REVIEW: Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay
There's no question why Boracay remains as the world's best beach. On our 3D2N escapade at the island we stayed at two different hotels: Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay and Villa Caipirinha.
Ever since I've been a fan of Azalea after staying at their hotel in Baguio last year (read my experience here). Compared to the lodge style of their hotel in Baguio, Azalea Boracay has that tropical vibe with its white-washed buildings. There's the signature ball at the entrance and the reception area is really cozy though it can be really crowded especially that we stayed during the summer season.
Inside Azalea Boracay
Azalea Boracay is located along Station 2 and it's just a 10-minute walk from the beach front. The lobby is very interesting especially that the wall at the front desk is filled with lcd panels giving you a very cinematic feel. Inside the hotel there's the Kuya J Restaurant which I find surprising since I was expecting it to be an in-house restaurant just like Tradisyon in their Baguio hotel.
One Bedroom Suite
We stayed at the one bedroom suite which can accommodate up to 2 kids, 2 adults or 4 adults. I really liked the room since it looks really cozy and cool. As expected, everything was superb. The only thing that I didn't like about it is that our room has no view. The view at the balcony was another hotel. Nevertheless, it's near the beachfront so it's still a good point.
There's a pool at the deck which unfortunately I wasn't able to try. After partying and getting pretty wasted (read my Boracay PubCrawl experience here), I went back to the hotel and headed straight to the pool area. Nothing beats hangover than a cold dip. Sadly, the pool is open until 10 pm only.
What I Love
Proximity to the beach (Station 2)
Waterproof key wrist tags
I just love the rooms. They're elegantly designed. Service is also nice as expected from them. Proximity to the beach is also a plus point. While it's not really in front of the beach, it's just a 5 to 10-minute walk. Tricycles are also available any time. But what I really love the most is that they have this blue waterproof wristbands that also serves as your key card. Really innovative!
What I Don't Love
Lobby is too small. Very crowded during peak season.
Pool is not available 24/7
Since it was summer, during our checkout time the lobby was very crowded. Almost all the seats were occupied. Also, how I wish the pool was available 24/7.
Here's the current published rates as listed on their website:
PUBLISHED RATE INCLUSIONS:
- Overnight accommodation for up to maximum capacity per room. Extra person charges will apply.
- Maximum of 2 kids below 11 years old are free of charge if using existing beds.
- Welcome drink
- 10 am early check-in if the room is available.
- Services of a personal travel concierge.
- Services of a licensed Tour Guide daily.
- Complimentary local telephone calls.
- Complimentary RT transfer from Cagban Port to Hotel and v.v
- Check-in time is 2pm onwards. Check-out time is 12 noon.
- Rates are subject to change without prior notice
Super Peak Season Dates
Chinese New Year – 01-14 Feb 2016
EDSA Revolution Anniversary (25 Feb 2016) – 25 – 27 Feb 2016
Holy Week – 20 – 27 Mar 2016
Araw ng Kagitingan (09 Apr 2016) – 08-10 Apr 2016
Labor Day (01 May 2016) – 29 Apr – 01 May 2016
Independence Day (12 June 2016) – 10-12 June 2016
Ninoy Aquino Day (21 Aug 2016) – 19-21 Aug 2016
National Heroes Day (31 Aug 2016) – 26-28 Aug 2016
All Saints Day (01 Nov 2016) – 28-30 Oct 2016
Bonifacio Day (30 Nov 2016) – 25-27 Nov 2016
Christmas Season – 18 Dec-07 Jan every year
- Justin -