Southeast Asia, boasting a tropical climate all year round, is home to some of the most beautiful islands in the world. From neighbouring Bali to untouched private islands, we’re counting our lucky stars that we are just a short flight away from the most idyllic beach getaways. One destination that we have been lusting over recently is the Philippines, which boasts more than 2,000 inhabited islands — including Cebu, Palawan and Boracay.
The latter is gaining prominence among international visitors — especially after being voted by Conde Nast Traveller readers as the best island in the world in a 2016 poll, as well as making it into Travel+Leisure‘s best islands list, along with Cebu and Palawan.
With Caticlan airport, the gateway to Boracay, having undergone a major upgrade last year, more airlines are now offering direct flights to the region. This once secluded island has quickly gained itself a place on every discerning traveller’s wish list. Besides, what’s there not to love? Boasting world-class hospitality, picture-perfect white beaches (the island’s main draw card is its five-kilometre-long White Beach) and a vibrant culinary scene, Boracay is a paradise one should visit at least once.
If you’re already planning on booking a flight to The Pearl of the Orient Seas, we’re right there with you — and we’ve also picked out the best hotels and resorts on the island. From Shangri-La to the contemporary yet upscale Discovery Shores, check out these Boracay resorts to stay at for a luxurious experience.
(Main image: Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa)
Designed by Yoo Hotels & Resorts, which was established by John Hitchcox and Philippe Starck, this luxury beachfront boutique resort is a pristine hideaway nestled between lush tropical gardens and a tranquil white sand beach, Bulabog Beach.
The five-star property will offer 168 spacious guest rooms and suites consisting of stunning studio rooms, one and two-bedroom apartments and penthouses, as well as two restaurants where you can indulge in local cuisine.
Aqua Boracay, Bulabog Beach, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608, Philippines
The secluded Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa, designed with Shangri-La’s hallmark elegance, is surrounded by the foliage of Boracay’s lush hillside set in an eco-reserve. To get there, take a plane to Boracay’s neighbouring island, Caticlan, where the resort’s staff will greet you at the private lounge in the airport. You’ll then take a 20-minute private speedboat to the resort’s jetty.
The resort, on the north-eastern corner of the island, boasts 219 rooms, suites and villas, four restaurants, two bars, spa, a pool, and shopping arcade set on a 12-hectare tropical garden. Following Shangri-La’s eco-friendly stance, rooms feature touches such as large refillable glass bottles of spring water, as well as air conditioners that shut off automatically when balcony doors are opened.
Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa, Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
One of the island’s most prestigious resorts, Discovery Shores is located along Boracay’s world-renowned white beach just 30 minutes away from Caticlan airport. The award-winning resort is known for its unparalleled service, and is a favourite amongst discerning travellers.
The resort features 88 beautifully-designed guest rooms as well as the finest amenities within its heralded architecture — such as the Terra Wellness Spa, five bars and dining establishments, a beachfront swimming pool, a sauna and steam room, a business centre, and a gym.
Discovery Shores Boracay Island, Station 1, Balabag, Boracay Island 5608, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Nestled in Punta Bunga Cove on the Northern tip of the idyllic Philippine island is the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay — a beautiful resort set amongst a lush tropical landscape with a private beach.
The upscale resort and spa offers amenities such as an immense multi-level pool, a wellness centre and spa, as well as water sports activities and excursions. Equipped with 312 rooms and suites arranged in an intimate, low-rise villages style clusters with the beach right at its doorstep, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay makes for the perfect tropical retreat.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay, Punta Bunga Cove, 5608, Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines
The Lind curates a stylish retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city, promising coastal luxury on Boracay’s famed white beach. With its strategic location, the resort treats guests to views of the island’s stunning seascape.
The upscale hotel offers 119 rooms, ranging from the garden room with a pool to the presidential suite, as well as three restaurants and a bar, a signature ballroom overlooking the sunset vista, and a fitness centre.
The Lind Boracay, Station 1, Barangay Balabag,, Boracay Island, 5608 Aklan, Philippines