Traveling with three small kids, we had a wonderful 4 days in Boracay. We liked the attraction of being out from the busy area of D-Mall ( the area of shops near White Beach). It was much quieter and calmer being away from the hustle and bustle of down below.
The hourly shuttle service was very helpful, and was usually on-time, though we thought it was closer to a 15 minute drive each way instead of the 7 minutes that was advertised. The traffic from tricycles and shuttles was crazy in front of D-Mall. If you do miss the shuttle, you can get a tricycle for a small fee.
The pool was wonderful (though small), the staff was very gracious and friendly; our kids loved the attention from the staff. We had requested adjoining rooms, but were disappointed that was not available when we arrived. But they did move us after the first night, and it was a great accommodation on the third floor (301 & 303) with a view of almost half the island. It should be noted they do not have adjoining deluxe rooms (one was a superior room). They did not give us a discount for the move, though it was worth it to be adjoining with small kids.
Our only areas of disappointment were:
1) we did not anticipate the 12% tax and 10% service added to our advertised bill. It was probably still a decent deal, but not quite what we had hoped.
2) The hotel, though quieter, is near some farms (perhaps cock-fighting farms) with many, many roosters. The hotel was gracious about granting an extra pillow to put over our heads, but the first morning of waking up to early roosters was not ideal.
I do recommend the better location of being away from White Beach and a quieter, calmer location. The hotel also provided a shuttle to the dock for our return. Not sure how to coordinate a shuttle from pick-up from the jetty, though they did offer a service that took us from the airport all the way to the hotel, arranging the transfers. It was well worth it since we arrived in a torrential downpour and our flight was re-routed from Caticlan to Kalibo (an extra 1.5 - 2 hr bus ride, which Cebu Pacific coordinated).
Corner room on top floor (301) had a spectacular view.
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