"Great stay on the kite beach"
I've stayed for 14 nights and enjoyed it a lot. Very friendly staff and nice rooms were above expectations. Coupled with location this place will the best choice at least for kitesurfers.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Reef Retreat Comments"
Reef Retreat Resort is on Bulabog Beach. There is no swimming on Bulabog Beach. Bulabog Beach is used as a base for water activities. It is filled with boats. A 10 minute ride by "tricycle" (a motorcycle with a sidecar attached) to D*Mall (the main shopping street in Boracay at Station 2, White Beach) is $1.20. It is a 5 minute walk on D*Mall to White […] Beach at Station 2. White Beach, a magnificent beach, is subdivided into 3 zones called Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3. These odd names are used because in the past there were 3 boat stations at these locations. The names stuck. Station 2 is the best part of White Beach and is the center of action in Boracay. The staff was very courteous and pleasant. The room was cleaned and fresh linens were provided every day. I thought the air at Reef Retreat was much better than the air where the hotels were located on White Beach. Reef Retreat is very quiet. All you will get during your stay is a room with a terrace. The word "Resort" in the name is not descriptive of the property . If you like night life you can always get back to the hotel no matter how late you stay out---tricycles run 24x7. We plan to stay at Reef Retreat Resort again. The price cannot be beat and the overall experience is very positive. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent Boracay resort"
An excellent Boracay resort, a stones through from Bulabog beach for kitesurfers & only 5 minutes by trike (or 15 minute walk) to white beach, D'Mall, tons of restaurants & shops. The owners & staff are very attentive to their guests & knowledgeable about the island. This was our second visit to the island & Reef Retreat and all of our fond memories […] & expectations for a fun time were matched once again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Exceptional hotel. Only negative is wifi service should be upgraded.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We really enjoyed our stay at Reef retreat. So peaceful, yet only a 10 minute walk to the main White beach and all the action. It is right on Bulabog beach but the wind on this side of the island make it ideal for kite surfing but not much else. Rooms were lovely and service was excellent.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Had a great stay at Reef Retreat"
This was a great little place, very friendly welcoming. Great location if your looking to go kite surfing, and its only 5-10 minute walk through to White beach. Was very nice to be able to enjoy the nightlife of White Beach and then go back to the resort where it was extremely quite and relaxing. The rooms were in very good condition, very clean due […] to them being cleaned every day. Staff always had a smile and happy to help. Would definetly stay there again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We had a wonderful stay at the Reef Resort Retreat, all the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. They went out of their way to help with our enquiries. The room was cleaned daily to a very high standard and was extremely comfortable. The location was perfect as we were just a short walk away from the main white beach area but enjoyed the peace […] and quite at night. A great resort which we would strongly recommend. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The reef retreat resort was wonderful, extremely friendly and very helpful staff, clean, good view. No breakfast but that was only downside but it didn't matter too much. 10min walk to white beach which is better than the beach this hotel is on and its close to the shops and mall. Would definetly recommend it and stay there again. A totally wonderful […] stay Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Fantastic hotell for a fantastic price!"
We stayed at 3 different hotels in Boracay, from the cheapest one available to Shangri-La - and actually this was the one the we were the most satisfied with. OK, you don't have a swimming pool, but Bulabog beach is 10 meters away. You don't have a fancy room, but you have all that you need (and a bit more). Missing shower gel by the way! And when you're […] first staying here, stop by the Pow streetbar (junglebar) on your way over to White beach and try their Pow burger! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
very nice hotel especially for kiters ( 20 m from the Bulabog kite beach). Staff very helpful, cheerful, just great !!! Rooms simply furnitured, but v.clean . I recommend the resort very much.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Fantastic hotel in the wrong area"
If you don't mind the walk/ride trough a broken down and shady area, this place is a gem. Friendly staff, beautiful and peaceful courtyard, comfortable room and a low price. The only downside is the distance from white beach, which is where all the action is on Boracay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Just book it"
Great place and wonderful people. In my opinion this is the best side of the island as you are close to everything but away from the crowd. White beach is a 5 minute (safe ) walk but if you are doing Boracay right it should take you 10 as you will be soooooo relaxed and walking like a snail. There is no pool but the sea is at the end of the garden and […] only weird people play in pools on Boracay... you will understand when you see the sea The only small consideration is the internet which when i was there was poor so if its important to you just ask them before they book. They are good people and will tell you if they have fixed it or not but even if they haven't there is so many good internet cafes near and it saves you carrying a laptop. I will come back to this hotel..... its great Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A small oasis"
Boracay is one thing and that is White Beach. Everything is somehow centered around the beach. Reef Retreat Resort is locaded on the opposit side of the Island and White Beach, but it is only a 10 min. walk from the resort to the beach. In the morning, when you are walking to the beach. We can highly recommend, that you eat your breakfast at the English […] Bakery, which is rigth on the way. We found it very relaxing being able to "leave" the noise and the crowd (not in anyway overly crowded) at the beach and enjoy the peach an quiet atmosphere of the Reef Retreat. We enjoyed looking at the two small tortoises trying to escape and from time to time turn them over, when they fell on their backs. If you don't want to be right in the center of anything, this is the place for you. . Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Отель находится в тихом месте,петухов не слышно.Номера очень приятные,есть все необходимое.Рядом много кафе,где можно позавтракать.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Perfect for a visit to Boracay"
Hotellet ligge 25 meter fra en af de mindre strande på Boracay og de to-etagers bygninger omkranser en hyggelig lille have. Personalet er super hjælpsomme og venlige og det eneste jeg kunne finde på at beklage mig over er at vi ikke kunne blive en uge længere.Genuine Expedia guest review
装修很精致，房间挺漂亮，酒店没有泳池餐厅，但坐在门口的竹椅里，吹吹风睡一会很舒服。蚊子不多，住了几天室内室外都没被咬过。房间很干净，住的一楼比较闷，而且空调只吹风不制冷，又是窗机，吵了些。洗漱用品均自备，酒店只有毛巾和香皂一块。整体来说还是比较舒服，不过门口的路真的很烂，坑坑洼洼下雨积水，出门是难受了些。去白沙滩走路10分钟，dmall15分钟，门口坐车也方便，岛上水上运动几乎都在酒店门口的海域进行，玩累了回来换衣服休息很便捷，此次入住酒店门口还在装修，略杂乱Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Overall was nice. Nice staff. Clean room. Location is not as convenient as we thought. They do not have a guard which makes us feel a bit unsafe at night, but island people are nice and gentle, so we found it alright after a day or two.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Für den Preis OK, aber Lage nicht so toll"
Das Hotel war für Boracay-Verhältnisse recht günstig. Dafür darf man dann auch keine Luxus-Suite erwarten. Positiv: Das Zimmer war geschmackvoll eingerichtet und sauber, es gab sogar eine gefüllte Minibar und einen Fernseher mit vielen Programmen (als deutsches Programm als einziges die "Deutsche Welle"). Auch die Anlage ist hübsch und sauber und es […] gab freien Internet-Zugang. Negativ: Das Schloss an der Zugangstür war schwierig und bedienen und nicht so vertrauenserweckend. Und da das Hotel nicht gerade in einer Top-Gegend liegt, hatte ich immer ein schlechtes Gefühl, Dinge im Zimmer zu lassen - schließlich ist die Rezeption nur von 9 bis 17 Uhr besetzt, d.h. abends passt keiner auf, ob jemand Unbefugtes reinmarschiert. Das Hotel liegt zwar nur geschätzte 50 Meter vom Strand entfernt, es handelt sich aber nicht um den "White Beach", sondern es liegt auf der Rückseite der Insel. Dort sind die Taucherschulen, der Reiseführer schreibt, dass das Meer hier nicht so sauber ist. Zum White Beach läuft man ca. 10 - 15 Minuten - und zur Regenzeit steht auf der Strecke mindestens an zwei Stellen das Wasser... Auch das Internet hat nicht immer funktioniert, insbesondere dann nicht, wenn niemand an der Rezeption war und ich skypen wollte. Es gibt kein Restaurant und kein Frühstück, man läuft also am besten zur D-Mall am White Beach und isst dort irgendwo etwas. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Koselig og tilbaketrukket område"
Området ligger ved kitestranden Bolabog, men man kan gå til White Beach på 15 min. Hotellet ligger tilbaketrukket, og har en fin hage med terrasse vi ofte benyttet oss av. Derimot kan man høre naboers dyr og barn ganske sent fra hagen. Personalet var veldig hjelpsomme, men minus at de ikke tok visa og det ikke var vakthold - selv om vi aldri følte oss […] utrygge! Rensligheten på rommet var optimal, men madrassene var ikke til å skryte av hvilket ikke matchet senga som var veldig innbydende! Alt i alt, et egnet hotell for backpackere som oss som ikke kan velge og vrake uavhengig av pris. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Good service and environment!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"very clean, good staff"
stay 4 nights, everything is perfect except location, 10 min away the white beach, about 50peso by tutu.总而言之，很满意！Genuine Hotels.com guest review
飲んでもいないミニバーについて、毎日チェックしているので、お客以外ありえないと言われた。また、エアコンが故障している部屋に関して、変更を希望したが、フルブックだからと変更してもらえなかった。周りの部屋を見ても空いているのに・・・。修理も来るのが遅かったし、ホテルとしては悪びれもしていない。もっとお客視点に立つべき。Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Ideale per il kitesurf"
Ottima location per il kitesurf ma si raggiunge facilmente anche la white Bach distante soltanto 10 minuti. Vicino anche al centro commerciale d-mall. Consiglio questo hotel a tutti coloro i quali intendono soggiornare a boracay. Personale molto gentile e disponibile. Pulizia della stanza e dell'hotel ottima.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
以這個價錢算是很不錯，房間整潔，別緻，很滿意！Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Warm smal hotel"
Me and my friend stayed for 10 days at this hotel in the beginning of low season. We enjoyed it so much and felt right at home with the warm welcome we got from sweet Charlotte in the reception.They have comfy beds and big bathrooms. It was a quiet retreat from the noice at White beach. It's only a 10min walk to White beach were all the happening i […] s. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"pretty nice hotel on a beautiful island"
07/13/14 Petra_Sbg Salzburg, Austria
my friend and i enjoyed our stay to the fullest! ok, one day there had been a problem with the electricity - but we experienced this on the other side of the island a few days later as well (because of the raining-season). when we are on vacation it is important to us, that we feel welcome and save. and we did it at reef retreat! the staff is great and very helpful! the location is great as well, because it´s only a few walking minutes away from the crowded white beach and a lot more quiet. a bonus would be, if you have something to make coffee in every room - but not absolutely necessary :) if i have the change to go back to boracay, i´ll definitely book a room there again!
"Home away from home"
07/06/14 whoforme Seoul, South Korea, Asia
Great service,amazing location,dedicated staff. This was my first time to Boracay and it was an awesome experience! I plan on staying at Reef Retreat for the next time I visit. If you are looking for a great affordable place to stay, right next to the beach you dont need to look anymore.
"Perfect for kitesurfers!"
06/23/14 Anneoyoy Oslo, Norway
Clean and nice rooms with perfect location for kitesurfers on Bulabog beach! Air condition and fridge. We could just step out on the balcony to see if there was enough wind in the mornings. Perfect! Walking distance to everything you need. Kite center next door for storage. Very helpful personnel.
"Was an enjoyable stay but could have been better."
06/22/14 Be441 Leeds
I thought I would write a review as we have just spent two weeks at the Reef Retreat. Overall we did enjoy our stay, we originally booked the double room but upgraded to the suite as we required use of a kitchen. This resort has the potential to be excellent but a few things in our opinion did let it down. Firstly the rooms have no safe, they do have a safe at reception that is communal but i am afraid in Asia that is not good enough, there was also no kettle or tea and coffee making facilities, again there was a communal one but not adequate for use. The other main things were the aircon - both rooms we had whilst staying there, the aircon was not strong enough and sometimes it was a struggle to sleep. The wifi was another problem, most of the reviews have suggested this but still nothing seems to be done about it. The good points about Reef Retreat are the staff who are excellent and are always on hand to help out, great book exchange which I used twice, tv/cable, immaculate rooms and lovely surroundings. All in all this resort has the potential to be better than it is, it is a small resort and its the small things that matter, all of the above could be improved with little cost and I feel from reading the other reviews, I am not the only one with this opinion. I think for the money we paid, we could have got a bit more for our money elsewhere.
"Location- Not Much Else"
06/12/14 Jeff748 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
I am a seasoned traveller. I live out of a suitcase because my career demands it. I stay in varied accommodation 75 to sometimes over 100 nights a year, from 5 star hotel suites to sleeping bags in a tent, or less... I know hotels. The location cannot be better. It's right on the beach. You walk through a kite-surf shop's operational area to access the water. A great windsurfing operation is on the property as well, right next door to the kite-surf spot. The housekeeping and front office staff are great- all super-nice. They do a fantastic job considering the circumstances. It's a wonderful setup... but... I was looking for a place on the quiet side of Boracay to practice some windsports. I looked online and found Reef Retreat Resort. Nice folks online. We had a few exchanges back and forth and I eventually used Paypal to secure my first night's accommodation at $90 US as I was unsure how long I was going to stay. I checked in and agreed to stay a few more nights. A prior e-mail "respectfully requested" that I pay cash up front as there were "no credit card facilities" to be used. Hmmm... The Rooms: Clean and neat as they are, and well serviced by friendly local staff, they were spartan. That's OK. Clean and neat is good, but bed frames made of concrete? Seriously? It makes it difficult to have some real fun should you have a friend over as you might split your head open on the wall of cement that encases your mattress! Lighting? Iffy. No safe, no coffee maker or kettle, nowhere to hang up your clothes save for the oddly constructed closet. There are notes in the room advising guests on how to conduct themselves. They made me feel as if I was still in grade school and, frankly, offended me. I've been conducting myself the same way for the last few thousand hotel stays and no one has complained. I don't need notes to remind me of what I can and can't do. I'm surprised there's not a note about leaving one foot on the floor at all times if you have a guest in the room. The housekeeping staff made cute animals out of the towels and did a very good job keeping the place neat and clean. They were really great. Nice kids. The Cash Only Policy: Pay up front and that's it! No changes, no refunds, no credit, period. Not good. I considered leaving a day early and enquired if one day's payment could be returned but was stonewalled. Not even a credit for another night's stay was considered. "Policy". WiFi: It's dodgy at best and a cheap set-up. Better free reception is found at "Munchies" or scores of other hotels, bars or restaurants in the area. Fend for yourself. All-in-all the the nay's outweigh the yea's at the Reef Retreat Resort. You pay a lot for what you get. Frankly, I didn't feel welcomed by senior management. Even the ancient on-site dog "Whitey" growled at me and gave me a good look at his canine incisors. Nice doggy. Nice... I was a model guest who quietly left unhappy and feeling unwelcome. Rules, policies... Attitude! Frankly, I cannot understand how The Reef Retreat Resort has won so many awards and accolades through this travel site. It sits at #7 of 171 B&B's and Inns on Boracay! Amazing! Probably more to do with it's location than anything else. Next time I'll take a pass on the Reef Retreat Resort and I highly recommend those reading this review do so as well. It's not a low blow, not an exaggeration, not untrue, nor am I impossible. It's my opinion based on personal experience.
05/14/14 Sharon W Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reef Retreat is a great place to stay - it's located on Bulabog Beach which is nice and quiet, yet walking distance (about 15 mins) to the main D'Mall / White Beach area. We stayed for 7 nights in a 1-bedroom suite with an adjoining room, so it was pretty much a 2-bedroom apartment with a kitchen, living area and balcony. Felt like home, and we were sad to leave. Rooms were clean - housekeeping cleaned our rooms and changed the towels everyday. Fresh towels were folded into very cute animal shapes, which was a nice touch. Karima looked after us while we were there, and was great in recommending things to do / places to go. She was very friendly, attentive and a great help. The hotel offers WIFI but the connection can be quite unstable. Best spot for WIFI was on our balcony, or down in the garden. This wasn't a problem to us as both the balcony and garden were perfect places to sit and relax in the morning and evening. Overall, a great experience. Highly recommended.
05/06/14 drey188 New Jersey
Great place to stay if you're looking for a place near Bulabog (the beach is right across) or if you want to avoid the noise and crowd of the main beach. I had a nice, comfy bed in a clean room that had more than enough space. WiFi was spotty, but they did warn us about this early on. They also told us the island's been having problems with electricity, but I didn't experience any issues with this during my stay. Staff was great - Karima at the reception was very nice and helpful.
"Quiet area, lovely hotel"
04/23/14 AT17A Stockholm, Sweden
This hotel is located on Bulabog Beach. This beach is not super swim and sunbathe friendly (mostly for kitesurfers) but the hotel has a nice view over the ocean. If you walk 10 minutes across the island you will come to White Beach (just between station 1 and 2). Walking for 15 minutes takes you to D Mall and all the action. We were very happy to stay away from all the action and the huge amounts of people on White Beach. So if you don't walking for a little bit this is perfect. We had room 1 which is just at the front gates with a lovely view over the ocean. It also had quite a good connection to the wifi. Overall wifi connection is bad at this hotel so if this is important, choose another hotel. Room had a nice little veranda with comfy chairs. Interiors was really nice, clean and modern. TV, stocked mini bar, lots of little lamps, comfortable bed, desk, chair, lots of closet space and a big bathroom with separate shower. Everything was really clean and we had fresh towels everyday, fresh linen every or every other day. It would be nice to have a little kettle in the room to make coffee and breakfast. Although they had a kettle in the reception area which can be used 24/7. There is a little store to the right from the front gates where one can get water and snacks.
04/09/14 patrick h
A beautiful hotel located near the kite surfer area. Quiet and serene surroundings. Short walk to D-Mall and the white sand beach area where the bars and restaurants are. Each day the hotel staff would clean the rooms and provide daily artistic towel images on the bed in the shape of swan, elephant etc. Only negative was the wifi service that is being resolved I am told. Overall an excellent stay! Patrick and Jeanne
"A reasonable price, nice room, helpful staff, the best location for surfing lovers"
03/25/14 Анастасия П
If you'll go to surf in Boracay, Reef Retreat is a very nice place for staying. If you don't like activities, you can stay there because price for room not expensive, but you need to go to another beach by foot about 10 min.
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