We stayed in Baling hai for 6 nights (in Bat House) in December 2011. I chose the resort from the previous trip advisor reviews and we were not disappointed. The place is in a beautiful quiet spot (away from the awful White Beach tourist area) and is a pefect retreat for anyone who is looking for a simple, natural place which is not a resort. The rooms overlook the sea and are mostly open air, so showering is almost like showering outside. You can fall asleep to the sound of the waves and the noises of the surrounding forest. The staff are lovely, as was the food, and we absolutely loved it. Our room had a day-bed on the veranda which was great for relaxing as the sun went down or for coffee/tea in the morning - you are given complimentary tea/coffee left on your veranda each morning which is a lovely touch. For Europeans, the prices are very reasonable. If you like resorts and want 5* service and facilities, then this isn;t the place for you. This is a simple, beautiful place in a natural environment - perfect because of it - but don't expect air-con, hairdryers etc. No need to dress up, everything is casual and relaxed. Don't expect sophisticated service, the people are not experienced and also don't always have a great understanding of english - but they make up for this with big hearts and generous natures. You can eat in the beach bar (we thought nicer than the restaurant area) and on the last night the staff put our table on the beach near the water and lit lots of candles for us! Amazing! This is a very romantic place and very special. Previous reviews have mentioned insects - we had no problems at all and there seemed very few mosquitos (so much so that i didn't even use repellent). The insects stayed in their natural places and even sitting with the light on did not seem to attract moths or other creatures that would normally be attracted to the light. So no worries on that score. It is possible to swim or walk to the nearby Shangri-la 5* resort for a cocktail, which we did just to look! But who needs 5* when you can have the personal service and peace of just 9 rooms. Wish we could have stayed longer. Enjoy!
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- Also Known As:
- Baling Hai Beach Hotel Boracay