"Amazing Location, Don't hesitate to stay here!"
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! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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
"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
"Quiet, budget choice in boracay"
Quiet side of boracay, opposite side to white beach, can see sun rise, take 5 minutes walk to main road, budget choiceGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice place for water activities lover"
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! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Quiet side of Boracay"
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
"Cozy hotel facing the beach"
Overall was excellent, it's very peaceful and quiet resort. The staffs are super helpful and friendly.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great location for windsurfing and kite surfing."
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
"Safe, friendly, clean, in an excellent location"
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
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
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 ㅋㅋㅋGenuine Expedia guest review
"Perfect for me"
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
"깨끗하고 친절한 숙소"
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
cozy. safe. kindGenuine Hotels.com guest review
cozy. safe. kindGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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
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
"Quality room, no Frills"
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.
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!
"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 !!
"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
"A real gem"
We stayed here for two nights after first being on White Beach. This place is really very good, much quieter than White Beach and because the island is so small you're only a short walk from the action on the other side. It's great value, the only downside is no breakfast included but there's a nice place to eat on the corner of the road about 30 seconds from the hotel. Really glad I chose this place!
"Best Rooms on Boracay"
09/05/14 jamie d Europe
We were so happy when we saw our room, it had a big four poster bed and is one of the best rooms we have ever stayed in. The staff went out of their way to help you and ensure you enjoyed your stay. The hotel has lovely gardens with loads of tropical plants making it so relaxing and peaceful to sit and enjoy a drink on your balcony. We will definately come back and stay at Reef Retreat again
"Quiet, budget choice in boracay"
Quiet side of boracay, opposite side to white beach, can see sun rise, take 5 minutes walk to main road, budget choice management should consider allowing customer to cancel booking and refund on conditions, this stops potential customer to try the resort, be confident
"Wet July but a funtastic trip and stay at Boracay!!!"
08/04/14 Nicholas1373 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This trip was booked without knowing that it's going to be a wet month in Boracay. RRR is located at Bulabog beach, away from the bustling Stations of White beach. It's only 10-15 min walk to these places. After a day out or a night partying, this resort offers a perfect place to unwind for it offers a cozy room with a perfect place to rest after a long tiring day, and it is tucked away facing the beach of Bulabog. The housekeeping team ensured that it's being cleaned everyday without fail and towels are folded in different animal patterns that were done with love and care. The only setback was that there was no breakfast provided. However around the corner, above this small sundry shop there is this Japoitaly cafe that offers very affordable and superb menu of Japanese and Italian plus local breakfast too. 7 days of perfect food, perfect beaches despite the unpredictable weather in July and the all smiley locals of Boracay, making this my favorite island destination in SEA. The trip from Kalibo and back was such an adventurous one. One should fly into Kalibo instead of Caticlan to enjoy the rustic scenery of the Aklan island.
08/01/14 Blairnz36 Auckland Region, New Zealand
This was my 3rd trip to Boracay and the first at the Reef Retreat , i stayed at two other highly priced hotels before on Boracay but now i will only stay here. It was everything i had hoped it to be and even better, the room were great , the staff were amazing , and the location was perfect. Karina was the best hostess and made me feel like i was at home supplying us with great information and tips about the island that only locals know about. I will be returning next year with my kids and look forward to staying here again. Cheers
"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!
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