Published on December 11, 2014
I mentioned from my previous Boracay posts that we stayed in Sunshine Place on our first night, we checked-in to another hotel the following day, and went back to Sunshine Place. Prior to our trip, Joie and I already agreed that we’d look for an affordable accommodation, but we’d also splurge for a staycation. We were choosing between Alta Vista de Boracay and Astoria. The latter is also along the same strip as Sunshine Place, so we figured that the more secluded Alta Vista de Boracay is the better choice.
Alta Vista de Boracay has hourly shuttle services. We waited at a part of D’Mall which apparently serves as the terminal of shuttle services of other hotels. We arrived at Alta Vista after almost an hour-long drive.
Checking-in was a breeze. I booked the hotel the night before our flight so I failed to print out our reservation form. The receptionist requested if I could just email them the form for them to print. Good thing that the internet connection in the lobby was very fast! While we were checking-in, some of the staff members served us with their refreshing welcome drinks.
The reception area is very spacious. As a matter of fact, there were small kids running around when we arrived. The earthy colors of the interiors are very pleasing to the eyes. It somehow reminds me of those elegant and old-fashioned mansions.
While we were being ushered to our room, I noticed that the entire property is really huge. It reminded me of those posh mid-rise condominiums in Metro Manila. It gave me the modern vibe of an exclusive subdivision, yet it also radiates the calmness of being in an isolated place. It’s definitely a good choice for those who like to step away from the crowd and all the crazy partying in Boracay.
Our accommodation costs PHP4000+, quite pricey compared with our PHP1500 per night accommodation in Sunshine Place. I do hope that the photos below can justify the price difference. Haha! :p
If I remember it correctly, the rooms we got are located in the second or third floor of the building. But don’t get deceived, because going to our room is quite a hike! Sana may escalator! =))
The room goes along the monochromatic theme of the entire hotel. Once again, I appreciate the earthy colors. The subtlety of the interiors is actually very relaxing. I also love that they use a glass sliding door which lets natural light pass through.
Our room is really big. I love how we could freely move around. This room is definitely too big for just two people! Pwede ngang mag-rally! Chos! :p
I would have wanted to have one king size bed, but I think all of their rooms only have two queen size beds. Of course we only used one bed. Haha! The freshly-smelling linens, soft pillows and comfortable bed helped us get a good night sleep after a very tiring day of parasailing and helmet diving. Our room is equipped with cable TV with very good reception. Before calling it a night, my husband and I spent hours switching from one channel to another.
Each room has a veranda with two chairs and a table. I have to give plus points to Alta Vista de Boracay for providing a rack for the guests’ wet clothes. All of us are non-smokers, but I noticed that they placed an ash tray on the table. I really value how establishments like Alta Vista pay attention with the tiny details. You’ll see more of it as I tell you more about our room.
Alta Vista provides complimentary coffee and bottled water. Everything is neatly placed in this cute tray along with the girly electric kettle.
Our room has a mini kitchen with a sink. The cabinets house some plates, glasses and utensils. Alta Vista is also one of the very few hotels I have been to that has a microwave oven. I guess this setup is a silent go signal from the management that you can bring your own food. Haha!
The bathroom is also spacious. The warm lighting is very relaxing. It’s the perfect setup to relax while soaked in the bath tub. Only a handheld shower is installed. I didn’t really mind the absence of the rain head shower because our bathroom has a bidet! Halleluiah! Kudos to Alta Vista de Boracay for acknowledging the fact that having a bidet is a basic human right of every hotel guest! :p
The room has a closet which houses the safety deposit box, complimentary slippers, hangers and laundry bags. Did you notice the two giant umbrellas inside the closet? Since the hotel is secluded, most of their guests leave the hotel in the morning to go to the beach and just return by night time. The management probably knows how crazy our weather is, and that the umbrellas will definitely come in handy. I told you Alta Vista pays attention with details! =)
Aside from wanting to have some quiet time, we booked Alta Vista de Boracay for two things: 1) the free tour at Puka Beach (that on a separate post) and 2) we all fell in love with the hotel’s infinity pool after seeing its photos from numerous blogs. The infinity pool is one of the first things that the guests will see as soon as they set foot in Alta Vista. And just as expected, it is truly a sight to behold.
The pool is very huge! We were so lucky because aside from us, there were only two Koreans who were with us in the pool. For a while, we had the entire pool all by ourselves. The pool is divided into two. The other part is shallower which is perfect for kids. If I remember it correctly, there is also a Jacuzzi. But it was off limits during our visit as they were preparing for a private function which would be held the next day.
I only have one complain with the infinity pool, but I know that this is beyond the control of Alta Vista de Boracay. The photos I saw from blog posts show a breathtaking view which was such a perfect backdrop for the infinity pool. But look at this! =(
We didn’t get to see the luscious trees which I swear were there just a year ago. I was looking forward to a breathtaking sight, but I got a heartbreaking one instead. The price we have to pay for modernization. =(
We really enjoyed our stay in Alta Vista de Boracay. Our room is big and equipped with more than the basics, the infinity pool is amazing, the amenities are well-maintained, and all the staff members are very courteous and accommodating. The food, though, just fell short of our expectations.
Our dinner was just so-so, although I must say that their fruit shakes are really good! Come breakfast time, all of us felt so disappointed. Aside from the fact that the buffet spread was very limited, we all agreed that most of the things they served were actually not apt for breakfast.
I would gladly eat fried chicken for lunch or lasagna for snacks, but definitely not for breakfast. Thank God they served scrambled eggs! If there’s a consolation, we all loved their breads. The cheese bread and Spanish bread are both good!
Our stay in Alta Vista de Boracay would have been perfect if not for the disappointing breakfast buffet. All of us are food-lovers by heart so the not-so-good food was definitely a downer. I do hope that the management will do something about it. Sayang ang ganda ng hotel! =)
Alta Vista de Boracay
Brgy. Yapak, Boracay Island
Malay, Aklan, Philippines