Boracay Island is paradise for sure and from the moment we arrived at the Punta Rosa "Family boutique hotel" my fiance' and I had made the right choice for our vacation.
We were among a wedding party of over 30 people and wanted a secluded spot for the daytime, close to Boat Station 1, as those travelling with us were scattered around the likes of (and in order from our hotel walking toward Boat Station 2) Robinson Crusoe Beach House, Friday's, Blue Waves, Pearl of the Pacific and Nigi Nigi 2 .
We have never experienced or could imagine a hotel in the world bettering the personal service the 'Punta Rosa' provided us in our wonderful 9 night stay, they made us feel so special.
Boracay Terraces Resort is at the very end of of Boat Station 1's incredible White Beach and the Punta Rosa is adjacent to it. For the record for those visiting Boracay in the future, there is a then a bit of a walk around the bay to 'Artista' etc which are not located on the White Beach and quite a bit away from everything.
If you are expecting a lively bar and 'buzzy' atmosphere at the Punta Rosa - forget it !
This is a romantic haven, with it's staff showing genuine kindness and responding to requests/providing every bit of information you require about the island.
The roof-top bar and restaurant is available on request for it's guests, unlike other hotels in Boracay it's an exclusive service. It has one of the best views on the White Beach from here, we had a lovely romantic meal on the roof-top as the sunset - around 545 pm.
The breakfasts are prepared fresh everyday, as was our meal on the roof-top. You order the day before in all cases and in a quaint way they buy to order thus having no wastage and fresh food all the time. Though we used the main Restaurant, in the new building next to the hotel it is possible to have breakfast on the roof-top.
From the young lady who gave us the daily changing breakfast menu, to the fabulous reception staff, the security guy who waited for us to close it's doors in the early hours everyday, the maids that cleaned and changed our spotless room ( With beach view, comfortable bed, spacious bathroom with superb shower and bath) the courier lad that took us to the airport (for half the price that our wedding party paid) we thank you with both our hearts.
Yep, you can gather most hotels in Boracay refreshingly open their doors to everyone as they all are 'on the beach' but for a daytime retreat, with 24/7 security and a family feel, choose no other hotel on this beautiful island. Though we had no safe in our room, we absolutely had a sense of everything we had being secure throughout our stay.
Location wise it is a fair walk to the Restaurants, Bars and Clubs in the D'Mall/Boat Station 2 Area, but only a 70 peso trike ride(guy with a motorbike and open seating area!) or Romantic walk down the beach, for Boracay is a bare foot/flip flop/smart beachwear holiday dream !
One point though, Punta Rosa does not have it's own private beach area, the views from it's site look upon the Boracay Terraces Resort. However, the guy in it's mini cabin with a long bamboo gate like thing on a string let us in everyday to used the sunbeds on the beach, Boracay Terraces are happy to let you in if you buy a drink or food during the day, they provide waiter service. What we have to say is this resort didn't have anyone staying when we we there, this could be a problem if they did, maybe a negative point on another weeks stay.
Punta Rosa has it's own beautiful 'green grounds' maybe opening it to the beach would be a positive move, but then again it's secluded privacy might be affected and there is always the roof-top, if no pool available!
So for our UK Boracay Guide .......... the do's and dont's .....
For one the White Beach, ambiance and atmosphere betters the likes of the Caribbean.
Watersports/activities, Sailing and Diving/Snorkelling a match to anywhere.
We researched the restaurants and bars etc. before we came, thankfully we did, for we only had one bad experience (see our review of the bamboo lounge).
For nightlife in Boat Station 1 and a decent reasonably priced meal for that matter look no further than Guilly's Island and Club Parew which are bang next to each other, but amazingly you cannot hear each others different taste in music!
Club Parew offers more of a romantic beach cushion atmosphere with better R&B in Guilly's Island. Either though are cracking nights out and a regular drop off for us on the way back home! They are are short walk from Nigi Nigi 2/Willy's beach resort heading toward Boat Station 2.
Somewhere around here, though we never went , is Cocamangas, a renowned club for the shooter challenge, carving your name if you are still standing! I believe this is on the road behind the beach and probably worth a visit.
As Restaurants/Bars/Clubs go in Boat Station 2 -
Paridiso Restaurant is superb. You pay by the weight of the fish and they cook it fresh with your choice of stir fry vegetables or rice or anything ! The service and food is top class and like most of Boracay a perfect beach location.
Their Pizza and Grill Restaurant isn't as good, ok though, but the best Pizza award goes to Rumba's in D'Mall, a nice little pub/diner with Live English Football. They also own Rumba's on the beachfront in Station 2 and we wouldn't put anyone off going there too.
The Lemon Cafe' in D'Mall is truly amazing, for an afternoon snack this is a perfect choice.
As Club's go in Boat Station 2, "Juice" is the best by far, drawing decent crowds late on. Reasonably priced drinks and cocktails varied with plenty of alcohol. The music a mix of R&B and old and new favourite's and beach dancing a major draw.
"Hey Jude" is more of a sporty club, with decent food and a table football game and also shows live English and European football. The drinks are reasonable but not as good as "Juice", those thinking of going to "Summer Nights" forget it, well over-rated.
For Reggae, great atmosphere, beach chilling, cheap drinks and nibbles you simply have to go to" Boom Boom Bar" and" Pat Creek's "adjacent to it.
Some cracking singers and a real Jamaica feel, this place has one of the best spots on White Beach.
For Mexican and Indian food we visited "Manana" and "True Food " respectively. What we would say is the spices in both beat the UK but the food itself well, we've tasted a lot better.
There is another restaurant we found on route to Boat Station 3, the name escapes me ,but the Mexican is very good, it is close to a good bar/club in "Red Pirates", and I would say Dave's Straw Hat for a place to stay in Station 3, the nearest thing on White Beach to the Punta Rosa, ironically the opposite ends of the beach!
There are many other Restaurants like" Aria " an Italian on Boat Station 2 and the only Hotel we'd recommend in Boat Station 2 - "Red Coconut" that are well worth a visit and will form part of our future return to the paradise and wonderful Filapino people that form part of Boracay Island's magnetism.
Talking of Filapino people, a charming guy in Mel Condez, born and bred on the island, provided us with a marvellous reminder of our time in Boracay. "Reef Walking" A speed boat to a location where we had massive helmets and divers with us to walk the bottom of the ocean by steps, feeding fish and playing frisby as if we were on the moon = a DVD and video playback for 700 each and 500 for the DVD when other tour guides wanted 2500 each !
Most of our wedding party chose Mel, a great guy, with local knowledge in abundance and great to talk to. He is seen between Friday's and Blue Waves, check him out !!
We went on a 4 hr Island Tour and stopped off at Baling Hai Beach, a secluded spot, with good food but a warning the beach is very very small ! Walk to the top a lovely view !!
Take in Bulabong Beach a perfect windsurfing and kiteboarding location.
There was 4 of us on a sailing boat, with the waves it was like Alton Towers ! We were on nets, great time for 2000 pp !
There is a horse stable just behind Four Seasons Resort - we had a lovely time, right up in the mountains a lovely view, horse-riding in paradise for 1800 nearly two hours.
For those visiting Boracay the transfer from airport to island hotel costs 300 each, barter down to this figure, Punta Rosa charged us this for our return as well, give or take a few peso's, some of us were charged 1500 beware !
All in all Boat Station 1 is the best place to stay in our opinion. Station 2 has a problem in the restaurants are on the beach, not a problem for those not staying there, it's lovely, but the feeling of our hotel our beach is for all to see in Station 1.
For romance stay in our wonderful "Punta Rosa"
For British style food to perfection,great location and decent rates/rooms "Nigi Nigi 2"
Splashing out / quality "Discovery Shores" and "Sea Wind" ( Friday's not a patch on these two)
A Family Beach house "Robinson Crusoe" or "Villa Kaloo" both next to Friday's.
If you want Station 2 - "Red Coconut" or 3 "Dave's Straw Hat"
We could go on and on and on .....
Just go to Boracay Island you will love it.
- 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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