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Punta Rosa Boutique Hotel
Ranked #66 of 147 Hotels in Boracay
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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“Very nice but not worth the money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2010

The location is nice, although a far walk from Station 2 and all the action. The beach was beautiful. The hotel is exotic and trendy. We had Cielo room (one of the highest at the top) which they call a suite but it is one room and a bath (not a suite) It had a gorgeous view of the ocean and spacious deck. Bed was comfortable. TV was small, although there was a DVD player. Very few amenities for what they call a boutique hotel. They charge for hotel transfers, but the service is good. It was very clean. The bathroom has an open shower to the outside, kind of cool.
BUT, water pressure was terrible, there was no hot water fo the bathroom sink, and the hot water heater for the shower broke down. When they replaced it, the temperature was very irregular, hot to cold and cold to hot constantly. They had no washcloths in the bathroom and could not supply them. One night our pillow cases smelled of mildew but they quickly replaced them. Breakfast was very good and included but small portions. The rooftop restaurant was an excellent view. Overall its a decent cool place, but get this...the rate...$180 usd per night! In the Philippines, even for Boracay during xmas, this is outrageous, and I do not think it was worth that price. $900 bucks for 5 nights plus transfer to and from the airport. I have stayed at many places in Bora and I say this is worth about 125 max.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2009

Great location, secluded and away from crowds; cca. 15 min walk to the Mall...;
The staff were very nice and accomodating; we stayed in a superior room, spacious and nicely decorated; very clean (cleaning twice a day!) minor: the room (Punta Eskina) is without balcony...
Breakfast was ok, but rather limited...
Overall experience: very nice

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2009

After a business Trip to Shanghai I was going to Boracay. I was first time here 1983.
I liked the Hotel very much, very nice staff, great location and you can wake up with bird songs in the morning and not with loud party people.
Ok as single guy not that great action but I had great time at Fridays Bar, so friendly staff
and I met nice people there.
Maybe next time I dont go anymore on May because when I stayed there the beach on some days was full with green botancial, I did not like it.
Overall Boracay is still great, but only at boat station 1, forget the rest and the nightlife is not that I was looking for. I think the best is some relaxing places with acoustic guitar on the beach.
If you wanna have a great dinner go to Discovery or Shangrila Hotel, wow worth every Peso and the best at the island!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2009

I stayed at Punta Rosa with my boyfriend last week and we had a lovely time there. Punta Rosa is located at the far end of Station 1 and initially we thought it was a little far from all the amenities at Station 2. After settling in and getting our bearings it wasn't far at all. The 20 minute walk right along the beach to station 2 is amazing and there's many places to grab a sunlounge and a mango shake or cocktail along the way. If you don't fancy walking it's only a 5 minute trike ride back to the hotel and they also have transport available if you give them a couple of hours notice.

This boutique hotel only has 12 rooms and is located at the quiet end of the beach. Our room was the Punta Coco room which had lovely decor, balcony with ocean view and a huge bathroom with sunken shower. The room also had cable tv, was very clean and serviced daily . All the themed rooms can be checked out on their website.

Every day we had breakfast delivered to our room but there's also the choice of having on the roof terrace or restaurant. The staff were very courteous and helpful. I would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2009

Boracay Island is paradise for sure and from the moment we arrived at the Punta Rosa "Family boutique hotel" my fiance' and I had made the right choice for our vacation.

We were among a wedding party of over 30 people and wanted a secluded spot for the daytime, close to Boat Station 1, as those travelling with us were scattered around the likes of (and in order from our hotel walking toward Boat Station 2) Robinson Crusoe Beach House, Friday's, Blue Waves, Pearl of the Pacific and Nigi Nigi 2 .

We have never experienced or could imagine a hotel in the world bettering the personal service the 'Punta Rosa' provided us in our wonderful 9 night stay, they made us feel so special.

Boracay Terraces Resort is at the very end of of Boat Station 1's incredible White Beach and the Punta Rosa is adjacent to it. For the record for those visiting Boracay in the future, there is a then a bit of a walk around the bay to 'Artista' etc which are not located on the White Beach and quite a bit away from everything.

If you are expecting a lively bar and 'buzzy' atmosphere at the Punta Rosa - forget it !
This is a romantic haven, with it's staff showing genuine kindness and responding to requests/providing every bit of information you require about the island.

The roof-top bar and restaurant is available on request for it's guests, unlike other hotels in Boracay it's an exclusive service. It has one of the best views on the White Beach from here, we had a lovely romantic meal on the roof-top as the sunset - around 545 pm.

The breakfasts are prepared fresh everyday, as was our meal on the roof-top. You order the day before in all cases and in a quaint way they buy to order thus having no wastage and fresh food all the time. Though we used the main Restaurant, in the new building next to the hotel it is possible to have breakfast on the roof-top.

From the young lady who gave us the daily changing breakfast menu, to the fabulous reception staff, the security guy who waited for us to close it's doors in the early hours everyday, the maids that cleaned and changed our spotless room ( With beach view, comfortable bed, spacious bathroom with superb shower and bath) the courier lad that took us to the airport (for half the price that our wedding party paid) we thank you with both our hearts.

Yep, you can gather most hotels in Boracay refreshingly open their doors to everyone as they all are 'on the beach' but for a daytime retreat, with 24/7 security and a family feel, choose no other hotel on this beautiful island. Though we had no safe in our room, we absolutely had a sense of everything we had being secure throughout our stay.

Location wise it is a fair walk to the Restaurants, Bars and Clubs in the D'Mall/Boat Station 2 Area, but only a 70 peso trike ride(guy with a motorbike and open seating area!) or Romantic walk down the beach, for Boracay is a bare foot/flip flop/smart beachwear holiday dream !

One point though, Punta Rosa does not have it's own private beach area, the views from it's site look upon the Boracay Terraces Resort. However, the guy in it's mini cabin with a long bamboo gate like thing on a string let us in everyday to used the sunbeds on the beach, Boracay Terraces are happy to let you in if you buy a drink or food during the day, they provide waiter service. What we have to say is this resort didn't have anyone staying when we we there, this could be a problem if they did, maybe a negative point on another weeks stay.

Punta Rosa has it's own beautiful 'green grounds' maybe opening it to the beach would be a positive move, but then again it's secluded privacy might be affected and there is always the roof-top, if no pool available!

So for our UK Boracay Guide .......... the do's and dont's .....

For one the White Beach, ambiance and atmosphere betters the likes of the Caribbean.
Watersports/activities, Sailing and Diving/Snorkelling a match to anywhere.

We researched the restaurants and bars etc. before we came, thankfully we did, for we only had one bad experience (see our review of the bamboo lounge).

For nightlife in Boat Station 1 and a decent reasonably priced meal for that matter look no further than Guilly's Island and Club Parew which are bang next to each other, but amazingly you cannot hear each others different taste in music!

Club Parew offers more of a romantic beach cushion atmosphere with better R&B in Guilly's Island. Either though are cracking nights out and a regular drop off for us on the way back home! They are are short walk from Nigi Nigi 2/Willy's beach resort heading toward Boat Station 2.

Somewhere around here, though we never went , is Cocamangas, a renowned club for the shooter challenge, carving your name if you are still standing! I believe this is on the road behind the beach and probably worth a visit.

As Restaurants/Bars/Clubs go in Boat Station 2 -

Paridiso Restaurant is superb. You pay by the weight of the fish and they cook it fresh with your choice of stir fry vegetables or rice or anything ! The service and food is top class and like most of Boracay a perfect beach location.

Their Pizza and Grill Restaurant isn't as good, ok though, but the best Pizza award goes to Rumba's in D'Mall, a nice little pub/diner with Live English Football. They also own Rumba's on the beachfront in Station 2 and we wouldn't put anyone off going there too.

The Lemon Cafe' in D'Mall is truly amazing, for an afternoon snack this is a perfect choice.

As Club's go in Boat Station 2, "Juice" is the best by far, drawing decent crowds late on. Reasonably priced drinks and cocktails varied with plenty of alcohol. The music a mix of R&B and old and new favourite's and beach dancing a major draw.

"Hey Jude" is more of a sporty club, with decent food and a table football game and also shows live English and European football. The drinks are reasonable but not as good as "Juice", those thinking of going to "Summer Nights" forget it, well over-rated.

For Reggae, great atmosphere, beach chilling, cheap drinks and nibbles you simply have to go to" Boom Boom Bar" and" Pat Creek's "adjacent to it.
Some cracking singers and a real Jamaica feel, this place has one of the best spots on White Beach.

For Mexican and Indian food we visited "Manana" and "True Food " respectively. What we would say is the spices in both beat the UK but the food itself well, we've tasted a lot better.

There is another restaurant we found on route to Boat Station 3, the name escapes me ,but the Mexican is very good, it is close to a good bar/club in "Red Pirates", and I would say Dave's Straw Hat for a place to stay in Station 3, the nearest thing on White Beach to the Punta Rosa, ironically the opposite ends of the beach!

There are many other Restaurants like" Aria " an Italian on Boat Station 2 and the only Hotel we'd recommend in Boat Station 2 - "Red Coconut" that are well worth a visit and will form part of our future return to the paradise and wonderful Filapino people that form part of Boracay Island's magnetism.

Talking of Filapino people, a charming guy in Mel Condez, born and bred on the island, provided us with a marvellous reminder of our time in Boracay. "Reef Walking" A speed boat to a location where we had massive helmets and divers with us to walk the bottom of the ocean by steps, feeding fish and playing frisby as if we were on the moon = a DVD and video playback for 700 each and 500 for the DVD when other tour guides wanted 2500 each !

Most of our wedding party chose Mel, a great guy, with local knowledge in abundance and great to talk to. He is seen between Friday's and Blue Waves, check him out !!

We went on a 4 hr Island Tour and stopped off at Baling Hai Beach, a secluded spot, with good food but a warning the beach is very very small ! Walk to the top a lovely view !!
Take in Bulabong Beach a perfect windsurfing and kiteboarding location.
There was 4 of us on a sailing boat, with the waves it was like Alton Towers ! We were on nets, great time for 2000 pp !

There is a horse stable just behind Four Seasons Resort - we had a lovely time, right up in the mountains a lovely view, horse-riding in paradise for 1800 nearly two hours.

For those visiting Boracay the transfer from airport to island hotel costs 300 each, barter down to this figure, Punta Rosa charged us this for our return as well, give or take a few peso's, some of us were charged 1500 beware !

All in all Boat Station 1 is the best place to stay in our opinion. Station 2 has a problem in the restaurants are on the beach, not a problem for those not staying there, it's lovely, but the feeling of our hotel our beach is for all to see in Station 1.

For romance stay in our wonderful "Punta Rosa"

For British style food to perfection,great location and decent rates/rooms "Nigi Nigi 2"

Splashing out / quality "Discovery Shores" and "Sea Wind" ( Friday's not a patch on these two)

A Family Beach house "Robinson Crusoe" or "Villa Kaloo" both next to Friday's.

If you want Station 2 - "Red Coconut" or 3 "Dave's Straw Hat"

We could go on and on and on .....
Just go to Boracay Island you will love it.
















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  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2009

After deciding on Boracay as my winter getaway from Shanghai a few months ago, I set out to find the best hotel and value on Boracay. I read all the reviews on Trip Advisor and visited the hotel's websites. At the last moment, I found this place. The hotel is located on the north end of White Beach. Its a bit quieter and just a short walk from Friday's. The location is perfect to be close to the actions of Station 2 but yet peaceful when you are trying get some sleep. Its nice to wake up the the sound of birds in the morning. The beach has great views both in the water and on the shore. The water is so shallow in this area that you can walk out about 200m and the water is only up to your waist and can sit on the sand bar to relax and look back toward the beach. The rooms are tastefully designed and very large. The best part of the hotel is the roof top deck. We connected our iPod to the amp provided enjoyed our music and the views from here can't be beat. The staff is friendly and the hotel has van service to take you to D'Mall when needed.

  • Liked — The nicely designed rooms, location, roof top deck
  • Disliked — the slow wireless internet - need to boost the signal so all area in the hotel including rooms can access, should add more wireless routers
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2009

We searched for weeks trying to find a hotel on Boracay that provided the best balance between price, location, amenities, and privacy. Then we saw the Punta Rosa, and we knew we had our place.

Being at the northern end of White Beach, you almost feel like you have a private beach all to yourself. It was a perfect place to watch the sun set. Yet, it was still a short walk/tricycle ride to the rest of Station 1 and D Mall.

We stayed in the Punta Vista room and loved it. The shower is exquisite, and the rest of the room is very comfortable.

The staff was very friendly and accomodating. We had our breakfasts on the roof, and arranged a romantic dinner for 2 up there as well. The food was well prepared and reasonably priced.

The Punta Rosa was the perfect place for us and we highly recommend it for anyone looking for a romantic getaway with boutique hotel treatment.

  • Liked — Beautiful rooms, great staff. A well-done boutique hotel.
  • Disliked — Hot water availability can be spotty, but that seems to be an issue across the island.
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Punta Rosa Boutique Hotel
Address: Sinagpa St., Balabag, Aklan Province, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#19 Top resorts Hotel in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Punta Rosa Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Punta Rosa Boutique Hotel in Boracay is a slightly secluded beach resort located in the beginning of Boracay Boat Station 1, on the northwestern part of Boracay Island. Our Class AAA Rated Boracay Resort by the Philippines Department of Tourism offers Boracay vacationers a peaceful and relaxing environment. Punta Rosa was professionally designed, our room interiors are decorated in soft colors and native furnishings, to accentuate that tropical feeling one gets from Boracay. Punta Rosa Boracay is located just a 10 minute walk down the famous, "white beach" where you will find over 200 restaurants serving many different types of dishes from all over the world. There are up-scale boutiques for shopping, many different local shops selling native handmade items and live bands all along Boracay beach, that will delight you with colorful and vibrant music. ... more   less 
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