Places to stay Boracay
Being a popular destination with locals and foreign tourists alike, it's not hard to find an accommodation in the island of Boracay. The whole stretch of the 4 km long White Beach, its back areas, Diniwid beach, and the quieter Bulabog beach, are filled with hotels and resorts, from top-end to budget inns. Accommodation rates depend on the season. High/Peak Season occurs usually from the months of October to May, when the weather tends to be really hot and with temperatures that could reach as high as 38 degrees Celsius, especially during the summer months of March till the end of May. Super peak season is from 23 December until 3 January and the Holy Week, when most local tourists get a holiday from their work. Rates are already high during the peak season but can get higher by up to 20% during the super peak season. Low/lean season is usually from 1 June until the end of November, and during this season, hotel and resort rates can get lower by up to 50%.
Below is a compiled list of accommodation and some information that could help you decide where to stay at should you plan to visit the Boracay.
Fridays Boracay ( www.fridaysboracay.com) -Located at the northern end just in front of the White Beach is Fridays Boracay. The resort which was built in 1982 was the pioneer AAA high-end resort in the island. It has 40 self-contained native cottage style rooms and boasts of a full service beachfront restaurant and bar which serves a variety of sumptuous international cuisines and different island beverages. The restaurant is capable of seating up to 120 people and provides great guest service. Other amenities include a freshwater swimming pool and a full massage right at the comfort of your own room or at the resort's Massage Hut.
Ambassador in Paradise (www.ambassadorinparadise.com) -Only completed last November of 2009, the Ambassador in Paradise resort is a pretty new addition to the already existing rows of posh beachfront hotels located in Station 1. All the 50 guest rooms and 1 Presidential Suite have their own private balcony with terrific ocean views, quality furnishings and a personalized butler service. Other amenities include a 24-hour restaurant, spa, pool,gym, beauty salon and a function room that can accommodate up to 130 persons.
Estacio Uno, formerly known as Waling-Waling (www.estaciounoboracay.com) Estacio Uno, literally translated as Station 1 in Spanish got its name from its location. This Mediterranean-Style resort offers world-class accommodation with ocean-view rooms and a private balcony. Aside from it being a beachfront location, it also has an access to the main road at the rear of the resort. The restaurant is located right on the beach and with lots of open-air cabanas. Other amenities include a swimming pool, spa and sky lounge.
Astoria Boracay (www.astoriaboracay.com) -With the floor area of the rooms ranging from 26 to 50 square meters, this 39-room modern, contemporary style luxury resort provides enough space for their guests to have a comfortable stay. The restaurant is located at the beach area where the guests can have a dinner barbecue but they also provide in-room dining as well. The resort also has a function room, an outdoor swimming pool and a kiddie pool.
Seawind Boracay (www.swboracay.com) -This hotel has a classic Filipino design and the rooms have unique names like Bahay Kubo and Bahay na Bato, which in the Tagalog language means Nipa hut and Stone house. All rooms are spacious and fully-equipped. Other amenities are a restaurant and coffeeshop, a function room which can accommodate small to medium sized meetings or private parties, and a garden terrace.
Boracay Beach Club (www.boracaybeachclub.com) - A family owned and managed beach resort situated right in Station 1. This 30-room luxury resort features modern amenities inside the room such as a walk-in shower, digital closet safe, and a flat-screen TV. The resort is famous for its restaurant, Ariel's House, wherein you can party or just simply relax at their beachfront lounge. A tiled swimming pool with open cabanas is also available for guests use as well as a roofdeck terrace with sea view.
Two Seasons Boracay (www.twoseasonsboracay.com) -This hotel is named after the two seasons in the Philippines, which is wet and dry. It has a convenient beachfront location in Station 1, and only a stone's throw away from Willy's Rock, which is an odd-shaped volcanic formation. The hotel has a total of 34 guestrooms and a presidential suite with an infinity pool and a veranda. Selected rooms also have a private veranda and are equipped with modern facilities.
Real Maris (www.realmarisresort-boracay.com) -Conveniently located in Station 1 and was just established last 2005, which makes it a pretty new addition to the island's posh hotels. Real Maris has 42 guest rooms, all with private balconies and with poolside views. Other amenities include a restaurant, beach bar, massage service and an outdoor swimming pool.
7 Stones Boracay (www.7stonesboracay.com) -A boutique hotel located on the much quieter Bulabog beach which is only a 5-minute tricycle ride from D'mall in White Beach is 7 stones Boracay. This hotel features a 25 meter lagoon swimming pool with a swim-up bar and an outdoor jacuzzi.
Mandala Spa and Villas Boracay (www.mandalaspa.com)-Popularly known as a spa, Mandala Spa and Villas, which is perched on a small hilltop overlooking White Beach is located in Station 3 and has beautiful villas made of bamboos and the roofs are made with cogon grass. Each villa has its own private entrance, teak floors and vaulted ceilings. Aside from that, every villa has a gorgeous bath tub and an outdoor shower with stone walls.
Paradise Garden Boracay (www.paradisegardenresort-boracay.com/ppc/) - Located on the quiet part of White Beach in Station 3, Paradise Garden Boracay is a place where you can relax and just chill. It is set in a beautiful landscaped garden with tropical plants and trees. It consists of 100 fully-airconditioned guestrooms and divided into three categories: Deluxe,VIP and Suites. Other facilities include two swimming pools and 2 restaurants.
Jony's Beach Resort (www.jonysboracay.com) -Jony's is one of Boracay's pioneers and built during the 80's. It is located in Station 1 and has a direct access from White Beach. This resort is family-run and popular with return guests for already three decades. It has 18 guestrooms, all with a/c and hot and cold showers. Most rooms also have its own private verandahs overlooking the beach.
Boracay Hills (www.boracayhills.com)-This hotel is formerly the home of the Swiss Ambassador to the Philippines but later on turned into a resort hotel by the Clayton-Atanacio family, who owns and manages it nowadays. The Boracay Hills is a small ten room resort set in beautiful, tropical gardens. This hotel is not directly located on White Beach but they offer guests with a complimentary shuttle service that can get you to the beach in just a few minutes.
Willy's Beach Club Hotel (www.willysbeachclubhotel.com) -This hotel is located beachfront in Station 1 and in front of the popular rock formation called "Willy's Rock" , which is named after the same founder of the hotel. It has direct beach and road access and has 36 guestrooms and a restaurant.
Artista Beach Villas (www.artistaboracay.com) -Artista Beach Villa is a family-owned and operated beachfront hotel located on the exclusive Diniwid beach, which is a few minutes away from bustling White Beach. This hotel only has 7 rooms and 2 studio flats which gives it a more homey touch than other hotels. All the rooms have ocean views and its own balcony. Studio flats have their own kitchen, bar and lounge areas with a sofa bed.
Mango Ray (www.mango-ray.com) -This resort has a prime location in the middle of White Beach in Station 2 and just near the shopping area D'Mall. It consists of 10 luxury rooms which is reasonably priced and just a few steps away from the beach. The resort also has their own beachfront pub/restaurant which is popular among tourists, where you can just sit and drink while you watch the crowd pass by.
Nigi Nigi Nu Noos (www.niginigi.com) -Also located in the middle of Station 2 in White Beach is Nigi Nigi Nu Noos. This Polynesian-inspired beachfront resort has cottage rooms made of quality traditional bamboo and large wooden pagodas, with balcony and set in a tropical garden. Their beachfront bar and restaurant offers reasonably priced drinks and a lot of tourists gather around here just to relax. This is one of the most popular resort and bar within the island.
Dave's Straw Hat Inn (www.davesstrawhatinn.com) -Ideally located a few minutes walk from the White Beach and at the back of Station 3 is Dave's Straw Hat Inn. It has a lush, tropical garden setting and almost offers the same amenities like five star hotels but without hurting your pocket. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available within the hotel and they provide quality customer service.
Blue Mango Inn (www.bluemango.com.ph) -Right in the middle of Angol Point and a few minutes walk from Station 3 in White Beach is the family-owned resort Blue Mango Inn. This beachfront resort consists of 13 rooms namely: standard, deluxe gardens, ocean view suites and 2 large family rooms. All rooms have are airconditioned and offers free wi-fi connection. A complimentary breakfast is also served.
Orchids Boracay (www.orchidsboracay.com) -Less than 2 minutes walk from Station 3 in White Beach is Orchids Boracay. This resort features native rooms and cottages that is made up of nipa and bamboo and is secluded in a tropical garden setting. Recently, the resort has also been equipped with Wireless internet connection.
Isla Gecko (www.islageckoboracay.com) -Isla Gecko has a convenient location which is only a few minutes walk to White Beach in Station 2 and right in the middle of everything: shopping, nightlife and of course swimming. Currently, they have 10 newly renovated native design rooms either with an a/c or fan, cable tv, hot and cold showers and wifi.
Turtle Inn Boracay (www.turtleinnboracay.com) -Turtle Inn is a family owned and operated resort located on Station 3 and around 3-5 minutes walk from the White Beach. The resort is made up of 15 guestrooms and 1 apartment wherein all the rooms are air-conditioned and have its own verandah wherein you can just relax. Some rooms also have ocean views. They also have their own bar and restaurant and offers 24-hour service.
Oceanbreeze Inn (www.oceanbreezeinn.info) -A 3-4 minutes walk from White Beach in Station 3 is the budget-friendly inn Oceanbreeze Inn. This family managed resort has fan or airconditioned guestrooms available at affordable rates. they have cottages and guesthouse rooms wherein most of it have their own verandah overlooking lush greeneries. It also has centralized kitchen where guests can cook and use freely other kitchen facilities. Wifi is available upon request and at an additional rate.