Travel, w/ AirBNB

Travelling to Ronda, Cebu For An Overnight Stay @ Les Maisons D’Itac


The Main House with the common sala, bar, kitchen & pool table.
The Main House with the common sala, bar, kitchen & pool table.

Last year, we went out of Cebu to the land of mystic, Siquijor, to celebrate our 6th anniversary as Migo & Miga. This weekend to celebrate our 7th year together, we just traveled 3 hours away from Cebu City to reached the less explored & visited municipality of Cebu – Ronda. Why less explored? Because when I googled Ronda, there were few to nothing written about it.

Bamboo house!!! Maison Ulysse!
Bamboo house!!! The bed of Maison Ulysse caught me first but unfortunately it was already booked! Good thing AirBNB suggested Studio Poseidon, our room for the night.

When I told the husband we were off to Ronda, he paused and crinkled his head with his usual where-the-hell-is-Ronda look and asked me where to ride a bus to Ronda. Silence followed. In my excitement to have found a place and being able to claim my AirBNB credits, I totally forgot the logistics.

The villa with it's own pool adorned with big shells plus a bamboo shower! Just wow!
Villa Penelope with private pool adorned with big shells plus a bamboo shower! Just wow!

The Room
I was very impressed & happy with how the room looked. The towel swans & the flowers on the bed were quite romantic. Despite being famished, I hurriedly took pictures. I think the husband was quite happy as well since he didn’t nag when I wanted to have more pics. 😀

Our room is beside the main house. The bed is amazing right? And they even had some Kalachuchi on it. Wew!
Our room(Studio Poseidon) is beside the main house. The bed is amazing right? And they even had some Kalachuchi on it. Wew!

Here’s how to get to Ronda:
Go to South Bus Terminal and ride a bus at Door 10. Ronda is the town before Moalboal. I just noticed that on the doors at the terminal have labels of the town that they can pass.

Go to Door 10 at South Bus Terminal!
Go to Door 10 at South Bus Terminal!
And yes, the husband does this EVERY TIME! Goofyy-ing! :P
And yes, the husband does this EVERY TIME! Goofyy-ing! 😛
Even the sink has flowers. :D The towel swan is just so sweet & of course, I love the shelled mirror and the shell decorations!!!
Even the sink has flowers. 😀 The towel swan is just so sweet & of course, I love the shelled mirror and the shell decorations!!!

Because of the wedding, we didn’t really plan anything nice but as usual, I just can’t let our anniversary pass without doing anything special. Good thing I was able to find Les Maison. It was priced at 103$, a little pricey but I just love the bed so much. The room looks very romantic too. It was love at first sight. Besides, I have a 50$ referral bonus to spend. Yay!

The husband was especially cute & goofy this time. He actually asked me to take this picture. I was sooo happy to oblige. But later on he realized, he's  change of mood. :P
The husband was especially cute & goofy this time. He actually asked me to take this picture. I was sooo happy to oblige. But later on he realized, his change of mood. 😛

Where did I get the 50$ AirBNB credit:
You see I just love AirBNB so much so when I learned about it, I shared it to friends. I was very fortunate cause two of them used the 25$ credit I gave them, which gave me a 25$ per person as reward. Isn’t it just amazing? I hope more people will use AirBNB when they travel cause it’s really very convenient plus you get to see places that aren’t usually known but very beautiful ones like Les Maison.

Ahh quite the model. And yes, he brought his trekking backs just to fit in 2 big board games...haha! Agricola & City of Iron! :P
The view of our room(Studio Poseidon) with the handsome model. And yes, he brought his trekking backpack just to fit in 2 big board games…haha! Agricola & City of Iron!

The full name of the place is Les Maison D’Itac. After dinner on Saturday, we were very fortunate to have spent a while talking to the manager of the place. We exchange stories of our hosting experiences and more of the place’s history.

The cottage in front of the pool. It was so tempting to lounge but we still have lots of spots to see & camwhore. Next time! We'll surely do it next time!
The cottage in front of the pool. It was so tempting to lounge but we still have lots of spots to see & camwhore. Next time! We’ll surely do it next time!

The room we occupied was a duplex type accommodation. The entire place was big with 2 other rooms (the one beside us & the bamboo room) and 2 very beautiful villas with 3 rooms on each villas. When we arrived, we were picked up by a mini-van. The place is around 10-15 minutes ride from the main road. We passed by some local dwellings and a tourist destination Kasadya Aqua Park.

Chillin like a boss!
Chillin like a boss!

Upon arrival, we were ushered to the main house where our lunch was prepared. The bamboo furniture, the wood floor and the shell decorations of the main house caught my attention almost immediately. We were greeted by the manager Bryan and the help, Ate Rose. We are then told to settle to our room first.

The husband admiring the framed shell decorations both inside & outside the houses. These ones are found at the back of the main house.
The husband admiring the framed shell decorations both inside & outside the houses. These ones are found at the back of the main house.

The Entire Place

The common pool beside the main house.
The common pool beside the main house with hammocks & cottages to lounge around!

We had fried chickens & egg plants for lunch. I love the egg plants so much, I had to ask the husband’s share. After the meal, we went to roam the entire place. We visited the 2 villas but only had a peek of Villa Penelope since the other villa was occupied. Later at the after dinner chat, we learned that Ms. Joy from AirBNB was the one renting the villa. We knew her from last year’s meetup at Anzani. What a coincidence. AirBNB is making the world small indeed. Ms. Joy saw us the while we were playing Agricola after breakfast the next day. We had a quick chat & she gave us AirBNB trinkets. Yay!!!

the_villa
View of the villa! It has its own pool, big grounds & relaxing tables & sala sets.

The husband was quite impressed with the place and so was I of course. He even mentioned how I got so lucky being able to find it. The villas have 3 rooms, their own pool and grounds. We kept repeating how it was a perfect place for team building & outings. The place was very ideal for relaxing, talking & chilling with friends. It has this vacationey & relaxed vibe. After a while of roaming and checking each and every nook, the husband commented that this wasn’t a resort. The place feels like some rich man’s vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life. He then gave me an assignment to ask Bryan about its history.

the_villa_grounds
But of course, our mandatory timed shot. 😀
the_villa_miga
This cottage beside the villa is just so nice. I could see myself lying in here just doing nothing. 😛 Feeling senyorita, eh!
the_villa_migo
I just so love the villa!

When each and every stones are turned & camwhored, we decided that it’s time to bath. Unfortunately, the sea was on low tide. He teased me again for not being able to bath in the sea. I retaliated by saying that it’s OK ’cause being at such a beautiful place is more than enough. Les Maison topped my expectations indeed.

This was supposed to be our accommodation but was already booked. The room is on the 2nd floor with common area  below.
This was supposed to be our accommodation but was already booked. The room is on the 2nd floor with common area below.
Playing with the coconut in front of the bamboo house.
Playing with the coconut in front of the bamboo house.
POOL TIME!!!
POOL TIME!!! Used our water camera this time. It has been unused for so long!

Dinner Time
After swimming, we went for a nap and told the house help to serve dinner @ 8 PM. And yes, we were really on a somewhat feeling rich mode there. Haha! It was a happy weekend where we just camwhored, chatted, played board games & swam. Ahhhhh! Gotta have more weekends like that. 😀 I had a whole fish for dinner. It was so yummy I took my time eating. Suddenly, the wind got stronger & then rain followed. It was very cold so we opt to stay inside the bar where our desserts were served. If the husband and I were drinkers it would have been the best time to drink. While we are eating, Bryan accompanied us. Time to do my assignment. 😀

The beach. See the dog in the picture, thats Itac. He was accompanying us as we roam the beach.
The beach. See the dog in the picture, thats Itac. He was accompanying us as we roam the beach.

Les Maison D’Itac
The place was named after the Dog, Itac. I wasn’t able to mention it but while we are roaming the place, the dog went with us. Maybe he was trying to make us feel welcomed as well. And the husband was right. It was not a resort but a french vacation house. Until 2013, the place was only receiving guests who were friends with the owner. When he died sometime in 2013 from complications of his many ailments, it was then that the 2 children decided to have the place rented, but only enough to support the maintenance of Les Maison. No wonder the place was spotless & very well maintained.

If we stayed longer, this hammock beside the pool would surely be my favorite spot.
If we stayed longer, this hammock beside the pool would surely be my favorite spot.
These foot path to the main house is just very cool with the stones!
This foot path to the main house is just very cool with the stones!

For 2 years, Les Maison has been receiving guests but mostly recommendations and from trip advisor. They are an AirBNB newbie as well. Bryan talked about hosting horrors of which we were very happy to listen.

By July, we would have our anniversary in AirBNB hosting our M&M Condo. It was quite fun and we are very thankful to God that we were given mostly nice guests. Happy to be serving our 18th as of now. 🙂 And of course, thankful to Mye for sharing AirBNB to us. I’m extending the favor by sharing to more of of my friends. AirBNB rocks!!! Hosting with AirBNB helps us fund our wedding last March.

Why Visit Les Maison?
If you ever feel like taking a day off with your monotonous routine, take some time away from the city, and splurge on a romantic room & prepared meal, and experience how the rich relax, visit Les Maison. This is not a resort but a vacation house where you can swim at your own pool, enjoy the sea and taking things slowly. That and more. Visit now to know more. 🙂

Spending our anniversary in Les Maison was a blast. Thankful to have paid 37$ only in AirBNB booking and another 50$ for our meals. Weeeee! All expense paid by our dwindling condo funds. Lol Ahhhh! Loving the wanderfull life!!!

Played City of Iron after dinner chat & Agricola after breakfast!
Played City of Iron after dinner chat & Agricola after breakfast!
Finally, the beachhhhh!!!
Finally, the beachhhhh!!!

After Dinner & Chat
When the wind subsided & the rains turned to drizzle, the husband and I decided that it’s board game time. We played City of Iron in the main house. The big tables were very tempting. It would be a pity not to use its beauty. Halfway through the game, we noticed a commotion. A guy was ushered by the guard into one of the cottages. Bryan was quick to give us some update when he ran to get some change of clothes for him. Because the husband kept on reprimanding me for being nosy, I totally forgot about asking Bryan what happened to the guy when we left. 😦 Hope he was alright. Due to the strong winds, he was swept to Ronda from Negros. Good thing he was alright and was carried by the current to Les Maisons.

Foot
Foot way to the villa with guests!

Sunday Morning
Despite the husband’s protest, we slept at around 2 AM. He was sulking ’cause he still wanted to play Agricola. But I was very sleepy already. I spent all my energy thinking of how to win in City of Iron, of which I did. Haha! We woke up at 10 AM. While waiting for our breakfast to be prepared, we started playing Agricola. We finished playing around 12 with me losing at my favorite game.

Enjoying the hammock with Negros on the background!
Enjoying the hammock with Negros on the background!
The pool was inviting but the sea was more fun!
The pool was inviting but the sea was more fun!

We then changed into our swimming attires, ready for the pool only to be surprised that the sea was high tide. Yay!!! I was finally able to taste sea water after almost a year. Weeee!

When we had our fill, we prepared and was ready to end our most relaxing weekend EVER at 3 PM! 3 hours after, we were back in Cebu City with more love than we had the day before. Cheers to more years of being Migo & Miga! We might had become Mister & Misis already yet still we are always and forever will be, Migo & Miga! 🙂

Want to visit? Click on the link to see AirBNB listing.
Studio Poseidon (where we stayed)
Studio Calypso (our neighboring room)
Maison Ulysse (the room that I wanted first)
Villa Pénélope (the villa where we had our pictures)
Villa Télémac (the occupied villa)

Itac looking at the house!
Itac looking at the house!
Hello, Itac! Thank you for being very friendly!!!
Hello, Itac! Thank you for being very friendly!!!
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