A friend and I had the privilege of spending 8 days here over New Year 2013. Wow- it was amazing! I have been to a number of beautiful places in the world, but none can rival the beauty of Boracay.
Spider House is an experience in itself. It boasts the best views on the island and a friendly welcoming atmosphere, not to mention really really good food. Alan and his team really made us feel like part of the family.You could easliy spend your whole holiday lazing on the deck here. The water surrounding Spider House is crystal clear and warm and was my favourite swimming spot on the island. It is a short walk or tricycle ride to the rest of the island and a perfect base for exploring.
The food - OMG I gained at least 2kgs from the chocolate and mango pancakes! The kitchen was really accommodating and happy to deviate from the menu upon request. Don't be in a hurry for your food. Good food takes time - sit back and enjoy the deck while you wait.
Spider House is not your average hotel - all built from bamboo and wood with the sound of ghekos calling (no spiders). There is no airconditioning, so if luxury is your thing, this is not the place for you! I have seen reviews that have compared Spider House to camping - this is a myth, although I concede that you need to be a little adventurous to fully appreciate its quirky nature. We booked a suite which was very spacious with a sensational view which made up for the fact that facilities are basic (no television but you can stay connected with free wifi) Warning - the bamboo walls are thin and sound travels, so be prepared to get to know your neighbours well :)
I travelled with a friend, but would be very comfortable going back alone. It is very condusive to meeting fellow travellers without being creepy.
Would I go back? In a heatbeat - next time I'll stay an extra week though...