For the second year in a row, the tiny island of Boracay has been crowned the “Best Island in the World” by the Conde Nast Traveler. With its powdery white sand beaches, its picturesque sunsets and the countless things to do here, this recognition should not come as a surprise. From sunup to sundown, even on those ungodly hours, Boracay has something for everyone. This is why people from different parts of the country, as well as from across the globe, flock to partake of this natural wonder. Seriously, who would not fall in love with this gorgeous sunset?
Due to its popularity, the island is packed with a ton of accommodation options from every point of the budget spectrum and looking for a good place to stay here can be quite overwhelming especially if it’s your first time. There are the budget hostels in Station 3 to the luxurious resorts in Station 1. But if you’re looking for a perfect balance of accessibility to a variety of happenings and a quiet environment to stay at, then you should seriously consider Ferra Hotel Boracay.
Arriving at the hotel, you will be received with welcome drinks and beaming greetings from the warm and friendly staff. You won’t miss a simple greeting coupled with a lovely smile every time you pass by the lobby. The reception staff makes it easy to make you feel at home while ensuring a hassle-free check-in. Aside from the courteous staff, you will also immediately notice the homey vibe of the hotel. The wooden panels adorning the walls and connecting the floor and ceiling gives the modern Filipino touch while the deep blue couches add a Mediterranean feel to the ambiance.
Opened in April 2015, Ferra Hotel Boracay has a total of 37 rooms ranging from the Standard Room to the Two-bedroom Loft. The rooms are equipped with the basic hotel amenities such as a cable TV with a considerable number of channels to choose from, a refrigerator, a mini bar, a decent Wi-Fi connection, set of toiletries, and a safety deposit box. To give you a good night’s rest (or maybe an afternoon siesta), the rooms are well-dimmed giving an excellent contrast to the bright and shining outdoors. My personal favorite room feature is the Bluetooth alarm clock sitting on the bedside table – certainly a perfect way to set the vacation mood with your own R&R playlist.
Booking a room at Ferra comes with a complimentary breakfast buffet at WB40 (Waffles and Bowls 40). While breakfast staples such as eggs, cereals, waffles and pancakes, bread, and fresh fruits are constants, the main selections of the buffet change daily which will certainly keep you looking forward to the next morning. The morning spread may not be as wide and assorted as in other breakfast buffets from top-tier hotels but it is more than enough to fill you up for a very eventful day. WB40 also has an all-day breakfast menu featuring various takes on waffles, pancakes, eggs, and other breakfast favorites.
The breakfast buffet runs from 6 AM to 10 AM daily while WB40 is open from 6 AM all the way to 10 PM offering its all-day breakfast menu. Oh, did I mention that Ferra’s lap pool is right beside WB40? The unconventional proximity of the pool to the dining area allows for the seamless complement to the interior of the restaurant. Plus, kids can definitely enjoy the pool without being left unguarded. The pool is open from 7 AM to 10 PM.
As night falls, the Ferra’s roof deck bar, Ruf, comes to life. Open from 5 PM to 12 MN, this restaurant slash chill out place is a perfect spot to quietly cap the night with pleasant and delectable dinner and drinks. The menu showcases mostly Filipino favorites such as Sizzling Sisig, Chicken Binakol, and Crispy Tilapia, peppered with a hint of Asian featuring Nasi Goreng and the Satay Sampler.
At Ferra, not being a beach-side hotel resort is a non-issue. The boutique hotel is strategically located at Sitio Bulabog. It is a short 3-minute walk from D’Mall and a 5-minute walk from the famous White Beach. On the other side of the island, you can easily catch the sunrise with a quick 4-minute walk to the kitesurfing hub Bulabog Beach. Getting to farther locales is also not a problem. Just request a tricycle at the concierge and your ride is at the hotel’s doorstep in no time.
Whether for a long weekend or for an extended stay, Ferra Hotel Boracay is truly your best bet for top-notch customer service as they take hospitality seriously. Expect no less from the pleasant and cheery staff committed to providing you with a relaxing stay. As proof of their commitment to unparalleled hospitality, Ferra Hotel Boracay II is already in the works. Exciting times, indeed.
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To get from the airport to Ferra Hotel Boracay, you may book with their airport transfer provider for a fee. Alternatively, you may book with Island Star Express for a seamless transfer to and from either Caticlan Airport or Kalibo Airport. Reserve a ride here.
My stay at Ferra Hotel Boracay and my airport transfer with Island Star Express were complimentary. All opinions are my own.