Boracay traffic really bothered me on my last visit to the famous island in the country. I wanted to leave Station 2 immediately after I arrived on the most crowded area of the island. Savoy Hotel Boracay has its hourly shuttle picking up and dropping off guests at D’Mall. The cool temperature of the vehicle relieved my worries and made me look forward to my arrival at the newest hotel brand in Boracay Newcoast.
Boracay Newcoast is a new development in the island with the goal to move away from White Beach. Depending on traffic and road constructions, travel time to Savoy Hotel Boracay takes around 15 to 20 minutes from D’Mall.
Front officers occupy their own station as I walked the imposing and expansive lobby of the hotel-resort. The impressive wooden backdrop of the front-office that extends up to the patterned ceiling can distract you on your way to check-in. Before I muttered my first word, a staff approached me handing a cold towel and a refreshing lychee drink. Who am I to decline the nice gesture?
Checking in was a breeze because I was the only one being attended that time. They just needed an identification card, signed some form, and I was ushered to my room.
Savoy Hotel Boracay has 4 room types: deluxe, corner deluxe, premier deluxe, and executive suite. One of the obvious differences between the types is the floor size of the room ranging from 26 up to 55 square meters. For the deluxe rooms, bed configuration can be a single or double bed. For my stay at the hotel for two days, I lodged in a deluxe single room.
Savoy Hotel Boracay Rooms
The moment I swiped my electronic card on the card-accessed door, the eye-candy room made me giggle. I skipped the bathroom, which I usually check first, and went directly to the bed. Room is small compared to other hotel’s I’ve tried but there still enough space to move. Bed is bulky with the duvet and sheets while cushy pillows and cyan-colored throw pillows wait guests to plunge in.
Layers of curtain cover the floor-to-ceiling sliding door that separates the room from the balcony. All rooms of Savoy Hotel Boracay have a balcony offering views of the ocean or the nearby golf course. On the balcony are two chairs, a table, and drying racks.
Going back to the room amenities, a flat-screen television is perfectly on the wall opposite the massive bed. The desk has the bottled waters being refilled daily, a coffee and tea making facility, and a fridge containing cans of soda and beer. A separate round desk is available together with a bright blue lounge bed. If I’m not on the comfy bed, I’m on the sofa.
Power sources are everywhere and it’s surprising to see USB outlets for smartphones and other gadgets. The air-conditioning unit is managed by the touch controller on the wall. In a space between the bathroom and the bedroom is an open cabinet for your things. There are also rubbers slippers, robes, cloth hangers, and safe.
Bathroom is the usual type with shower equipped with hot and cold water. Toiletries like shampoo, shower gel, conditioner and sets of dental and vanity kits are provided. Of course, housekeeping won’t miss the fresh and clean towels: foot, hand, face, and bath. If you need a hairdryer, the device is in one of the drawers near the bed.
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Savoy Hotel Boracay has three dining options: Savoy Café, Vienne Lobby Lounge, and Chambery Pool Bar. Buffet breakfast is usually part of the hotel rates and served at Savoy Café from 6 AM to 10 AM. Apart from breakfast, the café provides all-day dining to guests with a menu that resounds the serenity of a coastal retreat. The contemporary and modern cuisine will surely excite you apart from the colorful fixtures of the café.
Breakfast spread, on the other hand, is not that big but has a diverse option from a salad bar, soup, bread section, 8 types of entree, cereal, fruit, dessert, and beverages. On my two-day stay, most of the entrees on the second day were different compared to what they’ve served during my first day. Savoy Café was under renovation during my visit and the café was moved to one of the ballrooms. Nonetheless, the vibrant atmosphere of the café was reflected in its temporary location.
I had no chance of trying Vienne Lobby Lounge and Chambery Pool Bar. But I heard the first serving premium teas and coffees, wines, and cocktails. Food-to-go for snacks, munchies, and bar chows are available on the menu. Branded as the coolest place to grab some drinks and chill, Chambery Pool Bar provides a culinary treat complemented by the laid-back atmosphere of the pool and palm trees. A new take on street food and food truck concept is the cuisine offered. The pool bar is open from 10 AM to 11 PM with happy hour running from 5 PM to 7 PM.
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For guests enjoyment, Savoy Hotel Boracay provides facilities beyond the room premises. These include an enormous swimming pool on its freeform that naturally blends with the tropical surroundings. In addition is a party and wading pool apart from the cabanas and the pool bar. Since Boracay is a party destination, the hotel has a stage by the pool that can serve as venue for outdoor concerts and live entertainment.
In terms of wellness, the hotel is supportive when it comes to guests well-being. The fitness center, open from 6 AM to 9 PM, has free weights, treadmill, stationary bicycles, bench press, and yoga balls. The management also recently opened its spa just beside the fitness center.
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Since the major goal of Boracay Newcoast is to move away from the hustles and bustles of Boracay mainstream stations, the new development in Boracay provides its guest their own beach in a private cove. Multicolored bean bags and sun loungers dot the fine white sand of the cove plus the soothing sound of the crashing waves on the shore. The hotel provides free shuttle to the cove from 8:15 AM to 4:45 PM on a 30-minute interval.
Tours and Transfers
Aside from the hourly shuttle to and fro D’Mall that starts from 9 AM to 12:25 AM, tours and transfers are also available. Coordinate with the hotel staff to organize a pick-up service from either Kalibo or Caticlan Airport that starts from PHP1,175 for a roundtrip transfer. The rate already includes environmental fees and ferry payments.
If you’re planning to avail their airport transfer services, you may contact their Manila reservations office at 02-318-8834 to 37.
Feedback forms are usually placed somewhere inside the room and if the guests overlooked it, there’s a greater chance they’ll miss it. Since the property is relatively new, they are open to accepting comments and suggestions for service improvements. For Savoy Hotel Boracay, the form is usually handed before check-out. This way you can provide your experience if they exceeded your expectations or there are areas you think that need to be improved.
Being in Boracay for several times already, the experience that Savoy Hotel Boracay offers is really a breather from the heavy-traffic and congested Boracay stations. Colors bursting on the lounge areas, restaurants, rooms, and even to the beach ease the mood and indeed provides a laid-back ambience. Color your group’s Boracay plans by staying in Savoy Hotel Boracay.
Savoy Hotel Boracay
Newcoast Drive, Boracay Newcoast
Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay
Contact Nos.: +(63) 36-286-2800, +(63) 917-828-4495, and +(63) 9178284663
Disclosure: Savoy Hotel Boracay invited the blogger for a 2-night stay to try and review their facilities. I write the article with my biases, opinions, and own experiences. All written here are my own and not influenced by the brand.