In my previous post, I shared in detail my Exceptional Room at The Tides Hotel Boracay. My truly exceptional stay, despite being so short, was heightened and complemented by the amenities at the hotel.
No sunset during my visit, but imagine the view if there was.
Solstice Sun Lounge
Pool Hours: 7AM-10PM
The amenities deck is located at the 4th floor of The Tides Hotel Boracay.
This is probably the biggest come-on of The Tides Hotel Boracay. Despite the lack of a beachfront, The Tides compensates with this chic sun lounge at the roof-deck of the property. Solstice is the first roof deck chill-out bar and bistro featuring a pool, cabanas, and a full service bar & kitchen. I kept on coming back at different times of day just to chill, relax and breathe some fresh sea breeze.
The Tides isn’t equipped with an elevator (I hope they’ll add one soon, for added convenience), but the tedious climb to the fourth level roof deck isn’t taxing at all, especially when rewarded by this view.
I was about to order some cocktails before nightfall, when rain suddenly poured like there was no tomorrow. Because of that, I ran to the nearby Surrender Day Spa to seek refuge.
Surrender Day Spa
Surrender’s expert masseur and masseuses Belle, Vincent and Nerissa, all schooled in Swedish and Shiatsu, with their certifications displayed near the entrance.
Surrender Day Spa has a variety of services available. They have body massages – full body Swedish, Shiatsu or combination or back massage, which can also be availed as a room service. They also have Individual Services such as foot spa, foot massage (30 mins. or 1 hour), manicure, pedicure, foot masque, hand massage (30 mins. or 1 hour), or a combination package of these services. Surrender also offers waxing treatments.
Mobile photo of my Surrender Day Spa experience.
As for myself, I regularly visit a massage parlor, not for a body massage but to unwind (and sleep) with a foot massage. We all know that when the right “buttons” are pressed, a foot massage can be very therapeutic. Because of that, I availed of the Foot Spa and 1 Hour Foot Massage Package (P1,400).
The session started with a foot bath. After several strolls at the White Beach, my feet finally got a nice soak in a foot spa machine with jets and bubbles. It was then followed by the foot scrub. Different lotions were applied to my feet. I believe those were done to soften the callus. Then, a foot file was used to remove them. After almost an hour, “Vincent” asked me to inspect my feet. Gosh, they were extra smooth. Nahiya naman ako sa natanggal na kalyo, hahaha!
Surrender Day Spa
Surrender Day Spa
We then moved on to the next phase of the package, the foot massage. Having received a lot of so-so massages recently, I did not expect much. The masseur asked me if I wanted a soft, medium or hard massage. I usually get a soft massage, but this time, I opted to try a medium-pressured one. The moment pressure was applied to my feet, I knew that it was a massage that I would remember for a while. For an hour, the masseur showed off his proficiency in reflexology. My feet and the rest of my body were so pleased that I would let out random “oohs” and “aahs” in my mind. Nakakahiya naman kung mag-iingay ako ‘di ba? LOL. It was the ultimate detoxification session I just needed before I party the night away. My hands, back and head were also massaged for a few minutes before the session was completed. I was really very satisfied with the package I availed. The therapists are very professional and know what they are doing.
Following the hotel’s overall theme, Ka-on also features stylish yet minimalist interiors.
Ka-on (Hiligaynon/Bisaya for Eat) is The Tides Hotel Boracay’s in-house Filipino restaurant. Located at the roof-deck, Ka-on boasts of having a progressive Filipino cuisine, that is, classic Filipino dishes given a twist to give our taste buds something exciting to explore. The restaurant is headed by its executive chef, Fernando Aracama. If his name rings a bell, that’s because he was one of the judges of the reality show, MasterChef Pinoy Edition.
Complimentary Buffet Breakfast is served at 6-10AM.
My breakfast plate at Ka-on.
The buffet breakfast selection was not intimidatingly extensive. I could say that the variety of go, grow, glow was just enough for a satisfying breakfast. I just had to sample everything and I’d rate the food as generally good. The Spanish sardines tasted authentic, not synthetic. The Beef Tapa was a little bit too salty, I had to pair it with a lot of rice.
Considering my delightful breakfast experience at Ka-on, I went back just before checking-out to have lunch. I sampled on two of their best-selling dishes and their popular panghimagas (dessert).
Poached Salmon with Creamy Picatta Sauce (P450).
Simmered in reduced sour cream fat with capers and shallots, this salmon steak was literally mouthwatering. The sauce was creamy and tangy and that really appealed to me. It added sophistication to the salmon.
Crispy Beef Ribs Adobo (P350).
The presentation of this dish is a clear winner! Adobo is undeniably a Filipino favorite and is unofficially our national dish. Categorized under the Progressive Filipino menu, the beef riblets are braised in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and peppercorns, then placed on top of fried bananas and finally, garnished with mango salsa. Really clever! At first, I was really bothered as I didn’t want to break the pyramid-like presentation but I eventually gave in. I ate the adobo with the fried banana and I was surprised at how they perfectly complemented each other. Due to the soy sauce, the beef riblets were enjoyably salty, but when the sweet fried bananas were added to the picture, I was brought to a unique level of flavor harmony. I love it!
Mango Ice Box (P120).
“Nothing beats mom’s Mango Float”, that’s what was running on my mind as I saw this dessert being served. But when I took the first bite, I was the one who was floating. The rich, creamy milk and the sweet golden ripe mangoes are simply a match made in heaven!
Diosmio! You really have to ka-on at Ka-on Restaurant to really experience what Progressive Filipino Cuisine means..
Now, after two sinfully good meals at Ka-on comes the guilt! But Tides Hotel Boracay has the answer to that. Now you can enjoy guilt-free indulgences with the presence of Tides’ Fitness Center.
The Fitness Center is located at the 2nd floor of the The Tides Hotel and a friendly personal trainer is always present to assist you.
Among the equipment at the Fitness Center are a Treadmill Machine, Bike Machine, Elliptical Machine, Smith Machine, Multi-Press Machine, Solid Cable Cross-Over Machine, Solid End Rubber Dumbbells, Rubber Olympic Grip Disc Set, Gym Ball, Boxing Bag, Olympic Bars With Collars and Olympic EZ Bar With Collars, among others.
Hotel guests are entitled to free use of the gym, while walk-in guests can use the facilities for a minimal fee.
Now who says you can’t fit fitness into a vacation?
On your next visit to Boracay, you have to stay at The Tides Hotel Boracay for an unforgettable exceptional vacation at the island paradise! 😉
READ MY DETAILED REVIEW ABOUT THE EXCEPTIONAL ROOM I STAYED IN HERE.
MY DELIGHTFUL EXPERIENCE AT EPIC BORACAY can be viewed here.
The Tides Hotel Boracay
D’Mall, Station 2, Sitio Manggayad, Boracay Island, Philippines
Contact Numbers: (+6336) 2884517 / (+6336) 2884518
Facebook: The Tides Hotel Boracay
Disclosure: The Tides Hotel Boracay hosted me for one night on July 20-21, 2013.
Thank you very much to The Tides for hosting my accommodation and to Ms. Lea Riconalla, Jr. Marketing Manager and Mr. Norman Tamayo, Admin Manager of The Tides Hotel Boracay, for making this stay possible.