Escape to the Sun
Now is the best time to visit the beach paradise that is Boracay.
Explore the lightly sloped seabed by going for a dip or snorkelling.
The very mention of Boracay conjures up postcard-worthy images of powder-blue sky, pearly white beaches and azure seas. When you touch down in Caticlan, it all becomes reality and your tropical holiday starts at the welcome lounge of Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines.
The resort’s private speedboat transfers you from the port of Caticlan, passing Boracay’s southern sandy shores, to the rockier parts in the north. Throughout the 30-minute journey, guests can feast their eyes on the stunningly pristine beaches Boracay is famed for. The bikini-shaped island has beaches on all sides, but guests of the resort can enjoy the exclusive use of the impeccably serviced Banyugan Beach. Sundowners at the resort’s bars come highly recommended – Alon at the beach or Solana on higher grounds offer nightly dances and acoustic performances to accompany your drinks. An all-Filipino experience can be found at Vintana Café, where themed buffets are served every night alongside Filipino cultural dances.
Those travelling with family can rejoice at the plethora of activities that will most certainly keep everyone busy. While kids are off to the Adventure Zone and Entertainment Centre, adults should seize the opportunity and pamper themselves at the amazing CHI, The Spa, a detached sanctuary set within its own tranquil rocky peninsula. Its traditional Hilot Massage uses the ancient Filipino art of healing and is a must-try for all serious spa goers.
With top-notch services and a hard-to-beat location, it’s no wonder the resort made it to Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Reader’s Choice Award “Top 100 Hotels and Resorts in the World” and ranked 11th among the “Top 20 Best Resorts in Asia”.
Worth the Hype
Strolling southward from the resort and just on the west side of the island lies White Beach. This popular four-kilometre stretch of white powdery sand is essentially Boracay's beating heart, offering a wide array of beach actions and then some. Explore the lightly sloped seabed by going for a dip or snorkelling. Should you yearn for something slightly more adventurous than sunbathing on the palm tree-lined beach, go parasailing, sailing, banana boat or glass-bottom boat riding – just name it and you will find some friendly faces around who will be more than happy to offer you their services.
Navigating the heavily touristy White Beach can be slightly disorienting, so remember to use the boat stations as your marker. Most visitors stick to the stretch between Stations 1 and 3, but you can always go further south to get away from the centre of action. Around Station 2 congregates a large number of gift shops, where you will find no shortage of reasonably priced quirky souvenirs. For those who are hungry from their exertions at the beach, the D’Talipapa wet market is in proximity and will have seafood lovers wide-eyed by the variety of fresh live catch available. Pick whatever ingredients you fancy – seafood, meat or fresh produce – and don’t be afraid to barter, if only for the fun of it! The numerous restaurants nearby offer cooking service and you can trust them to dish up a wonderful meal with authentic Boracay flavours. The locals call this paluto and the restaurants will only charge you for the cooking fee.
As with any tourist spot, the fun on White beach lasts well into the night when the relaxing vibe of the bars and pubs in daytime quickly turns into one of feverish excitement. For some, the booming club music and fire dancers on the beach might be too boisterous for their taste, but the locals definitely know a thing or two about partying and their rowdiness is contagious. While you’re getting ready to dance the night away, don’t forget to catch the captivating Boracay sunset either from White Beach or on a sunset cruise departing from the private bay of Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines.
- The easiest way to get around is on motorised tricycles.
- The Sunny Side Café at Station 3 beachfront is a popular brunch spot.
- Bulabog Beach on the east coast has decent waves and is one of the most popular windsurfing and kitesurfing hot spots.
- Diniwid Beach is situated further north of the resort and provides a much quieter alternative to White Beach.
- The best time to visit Boracay is during the dry season from November to May.
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