Thursday, May 19, 2011

All the essentials at The Tides Essential room

Last month I was hunting for deals that would allow us to enjoy another beach getaway in May. I wasn't really worried about the hotel because it's fairly easy to find an affordable one in Boracay. My problem was the airfare because I wanted to hold back a bit on spending for another upcoming trip.

Then I found a sweet deal in Tides Temptation, a package that includes a 3D/2N stay in an Essential room with buffet breakfast at The Tides, round-trip airfare via Seair, and round-trip Caticlan land and boat transfers and fees. Definitely not bad for Php 11,990/pax on a twin or triple sharing basis. Rates are lower on quadruple occupancy and if you book on weekdays.

I've shown you around The Tides, Boracay in a previous post but I haven't let you in our room just yet. So here goes...

The Essential room pretty much has all the essentials crammed in a small space. But hey, if you want more space, then get their Exceptional room. The two queen-sized beds, as seen below, smartly fills up the space from wall to wall.


Within three feet from the foot of your bed is the cabinet, personal fridge, and TV. It's a weird TV, though.


Curiously, the sink is found outside the bathroom but it's no big deal for me. They have separate rooms for the toilet and shower. Maybe it was too much to add another one just for the sink.


I've read reviews from people complaining of the flooding in the shower. I see why. You see the glass panel below only protects the towels from getting wet and no more. Expectedly, water spills over the real "shower area." But common, it's an entirely separate room so just put the foot rug outside the door. I don't see any real problem with that.


I liked that the shower had a rain shower head. And consistent with all those painted phrases outside, there's also one in the shower itself.


And when you hit the bed, you'll see this on the ceiling:


They've also managed to be creative with their door signs:


All these touches add up to the charm of an otherwise small room. Room space may be limited but it was space well used. And although The Tides is not a beach front property, it's location affords us a lot of convenience. It sits right next to restaurants and shops, and the distance going to the beach is just about the same as going to the street in case you need a tricycle to go some place else. Along with all these disclosures in mind, it's a hotel I'd recommend to anyone.

Tides Temptation is only valid until June 15, 2011. Not to worry, though, as it's been a recurring offer from The Tides. Visit their website at

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