It was only a 6-minute walk but it felt like forever on a street that was permanently flooded due to a busted water pipe. I had my suitcase in tow and walking on a road with that terrible condition was no joke. After two nights of my stay at MNL Beach Hostel, I spent the remaining days in another hostel, Second Wind Bed, Bunk & Breakfast, also known as Second Wind by MNL.
Second Wind is established by the same people behind MNL Hostels. It’s only a few minutes away from Boracay’s kite-surfing site, Bulabog Beach. It has designer dorms and private rooms, perfect for the backpackers and low-budget travelers.
Upon entering its premises, you will see the kitchen area on the left and the private rooms on the right. The self-serving kitchen is where guests can hang out to eat or socialize; there’s a lounge area, a television, an all-day supply of coffee and tea, a toaster and a fridge.
The lady from the reception greeted me and after introducing myself, she picked up a key and led me to my private room. It’s a Twin Room with two single beds. It has its own toilet and hot & cold shower, the towel is provided, but no toiletries so make sure to bring your own. There are a locker and a hairdryer.
Unfortunately, all dorm rooms have occupants so I wasn’t able to take a look.
Second Wind can also arrange your tour on the island, just approach the front desk.
As with the WiFi, it was not as fast as the one at MNL Beach Hostel but it works. I was able to complete some writing job during my stay.
There’s just one thing that I suggest you bring when you stay here and that’s earplugs. There is a bar across the street and the music and karaoke go on until the wee hours. It’s a little trouble for a fairly good accommodation, but if you like to get some sleep, earplugs will do the trick.
And just like MNL Beach Hostel, guests of Second Wind can enjoy discounts on a few establishments in Boracay like La Cozina, Fuel, Aria Gelato, Cafe del Sol, Palassa Spa, etc. All you need to do is show your key card. I had a 15% discount when I had breakfast at Fuel because of this.
All in all, I liked it, especially the part when I had my own room. When people say Boracay, they usually think that everything is expensive. Well, it used to be, but not anymore. The island has grown so much in the past years and people have more option in food and accommodation. Second Wind proves that you don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy the luxury of having your own room. You can get one for as low as ₱700 a night ($13.70). The dorm rooms are also cheap, a bed is only ₱400 ($7.83).
To book your stay at Second Wind, click this link.