I traveled with a friend to Boracay this December to spend a few days eating, sleeping and relaxing on the beach. We chose the Boracay Regency because it seemed like an affordable option on White Beach near Station 2, but with the amenitites of a more expensive hotel.
When we arrived at the hotel, we had a pleasant experience with the front desk staff during the check-in process. The staff provided us with an overview of the sprawling resort and helped answer a few additional questions. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that the Regency offers free wifi in the lobby (and paid wifi in the rooms).
Our room was spacious and clean, although we had no views to speak of, which was fine by us given that we planned to spend very little time there. Additionally, the rooms were a bit dated, but not so much so as to ruin the experience or make us feel that we had overpaid. The bath amenities provided were great as well. Travelers be aware that you may find a few little bugs around the room and perhaps a lizard or two in the hallways. This is standard in the tropics and does not reflect on the cleanliness of the hotel itself.
The daily breakfast buffet was excellent and offered a variety of Filipino and Western breakfast options as well as a beautiful beach view. Definitely worth the money if breakfast is not included in your room rate.
White Beach of course speaks for itself in terms of beauty, but what makes the Regency special is that it has a private beach. The lounge chairs and shaded seating are for hotel guests only, and drinks and snacks can be delivered to you and charged to your room. The actual beach of course is "public" in that anyone can walk through or swim there, but we never felt that this part of the beach was overcrowded despite the fact that this was busy season.
After taking a tour of the island and walking along White Beach to see some of the other resorts, I was convinced that we were staying in the top mid-priced resort on the Island (obviously not in the same league as the Shangri-La, but better than the other mid-priced hotels).
Overall, the Boracay Regency Beach Resort is an excellent option for those looking to stay in a clean, comfortable, "Western" style beach resort and looking for the amenities of a more expensive hotel. The Regency offers nice rooms, several pools, many dining options (including the excellent Mesa - check it out!), private beach and spa. Definitely good bang for your buck!
Save yourself some money and don't bother trying to get a room with a view. There are views all...
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