Posts Tagged ‘bicol’

Misibis Bay!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The main reason for my trip to Legaspi is I did an ocular visit to the MISIBIS BAY resort.  I was tasked to design the uniforms of the staff, so they flew me in so that I may get a feel of the place! When I drove up, I was filled with anticipation because I have seen the drawings of the resort and from the drawings alone, I could feel that this was something that appealed to my aesthetic.

The resort is located along the Misibis Bay on a sprawling island that has really majestic views!  When I visited the place, it was 80% complete.  Even at that point, I could already feel that this is going to be a must- see destination in the Philippines!  The resort will be managed by Rain Tree group, the same group that has been receiving massive raves from other resorts like Discovery Shores in Boracay, Camp John Hay in Baguio, and the Discovery in Tagaytay.

The Resort opens on May 1 and they have a promo already listed in their website at www.misibisbay.com  For all of you adventure buffs, this is the place to go!  I encourage you to come and be the first to visit this beautiful property!  I guarantee that you won’t regret it!

Since the main entrance was still in its finishing stages we entered to the  side.  This was the kids pool are.

Since the main entrance was still in its finishing stages, we entered from the side. This was the kids pool area.

 This is the kind of views that you will be getting when you visit the MISIBIS BAY resort.

This is the kind of view that you will be getting when you visit the MISIBIS BAY resort.

This is the main pool area!

This is the main pool area!

 They have 20 villas around the resort and these are the villas in the back.

They have 20 villas around the resort and these are the villas in the back.

I was really inspired when I visited the rooms as I am in the works to do my dream beach home and this was the kind of look that I was aiming at!  Don't you just love the large glass sliding doors and mirrors?

I was really inspired when I visited the rooms, as I am in the works to do my dream beach home and this was the kind of look that I was aiming at! Don't you just love the large glass sliding doors and mirrors?

I was really inspired when I visited the rooms as I am in the works to do my dream beach home and this was the kind of look that I was aiming at!  Don't you just love the large glass sliding doors and mirrors?

The entrance of one of the villas. VERY CHIC INDEED!

 The entrance of one of the villas.  VERY CHIC INDEED!

This is how the room looks like! I am loving the clean lines and soothing colors! Mind you, this is not yet done and they still have to add some finishing touches.

Another view of the room.

Another view of the room.

 The bathrooms are also very modern and minimal.  I LIKE!

The bathrooms are also very modern and minimal. I LIKE!

 The villas are linked by a large pool lagoon.  I love the fact that each room leads to a swimming area just a few steps away.  The pool was so inviting!

The villas are linked by a large pool lagoon. I love the fact that each room leads to a swimming area just a few steps away. The pool was so inviting!

There are also some waterfront villas like this one!

There are also some waterfront villas like this one!

 I really cannot wait to visit Misibis again and stay in this villa!  Imagine waking up to the sunrise on this balcony?  HAAAAY!

I really cannot wait to visit Misibis again and stay in this villa! Imagine waking up to the sunrise on this balcony? HAAAAY!

 This is where I want to read and have a foot massage!  I can just get lost in the vista!

This is where I want to read and have a foot massage! I can just get lost in the vista!

 Another water side villa!

Another water side villa!

 I felt so sad when I had to leave!

I felt so sad when I had to leave!

 The have a small beach in front of the resort and I found this curious looking tree!  I thought it was beautiful and scary at the same time!

The have a small beach in front of the resort and I found this curious looking tree! I thought it was beautiful and scary at the same time!

 This is the interiors of the main cafe of the resort!

This is the interior of the main cafe of the resort!

 They had these interesting ceiling lights that reminded me of my LEGO  as a child.  LOL!

They had these interesting ceiling lights that reminded me of my LEGO as a child. LOL!

 You can rent out their chopper if you want and have a quick zip around the area.  This is a super cool way of visiting the Mayon volcano, you can really see the crater up close.

You can rent out their chopper if you want and have a quick zip around the area. This is a super cool way of visiting the Mayon volcano, for you can really see the crater up close.

 We took a speed boat back to the city it was really fun!

We took a speed boat back to the city it was really fun!

 The speed boat ride gave us amazing views of the Mayon volcano during sunset.

The speed boat ride gave us amazing views of the Mayon volcano during sunset.

 The outside dining area of the resort.

The outside dining area of the resort.

 Another view of the interiors of the cafe!

Another view of the interiors of the cafe!

 Ferdi Salvador is the "Director of Style" for the raintree resort group ( Don't you just love his job title?)   Thanks for the lovely weekend Ferdi!

Ferdi Salvador is the "Director of Style" for the Raintree resort group ( Don't you just love his job title?) Thanks for the lovely weekend, Ferdi!

HUGS!
RAJO!

Magayon Mayon!

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

In the Bicolano dialect, “magayon” means beautiful!   I was there for the weekend and had a really BEAUTIFUL experience!  It is not my first time in Legaspi. I have visited the place before.

Each time I would visit, I would do a couple of activities, as there is really a lot to see and do in this part of the Philippines.  Top of mind is whale shark swimming in Donsol.  (YOU ALL MUST DO THIS!) It is a really unforgetable sensation to be swimming with these gentle giants!  Another activity is to climb the majestic Mayon Volcano, where you can actually do an ATV ride and see the lava bubbling.  The region also has beautiful handicrafts and the basket weaving here is very impressive.

My only beef about Legaspi then was there was really no decent hotels for you to stay in.  I am happy to announce that things have changed!  I was so impressed and happy with my hotel in Legaspi that you all must come and visit!  The hotel is called VENEZIA.  (Lower those eyebrows.) I know the name is cheesy, but the service was just sublime!  The hotel was completely renovated and is now managed by the Rain Tree group, the same group who does Discovery Shores in Boracay and most of the Dicovery properties!  I stayed there only for a night as I had to visit another resort called MISIBIS BAY.  ( I will do an entry about that next. )

The breakfast buffet alone is already worth the visit!  I am a congee man!  I love congee and they had the best congee that I have ever had in a really long time!  Here is a pictionary of my visit!

 My flight arrived at 7:!5 am!  It only takes 45 minuts to get to Legaspi!  The Mayon volcano was very clear that morning.  Usually it is hidden by clouds.  I saw this as a good sign that I would having a great weekend get away!
My flight arrived at 7:!5 am. It only takes 45 minuts to get to Legaspi! The Mayon volcano was very clear that morning. Usually, it is hidden by clouds. I saw this as a good sign that I would having a great weekend getaway!

 HELLO MAYON!  It has this perfect cone shape that makes it so iconic.
HELLO MAYON! It has this perfect cone shape that makes it so iconic.

 The facade of VENEZIA hotel!  FInally a chic boutique hotel to make everyones stay more comfortable!
The facade of VENEZIA hotel! Finally, a chic boutique hotel to make everyone’s stay more comfortable!

 My room was simple and neat!   I loved the size of the bed, it is smaller than a queen but larger than a twin.  The sheets were very comfortable too!
My room was simple and neat! I loved the size of the bed, which was smaller than a queen but larger than a twin. The sheets were very comfortable too!

 The room was very compact but perfect for me as I was all alone, it would have been different if we were two.
The room was very compact, but perfect for me as I was all alone. It would have been different if we were two.
 The hotel has lots of paintings around and this Gus Albor caught my eye.
The hotel has lots of paintings around, and this Gus Albor caught my eye.

 We drove around town and I was happy because the weather was just wonderful!
We drove around town and I was happy because the weather was just wonderful!
This ferry would take us across the bay to take us to Misibis island.
This ferry would take us across the bay to take us to Misibis island.
 Wild flowers abound!  Yellow really makes me smile!
Wild flowers abound! Yellow really makes me smile!
 I am glad that I took that morning shot of the Mayon volcano because for the rest of my visit the clouds were hiding her.
I am glad that I took that morning shot of the Mayon volcano because for the rest of my visit, the clouds were hiding her.
This is the entire town of Legaspi!

This is the entire town of Legaspi!

HUGS!
RAJO!