Short version -
A good clean place to stay along Angol beach. Some pros, some cons, but there are many more similar places to choose from.
Long version -
Our first trip to Boracay, and we wanted everything to be perfect (how naive of us, heh heh!). We decided upon Blue Mango after asking advice from loads of people.
Booking was ok - Had to do a bank to bank transfer. No - they do not accept pure email bookings.
Transfer - They botched it up. They thought it takes 2 hours to arrive at Boracay from Caticlan. We believed them. We reached 2 hours 45 minutes later at Tanbisaan beach. No Blue Mango man to pick us up. Some franctic phone calls. He had come 1 hour ago and left. He took another 30 minutes to arrive. Bah - later I realised we could simply have taken a trike and gone. It costs hardly 100 pesos. Wasted 1 hour in the hot sun.
Check in, hospitality -
Nice, n smooth. They gave us a welcome drink (I thought to myself - "this is teh sweetest mango juice I have tasted! I asked them "is this mango from Boracay?" they honestly replied "no sir, this is tang!")
Clean, sheets were clean, CR was spotless clean. Hot water pressure was fantastic.
But - you have to tell them, else they do not clean the room the next day.
Hospitality and service -
We chose the beach facing room. Yes - you could see the beach, and there was a common balcony which turned into private since no one cared to use it. But frankly, this does not matter in Boracay, as you just step out of the resort onto the beach, which is what we did most of hte time. Later we saw the garden rooms which were really good and far better. so my advice - go for the garden facing rooms.
Along with the beach, we could see and hear the banging of men doing some construction work in the adjoining plot. I guess this will be over by 2012 november? just check before coming.
Breakfast was excellent the first day, and the ommelette had nice fried vegetables stuffing. The second day, the cook was obviously new and the ommlette was filled with chunks of raw vegetables. Also, strangely, their free breakfast does not include Filipino breakfast. Why?? No idea. Many non-Filipinos also like tapsilog for breakfast! Looks like this place caters more to the expat crowd than to Filipinos. You must pay extra if you want Filipino breakfast. I hope Blue mango will change this "rule"
They have a nice world map where travellers can put pins on their country. Interestingly, I saw only 3 pins on Philippines. And LOTS in Europe. Ours was the 4th pin in Philippines.
There is a big and beautiful library in the restaurant. Books and Magazines in English and many other language. We liked this. In Boracay, one of the most pleasurable activities is to lounge on the beach and read books. and sleep off on the beach!
Very good. the instructor was patient, and careful. Took good care of us. Diving here is surprisingly pretty good! First time so many angel fish rushed towards to me when I descended!
Proximity to "action" -
Trike stand is 5 minutes away. this matters when you are returning after a crazy night at the discos and bars. Safe.
Remember - there is no motor traffic along the beach front road.
It is a nice 10-20 minute walk, along the beach to station 3 - 2. There are more good restaurants along station 3 and 2 and that is where we had all our meals.
They have an interesting
On the whole - a good place to stay, not expensive, not cheap. Clean rooms, good service. Stay in the garden room and you will be happy!
For more details on Boracay and other places in Philippines, see my blog - http://expattraveller.blogspot.com/
Go for the garden room.
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