When group-buying sites were offering great travel deals last year, we immediately bought this Cash Cash Pinoy Trip for 2 to Boracay deal, complete with round-trip airfare, airport – hotel transfers, hotel accommodation and full board meals for two. We got that deal for Php 14,999 .
It was our first time in Boracay so we didn’t want to hassle ourselves with the planning. It was intended to be an out-of-town trip of relaxation.
After paying for the voucher, we contacted the travel agency handling the promo, Simple Travel and Tours. We set the date, received our hotel confirmation and plane tickets and we were all set.
We didn’t know most people’s preferred airline going to Boracay but I know it’s definitely not Zest Air. Zest Air only offers Manila to Kalibo flights, which leaves you an hour and thirty minutes land travel to Caticlan pier.
The bus ride to Caticlan Pier was comfortable. But then again, it was a very long bus ride. Z_Z
From the pier, we boarded on a boat then rode a multi-cab, which took us to our hotel, Hey! Jude. But when we got there, they were still cleaning our room so we decided to have lunch at I <3 BBQ.
Even during my first visit to Boracay, this has been one of my favorite restaurants.
We both had very big and heavy lunch and technically, that was a very bad move considering you are on a vacation by the beach. But nonetheless, the food was delicious. I ordered a separate mashed potato but unlike the first mashed potato I tasted last December 2011, my second mashed potato was… fake. It was gooey, tasted like bubble gum. It was no mashed potato.
After a hearty lunch, we went back to the hotel to check in, freshen up and change into our beach wear.
Included in the Cash Cash Pinoy deal is one (1) standard room good for 2 pax courtesy of Hey! Jude (Station 2).
Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of the building’s façade but I am sure that the Deluxe rooms are better. The room is big enough for the two of us, but one thing that I find odd is that the bathroom (not shown) is… how should I say this… You have to take the stairs (well, 2 steps actually) to get inside the bathroom. It’s fairly clean, complete with shampoo, conditioner and bath soap. But it’s weird that it’s “higher” than the rest of the room.
And oh, the standard rooms and the hotel’s restaurant are at the 4th floor of the lobby.
After securing our valuables and changing into our swim wear, we immediately hit the beach.
The time was just perfect. We got to the beach just in time for the sunset. We took photos, hung out and people-watched. There are definitely more people in Boracay last February than the first time I went there last December.
The very fine sand, cool waters, the warm breeze – everything’s just perfect.
That night, we had our dinner at Bistro Valhalla (Station 2). It’s smack in the center of D’Mall Station 2.
You can check their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/valhallaboracay
And look! I found this blog entry about Valhalla: http://www.thepickiesteater.net/2010/10/boracay-chronicles-hallowed-halls-of.html
Our first free meal coupon for that night was spent on their delicious Chicken Kebab.
Look at how happy he was with the food. No sarcasm involved – he doesn’t know how to look happy. Kidding.
It was delicious. The chicken was cooked perfectly. It was tasty and juicy, and (for us) the portions are just right. It may look small but after our first stick, we’re full. The meal comes with a free glass of iced tea.
Before going back to the hotel, we decided to take a walk by the beach. Fortunately, the night gave us a cold breeze to enjoy. We walked far enough to see these beautifully made sand artworks. Did you know that most of these sand artworks were done by kids around 10-15 years old?
They’ll ask for some coins though if you want to take you picture taken near the artwork. But you know, whatever, they did a great job.
We were going back to the hotel when we encountered the same group of fire dancers we saw last December. It was Travel Buddy’s first time to see them. We were both entertained by the gracefulness of these she-males.