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Where to stay in Boracay |Dave’s Straw Hat

For a few minutes of walk from where we were dropped off, we then found Dave’s Straw Hat.

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It was a quiet afternoon in Boracay when we arrived. The lady receptionist greeted us  without me first introducing myself (impressive). She already knew and assisted us to our room. She came back after 5 minutes handing us our “welcome drinks”. It’s a frozen lemon iced tea drink. Just perfect after the long journey!

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I was very pleased with how it looked so much nicer than in the pictures. I chose the place because of the reasonable price and has been voted as Travelers’ Choice  in Tripadvisor. All the reviews are good so that makes me feel confident with my choice .

Our room is a standard type for 1,950  pesos per night. It has one double bed, TV, toilet and a box locker.

The best thing is that our sheets and towels are clean all the time. You don’t need to ask them they will just take care of it for you.

For our 6-day stay at Boracay we were very confident that our stuff is secure.

Dave’s Straw Hat’s location is perfect for people who seeks quiet and relaxing place away from the noisy area known as Station 1 and 2. It’s quite a long walk (15 mins)  to the center of Boracay where you see D’ Mall – but it’s a holiday so you’re suppose to be out and about right?

Tip: Make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

I’ll surely stay on this place again if ever I’ll visit Boracay.

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Thanks for sending us this picture Dave’s Straw Hat! We will surely come back 🙂

Mini Paradise in Mina A’Salam | Madinat Jumeirah

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I feel so lucky every time I go to the beach the weather seems to cooperate giving me just the perfect touch of the sun. Normally in this time of year in Dubai the heat would be unbearable. To my surprise it was the opposite.

We went to Madinat Jumeirah last Saturday noon. Mina A’Salam was our first choice after seeing good reviews and nice photos on the internet. We took a taxi from Mirdif to Jumeirah that took 40 minutes. Take note that there are other hotels and residential villas such as Al Qasr and Dar Al Masyaf which are also under Madinat Jumeirah.

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We were approached by lovely attendants from the lobby. Since we just want to use their amenities such as the swimming pool and the beach we were advise to pay for a ‘day pass‘ that costs 250 dirhams each (towels included but without food and drinks). Yes it’s quite costly but it’s worth paying for an exemplary service if you feel having a private and relaxing place to unwind.

The place was magical. It’s like seeing the movie Aladdin in real life with it’s Arabic setting. I would absolutely count this visit as one of the best time I had experience in Dubai.

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This is the lounge area where they also serve food.

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Food was amazing costs around 70 dirhams – glad we got entertainer vouchers in hand!

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Perfect view of Burj Al Arab from Mina A’Salam Beach

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We got so excited when we saw the beach.

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The wave’s so strong crashing and pulling us heavily. Had me knock down many times but it was the most fun part.

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Well I have nothing more to describe about how wonderful this place is. Let the photos speak for themselves and you’ll be the judge. x

PS. Thanks Lisa for the treat!