Mövenpick Resort & Spa introduces a new world-class beachfront property in Punta Bunga Cove, Boracay. It isn’t too late to check out the new, secluded luxury resort before Boracay closes down begining April 26.
To start a beach trip with a severe cough was less than ideal, but the situation could not be remidied at the beginning of the stay at Mövenpick Resort & Spa. The day started with a harried flight from Manila to Caticlan, where those already on the plane had to deplane because a step in procedure for the flight had been overlooked. This was due to no fault of the representatives of Mövenpick, who had kindly bought us all a slice of pizza.
When the plane finally landed at Caticlan, and the boat was ridden to the resort, the cough had gotten stronger. Dinner was at Brezza, where fresh-out-of-the oven pizza and flavorful pasta were enjoyed with a glass of wine. Out of concern for the cough, Mövenpick’s Marketing Communications Manager, Kristine Facto kindly volunteered to have medication sent to the hotel room that night. The medicine arrived, and a sound sleep was had. The care and attention given by the staff was remarkable, and a testament to the brand’s commitment to guests.
A Day by the Beach
Breakfast the next day was at Market, which features a delectable buffet of selections from around the world. The number one thing looked forward to at hotel buffets is the museli, and the sampling at Market was a hearty choice. The extensive assortment of food caters to those with tasteful palates, and the restaurant serves à la carte dishes for lunch and dinner.
After breakfast, we partook in a tour of the resort. The resort offers a total of 312 rooms, from the 27sqm Superior rooms to the 370sqm Presidential suite, which has a private infinity pool, jacuzzi and direct access to the beach. All rooms are equipped with free wifi, and it was tempting to spend the entire trip in bed.
Boracay is known for the white sandy beaches, and Mövenpick’s prime location on Punta Bunga Cove on the island’s exclusive north west coast did not disappoint. The afternoon was spent reading by the shore, and taking an occasional dip in the water. Attendants were on standby to watch the proceedings and freshen up the beachside furniture if they were filled up with sand.
A quick dip in the pool was also taken, in part to enjoy the inflatable swans and flamingos surrounding the area, all of which provide Instagram bait. Kristine very kindly took photos. Following that, a repast was done at The Café, which offers indulgences every 5PM. Known as The Chocolate Hour, a sumptuous display of delicious treats was laid out to enjoy. If there wasn’t a dinner to prepare for, all the treats would’ve been eaten.
That night, the resort celebrated the official opening with a “Cirque du Paradiso” theme, with a performance of drumbeaters, fire dancers, wheel stunts, aerial dancers and a fireworks show. Live music and three special sets by internationally-reknown DJ Tom Taus set the tempo for Mövenpick’s standards of quality. The food, as always, was exceptional.
“We are delighted to launch this resort with such a spectacular event, and to offer domestic and international visitors with an exciting new place to stay and experience the best of Boracay,” said Mark Willis, President Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
“The island is fast becoming one of Asia’s top choices for beach holidays, and the unique design and world-class facilities on offer at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay raise the bar in terms of island hospitality, supported by our renowned service philosophy and attention to detail,” he added.
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A Box of Rice
It was saddening to wake up the next day and know that the time in paradise was soon to end. A quick scan of the room to ensure no things were left behind was taken, then breakfast again at Market, where the customary bowl of museli was enjoyed.
The decision was taken to sit by the pool, which bought about an anecdote to be remembered about the time spent in Mövenpick. The phone was accidentally dropped in the pool, and panicked shouts bought about half of the waitstaff, who kindly stepped in and picked up the phone. A hilarious moment occured when a foreign woman with an accent tried explaining to the waitstaff what to do, before he realized she was telling him to lay the phone in a bowl of rice. The bowl was duly taken out and given, before a question was posited about how to bring the bowl to the airplane. They then kindly packed the phone with rice in a take-out box, which was a more suitable option to take when riding the plane home.
While the hotel is beautiful and steeped in luxury, what struck most was the awareness and hospitality of the staff, all the way from the marketing team to the waitstaff. Despite a bad cough and a return home with a broken phone, the care given was a sign that a trip to these sandy shores is always worth it.
By Sara Siguion-Reyna
Photos from Mövenpick Resort & Spa