This could be a nice place to stay in Boracay because it is located in one of the quietest (within Boracay's limits) and best parts of the beach (although it doesn't have a beach front as such, the beach is just a few steps away), staff are accomodating and helpful (which is a rarity), the rooms are spacious and reasonably well kept (although rather pricey - as usual in Boracay - as we spent the equivalent of about USD 765 for four nights in the Punta Vista room).
For such an amount one should expect at least free drinking water and a good number of towels and complimentary stuff. Unfortunately we had to ask for additional towels (only two bath towels were provided as standard), but, as I said, staff were quite helpful and they did provide them to us. However, for the water, we had to buy our own or otherwise be charged more than double the normal price.
Breakfast was neither good nor bad and so was food in general (they don't a full time restaurant, but they cook upon request).
The view, which was supposed to be one of the highlights of our accomodation, was somewhat obstructed and we could see the sea only through pretty dense foliage and trees, despite we were on the third floor. But overall the room was pleasant.
It was reasonably clean, with almost everything in working order, although getting a decent shower temperature was rather a challenge (it was either too hot or to cold) . The other issue was that it took one full day of continuously running aircon to get rid of the smell of damp which was pretty strong when we arrived.
But the real awful bit of the whole experience was an empty lot just beside (and a few meters in a straight line from our third floor room entrance door) where some locals were breeding dozens of chicken and cocks which were delivering the most awfully penetrating 24/7 concert I have heard in my 17 years of life in the Philippines. The second night was the most terrible because, on top of the cocks, there was also a group of guests in the room overlooking the chicken compound competing with the cocks in loudness (I guess they couldn't hear each other and were forced to shout?).
Cocks and chickens are a well known plague of this country as nobody seems to mind their awful noise. This fact has been featured also in a recent video posted in youtube, which has triggered the rage of the local community, but it can't be denied that people and chickens do live in symbiosis here and when we complained about it with the management we got a surprised look 'which chickens? Ah, but those are not ours'. They may not be part of the resort but they are so close to it that if the resort's management wants to continue to be in business, it should put it in its top priority list to buy that piece of land and get rid of those nasty birds as soon as possible because at times it was almost impossible to have a normal conversation in the breakfast terrace because of the loud, incessant crowing.
So here we go: another typical experience of the series 'It's more fun in the Philippines' in the Philippines. It could be nice, if... If and if.
And to top it all up, the usual dreadful 4 hour flight delay (with a pinch of harassment because of the weight of your hand carried luggage) which invariably mars each and every flight in the Philippines.
But at least it gives you hours to write your Tripadvisor review, plus to clear all your work related emails and plan your next trip (outside the country, of course). All before getting back home. Not bad....
And let's not forget also that every inch of Boracay, at any time of the day, is as crowded as Hong Kong's Victoria Peak on a sunny day and the pollution of the sea has reached levels that make the mucilage flower wildly on the shore.
So overall, I am afraid that all this can't get more than a 'poor' rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Punta Rosa Boutique Hotel in Boracay is a slightly secluded beach resort located in the beginning of Boracay Boat Station 1, on the northwestern part of Boracay Island. Our Class AAA Rated Boracay Resort by the Philippines Department of Tourism offers Boracay vacationers a peaceful and relaxing environment. Punta Rosa was professionally designed, our room interiors are decorated in soft colors and native furnishings, to accentuate that tropical feeling one gets from Boracay. Punta Rosa Boracay is located just a 10 minute walk down the famous, "white beach" where you will find over 200 restaurants serving many different types of dishes from all over the world. There are up-scale boutiques for shopping, many different local shops selling native handmade items and live bands all along Boracay beach, that will delight you with colorful and vibrant music. ... more less
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