Hey all! Here's a review of my short Boracay experience:
Airline: Asian Spirit- not a bad flight as some ppl made it out to be in other forums. Yes, "smoke" did come out of the plane, but it was only the A/C...and still, people were panicking. It was a short plane ride, maybe 45mins-1hour. As soon as I was falling asleep, we were landing! The plane was tiny, esp for my six-footer companions, but this was expected and it was a short trip anyway.
Boat ride/Fees/etc: from the airport, we met up with the van that was supposed to take us to the jetty...which was literally like a 2 minute drive around the corner! You could probably walk it, but not with lots of luggage. As for fees, we page 70 pesos each, for environmental fee and something else. We then were loaded into a small boat that stopped at all 3 stations. Yes, you will get wet when you get off, but we were well prepared and it was quite refreshing!
We stayed at White House Beach Resort on Station 1. Although the place itself wasn't problematic, getting the actual reservation was a little irritating. I was first communicating thru email with the staff, but with their slow response, I had decided to call directly to the Manila office and booked our room. However, even after paying in full for the reservation, the Boracay office still kept emailing me whether or not I was interested,etc even though we reserved with the main office and even spoke with the actual owner! Apparently, the Manila office and Boracay office don't communicate well together, and do not update their reservations. So be careful, as they may double-book!!!
room-As for the room itself, we booked the Family Room on the 2nd floor which consisted of a big room with a queen size bed, 2 twin beds, and a pull out bed. There was ample room in the room, and the bathroom was equally ample in space as well. My only complaint would be the ants all over the walls.
service- We got free breakfast everyday, which was buffet style: eggs, tapa?, bangus,rice,juice,etc. It was pretty decent. The actual ppl who worked there were nice, though shy. When we asked for things (extra towels, etc), they were brought promptly to our room.
the view/location: This place had 3 huts with a good view of the beach...not crowded at all.It's between Seawind and Sur(?) on the beachfront properties. Vendors do come to the huts, but very few. Plus, they leave you alone right away as soon as you say no. It was very peaceful on our resort.
Since we weren't there very long, we really didnt get to eat at very many places. We ate at some seafood place at d'mall, which was pretty forgettable. Then Aria for dinner, which was pretty good Italian food. Plus the service was great! The next day we had a light lunch at Red Coconut (okay) followed by dinner at Cyma, which had delicious Greek food. In between, we got shakes at Jony's (not Jonah's), which were really huge and filling. Overall, the food was what I expected. You won't go hungry here.
My group loves live music, so we mostly stayed around bombom and pat's creek bar & were lucky enough to see Ryan perform covers of both alternative and pop songs! The next night, we came back around to the same bars for the Reggae benefit night (they were raising money for their dragon boat team), and again, the different performers did not disappoint! Some of my best memories of boracay is dancing to the mellow music of the performers with a beer in my hand! We stayed away from Club Paraw , Cocomangas, and Hey Jude, so I couldn't really tell you much about those popular hangouts.
Lovely island! Too bad our trip was too short! And I was surprised by the number of Jamaican-Pinoys (or look-alikes) that were there! Hehe!
Thanks for all your help on this forum!