I think we can all agree that if budget is of no concern, we would prefer to stay in luxurious accommodation. Who would say no to comfortable beds, complete amenities, and room service? Certainly not me, and sometimes I like to indulge, but with great expectations. If I have to pay more, it’s gotta be worth it. After all, isn’t that the point? We are paying for the convenience, therefore we expect nothing less. Hence, I had great expectations for Henann Crystal Sands Resort, the latest addition to the growing number of luxury hotels by Henann Group of Resorts. It’s created by a well-reputed hotel chain, I knew we were in for something great.
I saw Henann’s service van waiting for me and my friends at Caticlan airport. The driver dons a barong shirt, the van is clean and spacious. Note that it serves all Henann resorts in Boracay, but aside from another female guest, we had no other company in the van. We were driven to a private port with a beautiful waiting area. There, we were greeted warmly by the staff, given bottled water, before we were ushered to the back of the building where a private boat awaits us.
Just last week I went to Boracay and I went through all the trouble of passing through the jetty port, paying for the environmental fee and terminal fee. This time, none of those happened; everything was pre-arranged, we need not worry a thing. To not wait in queues, not deal with a lot of people, and to be treated like a VIP, it’s definitely one of the best experiences in the world. And this is all just a prelude. I had a lovely weekend in Boracay last week, 90% I attribute to the fact that we stayed at Henann Crystal Sands.
In Boracay alone, there are 5 Henann resorts, such as Henann Regency Resort & Spa, Henann Lagoon Resort, Henann Garden Resort, Henann Prime Beach Resort, and the newest player, Henann Crystal Sands. As of this writing, the 6th resort is being built and is expected to open in 2018, the Henann Palm Beach. Indeed, there are so many of them, there is a running joke that Boracay will soon be called Henann island. Humor aside, what this ultimately indicates is that there is a huge demand for luxury accommodation on the island; one that only Henann can provide. Anyone, including me, would be eager to know why. With a stroke of luck, I was able to find out with two other bloggers (Pancake of TravelHistoryCulture and Jeng of Foodinthebag).
This beach-front hotel on Station 2 has a modern coastal Filipino design that perfectly complements the vibe of the island. It has an impressive number of 188 rooms, with two long swimming pools in the middle of the lot, enclosed on all sides by the hotel’s buildings. During our visit, it was still on soft opening, and some parts are still being constructed including the upper deck swimming pool that gazes out to the sea.
There are three kinds of rooms; Deluxe Room, Premier Room, and Premier Room with Pool Access. We stayed in a Premium Room with a single bed and a queen size bed. It is equipped with a safety lock, a flat-screen TV with cable, fridge, a closet with hangers, electric kettle, and to my surprise, two umbrellas that guests are free to borrow. The bathroom is amazing, it has a rain shower, a bathtub, toilet with bidet, and of course towels and toiletries are provided. Though we didn’t stay in a room with a pool access, we were happy that it has a balcony that looks out to the swimming pool. The view, definitely makes every morning sweet.
One of my metrics to deem an accommodation excellent is the WiFi connection; I am happy to report that it works perfectly. I was so in love with our room I didn’t want to leave. I made sure that in the two nights we were there, I was able to enjoy the bed and got me some good night sleep.
The in-house restaurant is another matter and just like the rest of the hotel, it was clearly made to impress. Sapphire Restaurant offers breakfast and dinner buffet and à la carte meals for lunch. We were greeted warmly by its chef, Mr. Gene Gonzalez who introduced to us some of the best dishes that they have to offer. For dinner, my favorites and personal recommendations are Tuna Ceviche, Croquettas Negra, Marinara, and Kare-kareng Bagnet.
The staff is also one of the best things in this resort. Everyone is courteous and they will always greet you even when you happen to be just walking by. They are well-trained, friendly, and efficient. When you ask for assistance, they will attend to you right away. Seriously I could go on and on about why I love Henann Crystal Sands, but the gist is, there is no way you will not enjoy your stay here. You will be treated like a VIP, you will be amazed by their good facilities, and you will love their food, three things that we all want when having a vacation.
There are many ways to love Boracay, but why not make it more amazing by staying at Henann Crystal Sands. For room rates and booking, click this link.