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“Great Place to Stay”
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Argonauta Boracay
Ranked #17 of 145 Hotels in Boracay
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Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland
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“Great Place to Stay”
Reviewed 9 December 2011

I was in the Philippines on business and had a weekend free so headed to Boracay. My travel agent selected the hotel and what a choice they made.

I was met at Caticlan airport by the very friendy Ronald (there will be a theme with the friendliness of all the staff). Adter a couple of bikes and a boat we were at the hotel. It is down a quiet lane in a secluded area but once in the grounds it is fantastic.

The greeting and check in was relaxed and set the tone for the stay. The room was large and absolutely fine with a balcony and the most stunning of views.

It is a bit away from White Beach but reception will call a bike and it's real easy - in fact staying a bit away from White Beach is, in many ways a bonus!

Can't say enough about the staff and on my last night when I was waiting to go out, I asked if any of them who were off duty wanted to join me and within minutes I had 6 new friends - for a solo traveller I was delighted to have company. A huge thanks to them.

I fell in love with Boracay that weekend and the Argonauta and staff were a large part of that.

If you are looking for somewhere special with exceptional staff and don't want to pay Shangri-La prices then this is the place for you.

I'll definitely be back ................... if only for another night out!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

We had a change of plans for our Holiday and decided to go to Boracay last minute. While searching many places in White Beach and away from it, we came across the Argonauta site. This place is amazing- from the initial contact with the owner to our pick up at the airport.

Paul responded to my emails promptly and set up our arrival pick up flawlesly. We had Raymond meet us at the Caticlan aiport and ride along with us to the property.

Upon arrival at the property, we had fresh lemonade offered to us. Paul also had given us a free upgrade on our room- (we originally booked it through Hotels.com as a king bedroom in the hotel portion) but were upgraded to a 3 bedroom apartment with a full ocean view.
Breakfast was great, served every morning on the patio overlooking the water. Rona, one of Paul's staff was just great, always checking on us, genuinely interested in what w ehad to say or request. She even took us to the seafood market to shop for our choice of dinner. All nights that we had dinner there the meals were made upon our request just for us (no menu was available yet).

Just a side note, this property is not on the beach front. You have a great ocean view, but you have to walk down manys steps to Balinghai to use the cove beach. That was not an issue for us at all, in fact that beach was a gem, quiet and pristine and we spent most of days just sitting and swimming there. Balinghai is another property located next to the Argonauta- we used their restaurant as well and they are also very nice.

I would highly recommend Paul and the Argonauta. The best thing about it was the secluded location, where you can truly relax and be away from all the vendros and solicitors down at White Beach.We did go to White Beach for shopping and drinks, but I would not recommend staying there- too many vendors and activities.

We can't wait to come back to Boracay and to the Argonauta!

Room Tip: We stayed at apartment 7. Great unit!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

A little haven away from the hustle and bustle of Boracay's White beach (free shuttle service to White beach and Puka beach). We were welcomed with a refreshing drink and upgraded to the main villa on arrival. Spacious rooms, great ocean view, hearty breakfasts and enjoyable evening meals. But above all, Paul (general manager), Rhona and all the lovely staff of Argonauta made our stay most enjoyable. They are the most friendly, beautiful people - nothing is too much trouble.

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Argonauta - highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Bali, Indonesia
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

First of all a great 'Bravo' to Paul, the resident manager, a nice person with great customer service attitude and feedback. He was really fast and good at satisfying my request for my girlfriend birthday arrangements, even if only with one day notice (birthday decorations in the morning with a personalized cake, a flower bunch, a picnic on the beach with a rich food basket and drinks, a sunset cruise on a banca boat). Really great job!
The property is situated on a cliff at about 15 minutes drive from White Beach.
White Beach can be really crowded, with many bars making lot of noise till late, and restaurants, shops and vendors calling you at any step to try their service. If you like this touristy atmosphere, than the Argonauta is not really for you.
The Argonauta lifestyle is for those travelers who prefer to be apart from the crowd. The beach is not that close (well, it could be but there are temporary issues for the access), a shuttle service is necessary to get there and they are always available to bring you down. Actually you have to rely always on their shuttle service to move to anywhere, or you can ask them to call a tricycle to pick you up.
Most of rooms and villas enjoy a really great view. There aren't shops at short walking distance, so before to go back to the property make sure you bought anything you need.
Rooms are very spacious, furnitures give the feeling of a retro` beach style. The balcony was a lovely spot to relax for the day and night time. Ther are two big swimming pool within the property, most of times nobody's there, good to cool down and dip in the water if you are not in a beach mood.
All the staff was very nice and friendly.
This holiday solution is for those travellers looking for peace and tranquillity, and for those who are used to rent a villa/apartment solution with a sort of butler service.
I would recommend this property to group of friends or families with grown up children.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Silay City, Philippines
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

Nowhere else on Boracay have I experienced the kind of personalized service that Argonauta gives! They took very good care of us during our stay that we almost felt like we were part of their family. The resort's location is a bit far from the main beach, but the staff can arrange for transportation any time. The location is actually a good thing because we were away from all the noise. And the views are just amazing!!! It was the perfect peaceful and relaxing vacation!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Baguio, Philippines
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

Me and a few friends spent two amazing weeks at Argonauta. I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone planning a trip to Boracay. The staff have a great knowledge of the island, offer great advice and are all just incredibly helpful and warm. The resort itself boasts some of the best views on the island, you can enjoy a delicious dinner with a few glasses of red wine at sunset and soak in the falling red sun. Unbeatable. The two swimming pools, both with ocean views, were clean and well maintained. Away from the main strip and all the noise that goes with it, Argonauta Boracay is impeccably situated, allowing you a perfect night's sleep. If you want to head out though, day or night, the staff can arrange a lift for you. It's this kind of service and care that makes Argonauta the perfect place to stay during your time on the island.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Hangzhou, China
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

We spent a week in villa 6 without much expectations due to a poor weather forecast. We lucked out and got almost a week of sunshine but our trip was really made complete by the staff at the Argonauta. From the moment we checked-in Stefanie and Paul made sure that anything we needed would be taken care of. The feel of this property is much more of a family than that of a big resort where service can be rigid and standards must be kept. We wanted to have breakfast on the roof of our villa everyday, that was never a problem even though they had never done that before. Service like this is rare where I live.

Because they have so much experience on the island, Paul and Stefanie are great for making recommendations for activities or a nice place to eat. Again the service just went above and beyond what I had been expecting. Some people may find the location of the resort a little far out, but we liked the distance from the strip and they always had a vehicle ready to take us in to take day or night. We cannot say enough good things about this resort and hope that we can return sometime again in the near future.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Argonauta Boracay
Address: 272 Balinghai Road | Hagdan, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
Region: Philippines > Visayas > Panay Island > Aklan Province > Boracay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 145 Hotels in Boracay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Argonauta Boracay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Argonauta Boracay is an extraordinary place to experience the best of both worlds in scenic Boracay Island. It is a quiet and private boutique hotel in a tropical garden, where guests can enjoy the serenity of nature just a short ride from the world-famous White Beach of the Philippines’ premier tourist destination. Our hillside location overlooks the quiet Punta Bunga Bay to the West and offers you magnificent ocean views, colorful sunsets and starlit night skies from the privacy of a personal veranda, roof deck or garden, ideal for any memorable occasion. Our comfortable hotel rooms, modern apartments and villas are suitable for couples, families or groups. Our personalized service can arrange for private catered getaways, sunset cruises, boat trips, diving or kite boarding lessons and equipment. If there is any other activity you may pleasure, we will seek to arrange those for you. Argonauta Boracay offers a variety of accommodations and settings for every need: Rooms in the main villa with several verandas and gardens Apartments with 2 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen area, veranda and roof deck. Villas with 3 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, veranda, garden and roof deck. ... more   less 
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