We stayed at Mandala Spa & Villas for our 25th Anniversary in July 2014 and it was the best and most memorable holiday we have ever had!
Although Boracay is not the easiest place to get to (1st flight to Manila, change of terminals, 2nd flight on a 80 seater propellor plane to Caticlan, car to a small boat, land on the beach (literally) finally car/bike to hotel), it is well worth the effort. Hint, travel light!!
Stacy, the Hotel Manager, was helpful with our bookings. We were met at Caticlan airport by helpful and kind Dyo (the Hotel's transport guy) who made the rest of our journey to the hotel smooth and easy. At the hotel reception Glenda and Zheeri were also extremely courteous and helpful with all the arrangements.
It was not the best time to visit Borocay as it is the rainy/off season, but despite the occasional downpour, we still had a great time! Best to wear flip flops or wellington boots if you are travelling this time of year and wish to go walkabout as some of the roads and walkways tend to get flooded around the main road and D-Mall.
The theme of the hotel is 'back to nature'. The villas are surrounded by lush greenery very cleverly landscaped. The hotel is built on a hill and has just 12 villas spread out around the breakfast gazebo with one Pool Villa which unfortunately was not available. Do try to get the Pool Villa if you possibly can. It has the only pool in the hotel and is in heavy demand.
Our Garden Villa was huge and had all the luxury comforts one would expect of a 5 star with a few extras like a shower area open to the elements - where u can have a true "rain shower". The true essence of a 5-star hotel with the serenity and surroundings of a back to nature retreat!
We booked the 'Five Days: Submerge and Learn' Yoga package that included daily private yoga classes (with our wonderful instructor - Stacy) and massage/facial sessions. Although you can request this in the privacy of your own villa it is much nicer to have your yoga class in the "Vessel" and your massages in one of the several "Spa Villas". The Mandala signature massage is heavenly!
There used to be a Vegetarian restaurant on site; unfortunately, that has since been closed - hopefully Management will decide to reopen it. Other than the complimentary breakfast which is provided by the hotel for all guests, if you wish to eat in the hotel, you will need to order in from one of the many restaurants on the island who will deliver to your room. Menus from several of these restaurants can be found in your room. If you wish to eat out, there are many international cuisine restaurants along the beach, on the main road and in D-Mall all fairly close by.
The beach is about a 5-10 minute walk down some steps and a path through the natural forest past the Vessel. The powder white sand beach is just picture perfect! There are no motorised water sports on that side of the island (those so inclined can easily get to the other side of the island as there are many touts who will gladly arrange this for you). The winds and waves were fairly strong so sailing and kite boarding is popular.
We received the honeymoon treatment and the hotel set up a complementary Cleopatra Milk Bath in our Villa.
With the combination of the serene ambiance and the amazing staff at Mandela, our memorable experience will be treasured forever!! We look forward to our next visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are committed to holistic wellness and well being. Our eco-friendly and luxurious resort villas are your door to a universe of healthy lifestyle options and internationally awarded spa treatments. The lush resort estate is private, full of tropical nature and birdsong. Mandala Spa and Resort Villas is located near station 3, just 5 minutes walking distance to White Beach. Each resort villa has its own private entrance, teak floors and vaulted ceilings. All villas are equipped with Wi-Fi, a 42 inch LCD TV, safe, mini bar, slippers, bathrobes, beach bags are provided for your use on the island or as a souvenir. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandala Spa And Villas
- Mandala Spa & Villas Hotel Boracay
- Mandala Hotel Boracay