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“Great Staff and location; Restaurant is nothing special” 4 of 5 stars
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Friday's Boracay
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Station 1, White Beach, Central Hwy. | Pinaungon, Brgy. Balabag, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines   |  
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Ranked #37 of 136 Hotels in Boracay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great Staff and location; Restaurant is nothing special”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

My partner and I stayed in the premiere suite and it was absolutely lovely. While the prices were not that much cheaper than the Shangri-La, the service was great and Fridays really gives you that island resort type feel. We were impressed by the caliber of the beach and the location (nice and quiet), however we were annoyed by the amount of tourists that walk by the beach to take a picture of the Fridays sign (perhaps that should be moved to the other side of Fridays).

Despite the few items I will note below (as mere suggestions or points to be aware of), our holiday was sublime and Fridays really did make it a truly relaxing holiday. Friendly people, great beaches and good value for our money. Staff were also extremely helpful.

The restaurant food was mediocre at best - nothing fancy, and actually quite overpriced compared to the rest of the island. Drinks, too, were pricey. They should just keep them the same price as happy hour all day long (even though happy hour is three hours long).

The rooms were clean, although starting to show some age - a bit more pest control would be nice (ants) - although nothing alarming.

In March there is a change in water temperature and the ocean produces a lot of algae that is unsightly and also smelly. I think that if the hotel were to clean the base of the beach during low tide, and keep up with the maintenance they would be able to feature their star attraction (beautiful beaches).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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68 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

First Impressions: In keeping with its namesake Robinson Crusoe theme, the sojourner will be greeted by thatched-roof villas and tropical-paradise amenities. (Friday was the name given by Crusoe to the native he met and who later became his aide.) Ranging from £175 per night (for a Standard Deluxe room in Low Season -- Web Rate) up to £400 per night (for an upper level Premiere Suite in Peak Season -- Brochure Rate), it is slightly more expensive compared to its peers for its 4-star rating.

PROS: Location... location... location is its best feature. A huge beachfront property located at the northern end of Boracay Island (near Boat Station 1), it is much quieter, cleaner, more beautiful here than at any other stretch of sand on White Beach. Customer service is its second best asset. Everything from the planning correspondence, arranging transfers, organizing scuba diving trips, housekeeping, etc went without a hitch. Staff generally are friendly, helpful and accommodating. There is complimentary breakfast, free WiFi, swimming pool and a Friday BBQ buffet dinner for a dedicated carnivore to die for.

CONS: It is expensive, by local standards, and slightly so for tourists but nothing surprising for a 4-star resort. Unfortunately, the resort is already showing its age and may be on a slow decline. I may be wrong, but I feel like it's running on survival mode, so to speak, no doubt feeling the market pressure from the countless new "competition" sprouting around it.

Scuba tip: There is a relatively easy, shallow reef called Friday's Rock, consisting of a gigantic boulder just offshore from the resort between Diniwid and Virgin Drop sites. Named after Friday's Resort, it can be reached by a 10-min boat ride from Station 1. Owing to its calm condition, it is often used for OW scuba training and by beginners. Doubling as a fish-feeding station, Friday's Rock typically harbours the usual reef denizens: sweetlips, goat fishes, triggers, surgeons, tangs, snappers, garden eels and blue-spotted stingrays. It's a good place for learning underwater photography as well.

Verdict: Granted it is not the Shangri-La nor does it pretend to be, it is still a great place to stay if you wish to splurge on occasion. Recommended. Grade A-minus.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Almost every Easter Week we choose to stay at Fridays Boracay. It is on the quiet side of the beach in Boracay with an expansive stretch of white sand. The well trained waiters and housekeeping staff (who we see year in, year out! there is something to be said for such loyalty!)ensure that every cent spent is more than worth it! There is a new Italian chef, Chef Luciano who whips up the most delectable and sumptuous dishes at any guest's special request. For lunch today, Chef Luciano whipped up freshly bought lobster with garlic, herbs, Napoli-purchased tomatoes and pasta. Heaven!! Washed down with the refreshing frozen margarita, one's beach experience can't get any more memorable. The ladies can indulge in a manicure, pedicure and spa at the hands of caring masseuse. Additionally, there are a lots of activities to keep the kids busy such as diving, banana boat riding, para-sailing, amongst many others. Sadly, Fridays will be renovating later this year and will be closed for the next Easter Week but we're looking forward to the re-opening!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

With respect to other resorts nearby I think we spent a lot of money. But I believe that definitely worths..
Location is the best part of the beach..
Foot massage was the best I have experienced before.
Staff are very friendly and polite..
Also pick-up services from and to the airport is top class.

Room Tip: Try to book the nearest rooms to the beach..
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Great resort with white FINE sand at your doorstep, the beach is absolutely Beautiful with blue clear water, with a stunning Sunset. Old school thatched roofed bungalows Immaculately kept with white fine sand leading up to your doorway. Staff is very friendly and helpful which makes it more enjoyable. This is our second time here, and will be returning. The best time to come is March, April and May for the warmer days with no Rain just clear blue skies. This place is an absolute Gem.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Very friendly ,easy staff ,always there to help you.Delicious coctails.Signature massage at the spa is recommended.If you are looking for a more quiet and clean part of the island,this is one of the loveliest places to be.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We just had our wedding at Fridays and I would like to say that the service was excellent! The organization was great, and Francis the restaurant manager insured our day ran smoothly looked after all the small details.... Thank you!!!! What an amazing place, a beautiful set up and such friendly staff!!! Highly recommended for weddings!
Thank you
Erwin and Amanda

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Station 1, White Beach, Central Hwy. | Pinaungon, Brgy. Balabag, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
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Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Boracay
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Boracay
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Friday's Boracay 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our little piece of Paradise, home to Fridays Boracay, a resort with boundless opportunities for family adventure, productive meetings and memorable special events.Perfectly positioned on Boracay's eye-catching White Beach, Fridays Boracay is a 48 room AAA resort nestled amid meticulously groomed tropical gardens and shady coconut trees. The resort offers the convenience of modern amenities combined with the natural charm of a beachfront setting making it one of the Philippines most sought after vacation spot. Its magnificent beach front, delectable food, pleasant and inviting rooms, and its warm & friendly employees make it the ultimate choice in Boracay. Since 1982, it has been the favorite vacation place and home to all its various guests. Welcome to our little piece of paradise... ... more   less 
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