First things first, I would like to say that my review might be a bit biased since it was my uncle who constructed this place and so, I was able to see the resort evolve.
I first went here during the summer of 2007 and back then, it only had about 5 rooms and was still on a soft opening. In fact, only 2 other families have stayed prior to me that time. I spent 8 out of the 10 days in Boracay West Cove as I joined 2 sets of friends in Boracay then. The staff were very nice not just to me but the other guests as well. I particularly loved the cabanas where I would kill time reading a book after a few hours of snorkeling. Staying at West Cove was definitely a different trip as compared to the main beach as it is very secluded and peaceful. During the low-tide, you need not swim to snorkel as the water is only waist deep.
When I came back in the summer of 2008, i was surprised, and a bit disappointed to find out that they had to cut out a part of the deck to put some sort of "blow-hole". My uncle explained that he had to do it since during the months of June - September, the waves get pretty bad it that it could compromise the stability of the structure. The wooden stairs that provide access to the reefs in front of the resort has also been replaced with concrete since a typhoon had washed it away.
2009 was a stark contrast to my previous stay here. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much bigger the resort had gotten. When my uncle gave me a tour of the newly added wings, he explained what he intends to put there. It was hard to appreciate since they had only started constructing those additions a week prior to me going there. That was when I found out that they planned on adding more rooms, a water sports access underneath the resort, a salt-water infinity pool, a concrete bridge connecting it to the islet in front (previous plan was just a hanging bridge) and the walkway to the private beach which was only previously accessible by walking along the reefs. That can get tricky during high tide because of the sharp edges and lastly, the much bigger rooms they had added for VVIP guests, one of which is rumoured to own West Cove.
Again, I would like to reiterate that in terms of service, the staff always provided me what I wanted since they know I'm the architect's nephew so other guests may have had a different experience. I also cannot comment as to the value for money since everything was free, lucky me!
The only downside to staying here would be its remote location that is why I suggest staying somewhere along the main beach first before going here.
Sadly, I am yet to see the completed project since I pretty much got sawa with Bora because I used to go twice a year, for weeks at a time, for four consecutive years.
Even though I haven't been back in more than 2 years, I am proud to have had the privilege of getting a preview of how Boracay West Cove was envisioned by its architect. Truly, this resort was the highlight and best work of my late uncle.
Spend about 3 nights at the main beach and cap your stay with 2 nights at West Cove to get the best...
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