Turtle Inn Resort
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... the door and resulted in me getting well and truly stuck. My body was inside the boat and the bag outside unable to fit through the door. So I just half stood half sat there helplessly waiting for someone to come and save me. Luckily they did but only after they'd left me long enough for people to start noticing and laughing. Such a smooth entrance. I decided to just sit in the first seat I saw and hang my head in shame. This meant I didn't get a window seat with a ...
... seats where the cushions were embroidered with spider webs. We took lots of pictures while waiting for our meal and asked the bartender why the name 'Spider House'. He explained 'look around...there are hundreds of spiders here' and 'when we built this place there seemed to be many spiders and when we tried to rid of them they kept coming back'. ...so that's why the name! Elizabeth told me to look up. This part was terrifying for me, as I've learned to be near a ...
... the overnight ferry to Cebu. We went with a different company this time which was cheaper. We bought the cheapest ticket and quickly bought some 'cold' street food before heading on the boat.
Once we were on the ferry we got settled and sat on the deck and planned out next route and where we wanted to go. We spent a couple of hours on the deck eating crackers and orieo's before getting in our bunks.
The journey was was pretty smooth and we arrived in Cebu dead on ...
... br> We spent 5 days just chilling out on the beach, taking walks around the island, watching amazing kite surfers and going snorkelling. It was lovely, the only downside was that there were a lot of tourists in some places which made the beautiful 7km stretch of white beach less peaceful than it could have been at times.....
Overall it was just what we wanted so it gets a thumbs ...
... isn't so bad after all. Half an hour walk later to save a pound on the transport and we arrived at White Beach, which is to use a cliche, the picture postcard one. It quickly became apparent that budget was going to hamper us here as being more of a holiday destination than backpackers, the prices were inflated and we were taking a tour of the local holes. Becoming increasingly frustrated at the prospect of staying in one of these 'holes' we even accepted the offer of a tout ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTurtle Inn Resort Boracay
I stayed here about 5 days while visiting Boracay. It's a very nice with large rooms and friendly staff. It's quite a long walk to station 1 and 2, but the upside is that it's a quiet area. I bought a t-shirt from the inn and still wear it proudly (good quality t-shirt also, by the way :)).
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Historical Traveler Reviews Turtle Inn Resort Boracay
Best place to stay on Boracay
We stayed at Turtle Inn for 5 nights during our honeymoon in September. The owners of the guest house are extremley friendly and gave us a very warm welcome. During our stay there they made every effort to help us, including recommending an excellent contact on the island to take us on a boat trip. The rooms are very clean and spacious. With excellent air con, cable tv and a very reasonably priced mini-bar, what more do you need! The area in which the Inn is located is definitely the nicer end of the island and I would highly recommend staying at Turtle Inn.
My partner and I stayed in Turtle Inn for 9 nights in September. We were on an 8 month trip and stayed in many places over that time and Turtle was by far the best. The staff are all so kind and helpful and will do anything for you. It was like staying with family. The hotel is beautiful, and on Boracay which can feel a little overcrowded you really feel like you are away from it all, while still being only a 2 minute walk from the beach and amenities. There is a real sense on space around the resort. While we were there the restaraunt was still being completed but it did not affect our stay in the slightest, and will be fantastic when finished. The beds are huge and so comfortable, even the linen was luxurious. There is an excellant mini bar in the room with everything you could want - and Troy is on hand to share a drink with you if required!! We booked by email and were expected when we arrived with a lovely welcome drink. We even had complimentary breakfast on our balcony a few times. I could not recommed Turtle Inn highly enough - We only have one complaint and that is that we could not stay longer.
It's been almost a week now since i got back from a wonderful trip in boracay. i am just glad that i never hesitated to spend 4 days of my vacation to a place i call PARADISE! Sure there were a lot of good things happened with this trip and one was staying at Mr. T's TURTLE INN. My friends and I were so tired from the trip and first thing that we could think of was to get a good rest on the first day... and fortunately we did. I was so surprised to see our hotel room. It was huge! It reminded me of my stay in Marco Polo Hotel because it looked almost the same... big nice beds, clean bathroom and if i am not mistaken we were on the top most floor. Yes.. it was like staying in a 5 star hotel but it was freakingly cheap! The staff were just extremely accomodating especially the owner himself, TROY. He made our vacation so perfect! He had good recommendations. He brought us to cool party places the first night and even went sailing, island hopping and snorkelling (my favorite) with us on our third day. It was my 3rd trip to bora and that was the only time that i had so much fun. THANKS to TROY, Jenny and the rest of Turtle Inn staff. I would defenitely stay again with you next time!
So if you people out there planning a trip to Boracay.. Stay at Turtle Inn. SURE you'll have the best of everything!!!
Just loved Turtle Inn
Thanks to Korean Chu Suk (Oct 5-7). We were able to have a long vacation. My colleagues and I didn't waste time to book a flight all the way to Bora. We wanted to be refreshed and relaxed in this 3-day vacation. We wanted to have fun and just spend the time of our lives without thinking loads of work. We just wanted to get away from a city life even in just a couple of days. So we did. But the big question there is, HOW on earth can we satisfy our wants? Definitely, we have to start from the resort that we're going to stay in. Checking good resorts made us worried and exhausted.. what if we'll just get disappointed when we get there? How are we suppose to make the best out of that worst situation? Whatever be the thing is... we NEED to get a resort that would accomodate us well in a very reasonable price. AND thank God, we had it!!!...
We're damn glad! Our stay in Boracay would have not been that superb, worth spending and fun if not of our resort --- THE TURTLE INN ---
The accomodation was more than what we expected. All the staff there were friendly, sincere, service-oriented, courteous and more than willing to extend whatever help they may offer. Jenny ( the beautiful sister-in-law of the owner) welcomed us with a fresh orange juice and showed us all the room amenities. There was even a daily housekeeping. She was too kind to ask what more we need and would delightfully grant us. She's simply the best. Take note also guys that the towels and bedsheets are of high quality and super white you wouldn't even want to unclean them.
Daddy Troy (we call him daddy co'z he seems to be like a father to us, making us feel protected and being taken cared of whenever we're out to party @ night),THE RESORT OWNER, showed us around Boracay and introduced us to the best places where we can get groovin'. He even bought us some drinks and accompanied us to different bars where we can have a lot more fun! In fact, we kissed the loneliness goodbye in 3 straight nights ! We rocked peeps, I'm tellin ya that! Not only that, TURTLE INN always sees to it that we're more than comfortable in our 3-day stayed there. The room HAS it all.
Home away from home
We have just returned from a 4-day stay at Turtle Inn, and all I can say is that, it seems we actually never left home. The room was too comfortable, to the point that it was too dificult for us to get up in the morning, we practically wanted to sleep all day. Our room was furnished with a queen size orthopedic bed, so the frequent backpains we usually experience when booking in most hotels, was totally not an issue. To spice up more on the comfort of our room, first class Canadian linens where used, which were all immaculately white! Bath, hand and face towels were provided and changed daily, and like the pillowcases/sheets, they were all immaculately white. Our room had a brand new aircon, tv and ref. It also had a minibar, and items were all reasonably priced. The room was also provided with sachets of 3in1 nescafe, and an electric water boiler, should guests wish to have coffee at anytime of the day, and they were free of charge!
But, it wasn't just the comfort of the room that made me say that it was a HOME AWAY FROM HOME. The best thing about Turtle Inn was the personal touch that Troy, the owner, gave to his guests. My daughter and I arrived on a Wednesday, and next morning, I asked Manang Merlie, the chambermaid, where Troy was, as we wanted him to help us with our boating trip. Manang Merlie replied that Troy was still asleep as he waited for us all night, as no one in the resort ever noticed us come in at around 10 pm of Wednesday. He waited till almost past 1 am, and was worried howcome we weren't back yet when we said that we were just going out to have dinner. And when it seemed that it will take forever for us to return, did he ask Manang Merlie to go up and check us in our room. Even Toto, Troy's handyman and Manang Merlie waited all night with Troy.
Our stay at Turtle Inn wasn't a package, and the rate quoted to us just covered the accomodation. But on the morning we arrived, we were welcomed with 2 tall glasses of orange juice. Not just that, on our next morning, we were served with eggs, strips of bacon, slices of bread and coffee for breakfast. And on our last night, Troy invited us to have shakes at a nearby resort. And after having our shakes, he treated us for a few more drinks while chatting with a few of his foreigner friends. He introduced us to Jen and her boyfriend Joey, the owner of Red Pirates.
Saturday was our departure. As I have said, our trip wasn't on a package, but still upon checking out, Troy informed us that Toto, Troy's handyman, will be seeing us off at Cagban port. To my surprise, even Frankie, Troy's son, went along, infact he even helped Toto with our luggage! Where in the world will you ever see this kind of hospitality and care for their guests? I'm sure only at Turtle Inn!!!
Though the resort isn't along the beachfront, it is just a 2-minute walk away from the beach. The pathwalk is paved and well lighted, and the neighbors are very friendly and courteous. Infact there was no day that the neighbors won't greet us with a smile and a good morning/afternoon/evening.
It was our first time in Boracay, and there was never a time that we visited a vacation spot twice. But we will definitely be coming back sometime in March or April! And what's more definite is our 2nd stay at Turtle Inn! See you guys (Troy, Frankie and the rest) in 6 or 7 months!!!
Truly a wonderful place
So my friends and I were just finishing up a trip in South East Asia with our last week planned for the Phillipines. We planned on heading to Boracay first, and ended up finding this place on the internet. It had offered a great price (If I remember correctly it worked out to 10 dollars a person - ish) for what it was offering and so we initially booked it for about 3 nights (just in case it didn't meet our expectations).
However upon arrival there we soon extended our stay for the whole week. We ended up flying into Boracay a bit late and landed in a bit of rain, but ended up finding someone waiting for us at the airport. It was great to have that luxury especially with the route that we had to take to get from Caticalan Airport to Boracay Island. I'm sure that without him we would've ended up getting lost along the way. We ended up taking a 'motor-taxi' from the airport to the dock, where we caught a boat to the island. That was an experience in itself, with us having to change boats, in the middle of the night, in the middle of the sea. But we made it safely to shore and with the help of the guy from the hotel we managed to manuveour our way in a 'motor-taxi' to the hotel. The road in was a bit funny, especially with us having to guide ourselves in past residential routes to get to the hotel, but the site that we came across was amazing. I can only describe it as a 'diamond in the rocks', with its white exterior, complemented by a huge sign at the top, saying 'Turtle Inn'. (One thing to add, is that just cause a place is placed in a residential area it doesn't mean its lacks quality - we found a similar place in Bali when we were there). But yeah, it was quite an amazing place to come to after a long trip from Singapore to Caticalan.
Mhalen and Troy, the owners of the hotel, were just amazing as well, and they even upgraded our room to a place with two queen beds for just a fraction of the price more. The rest of week we were treated like family, with Mhalen lending us her cell-phone in case we got lost, to them taking us out for drinks and such, to even having a bbq thrown for us the night before we headed back home. You know some people might say that this is a three-four star hotel, but the people make it five-star all the way. I would definately head back there again to see how progress on the hotel is going, and to enjoy that kind of hospitality again.
Not for Families
We stayed there last month. The hotel is not kid friendly. You can not let child out on verenda either in top rooms as they can fall or bottom rooms as no place for them, no railings. Construction at hotel and next door makes for noise. Pathway is paved but thru area that is not comfortable to walk at night. From other comments, it is good hotel to go to if you want to drink but not for family. We were not happy there.
Boracay Blast 2006
I have been looking for affordable accomodation a month before our trip to boracay and came across turtle inn..after asking my boyfriend, Allan, if the place was OK with him, on agreeing, i immediately booked a room for us.
Our flight to Kalibo was 8.55 am but got delayed for a few minutes, i was worried that nobody will pick us up since i told them that we would be arriving at 9 am, surprizingly, when we landed and was about to go to the baggage claim, there it was! my name on a card, the guy said our "companion" is outside the shed waiting for us.and that was about 10.30 am already..i was soo relieved.So turned out his name is June..He was very helpful all the way, carrying our luggages and making sure we are ok..So sweet!
Upon arrival we were welcomed by Jenny (June's wife) and led us to our beautiful room (room 10)..And there came our welcome drinks (ponkana juice, if im not mistaken...my fave!)
We had a little patio but couldn't stay out cuz its raining or showering..
After taking a rest we were off to see the island and the owner, Troy, was very helpful..giving us advices and tips on where to go and what to do.He even said he'll send someone to pick us up if ever we got lost and all we need to do is call them. Fortunately we didnt get lost nor got wasted ;)
The place is very easy to find, even if it's a little inside, since they have a road constructed uniquely so we could find our way.
We stayed for 4D/3N, and our 2nd day after island hopping we were given a basket of fruit, very sweet indeed. We met troy's wife mhalen on the 3rd day and the couple suggested us to go to pukka beach and was kind enough to lend us 2 towels in case we go there. We didn't cuz we did our water sports that day (last day) but we were grateful for the kindness really..
Before leaving we asked jenny to get us someone to pick us up on checking out, and that morning, there was a tricycle then waiting for us, Jenny sent us and asked her hubby to help out (which btw was mixing cement) and he did stop immediately and help us out , apologizing for the dirty hands..
The entire staff are soo accommodating you will definitely feel at home..Except, it was mentioned that they're new and true indeed, the room we had are lacking some stuff still but im sure they are working on it..Didnt bother me much since i came to boracay for fun and i soo much enjoyed staying there that i might stay with them the next time i go there. Cant wait til u have they have the swimming pool ready..
Thanks everyone for making our stay Superb!
Amazing people, beautiful hotel!!
My friends and I came across turtle inn on a website and we booked it immediately. The price was far better than most other hotels and yet the hotel seemed to offer everything that the others one did. We arrived a few hours late in Caticlan and were very suprised that someone was waiting for us! We dont know what we would have done without him. It was late at night and raining. We took a tuk tuk ride to the pier, a little boat and crossed over to a bigger boat while in the water in the darkness. I must say it was a scary experience for us being in the Philippines for the first time but having someone with us made it comforting and he helped so much with getting our luggage there in one piece. Expecting the worst we arrived at a beautiful hotel in Boracay. We were greeted by the staff and given umbrellas right away. Troy the hotel manager upgraded our room for us for a few extra dollars. A very spacious room with two queen size beds, amazing mattress, pillows and sheets, A/C, T.V that had almost 100 channels, refrigerator and shower and not to forget a 20ft balcony with tables and chairs where you could hang out. As the restaurant was not yet finished at the hotel they ordered in pizza for us and gave us tips and advice for the island and diving.
As the days went on we became really close with the hotel staff. Troy would tell us where to go and would arrange for everything for us. Mhalen his wife was an absolutely amazing women. She would come shopping with us and even threw us a wonderful BBQ one day. They would take us out for dinner and even show us the good nightspots. As they were just in the process of adding phones in the room it was hard for my boyfriend to call me. Mhalen would offer me her cell phone everyday where he could call me and talk to me for hours. The first day she even gave it to me just in case we got lost on our way back! We had originally booked three days just to make sure we liked the hotel but we ended up staying for 10! And not just that, we got an additional discount for staying that long. It really made no sense to go anywhere else and we were very happy there.
The people here really went out of their way to make you feel at home. After travelling through Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and all of Thailand I would have to say that the Philippines really touched my heart. It was the first place where I felt at home and not like a tourist and I have Mhalen and Jennys family to thank for that. I felt like I was staying with a relative that would take care of me no matter what happened. As beautiful as the hotel was at the end of the day its the people that make your trip memorable. The plans for the hotel sound great and Im eager to get back soon to see it. The restaurant sounds like it will be ready soon and the plans for the swimming pool and waterfall sound amazing. Best of luck with everything Troy and Mhalen and hope to see you soon!!!
With love Vicky
More than expected, from the Turtle Inn!
I was planning a scuba diving trip to the Philippines, and after finding a diving shop to dive with, I had asked them for hotel / resort reccomendations that are close to the dive shop. I was then given the name of Turtle Inn Boracay.
When I went to the website, still in progess, I did not find an easy way to book and pay for the hotel, so I made a call to the Philippines and spoke with the manager. She directed me to a way to do so from antoher web site, however, since I was making last minute accomodations, I was not able to pre pay for the room. Still, it was reserved for me.
When I landed in Manila, I again called the manager and indicated what flight I would be arriving in Caticlan with. She said she would have someone there to pick us up.
The flight to Caticlan was late, yet, on arrival there indeed was two persons with my name on a sign awaiting to carry our bags to the trike. A short ride, and short boat ride later we were at Turtle Inn.
We got the deluxe room, which offered a top floor and larger balcony. A nice view, and very private. It was clear that the resort was new and still being constructed in some areas. The rooms were clean, with comfortable beds, cable TV and a mini bar with very affordable prices.
When I was there in early July, 06, construction of the resort's bar and restoraunt was not yet finished however, the resort had a deal with a local restorant to be able to bring food to order as room service. A nice touch while still in construction. The customer service did not stop there. From laundry, to fresh bananas in the morning the resort staff took care of every need. The owner, Troy, introduced himself and also went out of his way to ensure all of our requests were met, from dining ideas to drinking holes.
The apparent partnership between Turtle Inn and Dive Gurus was great. Perhaps it was a friendship that had forged it first. Whatever the case, the two entities worked hand in hand to accomodate our needs. Troy had joined us for a drink at the bar located in the dive shop after a day of diving. Inexepsive drinks, good company, a wonderful tropical breeze and view of the sunset, with dinner provided by the Indian quisine located above the dive shop, the experience was absolutely spectactular!
I can not say enough good things about Turtle Inn Boracay and will surely stay there again in the future!