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A Blissful Vacation
Our visit to Boracay Hills with my fiancÚ was so exceptional, the reason why we stayed there for two weeks. The resort like a paradise even exceeded our expectations. Staying there was very relaxing, at peace and you will really feel you're in a vacation.
Boracay Hills is so beautiful. Surroundings are fresh and breathtaking. You will find butterflies, birds, trees, and flowers around you. Where can you find these things now-a-days? They have a big pool that you can use 24 hours a day. There's also a small pool for children. The rooms are spacious and showers have hot water.
Service was perfect! The owners and staff were very accommodating and friendly. Whatever we asked for, they gave and rendered them to us as quick as they can. The owners even attended to our special needs personally...We ordered a food that is not on the menu but the talented cook, Chris, was able to cook it that way we wanted it to be. The free cinema was great. This is where we had the chance to chitchat with their other guests. I cannot forget the gym, spa and their mini van, free transportation to wherever we want to go. Wasn't that a great deal? They even booked our outdoor activities.
Our stay in this paradise was the most memorable vacation we ever had. We will surely be back late this year. Hope this review will help out those who are looking for a wonderful and perfect vacation! Thank you Chris, Helen, Sue, Brian, Brigitte and Joseph for a blissful and memorable vacation. See you!!!
Deceptive stay in Paradise
When I read the reviews, it seems to me that we have stayed with my family in an all different hotel that the one so beautifully described. If rotten taps, stained sheets, noisy fridge, poor food and amateurism in service is paradise then the other hotels I have visited in Boracay (Friday's for example) must be super paradise. What bothered us the most during our stay are some details: the awful welcomed juice made of chemical fruit powder (in the Philippines where all the fruits are juicy and delicious!!!), the shower and water taps old and rotten from which water comes out in every direction found usually in 2USD per night Thai guesthouses (in the 2 rooms: why are they not doing anything!), the painting grey and white of the building which are more easily found in western suburbs than in the colorful Philippines, the false ceiling and naked light bulbs (in the 2 rooms) which give you a strange feeling of sleeping in a Post Office, the terrible sheets too small for the mattress... It did bother us because in the Philippines with a little bite of money you can easily and tastefully decorate any space. This idea seems to have completely escaped Brian, Brigitte and family (who by the way are truly nice people). Our feeling is that this place needs to be ran more professionally and that today it is far to be worth every penny.
Thanksgiving in Paradise
I cannot seem to get enough of Boracay Island. In the past two years I have traveled to Boracay four times which, considering that I live in Northern California, is no small feat. Each visit seems to get better and better. Boracay is Paradise, and Boracay Hills is a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of White Beach and relax in the comfort of relative seclusion.
Why Boracay Hills? On this trip I decided to check out Boracay Hills because I had met two of the co-owners, Brian (who is from Great Britain) and Brigitte (who is from France), on one of my previous trips. In fact, on the last day of that trip, Brian and Brigitte invited me to visit their property, tour the premises, and sip coffee on the patio.
I thought, "Next time I return to Boracay, I must stay here. Especially if I can arrange to come with my dear friend, Tricia, from Manila."
Well, I spent six nights on the island this past Thanksgiving, reserving the last two nights--Friday and Saturday-- for Boracay Hills. When we arrived at 2 pm, Tricia was famished, and Helen (Brian's daughter) promptly prepared a delicious tuna mayonnaise sandwich for her. This was a precursor of the quality and hospitality that was to come.
During the next two days, we enjoyed French cuisine (thanks, Brian, you make great pommes boulanger!), 2 bottles of Les Amandiers red wine, American breakfasts, splendid accomodations, and best of all--the kindness and friendship of Brian and Brigitte, and Brian's daughters, Helen and Sue.
Though there is a lovely spa facility in the garden, Tricia and I had our hearts set on a return trip to Mandala Spa. "No problem," Brigitte said, "we will arrange it for you." And indeed she did. After our 2 hour Signature Massage and rose-petal bath, Tricia and I came "home" to the aforementioned candlelit dinner.
Boracay Hills is a MUST place for visitors who want to relax in a bucolic setting, far enough away from all the "action" at the beach yet no more than 10 minutes away from Boat Landings 2 and 3.
I would also be remiss if I didn't let you know that Tricia and I were upgraded to the Honeymoon Suite. If that room is available, you should go for it. The bathroom was larger than the bedroom in our previous hotel! :) In closing, I would like to thank the Boracay Hills "staff" for making Tricia and I feel like part of the family. Merci beaucoup, mes amis!
Paradise in Paradise
Spent 9 days in November with Brian and family and had a fantastic stay. Actually extended the stay by two days to soak up more of the atmosphere.
Nothing too much trouble, rooms brilliant, food to die for, clean pool at the right temperature. Perfect.
Definitely going back - sooner the better.
Boracay Paradise Hills
Stayed for the third time in 2 years at Boracay Hills and it's indeed paradise away from the crowd (but only 5 minutes to the crowd if you feel too lonely ... )
It's not resort like most others ... it's a villa where you feel at home...with resort facilities .... and the family feeling extra for free ... the nicest pool (24 hours!)& garden in Boracay ....
the best wines in Boracay (definitely the best price/quality) (Brian, the owner, distributes wines to the local restaurants)
So we will be back in 2006......
Dirk & Sofie
Just spent 12 days at Boracay Hills. If you are going to the Philippines looking for paradise then Boracay Island is the place to go and Boracay Hills is the only place to stay. Boracay Island has beautiful quiet beaches and great restaurants.
Brian, Brigitte, Helen, Chris and Sue run a first class hotel with excellent service. The staff are all friendly and will do anything for you whether its driving you to a beach or restaurant or cooking you a delicious meal (Chris is a great cook!).
Boracay Hills is set in beautiful tropical gardens with a gorgeous large pool. The rooms are wonderful - spacious, clean and fresh towels every day.
Its a long way to travel from the UK but we will be going back in the future. We had a wonderful time and its just felt like being at home but without the wet and cold!
Home Away from Home
My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Boracay Hills. We could not have imagined a more peaceful, relaxing environment or a more intuitive and accomodating staff. It truly felt as though we were with old friends, and we were welcomed as such. It was all about the details...friendly conversations, fresh flowers on every table and in our room, made-to-order meals by candle light and music, a beautiful and private garden and pool, the list goes on! To Helen, Chris, Brian, Boyet, Laila, Arnel and the rest of the crew at Boracay Hills: we will always remember our stay with you, and we're already dreaming about coming back one day. You're place is the only place we'll stay on Boracay! Cheers!
-R and N
Welcomed like family...
Boracay Hills is truly the hidden treasure within Boracay Island. My wife and I spent our honeymoon in Boracay and had a wonderful time together in this peaceful paradise with a caring family and staff to assist us with anything we could possibly want. Our friendship started through e-mail and only continued with our stay at Boracay Hills. My wife and I had a wonderful time in peaceful, secluded, quiet surroundings for 7 days and only wished for a week longer. We can't say enough about the caring family and staff that took care of us from arrangements on e-mail to pick up the airport and held our hand through transport to the island resort which continued during the week with great advise and recommendations to fully enjoy all Boracay had to offer. Our departure was no different, we wrapped up this business portion and then said our goodbyes and took pictures for our scrapbook and then we had our hand held all the way back to airport for a smooth departure. Truly wonderful experience and we will definately be back, hopefully for our anniversary to reflect on the year's life of bliss. Thank you so much to Brigitte, Bryan, Helen, Chris, and Boyet for all the great memories. We highly recommend this resort for a true getaway... Scott & Angelica
Boracay Hills - A private paradise
This resort is truly the best place I have ever stayed, I found it hard to drag myself away and I shall definitely return.
Set away from the main beach Boracay Hills is a private paradise, peaceful and relaxing but just a 10 min walk or 2 mins in a trike you can soon get to where the action is at night.
Boracay Hills have their own restaurant serving excellent dishes and very reasonably priced, we ate at the hotel most nights.
The staff went out of their way to make me feel at home and I felt very pampered.
There is a big swimming pool with Jacuzzi jets at one end. Massage treatment is available at the hotel and I took advantage of this excellent, private relaxing facility at such good value. The massage area is draped with white chiffon set in tropical gardens surroundings and it was here I felt all my stress disappear.
If you intend to visit this beautiful island with its white sandy beaches, friendly locals and fine dining, Boracay Hills is the place to stay for a totally fantastic experience!
Boracay Hills is the most beautiful place to stay on the island of Boracay! The family there welcomes you as friends and they do their best to provide you the best stay you can have...The island is paradisiac, but paradise won't be paradise without this kindness that the staff of Boracay Hills give you naturally. I could have stayed there for eternity... If only....!!
I advise you to go there and discover by yourself the best resort of the Philippines: Boracay Hills!
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