Bread with different kinds of spreads
- Sweet chocolate porridge or champorado
- Fresh salad
- Processed meat such as beef tapa, longganisa
- Buttered vegetables
- An egg station – where you can choose which ingredients you want to be included in your egg or you can choose how your egg is cooked
- Assorted pastries
- Assorted fruits
Of course, for some, a breakfast won’t be complete without a good cup of joe. So they can just proceed to Espresso Alley for espresso based drinks. The coffee drinks, however, not part of the breakfast buffet.
View the Mayon Volcano at 5 Views
As mentioned, Misibis Bay Resort’s offer a view of the Mayon volcano. It’s also a perfect spot for a picture with the famed volcano.
We were blessed to be granted the opportunity for its cone to come out of its hiding place, the clouds, before our trip drew to an end. Thank you God for letting us see it briefly.
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Disclosure: My two nights stay including full board meals and use of water activities were generously sponsored by Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) of the Philippines and the Misibis Bay Resort as part of the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) Bicol Familiarization Trip. Rest assured all photos were taken by me. Plus, everything I wrote is of my own opinion and insights.