Spider House Boracay in the Philippines is one of my favourite travel spots of all time.
The first time I travelled to the Philippines in March 2014, I was told by a passing stranger that we just HAD to visit Spider House on our travels. And so we did.
We enjoyed the most magical daytimes relaxing on their decks before the cool crowd came along for sunset drinks. Our days were just so incredibly good and the atmosphere was so unique. I just knew that for our return to the Philippines, I had to book to stay there again!
And so we arrived…. to a web of bamboo scaffolding as Spider House Boracay was undergoing a major extension. Unfortunately, no-one had informed us of this. However, when we stepped into our room, I was relieved to see that it didn’t affect our view and the noise wasn’t too bad. I’m not sure I could say the same for the other rooms.
Spider House Boracay (currently) only has a handful of rooms. We booked a ‘Bamboo Double’ which meant two double beds! We were on the lowest level so our room was just about 2 metres above the sea and we could hear the waves all night. All of the rooms have open window areas with white cloth hanging down as curtains. It’s as close to the sea as we could have been and we loved it.
The toilet was in a small room at the back, which I must admit got a bit smelly but our shower was open and in the room meaning I could enjoy a relaxing shower whilst admiring the view out over the bay – incredible!
There was ample storage space in the form of wooden shelves and an open clothes rail – perhaps I might have expected something a little more with the price we paid.
Our bed had a mosquito net over it which we kept down through the night as well as a fan directed straight onto us, and we kept the other double bed as more of a day-chill place (ie. the sandy bed!)
Since our room had no glass windows, we did feel a little worried that someone could enter. Some of the bamboo scaffolding did come fairly close outside, so if someone wanted to be really devious, they probably could have climbed in. But luckily that didn’t happen.
Our room did have a lockable cupboard where we kept our valuables which felt quite sturdy despite the tiny little key used to lock it.
However, our room was only locked from the outside with a latch and a padlock. The whole door itself felt really flimsy and we felt a bit uncomfortable that a lot of the builders lingered near our room as it was by their rest area and so they knew when we were out – but luckily, none of our worries materialised into anything!
Oh, and also – a cheeky crab did manage to break in. We found him in our shower!
Review of Spider House Boracay as a hotel
It’s worth me mentioning that Spider House Boracay is a LOT more popular and well-known than it was in early 2014.
The decks and restaurant have been hugely expanded since then, and fit a lot more people in. And it was really packed everyday.
Some days, even as hotel guests, we couldn’t get seats for breakfast or lunch. At sunset, the queue was so long to even enter Spider House Boracay – and as guests, we couldn’t even skip this! Very frustrating!
However, the food is still really good (although quite expensive for Boracay). The menu is varied and it is so amazing to eat the food perched on wooden decking over the water.
All the communal areas of the hotel are now covered which means you can’t sunbathe as we used to, which was a shame. There is also no private area for hotel guests to enjoy.
Lastly, something we absolutely HATED was that huge Chinese/Korean tour groups would dock up, and climb up to Spider House Boracay as part of their excursion. They’d come up for drinks and take every last seat around as well as being exceptionally noisy. Call me a grandma but it was a completely different experience to 2014.
My review of Spider House Boracay in a nutshell..
- Spider House Boracay is in an amazing location on Diniwid Beach just a 5-minute walk from White Beach. It’s a little quieter and there are no touts trying to sell tours or products.
- Despite its major increase in popularity, it’s not everyday you can sleep in a wooden treehouse. For the novelty factor, it’s pretty special.
- However, I would recommend checking to see that the construction works are finished to ensure your stay is more peaceful and pleasant.
- It worked out to be about £70 a night for a double room. This is mid-range in Boracay but I felt for the price, at least breakfast could have been included.
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Spider House Boracay
I hope you’ve found my review of Spider House Boracay useful and that maybe I’ve inspired you to visit and stay! If you’re exploring the rest of the Philippines, do check out the rest of my posts on the country here.
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