My husband and i booked to come here for our two week belated honeymoon this February 2013.
Firstly this is not what i would class a resort. As a resort gives you the impression that your hotels part of the beach is sectioned off and private. This is not the case. If you enjoy being gawped at by the millions of Chinese and Taiwanese tourists walking past your sunbed, this is the place for you!
The accommodation is very presentable and clean. We were originally booked to stay in the nipa huts within the resort, these looked a bit run down and old. Luckily we were upgraded to one of the hotel rooms on the outside of the resort. This was a bit like having your own apartment near the beach which was good. However the view opposite your balcony was pretty grim with rubbish and junk strewn everywhere and exposed cables and fuse boxes running along the top of next doors fence!
On our second week there was a boat regatta and our entrance into our apartment was crowded up with people using a rowing machine and bundles of regatta paraphernalia cramped into the small space that was under our staircase up to our room. I know i may sound like i am moaning but £825 for two weeks, with transfers not included i think that is an awful lot of money for such a basic place! Plus the added surprise at the end of our trip that the transfers were not included even though i had email confirmation that they were!
Now the cafe del mar bar which is where you have your breakfast, was the only venue on the whole island covered with ants and fly s hovering near your food, and it also had the most expensive drinks on the island too. I would recommend not to bother with the breakfast as its not great, and if you are a guest with the complimentary breakfast included, you get seen to after the paying customers! One day we waited 45 minutes, we did not bother going again after that!
The resort is the rowdy end of station 1 pretty much in the thick of station two, which is quite frankly like waterloo train station in rush hour on a beach! AKA PACKED AND OVERCROWEDED!
I think we envisioned Boracay as a lot less crowded and unspoiled. This is unfortunately not the case. However station 1 proper and station 3 are far more tranquil. Diniwid beach is lovely and quiet.
I saw lots of accommodation on here for less money because they did not have a beach front position. Do not get fooled like we did by paying the extra £300-400 pound extra for the beach front location. All the restaurants and bars have sun loungers you can use for the cost of a few drinks and none of the beach is privately sectioned off . I would also recommend getting a hotel with a pool too as the water in the sea was full of light green algae. This does not bother me but my husband really didn't like it.
Boracay as a whole has been sadly ruined by tourism.It is overcrowded and expensive and difficult to get around to any other islands or areas at a reasonable price, like you can in Thailand or vietnam.
The Phillipines as a whole is not quite geared up to the standard European travelers are used to. I loved the fact that it was a bit gritty and raw. This is not to everybody's taste. I would not go back as it is so far(23 hour flight and transfers) to travel and there are better more accessible areas closer to home .
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