One of the most pleasant surprises in our recent travels was rediscovering Misibis Bay Resort in Albay, Bicol, which became the venue for the celebrated beachfront fashion show of emerging designer Ellis Co.
Long before its facilities were recently updated, the secluded resort located on Cagraray Island was already considered one of the country’s ideal hideaways and top-tier tourist destinations. A TV mini-series was even named after it.
Set amidst the dramatic backdrop of the equally scenic Mayon Volcano, Misibis Bay promises a tropical escape like no other with its sprawling five hectares of pristine waters, lush foliage, and “modern nature” vibe.
While there are at least three ways to get to Misibis Bay, the fastest way to enjoy its promise is of course by air. Upon touching down at Bicol International Airport where guests are immediately greeted by the magnificent sight of Mayon Volcano, road transfer from airport to resort takes only around 90 minutes.
A dream luxury vacation
Class and elegance is written all over Misibis Bay Resort the minute you enter its doors. The high-ceiling grand lobby and the rooms, for instance, house luxury home décor from big brands like Dior and Hermès. Accentuating the design are well-curated deluxe pieces. And that’s just a start.
Wide-ranging accommodation options that cater to every type of guest are classified into four main categories, each presenting a premier island experience. The Garden View rooms come alive with a quaint vibe while the Pool View rooms prove perfect for those ready to take a splash. For those who can’t get enough of the sea’s stunning views and calming waves, there are also the Seaview (where our group stayed) and Beachfront rooms.
An ideal wedding destination
Aside from its well-earned reputation as a popular tropical getaway, Misibis Bay Resort is fast becoming an equally sought-after luxury wedding destination.
Situated high atop a hill with stunning panoramic views of both the Albay Gulf and even Mayon Volcano sits the Stella Maris Chapel. Only a few minutes away from the resort, this place of worship has become witness to many couples saying their I do’s. An amphitheater that offers equally picturesque sights that complete the dream wedding experience is also near the venue.
To help couples plan their big day, Misibis Bay Resort also offers several wedding packages for every requirement. And soon, right smack within the resort’s premises will rise a new, full-glass chapel.
Good food and fun activities
Of course, the perfect getaway won’t be complete without good food and fun activities to not just remember but to always keep in mind when deciding to come back.
And in this regard, Misbis Bay Resort does not disappoint. A lavish dining experience awaits guests with what I personally thought was an impressive selection of Asian dishes fused with Bicol’s native spices. For those who prefer a filling bite of local, Bicolano flavors and international favorites, including the freshest seafood, there’s the Spice Market that offers all-day dining. At Sula Bar, there’s a fine selection of spirits and cocktails of the month.
These and more regular fare can also be enjoyed through special dining setups such as packages for a peaceful sunrise breakfast, a delectable picnic lunch, and even romantic sunset cocktails.
For adventurous types, there are also numerous options like windsurfing and kayaking sessions. Snorkeling allows for direct interaction with the diverse marine life in the resort, including giant clams vibrant corals as well as schools of fish. For those looking for something with a little more thrill, there’s a Jet Ski package that gives guests a chance to drive the limited-edition, 1800cc Yamaha WaveRunner FX Limited SVHO.
And what better way to cap your eventful day than to go to The Essenses Spa and avail of traditional massage techniques with the ancient Filipino art of healing called Hilot, using a special, first-class line of oil from Europe.
As we were here for the fashion show, there was simply not enough time to personally experience all these adventures. What we did experience in our brief stay was more than to convince me that Misibis Bay Resort checks all the boxes in terms of what one would expect from a “luxurious tropical island getaway.” Here’s looking forward to coming back here soon, hopefully for an even longer stay.
For more information or to book your stay at Misibis Bay Resort, please visit www.misibisbay.com. (All photos courtesy of Misibis Bay Resort/Facebook).
Image credits: Misibis Bay Resort/Facebook