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 VILLAS 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.
There are also 10 open villas and 10 open villas with loft at the resort.
I noticed that there a good deal of shower rooms and restrooms for the general guests and this is important because many of those who go here are for day trips or overnight swimming.
Coming in a large group? Worry not about parking. There is enough space for that.^^
Speaking of large groups, CristinaVilla has several function halls to accommodate convention needs. The one pictured below is the main convention hall and I noticed two others under renovation.
The hotel is a 5-story building with the underground being the lobby and reception section. Only two (2) of the lower floors are open while the upper two floors are still under interior construction. That brings the total rooms for now to 22. The lobby rustic and homey reflective of the resort's long presence in the business.
There are four (4) room type in the hotel--standard, couple's, family and suite. We stayed in a suite room with two beds --1 queen and 1 single with a pull out. We were with two kids so it was perfect. The room is different from the usual boxy-type rooms you see in many hotels in the Metro. This one is very spacious with nice brown tiles that I find appealing. Be careful with the floor though as it could get slippery when wet. The floor is consistent with the wooden wall accent on one side of the room. There is a flat screen cable tv, I am ok with the size although it would have been better if it is a few inches bigger and if there are more channel options.
Beautifully nestled at the heart of the resort is Cafe Cristina Bar and Resto. This means it is easily accessible from any point of the resort but still has its own sweet spot overlooking the lower half of the resort. The interior is consistent with the overall Mediterranean ambiance of the whole place. Another feel-good place where you will enjoy your meal at any given time of the day. This is where we had dinner and breakfast and the food was satisfactory.
The kids got fairly tired swimming in the afternoon so had dinner early. I wasn't expecting so much from the resort's restaurant but I was surprised that their food is good. The binagoongan meal is commendable. The clubhouse sandwich and the spaghetti we ordered for the kids were also good. Everybody happy.
Next to Cristina cafe is the KTV Room. For now it is the only ktv room in the resort but they are planning to construct more because it is popular with visitors. Why not, you have a cozy, private ktv room, airconditoned, good sound system and two microphones (perfect for duets) all for only 300 pesos per hour. 100 pesos per succeeding hour for up to 12 pax. Saan kapa. We sang our hearts out after dinner for almost two (20 hours. Even the kids who were manifesting during dinner that they are already sleepy stayed up with us until 10pm and enjoyed singing.
We started the day right with a heartyu breakfast at Cafe Cristina. Filipino favorites tocino, longganisa and bangus and good brewed coffee on the side. Red tea for the kids who were too excited to go back in the pool again while me and my wife rested for a while after breakfast in preparation for our massage at around 10 am.
THE GYM SPA
The availability of the spa at the resort means you have all that you need for in the resort. It's not just massage that you can avail of. They also offer other pampering like pedicure and foot spa. Should you want to burn those extra fats, they also have a gym at your disposal.
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