Surfside Boracay Resort & Spa has been one of the most popular and well loved hotels on the island for many years now. It enjoys a great reputation and an outstanding amount of returning guests, and the reason for that is mainly twofold. First and foremost, they always offer very affordable rates you won’t find anywhere else in Boracay. Secondly, Surfside still manages to sustain high standards in everything they do.
Located in the middle of station 3, this 3 star beach resort is perfect for people who wish to stay on the beautiful White beach but still avoid the tourist crowd. With excellent and friendly service, world class level spa and a fine restaurant, Surfside offers the ultimate package for your Boracay vacation. It’s a great choice for couples on their honeymoon, or small families with kids.
[expert_review] When we first entered Surfside resort we were not entirely sure what to think. While the beach is great and the garden are at the entrance is well groomed, the whole place gives a very homely and basic vibe. While we worried this might be just another cheap hostel style accommodation pretending to be a resort, we remembered all the people who told us we must check this place out and decided to keep an open mind.
While passing through the restaurant area we were immediately offered cold towels to wipe our face with. After a long day of walking in the hot Boracay sun, this was a real life saver. No other place we visited on the island ever thought of doing that. It immediately showed us this is a place where they want you to feel at home and taken care of.
We met with the Japanese owner Takeshi, who’s son Jiro is the resort’s managing director. After speaking with him and talking a tour around the resort, we started to realize better what this place is all about. The resort keeps an humble appearance on purpose, and instead aims to exceed guest’s expectation whenever its possible. This stands in stark contrast to all those fancy 4 and 5 stars hotels spread everywhere in Boracay, that provide and extravagant facade, overcharge their clients and then provide terrible service.
There are only 16 rooms in Surfside, which means they can always provide personal service to every guest. This is a place where after you’ve stayed there for more than a day, everyone will already recognize you by name and would love to chat with you. The Economy room, the most basic option, is a bit small with only 17m2 of space, but still gets the job done and its price is very competitive. The other rooms are much larger and also offer a much less simple design.
[pros_cons] Breakfast in Surfside is included in the price of the room. The breakfast buffet is simple yet effective, and most of the lunch and dinner options are surprisingly delicious. The food served here is mostly Filipino and Japanese, with Thai and Chinese additions. They also serve drinks, and the coffee is highly recommended – better than most place in Boracay, and cheaper. The restaurant and cafe is open between 6:30am and 11pm every day.
Another one of Surfside’s strongest features is their in house spa called Yasuragi. The spa has a very relaxing ambiance to it, and everything feels very professional. Guests of the hotel enjoy the first treatment for FREE – so you have absolutely no excuse for not trying it out. We are sure once you do, you’ll be begging for more. Luckily enough, guests also enjoy a 50% discount on every treatment they take. All massages offered at Yasuragi are very fairly priced, and only cost around 20$ for an hour (prior to any discount).
By now you should already understand exactly what Surfside resort is all about. This isn’t the place for people who want a luxury 5 star experience, or those who wish to be just a minute walk from the action. The value of this resort comes from it’s relaxing vibe and cozy feeling. Those who seek good service and nice amenities, while still sticking to a reasonable budget, should really look no further.
The most basic room type, it’s only 17m2 in size. 2 single beds occupy most of it, but it still comes with all the basic furniture such as a mini-bar, AC, TV and a safety deposit box.
This 25m2 room comes with all the amenities and is newly furnished with a clean design. There’s 2 single beds and no option to replace to 1 larger bed. A small balcony outside offers a view of the garden.
This 25m2 room can either have 2 single beds or one Queen size bed, depending on your choice. the price is the same regardless. The rooms are fully stocked, and there’s also a small veranda outside.
This is a 28m2 room that has 2 single and one queen size bed and can fit in 4 adults. The shower area is a bit tight, but other than that it’s a great room for a family.
Located on the 2nd floor, this is the largest room available with 47m2 of living space, not including the large private balcony. The rooms comes with 1 king size bed, and an extra single bed can also be added.