This was our home-away-from-home while we were in the Philippines. I say that because we barely ever stay in one hotel for the entire duration of our vacation. I think that we have only ever done that once before, and it was the first time that we visited Boracay Island. Maybe that’s another reason why we came back to the same place, even though we like new places and new adventures. It was our first time traveling with a baby and we wanted to “test the waters” so we went somewhere that we knew we could enjoy. Somewhere chilled but beautiful, but still with a touch of adventure if you are looking for it. I guess that any kind of vacation with a baby is an adventure.. haha, who knows what will happen. But we ended up discovering that Elijah traveled well and we were happy with our choice of location. The hotel that we chose was not on White Beach. In fact it was on the opposite side of the island, however – as you can see on the map – White Beach and Bulabog Beach are actually very close to each other. It takes only 8 minutes to walk from the one beach to the other.
In 2010 we stayed on White Beach, and it was magnificent, however this time we were on a very tight budget so we went for the cheapest (but nicest) place that we could. Initially we had sort of a love/ hate relationship with our hotel. It was a good location, the staff were amazing, and the food was tasty, but there was a lot of construction in the area so our sleep was interrupted. That is not something that you expect on a relaxing island getaway. Hammering and drilling are frustrating on a normal day, but when you’ve spent money to go somewhere nice and peaceful, it really does your head in. We complained about it, however what can be done about a construction site next door?! The staff moved us to a room which was further away from the noise. We were much happier there, and in a couple of days the noise completely died down, and we really enjoyed our room in this hotel. Considering that we only paid $29 a night, this hotel more than exceeded our expectations!
Elijah slept in the double bed with us, but we like to cuddle so we moved the bed against the wall and let him sleep next to the wall. It must have looked a little odd when the hotel staff came to clean and found that we had rearranged the furniture.
Everyday as we left for the beach, the friendly ladies who work at Mecasa would greets us politely and ask us if we would like our room cleaned. We felt really happy and comfortable at this hotel. Just like when we left for the day, we were always greeted with big smiles when we returned. They loved to see what Elijah was doing, and usually, after a long day out or on the beach, he was fast asleep in his carrier.
|Creative towel designs|
Our hotel served a complimentary breakfast every morning. There were five options, two Filipino options and three Western. All of them were delicious tasting, well presented, and a great start to the day. On very lazy mornings, Justin would run out to get us Starbucks and then we’d go down for breakfast together. There were even a couple of mornings that we missed breakfast and decided to sleep in and then eat breakfast down by the beach.
The owner of Mecasa Hotel is a very sweet Korean man who absolutely adored Elijah. From the very first day that we arrived, he lit up every time that he saw our little man. He loved to hold him while Justin and I ate breakfast, and when we went downstairs in the morning, he would come to us with a big smile and saying to Elijah, “Come to Harabeoji” (which means grandfather in Korean). We will therefore always think of him as Elijah’s Mecasa Harabeoji. The two of them would walk around looking at things, or stand at the hotel doors and watch the tricycles go by. It was so precious to see them happily hanging out, and it was nice for us to be able to eat without one of us having to hold Elijah. Since he is not able to sit up yet, we have grown quite used to holding him while we eat, but this was a nice break for daddy and mommy. Harabeoji showed us a baby massage (below) that Korean parents do on their children’s legs. It’s not hard to tell that this guys is super excited for his son to give him some grandkids!! Every morning, I got to have kimchi (A Korean staple food made of spicy fermented cabbage) with my breakfast, and we had a babysitter. These were some of the little things that made us feel at home at Mecasa Hotel.
|“That’s where Mommy is from!”|
We really enjoyed our stay at Mecasa Hotel, and we appreciate the warm and friendly staff who work there. If it was easier to get to Boracay Island, we would take Elijah back there again to visit his Harabeoji in a couple of years.
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