Two weeks ago, I embarked on a soul-searching trip in where else but the perfect place for such undertaking, the island paradise of Boracay. But like most of my previous trips, my flight to Boracay was booked a year in advance to take advantage of promo fares. Budget and my mood remained the main consideration for this trip. Good thing I really felt quite stressed and decided I needed to get out of the city, so I pursued this trip, and dubbed it as #BoracayUndercover (more about my whole Boracay trip in separate posts)
The Tides Hotel Boracay is only a few meters away from the entrance of D’Mall (Budget Mart)
Anyway, on my second day in Boracay, I stayed at The Tides Hotel Boracay. The Tides Boracay is a uniquely-themed award-winning designer hotel that offers personalized professional service. The hotel boasts of a very central location at the very heart of D’Mall in Station 2. The Tides, which opened in 2007 but was most recently renovated last year, houses 40 essential (superior) and 19 exceptional (premier) rooms, and while it does not have a beachfront, its location is very much desirable, being just a minute’s stroll to the famed White Beach (in-house guests may use the sun loungers at their sister establishment, Epic), two minutes to the main road (where you can hail a tricycle to take you to other places in Boracay), and steps away from dozens of shopping and dining establishments!
The Tides Hotel Boracay Front Desk
The Tides Hotel Boracay Front Desk
As soon as I arrived at The Tides Hotel’s lobby, I was greeted by the hotel’s smiling security officer. He asked me if I was checking-in in and advised me to take a seat while the front desk was still processing guests checking-out. When my turn came, I presented my hotel voucher. Check-in was a breeze. After filling up the check-in form, I was pleasantly surprised when I was served a welcome drink, a glass of home-made ginger lemon iced tea, which was reinvigorating considering the noontime heat. While my room was being prepared, I was given a cold towel so I could freshen up while waiting. The room was ready in no time. I was accompanied by one of the hotel staff to my room, explaining to me in detail the amenities that could be found in it. He then gave me a sheet of paper which was labelled “Reminders for Guests”. Wi-Fi access is free for all guests. The whole property is a Wi-Fi zone.
From the lobby, it felt like I was transported to a different dimension when I entered the Courtyard, a zen-like area which served as the hotel’s “center of gravity”.
A rich earth-tone colored room greeted me when I entered my room.
The Exceptional Room
I stayed in an Exceptional Room at the ground floor of the hotel, just behind the lobby. Being located at the very busy D’Mall, the safety and security of their guests is a primary concern of The Tides Hotel Boracay. A magnetic key card is issued to guests. A safety deposit box can also be found in all of the rooms.
The closet contains clothes hangers, an umbrella, two extra pillows, a hair dryer and the safety deposit box which could fit a laptop and a DSLR camera.
Before this stay, I really expected the place to be quite noisy considering its location. To validate, I had to be technical. I opened the Line Tools app on my phone to check the sound level, and it registered 42 decibels. The app described it to be a “quiet residential area”. Amazing!
View of the Courtyard from my room.
The room is equipped with an efficient individually-controlled silent air-conditioning unit, a Plasma TV with more than 90 cable channels, a telephone, safety deposit box, and a mini-bar. The room is something that I could describe as sleek, stylish, spacious and minimalist, tastefully done to give guests a feeling of calm during their stay.
King-sized bed at The Exceptional Room.
For me, the highlight of the room would have to be the king-sized bed. Being a solo traveler, I was excited to jump over the big bed. The sheets were all gleaming-white and clean. I usually sleep on my side so I loved how the pillows were soft but still kept its shape.
Toilet and Bath
One of the things I do check out before settling in a room is the toilet and bath area.
The T&B is separated from the main room by a sliding-door, with a lock. I must say though that the sliding door needs a little lubrication.
The bathroom is equipped with a cute floating bathtub and a hot and cold shower with rain water head.
Basic toiletries such as bath soap, bath gel, shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer were also provided.
LEFT: Notes found in different areas in the room and in the hotel add a cute touch to the experience. The note “Let It Rain Down Love” pictured above must have been inspired by a song by Freemasons; RIGHT: The toilet, equipped with a bidet with just the right water pressure, is separated from the shower area by a concrete wall.
And although it’s not a big issue for me, I just found it a bit odd for the sink to be outside the bathroom area. Personally, I would prefer it to be in the bathroom itself for added convenience. There is a power outlet by the sink for shavers and hair dryer.
The Tides Hotel Boracay has a…
Fitness Center at the second level,
a day spa,
an in-house Filipino restaurant, and
a swimming pool and sun lounge at the roof deck.
More details on my experience with these amenities here.
MY DELIGHTFUL EXPERIENCE AT EPIC BORACAY can be viewed here.
OVERALL, I really had a pleasant stay at the Tides Hotel Boracay: good location, amazing room which gave me quality sleep, mouthwatering food, relaxing atmosphere, and modern facilities. If The Tides wasn’t in Boracay, I would probably just stay here the whole day. It is the ideal place to stay for the business and leisure traveler, looking for a place with privacy but just within leisurely strolls to the pleasures that Boracay offers. I will definitely consider a return visit at The Tides on my future trips to Boracay.
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.