I have never been more impressed by hotel staff than during my stay at Argonauta. We came to the hotel in the aftermath of the supertyphoon Yolanda, and the hotel staff kindly informed us of the complications this would entail instead of taking our money and waiting until after we arrived to inform us like I would expect most hotels to do. They informed us that the power would be out during certain hours, and they would be running a generator to provide power whenever possible. This was completely out of their ability, as power had not been restored to the island, and everyone was forced to run generators (Nov-Dec 2013).
Despite these complications, they did whatever they could to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. They provided us with a larger accomodation free of charge as a means of recompense for any disappointment the lack of power may have caused. Before we arrived, we had a last minute change of plans and we boarded an earlier flight than we booked. I sent an email to the staff at the very last minute and was not expecting them to respond so quickly. They successfully managed to arrange our airport to hotel transfer to reflect our change of plans while we were in the air. This gave me a good impression of the work ethic of the staff and their attentiveness, and it was only the beginning.
The manager, Jun was very happy to get to know us and we very quickly started off on a first name basis. He's one of those people that you feel like you've known for years right off the bat, and was happy to make sure that all of our needs were accommodated. During our stay there, he arranged a thanksgiving feast in order to relieve any homesickness that we might be experiencing. He also provided us with medicine, ginger tea, and other remedies when we came down with a fever. Before we set out on our trips, he gave us insider information on what prices to haggle for with parasailing, and which places should be on the top of our list. If I stayed somewhere else, I honestly don't know if I would have had the same Boracay experience.
The location is further out than the main white beach area, and this can be a positive or negative aspect depending on your situation. This was great for us, as we wanted to be somewhere more private and romantic, where we could enjoy our peace and quiet. For those who are more interested in partying, this might be a downside because you can't just walk back and forth between your hotel and the bars. That being said, the staff has a complimentary and very convenient shuttle that will drop you off anywhere on the island which we used many times. Getting back to the hotel from the white beach area is very reasonable and only costs about 100PHP, or about $2.50.
The view is spectacular during sunset, and you won't be bothered by the crowds like you would near Dmall. The hotel campus is very peaceful and scenic. They keep the premises well groomed, and they have their own private garden areas. It really feels like a peaceful sanctuary away from the more wild areas of the Island. The rooms are very clean and modern, and I can't think of any room for improvement. The breakfast is a nice bonus and the selection was decent. The price was reasonable, and compared to the other hotels on the Island, it's an amazing value.
As a final thought, my experience at Argonauta was among the best I can recall. Argonauta is an example of what every hotel should strive for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Argonauta Boracay is an extraordinary place to experience the best of both worlds in scenic Boracay Island. It is a quiet and private boutique hotel in a tropical garden, where guests can enjoy the serenity of nature just a short ride from the world-famous White Beach of the Philippines’ premier tourist destination. Our hillside location overlooks the quiet Punta Bunga Bay to the West and offers you magnificent ocean views, colorful sunsets and starlit night skies from the privacy of a personal veranda, roof deck or garden, ideal for any memorable occasion. Our comfortable hotel rooms, modern apartments and villas are suitable for couples, families or groups. Our personalized service can arrange for private catered getaways, sunset cruises, boat trips, diving or kite boarding lessons and equipment. If there is any other activity you may pleasure, we will seek to arrange those for you. Argonauta Boracay offers a variety of accommodations and settings for every need: Rooms in the main villa with several verandas and gardens Apartments with 2 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen area, veranda and roof deck. Villas with 3 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, veranda, garden and roof deck. ... more less
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