Day 2 at Alta Vista de Boracay
Hello! Today is Day 4 of our six-day Boracay 2019 Vacation Summer Diaries. If you have read my previous post, I was disappointed with our loft room. (You can check my day 3 vlog here or below.)
After checking in to Alta Vista de Boracay, we have rested the last night to devote the following day to bond with the three kids at Puka Beach and the hotel’s infinity pool.
I got disappointed with our loft room. Why? The place is quite old and the furniture is also outdated already. They need to make a MAJOR room makeover)
We have prepped our day by starting to fill our tummies with their buffet breakfast. The restaurant was already full with guests, so we just had our buffet breakfast in the basement.
Well, the food was just ok, but nothing spectacular with the taste– it was like I ate a cardboard with a flavor. Just for the sake to have energy for our morning bonding with the kids and for getting the worth of what we paid for, we ate the food.
Preparation for the Morning Swim
The pool was so inviting, but we had to resist the temptation because we had to go to Puka Beach that morning. Heading there in the afternoon would definitely be sooooo hot.
We went back to the room to change and get our stuff. I was so disgusted because we were 6 in the place, but there were only toiletries for two pax. In Ambassador, where we checked in from the 29th til May 1, 2019, they provided toiletries, freebies like coffee and tea for five adults, and replenish the supplies daily. In Alta Vista, I had to request for slippers– they did NOT anticipate what the guests would be needing. I even asked for additional toiletries as well– Oh my! I went there for vacation, but I was even more stressed. You had to REQUEST for something they did NOT provide. I did not enjoy day 4 of our Boracay 2019 vacation.
Shuttle Service to Puka Beach
When we went to the lobby to wait for the shuttle service, the guard asked us to be seated for a while, and he will call us as soon as the shuttle arrives. To our dismay, the shuttle arrived, but he didn’t call us. We were about to stand, but there was no room for us anymore. There was nothing to do but to wait for another shuttle. After 15 minutes, we were able to have a ride.
When the shuttle service dropped us to PUKA BEACH, the staff directed us to the towel booth. He gave us 5 beach towels to use, a small table, and a thin bench where we can sit for a while and place our stuff.
Morning Swim at Puka Beach
When we arrived, we almost have the beach to ourselves– only few guests of Alta Vista were there so the kids were excited to have their morning swim. At last, they will be able to make most of their Boracay 2019 vacation.
The kids enjoyed picking up shells in Puka Shell Beach. They were amazed to see the sand there is different than the powdery white sand in White Beach.
The Puka Port Transformation
After picking up shells, the kids enjoyed swimming for a while because after limited time of bliss, it was replaced by another disappointment. Just in an instant, with my own eyes, I witnessed how Puka Beach has transformed into a jetty port!
The boats that were scheduled to have island hopping docked in the swimming area and so the other guests got furious as well.
Oh well, our day was ruined already and it’s a loooooong day so I thought we were already there so we should just enjoy the beach anyway.
Ice Cream at the Beach
I temporarily forgot everything because Hubby treated us for ice cream, hehe!
I admired the ice cream vendor because he waited for the ice-cream wrappers and provided a plastic bag where we can place the trash so the cleanliness of the beach will be maintained– VERY GOOD! He even gave us a tip that if we wanted some privacy and have the whole beach to ourselves–without those boats, we should come at 8 am or 3 pm. Hubby and I wanted to go back in the morning the following day, but the challenge would be the schedule. That’s if we can provide food for them until dinner, we can hit the beach the whole morning.
Grocery Shopping at City Mall Boracay
After the last round of swimming and collecting seashells, we went back to the hotel already because we need to go to the Citymall to buy food for dinner. We just had cup noodles for lunch, so since the following day we will leave the two kids and my father in Alta Vista, we need to have stock of groceries for them. Hubby and I, together with Bruce, will transfer to Estacio Uno Boracay, so we have to make sure that everything I have organized everything and that there will be no hassle as well.
We have bought groceries in Crafts of Boracay and Budget Mart and the products are quite expensive and we were surprised because in Savemore in Citymall, the prices didn’t change. Every week, we do our grocery shopping either in SM Masinag and Savemore in Xentro Mall Antipolo so we know the prices 🙂
We even discovered that you can buy inexpensive rice meals here but unfortunately we couldn’t bear the long queue for payment so we just decided to order in Jollibee instead.
Back to Alta Vista
Dinner at the Veranda
We made use of the veranda not to dry the clothes because there was nothing pleasant to the eyes to view here. We opted to stay in the bedroom in the loft to rest in our free time. Too bad, there was NO television in the loft bedroom, so we were bored to death:-(
We need to make the most out of our disgusting stay in Alta Vista, so we went for a night swimming. We liked the infinity pool, but then you cannot have pool-hopping just like what we did in Fairways last year. Their attendants were friendly as well, and we didn’t have any misunderstanding with them regarding the towels that we have borrowed.
What I liked about the pool attendants was that they really look after the guests especially the kids.
After the night swimming, it’s a mom’s instinct to organize all the things that the kids will need when we leave the following day. I even called the front desk to make sure that we won’t have any problem with the check out because my father will be the one to get a refund for the incidental deposit.
REFLECTIONS in our Boracay 2019 Vacation Day 4
Here are my thoughts about our Boracay 2019 vacation Day 4.
- I have managed to control my temper in situations like this. Before, I would confront the staff and would demand to speak with the manager if needed. I have learned to use my precious time to things that needed immediate attention. I knew that I would waste my time doing so.
2. It was my fault for having this kind of experience. I have assumed that Alta Vista is like Fairways and Bluewater, and I have not done my research. I have discovered how terrible their service when I have read the reviews. Unfortunately, it was too late because I couldn’t modify or cancel my reservation anymore. The pictures have deceived me, and I admit, dear readers that it was an HONEST mistake. I am correcting this mistake by letting you know that it’s not wise to spend your money in this hotel. If you would like to be away from the busy White Beach but still want to have an excellent and blissful vacation, choose Fairways & Bluewater Boracay.
That’s it for now! Watch out for my Boracay Day 4 VLOG here.
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