Where to Stay in Marinduque

Thursday, May 30, 2019

where to stay in marinduque

The last time I’ve been to Marinduque – which was, what, five years ago? – it felt like a family vacation. I went with a grad school classmate of mine and stayed at their place so I wasn’t able to check out the accommodations on offer. On my return, aboard Cebu Pacific’s thrice-weekly flight to this island province, I was able to stay and see some of its prime hotels and lodgings.

If you’re visiting the Heart of the Philippines soon, here are some of the places you can stay at.

Located on the popular island of Maniwaya in the town of Sta. Cruz, Villa Atilana is a beach resort sitting on one end of the island. It has 27 rooms that can accommodate all kinds of travelers – from solo to couple to family to barkadas.
villa atilana accommodations

beach resorts in maniwaya island

A fun feature of the resort is its ship-shaped structures. The main building is white and looks like a huge cruise ship. There’s also a bahay kubo that is also shaped like a boat. Smaller cabin-type rooms are also available, and, yes, they are also shaped like boats! There is also an option to hang up a hammock should you feel like sleeping under the stars.
villa atilana sta cruz

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maniwaya island accommodations

Between the resort and the beach is a buffer zone of widely-spaced coconut trees – which I imagine, with proper timing, would be a great location for some astrophotography. There’s also a function room up on the rooftop where you and your gang could have some karaoke fun. You may also book your island-hopping tours with the resort.

Maniwaya Island, Sta. Cruz
+63 995 406 2027
WiFi: None
Mobile Reception: Intermittent

Established way back in 1967, the Boac Hotel is the oldest accommodation in Marinduque. It had just celebrated its 50th year last 2017!
where to stay in boac marinduque

The hotel was originally put up to cater to the investors of the now shut-down mining project in the province. Now, it’s the go-to place for budget travelers and on-the-go businessmen. With a total of 16 rooms, 12 of which are with air-con, Hotel Boac’s cheapest rate is Php800 per person per night! That’s a great deal considering you’ll be staying at a homey, nostalgic two-story wooden house.
boac accommodations

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The hotel also has a restaurant called Cafe Ma’mita. A cozy place that is very much willing to accommodate my vegan lifestyle! Massive plus points! Also, you can get your souvenirs at the also-famous pasalubong house called Rejano’s Marinduque Deli, which is right next to the hotel. Hotel Boac is basically a one-stop shop!

+63 928 409 4329
Cor. Deogracias St., San Miguel Boac
WiFi: Yes
Mobile Reception: Stable

The newest addition to Marinduque’s line-up of accommodations is the modern-chic Balar Hotel. The place looks like a display room for a particular Scandinavian furniture store. Minimalist heaven!
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Photo courtesy of Angelo The Explorer

The lobby itself is already a looker. Adorned with ferns and philodendron set against neutral walls, the area feels like a rich tita’s hideout. And in the best possible sense. The rooms, meanwhile, are sparsely but mindfully decorated, doing away with clutter and just containing practical pieces like an open wardrobe/drawer thing. Marie Kondo would be so proud! The view at the back is also quite nice and the in-house restaurant is flexible with their menu – just inform them beforehand if you have a special diet.
balar hotel and spa boac marinduque

where to stay in boac marinduque

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balar hotel and spa rooms

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balat hotel in boac marinduque

Next door is the local cafe called 10 y.o. Cafe. It’s a mostly glass structure with outdoor seating. It’s a nice place to hang out if you don’t want to be cooped up in your room. Check out also this full review of the hotel by Angelo the Explorer.

Brgy. Balaring Boac
+63 917 882 2527
WiFi: Yes, but only at the lobby
Mobile Reception: Intermittent

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