Boracay is very well developed that when you are looking for accommodation, you will encounter the issue of choosing where to stay. There’s so many choices out there that caters to all styles and budget. This accommodation review is just one resort out of the hundreds in Boracay but I hope it may help you in your search.
Boracay Regency is one of the bigger resorts in the island that’s known for 2 things- its awesome pools and widespread buffets. I’m happy to report that I left the resort with my tummy smiling (food was great!) and it is with fond memories that I recall my stay:
Very efficient. Our pick up arrived earlier than our bags did! As we were waiting for our bags to arrive, I looked outside the airport for abit and saw a lady holding our name. She greeted us when we came out and led us to a waiting area exclusive for Hennan Resorts (the hotel group for Boracay Regency), which was directly opposite the airport. After 5 minutes, a van arrived. We were the only ones they picked up and they took us straight to the pier, where Hennan Resorts had an exclusive waiting area.
Just outside, their speedboat was waiting to take us to the resort.
Overall, very efficient and prompt meet and greet / pick up service. They were on time, called us by our names, barely made us wait, and all our bags were handled safely from airport to van to speedboat and hotel room.
We stayed at the East Wing in one of the Premier rooms. Shower has a separate bath that overlooks the main bedroom. Though the marbling on the bathroom is abit dated (reminds me of the 90’s) it is clean, spacious and had complete amenities.
The balcony opens up to a view of the pool.
The pool is very popular and if you want peace and quiet in your room, I suggest you shut your balcony close. The rooms on the ground floor of the East Wing is the most requested-for because they have direct access to the pool. Open your balcony and splash:
The Boracay Regency is a huge resort. It hosts conventions regularly (there were a couple when we were there), and they have 7 function rooms plus a grand ballroom. To regular guests (tourists), the most well-known facility would be the pools.
The resort has a total of 3 pools and in my 3 days stay, it was only ever empty early in the morning, or when it was being cleaned.
I normally am not an advocate of swimming in a pool when you’re in the beach but with the crowds of Boracay’s beach, it can be more relaxing to just chill out in your resort pool.
When you are booked in one of their suite rooms, you have access to their VIP Lounge:
There is Wi-Fi throughout the resort but for those who do not have gadgets that have Wi-Fi, there’s a business centre that is open until evening.
And when you’re in Boracay you definitely want to be toned as it’s the place to people-watch, and be watched so there’s also a gym. This is a family-friendly resort, there is baby-sitting service for about AUD 10.00 an hour.
I think the only thing more popular than the pool in Boracay Regency is the food. The resort has 3 restaurants and a bar. We had our meals at the Sea Breeze Cafe. They have a really massive buffet spread, but my favourite corner is the dessert bar. I had plates and plates of juicy ripe mangoes. I think I attacked the desserts more than the main meals. I may have gained some unwanted poundage on me from those desserts but however much they are, they are so worth it. I loved it because it had my favourite Filipino dessert, buko pandan, and they made it real good! Zombie loved the mains and my mom loved both so everyone was happy!
I overall had a pleasant stay at the Boracay Regency. The resort is family-friendly and is geared towards family vacation than honeymoon or couples. So if you are looking for some downtime with the spouse or partner,or going on a honeymoon.. I would suggest you look somewhere else. However, if you are travelling as a family with young children–definitely, go for it.
The air-conditioning of our room broke down a couple of times. This was repaired and attended to in moderate time-frame (about 20 minutes).
Staff are all courteous while maintaining professional standards. From pick up to check-in, to restaurant staff, to the repairman for the a/c, they were all efficient and seem experienced in the hospitality industry. My only comment would be on the uniforms, particularly that of the female staff. While I understand that the resort has an overall Asian theme and it is in a tropical island, it’s not really necessary to have the female staff in such tight and short outfits. (and in high heels too)
It didn’t really bother me that much, but it was just noticeable that some of the staff felt awkward because of the skimpiness of the outfits. The male staff were all in comfortable polo shirts and pants. I did feel for the female staff because if I had to work wearing that, I would find it quite demeaning. Almost all the staff I encountered during my stay already had exceptional hospitality and service skills. I am sure the guests will appreciate their service more than their outfits.
Will I be back to stay at the Boracay Regency?
Well given how I now feel about Boracay, it will be a BIG IF, if I ever decide to go to Boracay again. If I ever do anyway, I would stay here again if I’m travelling with a group of friends and family.