We stayed overnight before proceeding to Caticlan (Boracay) so my kids could see the “Christmas Village” and doll figurines as advertised in their website. First impression: A bit strange when we got there at 9:00 pm. because the lights and trimmings for the Christmas Cottage were off and the giant Xmas tree which is the center piece, has no lights either. We were kind of expecting a well-lit, joyous Christmas Village.
The lobby/reception is beautiful but very quiet at night and very pretty during daytime .It has all the beautiful Christmas decorations which are perfect for picture taking. Beside the lobby is the restaurant which is also stylish and beautiful with paintings done by the owner Mr. Sam Butcher. The free buffet breakfast was okay. During our stay we had ham, danggit (dried fish), noodles, eggs, rice, cereals, bread, fruits, coffee and juices.
All rooms on the 2nd floor have veranda facing the ocean (lovely!) and a corridor facing the garden, Christmas Cottage and the carousel which is not working during our visit. Room is average and simple but comfortable and clean.
The Christmas Cottage is worth a short visit. On the first floor are items and dolls by Precious Moments sold to guests and non-guests. They are so pretty and for sure your little girls will love it. The 2nd and 3rd floors are part of the Christmas Museum (P10.00 entrance fee for non guests) with so many Xmas ornament displays. Its not airconditioned so be prepared to sweat a little.
Another worth a quick visit is Mr. Butcher’s Thai inspired house with a beautiful garden. He has vast collection of art pieces, figurines and furnitures . Picture taking is allowed.
The giant aquarium is no longer there and the chapel was locked. Some areas are not well maintained. The pool is big but we didn’t use it anymore. There is also a portion facing the ocean where one can just sit and watch it peacefully. Nice place.
- Also Known As:
- Sampaguita Gardens Hotel Kalibo