Saturday, September 17, 2016

MR Holidays: Where to Stay in Boracay Station 1 Without Breaking the Bank


It's been years since I was in Boracay, but last week, I just had to get to the beach and it was practically a no-brainer for me.

My love affair with beaches started in Boracay. Cliche it may be, but its powdery white sand and clear waters captured my heart; and to be honest, I think it's hard to beat. Of course, I haven't been to El Nido, so...

There's also the fact that a lot of people say Boracay is overrated, expensive, too commercialized, and not worth visiting anymore.

I disagree.


As my friend said, you only need to know where to go in Boracay, and you'll appreciate the beauty of the place. And, if you are smart about it, you can find accommodations in the best part of the area without having to pay tens of thousands a night. Not even half.

Thanks to TravelBug, I discovered a small resort tucked in between Discovery Shores and Ambassador Resort - at the far end of Station 1.

Now, if you know a bit about Boracay, it has three boat stations, and Station 1 is the best area. While it's on the same stretch of beach, Station 1 is quieter and has fewer people. Perhaps the price of the accommodations has something to do with that.

If you stay at MR Holidays, though, you pay a fraction - a very small fraction. It's a small, no frills hotel, as you can see in the photos below.

I stayed in the Standard Room, which has a double bed.


There's a sink at the far end of the room, right outside the bathroom.


The bathroom is actually roomy (not that you really need a roomy bathroom, do you?).


If you're used to luxury, then you might be thinking it's not good enough. But, seriously, when you're at a gorgeous beach, how much time do you spend in your room? 

For a couple of thousand (or so), you have that room and a 30-second walk to the beach front.


MR Holidays doesn't have its own restaurant but it does have arrangements with a beachfront eatery. If your package includes breakfast, this is where you'll take it. 


Note: I don't recommend their breakfast. It's too greasy, and the portions are small. It's better to walk along the beach and find a place to eat (Station 2 is a 20-minute walk away). If you're on a budget, bring whatever you can eat for breakfast that doesn't need cooking.

For other meals, Station 2 has all the options, too, but for Kasbah is right beside MR Holidays. Their food is great and the coffee will kick you into wakefulness. It's a little pricey, though; and if you want to use your credit card, they have a minimum spend of 500. 



Want to visit Boracay and not spend a lot? MR Holidays is your best bet. Check out their Facebook page for more info. Or, get in touch with TravelBug for your travel needs.

And you don't have to pay a lot for this view...


Other notes: 
  • MR Holidays has Wi-Fi in public areas. 
  • They have towels in the rooms (plus "unlimited" beach towels), as well as toiletries, except for toothpaste and conditioner. If you forget stuff, there are two sari-sari stores beside the hotel.
  • They don't have sunbeds permanently placed along the beach, but just ask the reception for one to be set up for you, and you'll have it in a minute. The ladies at the reception are very welcoming and helpful, so don't hesitate to ask for whatever you need.



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