Boracay is my favorite holiday destination. Every trip to this world-famous white beach, party haven to many as well, creates a hangover that makes me eager to plan for the next. My last Boracay vacation is one of the most memorable. One thing that made it special was our stay at The Tides Hotel Boracay.
We booked the Essential Room at Tides for 4 days and 3 nights (April 25-28). Looking for a hotel at one of the busiest seasons of Boracay is always challenging because of high prices and availability. During the time that we were there, it was also the Dragon Boat Festival, which made it quite harder to find a place to stay. Almost two weeks before our trip, we were lucky to find a deal at Agoda, offering a room at Tides for 5,000 per night. We have always wanted to try Tides, which is why we decided to have the room booked even if the price is still quite high. After all, it is a special promo price, making it already reasonable.
Tides made our Boracay holiday more special. Among others, I would say that having friendly and accommodating staff is one of their biggest selling points. They carefully attended to all of our needs and requests. We were lucky enough to be given a room at 10am, which is way too early that the 2pm normal check-in. They also accommodated our requests to change the bed configuration and to stay at a room with balcony.
The hotel offers a wide array of amenities and services to make sure that the stay of their guests will be worth every peso spent. They have their own restaurant, fitness center, spa, and a chill-out lounge at the roof deck. The latter was the one that we enjoyed the most. The Solstice Sun Lounge is considered to be the first of its kind in Boracay. It has a pool with a view that overlooks the beach and cabanas that are perfect for chilling with your favorite drinks. We made sure that we were there every Happy Hour for the duration of our stay. Nothing beats the pleasure of drinking and taking a dip at their heated pool. While everyone can enjoy the bar, use of the pool is exclusive to their guests. If non-staying guests wish to use the pool, the charge is 300 pesos per head.
Tides only offers only two rooms: Essential and Exceptional. Essential is the cheaper one, which is why we decided to settle for such. The room is equipped with a mini-bar, ref, TV, safe, and other basic room amenities. My girlfriend liked the room a lot, which is the reason why she even skipped some of the usual Boracay activities. She chose to spend most of her time sleeping. She even got a massage inside the room, which, according to her, was very soothing.
During the time that we were there, renovations were on-going, which was on a rush since they are trying to accomplish everything before the Labor Day Weekend. We also learned that they have a series of parties at the roof deck the week following the time that we were there. Too bad, we were not able to catch all the parties.
Our 4-day, 3-night stay at The Tides Hotel Boracay was relaxing, fun and memorable. From the time we left, we have already planned of going back by September. Even if the hotel is not situated at the beachfront, it is one place that I can recommend to anyone going to Boracay. The hotel offers an experience that is hard to match by other hotels within its category. Thanks to Tides for making our holiday a lot more special!
** I just received an email from The Tides Hotel Boracay informing me that their guests can use the sun loungers at Epic. This is perfect for those who are looking forward to having a relaxing nap by the beachfront. Guests also get 10% discount at Epic when dining before 10pm, waived entrance fee (except on major events), and special deals on their partner establishments (list can be seen at the holder of the room’s key card).