Time Stands Still at the Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa
|A view of Banyugan Beach from Solana Bar|
The main white beach, dotted with all types of accommodations, restaurants, bars, and other commercial establishments you could think of, is as busy as the bustling metropolis. Try going here during Holy Week or Labor Day and you’ll see what I mean. The other side, also known as Bulabog Beach, is where the action starts as it is the launch pad for various adrenaline-inducing activities like parasailing and helmet-diving. Just like the main white beach, it is jam-packed most of the time. Puka and Ilig-iligan Beaches, on the other hand, are famous stop-over for island hoppers.
Boracay is more like a party place; an island where you get intoxicated all night and wake up just before the happenings begin again.
It’s a good thing though that there is still one part of Boracay that is peaceful and less congested. I am referring to no other than the Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa up on the hilly side of the island. Here, time is idle, and the views, spectacular.
|The resort's private speedboat|
Aboard the Southwest bus, we were able to take a nap, waking up to picturesque landscapes mid-way. The two-hour land trip was smooth and we didn’t realize that we had arrived at the Cagban jetty port where the exclusive lounge for the resort is nestled. We were welcomed with cold towels and a refreshing dalandan (local citrus) drink. After everyone had settled down, the staff announced that they had to transport us to another port due to rough sea conditions. At the said port, it is supposed to bring us to Fairways and Bluewater’s private dock at the opposite side of the island from where Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa is. The sea transfer would then take longer than usual because we would have to pass through the side of the island where Bulabog Beach and Crystal Cove are located. Safety first, of course.
The resort’s speedboat was already waiting for us when we arrived at the makeshift lounge at the temporary port. We boarded the speedboat after all the luggage have been loaded. It took us another 20 minutes to reach Fairways and Bluewater, where the sea was unbelievably calm, and another 10 minutes to finally reach Shangi-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa.
|A temporary port|
|The iconic rock formation at the Fairways and Bluewater's jetty port|
|The private docking area at the Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa|
|On the way to our suite|
Combining modern sensibilities and Filipino style, the spacious Seaview Suite features woven abaca rugs, statement lighting with capiz accents, and hardwood floors. There is a veranda complete with a day bed, a Jacuzzi, and a breakfast nook, all commanding a spectacular view of Punta Bunga Beach—one of the resort’s private coves. The suite is also located just a few steps away from the beach.
|The living room|
|Plush king-sized bed|
|Have coffee (breakfast) here|
|A roomy, LED-lit Jacuzzi at the veranda|
|Punta Bunga Beach|
|Pods and leaves|
|Complimentary drinking water on refillable glass bottles|
|Premium toiletries include soap and body lotion from L'Occitane|
If you feel like not leaving the inviting suite for the day, you won't have to worry about getting famished as the resort can bring champagne and cheese ensuite. You can even have a private barbecue by the beach or on your veranda.
|Champagne Taittinger and premium cheeses|
|Lockers at the fitness center|
|Jacuzzi at the forefront, sauna at the back left, and steam bath at the back right|
|The shower room|
The Chi Spa is a 5,714 sqm wellness sanctuary perched on a rocky peninsula looking out over a private bay.
In traditional Chinese philosophy, ch’i or "Qi”is the universal life force that governs well-being and personal vitality. For good health to be maintained, it is believed that ch’i must flow freely within the body and, when blocked, "dis-ease" and illness follow.
|The gateway to the Chi Spa|
|Cold towels and ginger ale|
|Chi Spa's pool|
|The dressing room|
|Our room at the Chi Spa|
The following morning, we were all so excited to have breakfast at Vintana, the resort's all-day dining hub. What did we have for breakfast? Here, let the photos speak for themselves:
|Pan au chocolat and croissants|
|Tom Yum and Salmon Sushi|
|Cheeses and cold cuts|
|Korean Stir-fry Noodles|
|And the star: warm bread pudding ala mode topped with choco chips and syrup|
After breakfast, we went to the Chi Spa again to let Akisha enjoy feeding the fish. They have this activity every so often so if you happen to have kids with you, check with your butler if they have this scheduled during your stay and I'm sure the kids will love it!
|Fish feeding at the Chi Spa|
|Punta Bunga Beach|
|A view of the resort from the dock|