Sunday, March 2, 2014

MANILA BULLETIN - Small Luxurious adventure in Misibis Bay

by Heidi Ng
December 15, 2013 


Pool chaise lounges looking out to sea
Pool chaise lounges looking out to sea

The reception area
The reception area
Inspite of the devastation brought upon by the super typhoon Yolanda to our country, we still make it to international news by some way of glad tidings. The recent win of our “pambansang kamao” Manny Pacquiao over Mexican fighter Brandon Rios certainly brought some much needed good news to our country. It was a 12 round fight at the Venetian hotel in Macau and was watched by international celebrities like Paris Hilton and David Beckham. Manny Pacquiao won by unanimous decision against the Mexican fighter.
On the tourism front, our high end resorts like Amanpulo, Pangulasian resort in El Nido, Two Seasons Coron and Misibis Bay have been garnering attention in various international travel magazines naming us as one of the hotspots to go to in the year 2014. I guess the country’s upgraded Moody’s rating has made us a desirable place to visit.
I was recently at Misibis Bay in Cagraray Island in Albay and was impressed with what the five-hectare island has to offer. If you want to swim with the whalesharks in Donsol and prefer a luxurious place to stay at, Misibis Bay is the place to book at. It only takes a 50-minute flight from Manila to Legazpi, which is available in almost all Philippine carriers like Philippine Airlines, then a scenic 45-minute travel by land, by a private helicopter in 15 minutes, or by a fast watercraft in 30 minutes. I took the road trip, and the views going down to the island were superb. Some parts of the downward winding road still need to be paved but they are definitely passable.
Upon arriving at the resort, a traditional Bicolano dance was performed at the rotunda on the way to reception area. There are different rooms at the resort. The one bedroom premiere at $1,151 is a clear favorite with its own Jacuzzi for the privacy of its occupants. There is also a wrap around patio that looks out to the lagoon. The garden view is more apt for those who would like to have extra money to be spend on other activities around the resort or to have the whale shark swimming experience. The garden view is good for three people and is swathed in colors of white and orange, with views of gardens around. There is also a small pool to be shared by the surrounding rooms in the garden areas.
There are a myriad of activities around the resort. I especially like the paddle boat, jetski, and the classic banana boat. For the more adventurous, there are the wind surfing, wakeboarding, hobbie cat sailing, stand up paddle surfing, and scuba diving. One can get an introductory dive lesson at the resort. One can ride a gold cart to the Eco energy park to do some zip line or even take a dune buggy or ATV rides.
There is never a boring day at Misibis Day. And with award winning views, luxuriously decorated rooms, and unlimited activities to do, a weekend is not enough to enjoy the whole resort. If one would like to do the once in a lifetime activity of swimming with the whalesharks in Donsol, have a day set aside because the trip going to Donsol from the resort will take about one hour and 30 minutes. Allow yourself three hours for the interaction with the whalesharks, and another one hour and a half to go back to resort.
But please, enjoy Misibis Bay resort as much as you can. Because it is not a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World for nothing. I guarantee, you will not be bored!
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Misibis Bay
Cagraray Island
T: (63 2) 661 8888     F: (63 2) 470 3607     E: reservations@misibisbay.com
Beautiful lagoon in the middle of the resort
Beautiful lagoon in the middle of the resort
Lush landscaping is all around the resort
Lush landscaping is all around the resort
The breakfast area
The breakfast area

 

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