If you came to Boracay for its busy nightlife, and want to stay very close to the action, then the Red Coconut Beach Hotel is the place to go. Located right in front of the famous White Beach, and in the heart of Station 2, it is one of the best places for those who wish to enjoy Boracay’s outstanding nightlife to its fullest. While it’s by no means a quiet and peaceful resort, the rooms are far enough so that you can also get a relatively good night sleep.
The Philippines department of tourism gave Red Coconut a 4 star rating, but we honestly feel that’s a bit of a stretch. We want you to be aware of it, so expectations are managed correctly. It’s far behind other 4 star hotels in Boracay, such as Coast for example, in terms of facilities and amenities. It does, however, offer rooms that are all very big, well furnished and clean. When you also consider the attractive prices they are sold at, you’ll understand why we feel it’s a very good choice for accommodation.
[expert_review] Even though the Red Coconut is a relatively small hotel, still they offer 8 different types of rooms. These vary in size and how close they are to the pool. Some rooms are on the 3rd floor and their is no elevator – so it’s best if you book your stay in advance. Or, at least make sure with us you are getting a room at the ground level – we’ll do our best to secure you one of these. All rooms have a mini bar, TV, free WiFi, air conditioning and a safety deposit box. A breakfast buffet is also included in the price.
There are 2 main things that make us really recommend Red Coconut. First, it has an amazing location and you’ll be close to everything you need, so if you want to move between places all day it’s a perfect place to set your base at. Secondly, it’s also one of these resorts where you really feel fine just chilling at the hotel itself. It’s great to know that you can back in the afternoon, after a long day of day tours and attractions, and have a nice place to just hang out and relax for a some time before you have your dinner.
[pros_cons] Although the food served at the Red Coconut is up for debate, there’s one thing that seems to be a consensus – their breakfast buffet is great. Its served every morning at the main restaurant, between 6 and 10am. Later on, the restaurant switches to a la carte style for the reminder of the day. There’s also the Coco bar – strategically situated right at the beach, where drinks and snacks are served until very late. After dinner, you can also enjoy a very entertaining live show they produce, right on the beach in front of the hotel.
There isn’t a spa at the hotel, but they do work with an external salon. All you have to do is let the receptionist know what type of massage you’d like, and within 10-15 minutes you can have it in your room. The good thing about that is, it reduces the costs considerably. For an hour-long treatment you can expect to pay around 10 USD. Since there are no other facilities such as a gym or a game room, the swimming pool remains the only attraction inside the hotel during the day.
All in all, the Red Coconut offers a great budget option for people who want to stay at a prime location. The rooms are great, and the service is good. While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to honeymooners or families with small children, it’s a good choice for young people and large groups of friends. Solo travelers can also blend in well here, since the Coco bar is a great place to make new friends. To sum it up, if you want to party and enjoy Boracay’s nightlife, you will not be disappointed by this hotel.
This is the most basic room type at the resort, and at 28m2 it’s substantially larger than at most other hotels. It comes with 1 double bed, and an extra single bed can be added upon request.
The Deluxe category is actually divided into 2 : Pool Side and Main. The main Deluxe rooms are larger (30m2) and come 1 single and 1 queen size beds. The pool side room is only 20m2 and only has room for the queen size – but it’s right next to the pool.
The Premier Rooms all have a great view of the ocean, and a nice small private balcony. The room itself is 30m2 and comes with 1 queen size and 1 single bed.
This is a larger version of the Premier room, with 39m2 of living area, including a nice balcony. The downside is there’s no view of the beach. The room comes with 2 Queen size beds.
This is a 2 floor room connected by an indoor staircase. It’s designed to accommodate up to 5 people, but since there’s only 1 bathroom and total size is just 30m2, it can feel a bit crowded. The room comes with 2 single and 2 queen sized beds.
This room is 39m2 with a nice private balcony, offering great view of the beach. It has a king size bed and can easily accommodate 2 adults. An extra bed can be added upon request.
Only one of these is available, it’s 45m2 of living space with a large private balcony outside. There’s one king size bed, so it’s recommended for 2 adults, but an extra bed can be brought upon request.