Alibyo Boutique Spa: A Traditional Filipino Spa Experience

Alibyo Boutique Spa

It’s past 5 PM when I arrived at Alibyo Boutique Spa, without knowing what spa service I should get but excited nonetheless to pamper myself anew. I have been preoccupied with career and charity work these past few weeks so finding a time for this out of my busy schedule is already a luxury for me.

So let’s get started, shall we?

 

Happy Hour Special

Right before entering the spa, you’ll find their ad prominently displayed outside, promoting their 20% happy hour discount special.

From what I’ve learned, the term “happy hour” is commonly used in bars and restaurants to market their alcoholic drinks at reduced prices on a certain period time during the day (usually later afternoon to early evening).

I think it’s rather weird to use it on a spa but if I get to save a few bucks for the same service, who am I to complain?

Alibyo Boutique Spa - Happy Hour Special

20% discount on all their spa services. I’m just in time.

Alibyo means “Relief” in Bisaya

Here in Cebu City, it’s very rare to find spas that offer authentic Filipino spa and wellness services. Most only offer the typical Thai, Swedish and Japanese (shiatsu) but Filipino-style therapy like “hilot” is usually sidelined to folk healers in secluded part of the province.

But I’m glad that there are a few exceptions like Alibyo Boutique Spa who dared to rise above the crowded spa industry by promoting something uniquely Filipino. What’s interesting is that all their services are called in Visaya with an English equivalent, such as Hilot (oiled body massage), Pisil (dry body massage), Bang-gud (foot spa) and Lugod (body scrub), to name a few.

Alibyo Boutique Spa

All their spa services have Visayan names like Hilot, Pisil and Bang-gud

Foot Reflexology and More

Since I usually have a body massage, today I’m going for foot reflexology to bring relief to my hardworking feet. It’s only P250 and with 20% off, it will only cost me P200. Not bad, right?

Before we got started, my masseuse washed my feet in a huge brown bowl of lukewarm water and scrubbed them with coffee ground. Yes, you heard me, they used coffee on my feet. Amazing!

Alibyo Boutique Spa

She then ushered me inside which felt more like being led to an old haunted Spanish mansion because it is eerily quite and dark inside with only a few patches of light to guide me. I was a little creeped out, to be honest.

I settled in one of their huge leather reclining chairs while my masseuse massaged each foot with oil and long firm strokes to loosen up the toes down to the heel. She would alternately press the end of a wooden stick to stimulate the back of my feet and release tension particularly on the reflex points. As a bonus, she also did a short dry massage on my arms, neck and back which is more than I could ask for.

For those who are not familiar with foot reflexology, each reflex point on your feet corresponds to a specific area of the body. For example, the tips of the toes is massaged to stimulate the head and neck area–eyes, ears, nose and mouth. I’m not going to discuss in full details as to what organ is connected to which area of the foot but if you want to know more, click here.

 

Feeling Relieved here at Alibyo Boutique Spa

When I had a foot reflexology at Patria de Cebu last year, I remembered squirming in pain but thankfully, I had none of that experience here in Alibyo. In fact, today’s experience was not really out-of-this-world spectacular but it still managed to effectively bring comfort and relief for my feet, one of the often abused part of the body. I like the way my masseuse would ask me if the massage was okay or if it needs more pressure. I went home with a big smile on my face, ready to walk again with my brand-new feet.

For those who are interested to book an appointment with Alibyo Botique Spa, you may call them at (032)418-1810. They are located at the ground floor of RCDC Bldg., Gov. Cuenco Aven., Banilad, Cebu City near the Talamban Flyover and Banilad Town Center.

 ©Cebu Spa and Wellness Guide. All rights reserved.

Jazmine

Hi there and thank you for visiting this blog. I’m Jazmine, a free-spirited life traveler whose quintessential pursuits involve searching for the best spa experience in Cebu and beyond. This blog is where I share my reviews, tips, how-to tutorials, interesting articles related to spa, wellness and health.

19 Responses

  1. Ashley says:

    I pass this spa everyday! I was always curious about what the service there was like. Now I’m even more motivated to go haha

  2. faith says:

    i love going to massage parlor and pamper my self whenever possible or to have a good sleep at night… looking forward to visit this one … 🙂

  3. Rea says:

    Interesting! I’d like to try that soon. I haven’t tried any spa! LOL. When my body is sore, I usually just sleep through the day or night. Hehehe

  4. From the city going home to Talamban, I always see this. I really thought Alibyo’s a surname or what, but now I know Haha P200 is not that bad, but in our province it’s only P20 and you just need to bring the oil and the towels 🙂

    • Jazmine says:

      Yes, me too, I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve passed by this spa whenever I travel to and from the Talamban area but I was only able to visit it recently and I’m glad I did.

  5. OMG! I need to detox and revitalize myself quick! 🙁 Thanks for sharing this 🙂 Back when I was in Bluewater Sumilon, I was able to sample the offerings of Amuma Spa as their practice dummy. haha! 🙂

    • Jazmine says:

      Yeah, you should pamper yourself from time to time. No harm in doing that. 🙂 Btw, thank you for mentioning about Amuma Spa. I’m going to add it to the spas I’m going to visit soon.

  6. Mac says:

    Where exactly is this spa located? Thanks for sharing btw.

  7. Anne says:

    This one’s near my best friends house! I might as well suggest this to her considering she’ll need the relaxation when med school begins.

  8. Vernon Go says:

    I have trust issues, so I really can’t see myself getting into a spa, lie down and be massaged on. However I am fine with sitting massages.

    • Jazmine says:

      I totally understand. Going to a spa to unwind is not really for everyone. Yeah, reflexology, foot massage and head massage would be great for you.

  9. Kiat Cebu says:

    Hala, duol rani sa amo-a. Ma try daw ni beh.
    Kusgan ilang mga masahista, Jas?

    • Jazmine says:

      Dili man kaayo, Jeph. Sakto lang. My massage therapist at that time kay mangutana sha if kusog or dili ang pressure before sha padayon og masahe, which is a plus for me, kaysa mo-derecho lang og pislit ba.

  10. Emjae says:

    I was right, Alibyo means Relief…heheh that always comes to my mind everytime I pass this in Banilad. Ohh how I miss getting a foot reflexology. Hope to check it out on happy hours. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*