Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Family Getaway: Our Misibis Bay Experience

It took me longer to write our Misibis Bay experience because I felt like I’m torturing myself. Not that I (we) had a bad experience whatsoever, but the more I recall our experience the more I long to go back to that paradise - sooner.  I actually had hard time thinking of how to write this but eventually decided to share our detailed experience rather than make a review. You can always check on their website, anyway. This is more of a personal account on our grandeur vacation at Misibis Bay.

DAY 1:

We went to NAIA Terminal 3 way ahead of our scheduled flight. Excited lang si esposo, but to my surprise even the kiddos were awake by 3 AM, but the long wait was not felt because these kids entertained me.

Uno was so excited, she watched the planes come and go. She explored the waiting area and gamely posed for me. She asked me every minute if it’s time to board yet. So cute.


Dos, of course, stayed still in his Tatay’s arm. He took a nap from time to time until it was time to board.


On board the plane, the 2 were curious and explored their surroundings a bit but not long before sleep won them over.


At the Legazpi Airport, the kiddos automatically opened their eyes, as if they knew that F-U-N starts at that moment.


We were greeted by the cheerful staff of Misibis Bay inside the airport and assisted us all the way to our service van. You know by then that luxury starts here.


Our service van was no less than the top-of-the-line Toyota Grandia – with all leather captain seats and super spacious leg space, we can actually lie down and sleep but the views along the way was so hard to resist. Travel time from the airport to Misibis Bay can be as long as 45 minutes to an hour but barely noticeable. Your eyes will not get bored with non-monotonous views, there’s the ever beautiful Mt. Mayon, the Pacific Ocean and urban to rural dwellers. Plus it also helped that we had chickadorang Kuya driver, who from time to time shared relative trivia about Legazpi and Misibis Bay. Did I mention there’s a bottle of cold water waiting for us inside the van which was given to us for free and I also saw candies and cookies by the dashboard nakalimutan siguro kami alukin daldal kasi naming lahat. Oh and btw, the van was all to ourselves, I can see the esposo was hiding his smile at that point.

After less than an hour (which seems like 5 minutes to me), we were welcomed by Ibalong Dancers at the drop-off area. Then a receptionist gave each one of us (kiddos included) fishlike-necklace made of leaf and cold face towel (which was so refreshing) and ushered us to the reception area where a welcome drink (lemon with carrot and cucumber juice) and kropect was waiting.


We were made to feel some VIP hospitality as we listen to the welcoming remarks of the front desk officer assigned to us. After her spill, she introduced us to the Guest Activity Officer assigned to us, oh diba, personalized lahat. She then planned with us on how we are going to spend and enjoy the rest of our stay there. Hassle free, all you have to worry is how to contain that giggling feeling.

Since we were too early for the standard check-in, we requested for an Eco-Park Tour right-away.

Our 1st stop was the High-Rope Course, there’s a 150 and 400 meter zipline waiting for the guest to try on. Sadly, the 400m line was close for maintenance, the esposo immediately tried the 150m, I on the other hand, stayed on the ground drooling because I was wearing maxi dress. I promised to be back the next day.


Next was the Cathedral. It was divine but there’s nothing there but for photo opps, unless of course you're planning to get marry there. 


Uno was more interested with the golf cart that she wanted to drive it herself which Kuya Manuel (our cart driver) gamely agreed.


The famous pit-stop of the Amazing Race Asia was our next stop. This Amphitheater with Stonehenge has a majestic view of the Pacific.    

         
Our tour (zipline ride, included) was complementary with the stay, btw. On the way back to the main resort, Kuya Manuel suggested we check Marina 1st so we can get a glimpsed on what to expect for the next day’s snorkeling activities.


Again, there’s free BMW (that’s bottled mineral water, Ms. Dette, our activity specialist, got us there.lol) was given during the tour. Hinding-hindi ka mauuhaw sa Misibis. Hehe

We paid a visit to the playroom after. The kiddos especially the bunso (aka Tatay) was so thrilled. Imagine toy overload plus a Nintendo Wii, Playstation and PS3 (I told you, the Tatay enjoyed as much).

   
Kahit hindi pa kami masyado gutom dahil sa dami ng nainom namin, we decided to have lunch at The Spice Market, since it’s still early for the check-in (more food stories here). 

Few minutes before 2 pm, a staff approached us and told us our room was ready. Finally, since we were all tired and sleepy and kiddos were getting cranky. A golf cart took us to our room, we thought it was far, we were surprised that it was only a good 2 minutes walk from the reception area. Another Misibis motto: "Bawal mapagod ang guests".


Welcome to our humble abode for 3 days, Villa No. 15. 



Our villa has all luxurious amenities tucked under 1 room. It truly speaks for its name. 1st class bed, linens and pillows, L’Occitane kit for bathroom, bath tub, huge LCD TV, mini-bar with hi-tech coffee maker (which esposo needed to call for operational guide.hehe), day-bed, verandah, beach-bed, our own access to the beach and to top it all, a private plunge pool. We can live and enjoy by just staying inside. 


All the things you need was inside. Noticed that weighing scale, would you really need that?



I was wrong when I said that we were tired and sleepy because the moment we smelled that fresh scent inside the room, nabuhay kami lahat and became energetic. So after putting our luggage into place I invited Uno to try the plunge pool right away.


The only advantage I saw in having a private pool was that I was able to wear my 2-piece bikini shamelessly, other than that, no more.lol The private pool was a Jacuzzi after all, that I didn’t know until a staff who just passed by turned-on the machine that makes the pool bubbles. May effect palang hindi ko nalalaman. That's another plus point about Misibis' staff, they can read minds. Motto #3: "Bago magtanong ang guest, sagot agad".

After we swam, the kiddos and I slept the afternoon away. Since the esposo was still overwhelmed by the VIP treatment (feeling artista daw siya), he explored the whole place by himself. He then saw some staff preparing for a private dinner set-up by the beach. He inquired about it and thought he could surprise me with a romantic dinner on our anniversary night, ang sweet diba? But upon hearing the “P10,000 minimum” he changed his mind. Asa pa ko.lol
    
We skipped dinner on our 1st night, busog pa din sa tubig.hehe Seriously, we still have my lunch’s take-out and the complementary merienda untouched, so we didn’t really starved. We watched the peaceful sea at the comfort of our day-bed, munch some snacks, played around, enjoyed our villa until it’s time to call it a day.


13 comments:

  1. Wow and ganda pala sa Misibis. I hope you can share how much that vacation cost too, kahit approximate lang so I will have an idea hehe... Ganda ng vila nila, inggit much tuloy. I wish we can travel din without worrying about our work. Haha.

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    1. Well that's the point of vacationing, to keep you away from worries. Luxury Villa kasi room namin kaya medyo mahal, pero kahit sa Garden View I heard ganyan din halos amenities, minus the private pool lang. Check mo site nila (misibisbay.com), meron silang promos from time to time. Also frequent Deal Grocer, nagbibigay sila ng up to 50% discount.

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  2. omg! i saw this on deal grocer and it is still expensive despite the discount. hehehe nice place! longing to visit it one day :)

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    1. True, ang mahal pa rin nga, bakit ba sila ganyan.hehe

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  3. My gosh! How luxurious! Ang ganda talaga; I'm sure you had so much fun! Gusto ko rin yang private pool na yan! :D

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    1. Gusto ko nga iuwi sa bahay eh, mageexcess baggage nga lang kami, iniwan ko nalang.hehe

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  4. I want to experience this too! Haha someday. :) I look forward to reading parts two and three, pero for now, okay na muna ako sa Part 1 para di masyadong mainggit :)

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    1. Haha. I'm sure you can experience it yourself, soon.

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  5. Grabeh super duper ganda ng Misibis Bay! I wonder how much will it cost to stay there. :)

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    1. It's quite steep, but you'll get your money's worth. Promise!

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  6. haha... don't you just love pro-active resort staff? ganyan din yung sa amin sa crimson. we borrowed DVDs from their library, wala pang 10 minutes nasa labas na ng villa namin with our request. hayyy... i wish we stayed longer then. pero treat lang yun ng friend ko. bucket ko na talaga yang misibis bay as well.

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    1. Crimson nga next target ko.hehe

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  7. Misibis is indeed a luxury island... You're so lucky to be there.

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