Reading the other reviews of this hotel/resort I find it hard to believe I stayed in teh same place. One recurring theme is that the staff are fantastic. Not the most professional nor experienced I have come across, but their friendliness and keenness to assist could not be faulted.
The resort appears to be undergoing some kind of expansion programme, though it was far from clear how realistic this is. There is a model of the proposed expansion in the reception area, but this looked at least 5 years old and probably a lot older. It seemed as if there were groups of people (largely from mainland China would be my guess) who were there as part of some sort of marketing exercise (smacked of time-share sales techniques to me). The overall impression of the current facilities is that they are badly in need of renovation and renewal. Many concreted areas and the major buildings themselves were crumbling. The impression is that the owners will not invest until/unless they secure sufficient interest in the expansion. One of the two swimming pools (the larger of the two) was closed "for maintenance", but there did not appear to be any work taking place and, in any event, it looked in dire need of a lot more than maintenance.
As others have commented, breakfast is a chaotic scrum, but this is really the only time when the other guests were visible. In the evenings, for example, the bar and restaurant (serving only basic, but wholesome dishes) were almost totally deserted. Where do all the people who take (the inclusive) breakfast go for the rest of the day? The beach rarely had more than a handful of people on it, nor was there ever more than 10 or so using the only pool (which is also very tired looking).
The golf course was not at all busy, but at well over US$100 per round, that is not surprising.
In summary, if you are looking for luxury and/or tranquility, this is not the place for you. We paid an average of US$125 per night for two of us for B&B in the week leading up to Easter and that compares favourably with the upmarket properties on Boracay. In short, you pays your money and takes your choice, but don't be fooled by the professional photos of this place. The property is very tired, but the staff can sooth most woes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting a private white sand beach and an 18-hole golf course, Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay is an eco-friendly resort that also features 6 swimming pools and 12 food and beverage outlets. Free internet access is provided in designated areas. Each of the more than 700 air-conditioned rooms has views of the garden or golf course. Each room is equipped with the safe, LED flat screen TV, fridge and tea/coffee maker. Baby sitting, laundry and salon are also available on-site. Guests can enjoy exclusive amenities found within the resort including fitness and wellness center which features hot tub, steam bath, sauna and gym. For relaxation, they can have a massage by the beach at Maris Spa or head to Bluewater Spa. Horseback riding, zip line and cable car rides is also available. La Terraza Restaurant, overlooks the beach while the Veranda Restaurant, which offers a view of the golf course features a local and international menu. Laguna Cafe offers Modern Asian cuisine while the modern restaurant, Monterey Cafe dishes out international cuisine. Ventana Restaurant for its part, is popular for its Eurasian dishes. A private dinner by the pool or beach can be arranged on request. Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay can be reached via 45-minute flight from Manila to Caticlan, followed by a 5-minute ride to Boracay Island via the resort's speed boat. It is a 25-minute transfer from Cagban Jetty Port. A free hourly pick-up from D'Mall is provided until 22:00. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairways And Bluewater
- Fairways Bluewater Boracay