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... I see every other tooth is missing. He tells me he is upset because he cannot find his son. He has been missing for two weeks. He has just finished putting up pictures of him along the beach.
So, I'm thinking this is a young man gone off to party and is probably staying with friends, doped to his eyelids with drink and drugs (I like to think the best of people). I ask how old he is. Eight, he say.
He's eight years old.
Holy ****, the kid is eight years old ...
... eaten some more delicious meals in nearby restaurants. We now feel like part of the neighbourhood and have definetly got the idea of Island life. Yesterday we had a full day out for which we woke up at 9am and had to leave the house not long after to walk to white beach. Gary didn't join our day trip as he had some work to do so me, Anna, Stephen and Daniel got a boat from white beach to ariel's point, which is located somewhere along the mainland ...
... so much air left in my tank I could have carried on- I never seem to use it up! They were all so shocked because I went down with the least at 160 and came up with the most still at just over 100. This happened in Spain all the time too and it's very weird because I do breathe, honest! They said maybe I'm half fish, not sure what to think of that! We got back to the dive centre and all sat together to have a coffee whilst exchanging emails to share our photos. I tried to ...
... Everyone else had the proper swim wear on but as I had no luggage I had to wear deans shorts and singlet. I looked like a she-he! Oh well. At night the hotel turns on an underwater light which illuminates the glorious turquoise colour of the water. There is also a pontoon which you can swim out to. So we had a little swim and some chats with the other guests and then off to bed. Webby and Deano out - day 1 of Boracay complete along with many good ...
... stained glass windows. All services are in English and the tiny choir belt out the most beautiful music, sounds a bit like Carl Jenkins' Adiemus and I could listen to them for hours. The service was so relaxing but the homily was soooooo boring that at least 40% of the congregation sneakily pulled out their mobiles to play angry birds or text.
The food isn't much to write home about but there is a ready supply of mangoes and mayonnaise so all is ...
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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....
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.