What will you do when it’s raining non-stop in Metro Manila? Fly to Boracay and enjoy the summer vibe of the island, even on rainy days!
Habagat weather was moving heavy in Metro Manila during the third week of August month when we received an invitation to join Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay Group Getaway trip to one of the most visited island destination, Boracay!
The invitation came right after we attended a 3-day OPPO F1s launch event at Pico de Loro. We flew aboard the SkyJet together with other bloggers/wanderers for the Boracay trip last August 16, 2016.
We boarded SkyJet’s early flight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 4 in Pasay City on a drizzling Tuesday morning.
SkyJet is a jet-type aircraft that can fly within 35 minutes from Manila to Godofredo Ramos Airport (Caticlan) in Boracay.
Shuttle and Boat Transfers
There’s a clear blue sky that greeted us upon our arival at Caticlan airport where Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay shuttle picked us up and headed towards Tabon Port for boat transfer to Tambisaan Jetty Port. The usual route transfer is from Caticlan Jetty Port but due to Habagat season and big waves, boat transfers are only allowed to and from Tabon Port. It’s a 10-15 minute boat ride.
From Tambisaan, another shuttle was already waiting for us and drove us directly to the hotel located at Station 2. It was a 20 minute travel time from the port to the hotel.
Welcome to Boracay
We noticed that a lot has changed since we’ve last visited Boracay three years ago. Traffic along the road is almost quite the same like in some parts of Manila, with different vehicles carrying guests and travelers back and forth to the island.
There are more prominent Korean shops and establishments in the island compared the last time we’ve been here. It’s really a sign that Koreans really love Boracay and why they are the most frequent foreign national visitors of the island.
Breakfast at Kuya J Restaurant
As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we proceeded to Kuya J Restaurant for breakfast. Kuya J is the partner restaurant of the hotel. Kuya J has a nice selection of Filipino dishes from appetizers, meals, and desserts.
All of us were provided with a 2 Bedroom Apartment Suite reservation which is comfortably good for two persons. The suite has two separate bedrooms – 1 for the guest and 1 for the master occupant.
Together with Chino of Juanderful Pinoy, we checked-in at Room No. 475. The Masters’ Bedroom has its personal bathroom. Guests occupying the other room can use the common bathroom near the kitchen area. Chino stayed at the Masters’ Bedroom that has a king sized bed. We stayed at the Guest Room.
The 2 Bedroom Apartment Suite is good for up to 6 adults. It costs P15,000 during Off-Peak seasons. There are LCD TVs in the living room, inside the Masters’ Bedroom, and one at the Guest Room.
Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay is a 4-star level service apartment type property. Guests will enjoy their room stay in each suites like they never left their home.
Meet-up with Boracay-based Social Media Influencers
We also spent the 4-day group getaway adventure with the couple behind Philihappy, Trish and Manuel who have been living in Boracay for quite some time now.
Name borrowed from the mouthwatering Tuna dish, Hoy, Panga! offers wide selection of seafood, meat, and vegetables dishes. Their best sellers are Grilled Tuna Panga and Belly.
We had our lunch at Hoy, Panga! and had great conversations with the rest of the group. It was a perfect time for us to get to know more of each other. Melo (Out of Town Blog), Mc Pol (Weekend Sidetrip), Earth (Earthlingorgeous), Chino, Cza (The Travel Junkie), Duane (Duane Bacon), Cha (Cha Ocampo), Juan Manila Express, Jo (Marketing Manager), and Philihappy‘s Trish and Manuel completed this great bunch for this #AzaleaGroupGetaway trip.
Boracay Ultimate Pleasure Party Boat
After lunch, we went back to the hotel and took a two hour rest. We love and miss our comfy bed back there in Azalea Boracay. The thoughts of our bedroom make us want to go back there again, asap!
Call time was set and all of us met at the hotel lobby. The hotel’s shuttle van was already waiting for us to bring us to Bulabog Beach where we will be boarding a motor boat that will take us to the Boracay SunCruiser ferry. Boracay SunCruiser offers a unique and fun party experience for group of friends who want to try a not-so-ordinary Boracay vacation.
The party boat offers a two to three hour party experience in the middle of the ocean or until the sun sets in the horizon. It’s also a perfect spot to marvel at the beauty of the golden hour in the island.
Boracay SunCruiser offers unlimited drinks, appetizers, music, and the chance to plunge in the deep blue with their Super Slide. This sunset party cruise is part of Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay’s all-year Summer Holiday Haven experience and Group Getaway adventure packages available for their hotel guests.
Other adventure packages include Reverse Bungee, Helicopter Tour, Buggy and ATV Adventure Ride, Zipline, Land Tour, and a whole lot more to achieve that memorable Boracay trip. Guests may contact Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay Concierge: (0917) 882-6673 or Help Desk: (036) 288-1144 to know more about these packages. Pick-up and transfer will be provided by Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay.
We experienced a sun-stoked party with Boracay SunCruiser. If you’re in the island, make sure to avail this package to complete your wonderful Boracay memories.
Dinner was set at Mamita’s Grill, one of the restaurant by the beach in Boracay. We ordered different dishes from grilled seafood to the ‘putok-batok’ deep fried Crispy Pata. Some of our companions ordered Avocado Shake and they loved it. And we regret not ordering that refreshment.
Manuel who is fond of Shrimp Sinigang enjoyed the dish. We can’t help but compare Hoy, Panga! to Mamita’s Sinigang because they have different taste and ingredients used in the soup-based dish. If you’ll ask us which one stood out, it’s Mamita’s.
End of Day 1
After a hearty chit-chat over dinner, we went back to the hotel and spend our first night at Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay.
Up next, Day 2!
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