Famous for its 350 meters of powdery white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters, this destination is a true haven for island lovers.
Boracay’s most luxurious address, the 12-hectare resort is located at the northern tip of the island, a 15-minute car ride from the Caticlan Domestic Airport via speedboat.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa offers something for everyone, be it in or out of the water. Start your day at the resort’s private beach, go kayaking, windsurfing, jet skiing, kite boarding, parasailing, scuba diving or island hopping. If the ocean isn’t your thing, you can always lounge poolside or take in the views from one of the restaurants or your own private terrace.
The resort also offers fantastic facilities for families. There is the Activity Zone for the younger ones, and pool table, table tennis, air hockey table and foosball for teenagers.
Snorkeling here is especially great for beginners, as the water conditions are optimal. You can see lots of triggerfish, starfish, sea cucumbers and nudibranchs. One of the highlights are the giant clams, which the resort has brought in as part of their mission to grow the coral reef. They can be found right off the jetty. For the second highlight, end your snorkel trip on the other side of the cliff by the main pool area. If you’re lucky, you’ll encounter the school of jackfish that come by quite frequently, and they’ll allow you to swim and float among them. A beautiful and safe experience just 50 meters away from the beach.
The resort has much to offer food lovers too. Vintana is the property’s all-day dining outlet where international cuisine is served up. Cielo, by the main pool, does pizzas and sandwiches as quick bites, and its Alon Bar serves cool drinks for hot days. Sirena is the resort’s seafood restaurant and offers a breathtaking cliff-side setting. Here you can sip sunset cocktails and enjoy the catch of the day. Rima serves Italian cuisine and is located in the treetops. The elegant setting makes for a romantic tete-a-tete. Great food coupled with great company – what else can you ask for in paradise?
Rates start at US$450 for a Deluxe Room. A Tree House Villa is around US$600 per night, and a One Bedroom Pool Villa goes for US$800. Prices go up during peak season, and down during the lower months.
WHAT WE LOVE
- The colours of the water and the sky are mind-blowingly beautiful. You won’t need filters for your photos. To capture the beautiful sunsets, book one of the Tree House Villas at the very top of the property, and watch from your outdoor Jacuzzi as the sky changes color.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- It depends on where you’re flying from, but chances are you will have to stop over in Manila, and Manila isn’t the easiest airport to change planes.
- Leaving the resort to check out the rest of the island might seem a great idea initially, but you’ll quickly want to return to the resort where you pretty much have the beach to yourself.
ROOMS & VILLAS
219 Guestrooms and villas.
There is a big communal pool by the beach overlooking the cove, but there are also a few Pool Villas where guests have their own private pool. The spa has its very own, and there is also a children’s pool.
Famous for its Chi, The Spa, this cute little “spa village” is a sanctuary within the already paradisiacal resort. The spa spans 5,714 sqm and offers traditional massages and facials, as well as local treatments such as the Philippine Hilot Massage, the Dagdagay Foot Massage and the four-hand Palina Therapy, which helps to clear the mind and release tension. Schedule enough time pre or post treatment and lounge poolside – it’s worth it.
TRAVEL IN STYLE
Resort chic in the restaurants. High heels only if they’re wedges, otherwise sandals and slippers.
WHEN YOU SHOULD GO
Best time to visit is from November to May.