It was not my first. It will definitely not be my last. The first time I've been on the island was decades ago. Pristine sand, quiet nights and a majestic sanctuary. That is what and forever will be my BORACAY.
There are a lot of blessings that I have received through the years and one of them is being able to travel. It has become a passion of mine lately and the experience is surreal. From having to try different exotic delicacies to being mistaken as one of the locals, and even going at it alone. It has its ups and downs. Thankfully, there are places in the Philippines that warrants a visit or two or maybe three. Having more than 7,100 islands makes it virtually impossible to visit each one in a lifespan. But it does makes sense to keep on coming back to places that you hold close to your heart. One of them is SHANGRI-LA'S BORACAY RESORT and SPA.
More than the accommodation and the infrastructure, SHANGRI-LA BORACAY prides itself as one luxurious and service oriented resort. Right off the plane, representatives greet you at the airport and transfer you to a welcome gazebo to wait for your ride. Unlike other resorts found on the island, SHANGRI-LA has its own lounge, boat and dock at the Caticlan Port. The usual fees and tickets that one must pay for are already dealt with by the resort's staff. You no longer need to line up and wait at the jetty port. Here, they take care of you and foresees everything that you may need. All you have to do is to sit back and relax.
After a leisure 20 minute ride, you get another side of BORACAY. Serene blue water greets you. Unlike the main beach, SHANGRI-LA has a couple that screams tranquility. One is shared with another resort while another is purely for the use of its guests. After getting off the private port, something that other resorts do not have, you are whisked away on a golf cart right to the open air lobby and check in area.
|Main building that houses the lobby, a restaurant, game room, children's play center, and activity center.|
Arguable one of the most majestic buildings in the resort, you are greeted with different art creations, and a view to lust over with. The clear blue sea and everything else that comes with it. Quite a sight to have. It makes you wonder what have you done to deserve this.
|Private port of the resort. Luxury.|
Sea view rooms have all the hotel amenities one would need and more. From a spacious bathroom with a relaxing tub to a couch and study table perfect for business, you have everything that you might want. The flat screen tv is also filled with cable channels and the wifi is fast and free and available around the resort. A balcony opens up to the sea and is perfect for sun lovers. It has comfortable day beds where one could bathe to get a tan and let the day pass by.
The beach is well maintained and is watched over by lifeguards. Aqua activities are also available and differ from day to day.
Aside from having a luscious infinity pool and multiple pool jets to massage each guest, they also offer pool side snacks and entertainment. As nighttime approaches, there is a cultural and fire dance show just in front of the beach bar.
Other outdoor activities like para sailing, introduction to scuba diving and even underwater helmet diving are available through their in house dive shop.
If one want's to relax and stay away from all the open-air action, SHANGRI-LA has a well stocked in door play room. Aside from billiards, one could go for table tennis, different arcade games or have fun using their in house consoles.
Dining has never been a problem with the SHANGRI-LA brand. They offer multiple outlets to satisfy your cravings.
A favorite would be their all day buffet restaurant, VINTANA. Here, different cuisines are featured. This allows the guest to mix and match their favorites and have them enjoy whatever they may wish.
Since this is a vacation, room service is a must. Gourmet dishes are served right when you want it. Furthermore, you could also order from other in-house restaurants. As long as they're open, they can have the food brought to you.
One of the most amazing things happen during sunsets. Going to SOLANA BAR would be one heck of an experience. Ideally be there at around 5pm as seats are limited. Here, you are able to reserve one of their outdoor booths to watch the sun fade away. Perfect.
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Can't wait to go back.
Shangri-La Boracay: Things to do
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Shangri-La Boracay: To and From the Airport
SHANGRI-LA BORACAY RESORT and SPA
Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines
(036) 288 4988
(63 2) 841 9686
Disclaimer:Wrote this based on my experience. Paid for my Stay.