With Boracay consistently cited as one of the best islands in the world, there’s a constant wave of people coming and going the island all year round. Finding an accommodation with a peaceful environment for sound sleep yet close enough to the White Beach may seem a challenge. Believe it or not, there are still pockets of quiet near the bustling main road of Boracay. Agos Boracay Rooms and Bed is a secluded guesthouse yet only steps away from the busy streets. Centrally located and only a few minutes walk to the main beaches.
Agos Boracay is nestled on a hill and would take a short flight of stairs to reach. There’s a buzzer on the ground floor to notify staff if one needs assistance with their baggage. Since I can manage, I just carried my bags up. The stairs led to a wide open garden. I immediately like the feel of open space and greens. The staff was warm and enthusiastically attended to me upon check-in. Wet towel and a pair of chocnuts was a delightful welcome.
The four-story building have a contemporary Asian design. Earth colors, clean lines and room doors instead of full walls that opens up to let the air. The reception and lounge area are on the ground floor. I like the vines that ran up the side of the stairs and acts as a natural cover. On the 4th floor is the sundeck where I could see both main beaches of the island – Bolabog and White Beach. Unfortunately, I could also see the many constructions happening both sides of the island.
I stayed in a Deluxe Room at the second floor. I like that each room has a small set of wooden chairs and table just otside the door. Conducive for coffee or tea while looking out to the garden. The room was large at 28 smq. Has two double beds, airconditioning, ceiling fan, flat screen Cable TV, safe and refrigerator. The whole room was immaculately clean. The framed underwater photos, lighthouses decor and an oar neatly adorn the walls.
I’m not sure if the interiors were pinterest-inspired but I liked what they did to the small open air space at the bathroom. Adding hanging plants decorated the window looking from the inside the room. The small space was cleverly utilized to hang wet clothes as well. It felt like a semi-outdoor bathroom.
Agos Boracay maintained their clean design principle throughout their rooms types like the slightly modest Superior and Superior Double at 25sqm. The more generously spaced Family rooms located at the sundeck level have 40sqm with 1 double bed and 2 single beds. One of the Family rooms enjoys an ocean view.
I really like the suave of this guesthouse. Like its name, its taking it easy like the flow of the waves in Boracay island. The staff are uber friendly and helpful. The garden wonderfully lits up in the evening. Its a quiet hideaway from the bustle. They don’t have a restaurant but breakfast (if booked directly) is served in the neighbor eatery. Lots of dining options nearby once you step out on the streets. And more importantly, the homey ambiance you get in a family-run guesthouse like this.
If there’s one disadvantage of staying here, it is not PWD friendly. One has to climb several stairs here to go up to the guesthouse or up its four story building. Taking note of that, it excels on other things mentioned.
Agos Boracay Rooms + Beds
Main Road Station 2, Brgy Balabag
Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608 Philippines
Phone Number/s: (036) 288-2663
Email: [email protected]
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.