Then came all the competition, resorts sprouted in all directions and the fight for space and customers has never been intense. For a resort to stay in business this long and survive the onslaught of competition, one has to continuously evolve and reinvent itself to give reasons for customers to keep coming back. That's what CRISTINA VILLA MOUNTAIN RESORT AND HOTEL, formerly Villa Cristina, has done.
The resort, taking pride in its Mediterranean theme, is a little off the city center of Antipolo but still accessible via well paved road. The location might not be that strategic but this gives the resort it one of its key advantage, the uninterrupted view of Metro Manila below and its ever vibrant skyline.
To be honest, I googled photos and blogs about the resort and what I found didn't elicit much excitement. But we decided to give it a try anyway one Sunday afternoon. I was surprised at what I saw, not the wooooooo wow kind of thing but the place is really far better in person than what you see online.
At the entrance, you will greeted by a 22-room hotel which they are expanding to 40+ rooms. Since there was a large group which just checked out when we came, our room needed more time to be readied. I will go back to describing it later because we first toured the resort while waiting to check in.
Not too sprawling and not too compact either. Just the right space so as not to get too tired going around and at the same time not feel crowded. The fact that it is on a cliff side gives it the multi-level and multi-dimentional effect. The two main pools for example (kiddie pool and adult pool) are situated on the lower section right behind the hotel.
Other than the other pools sectioned with kiddie pool, there is one entirely for kids. You are sure kids will not only enjoy the slides and other activities in it, you will also be confident they are safe to go around it all they want. We brought with us two kids and they had a fun time in this section while me and my wife cheerfully looked after them.