We were coming to Boracay to learn to kite surf but wanted to have a few days to relax first. Boracay has become extremely touristy on white beach and we were glad we did our research and chose to stay somewhere quieter. Spider House is situated in a really beautiful cove called Diniwid, which is really peaceful and idyllic.
Danny who dealt with our booking and was actually at the house when we arrived was excellent and response rates were spot on. We contacted Danny after the typhoon and he gave us a really honest view on things. Actually the typhoon didn't really effect Boracay at all and so if you are wondering whether to visit here, this shouldn't be a factor.
The house itself is made out of natural materials and you feel that this captures the vibe of original Boracay before it was developed. It could do with some updating in places, but all in all there is a good feel. By far and away the highlight and best part of staying here was the staff, service and also the vibe. We got to know Paul and his team really well over our time here and this made our stay really enjoyable - particularly Carol and Michelle who took time to chat and get to know us. The food menu is quite simple but really tasty and breakfast looking out to the ocean was our favourite part of the day (and then cocktails at sunset)! A lot of people come over to enjoy sunset as it's also a bar open to other travellers and it's the perfect place for some chill out tunes over a good cocktail list.
We had a knock out view and a balcony that was pretty much ours for most of the day, which was a highlight. With regards to the rooms inside, each one is totally different and so I can only comment on ours. We had a nice indoor/outdoor area which was great for the couple of days we had some rain, and also for having breakfast in a more private area. The sleeping area however was quite dark inside and got pretty hot at night. That said, we did ask if there was a stronger fan and this made a huge difference. In terms of sleep - as the house is traditionally made (bamboo style), noise carries a lot and so we would recommend bringing some ear plugs as this makes a difference. The staff are mindful of music at night etc, but if there are younger families staying (which at Christmas there were), the sound carries around the house. I think outside of this period, this would be more of a couples resort and so would probably be quieter. There are also a fair few bugs and creepy crawlies (as the name 'Spider House' would suggest) and so this might not be the place for you if this type of thing bothers you. There are probably pros and cons for each room as they are all really unique. The rooms at lower level probably aren't as private as those above the bar area. At the front you are near to the bar and restaurant in terms of noise, but the views are a real seller!
All in all we had a great time. We were meant to be travelling to another island but due to the typhoon had to cancel that part of the trip and so booked another accommodation for the last section (again in Diniwid). If coming to Boracay and given how hot it can be, I would probably combine Spiderhouse for a few nights with an aircon option to get the best of both worlds. The team provided guests free filtered water each day, which is great, but a couple of suggestions from other places we have stayed that can really make a difference would be free filter coffee/ tea for guests and perhaps some better towels and bed linen.
Thanks to the team for a great stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dive straight into the sea from our beachfront treehouse. Nestled on Diniwid Beach in Boracay and built literally over the sea. The Spider House enjoys a prime location, surrounded by clear waters and dazzling sunsets every night. All of our rooms are built in the traditional Filipino style with thatched roofs, using mainly bamboo and wood. They are spacious and come equipped with a fan and private balcony. Best of all are the views. There is a double bed in each room providing simple, comfortable accommodation for up to two people. Our Superior Rooms have their own private bathroom and shower with hot water in the rooms. We have free WiFi around the house so you can always keep in touch with the outside world and when you want to go swimming, you don’t have to go to the beach…the beach comes to you !!!Enjoy the various water activities like diving, snorkeling, sailing and kite surfing. Our terrace is ideal to relax and enjoy Boracay's tropical climate. The Spider House - a truly unique accommodation in a magical location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spider House Hotel Boracay