We recently spent a week at The Strand on the beautiful island of Boracay. The hotel collected us from caticlan airport (Seair) are the only airline still flying direct into Caticlan after the recent problems with the airport, can thoroughly recommend this airline, was quite nervous as i am not a great flyer and I have heard some dreadful things about Philippine Airlines but I wouldnt hesitate in flying them again, airline is more like a small private jet than a commercial airline, very nice. So on arrival you get collected from the airport and taken to the jetty, then ferry to Boracay and then tuk tuk type van to the resort, The starnd although not on the beach is less than one minutes walk and is set in beautiful tropical gardens, very peacful and very beautiful, the resort has a lovely pool set in these gardens.
After a day or two we realised we were the only guests staying here which was slightly odd but I think the resort is undergoing some minor refurbishment before the high season kicks in, the plus side was we had the entire place to ourselves and it was more like staying in a private villa. The resort only has 13 rooms so very intimate, the staff are just lovely and will do anything for you. Each day they take your breakfast order and you can have it wherever you like, by the pool, on your terrace etc, a nice touch. Rooms are very spacious, we had a one bedroomed suite which i would recommend paying the extra and going for, very large with lovely bathrooms, lots of storage space, large lounges and kitchenette, great terraces with dayebeds, chairs and coffee table, nice for lounging and reading.
If you want the beach you can use the facilites at any of the resorts that are 2 minutes away, we used Fridays, as long as you buy drinks etc they are more than happy for you to use, 100 pesos for towels and we also used the Two seasons, again very nice, no charge for towels but again you buy there drinks and we ate here, slightly noisier as they play loud house music in the day so if you have a hangover defo go for Fridays, the resort is by far at the best end of white beach, you have the top end resorts and it is much quieter but it is only 10-15 minutes walk to boat station two where you have all the action.
Good recommendation when walking down the beach is KasBah, a Moroccan var, restaurant, very authentic and great food, also the bamboo lounge at boat station two, again great Asian food and fantastic entertainment sat right on the beach
Overall i would thoroughly recommend The Strand, one thing they could improve on is the choice of drinks in the mini bar, you get beer, wine and coke, sprite and water, if there had been more in there we would of drank more!!! Great hotel, great location, lovely staff and would defo go back if in Boracay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Strand Boracay Hotel Boracay
- The Strand Hotel Boracay