During her visit to Bicol, journalist Anna Taylor-Rox stayed at the luxurious Misibis Bay resort.
Oh, Misibis Bay… I left this stunning resort a few hours ago and I’m still smiling. What an amazing few days.
An hour’s drive from Legazpi, situated at Carargray Island, this exclusive getaway has received countless five-star reviews and deservedly so.
When I arrived at the spa retreat, I was greeted by a procession of dancers and a welcome cocktail with fresh coconut milk. It was early in the evening and the pool, surrounded by palm trees, was perfectly lit up.
Once I’d checked into this glamourous location, I was whisked away on a golf buggy to my villa – a super-stylish, elegantly decorated suite with plenty of space. I felt like royalty – and that’s exactly how I was treated during my short stay.
I came to Misibis Bay to unwind and relax, so it wasn’t long before I found myself in the spa trying the various treatments – and each one felt more luxurious than the last.
I began with the spa’s most popular service, the ‘Signature’ – a 60 minute treatment, combining Swedish massage, shiatsu and Thai stretching. This is a soothing but powerful massage – with no messing about! I requested medium-hard but wimped out after a few minutes and asked the masseuse to go easier on me. It’s great for relaxation but also perfect if you’re looking for some deep action to relieve any aches and pains.
Next up, the sea salt and honey scrub – an invigorating body polish that promised to leave my skin silky smooth. And, I can assure you, it definitely delivered.
The therapist didn’t miss an inch, gently exfoliating my entire body with the course sea salt – even working her way between my toes and the palms of my hands. The circular movements really got the blood pumping, great for reducing any dreaded cellulite. I could almost feel the layers of dead skin and toxins being roughly released from my body. It was very satisfying indeed.
I’ve forgotten to mention that the scrub is bright blue, which was quite a shock! I hadn’t realised until I opened my eyes to take a shower and caught sight of myself in the mirror. With a white towel wrapped around my head, realised I looked just like a Smurf (or a Smurfette, I should say).
Once, clean it was time for the honey. Have you ever been covered neck to toe in 100 per cent pure honey? Imagine! What a total indulgence. It was so soothing and luxurious after the salt scrub. I felt like Queen Bee.
My skin was so unbelievable soft afterwards. If I’d needed a hot guy on the beach to rub sun lotion on my back, I’d have had no qualms in asking!
But, if you only try one treatment, choose the hot stone massage. Wow. Ninety minutes of total heaven. The stones, which are perfectly smooth and fit perfectly in the palm of the hand, are heated in boiling water. Several were placed along the length of my spine, while the therapist used others covered in warm rosemary oil to work out the knots in my body.
I loved every minute in the spa. It’s a relaxing oasis with a fresh, pastel green decor (a colour that naturally evokes feelings of calm and serenity), rattan furniture, trickling water features, exotic flowers and towels folded up like swans.
But, I couldn’t spend all day in there. There were others things to do at Misibis Bay – lots in fact!
Diving, boat trips, outings to nearby sites and cities, jet skiing, swimming with whale sharks (depending on the season). It’s all going on.
I opted for kayaking and paddle boating and was even coaxed onto the zip wire. With my terrible co-ordination I thought I’d be terrible at all three, but I surprised myself and really enjoyed them all. Places like this are great for discovering interests and talents you didn’t know you had.
With its stunning location and exclusive facilities – which also include several pools, a casino, ballroom, a pool and table tennis room, a fully-equipped gym and the much-used videoke room, there are many things to appreciate at Misibis Bay. But, for me, the service was the best part. The staff really were the stars of the show – always happy, eager to help, and eternally smiling. It really made the holiday.
Would I ever go back? Absolutely! There’s only one thing that would stop me – and that’s the feeling you get when you’ve had such a great time you’re scarred of going back and ruining the perfect memories you have.
Maybe one day, I’ll risk it….
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