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“Great place off the beaten path!”
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The Strand
Ranked #37 of 145 Hotels in Boracay
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Miami Beach, Florida
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71 reviews
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“Great place off the beaten path!”
Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

This is my type of place, if you like off the main road and emersed in a local neighborhood then this is for you. I stayed here 4 nights in the penthouse with family. The staff was nice and helpful. The restaurant had tastey food. I ate here more than any other place.

Yes it's a 5 min walk to the beach but its worth it. In my opinion the section of beach that you're close to is the best part. Not as many vendors harassing you constantly. If the beach isn't your thing then the pool is refreshing here.

Only complaint I have is with the roosters in the area waking me up at the crack of dawn, but it got me a jumpstart on my day to look at it positively. Doubt I'll visit Boracay again because the beach is so dirty with trash washing ashore constantly but if I do I'll be staying at the Strand.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Choosing the right location in Boracay is not always easy. Choose for the low key and laid-back Boracay-style Station 3, the very busy station 2, or the more upscale and quiet Station 1 ? Any choice you make, with The Strand, you can't go wrong.
It puts a smile on my face, when I read reviews of people "complaining" that the only down of The Strand is that it is 2 minutes walk to the beach....Or a merely 20 mins walk to the action and noisy, busy beach on Station 2. Get a life : where in the world do you have such a diversity of actions on such a small area ? Enjoy !! The main thing is that The Strand offers what we deserve : a real filipino hospitality with great staff, always smiling and helpful. Great and very comfortable units, ideal for families, nice swimming pool surrounded by a tropical environment full of lush trees. No hassle from people who wanna sell all kind of activities, sunglasses or massages.. Why go on vacation ? To relax, right ? Well, we had the most relaxing experience while staying 2 nights at The Strand, with the nicest staff ever. Keep up the good work, Ms Dane.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Agoura Hills, California
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70 reviews
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

We stayed for 3 days at the Boracay Strand back in July 2012. We booked the Family Suite while my sister booked the Penthouse suite. This place is a boutique hotel about 2 minutes from White Beach. It is surrounded by trees of all kinds, including breadfruit and mahogany. The floors, stairs and other structures were made of mahogany. It has a rustic feel to it, as if you were in the middle of a rainforest. We knew in advance that it was humid and that there were mosquitos, so we came prepared. We brought Deet sprays with us and they worked fine.

The one outstanding thing about this place is the wonderful staff. No request was too much for them. They helped my daugther contact a good friend who happened to be in Boracay that same day. The staff was gracious enough to let her use the phone at the office. If they had not done that, my daughter would not have been able to meet up with her friend. The staff was also helpful with suggestions on where to go, how and where to catch tricycle rides and where to eat, although the meals that the staff prepared were also quite good. The staff also arranged snorkeling tours and diving tours for us, which were quite enjoyable. One time we decided at the last minute to go on a boat ride - at 5:00 p.m. We asked one of the staff who was busy sweeping the grounds if this was possible at this late hour. She promptly dropped what she was doing (she didn't have to do that) and said she would contact someone who could arrange for this boat ride. She not only arranged for the boat ride but even had an employee's relative accompany us to the boat place, ride with us and escort us back to the hotel. We felt more secure and quite pampered!

Our rooms came with free breakfast. The mango pancakes were to die for! However, since we had previously stayed at the Peninsula in Manila and in the Radisson Blu in Cebu, the breakfast portions at the Strand seemed small compared to the "all-you-can-eat" buffets at other hotels - but we didn't mind this because we had been eating too much anyway. When we told them not to bother giving us the "Tang" orange-flavored drink for breakfast, they obliged and substituted calamansi juice, which was quite good. We didn't even ask for it.

The wonderful staff made us disregard the cons of this place - there was no box of tissues in the rooms and the air conditioner stopped working on one of the rooms in the Family Suite on our last night; but this was easy to overlook because since we had to leave the place early - at 6:00 a.m. the next day to catch our flight, some of the staff woke up early to make sandwiches for us so we wouldn't go without breakfast.

All in all, I would return to this place even though it doesn't have an ocean view; and don't expect bathrobes or slippers as was provided at both the Manila Peninsula and the Radisson Blu in Cebu. The wonderful staff made all the difference for us. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We lived here for 15 days, and after a lot of research through Tripadvisor before booking, this was the perfect match. Away from the busy main strip and very high standards. Clean, good food, serviceminded and smiling staff, safe and secure, fantastic pool area and close to everything. Romantic and family friendly. Recommended most out of all the resorts in Boracay, for you who like high standards all over!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seoul, South Korea
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed July 7, 2012

The Strand is actually a good place to stay in. It has that secluded and private vibe to it. The rooms are pretty large and tastefully designed. The staff are great, very friendly and accomodating. Plus there's the swimming pool.

My only nitpick is that it's a bit far from the beachfront (about two-five minute walk away) but for a nicely priced but comfortable accomodation in Bora, and for the price, it's okay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is the place to be if you like quiet place but still close to the beach (a minute walk) and the restaurants (leisure 20 mins walk along the beach). We stayed at the family suite for over a week and just loved it. The kids swam at the pool while we kept an eye on them from the large private balcony. There are a lot of shade which is great during the day. The hotel has the rustic feeling. The staff is awesome, very helpful and accommodating.

We are definitely coming back next year.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

The Resort is great. It gives that great island feel as it has a great graden with native plants and a lot of woodwork in the rooms. It is really nice to sit outside because through the plants there is a lot of shade and it is cooler during the day then in most of the other resorts.
The staff were so friendly and helpfull everytime :)
I also loved the food and the free breakfast.
Its great value for money and we are defenitliy going back.
It is true that you have to walk a few minutes to the beach but I didnt mind at all as this is the best part of the beach and if you would stay in any of the resorts right on that part of the beach you eould pay at least three times the price.
So overall I think its a nice, quiet and very friendly resort.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Property: The Strand
Address: Brgy. Balabag, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Strand 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the comfort of your own home at The Strand Boracay Resort with 13 well-appointed, Scandinavian-inspired suites and rooms amidst lush garden and towering mahogany trees. With a touch of genuine Filipino warmth and hospitality, this walled-paradise provides fun and relaxation at its best! Experience home at The Strand. Boracay's hidden oasis. Your home away from home. ... more   less 
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