We started our 3-part X'mas/NY holiday vacation with 1 week at the Waikiki Hilton Village resort which was a fun-filled vacation in itself with lots of diving. But my family and I overwhelming enjoyed our stay even more at Willy's Beach Resort in Boracay. We arrived on 12/22/2005 and we were having so much fun that we extended our stay until 12/31/2005. Willy's just finished renovations of the entire resort; therefore, bringing the resort up to par with most contemporary boutique resorts (at this island locale). The resort is also self sufficient with their own solar panel energy system ensuring you get your relaxing hot showers. The staff are very attentive to all of their guests needs from food, room, concierge services down right to laundry needs. It was no surprise that we met a lot of families in the resort who have been coming to Willy's annually for the past 10 years to celebrate their holidays (diversity of European, American and Manila travelers). Also important to note that the staff helped me prepare for a very special birthday dinner for my aunt and helped us whipped up a mango sponge birthday cake directly from their own bakery.
The best part of this resort was its pristine beachfront view known as "White Beach" and the landmark "Willy's Rock" appropriately named since the rock is a part of Willy's resort. The pristine beach sands are so soft that we were walking barefoot during high noon. The grains of the sands were so soft it feels like you were walking in carpet that you don't even feel the heat at all... This resort is located in the peaceful area of boat station 1. However, within the vicinity are Club Paranaw and Cocomangas which is a plus (you can get peace/tranquility or walk over to a house-music or hip-hop club for variety). This resort is family owned and operated and it's no surprise the loyal staffs have been around since the resort opened 11 years ago. Asked for Cherry when making and/or confirming reservations, Sheilah would be happy to help you with your airline confirmations, spa/dinner reservations and other concierge needs, the very hospitable Raquel (one of the 2 daughters who manages the resort) will be there to ensure you enjoy your stay and don't be surprise to see Willy personally grooming the surroundings of this resort which he greatly takes pride even though he already has dozens of staff attending to it.
My sister, husband and I enjoyed diving through-out our stay and New Wave dive shop was just a few steps from Willy's which made our trip more memorable thanks to Jon-jon our dive instructor.
We were sad to move-on with our trip and spent our NY eve in Manila at the Oriental Mandarin Hotel... our hearts wished we were still in Boracay enjoying the swaying palms trees over the sandy beach.
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