This is an unbiased review. I am not in any way connected to Casa Ibiza or anyone from there. I will try my best to tell you exactly what to expect because all I read online prior to our weekend getaway left me with a lot of unanswered questions.
I've read more bad than good reviews about Casa Ibiza from several blogs and websites. However, when I saw the promo on a deal site about an overnight stay in a Deluxe Villa for 4 persons, I still purchased a couple of vouchers. I went with my family and my best friend’s family, a total of 8 persons, and we stayed in 2 side-by-side villas for the night. Casa Ibiza is just less than an hour away from Cubao, Quezon City. It’s so easy to get there. It’s not really in the middle of nowhere. If you have Waze on your phone, there’s no way you’d get lost.
I’m glad I took advantage of the promo. It was only P3499 for 1 voucher (good for 4 persons) which includes overnight accommodation, set dinner and set breakfast. Casa Ibiza is not exactly giving you what you pay for—they give you just a little bit over that. If I paid the actual price of P7000+ per Villa then maybe I would have regretted it. But with that huge discount, it was good enough.
Yesterday, a few hours prior to check-in time, I received a phone call from Casa Ibiza’s representative. They were offering 1 Grand Villa (3 bigger bedrooms) in exchange for the 2 Deluxe Villas we had. I didn’t take the offer just because I don’t like changing plans on the last minute. Yes, 6 bedrooms in total is a little too much for us, but we liked the fact that we had more than enough bathrooms (there are 2 bathrooms per Villa).
Deluxe Villa – Windows were a little bit difficult to open, some walls have worn off paint, sheets were not the whitest of white, and the air-conditioner on the third bedroom was a bit noisy. They could have centralized the air-conditioner or at least placed a fan in the living area. They could have also placed an extra TV in the master’s bedroom. Rooms were small and the bathrooms were not exactly pretty and didn’t have hot/cold shower. The master’s bedroom had a queen-sized bed, a huge closet, a bathroom and balcony. The 2 other rooms were little and had 1 single bed each. It was tolerable—P3499 for 4 persons with meals is way too cheap if you’re expecting a 5-star type accommodation. I’ve seen worse than this.
Swimming Pool – There were 2 swimming pools, 1 which was just 2 feet deep and kids love it. The second was a deeper pool (4 to 5 feet). These aren’t very big swimming pools but they were big enough. We didn’t have to swim side by side with other guests so that was fine. On our first day, there were a lot of leaves on the pool and we asked the people from the resort to clean up. It took time before they did because there were few staff present that day. These are just leaves though, so it’s really fine. It’s not like you have to swallow those leaves when swimming. There wasn’t much chlorine too which is what I really like. I didn’t have to get out of the water with extra-sticky hair and even though the sun was high, we didn’t get all that dark—we usually get that when there’s too much chlorine in the water.
Cabanas and lounge areas – In photos, these are way prettier. The place could use a little bit more cleaning and the staff could at least place the pillows on the lounge areas in the right places so people could enjoy it more. But then again, guests just go out of their villas to swim. They stay inside where it’s cooler when they just want to hang out. However, the entire look of the resort could be improved if only these areas were maintained more.
Dining area – This area is surrounded by the two swimming pools and it looked lovely. Though there were a few insects at night time, it was fine since these weren’t cockroaches. There wasn’t a staff present at all times at the counter so there were a couple of times when I had to wait a few minutes until I can finally order. There were fabric/cushioned chairs which don’t belong there. I mean, these chairs make the overall look or the dining area more charming but if you consider the fact that a lot of people sit there after getting off the pool and all wet. If you’re dry, you’d hate it if you happen to sit on one of those wet chairs.
Food – So most of the bad reviews I read about the resort was about the food. Here’s what I honestly think—you can’t expect a BigMac when you paid for a “Kanto Burger”. Don’t expect a P1000 plate when you paid for a budget meal. The menu only had a few items available so there’s really not much to order. Everything else was out of stock. When we first ordered, there was no ice yet. They said they’re waiting for it to be delivered. So we opted to wait instead and order later. If I remember it right, they only had iced tea, orange juice and beer available. This is somehow a disappointment because we didn’t bring in anything else other than water because of the corkage fee.
Dinner time, we had lechon kawali with bagoong and grilled chicken set meals for our group. There were only 3 pieces of lechon kawali per plate and the pork was a little hard. The bagoong on top of it was a little too spicy for the kids. The chicken (large portion) wasn’t cooked too well. However, since we were warned by online reviews about the food they serve, we ordered extras in advance. We had pansit, liempo and sisig which weren’t the best, but again, good enough. Even if we didn’t enjoy the food as much, we didn’t go hungry.
Breakfast time, we had ham and longganisa. The ham was good, the longganisa was okay.
Food conclusion – the best part is we didn’t go hungry and since we already expected the worst, we weren’t really disappointed. Hopefully, Casa Ibiza could stock up on food items though. It would have been a more pleasant experience (and more income from them) if they had more choices to offer.
By the way, I read that there’s no corkage for water, biscuits and chips. So we brought enough just to make sure we don’t go hungry. There’s a refrigerator inside each villa so we had enough cold water throughout our stay. Beer was affordable at only around P60 per bottle so it was okay if we didn’t have to bring alcohol in.
Landscape and surroundings – Again, the place could use a little more cleaning and the grass could also be trimmed for a better look. Overall, it was beautiful.
CONCLUSION – Should you go there? If you expect more than what you pay for and you are used to 5-star resorts and hotels, don’t. You won’t enjoy it. Are the photos Photoshopped? Of course, almost all photos you’d see online from any hotel or resort are Photoshopped but Casa Ibiza looks quite the same with what you see on the photos only a little older and dirtier. Don’t be ignorant and expect those photos come to life because this is reality.
Because we had the people we loved the most with us during our trip, we had a great time. The staff were nice to us maybe because we were nice to them. The resort could use a lot of improvement but ultimately, we enjoyed ourselves. The most important part in every trip we have is to make sure we are comfortable. As long as the air-con is working, the water is flowing, the sheets are clean and the staff are kind, we are satisfied. One must not blame the resort for their own miseries—if you’re happy with the people you are with and you make that choice that you will have fun and let go of the little imperfections, then you will have an awesome time.
I believe that the key to a good vacation is preparation—we brought everything we need from towels to soap and shampoo, first aid kit, water, etc. We didn’t have a difficult time at all.
I highly recommend Casa Ibiza for those who are not too demanding and dependent on other people for their own happiness and satisfaction. Ours was quite a hassle-free weekend. ;)
P.S. I am a freelance writer from Manila, Philippines. Of course, I didn’t tell the people from the resort that I will write about them because I wanted to get the real experience so I can share it with all of you. I will write and post more photos about our Casa Ibiza experience in my blog within the week (ronamariecruz.blogspot.com).
- Also Known As:
- Casa Ibiza Resort & Events Place Hotel Antipolo City
- Casa Ibiza Resort And Events Place