Tamaraw Beach Resort: Stay in the Quiet Side of Puerto Galera

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Tamaraw Beach Resort: Stay in the Quiet Side of Puerto Galera 

For our first night in Puerto Galera, which we visited for the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, we decided to stay in a place that is quieter than White Beach. We ended up choosing Tamaraw Beach Resort, which is located at Aninuan, just a few minutes away from White Beach.

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Compared to most of the accommodations that one can find in White Beach, Tamaraw is different in the sense that it offers an environment that is more relaxing. It was around 10 pm when we arrived at the hotel, which did not give us the immediate chance to roam around and see what the place can offer. By that time, the place was already quiet and people were already inside their rooms. If you are staying at White Beach, which is just opposite Aninuan, 10pm would mean a lot of noise as the beach parties get started. It’s the complete opposite at Tamaraw. At around 12mn, I was starving to have beer, but the latter is nowhere to be found. This has been quite a disappointment, but nothing big that would make me have a bad impression of the hotel.

The room given to us was at the third floor, just next to the stairs. We booked a Superior Room for 2,000 pesos. We made the booking in less than two weeks before our trip. The booking we had was good for two. I was surprised when I saw the room because of its size. It can actually fit an entire family as there are two double beds and 2 pull-out beds, although the latter do not at all seem to be comfortable for sleeping. The room has AC and was huge and painted with vibrant color. The bathroom has hot and cold shower and of pretty decent size. I specifically loved the veranda, which is a good place to relax. There are two chairs and a small table, which will give you a good view of the pool and the beach area.

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Tamaraw Beach Resort has a swimming pool, though I find the way it was constructed to be quite odd. The pool has a rectangular shape with the water being only on the sides and the middle part being a raised concrete with a large logo and name of the resort.

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If you do not fancy swimming in the pool, the best thing to do is to head to the beach. They have cottages on the shore, which will be perfect for relaxing or getting a tan. The beach is clean and the water is clear. I liked the beach because it is obviously less crowded than what you can expect from the neighboring White Beach.

Puerto Galera Hotels: Tamaraw Beach Resort

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They have a restaurant located at the second floor of what appears to be the main hall of the resort. This is where we were served with buffet breakfast, which comes free with our accommodation. We also availed of their buffet lunch, which we had for 300 pesos. The food selection was minimal, but they tasted good. The restaurant is located quite far from the pool and beach area. This means that if you need a beer or a cocktail to match the scorching heat of the sun, you have to exert extra effort going to the bar, which also included climbing stairs.

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Tamaraw Beach Resort is the perfect alternative to the crowded and noisy hotels located along White Beach. It is especially perfect for couples because of the intimacy that the environment offers. With a spacious room, relaxing beach, and affordable rate, I highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a good hotel in Puerto Galera.

The Tides Hotel Boracay

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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!

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The Tides Hotel Boracay
http://www.tidesboracay.com/

** 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).