It is always difficult to describe a place in one word but “paradise” is probably what I can use to describe our holiday at Shangri-La Boracay in Philippines! It was truly a fantastic experience. Boracay is one beach that should be in your bucket list when you think of beaches in Asia.
We were there for our Anniversary celebration so it was a different kind of holiday to what I generally share on this blog! The plan was to spend a relaxing and most importantly a romantic time together. So I literally did nothing but ate on the beach, slept on the beach, got tanned on the beach and checked my Instagram because I can’t live without IG such is it’s importance in my life. Of course, we didn’t forget to take the photos but the most memorable part was to laze around reminiscing the beautiful moments we have spent together over the years.
Where Did We Stay?
It was a romantic holiday and no other place in Boracay could have left us more satisfied than Shangri-La Boracay. It’s a beautiful 5 star resort but what made our stay truly memorable was some breathtaking views around the resort and the service of the entire staff. They were always greeting the guests with a wide smile no matter what time of the day it is. Stay there on special occasions and you will come back with memories to cherish forever. The property is quite big with every possible service that guests can ask for in a beach resort. They have a golf cart service to pick you up from your room and take you to and from the different points in the resort. I have to admit that was enough to keep my walking to a minimum although we did love walking along the beach holding hands in the evening.The part which really impressed me was that the staff around the resort knew each guest by their names which is not an easy task given the huge number of guests staying there.
Apart from the usual luxuries that you would associate with a resort like this, here are some other things about Shangri-La that impressed us
- Their private lounge and speedboat service from Caticlan directly to the resort in Boracay
- Two private beaches one of which is next to the pool and bar
- A very nice breakfast that runs late till 11AM and serves a wide array of food which is suitable for breakfast as well as brunch
- Impeccable service
- Their own fully equipped dive centre and other water sport activities
The whole experience was so nice that we we did not really bother to venture out to the other parts of the island except for one day which we spent on the famous and very aptly named white beach.
We started at the DMall in Station 2 where the hourly shuttle from Shangri-La dropped us. This place is lovely with lots of restaurants and bars. I had some nice grilled fish at one of the restaurants and then we walked to one of the beach resorts in Station 1 which is much nicer and quieter than station 2. I have to mention here that the beach and the water in the white beach is absolutely amazing. It is clearer than Shangri-la’s private beaches and sand is much finer.
Here are some things to do when in Boracay:
White beach and Puka shell beach– These are the two most famous beaches in Boracay and just idling around in the white sand and turquoise blue water should be the number one activity (or non-activity) in Boracay
Island Hopping: With so many beautiful white sand and turquoise water beaches around Boracay, island hoping by boat is possible the best way to explore the area.
Paddle board and kayaking: This was the best part of our time spent at the station 1 beach. We spent close to an hour paddle boarding and we had a lot of fun. The water is calm, crystal clear and less than waist high quite far into the sea. So even people who don’t know how to swim can have a go.
Catching the beautiful sunset from a sail boat: Sunset in Boracay is spectacular. So don’t miss the sunset sail that starts at around 5pm between station 1 and station 2 on the white beach. If you are keen on taking photos, make sure you take a waterproof camera like Go Pro or a phone in an appropriate waterproof case. It was an exhilarating experience watching the crew expertly manoeuvre the sails as the boat picked up speed in no time. With our feet dangling over the water, the boat raced towards the setting sun. It was one of the high points of our holiday. We had hired a private boat just for the two of us which made it all the more romantic. So whatever you do in Boracay, don’t miss this.
Shopping for local trinkets: Here you will get some lovely local hand crafted items made out of sea shells. Other than that I did not find anything else that was unique to this area so we did not bother wasting money on the usual items that you get everywhere else.
Snorkelling and deep sea diving: There are some amazing coal reefs around Boracay. If you like deep sea diving and snorkelling, then you should definitely go for it when in Boracay.
I hope you loved reading about Boracay and our holiday at Shangri-La Boracay on this post. Do drop me a note if you plan to go there and need any further tips.
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