I just stayed at The Strand for the second time (and we were upgraded from a standard room to a 1-bedroom suite). I discovered it the first time through the wonderful reviews at Tripadvisor. I was looking for a quiet beautiful place but one that is not very far from the beachfront, and this was the perfect place! I must warn though that if your intention is to party in Boracay or be in the midst of all the activities there, then this is not the place for you. If you want privacy, then you've come to the right place. You get the feeling that the resort is all yours. In fact you would wonder if there are other guests there, but believe me there are!
The Strand is just a short walk from the beach, so no issue there. And if you tire of the sea, then the resort's relaxing pool is fantastic. Not large but just right.
And as most of the reviewers are saying, the service is really at the highest level. One time, when we were returning from a morning out, Dane saw us carrying a takeout box. She asked if we would want some plates and utensils, they would bring to our room. How thoughtful!
As to the room, the 1-bedroom suite is very large and very nice. Maybe one minor comment, there is a slight, I mean slight, smell of something damp or moldy. But I think it's because of the weather then (rainy) that somehow affected the wood furnishings or something. Nothing caused by man, only by nature. And when we first stayed during summer time, there was nothing like that.
I would surely come back to The Strand. And to the staff, keep up the good work!