Before you go, read this : Boracay Travel Guide: Must See, Must Eat & Must Do!
We were traveling to Boracay during the end-Jan to early-Feb 4 days long weekend. We flew in via Air Asia and arrived to Kalibo airport.
For Malaysian/Singaporean visitors, most of us fly direct to Kalibo Airport. The airport is really small and there were only two immigration counters working when were there. Expect at least 30 minutes of queue time to clear immigration. From Kalibo Airport, one needs to go through an 1.5 hours bus ride to Caticlan Jetty port, followed by a 10 minutes boat ride to Boracay Island. There are many travel agencies offering transfer services once you touched down at Kalibo Airport. The most reliable company is South West Tour. However, we realized that there is a huge discrepancies in pricing. We paid the official Internet price of 1225 peso per person for door to door return services, inclusive of bus+boat+van+all government fees (environmental fee and terminal fee). Our friend paid 975 peso to Manila Tours (the counter is just next to South West Tours) but we were taking the same mode of transportation under South West. Another friend who arrived one day later told South West that we paid only 900 peso and he got it at 900 peso. We checked with our hotel and they told us that 900 peso is the price that we should be paying. So remember to ask for 900 peso =) We managed to spot a beautiful sunset view from the boat. The sky is getting dark by the time we reached Boracay Uptown Hotel. We chose the hotel because location-wise, it is fantastic! The hotel is right smacked in the middle of Station 2 and just next to D’Mall. It is very convenient because we can always freshen up or get change in the hotel after our water activities. I don’t even need to bring my beach bag out, because I can just go back to our hotel room anytime to get sun block, water and etc. Boracay Uptown Hotel’s lobby is airy, bright and colorful. The reception instantly puts us in holiday mode with it’s colorful decor and friendly staffs. We received a nice welcoming touch too – refreshing drink and handmade shell necklace. Boracay Uptown Hotel’s staff ushered us to our room and explained to us in details regarding the room’s facilities and hotel’s amenities. It is a beach fronting hotel and the facade of the hotel is very happening but our rooms were really quiet as most of the rooms are located at the back. The room is new, modern, clean and huge enough to accommodate 4. Other basic facilities include satellite TV, complimentary coffee & tea, (chargeable) mini bar and safe deposit box. The bathroom is always clean and toiletries are replenished daily. The hotel’s infinity swimming pool on level 3 is a great chill out spot for some live music (a live band is playing downstairs every night) while you enjoy a cold beer or tropical fruit drink. It is our favourite spot to lounge under the stars by the shimmering blue pool every night. Hotel guests can also take a few laps at the ground level lounge pool. There is a live band singing outside the hotel every night which ended at 12am sharp. We were really tired from the long transfer process, so we settled for some light snacks and drinks right outside Boracay Uptown Hotel. I love the al-fresco beach front dining experience here. I kept dipping my feet into the super fine white beach’s sand while eating. There are live fire performance in front of the hotel every night! We walked to the nearby D’Mall after our light dinner. D’Mall is the only decent shopping mall in Boracay Island. Some of the more popular restaurants such as Aria (Italian), Ole (Spanish), Cyma (Greek), Bite Club Burger and I Love BBQ are all situated here. D Mall is also a popular destination of tourists for souvenirs and “pasalubongs”, however we found out that D’Talipapa’s stalls offer better and lower pricing. We stopped by for a quick supper at Andok’s Chicken. It was good and cheap – beer and half chicken for only 100 peso (RM 8+) Station 2’s nightlife is extremely colorful and vibrant. We walked to Station 1 and as we turned our back, we saw a really long stretch of colorful lights and heard dance/hip hop/house music everywhere. The hotel’s breakfast is situated on the top floor. Both the selection and food was decent, and we really like their garlic rice! On certain days, it gets really windy when we were there, so we were wearing sweater while having our breakfast. It is a fantastic infinity pool where you can do laps or just chill while people-watching. Hotel guests are welcomed to use the lounge chairs right outside Boracay Uptown Hotel. It is also where we had our best beach front massage experience (350 peso per person). The hotel also havebeach towels available for guest’s use. Boracay Uptown Station 2, Boracay Island Malay Aklan, Philippines Tel. No.: (6336) 288-2659 / 60 Tel. No.: (6336) 288-2661