I have heard a lot of great things about Boracay for a long time. And for as many times as I’ve traveled to Manila, Philippines I have never seemed to make plans to go. With the recommendation of a friend, I finally got to go. I spent a week or so in Manila before heading out to Boracay so by the time I was headed there, I didn’t expect much — except that I knew I had to recharge. So that’s pretty much all I did in Boracay — recharge. I went there towards the end of May when there wasn’t too many people. I’ve heard that it can get pretty busy, and I’m glad that it wasn’t. haha
My mom came with me on this particular trip. Again from all the great recommendations, we stayed at the Boracay Beach Club, which is located in Station 1 of Boracay Island. We landed at the Caticlan Airport and not even having reached the resort yet — we certainly felt taken care of. The resort arranged for an escort to guide us from the airport, to a tricycle ride, onto a ferry, and then into a car — to the resort. If there was no escort, it would of taken me a lot longer to get there. haha Certainly right off the bat, every single staff person I came across at the resort was very welcoming and attentive. We felt taken care of and it really did make a difference to my first time in Boracay.
The Boracay Beach Club is quite comfortable. I just came from a pretty heavy trip in Manila, so it was great to arrive to a resort that was nice, clean, good rooms, and most of all a comfortable bed. After my first night’s sleep, I really didn’t want to go back to busy Manila. It was my first good night’s sleep in a very long time. I couldn’t get away from work so much so I did bring my work with me and it was nice to have reliable wi-fi in the rooms, lobby, and even their beachfront restaurant. (Ps. Try the chili from their menu. Way delicious!)
If you get one of the package deals, this particular resort lines up some neat activities for you — a banana boat ride, a sunset cruise, massage. The boat ride and cruise help you see a little bit more of the island. I definitely spent a lot of time in the daytime on the beach and in the water! There’s a pretty active nightlife, which I’ll have to explore next time. But just some advice.. don’t bring your cell phone with you on the beach. haha I’m horrible. I got both my Philippine and US cell phones wet when I underestimated the depth of the water. haha In case it happens to you… there is a cell phone store on the main road around Station 2.
I’m going back. In fact, I may have to always go back everytime I go to Manila. The flight is less than an hour from there, but you feel like you’re a million miles away from everything. (I flew through AirPhil Express from MNL to MPH). Anyways, I think I’ve found my go to recharge stop… I can now drag my business friends for a work vacation. It seems like a place that you can do both!
(Thank you to Alvin and the staff at Boracay Beach Club for a great stay!)