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Historical Traveler Reviews Friday's Boracay
We had a very good time at Fridays. In the three and a half days I was there, I did almost every activity they offer. I regret not taking more time just to relax at the beach. Speaking of the beach, it was great. Very calm and relaxing. Very picturesque. You arrive at Fridays by boat. You actually have get off the boat and walk in the water to the beach. There no piers on Boracay. But its fun, and they greet you with fruit juice and a shell necklace. The rooms are very cool. They come with a king bed and two singles. I felt very safe and secure at Fridays. I even had money and things I left out by accident and not one thing was missing. I had a message every day I was there. I will tell you this resort is not cheap. It is about 30% less than staying at US resorts. If you go out of the resort prices for things are much lower. I would however go to the resort again. Next time I will stay away from the room phone and eat lobster every other night instead. Someone told me its much cheaper to buy a cellphone with a simm card. There happy hour is great. I ordered a beer for 70 pesos and they brought me two. At happy hour they just bring you out two. Snorkeling was great. Remeber to take 20 pesos a person for a city snorkeling fee. I did a discovery dive which I highly recommend. Lots of clown fish and corals! I did not like the horse back riding. I had to cut it short and head back. It was nothing like riding here in the US. Very uncomfortable. The only other thing I did not like ,was I always felt like I was being watched. People who are not staying there are not allowed to cross on to Fridays property, so they sit by the guard post waiting for people to walk off property. I had one guy who, as I was turning over on my side, made eye contact with me and head up his sunglasses display and pointed to them. So, they need to do something about that. One more thing I should mention is that they will find you for whatever you ordered or bought earlier. Meaning there are NO freebies there. I ordered a water ealier in the day and they made me sign the slip hours later. They also billed me for when the receptionist called a travel company in town for me from the front desk. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience which I hope to do again.... Sometime soon....
Most beautiful beaches
Words can not describe how wonderful this place was. My boyfriend and I loved it! The restaurant is one of the best on the island. The rooms were amazingly authentic and I loved the fresh fruit we were greeted by and the welcome drinks with necklance ON the beach as we got off the boat. Everyone was always very friendly and ready to offer the best of service. This resort isn't so busy beachfront because you are located a little farther from where all of the action is. However it is well worth the walk on the beach to get to these places. Fridays is also located very near the golf course. How amazing it was for me to learn play golf for the first time and have an ocean view with it! It made me feel a lot better looking at the ocean when it took 10 strokes for me to hit the dumb ball in!
While youre at fridays I recommend a few things:
1.Get a massage: they are so cheap and so well worth the relaxation after your "long, hard day" on the beach
2. Go horse back ridding: Horses can be a little jumpy when traveling on the road but still very kind for the most part. Wear pants not matter how hot! I wore shorts and it was closer to the evening and I have bug bites all over my legs. It was horrible but my own fault. The view from the top of the mountain they take you up is beyond description!
3.Play at least a round of golf: I'm not a big fan either but the golf course it's self is amazing especially the back part. While we were there it rained for about 30 mins. All these little frogs were out all over the place after. They were so cute!
4. Go to pier 1 or cocamongas or both and dance the night away: No matter how old you still have the right to have fun. Its a great time to get up with the locals and get your groove on. I am 21 and I loved pier one. I didn't get to go to cocamongas =( ....Guess that means I have to go again!
5. Splurge and get the best meal ever at fridays restaurant! The food speaks for itself!
And lastly, walk out into the water until you can't see the bottom....you will be walking forever! ;)
Had a great time !!!
I had a wonderful time at Fridays. The only negative was the room was a little below expectations, but the service more than made up for it. From our help with booking with the aid of Hilly to our greeting at Caticlan by Rey who was as cool as they come, and also Tina the woman at the acticities hut who was a doll. My fiance and I had a wonderful time. the staff was wonderful at the restaurant and the food was as good as it gets. I will be booking another trip soon to spend my honeymoon there as my fiance and I had the time of our lives. The beach was very clean and the rooms were even cleaner. Very romantic getaway .
We recently returned from Boracay and stayed at Club Panoly and Waling Waling, however we ate almost every night at Friday's. The food was sensational for the price and the service was great. We found the food at the hotels we stayed at to be okay compared to Friday's. We usually eat budget and Friday's was a lovely suprise for the price and quality.
Yes, it is costlier than most hotels in the island, but you do get the basic hotel amenities with airconditioning, cable tv, room service and a swimming pool. While a bit secluded, this exclusivity provided peace and security compared to the hotels around boat station 1 and 2, but is near enough to reach that area if you'd like.
I have stayed here a few times in the last 3 years. It is more up to international standards than waling-waling, which we tried once and decided to go back to friday's. I have 2 small kids and they enjoy the large, clean beach front. I do not have to worry about them bumping into anything, or me being bothered by hawkers.
There are a couple of higher-end accomodations in the island, but doubt if these provide the value same or as good a location.
Best on White Beach
I would have given excellent were it not for the rooms needing renovation. However, the renovation is ongoing! This is great news! The staff/service are wonderful; it is on THE BEST part of White Beach--the widest, whitest, and finest (in terms of grain); and the food is very good. For accommodations at this level, it is more private than most of the other places on White Beach, and is much more convenient than staying one cove over (at Nami)--a short 10-minute stroll ALONG the beach (much better than the back road, I never would consider going this route) will get you to the more social part (restaurants, cafes, bars, shops) of the beach.
A gem in the Visayas
I was interested to read the very poor review of Fridays and particular about the route into town. Having stayed there 3 years in a row for New Year and about to return this year, I have never taken that route into town as you simply walk along the beach front until you reach all the restuarants and bars and it is perfectly safe.
Back to the resort, yes I agree the rooms are not the equivalent of 4 start hotels elsewhere but they are clean and comfortable enough for a beach resort. What makes Fridays special is the service and the welcome from the local Philippino staff. Jo Jo will keep you plied with water on the best sunbeds on white beach and ensure you have clean towels whenever you need them. Bong and Rex will mix the best cocktails on the island and the bar is buzzing at happy hour. There are many excellent restaurants on the island, however Fridays can boast one of the best. If you do happen to be there for New Year then they have the best party on the island with a gourmet dinner, dancing to live bank and fabulous fireworks display on the beach. Coming from Scotland the home of Hogmany (New Year) , I can honestly say the people of boracay do it better.
So dont come and expect luxury accomodation, but if you want to experience some local hospitality try Fridays. Added bonus is the range of restaurants and bars on the island at very reasonable prices.
Friday's hasn't met our expectations. First of all, the hotel is supposed to be 4 star level. I would like to know how this rating was achieved. The bathroom has cracks in the walls and the shower curtain is mouldy. The state of the room is unsatisfactory. However, the biggest problem is leaving the hotel at night. To access the main road to go into the centre, you must walk through a dark, vacant lot. Not at all safe, due to the uneven ground and lack of light. In order to access the main road, we had to walk to Waling Waling Resort, which had direct access to main road.
Another thing, I don't recommend visiting Boracay in October/November due to the Typhoon.
Fridays is one of the best hotels in Boracay
In a recent trip to Boracay, myself and my family trialed 3 hotels - Fridays, Seawind and Waling Waling. All 3 are located on the best part of Boracay's famous white beach (boat station 1). After strolling down white beach and looking at other hotels such as the Regency and Seraph we were glad we made the choices we did. If you go to Boracay we strongly suggest picking a hotel as far up the North end as possible - it is much nicer there and you get less hassle from vendors knocking off their dodgy goods. If you want the nightlife in the evenings, the main bars are only a 10 minute walk along the beach which is a nice walk anyway. Our top recommendations would be Fridays followed by Waling Waling. Fridays is located at the end of White Beach and comes with one of the better restaurants. Waling Waling however has excellent cabinas which are great for downing a few bottles of wine while having a meal and watching the sunset in the evening. Seawind was the last hotel we visited and to be honest was a great disappointment compared to the other 2 mentioned above.
Fridays Boracay Rules!
We stayed at Fridays Boracay in August, 2004 and discovered that the best time to go to Boracay is during low season. There are very few tourists (both foreign and Filipinos) because it is the rainy season. So, you get the best treatment. You also get very good deals. The trick is not to plan it until a few days before so that you can be sure what the weather will be like over the next 3 or 4 days. Since it is low season, you'll always find a good airfare and accommodation deal. Consider this, for 3D/2N for 4 people, it only cost us $348.19 in a Premium room.
The Premium room is decorated in native Filipino which I love. Each room has a verandah with a hammock. The floor is nice hardwood and the bathroom is simple and clean. I also like the native mats which covered the walls. I stay every week in big-chain hotels all over the world (such as the Marriott chain, Starwood chain, etc) and the amenities at Fridays Boracay for the Premium rooms are comparable to the big-name hotel chains' Concierge and Executive level rooms that I'm used to staying. That is, slippers, bathrobes, homemade chocolate truffles at night, turn-down service, fruits, etc. The entire resort is covered with the talcum-powder white sand and at each doorstep, there is a vat full of cool water to clean your sand-covered feet. The staff is very courteous and helpful. And the food at the restaurant is great. I especially love the "tapa" - so good!
Fridays is located at the northernmost tip of the famous White Beach. The very well publicized talcum-powder (really - almost like very fine rice-flour) white-sand of Boracay starts from Fridays Resort and continues down southward on to 5 other resorts - Seawind, Pearl of the Pacific, Waling-Waling and Cocamongas. After these chain of resorts, the sand becomes coarser and the beach is more littered with shells. Also, the beach southward is busier because it is closer to the commercial/business areas of Boracay. Although during low season (June to Nov), the western side, which is where entire stretch of White Beach is, is a bit choppy due to the "Habagat" (Western) winds (during high peak - Nov to May, the west side is the quiet side because the winds are coming from the East), it is easy enough to hike off or take a tricycle ride to the "backside" (East) where the water is calmer. But even with the "Habagat" winds, the water is still warm and the waves quite mild - compared to the waves in Maui or the Carribbean.
I definitely would recommend this resort for the SAND, ambience, staff friendliness, price, food, drinks, the crystal clear water right in front of the resort and the beachfront!
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