Eating out – some of the newest places to eat whilst on Boracay!

Charlie’s Steakhouse & Diner is located on Boracay’s main road, just a 2 minute walk up from the top of D’Mall, and is easily spotted as there is a giant guitar hanging from the façade. (check out the link below for Exclusive discounted rates for YCL Hotel, which shares ownership with Charlie’s Steakhouse & Diner)

Charlie’s opened in June 2014 and, unsurprisingly, is owned by  a man named Charlie; a guitar fiend, and musician, who plans to open many more Charlie’s Diners across the Philippines. Charlie’s Steakhouse & Diner is managed by Michael, who is another mean musician and former bandmate of Charlie.

Charlie, owner and founder of Charlie's Steakhouse & Diner Boracay

Charlie, owner and founder of Charlie’s Steakhouse & Diner Boracay

Charlie’s Steakhouse is fast gaining a following and many have said that the diner has the atmosphere of a British pub, with its stools, high tables and leather-backed seating. There is a polished mahogany bar on one side, with an array of beers and spirits, and the opposite wall is devoted almost entirely to Charlie’s guitar collection. Charlie’s is also great for watching live sporting events, with several large LCD TV’s around, and there is usually a special deal being run in conjunction.

Imported Angus Steak

Charlie’s imported Angus Steak

The menu at Charlie’s is that of a steakhouse, including a selection of imported Angus Steaks, grills and delicious salads, as well as some great platter options for sharing, delicious pasta dishes and desserts. You really are spoilt for choice.

If you visit for a late night session, to see one of the bands performing, get a selection of dishes and ‘share share’.  Firm favourites for sharing include the Fish Fingers, Calamari, Chicken Goujon and onion rings.  But be warned you may want to order it all over again!

Charlie’s Steakhouse and Diner also boasts the best sound system on the whole island, and bands and singers from across the Philippines, are literally queuing up to perform there. Performers have included 4th Clan from Pampanga, Coffee Break Island, Stephen Lu (Rizal Underground) and Roc Docs, to name a few. There is a house band and anyone is welcome to rock up and take a turn on stage.

Stephen Lu, Michael Deniega & Ronnie Badilla

Stephen Lu & Ronnie Badilla, photo courtesy of Stephen Lu

The Jerks will be performing November 28-29th, with 10% off orders at the Steakhouse and a buy one get one drink with any food purchase.

Charlie also owns the hotel above; YCL Hotel and there is currently an EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL OFFER of Reduced Rates for bookings with arrivals up until December 23 2014, for their single and double rooms. Click here for more details about the hotel; enter your dates, number of people, select the room type and then click ‘Book Now’ to check out a great final price (put Travel Insurance to 0 first, if you don’t require it)

 

Los Indios Bravos Boracay

Los Indios Bravos Boracay

Los Indios Bravos was an association, in the 1890’s, made up of Filipino writers living and writing in Europe, who wanted the world to know about the terrible and cruel treatment that the Filipino’s were experiencing at the hands of the Spanish who ruled over the country.

Indeed, “Indios” was used as a derogatory term by the Spaniards towards the Filipino’s. Jose Rizal, wanted to reclaim the word as something positive and to instil national pride and he coined the phrase ‘Los Indios Bravos’, which translates as “The Brave Filipino’s”

In Boracay Los Indios Bravos translates as one of the newest eateries on the island and a classy, chic one at that. The design is reminiscent of a French Bistro or trendy restaurant in the UK, whilst remaining friendly and inviting. Everything about this restaurant screams high quality, to the furnishings and fixtures, through to the presentation of food on thick wooden platters and uniquely shaped bowls and plates.

Pork Schnitzel with fried &, frankly, the best gravy ever tasted!

Pork Schnitzel with fries & frankly, the best gravy ever tasted!

Many of the appetizers are good to share, and you may have no choice in sharing your main course as everyone wants a taste. The Pork Schnitzel comes with home cooked fries and a delicious gravy, that just cries out for fry dipping.  The Chicken Tikka Masala rivals any served in the best UK Curry Houses, and the Beef and Ale Pie disappeared in minutes! The Desserts are also divine, as is the selection of alcohol, virgin cocktails and draft beers and bitters.
Applauds and Accolades to the Executive Chef Norbert Gandler, Heather Williams and Tantan Rosal!
Los Indios Bravos is located on Bulabog Road (the road running down past the lake on the main road), at the very end and on the final corner prior to reaching the beach path.

Nice Place World Food Art Café is located just off of Bulabog Road (take a left when you reach Munchies) and has been open around 8 months. This is a hidden gem and quite a small establishment so, if you’re determined to eat there, get there early or reserve a table.

Nice Place World Art Cafe

Nice Place World Art Cafe

The tables are all locally crafted, as are the chairs, including the bamboo chairs at the front of the café, which are actually swings.

Nice Place is not just a café but also an art showcase with installations and art work from local artists, as well as ‘native’ accommodation on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
The food on offer is ‘world food’ with a local twist, the produce is sourced locally and purchased fresh each morning so, on some occasions, certain dishes may not be available.

On such occasions you could instead opt to take the ‘Chef’s Challenge’; find out what ingredients are available, select some and then challenge the chef to make you something delicious.  Be warned though; your plate will be photographed before you get to eat the created meal and immortalised on their facebook wall!

Dynamite Chili Peppers

Dynamite Chili Peppers

Firm favourites are, from the starter menu, Stuffed Dynamite Peppers; chili’s stuffed with cream cheese, coated in a beer batter, fried and serve with sweet chili sauce, and the Nice Place Caprese.

From the main menu try the Rogan Josh Curry Meatballs, they take up to 45 minutes to prepare and cook but the wait is absolutely worth it.

Adobong Manok Sa Gata (Chicken Adobe) is also delicious, along with the Schnitzel and the Pad Thai.

Long are the days when people complained about the variety of food on Boracay, there is now such variety, taste and diets catered for here that the island could soon become recognised as a gastronomic paradise!

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Best Hotels for a Boracay Sunrise; Bulabog Beach!

Boracay is infamous for its White Beach; a stretch of beach on the west of the island, which measures approximately 4km, and has the softest, whitest sand imaginable.

Photo courtesy of www.windsurfasia.com

Photo courtesy of http://www.windsurfasia.com

On the East side of the island is Bulabog Beach, a coastal area which is a mecca for Wind and Kite Surfers and a fast growing alternative to the White Beach Party-scene, complemented by laid back bars and restaurants.

Being on the East of the island, accommodation here benefits from a cooling breeze, giving visitors respite from the barmy Boracay heat.  Amongst the bohemian surfer resorts, there are a number of luxurious hotels and villas. These are fitting rivals to the high-end Hotels located at Station 1, and are perfect for visitors who are looking to enjoy all that Boracay has to offer, but who want a beautiful bolt-hole from which to escape the crowds and party-scene.

Cohiba VillasSpecial Discounts of 40% off being offered here
These California-Beach House styled Villas and Apartments at Cohiba Villas, are located on the cliff side with stunning views across the whole bay of Bulabog Beach. The White buildings create a stunning, visual impact against the azure blue of a clear Boracay sky, further complimented by a large infinity pool with sun loungers and cabanas.

The Apartments at Cohiba Villas are some of the most spacious on the whole island, and are designed in such a way as to make the most of the natural sunlight that streams in through the sliding doors.Cohiba Villas Boracay The Apartments range from 1 to 3 Bedroomed, accommodating from 2-8 people respectively. All feature a fully fitted kitchen (although the resort owners are quick to point out that ‘fully fitted’ applies to the average cook and not gourmet chefs) open plan living-dining areas, with comfortable sofas and Cable TV, Wi-fi and a veranda or balcony with additional seating.

The Infinity pool, which includes a shallow pool for children, is an ideal place to relax and catch some sun rays, with gentle breezes, stylish loungers and umbrellas and a pool-side service from the serving staff, from the resorts excellent Restaurant and Bar. Set down slightly, in to the cliff side, are a couple of traditional cabanas for those who want to escape the sun whilst enjoying a delicious lunch or cocktail.

The staff service at Cohiba Villas is impeccable, with a well-trained team of people in Reception, house-keeping, maintenance, Waiting and Restaurant and Bar Staff, ready to ensure that you experience the best stay possible.

Cohiba restaurant staffWith the extra complements of a shuttle service, which runs from 8am-12 midnight, an emergency generator, 24 hour security and a 2nd Wi-Fi provider available in the restaurant, all the amenities come together to make this resort outstanding and a delightful stay.

Boracay GemsCurrently offering 25% off on their apartments for arrivals between Now and December 15 2014 these beautiful villas are located directly on Bulabog Beach, with a zen garden in front and veranda’s from which to relax and watch the kite surfing acrobatics. With the names of Ruby, Onyx, Opal and Jade, these beautiful spacious beach houses can accommodate 2-4 people and include a fully fitted kitchen, lounge diner, Master Bedroom and Loft Room.

Each is decorated in warm colours with luxurious furnishings and the ground floor villas feature sliding doors which open fully to make the most of the beautifully cooling ocean breeze.

Boracay Gems BoracayOn the beach path are two more Apartments from the Gems Family; Diamond and Sapphire. Sapphire is a studio apartment and is perfect for a couple seeking their own little nest. Diamond is set over two floors, with a loft style bedroom and a small balcony with sheltered views of the beach.

If it’s possible to have a crowning glory to these beautiful Boracay Gems Apartments and Villa’s, then it is the Emerald Premiere Villa, which is located at the prime beachfront of 7Stones Boracay.

7Stones Direct Emerald Premiere VillaEmerald Premiere Villa is the Apartment directly on the beach, with a long veranda and light, bright and spacious open plan living area and a Master Bedroom, with a king-size bed. A unique feature is a Double bed hidden in a recess in the Living room, converting it in to a villa for up to 4 people, whilst retaining the spacious feeling.

Guests staying at Emerald Premiere Villa, or the Pearl Superior Room next door to it (good for two people) have full use of the inviting 7 Stones Swimming pool, which features a pool-side bar. Guests can book this Apartment or Room at a rate that is considerably lower than other apartments in the complex.  Check them out here

Boracay Station 2 Hotels – The Tides

The_Tides_Boracay station 2 hotelsIf you want to be in the center of all the action in Boracay Island, there is no better hotel to consider than The Tides. This hotel is located in the middle of Station 2 in the D’Mall shopping complex just a few meters from the beachfront and the main road.

Although it is surrounded by various restaurants in D’Mall, the hotel also has its own restaurant that is famous for its Filipino dishes. The rooms are designed in a contemporary minimalist theme equipped with technological conveniences.

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The Tides Exterior

The Tides has a butler service, WI-Fi internet in common areas, a fitness center, spa, room service and a roof-deck swimming pool for hotel guests. It offers most of the convenience that most high-end Boracay hotels have.

Its luxurious rooms, amenities and excellent location will please any discriminating traveler looking for the best Boracay station 2 hotels. If being in the center of the action matters to you, you will not find a better place to stay in the island.

Boracay Station 1 Hotels – Microtel Inn and Suites

Microtel Inn and Suites Boracay (Diniwid Beach)

Microtel Inn and Suites Boracay (Diniwid Beach)

If you want to stay in a more private area in Boracay, consider looking for Boracay Station 1 hotels on the far side in Diniwid Beach. This area is located on the far right if White Beach if you are facing the ocean.

Most resorts in this area are a bit more pricey than those found in other parts of White Beach but they also provide more privacy and better accommodations for discriminating clients who prefer quality over low priced hotels.

Microtel Inn and Suites is a mid-range to higher-end hotel right on the beachfront that is equipped with handicap access, its own restaurant, a swimming pool next to the beach, Wi-Fi and even a meeting room. They even offer unlimited coffee in the lobby for hotel guests.

Microtel Boracay Station 1-Diniwid Beach

Microtel Boracay Station 1-Diniwid Beach

The beach is less populated since the hotel is located on the far side of White Beach, quite a distance from cheaper hotels and commercial establishments. Although it is remote from busier areas on the island, transportation is still available outside the hotel which can take guests to the center of town when necessary.

Diniwid Beach is located on the edge or past Boracay Station 1 hotels on White Beach. There are two ways to get the Boracay hotels in Diniwid which involves either walking along White Beach towards Station 1 or taking a trike to Diniwid Beach.

Cheap Boracay Hotels in Station 3 – Marzon Resort

cafe marzon boracay station 3 hotels

Beach View Marzon Beach Resort Boracay

If you are looking for affordable accommodations that are still on the beachfront, you might want to explore cheap Boracay hotels like the Marzon Resort at station 3.

This hotel sits on a quieter side of White Beach where you can enjoy more privacy and less noise from the busier side like Station 2 where all the bars and commercial establishments are located.

If you wish to just relax and rest with a book as you lounge on the beach to get a tan, Boracay Station 3 hotels can offer you the just what you need.

Although you will be in the more tranquil side of the island, water sports activities, good restaurants and excellent hotel services are still within reach at Boracay Station 3 hotels.

With its own coffee shop on-site, Marzon Resort guests will never go hungry or need to start the day hunting for a place to eat breakfast. You can begin your day with a hearty breakfast facing the ocean just steps from your hotel room.

Marzon Resort is one of the cheap Boracay hotels on the island that can offer affordability, excellent location and quiet comfort. Boracay Station 3 hotels offer more privacy that certain travelers look for in a perfect vacation.

Garden View Marzon Beach Resort Boracay

Garden View Marzon Beach Resort Boracay

If you are not into partying and bar-hopping, this may be the right side of the island for you to book a room. Marzon Resort offers beach and garden view rooms. The garden view rooms with their own terrace offer more shade and a soothing ambiance.

Luxury Boracay Hotels you will Love

Nami Resort BoracayIf you are into luxury, comfort and extremely good food and service, you might want to consider booking a room at the luxurious Nami Resort Boracay. The resort is located on an elevated portion of Diniwid beach. An elevator takes guests from the main hotel facility down to the beach.

All rooms are air-conditioned with balconies, cable TV, jacuzzi, a king sized bed, coffee or tea maker, hair dryer, mini bar, it’s own toilet and bath, and telephone. Guests can choose from 3 rooms: the DeLuxe Beach View, Suite Ocean View, and the luxurious and spacious One Bedroom Suite. Rooms have views of the Sibuyan Sea and mountains of Boracay island.

Nami Resort and Spa BoracayOf all the Boracay hotels that offer luxury amenities, the Nami Resort Boracay is unique in it’s service. It is the only beach resort on the island that offers a personal butler service to guests. The hotel also offers spa and massage services, water sports activities, island tours, and baby sitting services among others. It has it’s own restaurant and bar on the premises.

Boracay After Yolanda

Boracay Station 2 December 2, 2013

Boracay Station 2 December 2, 2013

After the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), Boracay Island suffered minimal damage as compared to other parts of the country and nearby cities on the mainland. Tacloban, Leyte, Samar and parts of Panay and Iloilo sustained serious damage to infrastructure, power and communication facilities. Many lives were also lost in those cities.

Fortunately, Boracay did not have any fatalities and no one sustained any serious injuries during the typhoon. Although the island experienced blackouts and poor communications due to fallen power lines and damaged internet and phone facilities on the mainland, Boracay is now back to normal with residential homes and some business establishments running on regular power supported by power generators.

Although the island still experiences occasional blackouts, electricity can be supplied by power generators in Boracay hotels, restaurants and other commercial establishments. Normal island life as it used to be returns a month after the storm. Boracay tours and activities are also back on track, ready to serve the needs of tourists that continue to visit the island.