Misibis Bay Resort and Casino: A Piece of Luxury in Bicol
Dubbed as a luxury island playground, Misibis Bay Resort and Casino in Albay, Bicol offers elegant accommodations with top-notch facilities to provide their guests with an experience that is worth the splurge. Being a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Misibis is within the ranks of Discovery Shores in Boracay, Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa in Bohol, and Pangalusian Island Resort in El Nido.
This trip would have not been possible if I have to pay for my own accommodation. Luckily, I was tagged along to join my tita’s group for this trip. I was the one who took care of the booking, which is why I was the default choice as replacement when someone was not able to make it. I made the booking during the Travel Tour Expo, which made the price lower than normal rates. I travelled with a group of 9 people who paid 16,000 per head. This rate is inclusive of 3-day, 2-night accommodation, round-trip land transfers, full-board meals, complimentary city tour, and a set of activities.
Welcome to Legazpi!
From Legazpi airport, Misibis can be reached in 45 minutes via land. It was already around lunch time when I arrived at the airport (after a 2-hour delayed flight). The van took me straight to the resort. With the scenic view, I did not notice how time passed by. Quickly, I found myself being welcomed by two people in native costumes performing a traditional dance. I was given a lei, welcome drinks, cold towel, and fish crackers. After checking-in and a brief orientation, I headed straight to the restaurant, too eager to start with a sumptuous lunch.
Dancers in native costume
Welcome to Misibis Bay Resort!
The Garden View Room where we stayed was grand in ways more than one. From the scenic view from the window, comfortable beds, exceptional in-room facilities, bathroom, and even toiletries, you can indeed experience luxury. What I liked most about the room is that it is situated in an area with its own swimming pool. The glass widow that overlooks a lush landscape is something that will make anyone love the room even more.
Garden View Room
View from the window
Pool in the Garden View Rooms
There are other swimming pools that are located around the resort, the most notable of which would be their infinity pool, which also has a pool bar. There is also the lagoon pool, which was the biggest, and a kiddie pool.
The Swimming Pools of Misibis
Lagoon Pool Cabanas
If you feel like basking under the scorching heat of the sun, you can head to the beach, where there are tons of activities for you to enjoy. While it is perfect for sun-bathing, you might want to think twice before swimming since it is as nice as I pictured it would be.
Nonetheless, it is still nice in its own way, especially given the fact that it offers an abundance of activities that can make your stay more special. I tried the Jet Ski for 30 minutes. Other activities that can be enjoyed include kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing. At the farther end of the beach, we did snorkeling. Without sounding exaggerated, I believe it is one of the best snorkeling sites I have ever been. The colorful school of fishes made me wish I had an underwater camera. Too bad I cannot share with you how beautiful it was. The sunset cruise is another activity that should not be missed when in Misibis. The highlight? The Mayon Volcano with the golden setting sun as its backdrop.
Boat for the sunset cruise
Mayon Volcano as seen during the sunset cruise
Aside from the water activities, another thing that will make your stay worthwhile is the Segway. It came free with the package that we availed. Using the Segway, we went around the resort and the beach. I also tried the ATV ride going to the hilltop where you can enjoy a breathtaking view. Unfortunately, the area with the zipline was closed during that time, which made me unable to try it.
They also have a recreational area where you can play a game of pool, foosball, or darts, among others. You can also simply lounge at the bar outside and have a drink. Aside from the fitness center, they also have a spa, perfect to make your stay more relaxing. They also have a locker room, which I guess is made for those who were visiting for day tour. If you are into gambling, they also have a casino, though it is most of the time empty and they have limited operating hours.
The Locker Room
With all the fun that you can have in Misibis, your stomach surely needs to be filled. Our booking came with full-board meals in buffet setup. The food varied per meal, and I have to commend their chef for their delicious dishes. For sure, you will be never left starving and you will find it hard to leave Spices Restaurant, where the meals are served.
Inside Spice Market Restaurant
Outside Spice Market Restaurant
While exclusivity and luxury are sure to make your Misibis experience pleasurable, one thing that can make it even more delightful would be the hospitality of the staff. Of all the places I’ve been, Misibis may have taken the spot for having the friendliest employees. Everywhere you see them, the warmth of their smile will surely brighten your day.
So, if you feel like spending and having a memorable vacation in Bicol, look no further. Misibis Bay Resort and Casino will surely provide you with a one-of-a-kind experience that other resorts might find hard to rival.