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1 room, 2 adults
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4.4 / 5Excellent

Score breakdown (from 45 reviews)

Average rating for:

  • Cleanliness
    4.6
  • Service
    4.6
  • Comfort
    4.3
  • Condition
    4.2
  • Neighborhood
    3.8
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Amazing Location, Don't hesitate to stay here!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
The stay was absolutely incredible. I arrived early to Caticlan airport at 6:30 am and decided to use the resorts airport transportation as I did not want to have to think after a long day of traveling. The staff was amazing, arrived to pick me up on time and even allowed my to check in to the resort early (with a small fee-which was well worth it.) The grounds of the resort were very nice, it was clean and on Bulabog beach (few steps from the door to the beach). The walk to White Beach takes only 10 minutes so not a bad walk at all. I was scheduled to only stay at Reef Retreat for two days until my friends arrived but after those two days I ended up extending my stay with them for the rest of the week. The staff went above and beyond what they needed to, to ensure my stay was enjoyable and it was much appreciated. I will definitely be staying here again when I return to Boracay. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ... OH and try the Blind Massage, freaking AWESOME!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip Aug 6, 2014
EXPAT08
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Romantic getaway"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Reef Retreat was an excellent experience, the staff was egar to assist on any accomodations, and each day they made a different animal design from the bathroom towels, my fiancé was pleased with the rooms and quiet setting.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jul 10, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great stay on the kite beach"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
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
Other trip Jan 16, 2014
Evgeny
US
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Reef Retreat Comments"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
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.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 10, 2012
Eugene
US

The following English reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

4.0 / 5Excellent
"OK but not great"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
We stayed at Reef Retreet for 5 nights. It is great to be far from the crowd yet walking distance. Generally employee is very nice. No shampoo or body gel. Not impressed.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
5 night romance trip Jan 3, 2015
Abdullah
AS
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Quiet, budget choice in boracay"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Quiet side of boracay, opposite side to white beach, can see sun rise, take 5 minutes walk to main road, budget choice
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 24, 2014
sunsir
HK
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Nice place for water activities lover"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
We reach there around 7pm and we are scared by the journey from the jetty to the hotel, small roads with very few light along the road, everything is so dark and quiet. But the room was so well decorated with a balcony, until the next morning I am so impressed by the garden, and just a small walk away the Bulabog Beach is right in front with so many water activities going on there. Definitely worth it!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jul 15, 2014
Wayne
SG
3.0 / 5Good
"Quiet side of Boracay"
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Chose this as it was the quiet side of Boracay but 5 minutes walk from Station 2 and all main parties and clubs where the action was. Good to go back to sleep on the quiet side after long noisy parties!!
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 14, 2014
Juan
GB
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Cozy hotel facing the beach"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Overall was excellent, it's very peaceful and quiet resort. The staffs are super helpful and friendly.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip May 2, 2014
Brenda
MY
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Great location for windsurfing and kite surfing."
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
We enjoyed our stay. We like the quieter side of the island and are only a short walk from D Mall and station one.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Apr 23, 2014
Andrew
AU
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Safe, friendly, clean, in an excellent location"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Went for the kiting so the location next to Bulabog beach was ideal. As an added bonus i was very pleased I stayed away from White beach as its a little too busy for my taste. If you are looking for a quieter location but within 10mins walk of the carnage this is a great option.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Apr 20, 2014
Dan
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great hotel"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Exceptional hotel. Only negative is wifi service should be upgraded.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Apr 4, 2014
Patrick
IE
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Perfect spot"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
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
3 night trip Mar 8, 2014
Jess
PH
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Had a great stay at Reef Retreat"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
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.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
7 night trip Oct 28, 2013
Andy Masson
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Great resort"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
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.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 21, 2013
A Traveler
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Hidden gem"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week in August and had a wonderful time. The hotel rooms were beautiful, with flower petals on the bed when we arrived. Everything was clean and under control. The receptionist and owners were extremely helpful in answering our questions and it showed that they truly cared and enjoyed their jobs. Would highly recommend to anyone considering staying here. Also, although its far from white beach (20 min walk) it offers an escape from the chaos and crowds. It's also only a 60 peso tricycle ride away, which is very cheap.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
6 night romance trip Jul 29, 2013
Anonymous
AS
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"wonderful stay"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
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
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
10 night family trip Jun 9, 2013
huw
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Fantastic hotell for a fantastic price!"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
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!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night romance trip Jun 1, 2013
A Traveler
PH
4.0 / 5Excellent
"high recommendation"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
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
Other trip Feb 1, 2013
A Traveler
PH
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Fantastic hotel in the wrong area"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    2.0
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
Trip with friends Oct 8, 2012
Tobias
MY
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Just book it"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
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
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 1, 2012
wondering scott
GB

The following reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

5.0 / 5Outstanding
"너무너무너무너무예뻐요^^"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
화이트비치반대편에 위치한다고 해서 사실 걱정했어요ㅠㅠ근데 웬걸... 걸어서 10분이면 화이트비치가 딱 나오더라구요 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ트라이시클타면 1분..?2분? 디몰도 금방 가용 ㅋㅋ 그리고 일단 시설이 너무너무 예쁘고깨끗하고 좋았어요^^ 직원분들로 친절하시고 ㅋㅋㅋ 깔끔하고예쁘다 이 자체에요. 약간 그래도 다른 호텔이나 리조트에 비해 좀 더 접근성이 떨어지기는 하지만 진짜 이뻤어용!!! 다음에 또 가고 싶어요 ㅋㅋㅋ
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Aug 28, 2014
We
KR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Perfect for me"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
It was really nice and calm with kind service! There is a beach in front of resort and you can enjoy all water sprots. If you like to stay exotic mood it is perfect and it is cheaper to drink all drinks in fridge than market outside.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night romance trip Aug 13, 2014
Jessie
KR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"깨끗하고 친절한 숙소"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
디몰과는 거리가 있으나 한두번 트라이시클 이용해보면 걸어다닐만한 거리임. 바로 앞쪽 바다에서 패러세일링 등 가능. 리조트라고 하기에는 시설이 열악하지만 가격대비 깨끗한 숙소임.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip with friends Aug 4, 2014
A Traveler
KR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"perfect"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
cozy. safe. kind
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night trip with friends Jul 18, 2014
A Traveler
KR
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"perfect"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
cozy. safe. kind
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Jul 15, 2014
A Traveler
KR
4.0 / 5Excellent
"のんびりしたいカップルにおすすめ"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
部屋は清潔で天蓋付ベットはとても素敵 ホワイトビーチの反対側のビーチの前で繁華街からはやや離れていて静か スタッフは非常に親切 リーズナブルな価格 エアコンの効きがやや悪く、アメリカンタイプ音がうるさいタイプ アメニティは少なく歯ブラシ、シャンプーは要用意
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 9, 2014
Ken
JP
4.0 / 5Excellent
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
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
8 night trip with friends May 4, 2014
Анна
RU
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Perfect for a visit to Boracay"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
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
Other trip Nov 1, 2013
Gunnar & Ivy
DK
4.0 / 5Excellent
"热情客服、特色小客栈"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    2.0
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
4 night trip with friends Oct 1, 2013
A Traveler
CN
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Comfortable stay"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    2.0
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
5 night romance trip Aug 21, 2013
purenickel
HK
3.0 / 5Good
"Für den Preis OK, aber Lage nicht so toll"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
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.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jul 20, 2013
Roland
DE
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Koselig og tilbaketrukket område"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    2.0
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.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night romance trip Jun 29, 2013
A Traveler
NO
4.0 / 5Excellent
"很棒的服務"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Good service and environment!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
6 night trip Jun 23, 2013
benq
TW
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"very clean, good staff"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
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
4 night family trip Jun 8, 2013
A Traveler
CN
2.0 / 5Fair
"不便な立地"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    2.0
  • Neighborhood
    1.0
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
3 night family trip Apr 26, 2013
A Traveler
JP
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Ideale per il kitesurf"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
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
14 night trip Jan 27, 2013
George
IT
4.0 / 5Excellent
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
以這個價錢算是很不錯,房間整潔,別緻,很滿意!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night family trip Sep 27, 2012
Sylvia
HK
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Warm smal hotel"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
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 is.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Trip with friends Jun 7, 2012
Malena
SE
4.0 / 5Excellent
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
5 night trip Jun 14, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
10 night trip Mar 4, 2013
A Traveler
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Jan 20, 2013
A Traveler
SG
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night trip with friends Sep 1, 2014
A Traveler
HK
4.0 / 5Excellent
  • Cleanliness
    2.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    3.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
5 night trip Apr 29, 2013
A Traveler
CH
5.0 / 5Outstanding
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip with friends Sep 1, 2012
A Traveler
HK

TripAdvisor reviews for Reef Retreat Resort

Overall rating:Based on 116 traveler reviews

Most recent traveler reviews:

Overall Rating
"Warm welcome and relaxing stay"
04/14/15 Stuart T London, United Kingdom
We stayed at Reef Retreat for a friends wedding. This was my first time to Borocay although my wife had been there before and had stayed at the Reef Retreat. As with all travellers who make there way to Philipines we had a monster of a journey and had spent most of our time catching up with friends and all that goes with weddings. We were really looking forward to a nice relaxing stay and that is exactly what we got at the Reef Retreat. Claire and Matt were really welcoming and the level of service at the Reef Retreat was brilliant. When we arrived we were met by Karima who showed us to our room. She was also really helpful with restaurant recommendations and other touristy information. The room was comfy with welcome air conditioning. It was also clean and we loved the fantastic animals and other creations they made with our towels every morning. There was also a very reasonably priced mini bar and small room safe. Our room was over looking the sea with a balcony were you could sit and watch the kite surfers. The hotel also has lovely gardens with loads of tropical plants making it so relaxing and peaceful. The Reef Retreat is only a short 15 walk from White Beach or 5 minutes by trike. The Bulabog side of the island is allot quieter than White beach which was great as that was what we're looking looking for. We would definately come back and stay at Reef Retreat again if we are ever in the Philipines again. Thanks for the great stay.
Overall Rating
"A Perfect Retreat for Kitesurfers and Windsurfers"
04/08/15 Niall W Hong Kong, China
My partner and I spent five days in Boracay learning to kitesurf, and we loved Reef Retreat. The location is awesome, the rooms are clean and well furnished and the staff are amazing. Our room was steps away from Bulabog Beach, which between November and March is blessed with strong, consistent winds, calm surf, plenty of sun and a shallow, sandy bottomed sea. In short, there are few better places to take one's first faltering starts on the board, and judging by the number of intermediate and expert riders zipping expertly along, the conditions are good enough to keep people coming back. Almost as importantly, this also means that Reef Retreat is a safe distance from the fridge-magnet salesmen, henna tattooists, fire spinning lady-boys, dancing chefs and roving package tours that plague White Beach on the opposite side of the island*. Nonetheless, when you want to get back to the madding crowd it is still only a ten minute walk from the ATMs, supermarkets and restaurants at D'mall, and a fifteen to twenty minute walk from sundowners at Diniwid Beach. It is immediately obvious that Reef Retreat was designed by a windsurfer for other windsurfers. The fixtures and fittings are robust and comfortable, even when subject to the heavy wear of sandy, salty occupants. The floors are smooth terracotta, the shower is hot and water pressure is good. There is an in-room safe for valuables that can't be taken to the beach, and the balconies are great for drying kit. The grassy courtyard, with two canvas hammocks and a fragrant calamansi lime tree is a perfect tonic for eyes made sore by the glistening reflection of sun on sea. Last but not least, a special commendation to the staff. The cleaners were great, as our room was kept spotless throughout. Meanwhile, the manager Karima, couldn't have done a better job. On top of being charming to a fault and effortlessly efficient with our transfer and check-in, we wouldn't have eaten half as well without her recommendations, or enjoyed an incredible day on a private beach with the Boracay Explorer team (http://boracay-explorer.com/). I was tempted to record some of her food recommendations here, but wouldn't want to deprive you of the opportunity of speaking to her and finding out in person. * However, note that between April and October the winds reverse themselves, and Bulabog gets much busier as it becomes the staging point for parakiting and boat trips that are otherwise located off White Beach.
Overall Rating
"Don't bother looking anywhere else."
03/08/15 KellnWill
If you are headed to Boracay for the first time or even as a return traveller, book with Reef Retreat. The hotel is away from the hustle and bustle of white beach, but in walking distance (less than 5 minutes). A windsurfer/kite surfer's DREAM hotel, literally a 20 step walk to the water. The hotel is extremely tidy, roomy and gorgeous. The owners and staff are friendly, kind and helpful. Matt is a windsurfer too, so you'll catch him out in Bulabog reef/lagoon. The hotel has a gorgeous masseuse on hand, so there's no need to wait anywhere at white beach in a hot spa/beauty salon. Each day the cleaners created clever little animals out of the bath/hand towels, so cute. The hotel had wifi, hot showers, comfortable beds and amazing balconies, some of our nicest memories of Boracay were spent exactly there. There are a number of excellent restaurants near by, as well as a bakery and of course bars. The manager Karema was absolutely lovely and helped us plan day trips and book transfers. She is most certainly a professional in customer liaison and made us feel at home right from day one...she also has terrific local knowledge in terms of food! If you are a windsurfer or kite surfer or even looking to try, Reef Retreat is the way to go, the businesses that operate classes and rent/sell gear are again - 20 steps from your door and my goodness is it windy! We had an absolute ball at the Reef Retreat, we are creating a short doco for our windsurfing sponsors and the hotel will feature heavily in it, as they added so much depth to our experience. We can't wait to go back and visit again. Initially, we planned to travel all around the local islands...but once you get to Reef Retreat, trust us...you'll stay as long as you can, we did! Thank you! Best wishes Kellie and Will from Australia
Overall Rating
"Amazing resort once again"
03/06/15 707beachbabe2007 Bordeaux, France
Booked again to stay at Reef Retreat and still an amazing place to stay. The English couple 'Matt and Clair and their staff go out of their way to help and nothing is too much trouble. Perfect location for kiting /windsurfing as right on the beach ,or chill in the peaceful pretty garden.. Famous but much noisier White Beach is only 10 minutes walk away, the hustle and bustle is all there if you need it,!! Breakfast is right there, and to sum up the holiday a fantastic place to stay and lives up to it name Definitely be back Dave and Maggie
Overall Rating
"Really was a Great Retreat!"
02/15/15 kitecrazy86 Germany
We stayed at Reef Retreat for 7 nights and had the best experience. The location was perfect as its right at the Kitesurfing / Windsurfing beach so you can constantly see the conditions from your balcony. The rooms were great, they really were a retreat away from the madness and noise of the other side, yet only an easy 10 minutes walk back. The staff went out of their way to ensure we were looked after so we felt at home. In all it was perfect, we will definitely stay at Reef Retreat next time. thanks
Overall Rating
"Fantastic 10 days"
02/10/15 Sally W Berkeley, United Kingdom
What a great place to stay! Perfect for Kitesurfing & water sports, and 10 mins stroll from the lively 'other' side of the island. Reef Retreat is aptly named, a great place to chill. The staff couldn't have been more helpful, going way beyond the usual call of duty. Breakfast can be found a few yards away, along with a corner shop full of goodies. Matt & Claire are great hosts, you are made to feel 'part of the family'. Highly recommended place to stay on this paradise island. Nick, Sally & Chris UK
Overall Rating
"Quality room, no Frills"
11/27/14 Alexx617
We booked this resort based on Trip Advisor reviews, and its location on the quiet side of the Island. Some important points to note: We made the booking via email, and were quoted a fixed price (incl GST/VAT and service tax). We were then sent a PayPal link for the fixed price quoted, plus another 4.4%! When queried, we got an apology and an explanation that these are the Paypal fees (but no refund offered). The service fees of 10% are a common add-on in Asia, although there is an increasing trend to offer "no Service fees charged here". Being a small business, I wonder where the 10% service fees go? To the staff? What if the service is not good? Anyway ... We arrived just after dark. It's quite an adventure to get to Boracay from Kalibo (scenic slow winding road, followed by a Bangca style ferry, and then a Trike to the resort). It's quite a long journey from Kalibo airport to Boracay given most people have flown several hours, so be prepared for a long day (allow 3 hours door to door from Kalibo to Reef. Via bus or private van is approx. P500 for 2 adults. Then from the Pier you must pay for the boat, plus a Terminal fee plus an Environmental levy - total P200 per person). On arrival (via Trike from the Pier for P125), there are no entrance lights and the resort is set back around 20m from the road. We trod carefully in the dark with our luggage to the front gate, and were greeted by Kamina who took a cash deposit of P2,000 to cover the mini-bar. This was explained in the initial email as they don't accept credit cards at the resort, so no problem (however, read below). Apparently she had waited for us to arrive, but was due to finish work at 6pm. No problem, but just understand this is NOT a full-service hotel. It's a B&B without the breakfast, and minimal service. You just get a room, so don't expect hotel type service here. The room was very nice. Smallish, but clean and tastefully decorated. A cheap foam type queen size bed - not a luxury mattress, but comfortable. The TV was an old 'tube' box type, but it did have cable TV with a wide selection of options. The air-cond unit struggled, but after an hour or so, the room did cool and there is a ceiling fan. There was no view. The eastern Bulabog Beach side is very quiet at night. It's 12-15 mins walk to the western, White Beach and D-mall side which is where the main restaurants and shops are located. It's very difficult to get a Trike from Bulabog at most times, particularly at night, so you'll need to walk. There is a night Security Guard posted at the resort which is comforting. On checkout, I was busy on the street trying to find a Trike so I left my wife to collect back the P2,000 deposit. Later she told me we were charged P100 for 3 bottles of water. I certainly took 1 small bottle of water from the fridge (the type that costs P9.00 in the supermarket in the Philippines, and which would normally be free of charge in 98% of hotels). Small money I realise, but a disappointing end. When added to the 4.4% Paypal fee, foam mattress, old style TV, underpowered air-cond unit, etc .. I think readers understand how management operates here. We paid P4,500 per night plus 4.4%. Was this value for money? In the Philippines you can get nice 3 star type rooms for P2,000. Boracay is more expensive, and the White Beach western side will be considerably more depending on the quality of the hotel, time of year and proximity to the beach. To get 4 star level in the Philippines I have usually paid P7,500 or more (Manila, Puerto Galera and Cebu). Reef Retreat was reasonably priced (but perhaps a little over-priced given its location on the quiet side of the island and given it is set back from the road/beach, and minimal service staff as you are getting just the room, and no b'fast). The Resort is professionally (tightly) managed, no question, and the room was good quality by Philippines standards and presented very well. Just don't expect any frills and be prepared to walk to the main part of town.
Overall Rating
"great week"
11/25/14 Mgeorgy London, United Kingdom
I spent a week at this hotel- we were kiting and doing yoga with Simone from the funboard centre so it was in the perfect location. The rooms are clean and spacious. The staff are great, especially the manager Karima. She was on point with restaurant recommendations and generally great to talk to every day! Night guard is on all night so place is safe- great place to stay and definitely glad we were on this side of the island. We really enjoyed our stay, thanks!
Overall Rating
"A tranquil location with great hosts and staff"
11/09/14 Mike C Sydney, Australia
We have just stayed 9 days at this relaxing location and thoroughly reccomend it to others who are looking for a peaceful location with a great outlook onto the wind surfers beach. Our room was very comfortable, included a lounge/kitchen with TV and cable TV. The balcony looked straight out to Bullabog Beach and we awoke to see Kite's zipping by our view. Easy reach of White Beach and the walk was fine but local transport was always on hand if required. Night time drinks on our balcony came from our stocked bar fridge which did not break the bank either. The lovely gardens with tropical plants made for a very pleasant outook too. Local eateries were on hand and a short walk away for breakfast but our kitchen soon became our morning 'cuppa' bar. Karima the manager was very friendly, Matt and Claire the hosts were just the best - thank you M n C from M n M !!
Overall Rating
"Friendly Staff - Perffect Location"
09/14/14 Mrwinthrop Perth
first time to Boracay, stayed only 4 days, should have stayed longer, 27-31 august which is quiet season, Reef Retreat is at Bullabog Beach on the "quiet side" only 7 minutes easy walk to White Beach, really barely 5 minutes walk, if you want a quiet place well priced with friendly staff, this may be where you should go, many thanks to Karima the manager for all her support during my stay, Stephen
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