FIRST TIME IN BORACAY | AZALEA BORACAY

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God knows how eager I am to go to the world famous Boracay. Just indulging the beauty of this Island from the Internet and friends makes me go crazy over it. So can you imagine my excitement when friends from Azalea Boracay invited for a trip? It was an ecstatic feeling, running through my veins because finally, I'm going to experience the island!

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From NAIA, it took us more than 40 minutes to reach Caticlan Airport. We were then fetched by Azalea's van and was assisted by the hotels' accommodating staff to Cagban Jetty Port where we board a boat to reach Boracay Island.

Day 1


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L to R (Paul, Adrian, John Michael, Laila, Jeman, Rain, Lou, Ria, Me, Erica, & Ed)
Photo from Ria
When we reached Boracay proper, we were welcomed with clean towels and refreshments from Azalea Hotels and Residences Boracay. The iconic blue globe with azalea flowers is very welcoming to the eye so we took the chance to have our group photos taken. Afterward, we were accompanied to our designated rooms to settle our luggage so we can proceed with the hotel tour.

There are different amenities that the hotel offers, but that's like the icing for the real treat. Azalea is more than a hotel, it exactly feels like you are at home.

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Deluxe Hotel Rooms - The price starts from Php 7,500 and it may vary during peak season. The room can accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids or 3 adults.

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One Bedroom Suite - This looks like an apartment that can cater to 2 adults and 2 kids or 4 adults. The price ranges from Php 8,500 and may change depending on the season.

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Two Bedroom Suite  - Obviously it has2 bedrooms that can accommodate 4 adults and 2 kids or 6 adults. This is actually the room that we stayed in. The price ranges from Php 15,000 and may vary during peak season.

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Three Bedroom Suite  - This room is like a condo. It has 3 big bedrooms that are ideal for large families traveling together. It can cater 6 adults and 2 kids or 8 adults the price starts from Php 20,000 and may change depending on the season.

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We enjoyed the 24/7 WiFi and I like the bracelet room key they gave us; it's waterproof so you can definitely enjoy the beach wearing it. After the tour, we had our dinner in Golden Phoenix and call it a day.

Day 2

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The next morning, we started our day with a heavy breakfast at Kuya J's restaurant located in the lobby of the hotel. Before we start our island tour, my blogger friend Jeman Villanueva (http://orangemagazine.ph/) treated us first-timers to the famous Jonah's fruit shake. It's savoury and a sure must try for Boracay newbies like me.

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Jeman, Me, & Rain
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Snorkeling near crocodile island
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The first island that we visited was Crystal Cove Island. They have walkways that will lead you to different areas of the island that offers picnic areas, a museum of local seashells, birds and of course their sea coves. Entrance fee is 200 pesos each which I think is super sulit. After that, we had a sumptuous lunch at Tambisaan Beach, where I eat like a real Vikings! The Seafoods here are so fresh like it was just harvested upon your order. 

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Next is Puka Beach, where I definitely loved the vibes. It has fewer people compared to Boracay stations 1, 2, & 3. If you want peace, tranquil, and relaxation, this is the place to be. Plus the turquoise water reminds me of El Nido.

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Another activity we tried is ATV (all terrain vehicle) which I'm actually skeptical to do, but YOLO! I don't have knowledge with driving so good thing, they gave us a little orientation. We drove through the hills of Mount Luho and reached the peak for about 15 minutes. My eyes were blessed by the 360 degrees view of Boracay. I was completely "shookt" with its beauty!

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Right after ATV we went to Boracay's groto located in station 1 and watch the magnificent sunset. Another must try for first-timers. Just stop, appreciate the view and continue to rock and roll!

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Aside from the things I already mentioned, chori burger and kalamansi muffins are also some of the must try's here in Boracay.

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Later that night, we had our dinner at Mamita's Grill and find some dessert at Tom N Toms Coffee. Since this is our last night in Boracay we bond in Karaoke Music Town just above the coffee shop. Guess who got 100 score with effortlessly singing Amy Winehouse Rehab;. Oh well, that's me! Lol!

Day 3

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It was early in the morning when we started searching for pasalubong. Keychains, t-shirts, mugs, ref magnets are some of the things we're looking for and not surprisingly can be found everywhere in the area. Haha! After hoarding what pleases our eyes, we took a quick dip in Boracay station 2 water and Azalea Hotel deck pool. 

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Photo by Paul
My short stay here really surpassed my expectations about Boracay. It's like when God gave beauty to the earth, he poured a bag full to this island. You'll definitely learn a lot from traveling and the people you meet along the way. To Jeman, Lou, Ed, Erica, Paul, John Michael, Rain, Ria, Debby, & Adrian, thank you for making this trip memorable. I'll cherish the bond that we created here. I can't wait to travel again with you guys in the future.

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And Of course, huge thanks to Azalea Boracay for making this event a blast! Will definitely go back to try other water activities and more food. Haha!

Want to experience Boracay just the way we did it? Azalea Boracay can arrange some trips for you! Contact the at (02) 484 0080, (02) 484 001, (02) 484 3061, (02) 484 4930, (02) 484 4931, 09178611641 & 09199944140 or email them at reservations@azalea.com.ph

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