Boracay Day 1: Boracay Airport Transfer, Boracay Uptown Hotel, D’Mall

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    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. uptown1 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 =) P1310811 We managed to spot a beautiful sunset view from the boat. P1310837 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. P1310898 Boracay Uptown Hotel’s lobby is airy, bright and colorful. P1310840 The reception instantly puts us in holiday mode with it’s colorful decor and friendly staffs. P1310845 We received a nice welcoming touch too – refreshing drink and handmade shell necklace. P1310850 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. P1310865 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. P1310856 The room is new, modern, clean and huge enough to accommodate 4. P1310857 uptown2 Other basic facilities include satellite TV, complimentary coffee & tea, (chargeable) mini bar and safe deposit box. uptown7 The bathroom is always clean and toiletries are replenished daily. P1310876 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. P1310882 P1310883 Hotel guests can also take a few laps at the ground level lounge pool. P1310917 There is a live band singing outside the hotel every night which ended at 12am sharp. P1310835 We were really tired from the long transfer process, so we settled for some light snacks and drinks right outside Boracay Uptown Hotel. P1310936 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. P1311032 There are live fire performance in front of the hotel every night! P1311000 We walked to the nearby D’Mall after our light dinner. uptown3 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. P1310994 uptown6 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. uptown4 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+) P1311039 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. P1311046 uptown5 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. P2032329 It is a fantastic infinity pool where you can do laps or just chill while people-watching. P2011121 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

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