A bit of a strange set-up, in that Seven Stones resort is conjoined with Boracay Gems (same owners but leased out?), with a couple of the rooms actually on the corner of Seven Stones (101A & B) & the rest as villas around the corner & overlooking Bulabog beach.
Overall, rooms are very spacious & certainly value for money. In our Opal Villa we had 3 Samsung TV's with surround sound...none of which every got switched on. Whilst it can definitely accommodate 2 couples with a bedroom upstairs & downstairs, there was only one shower. Three of our friends stayed at 101A & B, with the latter being a larger living area etc. with jacuzzi bath, but only one bed.
Some oddities were the lack of towels & normal shower commodities; that one of our lounge window (if blinds raised) looked straight into the small managment office & that there appears to be a bit of confusion all round as to whether guests of Boracay Gems can use the Seven Stones pool.
I was personally told on two occasions that I wasn't allowed to by a surly security/lifeguard/gardener, but then when I insisted I was & that we also had friends in 101A & B (part of Seven Stones, but booked through Boracay Gems) - he left us alone. However, the swim-up barmen & restaurant staff couldn't be more enthusiastic to see us & happily served us/took our money.
Resort is right on the beach, which is great. However, due to the wind/season, lots of boats were moored here & not particularly nice for any swimming - while on White Beach, about 10mins walk across the island, it was often blowing a gale, with tumultuous seas. So while we booked this resort for direct beach access & kitesurfing, it was actually held over on White Beach, at the far end of Zone 3.
The weather is now changing though, so the kitesurfing will move back to Bulabog Beach, the boats will move away & White Beach will calm down & be much cleaner with offshore winds etc.
Close to this resort & on the initial alleys toward White Beach is a small restaurant called Munchies. Six of us ate/drank here & were surprised with how good the food/service/price was - so would thoroughly recommend it.
For more upmarket, can suggest the Lemon Cafe in D'Mall (try the Eggs Benedict) & for Filipino fusion dinner on White Beach, you must try Mesa. A bit pricier, but the food is great, as is the Dos Mestizos spanish place a bit further down, close to the Police station.
For divers, I can suggest Calypso Divers - very professional & good value at 1600 peso for a fun dive with equipment. Seriously wanted to see the Camia shipwreck, but conditions only allowed that on our final day, only 5hrs before flying.
For anyone wanting to mail postcards, the post office is right at the end of Zone 1 on White Beach & a bit of a trek. However, there's a large tourist centre between Zones 2 & 3 that have all the facilities.
Great place with great friends, had a wonderful time & we'd all love to come again (except when there are a gazillion tourists at the height of the seasion & you get asked every 2 metres whether you want a boat trip/island hopping). Oh & if you're into pearls (does anybody under 70 from UK/US?) - there's plenty of those being offered as well....though I think they'd have better luck trying to sell sunscreen & water!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boracay Gems is a 4-star luxury beachfront boutique resort located in Bulabog Beach, the eastern side of Boracay Island which becomes a kiteboarding and windsurfing paradise during the Amihan season. During the Habagat season when winds come from the west, Bulabog Beach becomes a haven for those who seek peace and tranquility from the bustling White Beach. It only takes a 10-minute walk to reach D'Mall and 15 minutes to White Beach and its beachfront nightlife. ... more less
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