Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites: Our Home in Boracay

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We woke up earlier than usual and proceeded right away to the breakfast area. Akira went straight to where the high chair was, grabbed it, and pushed it to our usual table. He parked it next to my chair and asked me to bring him up. Caloy, one of the staff, attended to our needs and in no time, brought our warm pancakes. Akira then drizzled it with syrup while telling Caloy that we are leaving soon. It was our ninth and last day at Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites and our son was telling everyone that we are transferring to our next accommodation and that he would miss everyone.

One of the guests couldn’t help but compliment his initiative. Our son, Akira, was born in September 2019 and he was just six months old when the series of lockdowns started because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I can still remember how scared he was growing up when we went beyond our house gate. He would tremble at the sight of the “outside world” and wouldn’t know how to act appropriately. That was a far cry from his first-ever plane ride at 34 months old. He was so happy to see the clouds up close and the tiny little islands on his window which he called “maps”.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

It was my annual two-month school break when Christian and I decided to have a quick respite from the stresses of our daily lives, which, by the way, I try to lessen by playing supermarket games online during my daily commute to work. We would’ve wanted to have a backpacking trip around the country (or maybe abroad) like we used to do, but with the strict health protocols, it would be expensive and risky to do so as Akira is still unvaccinated from COVID-19.

 

 

Boracay was our first and only choice ‘coz hey, it’s one of the best islands in the world and it’s super convenient to have long-term travel with a toddler. We planned on staying there for twenty-two days and suffice it to say, we couldn’t be happier with our “island life” for a short period of time.

The new health protocols in traveling around the country made it somewhat challenging to go around but we pushed through with our plans. It was the end of July when we flew from Manila to Boracay via Cebu Pacific Air and his first-ever plane ride was a success.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

Christian and I have been to Boracay a number of times and almost every time, we choose to stay at The Ferra Premier Hotel ‘coz we always feel at home there. This time around, we stayed at its sister hotel, the Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites.

After nine hours since we left our home in Malabon, we arrived at the hotel and were greeted by the gracious staff. We were treated with glasses of refreshing iced tea as we checked in. We were then ushered to our room in no time.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

We booked a Garden Suite that was conveniently located at the ground level. I let Akira tap the keycard which opened our spacious room. He went straight to the glass sliding door on the far end of the room and then shrieked in excitement as he saw the outdoor shower area with a bathtub. He stayed there for a while, in awe of the view.

Our room is furnished with a huge bed that fits three of us comfortably. There’s also a workstation with an ergonomic chair, lamp, and a movable desk that extends to the wall underneath the huge TV. We basically used this spot to store some of our stuff for easier access. I love how clear the distinctions were in the different spaces in the room.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

There’s also a wardrobe closet with a sliding door that connects to a kitchenette. There’s a mini fridge in there which Akira called a “baby ref”.

The bathroom is huge with a separate stall for the shower, which I loved. A rain shower and a telephone shower were both installed there. I also appreciate the fact that the stall has ample space for all of our toiletries and bath amenities. I hate it when you have no room for your personal stuff in the shower.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

The lavatory is spacious as well with dramatic mood lighting, perfect for those who love to put on their make-up. Although there’s a lot of hanging area, I wish there’s a retractable clothesline in the bathroom or the garden area wherein we could hang our clothes to dry.

We lounged for a bit and although we planned to go out that night for dinner, our tired bods were glued to the comfy bed as we watched TV. We then surrendered to the comfy bed after finishing some sandwiches we brought.

We slept for twelve hours straight and woke up refreshed the next day.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

Ferra Garden Suies used to offer buffet breakfast for the guests and non-guests alike before the pandemic. Now, they have set meals for guests in their Brick & Basil, their in-house restaurant.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

During our nine-day stay, we got to try their different fried rice or sinangag meals from the menu like longganisa, beef tapa, corned beef, tocino, and bacon. But my ultimate brekkie favorite, as well as Akira’s, is pancake—and boy did we eat so much during our stay.

Our TeamRH friends came along after a few days and stayed at Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites as well. We had a lovely dinner at the in-house bar and restaurant on their first night at the rooftop/pool area.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

Christian and I already tried the classic yummy dishes at Ruf Resto Bar from its original location at Ferra Hotel Premier. The restobar transferred to its current location and still, their signature dishes such as the Nasi Goreng and Crispy Pata are the best.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

The group had a celebratory dinner of some sort as it was our first trip outside the metro during the Pandemic. We chugged a few bottles of beer and carried on with our endless chitchats.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

The revelry continued for three days and although we haven’t seen each other for quite some time, you’d feel like we’re actually neighbors who knew each other’s affairs ‘coz we needed not to fill in the gaps. That’s the kind of friendship that is worth keeping. And although some of us had some conflicts with each other in the past, we kind of learned to grow with it over the past eight years that we’ve been together. We planned on trying new activities in Boracay but we ended up just chillin' all day, every day.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

The morning after our friends went back to Manila, Akira nonchalantly asked, “Asan na ang mga friends natin, Nanay?” (Where are our friends, Nanay?). I smiled back and tried to explain to him that they had to leave for work. For a two-year-old during that time, Akira seemed to get along very well with our friends—and up to now, he still sees them as “his friends” and not as his aunts and uncles.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

For the rest of our stay at Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites, we continued to chill on our morning beach after breakfast—Bulabog Beach, which is just a five-minute walk from the hotel. We’ll then have a quick lunch somewhere and then go back to the hotel for Akira’s afternoon nap. We’ll then go to White Beach and spend the rest of the afternoon there.

For nine days, we called Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites our home in Boracay and every time we came in at their doorstep, there’s someone there who would ask you about our day or would play with Akira.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

I dunno how they do it but I always feel the staff’s caring nature on both Ferra Hotels. It’s actually deeply rooted in their culture and not superficial—like they need to serve you or attend to you just because they are required to do so.

 

 

I could still remember my first ever breakfast at The Ferra Premier Hotel back in 2017 when a staff served me with a cup of coffee with an imprint of letter “C” on the mug (For “Carla”). I was stunned as to how well they know their guests even without ever formally introducing ourselves to them. That story still touches me until now. It set the bar for personalized guest service. Christian and I still have those two mugs with us. We actually asked if we could buy them, but they actually gave it to us as souvenirs when we went back home.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

I can name more than a few occasions where our Ferra family extended their love to us. There was this instance when we had some leftover food and we planned on having it for dinner. I then asked for a huge plate and a bowl from the kitchen without telling them why. On a hunch, maybe, the kitchen staff asked me if I wanted my food to be reheated. Isn’t that the sweetest?

I could mention the names of Akira’s “favorite” persons at Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites, but by doing so, I will definitely fail to recognize each and everyone’s effort in maintaining this kind of personalized customer service.

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites Boracay

In my years of traveling, I’m not someone who’d expect or demand something that is over-the-top from any hotel staff, but simple gestures that you know come from the heart are always remarkable.

And that is truly why we always feel excited to go back to Boracay, because we have a home that we can go back to any time.

 

Ferra Hotel and Garden Suites (check for discounted rates here)
Road 1A, Sitio Bulabog, Boracay Island,
Aklan, Philippines
Contact Number: (+63) 917.680.9137
Email Address: ferrahotelandgardensuites@gmail.com
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