Those who have been to Boracay will confirm that its finest white sand beach is an experience that’s worth telling about and experiencing again. This year, my wife and I vacationed from New York and returned to Boracay for a four day-three-night say at Sur, a new beachfront resort on the best beach front location there, Station 1. Sur is a 14 room resort (with 6 additional rooms finishing soon) offering outstanding value to those who appreciate location, comfort, clean functionality, coziness and friendly service that enhances one’s Boracay experience.
Getting to Boracay from Manila involves a 30 minute domestic plane ride to Kalibo, an hour’s bus ride to Caticlan (the tourbus shows a movie which you cant finish before arriving at Caticlan), a 10 minute boatride to the island and another 15 minute multicab ride thru the town to your destination beachfront. Checking in Sur is like coming home to one’s family beach house, complete with welcome smiles of the staff who will quickly take the luggage to your room, offer you a welcome cool juice drink and introduce you to the two shaggy dogs who will look at you with approving eyes before continuing their beauty sleep.
The attraction of Sur comes from how clean and comfortable the place is. The lounge area floors are kept sand free all the time. The rooms are large with big closets, a cable tv and a mini fridge. The beds and pillows are very comfortable, the bedsheets and towels are white and clean and changed daily, the air conditioning cool and quiet, the cold and hot water works the whole day, and the bathroom fixtures are American standard.
Located at Station 1, Sur is far enough from the madding crowd and blair of pop music, fast food and trinket shops to enable one to enjoy the beautiful beach in peace and tranquility. Staff will happily put out beach chairs for you on the beach or let you enjoy the cabanas which are by the well stocked outdoor bar offering fresh coconut juice mango juice as well as your cocktail drink of choice. The best two rooms at Sur are the two suites with balconies facing the beach, offering a fantastic view of the Boracay sunset form the comfort of your room. The roof deck offers a higher view of the beach and provides a romantic place to have a small private dinner party under a canopy of stars.
Our stay at Sur was on a non-peak season during the monsoon month of August, which turned out to be great since the usually placid water was surfy and there was always a cool breeze going all the time. Swimming was fine and the sailboats and sailboards were running fast.
Staff at Sur were polite and friendly, from the uniformed guard to the front desk supervisor Desiree. Of course adding to the homey ambiance is the presence of Josephine Tirol, resident manager co-owner…the soul of Sur.
Sur provides a complimentary breakfast meal to start the day. Part of the Boracay experience is to walk around and try lunch and dinner offered in restaurants and other bigger resorts nearby. We preferred to eat at Sur, while it is not a full scale restaurant,
one can arrange to have lunch or dinner prepared there. We had our fill of seafood.. oysters, clams, jumbo shrimp, crabs and fish all sourced from the local market and prepared by the house chef. Our meals at Sur enabled us to have conversations with other guests on common interests and topics.
We are glad that a place like Sur exists in Boracay, clean comfortable, cosy and friendly, providing the right amenities to make ones Boracay beach experience something to remember and look forward to experiencing again. We highly recommend Sur.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peaceful and personal, Sur lets you experience the gentle side of bustling Boracay. Airy open spaces and gardens. Clean, cozy rooms. Friendly service. And a premium beachfront location at Station One, the island's finest stretch of white beach. It's no wonder our guests tell their friends about us, and keep coming back themselves. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sur Beach Hotel Boracay
- Sur Beach Boracay