I decided to take a chance, and booked myself an Oceanview suite for two nights, despite travelling solo.
After a no-hassle airport pickup (tricycle, ferry, tricycle, and a quick saunter), I was greeted to my name written on the reception blackboard and smiling staff - and was in my room in a few moments. A bottle of wine, a cold fruit shake, and a platter of local fruits sat at the spacious sitting room. After a quick tour of the room, and setting my bags down, I immediately went back down to reception to book a further three nights.
I couldn't resist.
The bar downstairs has friendly staff, happy to chat, happy to leave you in peace, but altogether warm and welcoming. This made my daily routine, for what eventually became a ten day stay, a breeze.
Wake up in my airconditioned room on a spacious bed, catch up on the news (each suite has its own wi-fi router), admire the sea from my day bed, and stroll downstairs, get greeted by receptions staff, and into the cafe / bar to have breakfast. Beef tapa with eggs and a dash of Tabasco, a coffee, a pineapple juice and a mango shake - can't be beaten.
Back upstairs to my room, get my swimming shorts on, grab a double Disaronno on the rocks from the bar, plonk my towel on the hotel's daybeds right on White Beach, sip my drink while basking in the gorgeous high tide.
Due to the location of the hotel, somewhere where Station 2 ends and Station 1 begins, there's plenty of choices for food. Check out the Mexican joint a stone's throw down, and there's a great Filipino restaurant adorned family pictures that served one of the best sinigang broths I've tasted.
Come the afternoon, find Ferdi or any of his boatmen (ask the reception staff) and take yourself on a quick snorkel - but take some drinks with you, as you'll ask them to find you a secluded beach somewhere on the island where you can hide away for the rest of the afternoon. Even better, find some friends and make a party out of it.
I always returned to my room having been freshly cleaned during my day's activities, and if you feel like pampering yourself staff can arrange for a masseuse visit before you go find yourself some dinner.
All in all - facilities were spot on and staff were very helpful and friendly, location was convenient, and good value for money. As a seasoned traveller, it's rare to find well cared for accommodation that still retains a sincerely friendly atmosphere. During my stay, I met many other guests (families, couples, travelling friends) that felt the same way about the place, and would thus recommend a visit to Boracay Beach Resort.
Do yourself a favour, and get yourself an Oceanview suite. Wake up every morning and give the day a smile.
Thank you Boracay Beach Resort! I'll be back soon - and again and again after that.
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