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Cohiba Villas
Ranked #11 of 181 Specialty Lodging in Boracay
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Reviewed December 29, 2010

The hotel is on a cliff and has great views. Units are very spacious BUT very difficult to get to. It's a steep climb up and down to most rooms and the phone in our unit was busted for the entire length of our stay.

Complaints are noted but no action is taken despite repeated requests to get airconditioning and phone to work. Basic items like towels and soap have to be requested on a daily basis. Customer service is bad from an upper management point as the crew are courteous and nice, but nothing really gets done.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 27, 2010

Boracay has changed A LOT since I first visited it in 1983 and a lot of people have said that its been ruined and is no longer a place where a family can have a quiet relaxing vacation. This is true for the most part. White Beach is as busy as any mall in manila on a Sunday. But there is a side of the island that is away from the "Party Atmosphere" and is more apt for a quiet family vacation.

Cohiba is the best value for money that you can get on the Bulabog side of the island. Spacious rooms, no loud music and drunk teenagers from the beach. Its not a 5 star hotel, its more of a home away from home with room service.

If you're going to boracay for some HARD PARTYING, Cohiba might not be the best place for you, but if you're looking for a quiet relaxing vacation with your family, then this probably the best value for your money that you can get anywhere on the island.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank DocTotoy
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

I spent a week in Cohiba villas when i was in Boracay and it has been a wonderful experience. It takes about fifteen min from D'Mall to the villas by Tricycle but its a good get away from bustle D'mall and the staffs were very nice. The whole place is very relaxing and I love the pool there.Absolutely awesome place, definitely going back for my next trip in borcay.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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2  Thank wendygirl2012
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

There were quite a few people recommended this place on some web sites. Thus, when we decided to go to Boracay for our 2010 Sep holiday, I booked a 3-bedroom flat through xxboracayxxxxx,com. Although the sea view is spectacular, I would suggest you to think twice before you choose this place for your next stay because:

1. They charge additional 5% if you wish to pay by credit card.
At check out, we didn't have enough cash in hand and need to pay by credit card. They first claimed that their credit card machine is not working. We told them that they should be able to use authorisation form with our credit card info to collect money when the machine is back to function. Finally, they agreed to charge on our credit card but without informing us that there would be an additional 5% charge. We found out this when we signed the form. They said we booked through xxboracayxxxxx.com (booking agent) and the agent should already informed us. (The agent didn't "inform" us but only generally mentioned "some hotel may charge additional 5%" in the confirmation e-mail but NOT SAYING A WORD ABOUT IT IN THE HOTEL VOUCHER.) At the end, we paid additional 5% as we had no time to argue more in order not to further delay our departure. The check out process took us 40 minutes.

2. Poor equipment maintenance
There is no air conditioner in the most flats' living room. In the first flat we checked in, the phone was not working and no air con in the living room . So they moved us to the second flat and mentioned that EVERY unit has no air con in the living room. After 2 days, they called us and told us that they could move us to another flat with an air con in the living room so we moved but the Jacuzzi is not working and the water pressure was not stable. The water was even stopped at one point when we had a shower.

3. There were many many... mosquitoes and insects.

4. Out of walking distance to the beach front.
They only offered 4 shuttles at 9am, 12noon, 3pm & 6pm to D-Mall per day. Thus, basically we need to pay for every in and out. As the resort is up on the hill, we could not clean up ourselves immediately after swimming in the sea.

5. Some of the staff were not helpful
We asked for a wine opener at the reception and he simply told us that they don't have it. Another day, they informed us that they could not clean the room as we have not left the flat key at reception (we were not informed to leave the key at the reception).

Again, although the view is very beautiful and the kitchen is fully equipped so you could cook a big meal in there, there are still many things I don't like about the place. It's suggested to think twice before you book.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 13, 2010

We were planning a trip for myself and my wife and 6 friends to Boracay. We did a lot of research into hotels/resorts in Boracay - looking for somethinge in the mid-price range level and eventually settled on Cohiba Villa's. Actually the 'villas' in the titrle is slightly misleading as they are actually apartments. We arranged for 3 different pick-ups from Caticlan Airport - two went flawlessly though unfortunately the third party were left stranded and it took some phone calls to get them collected. Not a good first impression for them. We chose 2 x 2 bdm and 1 x 1 bdm. We had a choice of which 2 bdm units we wanted and chose ones as close as possible to the pool. We mainly chose Cohiba due to the views on their website and in this regard we were not disappointed. Overall the apartments were clean and in good condition, although one of the air-conditioners in one main bedroom died - and we had to change to a different apartment. The selection and quality of the food was very good and we spent many breakfasts and luches eating and drinking poolside. Althought Cohiba was not exactly walking distance to D'Mall or White Beach - it was quite easy and conveniant to make use of the Cohiba van's. Also best to call Cohiba to arrange collection and transportation back to Cohiba as the motor/tricycles struggled to get up the steep hill to get to the apartments. Also as Cohiba is built on the side of a hill and many apartments involved lots of flights of stairs, you get quite a bot of excercise getting to and from the pool, you apartments - so not recommended for those excercise challenged or people in wheelchairs/crutches. Overall the staff were very friendly and helpful, especially Rodolfo who offered and took us out on escusions, in his personal time. Main negatives were understocked utensils in the kitchens and small details - such as providing a TV channel list and lack of face towels. If we visited Boracay again we would more than likely stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

Our room was nice and cozy but since the hotel is located at the Bulabog beach there are not much activities in the area. If you opt to stay in a more tranquil place then this hotel is recommended.

Rose ( our housekeeper) did a really good job in keeping our room tidy. She even washed the dishes for us. She is friendly, hardworking and trustworthy.

Rey (one of the drivers) responded promptly whenever we needed shuttle service during wee hours.

Most of the front desk staff are very welcoming.

All is not perfect though, we have a few complains:
- The jacuzzi in room D has a leak.
- There is no air conditioner in the living room.

But all in all, we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Manilagirl143
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

Stayed with my friends here for 4D/3N and booked through myboracayguide (which I highly recommend as well).

We booked the 2-bedroom apartment which looks exactly as the one in the pictures.

While I can marvel on the spaciousness and the amazing view of the sea, here are a few facts that might be helpful for you if you want to book this hotel:

LOCATION:

The location is on Bulabog beach which is quite a walk if you try to walk to White Beach as it is on top of a hill but they offer free shuttle at 12, 3 and 6pm. If you miss it you can arrange for their van to take you to white beach/dmall for a fee of 100 pesos per way which is the same fee if you take a tricycle from White Beach to the resort.

ROOM SERVICE:

They are a little bit slow in responding to our requests and you have to take note that they will only change sheets every 3 days so we have to sleep on the same dirtied sheet during the duration of our stay even if I requested if they can change it even once.

FOOD:

They serve good sandwiches but the local Filipino breakfast is a bit overpriced (250 pesos for a meal) and the local tapa meat is chewy. Be prepared to wait at least 20 mins for your order even if you are the only customer in the restaurant. They also gave us 500 pesos voucher (which is equivalent to 2 meals).

ROOM:

The master room is huge with a jacuzzi, but the common room with two single beds is tiny, I think it is meant for kids, not for two adults as it has little room for you to move and no dresser as well. There is a phone in the room but you have to ideal the hotel's full number as it is not connected internally.

RECEPTION:

They are quite nice and since English is the second language in the Philippines, you won't have to worry about language problems. Even tricycle drivers speak good English.

This serviced apartment is good if you can cook your own food as breakfast is not included in the package. Each unit has a microwave, fridge, stove and utensils but no washing machine which could've been more useful. But since the price is cheaper than the other serviced apartments wherein here you can have peace and quiet sleep, nice sea view, living room, veranda then be prepared for such trade-offs.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: Bolabog | Balabag, Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Malay > Boracay
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 181 Specialty Lodging in Boracay
Price Range: $135 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cohiba Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 41
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