We stayed at the resort for a 3 day, 2 nights package. We were supposed to stay for 4 nights, but we decided to go to a sidetrip to Cebu and Boracay instead.
First thing that people would need to know: BOOK DIRECTLY WITH THE HOTEL ITSELF! Boracay Gardens had a package for 3 days, 2 nights, which includes the accomodation, breakfast and dinner, and round trip transportation (to and from Caticlan. If you come from Kalibo, there's a slight additional fee.) - which saves you at least PHP 5000 if you book it separately.
Speaking of booking it with the hotel, the reservation folks in Manila were do courteous and efficient. They made reservations and booking so easy, that early on - I knew I made the right choice in booking this hotel.
Now, upon arrival to Caticlan, they were to usher you to their own private waiting area - just outside the airport. From their, vacation starts. I was utterly suprised and amused that i was not even allowed to touch and carry my bags. The nice folks from the hotel took care of everything, took pictures of us in the private boat, and guided us through until we got to the van that would bring us to the hotel. We felt like celebrities!
After about a 15 minute drive, we finally reached the hotel. You can still see touches of the old architecture of the hotel. For those who don't know, this hotel used to have a previous owner and quite frankly, the design THEN sucked big time. I wouldn't even think of staying here. After the Regency/Hennan group took over, the resort blossomed big time and this is the resort we ended up staying at.
We got a premium room - that had a very excellent view of the pool and the sunset at night. Now, when the hotel renovated itself, it morphed into more of a minimalist, classic design in the hotel and the rooms. Now, we were placed at the old wing. The room was big and spacious. However, it just was a big hard to mix old furniture with new stuff. It just didn't fit.
Now, if you were to compare the design of our room to the new rooms in the new wing, now the new room were gorgeous - top of the line! Guess the hotel didn't have time to renovate all the rooms all at the same time. They're probably saving money by keeping stuff that still works - but if it doesn't mix, throw it away. Or maybe, combine it with something that works.
Anyway, we loved the bath tub and shower. The toilet was an invention out of Japan or something... it had this small tube that comes out at the right time to do it's thing and wash. Funny but classy!
The pools were wonderful. The ones nearest to our end were connected to the Premier rooms/Grand rooms with pool access. There was another set of pools near the restaurant/Garden cafe and the poolside bar.
The pool side bar had a whole set of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that you can enjoy! The barista was also very entertaining and knew how to whip up a conversation with guests.
Food at the Garden cafe was okay. It was filling but somehow, it tasted and was very obvious that it was heated not fresh. However, there was also set of choices that were really tasty. it was just obvious that it had been there for some time. I would have probably enjoyed it more if it was fresher.
The hotel is in the middle of Station 2,so you had quick access to everything. The beachfront area were nice and secured, complete with umbrellas and towels for rent. One thing that they can work on is the beach front sign itself. It was very obvious that it was from the old owners - and it looked so old and worned out. After the renovations within the hotel, they may want to renovate the beach front area as well. It definitely pales in comparison to it's sister hotel - Boracay Regency - or to the other hotels in the area.
Otherwise, no big complaints. They make you feel welcome and cared for in the hotel, and is definitely worth every peso spent. I will definitely go back and stay more nights. I have to enjoy the pools more!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 273 guest rooms, Henann Garden Resort aims to provide guests affordable accommodations without compromise. Managed by Henann Group of Resorts (same management with Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa, and Henann Lagoon Resort), the resort has world-class accommodations and facilities set in expansive landscaped gardens. The resort features the Garden Cafe (an alfresco restaurant), four massive swimming pools, modern fitness center, convenience store, business center, resort-wide wifi access (charge) and direct-private access to the beach front. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boracay Garden Hotel Boracay
- Seraph Hotel Boracay