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Friday's Boracay 3.0

Boracay, Aklan Province, Panay Island

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  • On a wide stretch of White Beach in Station 1, the quietest on Boracay
  • Traditionally-styled rooms with verandas, mini-fridges, and air-conditioning
  • Beachfront restaurant and bar plus weekly traditional fire shows
  • Outdoor pool with comfortable bamboo loungers plus full-service spa
  • Game room with pool table and foosball 
  • Bakery serves homemade cakes and pastries
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Grounds require walking on sand, especially hard with luggage 
  • Superior Rooms are small, with dated features like tube TVs
  • Some of the rooms look tired and worn
  • Limited amenities, and no fitness center

Bottom Line

Friday's Boracay was one of the first high-end hotels on the island and remains one of the most popular three-pearl picks for its wide shoreline along a beautiful stretch of White Beach. It's on the northern end of Station 1, where sand is a fine white powder, and the hotel makes the most of this prime spot, with a beachfront restaurant and bar facing rows of comfortable bamboo loungers. The hotel aims for a traditional look that's most appealing in upgraded rooms, which have hammocks on their verandas, but the smaller Superior Rooms can be a let down. Friday's also has a small outdoor pool and a game room, but few other facilities and only a modest spa. For a more modern upscale experience look no further than the nearby Discovery Shores Boracay.

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Slightly faded beachfront resort with traditional style that include Nipa huts

Named after the native whom Robinson Crusoe befriends (despite that tale being set in the Caribbean), Friday's sits on a wide shoreline, where the contrast of the Philippine Sea's blue water against the bright white sand is magnificent. Unfortunately, as one of the oldest resorts in the area, that beach might just be the best highlight -- at least when it comes to aesthetics. The hotel's neighbors are some of the most upscale on the whole island, but Friday's maintains a relaxed, beachy theme, with traditional bamboo Nipa huts on stilts spread across palm-lined grounds. The downside is the sand, which some guests might have a hard time walking across sandy paths to get anywhere, especially on arrival and departure with luggage in tow. It also means that some of the decor, while traditional, borders on dated. Most guests here are couples, which is unsurprising as Station 1 is quieter, though plenty of families pass through as well. 


On White Beach, walking distance to Station 1 attractions

Friday's Boracay occupies a wide plot of sand on the northern edge of Boracay’s most sought after beach, White Beach. The area is a little away from the action in Stations 1 and 2 and is therefore quiet and relaxing, but attractions such as Willy’s Rock and the Holy Rosary Parish can be reached on foot in about 10 minutes. There aren’t many restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity, but a short walk along the beach gets guests to the heart of the action in Stations 1 and 2. Guests can also stroll to Diniwid Beach, a smaller but also more secluded stretch of sand north of the hotel. Budget about an hour, including a ferry ride, to reach the airport by car.


Traditionally-styled rooms in stilted huts, with verandas, air-conditioning, and mini-fridges

The hotel's 50 rooms are all housed in traditional two-story Nipa huts with verandas. Each is air-conditioned, and has wood floors and wood-shutters that add to the island vibe. However, the rustic wood furnishings tend to be worn and old. Superior Rooms (18 square meters/194 square feet) are small side, with double or twin beds draped in mosquito nets. Some have old tube TVs, and in general they don't live up to the hotel's upscale claims. Upgraded Deluxe and Premier Rooms have more modern flat-screen TVs and more space, and add hammocks on large verandas that make them worthwhile. However, the rustic look still appears a bit dated. Suites have sofa beds and sitting areas with bamboo dining tables, and some feature separate soaking tubs. Wi-Fi is free in all rooms, and mini-fridges come standard. Bathrooms have walk-in rainfall showers, but many are in need of some renovation. Views vary from pool views to sea views. 


Gorgeous beach, restaurant and bar, bakery, outdoor pool, spa, game room

The best part about the hotel is its massive stretch of White Beach that stretches down from the bamboo huts and a tiled terrace to the Philippine Sea. Several thatched, permanent umbrellas anchor Friday's own section of the beach, with its name spelled out in shaped limbs that protrude from the sand beneath gently curving palm trees. Rows of bamboo loungers fitted with cushions await guests, with canvas umbrellas providing shade closer to the water's edge. The beachfront restaurant and bar serves Filipino and American food, with a mix of international cuisine. Food gets solid marks from previous guests. A bakery puts out its own cakes and pastries and an a la carte breakfast is included in some rates. The outdoor pool has a small sun deck with a few loungers, but there isn't enough space for more than a handful of guests. There's no fitness center here, but massages and foot treatments are available in a spa area. There's also a game room with a pool table, foosball, and air hockey. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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