If there is a place that could be a kin to paradise, it is the small island of Boracay in the Philippines. Having been labelled as the best beach of Asia, Boracay has become a popular vacation spot for the young and the young at hearts. If you’re looking to take a vacation and de-stress from your long working hours, Boracay is an ideal destination as it is a mere 4-hour flight from Singapore. Think about waking up every morning in awe of the beautiful view of powdery white sand, clear aquamarine waters, swaying palm trees and fluffy clouds. Boracay offers so much more than just the view – Colourful markets, good food, amazing nightlife, hospitable staff who speaks in English and of course engaging watersports- There’s no reason for anyone not to visit Boracay. If you’re already sold on visiting the island, here are the top 5 luxury hotels in Boracay to make your stay worth the while.
Image Credits: Shangri-La Boracay
Located at the northern tip of the island is a 12-hectare haven called Shangri- La. The hotel offers 219 rooms within different categories from a deluxe room to a presidential villa which features three separate villas within its confines. Marrying luxury and comfort with a reverence for nature, the hotel maximizes the guests leisure time without the hassle of stepping away out of the resort and going to the main beach which is about 15 minutes away. Shangri-La offers comprehensive leisure facilities with two private beachfronts, an infinity pool and various leisure facilities such as a gaming room, a salon, and a children’s playground. Those looking to soothe weary senses can head over to CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. An amazing culinary experience also awaits as Shangri-La offers 6 restaurants/bars within the resort vicinity. Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa is a haven for travelers from all over the world.
Book this hotel for: Exclusivity – Shangri-La Boracay is an island within the island, if you’re looking for a place where you don’t have to get out of the hotel yet receive the island experience in terms of water sports, clear beaches, appetizing food, relaxing spas and other recreational activities. Shangri-La provides you with the luxurious stay for every budget.
Image Credits: Discovery Shores Boracay
Located at Station 1 of the island, Discovery Shores is a timeless masterpiece sitting along the white beach of Boracay. The all-suite hotel offers 87 suites varying from 5 categories of the junior suite up to a 2-bedroom premier suite. Guests are invited to witness the majestic view of the sea with the fine white sand as the sun sets; Discovery Shores adds more beauty to the tropical haven of Boracay. The hotel takes pride in having bagged 2 awards at the World Luxury Hotel Awards last October 2015 as the country winner in two categories: Luxury Island Resort and Luxury Wedding Destination. Experience pampering like no other at the Terra Wellness Spa, or enjoy various facilities around the hotel such as the recreation room, library, children’s room, gym, Jacuzzi or pool side bar. Discovery Shores is your pick if you’re looking to enjoy the main beach and avoid the crowd at the same time.
Book this hotel for: The Hospitality – Discovery Shores hands down offers the best hospitality in Boracay. From warm greetings of the staff around the hotel, to serving you complimentary local delicacies for PM snack down to welcoming you with a refreshing local “pandan drink” and a complimentary 10-minute foot wash at your hotel suite. Discovery Shores makes sure you feel pampered while under their care.
Image Credits: Monaco Suites de Boracay
Located at the Southeast tip in the serenity of Boracay hills, Monaco Suites de Boracay is an all suite resort hotel. It is the only resort in Boracay and the first in the Philippines that runs completely on solar-panels. Recreational activities are endless at Monaco Suites, with a private lagoon, a well-equipped gym, a large infinity pool, a health spa and a variety of water sports. It is an excellent spot for snorkeling, windsurfing and other water activities. Furthermore, they provide their guests with free kayak rentals to enjoy the depths of the beach. Monaco Suites de Boracay is an ideal pick for travelers who are interested in watersports and nature in privacy.
Book this hotel for: The View – Monaco Suites de Boracay boasts of offering their guests the best view from the island. All the villas and suites have been strategically built so that each guest gets to maximize the ocean view. Even when away from the room, you still get to enjoy the classic Mediterranean architecture around the hotel that has been inspired by the structure of the famous French city of Monaco.
Image Credits: Mandala Spa and Resort Villas Boracay
Located at the southern part of the island, in the peaceful station 3, rests the secluded Mandala Spa and Resort Villas. The 2.5 hectare garden hotel is a nature-inspired and wellness-oriented hotel that provides an experience like no other. The resort is built in a way where it evokes luxury in the service of close communion with nature. Guests at Mandala are spoiled with complimentary massages and guided yoga classes daily. Guests absolutely love taking home their own colourful Mandala sarong after each treatment at the Spa. The world-class spa is primarily the reason why many guests come a long way to de-stress at Mandala. But massages are not all that Mandala offers- Prana, Boracay’s best vegetarian restaurant is also located at this resort. When you’re done with your spa, the main beach area is simply 10 minutes away via a tuktuk.
Book this hotel for: The Detox treatment - Mandala offers their guests a complete detox treatment- With wholesome healthy food, spa's, yoga classes, reiki healing and many more, Mandala gives their guests the chance to finally de-stress. Mandala even has a special digital detox villa which comes without TV or WiFi. For those looking to disconnect with the world, and be at zen for a while, the villa’s iPods are already pre-loaded with soothing, new-age music.
5. The District
Image Credits: The District Boracay
Ideally located at the centre of vibrant Station 2 of Boracay, The District is a luxury beachfront resort that the adventurous tourist would love. The resort embodies modern elegance and tasteful designs that cater to the premium holiday experience. The resort offers 48 magnificent rooms and suites, a lap pool, Jacuzzi, serviced sun loungers and access to the main beach conveniently located right outside the hotel. It also takes pride in its 2 restaurants – one famed for serving the Best Brunch Buffet (Star Lounge), and a fine-dining Italian restaurant (Caruso Ristorante Italiano).
Book this hotel for: The Location – The District is conveniently located at the heart of Station 2. With the beach front right at its doorstep, 120 km from D’Mall (the islands shopping & dining area), 5km away from Caticlan jetty port and a walk away from some of the most happening nightclubs such as Epic, Summer Place and Boracay Stars, The District is ideal for those looking to socialize and meet new people at the island.