Boracay is back in business, and I was a happy girl going back to Boracay after a long time. Achievement unlocked because I was also able to realize my dream of bringing my daughters to one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines. Okay, the lineup was not complete because the other kids were busy with school or had to attend to the house. Still, we tried to make the most of our time and what a fun, funtabulous time we had indeed!
Just walking along the long stretch of white sand in Boracay was pure bliss. My little girl played with sand, we joined an island tour, sampled a few restaurants, and I even had my hair braided for the first time.
A big factor for our enjoyment during the trip was our choice of accommodation. We stayed in Kamusta Boutique Hotel which is located along Station 1 – my favorite area in long beach because it is not so noisy and crowded.
The hotel building is spanking new and so were the interiors. Being in a new property is really a big factor for me since it means everything is working.No rust, no leaking pipes, no yellowing curtains, lol, Aside from this, the way the whole place is designed is so warm and welcoming. The lively colors and the hippie, tropical vibe evoke happiness and positivity. Which is how things should be in any vacation! 🙂
It seems the rooms in Kamusta Boutique Hotel were conceptualized with families and groups in mind because of the presence of bunk beds. Lucia loved it and she wasted no time climbing up and down the ladder and chilling in our room sanctuary.
So, here are the Top 5 reasons why am highly recommending Kamusta Boutique Hotel for your much-awaited Boracay holiday this summer 2020 and beyond!
1. The location
One thing: the hotel is not located by the beachfront which means it’s NOT as expensive as those holding premium positions by the beach. It really shouldn’t matter because the property is just a short 5 minutes walk to where all the action is. The building is along the roadside which has easy access to a 24-hour supermarkets, ATMs, transportation, eateries and more shops.
Busier areas like D’Mall are within walking distance. One afternoon, after a relaxing stroll, I found myself on Diniwid Beach observing all the boats in the sea, people playing ball games and witnessing a beautiful sunset. My romance with Boracay was definitely rekindled, all due to my lodging’s proximity to everything.
2. The rooms
Kamusta Boutique Hotel only has 11 rooms so I think they have to maximize the whole area to fit in the most number of people without sacrificing comfort. They have three types of rooms to check out: The JUST US ROOM with a queen-sized bed which can suit a couple or a single person wanting some privacy.
The GROUPPIE ROOM has three bunk beds with a balcony and is big enough to fit six people. On the other hand, the FAM BAM ROOM is where we stayed. It has a bunk bed and a queen-size bed which was perfect for our group or family of three.
Lastly, there’s THE SQUADDIE ROOM with two bunk beds and can accommodate up to four people.
Even with a bunk bed, the room still felt spacious. I certainly loved the toilet with modern fittings, hot water and an abundance of towels! Even though the place is being marketed as a budget boutique hotel, they certainly didn’t scrimp on the room amenities. All rooms have a safe, refrigerator, TV, complimentary bottled water, kettle, mini bar and eco-friendly toiletries.
3. The budget-friendly price
Some Pinoys are discouraged from going to Boracay because they know it can be expensive there, being a ‘touristy’ place. For a little less than P1,500 per person, one can have a bed with breakfast in Kamusta for those getting the Grouppie room.
Here are the rates listed per night in the Kamusta Boutique Hotel website as of January 2020:
Just Us room with breakfast – P5,800
Room Only – P5,000
Grouppie Room for 6 with Breakfast – P8,900
Room only – P8,000
Fam Bam triple room with breakfast – P7,600
Room only – P7,000
Squaddie oom for 4 with breakfast – P7,100
Room only – P6,500
4. The food in the in-house restaurant
On the ground floor of the hotel is their restaurant managed by chef June Vino. June is originally from Isabela but has settled for a long time in Boracay after he fell in love with the island. The love is evident in the dishes he cooks for his customers. I must say that they were truly extraordinary that we kept coming back, not just for the breakfast, but also for dinner and lunch 🙂
For breakfast, we savored the usual silog and those glorious mango float pancakes. But the mains or the entrees are also to die for like the fried chicken with the chili jam or soy garlic glaze, the garlicky twice-cooked adobo, kare-kare with cashew nut sauce, gising-gising and the bagnet with poqui-poqui or eggplant mash. The chef’s sizzling corned beef and deconstructed tinola with vermicelli noodles were wonderful too. Chef June’s cuisine is an absolute must-try when you are in Boracay! Find him in Kamusta hotel and its sister establishment, LUXX Boutique Hotel in Station 2.
5. Excellent service from the staff
From the moment of our arrival being served welcome drinks to having an emergency at midnight because somehow, we got locked out of our room (long story), the service we experienced from Kamusta Boracay was always above par. I only saw two or three staff per shift (apart from the cleaners) and this made their brand of service warmer and more personalized.
Thank you to Operations Manager Paolo Ruel and the whole team for your kind hospitality.
KAMUSTA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Station 1, Along Main Road, Brgy. Malay, Boracay, 5608 Aklan, Boracay, Philippines
Mobile: +63 917 717 8607
Phone: +63 36 288 9577