Boracay. The very name conjures images of pristine white sand beaches, famous Filipino hospitality, luxury resorts, thumping nightlife and water sports enjoyed on the most impossibly clear water on the planet. While Boracay is famed for sunny days and balmy nights, we felt the effects of a nearby typhoon. The violent storms hampered our ability to explore somewhat and we spent more time than usual at our resort. I have never been more grateful that we chose our accommodation well! There are a plethora of beachfront hotels in Boracay but Coast Boracay stands out from the crowd in more ways than one. Every single element of our 3 day stay in paradise was flawless. Well except the weather, but you can’t do much about that! Read on for all the details …
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Getting To Coast Boracay
Where is Boracay you ask? Boracay, pronounced Burr-ROCK-eye, is a small island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. There is no airport on Boracay and most visitors land in Caticlan or Kalibo. We flew into Caticlan from Manila on Skyjet Airlines and when you choose to stay at Coast Boracay, they have you covered from the moment you touch down. A representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to Coast’s welcome centre where your launch awaits. On the quick boat ride refresher towels and icy cold water are provided to beat the heat before you transfer to a mini van for the last leg of your journey. It may sound like a complicated procedure, but in reality it is seamless. The ever smiling Coast staff keep in touch by walkie-talkies and each transition is perfectly timed with military precision. Coast enjoys an absolute beachfront location in Boracay Station 2, which is largely regarded as THE best place to stay in Boracay. When you step into the stunning reception for the first time you just know your stay is going to be special.
Coast Boracay Rooms
Coast’s modern rooms are a breath of fresh air among the many Boracay beachfront resorts. At just over a year old, everything is still fresh and shiny and new. The overwhelming feel is of a luxury coastal retreat and the styling is impeccable. Our premiere room had everything we could hope for and more. The king sized Sealy delivered a restful sleep and was perfectly placed to watch TV in bed, which we did a lot of when the weather got gnarly outside. Did I mention Coast Boracay has Netflix? #winning! When you can’t face dragging yourself out of bed, the bedside tables, power points and master switches keep everything in reach. A compact closet is available, but as I never unpack the luggage rack was appreciated. The upside of hunkering down against the weather was that I got quite a lot of writing done at the functional desk using the complimentary WiFi. The air conditioner in our room was brilliant at banishing the insane humidity and keeping us comfortable. I was initially apprehensive about privacy given our room (101) was located pool side and had floor to ceiling widows. I needn’t have worried. Coast Boracay’s dual blind system covered all bases. The inner blind affords maximum privacy while still allowing natural light to stream in and when it’s time to go to bed the blockout blinds keep early morning rays at bay.
The bathrooms at Coast Boracay are ultra modern and well thought out. The vanity had oodles of room to spread out my stuff and Coast provided a great variety of toiletries. I prefer a hand held shower wand but I know many would disagree and love the waterfall spout. The wooden seat makes shaving your legs a breeze and having the towels stored in the cubicle meant no soaking bathroom floors. The recessed toiletries shelf is something I really wished I had done at home when we built our house. I hate the nasty add on shelf we have ended up with. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. The door key at Coast powers the whole room when firmly in place. Even the hot water. The Hubs found this out the hard way when I stepped out with the key while he was in the shower. He was less than amused and I feared payback but he resisted the urge for retribution.
World Class Service At Coast Boracay
Not all beachfront hotels in Boracay are created equal. The greatest asset of any company is it’s staff and Coast have found the very best. Service is friendly and attentive without being intrusive and a warm smile is delivered every time you cross paths. All the staff were exceptional. From the pool attendant that offered to take photos for us, to the man in white who moved some wet floor signage so I could get the perfect photo, nothing was too much trouble. Our housekeepers were so good at their jobs that we never actually saw them. They knew the perfect time to pop in and do their thing without ever disturbing us. On our first night a fellow guest had obviously had a big night and didn’t quite make it back to his room. When I woke at 6.30am he was in the fetal position on one of the pool lounges. I witnessed one particularly caring staff member cover him with towels. His wife found him at about 10.30am and even though I don’t speak Korean, I could tell she wasn’t happy. Thank you in particular to Beth who welcomed us in style, Sharmen who managed to secure our helmet diving booking at late notice and Sarah who looked after our every need. You guys rock!
Not many station 2 Boracay resorts come with two pools but Coast does! Even in a typhoon Boracay is warm and the two pools are the place to be. I’ve always loved swimming in the rain. It’s not like your going to get any wetter now is it? The main pool comes with a shallow area for the kiddies to play and a stacked stone waterfall for aesthetic appeal. The floaties are always on standby and well used by guests both young and old. At Coast Boracay even the towels are fun and come in a rainbow of colours. Pool staff including a lifeguard are always on hand and used towels are magically refreshed as soon as you leave them unattended.
There are lots of things to do in Boracay and the front desk can book virtually anything your heart desires. Think sailing, cliff diving, zip lining and helmet diving to name a few. I’ve wanted to do helmet diving forever but have balked at the cost so I was thrilled when our afternoon helmet diving in Boracay was very affordable. You would be mad not to spend some time frolicking in the pristine waters of White Beach during your stay and Coast Boracay’s private section means you never have to fight the masses for a lounge. Head back in the evening at sunset for happy hour drinks. Despite the ominous cloud cover we enjoyed one spectacular sunset for which we were truly grateful.
Food & Drink @ Coast Boracay
You don’t have to go far at Coast Boracay to satisfy grumbling tummies. Cha Cha’s does a roaring trade with guests and visitors alike. The menu has all your favourites as well as a good selection of Filippino dishes. We dined at Cha Cha’s multiple times and I will be writing a separate post shortly so look out for that one! Trust me when I say that they grill a mighty fine cheeseburger.
The Little Things Mean So Much
As a frequent traveller in a world filled with cookie cutter hotels its refreshing to find a place that thinks of all the details. And I mean ALL the details. On arrival I received a red rose and a welcome drink in reception. If that’s not enough, we entered our room to find a fabulous welcome message on the TV screen. They even used my logo! We then found a not-so-typical welcome basket. I’m used to the standard fruit platter but this one included a bottle of local rum and a couple of cokes to boot! The gifts don’t stop there as every evening sweet treats are delivered before bed. The Oreo truffles were my favourite. Boracay’s weather is temperamental for four months of the year even without a typhoon so each room comes equipped with an umbrella and stand. The mini bar is reasonably priced and well stocked, but not so full so that you can’t add your own items. Complimentary pop corn is provided daily by the pool and a guide is provided for the not-so-tech-savvy (i.e. me!) to work the smart TV which comes equipped with Netflix. Thongs (or slippers as they call them) are provided for each guest which are yours to keep. No self respecting Aussie would ever leave home without their thongs but for those less prepared this is a godsend. The WiFi is free and fast and doesn’t involve entering a code reminiscent of a nuclear launch each time you want to update Facebook. It’s done once and you’re set for your entire stay. Even the toiletries are above and beyond at Caost Boracay. I have never been provided with cologne and hand sanitizer before. All the power points accept multiple plugs so there is a good chance you won’t need an adapter. Both our phones (iPhone and Samsung) plugged straight in but the three pronged Aussie plug on my laptop didn’t and needed an adapter. Sling the thoughtfully provided canvas bag over your shoulder and spend an afternoon filing it with knick knacks from the local vendors or simply use it to store your dirty washing. If you have read any of my previous hotel reviews you will know that a lack of lighting is one of my pet peeves. I am constantly amazed (and dissapointed!) that so many get it wrong. Coast Boracay got it right and our room was lit up like the Las Vegas strip when all the lights were on. Dimmer switches allow you to soften the effect and the greenie in me loved that all the bulbs were energy saving LED. Rooms are refreshed multiple times daily and each afternoon floor mats are placed on each side of the bed so sandy feet don’t spoil the pristine sheets. The exceptional attention to detail at Coast Boracay elevated our stay to a whole new realm.
Nearby In Boracay Station 2
There are no shortage of beachfront hotels in Boracay Station 2 but Coast has the edge with a prime position smack bang in the middle making it easy to access everything. Keen walkers can take a stroll the whole length of White Beach through all three Boracay Island stations. The 4klm stretch has the cleanest water and most pristine white sand you are ever likely to see. Sandcastles are a thing in Boracay. They are everywhere and the skilled artists ask for a small fee for photos. Don’t stiff them on this like I saw some doing. They send hours sculpting these masterpieces and robbing them of their livelihood is so not cool. For just a few pesos more you can have one customised. How cool is that???? Beachfront massages are easy to come by but if you prefer to get rubbed down more privately try the Green Monkey Spa right next door for one of the strongest massages I have ever had. The nearby mini mart stocks most necessities but if you can’t find what you need d’Mall is only a 10 minute stroll away. White Beach is famed for bars and clubs and you can take your pick from more than a dozen in stumbling distance as my Korean mate can obviously attest to. Restaurants adorn the sands and there is even a Starbucks (with armed guards!) for those who need a coffee fix.
The Final Word
Our stay at Coast Boracay was faultless. They provided unexpected delights at every turn and their attention to detail makes them stand out. Everything they did, they did exceptionally well and that is a rare thing these days. I always strive to provide a balanced view when I’m reviewing hotels but I am seriously struggling to call out any imperfections short of my dislike of the shower head and that is just me being petty. The rooms were spotless, the location was perfect and the hospitality was exceptional. Clearly I am not the only one who thinks so because they are rated #1 on TripAdvisor. When you are choosing where to stay in Boracay make sure you consider booking at Coast. If your stay is half as good as our you will not be disappointed.
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