Costa de Leticia Resort and Spa is located in Alegria, Cebu, Southern part of Cebu. It is roughly a three-hour drive from Cebu City.
I first knew about this resort from a picture posted on an online forum by a fellow amateur photographer who also went to the place. He posted a picture of the infinity pool shot at night. The picture was fairly good so there could be two reasons why it is so: (1) it could be that the place was really that beautiful or (2) the place was ordinary and he was just that good of a photographer. From those, I had to plan my trip to Costa de Leticia and check the place out.
I was intrigued with the place so I had to check out their site, and they do have a decent website with all the ample information you need about the place, contact number for bookings, accommodations, pictures and also the map on how to get to the place. The pictures on the gallery are not that flattering though, but there were few good shots but it really doesn’t hurt if they replace the pictures with better ones. I have seen better pictures from online buddies who has also dropped by their place. Going back to their website, for one, is good marketing for the place and that deserves five stars.
I sent a text message to the contact number posted on their website for a reservation and got a prompt reply confirming the reservation. Eventually we had to cancel the reservation for the next weekend and had to text them again and still got prompt replies for the confirmation of the reschedule of the reservation.
My girlfriend hates riding the bus so we had to take a V-hire (Van for hire) from Citilink Terminal to Moalboal, then from there, we took a Habal-habal (motorcycle) ride going to Costa de Leticia (Alegria). It took us more or less 3 hours and we could have saved time if there’s a V-hire that goes from Citilink directly Alegria, unfortunately, there is none. So its either you take the route we took or ride the Ceres Bus bound for Bato-Barili.
Upon arriving at the place, you’ll be greeted but the receptionist in their reception area (of course). My first impression, the place is beautiful. The sofa in the reception area looks really comfortable, how much more would the rooms be. We were shocked as the rooms that we reserved for is situated in the basement, still, we had to check it out.
The room was really spacious, with Cable TV, a queen-sized bed, enough space for extra mattresses, own cabinet, mini refrigerator with 2 free bottled water, airconditioning and CR with bathtub. This is by far the biggest room that I have been in, in a resort. The only problem I had with the room is the Cable TV because it only had 4 channels and the cable reception was snowy. Their WIFI connection does not reach the rooms so you’ll have to stay near the reception area to use the WIFI connection. They might as well consider changing WIFI channel to strengthen their WIFI signal so that guests would just stay in their rooms and enjoy WIFI.
The view outside from the balcony or outside the house to the pool is well-landscaped (if ever such description exists). With a bamboo-laden pathway to the pool, outdoor reclined bed and outdoor speakers for relaxing music while basking under the sun. The infinity pool was quite small (I was expecting a bigger one based on the pictures but it was just my eye that fooled me after reviewing the site’s pictures using the resort’s WIFI connection) but it was really beautiful. You get to see a 360-degree view from the mountain to the horizon fronting the pool, but you also get to see the neighboring houses beside Costa de Leticia which could be quite unpleasing to the eyes, nonetheless, the place is beautifully lanscaped. You can enjoy the cold water from the pool or swim in the open sea. We did not really try Costa de Leticia‘s other activities such as; hiking, snorkeling, dolphin watching, boating and waterfall touring. I took a number of pictures of the place when I was there. Here are 3 panoramic shots of Costa de Leticia.
The major setback about the place is the food. The food was expensive, or should I say, VERY EXPENSIVE (for my standard). Tinolang Manok with 3 small pieces of chicken meat is priced at 200. Not worth my moolah at all. If you plan to pig out, you can either ride the a trike or walk to the market. The market is a 10-minute walk away from Costa de Leticia which we did consider after trying their food and seeing the prices on the menu. Xi Shack Restaurant is also situated in near tha market so you can also try to check it out (though we were not able to visit the place since we went to the market ealy Sunday morning).
All in all, Costa de Leticia is a place worth staying and worth spending your money on (but you may want to check out the market for your food). More cable channels, stronger WIFI signal strength and cheaper food, then I would love to go back to the place and stay longer. They could get more interested guests if they improve on those things I mentioned. This informal review on Costa de Leticia will help those who are interested in visiting Costa de Leticia weigh things whether they would give Costa de Leticia a visit. I did recommend some friends to visit the place and they might visit within this month or next month (the resort’s owners might thank me because of this review in the future ^_^). The place is perfect for families and friends who want to bond, tourists who wants to relax, couples and honeymooners who want some intimate moments together.