Where to stay in Boracay: Sun Villa Beachfront Resort & Spa Review

Earlier this month, I celebrated my 35th birthday in my favorite island, Boracay. My family keeps coming back every year for new and exciting discoveries on food, activities, and hotels. There are a lot of nice hotels in Boracay but some of them can be pricey especially during super peak season. I’m happy to discover Sun Villa Beachfront Resort and Spa which is an affordable place to stay in Station 2.

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Boracay 2016: An updated guide on rates, eats, hotels, and activities

We just came back from our Boracay trip a week ago to celebrate my birthday. My birthday is November 1 and it’s also time for their Halloween costume parties which are a lot of fun. Whenever friends would ask me the best time to go to Boracay, I’d always suggest to experience their Halloween weekend to see the various scary costumes by the locals. If you’re not into festivities, ideally, BER months are the perfect time to go because the water is clear and the crowd is lesser than the summer season.

It’s been a while since I wrote about a guide of a destination. My Boracay guide post I wrote was last 2008 and the rates and hotels there badly needs an update. So here’s an updated guide on transportation, where to eat, where to stay, and what activities to do in Boracay.

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How to get to Boracay

There are various airlines flying to and from Kalibo or Caticlan airport: these are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia. The easiest way to check the cheapest fare is via Traveloka.com, with just a few clicks, I can see which airlines offer the lowest fare to any destination not just Boracay.

From Kalibo airport to Boracay

We always prefer to land in Kalibo airport because the planes are bigger and there are more flights. One disadvantage is the additional 2 hours travel time from the airport to Caticlan Jetty Port. Check out the updated transportation rates from Kalibo airport to Boracay (as of November 2016):

kalibo to caticlan transfers

If you’re going to DIY your transfers, here’s a sample computation:

Kalibo airport to Caticlan Jetty Port (bus only) via Island Star: Php 200
Terminal Fee at Caticlan Jetty Port: Php 100
Environmental Fee: Php 75
Boat Fee: Php 25 (day) / Php 30 (night)
Tricycle from Cagban Port to your Boracay resort/hotel: Php 20

Total transportation expenses will be Php 420 only versus the Php 600 Airport to Boracay (Door to Door) offered by Southwest and other transpo services. You can save as much as Php 180 should you go on your own. If you’re not in a rush to get to the island, do it yourself.

Tips

  • If you’re traveling with kids especially if they are 5 years old and below, Terminal Fee, Environmental Fee and Boat Fee is FREE, so that’s less Php 200. If you availed the door to door transfers, children have the same rates as adults.
  • If you are a group of 4 or 5, the best and convenient way to reach Caticlan Jetty Port is to take the Southwest Taxi, they charge Php 1,000. That will be Php 250 per head and you have your own car. 

Where to stay

Every visit, there’s always a new hotel in Boracay. Some newly opened hotels we saw are Coast Boracay, Azalea, Hue Hotel, and The Muse. For hotel bookings, I always rely on Traveloka because it gives me the results I need sorted out based on price, popularity, or reviews.

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Where to eat

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Our itinerary in Boracay is eat, swim, sleep, repeat. So finding good food and restos is a must. When in Boracay, you should not miss these places:

  • Jonah’s Fruit Shakes – For their fruit shakes in every flavor combination imagineable
  • Paradise Garden Resort – For their ensaymada and cheesecakes
  • Sunny Side Cafe – All day breakfast place
  • Spice Bird – For their piri-piri chicken
  • Boracay Toilet – Food is so-so in my honest opinion but go here because it’s fun and quirky.
  • Gasthof – For the ribs.
  • Two Seasons Boracay Resort’s barLO restaurant – For the four-cheese pizza and oyster sisig.

What to do

Aside from island hopping and the usual water activities like banana boat, parasailing, etc, there are new activities to try while you’re in Boracay.

  • Stand Up Paddle Surfing – Rent a paddle board for Php 300 per hour.
  • Ariel’s Point – Jump off a cliff for the adventurous.
  • Mermaid Swimming – Learn how to swim like a mermaid and have your photos taken too.
  • Sunset watching at Spider House – One of the best places to watch the sunset is at Spider House in Diniwid Beach.

I hope you have an awesome time in Boracay. Feel free to share this for friends and families traveling soon.

Jupiter Suites: A Budget Hotel in the Heart of Makati

When you’re in a tight budget and you’re searching for hotels in Makati, I bet you’ll have a hard time looking for one that will give you value for your money. Most hotels in Makati would set you back from Php 8,000+ a night if you really want a comfortable stay. The hotel’s location is one factor that can also add up to its rates.

I’ve discovered a budget hotel in Makati that has a perfect location for work and leisure, has large rooms, comfortable beds, and impeccable service similar to 5-star hotels.

jupiter suites in makati

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Where to stay in Coron: Corto Del Mar Hotel review

We wrapped up our Boracay-Palawan trip last March with a stay in Corto del Mar, Coron, Palawan. It’s our first time to visit in Coron and I have no idea where to stay and what location is good as a base. But judging from the reviews, it’s just a small town so getting around town by tricycle is not a problem. As with the Coron hotels, there are only few big hotels and Corto del Mar is one of them. It has an old-world Mediterranean ambiance but still feels homey.

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Sponsored Video: 8 Things I miss about All-in-one-of-a-kind Singapore

Singapore is close to my heart because this is the second country I’ve been since I started traveling. It’s also Gwen’s first international trip when she was 7 months old. Singapore makes an impact right after you step out of the plane. They really mean it when Singapore Changi Airport is recognized as one of the most awarded airport in the world. On my next visit, I plan to explore the airport so I’ll allow plenty of time before my flight.

Nature & Gardens Terminal 3 Transit - Worlds first Butterfly Garden in an airport

Nature & Gardens Terminal 3 Transit – Worlds first Butterfly Garden in an airport

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Air Juan: Fly from Boracay to Coron, Palawan

After our 4-day Boracay trip, our next destination is Coron, Palawan. The original plan was to fly back to Manila and then take the plane going to Busuanga because that’s the only way we know. But after reading travel sites, Jeff stumbled upon a suggestion from tourists to take the Air Juan plane. Curious what Air Juan is, I googled and learned that it’s a 9-seater plane and has direct flights from Boracay to Coron and Puerto Princesa.

air juan flght from caticlan to coron palawan

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Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay review

Whenever we go to Boracay, it’s always during the BER months where the water on the main beach is crystal clear. We usually don’t go when it is summer because we are very much aware of the algal bloom during this season. But this April, Jeff’s cousin and his friend wanted to visit Boracay before we go to Palawan so we looked for nice accommodations that will impress our guests. Summer is peak season so most good hotels are jacking up their prices. Good thing Jeff’s cousin consulted Trip Advisor and suggested Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay. This is on the other side of the island which is great because it won’t be affected by the algal bloom, this way, our guests won’t be disappointed with Boracay, touted as one of the world’s best beaches.

fairways and bluewater resort boracay review

Turned out that we made the right decision to book Fairways and Bluewater for our Boracay trip. We all loved our stay even though we visit Boracay often. It’s as if discovering another beautiful secret the island has to offer.

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Wings Transit Lounge at NAIA Terminal 3 for the weary traveler

Sleeping in the airport? Now, that is possible with the Wings Transit Lounge located at the 4th level of NAIA Terminal 3. Jeff and I were checking out the newly opened restaurants inside the Food Hall at the 4th level of NAIA Terminal 3 while waiting for my Papa’s arrival. I saw the Wings Transit Lounge signage, I am really looking for a service like this in preparation for our trip next month so I’m really really glad to have stumbled upon Wings lounge.

the wings transit lounge naia terminal 3

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Cheap hotel in Tagaytay: Elegant Star Apartelle

Last December, we went on a road trip and beach camping with friends in Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batangas (blog post to follow). The following day, we drove from Calatagan and had late lunch at Bag of Beans. We plan to visit Sky Ranch the next day so we looked for a decent accommodation to crash for the night, I first browsed thru the Airbnb app on my phone, tried messaging some of the hosts but they were booked for the night. So we just drove along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway and stopped and inquired on some hotels along the way. After 2 or 3 hotels and perhaps due to exhaustion, we parked at Elegant Star Apartelle.

Elegant Star Apartelle tagaytay

Elegant Star Apartelle is just in front of The Lake Hotel

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Tokyo Secret in Hong Kong

The title might confuse you, whaaat…Tokyo in Hong Kong??? But the word Tokyo and anything Japanese seems to be quite a trend in the names of the establishments in Hong Kong last month. Take for example this popular liquid nitrogen ice cream shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tokyo Secret.

tokyo secret hong kong

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