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Argonauta Boracay
Ranked #22 of 146 Hotels in Boracay
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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6 hotel reviews
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed 13 June 2013

We stayed at the Argonauta after discovering it on Tripadvisor and after reading all the great reviews I can honestly say it lives up to it's reputation. The staff are very helpful and the rooms are clean and well equipped.

It is situated a little further out from White beach (which in our opinion is a good thing) but the hotel operates their own shuttle service which means it's locality is actually a bonus (very quiet and located amongst bush overlooking the ocean).

If we ever venture back to Boracay it is the only place we would consider staying. I don't think our break would have been nearly as memorable if we had not stayed here. Am surprised that it is not rated the no.1 hotel on the island.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Argonauta –incredibly helpful and friendly staff, stunning setting and nice rooms/apartments. (We were upgraded after our first night which was a kind offer from the owner Jun and his wife, Stefanie.) Argonauta is incredibly relaxed with big rooftops and balconies to watch the sunset and two lovely swimming pools that get enough sun throughout the day to keep any sun seeker happy! It’s nice being far enough away from D’Mall to pop in as and when you please, but because there isn’t a professional kitchen at Argonauta, we ventured out for every meal. (This was made a lot easier by the free shuttle service that is provided,).

Beautiful location, perfect if you want to switch off and avoid Station 1!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

we split our holiday between two places:shangri-la and argonauta,but found the latter being much more personal and charming than the former corporate giant.at argonauta we really got to get a glimpse at how local things are-what secluded beaches the locals prefer,what eateries and restaurants serve up the best bites and so on.argonauta provided us with a rawer and lot more thorough experience which we could have missed out on very easily had we opted for basking in the sun on private shangri-la beach fronts sipping away overpriced cocktails.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

After deciding to take a trip to Boracay my girlfriend and I began the hotel search. We stumbled on the Argonauta and after looking through pictures, and reading reviews that were submitted there was no doubt that this was where we wanted to stay.
We originally were supposed to go to Boracay in March for our birthdays, but my girlfriends passport was set to expire 5 months after our trip. The Philippines has a rule that neither of us were aware of that there needs to be at least 6 months on your passport for you to enter the country (check your passports, save yourselves the headache). Unfortunately we found out when we were checking in for our flight. Due to it being a Saturday we couldn't get a passport expedited until Monday which couldn't work because we would have to push our entire trip back 3 days and we had to be back in time for work.
So we emailed Stefanie and explained our situation she was very understanding and let us move our reservation back 2 months. We just got back from Boracay and the Argonauta surpassed any expections that we had. Stefanie and Jun made us feel extremely welcome, and treated us like family. The entire staff provided us with exceptional service thorought our short stay. After a long day of beach hopping it was a sigh of relief knowing that we were coming back to the Argonauta. I really enjoyed breakfast in the mornings at the hotel with an awesome view of Boracay. The traditional Filipino breakfast was delicious I wish I had tried it sooner.
But all in all I would highly recommend the Argonauta to anyone going to Boracay. We will definitely be returning soon and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

we love love love love this place. When we saw the reviews here and agoda previously, we have our expectations set so high and was excited if the place match what we imagine based from the pics.. and yeah its awesome. the place itself is almost at the top of the hill (feels like greece) and have picturesque view of the sea and beach below. each villa has its own spacious veranda so you do have your own privacy.. you can sunbathe, eat, sing, stargazing at night or whatever you want there. Also i think they only have 10 or less villas so you would rarely see other guests, so serene and home-y feeling. When we were there we just saw a german couple on their way to the market. They have two pools and guests rarely use them so we pretty much have them for ourselves. The view from the pool is amazing as well (especially sunset). The pool area has toilet and shower room so you dont have to rush or so to your villa.

Rooms are colorful and cozy, though the first one we got have ants near the window which they fixed immediately. It was surprising though cause though the ants weren't bothersome, they offered a lot of apologies and transferred/upgraded us to a spacious apartment villa which we think was not necessary hehehe. but yeah we are grateful still and happy to have the apartment villa which is so spacious, (with two bedrooms/toilets, bar, kitchen)

breakfast food is nice as well and they can bring them to your room or veranda or by the garden.. :) just outside the gate, there's an entrance to a nearby private beach (balinghai) which is good to check out too. They have entrance fee of 500 pesos but consumable with sumptuous dishes/drinks. If you want to go to white beach, you can just ask the guard to call the driver who is always on standby to drive you to your destination. Going back, you will need to take a tricycle, fare is 150 only.

Service is great and feels like a family there. When we arrived, we were greeted and welcomed by one staff and we came back in the evening from a swim, we were surprised that one guy (the manager) was calling my boyfriend by his name (so rare) hehe and welcomed us. He will check up on us whenever he's around if we needed something and was helpful with giving tips or offering extra amenities in the villa. He even managed to have a short chat with us knowing that we will checkout the next day and that he wont be in town then.

Overall the stay is unforgettable. Our stay in a paradise like Boracay is an awesome experience already and was glad it was topped up with this wonderful villa. We'll definitely go back :)

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Southport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

The warm and friendly service we received from Argonauta started from the first e-mail. Stefanie couldn't do enough to help us before we had even booked our flight tickets.
Once we stepped out the airport Argonauta staff were waiting for us with a sign and a smile. The weight of our bags were very quickly lifted and we were escorted to a seat and shade from the burning sun. We were always addressed as 'Sir' and 'Ma'am' and everything was taken care of. All we had to do was follow their guidance. They seemed so excited to have us.
We received a lovely warm welcome on arrival of the Hotel accompanied with a drink and flannel. Our bags were carried to our beautiful apartment room. We were so distracted by our sunset view out of the window the only thing I heard staff say was "Your complimentary dinner will be served on the roof deck at 7".
The dinner was beautiful and our first chance to meet Stefanie's husband Jun, a really friendly guy who knows so much about the island and will help you with anything.
The following morning we were given a choice of breakfasts to eat on the roof deck overlooking the local beach and sea. Stunning!
The hotel staff were always willing to drop us wherever we needed to go and even got groceries for us that we couldn’t find ourselves. Whenever being dropped off, they would always make sure we knew how much a taxi would be back to the hotel to ensure we weren’t ripped off.
Argonauta isn't right on the main beach and bars but down the road in a quieter more tranquil place. Free to travel there, and £2 to get back. Brilliant!
We enjoyed a few of the islands many activities and were impressed to find that all we needed to do was let the lady on reception know and it would be booked, our ride their arranged, paid for (and billed to the room to be paid whenever we were ready) and escorted to the activity. All we needed to do was follow and enjoy!
I wasn't aware that there were swimming pools which was a lovely surprise and took a part in our morning routine after breakfast.
We always felt safe, not just because of the tranquil area but also the security guards that are on the resort 24/7.
It is worth remembering the road name that Argonauta is on or taking a business card out with you as we found some drivers didn't know where it was. All we had to do was say "Ballinghai" and they knew.
If you are the type that likes to hide away and be left alone then you will be, if you’re not then there is plenty of company and conversation to enjoy with Jun and staff.
The pictures of the apartment speak for themselves but to experience it in real life is like a dream! The view is to die for.
Stefanie has done an amazing job at not only creating this beautiful place but creating the most welcoming atmosphere and developing an ethic in her staff that consistently delivers professionalism and warmth. There is so much sincerity in this couples warmth and kindness and genuinely care that you have simply the best time that suits what you want.
I couldn't imagine that anybody would have anything to complain about after staying here and highly recommend it to everybody! If you’re considering it, do it!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

We had a large group of 8people stay at the Argonauta Boracay over the christmas period last year and it couldn't have been more perfect. The staff were wonderfully friendly and happy to help with any questions, and the house we were in was nice and spacious, with impressive water views and an incredible balcony to sit on and watch the sunset. It was nice to be a little bit out of the main strip - and away from all the buzz and noise of the shops, we truly felt like we were in heaven. Everything could not have gone smoother. A big thankyou to Stephanie and her team for having us - it was an absolute highlight of our trip.

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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 #22 of 146 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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