Who needs a nice hotel when in Boracay? Seriously, who needs to stay indoors when visiting one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Sun and sand, sea and dive, and practically anything outdoor that can be done under the tropical sun should be the concern when in the beautiful island Boracay. A nice hotel is an unnecessary expense because you SHOULD be out most of the time. You’d need only a basic place to stay for a short nap. Then go out again. Be a mermaid in the open sea for crying out loud. Just. Go. Out. Still, in case you’re looking for a place to stay in paradise, try the Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Spa.
Having said that, it doesn’t make sense for us to start talking about Boracay Regency as a place to stay. After exhorting Boracay visitors to go out under the sun, it doesn’t sound right to start talking about the Regency’s immaculate rooms and cozy swimming pools. No, we’d save that for the latter part of this post. What makes sense, and we have tackled this while taking about Calamanci Muffins, is to neatly tie exhausting physical activities in Boracay with something needed to fuel those activities. We’re talking about energy. Calories to be exact. Out there in Boracay, amidst the intense competition to win diverse palates, stands a mighty buffet — the Sea Breeze Cafe of Boracay Regency.
The Sea Breeze Cafe
Make no mistake about it, the Sea Breeze Cafe can stand on its own. This restaurant can proudly stand alone, though it’s obviously an integral part of the Boracay Regency’s offerings. It’s like the tail wagging the dog. Ask any guest of Boracay Regency what’s the one thing they remember most about the hotel/resort, and they’d most likely utter “the buffet”. We’d go out on a limb and say that there are more outsiders dining in Sea Breeze Cafe than actual guests of Boracay Regency.
The buffet, after all, is open to non-Regency guests. Which is a good thing.
There are a log of things to be happy about the Sea Breeze Cafe. First is the ambiance. Having freshly brewed coffee is one thing. Enjoying coffee, with the Boracay ambiance reflected on the white cup and saucer, is an upgrade worth paying for. Of course, the Boracay ambiance can be enjoyed at practically any restaurant in the island that offers a clear view of the beach and ocean. We’re sure that there are other establishments that offer a view of the clear waters and white sand, with the view punctuated by coconuts trees and the endless stream of beach bodies passing by.
The Sea Breeze Cafe, in our opinion, successfully incorporates that ambiance in the least intrusive way. For the dining guests, at least, because any structure along the beachfront is a blight for the purist island traveler. The entrance to the Sea Breeze Cafe opens wide into the white sand, with the entire side facing the see equally open. Sandy footwear is normal. Go in. Get food. Get out. Walk on the sand. Swim in the sea. Perfect.
Eating and drinking are no longer allowed along the beach. Smoking is also not allowed. Rightly so. These prohibitions are meant to maintain the cleanliness of the Boracay sand. Want to eat and drink? Step off the beach and into the adjacent footpath. It’s still sand, anyway. On this side lies the sleepy restaurant.
And the food. How can we describe the food? Let’s put it this way — if you’re trying to lose weight, if you’re counting calories and you have no confidence in your self-control around good food, do not try Sea Breeze Cafe. It’s a buffet. It’s not just any “eat all you can” because it’s great food. We’re not kidding.
Unlimited steak. Shrimps, lobsters, crabs and fresh seafood. Gambas. Tapa. Pancakes and waffles. Indian food. Italian food. Continental food. Filipino food. Endless desserts. Fresh fruits. It’s a food paradise on its own.
In the evening, while everyone is busy chomping good food, it’s normal for the cooks get bored. Put yourself in their shows — you report at the restaurant every night. The menu and ingredients are set. The stove and grill are ready. Guests traffic could get hectic based on the number of tanned guests that flock at Sea Breeze Cafe. But we’re sure the cooks have perfected their routines. It’s just another day in the office.
So, because it’s an unforgivable sin to get bored in an island paradise, what do you do if you’re the cook? You dance. Yes, my little hungry munchkin, you dance in unison with the other cooks and kitchen staff. Drop by in the evening and you’ll see a huge cluster of people around Sea Breeze. Most of them are not looking at the food, although it’s normal to check out the food in the process (great marketing move, mind you). Most of them are holding their cameras and phones, recording the synchronized dance moves of the cooks. Imagine that, grooving to the latest dance tunes with tongs in hand and cooking hat on the head. It’s cool. It’s fun to watch. While eating good food. Perfect.
Boracay Regency rates can be worth it, or a bit pricey, depending on one’s budget or preference in traveling. At around P4,500 per head per night, for basic room with full buffet meals and airport transfers, it’s on the upper stretch of a backpacker’s desired budget. Who needs a room when you can bum all day and night in Boracay, right?
That’s one side of the coin. The flipside is equally attractive. For foreign guests with foreign exchange advantage, P4,500 is cheap (of course, a P500 Boracay bed and breakfast for backpackers is way much cheaper). For family with kids, with long-range planning and savings for a Boracay trip, the amount is worth it. So sulit, as any kolehiyala would say. Nice rooms. Full toiletries. Tried and tested service, 24-7. Full buffet in Sea Breeze Cafe, 3 meals a day. Three swimming pools. In-house spa. Your own McDonald’s in the resort. A gym. Easy access to the beach. Beachfront with beach chairs and umbrellas, with security staff to watch over your things while you swim. A stone’s throw from D’Mall. Dedicated ferry and car service to and from the island and the airport (whether Caticlan or Kalibo).
Lump it all in, and the P4,500 room rate becomes very, very reasonable.
Room rates can be tricky, of course. It’s misleading to simply say P4,500 for the standard room. Room rate is always good for two persons, minimum. You have to pay the full room rate even if you’re alone. That’s always P4,500 multiplied by two heads. Then again, who goes to Boracay alone?
Also, rates go up for higher-level accommodations. Premier room is around P11,000. If you prefer the same room, but beside the pool, the rate goes higher. It’s all a matter of preference, really.
Sunken Pool Bar
There’s another anomaly at the Boracay Regency. It’s not exactly bad, but we can’t seem to totally reconcile its existence in this beach paradise. Want to swim? Go to the beach with Boracay’s world-famous white sand and clear waters. It’s really weird to spend a lot of time at the swimming pool. But the funny thing is, or weird thing is, we spent a considerable amount of time hanging out at Boracay Regency‘s swimming pools — one pool for kids and three swimming pools for adults.
No two swimming pools are created equal. Boracay Regency doesn’t have an infinity pool and if the primary consideration for judging a swimming pool is its view, then the swimming pools of Boracay Regency is a far distant. These pools are surrounded by hotel rooms. This fact — that it’s surrounded by rooms — is not all bad. Yes, it obstructs the view to the beach.
But, as we’ve said, a resort in a world-famous beach hardly needs a swimming pool. On the other hand, the good thing about a swimming pool being surrounded by rooms, is the ease of sliding into the water. The ground floor rooms of Boracay Regency, facing the room, has access direct to the swimming pool. Imagine that, step out of the sliding door and you’re in the swimming pool.
There’s really nothing much you can do in a swimming pool that you can’t do in a beach. Right? There’s one thing, though, that you can do in Boracay Regency’s East Wing swimming pool — order cocktails and drinks while swimming away. Frolic in the pool. Swim. Launder in the jacuzzi, also found in the middle of the East Wing swimming pool. Then go to the Sunken Pool Bar and order cocktails. Or your favorite drink (has to be found in the menu, of course).
Got ourselves a Weng Weng. What’s a Weng Weng, you ask? Hmm. Good question. It’s a mixture of rum, gin, vodka, tequila, Scotch whisky, brandy, bourbon whiskey, orange and pineapple juice, grenadine. Intoxicating from the list alone. We really had not prior experience with a Weng Weng. Sat on the underwater chair and asked the bartender what’s the bestseller. Weng Weng, he said. So Weng Weng it was. Tastes good, actually. It’s like swallowing different breeds of horses, all running in different directions. Fast-acting, with a kick in the end. Next time you go there, ask the bartender why it’s called Weng Weng. It’s better explained with facial expressions.
So, do you really need a very nice room in Boracay? Feel free to express your preference and thoughts in the comment section below. For us, if traveling alone or as a couple, wouldn’t even think of getting a nice, expensive room. We’d spend more time outside, anyway. If traveling with kids, we’d seriously consider getting a good room. Just like Boracay Regency Beach Resort & Spa. But whether traveling alone, with kids, or with a group, we’d definitely drift back to the Sea Breeze Cafe. It’s the tail wagging the dog, or, more properly, the tail flipping the shrimp.