- On December 6, 2017
- In Boracay News
The Asian island oasis you’ve never heard of
It takes just an hour’s flight from Manila (from $72 one-way), followed by a 30-minute boat ride, to reach Boracay. This 4-mile-long island boasts pearly white sand and stirring sunsets. Factor in welcoming locals, and you’ve got a picture-perfect getaway.
Over the last two decades, Boracay has grown into more than just a sleepy town for backpackers. A slew of boutique hotels, restaurants and nightlife haunts — all affordably priced — have popped up across the island without ruining its mellow vibe.
First-time visitors to the Philippines should pair a jaunt to Boracay with the metropolis of Manila for a week-long itinerary that balances urban tizzy with beachfront zen.
Famous beauties like Angelina Jolie, Kate Upton and Chanel Iman have been spotted there. So forget Thailand and Bali, and head here for your next far-flung island getaway.
Where to stay
Honeymooners will love Shangri-La’s Resort and Spa (from $380), a secluded 30-acre oasis at the northern tip of the island. Public areas are adorned with palm trees, coral stone and Malay sculptures that lead to a cerulean beach.
Complimentary shuttles take you to the island’s nightlife district in less than 15 minutes.
Looking for something more modern? Head to the Lind (from $320), a sleek boutique hotel that’s more convenient for those who want to base themselves within walking distance of the heart of Boracay.
Opened in 2016, it contains 119 rooms, South Beach-style decor and an infinity pool on the seventh floor that’s perfect for sunset snaps.
Where to eat
Try a romantic dinner at the luxe Indigo Restaurant, which has seasonal seafood dishes and an impressive wine selection (entrees from $16). For a taste of local cuisine, head over to Nonie’s, a hip, centrally located restaurant that serves Filipino classics like arroz caldo, a rice porridge with grilled chicken, boiled egg and calamansi (entrees from $8).
Where to party
Expats and locals alike congregate at the swanky White House Beach Lounge, which features all-white furniture and a happy hour cocktail will set you back less than $2.
And while Boracay is teeming with seaside bars, Kama Beach Club, located on the southeast corner of the island, is a hidden gem. The nightspot, which debuted just last year, is decked out with canopied beds overlooking the water. Filipino writers, photographers and designers sip on Dom Perignon while DJs spin house and EDM beats.