We stayed for 4 nights and were pretty much enchanted by this place. The experience starts with entering Spider House territory via a winding path through a sea-cave, which is pretty special! Overall the blogs are accurate - Spider House is very unique (though I’m not sure the word “resort” applies). If you want to be accommodated away from the major resort strip and are happy to forgo the usual “benefits” of generic resort style accommodation (aircon, windows, tiled/carpeted floors, large bed with inner-spring mattress, room safe, swimming pool etc), then Spider House is worth considering – it’s a bit like “Glamping” (glamorous/fancy camping).
We had room “A” which is located in the topmost part of this sprawling complex. It’s quite a climb to reach this room with the reward being substantial views from the (glassless) bedroom window (but no balcony/deck area to sit out on). The entire structure is made from bamboo, including the floors. The room and bathroom were clean and spacious, though the bathroom could do with the shower drainage being improved. This room has a small fridge and basic cooking equipment and facilities (which we didn’t use). The room had two fans which could be directed at the bed and we found this more than adequate for staying comfortably cool at night (even if there was aircon we would not have used it). The main plus with room A is that you are well removed from the central bar main hub, so it is very quiet except for when the generator is running (which is close to this room). Some diesel fumes seep into the room when the generator is running but this seems to be limited to short periods during the daytime when the grid power fails. It did not run at night during our stay and mostly we were out and about during the day so the impact was minimal. If we return to Spider House in the future we would book Bamboo Queen or suite with sea views as they seemed to be the best rooms with private bathrooms (some of the rooms have shared bathroom facilities).
The resort organised the transports to and from Caticlan Airport and this went very smoothly. All of the Spider House staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive. The food was excellent –fresh with a good variety. The central hub of the complex has a really good vibe, which in some ways is a downside because it attracts many people from outside of the resort who spend the whole day and well into the evening hanging out at Spider House (swimming, eating, drinking relaxing), often making it difficult for those staying at Spider House to be able to find a table to sit at for lunch or dinner. We did manage to have lunch a couple of times after waiting for a table to come free but never actually managed to be able to have dinner there, due to the place already being full of people. Luckily there were a few bar/restaurants very close by (right on the oceans edge) which is where we spent our evenings.
The swimming from the central hub is better on high tide than low tide (when it can get quite shallow). It is not the best swimming spot on the island by any means, but still serves as a novel resort “swimming pool”.
On our last night we had an excellent sunset sail on the resort boat “Spider”, taking a few cold beers along with us. It was totally magic and we thoroughly recommend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dive straight into the sea from our beachfront treehouse. Nestled on Diniwid Beach in Boracay and built literally over the sea. The Spider House enjoys a prime location, surrounded by clear waters and dazzling sunsets every night. All of our rooms are built in the traditional Filipino style with thatched roofs, using mainly bamboo and wood. They are spacious and come equipped with a fan and private balcony. Best of all are the views. There is a double bed in each room providing simple, comfortable accommodation for up to two people. Our Superior Rooms have their own private bathroom and shower with hot water in the rooms. We have free WiFi around the house so you can always keep in touch with the outside world and when you want to go swimming, you don’t have to go to the beach…the beach comes to you !!!Enjoy the various water activities like diving, snorkeling, sailing and kite surfing. Our terrace is ideal to relax and enjoy Boracay's tropical climate. The Spider House - a truly unique accommodation in a magical location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spider House Hotel Boracay