A millennial mom’s review on The Lind Boracay Hotel and Resort
With a carry-on stroller suitcase, a handbag filled with toys and a backpack of our essentials, we arrived at the hotel after a 3.5-hour journey by land, air and sea!
How we got there
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We took a 40-minute Cebu Pacific flight to Caticlan Airport at around 9 am. It was a short flight so, my toddler didn’t really have a chance to fuss about the lack of inflight entertainment. Instead, she busied herself with the magazines and flight safety manual. Before we know it, we were at the Caticlan airport.
As soon as we arrived our hotel’s shuttle service was waiting right outside the airport ready to take us to our next transfer – boat ride to the island. Their exclusive lounge made our trip convenient for family travellers. We didn’t have to wait for long until the boat was ready to take us to the island which was about 20 to 30-minute boat ride to the station that would take us to the Lind Boracay.
There were lots of road constructions and other establishments rising in the small Boracay island causing a bit of a traffic build up. So, it took us another 30 minutes to reach our hotel.
My first impression of the stunning tropical chic beauty – it was Lind!
With such a gorgeous place, you don’t need a fancy chandelier or intricate reception area to greet tired guests, the view of the sea from the lobby area says it all – Hi, gorgeous!
The moment we arrived, I went straight to the nearest restaurant because check-in time was for another two hours. It’s best to have a proper lunch before my toddler discovers the powdery white beach. I knew it would be hard to peel her off the white sand once she’s in her sand haven.
The Lind Boracay’s hospitality to our little beachgoer
We may have a different experience from the other guests but I’d like to point it out anyway. My toddler is an active curious little person that she is would never resort to sitting around while we wait for our room. She looked around and touched everything she saw at the restaurant. At one point, I was afraid that she’d jump right into the pool. The hotel’s manager may have seen our urgent need to get settled so without the need to ask she gave us an early check-in. Instead of 3 pm, we were in our room almost instantly!
Our suite, the Beach Room
We stayed in a junior suite with a beach view. It’s a chic modern suite with a tropical vibe thanks to its glass sliding doors from the balcony. It easily extends the outdoors right into our room so, having the perfect view of the beach was eye candy. The room itself was really spacious. There’s room for small children to play around and a desk to catch up on some work. But what really caught my attention was the faux cement wall finish with intricate lighting. It gave a contrasting appeal to the whole room. We may just incorporate the same idea into our master’s.
Exclusive vibe but not secluded
The Lind Boracay is located at the far end of Station 1. It means fewer people passing by. This is great for families with small children because spotting them as they explore the beach is so much easier! Just be cautious in letting the small ones wander around because the beachfront is also accessible to promoters selling water sports and island tours. While this is ideal for other group tourists, it may not be comfortable for families who prefer to play in the sand and enjoy the view.
A little bump that was quickly ironed out
I decided to visit D’mall on our second day while my toddler was taking her afternoon nap. Conveniently, the Lind Boracay has an hourly schedule for pick up and drop off to D’mall, the popular shopping centre on the island. There was a scheduled departure every hour to and from the centre. As scheduled, the van left at 1:10 pm but no van arrived at 2:30 pm. I called for a van and I was told a van was on its way to pick me up, however, another hour passed and nothing showed up until I saw a hotel staff walking around the pickup area. They apologised and suggested to take a tricycle ride to go back to the hotel if I was in a hurry. Now, that really flared up my temper. For a guest to pay around 20k per night, you’ll be expecting comfort and convenience all throughout the stay. I was not expecting to end up riding a tricycle only because they messed up the shuttle schedule.
In the end, I missed two hours of what could’ve been a time with my daughter swimming and playing on the beach. The manager was quick to explain to what had happened as soon as I returned to the hotel but that wasn’t important for a guest who just wants to have a beach vacation. They could still sense my frustration for the lost time so, they offered to give us an extended check-out time instead. I’d be happier with a free meal but then I guess it’s fine because the food served in the restaurant near the roof deck, except for those truffle fries, wasn’t really spectacular. It was ordinary.
But the breakfast buffet was good!
I wished I wasn’t having a wisdom tooth pain when I was at the breakfast buffet. Oh, well!
- Easy and convenient transfer service
- Cool face towels and water refreshments to cool us off from the long journey
- Natural light and a cool breeze to greet you at check-in
- Lots of open space with a view of the sea
- Warm and friendly staff
- Excellent suite location for a family with a kid
- Chic and modern suite with a beach view
- Great bath toiletries, it didn’t leave our skin dry with Malin+Goetz hair and skin products.
- Comfortable lounge areas at the beachfront, roof deck and poolside
- Safety vest available for small children
- Heartfelt concern from a little mishap when I used their shuttle service to get to D’mall
- The breakfast buffet and truffle fries were great!
… and what’s not!
- It would’ve been nice if there were free to use beach toys for children that came with the pricey accommodation. I’m glad I brought some and also bought new ones at a store in Station 2.
- The little mishap during my trip to the D’Mall along with the other guests could’ve been avoided if the hotel were able to inform the guests properly about pick up and drop off schedule.
So, are we going back?
Absolutely, yes! In fact, I would love to return in August for a birthday celebration. In the most part, we got the value of what we’ve paid for. The little mishap was forgivable because they made up for it. Not just some senseless apologies that really doesn’t make up for the lost time.
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