"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
"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
"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
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01/31/14 Ernie G Granada hills ca.
My friend and I stayed at Reef Retreat Resort for 4 days and 3 nights. The rooms were pristine, the ambiance was really quiet and relaxing. It was a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city living. A few steps away from the resort is the kite surfing area which was fun to watch. The staff were friendly and took very good care of us. Karima, the manager, went out of her way to accommodate our requests and answer all our inquiries. On top of the clean facilities and the great service, the price was very reasonable. I would definitely recommend Reef Retreat Resort to my friends here in Los Angeles, California (USA).
01/19/14 Mari T Lappeenranta, Finland
We stayed at Reef Retreat for 6 nights in the beginning of January 2014 and we very happy with our choice. The location is perfect for kitesurfing and windsurfing, the rental shops are next to the hotel and even if the beach itself is not very welcoming for non-surfers (the beach is very dirty compared to the other beaches in Boracay) I would still choose Bulabog beach instead of White beach for my hotel. There is too much hassle and noise at White beach, Bulabog beach is a lot more quiet and laid-back, and a perfect place to stay for those who need peace and quiet in order to be able to sleep. The location of Reef Retreat seemed to me one of the best at Bulabog beach, not directly on the road but with a view of the sea anyway. The staff is most polite and friendly, and always ready to help. White beach and D'Mall are within walking distance, and there are always tricycles if you want to go somewhere further on the island. The room was clean, the mini-bar very inexpensive, and even if there is no possibility for breakfast, there are a few bars next to the hotel where you can have breakfast/lunch/dinner. We would warmly recommend Reef Retreat.
"Reef Retreat Resort"
01/16/14 Dwayne F Shanghai, China
My wife and I stayed at Reef Retreat for 19 nights over Christmas and New Years and enjoyed every minute of our stay. We chose this place because we wanted to kiteboard in the area. We stayed in the end room on the second floor closest to the water and enjoyed sitting on the balcony at the end of the day to unwind. We were greeted by a very welcoming staff lead by Karima who is so kind and helpful. The rest of the staff is incredibly happy, polite and efficient. Matt the owner is very pleasant to talk to, very down to earth and takes pride in his hotel. The girls would notice when we would leave the room in the morning and have everything tidied up for when we returned. The mini bar was stocked with drinks basically the same price as the corner store which was very convenient. Our room was easy to live in for 3 weeks and did not tire of it. We would recommend to stay here and would return in the future.
01/16/14 beartamer Moscow, Russia
It is a nice and quiet place just 20 meters from the kite beach. I've stayed here for two weeks and enjoyed it. Location is good especially for kitesurfers, but it's only 7-10 minutes walk from the white beach / d'mall, so feel free to bring your non-sporty friends with you. There is a good kite station nearby so you can wake up and ride a kite in a couple of minutes every morning! Rooms are nice and clean, mini-bar is useful and very inexpensive. The only thing that's not perfect — price, but I guess it's okay given the season.
"Great stay in a nice place"
01/12/14 803Linda Dusseldorf, Germany
Reef Retreat is a great place to stay on Bulabog beach. The staff, especially Karima from the front desk, are very friendly and helpful. The property is 20m off Bulabog beach with a kiteschool in front and a supermarket as well as some places to have breakfast/lunch/dinner close by. To Whitebeach/DMall it is a 10-15min walk. Our room was of adequate size and kept very clean. The bed is comfortable and there is aircon, a fan ,TV and a small fridge(Minibar). The bath is old and in comparison to the rest of the room unlovely but it was clean and everything was working fine. There is no clothesline so our towels and Bikini stayed damp. A very relaxing massage is available for 500P. We enjoyed our stay there and would absolutely recommend a stay at the Reef Retreat Resort.
"Best place to relax"
Situated in Bulabog beach (best place to surf - kite&wind) and just 10 minutes walk from Dmall and White Beach. Clean and friendly, perfect view, also from the first floor. And very comfortable and calm area compare with White Beach. Highly recommended!
"Pretty good place spoilt by a few things"
12/26/13 JamesGreeny Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
I stayed at Reef Retreat for 5 nights along with a friend who stayed for 7 nights at the beginning of December. Bit of a mixed review so I will separate the good and the not so good: Good: * The staff are brilliant, Karima and her team are really exceptional and always willing to help. * It's a great spot for kiteboarders, seconds from the beach (bulabog beach, not white beach). * The accommodation is reasonably good and all very clean. Not so good: * Some basics lacking that I would expect. No safe in the room, no toiletries, no coffee or tea and in the non suite rooms, no kettle. These are pretty inexpensive items that would make a massive difference to have. I took quite a lot of cash with me as I wasn't sure if the ATMs would be working after the typhoon and had to keep large amounts in the room without it really being safe.(sure there is a communal safe at the reception but I don't think that is sufficient) I would expect to have all of the above in a room that is costing 80-100 USD in SE Asia. * There was a mouse in my room on the first night. I didn't really mind the company but I'm not sure everyone would be as relaxed about it. The owner (Claire) did apologise the next day. * I was left with a sour taste after an encounter with the Owner after I had left. Upon leaving he told me I could leave my kiteboarding gear there anytime as I would be staying in Boracay but changing hotel but on my last day on the Island I had the misfortune of using the garden at Reef Retreat to brush some sand off my kite (after asking a member of staff if I could) and was approached in a very rude manner by the same owner who had told me I could use the premises whilst I was on the Island to tell me that I need to leave the garden immediately as it was exclusively for guests' use. When I pointed out that I had asked and that I had stayed there a few days earlier he told me I am not staying there now and made it very clear that I was unwanted. I wouldn't have even thought about using the garden but he had told me I could when I left the place! In any case he was unnecessarily rude about it and I could tell that even the staff working there were embarrassed by his behavior. This episode left a bad taste after my friend and I spending over 1000 USD staying there a few days earlier. The owner is clearly not cut out for hospitality and should leave Karima and the excellent team to run the place. I would only recommend this place for kiteboarders who want to be right on the beach.
"Great place on the quiet side."
12/15/13 Si C London, United Kingdom
Stopped here while learning to kite surf on Bulabog Beach. The rooms are really well turned out and the staff and owners are very hospitable. It is a 10-15min walk from D-Mall and White Beach so is in a quieter area. Nearby restaurant, the Pinoy Delight, truly is a delight.
"Not recommended if you want to have more than the basic"
The GM and staff are friendly and helpful. The room is decent and basic, so if you want to have a cup of coffee/tea/something hot, there is no kettle in the room, so forget it. During my stay the wifi did not work, so to connect, I bought a local SIM card. The airconditioning was noisy and not cold enough for me (had set it on the coolest level). If you plan to go to the happening area, White Beach... it is a 10-15 minute walk. I saw many great reviews, so was disappointed but maybe it was just my luck.
"Typhoon Retreat !"
12/12/13 MSHarvey Hong Kong, China
A Great Time had by all ! at Reef Retreat..... even if the worlds Largest Typhoon hit land near by !some Damage on the island and No power to most of the island . so to be expected no Power and lighting also no A/C but we were expecting that to be honest and new the risk of traveling there straight after a Major incident as this,staff kept the place in great order as the clean up was ongoing during the first couple of days, there was no generator but the owners and staff kept us up to date with what the electric company was telling them, they tried to get a generator but there were none left on the island ! they tried to make our stay as comfortable as possible and were very apologetic about the power situation,as at least half of the Island was in the same situation,but there wasn't much else they could do,we had two large emergency lamps that they kept charged so we did have lights at night and were charged every day on another part of the island, ,great place to stay we stayed in the larger apartments as there were four of us we slept OK as it was quite warm, we just opened the big patio windows to let the breeze in a night,as for the location .... wow this place is the Bomb for that literally in under a minute from bed to beach! lovely couple run the place and staff also very friendly, rooms kept immaculate, didn't want to leave at the end of the week,i can imagine when the lights are on, the gardens would have looked fantastic and the ambiance of the whole place would be really cool !,we will definatly be back in February again to see !
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